Feb. 14, 2019 - The University of Houston Law Center's push for a facility is closer to becoming a reality after reaching an initial goal of $10 million, Dean Leonard M. Baynes told students during his spring semester "Discussion with the Dean" sessions last week.
"We raised $10 million, and many people were tremendously helpful in making it happen," Baynes said. "We're very thankful for everyone's efforts in supporting the Law Center. A new building will be a major game-changer."
The building campaign, "More Than Bricks," has now reached its second phase, where Law Center alumni and students will advocate for about $60 million in funding from the Texas Legislature. Baynes said the proposed five-story building is expected to cost about $90 million, and additional fundraising efforts are underway.
Baynes also highlighted recent hires, promotions and accomplishments by the Pre-Law Pipeline Program and professors James Nelson and Michael A. Olivas. He also stressed the significance of first-time bar exam success for Law Center alumni, repeating the mantra, "friends don't let friends take the bar exam unprepared."
Following Baynes' remarks was a presentation from the University of Houston's Parking & Transportation Department where staff members responded to concerns from Law Center students.