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Star Jones '86 to host virtual 44th Annual University of Houston Law Gala & Auction

Star Jones '86

Aug. 21, 2020 - University of Houston Law Center alumni, faculty, and friends will celebrate the school’s accomplishments from home this year as the 44th Annual Law Gala & Auction will be celebrated online at 6 p.m. Saturday Aug. 29.

“I am delighted that we were able to quickly move our seminal alumni celebratory event online,” said Dean Leonard M. Baynes. “Many thanks to the UHLC Alumni/Development team - Sondra Tennessee, Hope Young, and Magda Herrera who made this happen. Congratulations to all the award winners.

“Special thanks to Star Jones, the emcee of the celebration, for her unflagging support of the Law Center and her lending her “star” appeal to the celebration.

Star Jones, a 1986 alumna of the Law Center, will serve as host. Jones began her legal career as a prosecutor in the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office before becoming a senior district attorney for New York City. She gained recognition as a legal commentator for the cable network "Court TV" in the early 1990s. She then worked as a legal analyst and correspondent for NBC's Today and NBC Nightly News. She later was a co-host of the ABC talk show "The View" from 1997-2006.

The 2020 Gala Chairs are Yvonne Ho '06, a partner at Bracewell, and Allen Rice. The theme of the event is "La Musica della Notte: A Masquerade Ball." Attendees are encouraged to participate in the "Best Mas(k)erade Contest, where they can take a photo in a virtual photo booth and be entered into a drawing for special prizes. Other festivities will include the honoring of 2019-2020 alumni award winners and an online auction.

Proceeds from the 44th Annual Law Gala and Auction will fund scholarships, advocacy programs, faculty research, student organizations, library acquisitions, technology advances, student recruitments, and student activities that enrich life at the Law Center.

Attendees who have purchased a table, tickets or underwriting are asked to consider rolling the full amount of their gift into a tax-deductible donation. The Office of Law Alumni Relations will be in contact, or inquiries may be directed to Hope Young, Executive Director of Law Alumni Relations, at hyoung@Central.UH.EDU.

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Click here for more information about the 44th Annual Law Gala & Auction.

For additional event details call 713-743-2201.

Media contacts: Carrie Anna Criado, UH Law Center Assistant Dean of Communications and Marketing, 713-743-2184,; Elena Hawthorne, Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing, 713-743-1125,; and John Brannen, Media Relations Rep, 713-743-3055,

About the University of Houston

The University of Houston is a Carnegie-designated Tier One public research university recognized with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter for excellence in undergraduate education. UH serves the globally competitive Houston and Gulf Coast Region by providing world-class faculty, experiential learning and strategic industry partnerships. Located in the nation's fourth-largest city and one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse regions in the country, UH is a federally designated Hispanic- and Asian-American-Serving institution with enrollment of more than 46,000 students.

About the University of Houston Law Center

The University of Houston Law Center (UHLC) is a dynamic, top tier law school located in the nation’s 4th largest city. UHLC’s Health Law, and Intellectual Property Law programs rank in the U.S. News Top 10. It awards Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) and Master of Laws (LL.M.) degrees, through its academic branch, the College of Law. The Law Center is more than just a law school. It is a powerful hub of intellectual activity with more than 11 centers and institutes which fuel its educational mission and national reputation. UHLC is fully accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools.

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