Dean's Note

December 7, 2018

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A world class law school in a world class city requires a world class building!  A new University of Houston Law Center building will transform the learning experience of our students by providing them with a modern place to study that is inspirational, comfortable, and state-of-the-art. It will also promote community and interdisciplinary engagement in a student-focused environment. It will also elevate our standing in the legal community by better reflecting the true excellence of our faculty, students, alumni, and staff.

A new Law Center building is one of the principal goals of my administration. We are closer than we have ever been. Thus far, alumni have joined forces to raise $6.5 million dollars towards the Phase 1 goal of $10 million in philanthropic support needed to move the building campaign forward. Today, I am pleased to announce that we have opportunity to activate $2 million in matching support to bring our total fundraising to over $10 million. But, we need your help. These funds, provided by the UH Law Foundation, will be used to match dollar for dollar, pledges of $10,000 to $250,000 made to the building campaign between now and December 31, 2018. This match significantly narrows the gap by requiring us to raise only an additional $1.5 million to reach our $10 million goal.

The Law Center is asking the state for $60 million of support for a new Law Center building. The $10 million dollars will serve almost as a down payment showing the State Legislature that Law Center alumni are supportive of this building effort.

During alumni visits throughout the country, I have observed that the Law Center alumni are smart, hardworking, and determined to succeed. They do not let adversity stand in their way. They have expressed profound appreciation for how the power of a UHLC legal education changed their lives, both professionally and personally. The UHLC legal education elevated the trajectory of their careers and enhanced their ability to provide for their families.

As the Dean of the UH Law Center, nothing makes me prouder than witnessing the success of our alumni and their efforts to use that good fortune to support others who follow in their footsteps. Those students, who are just like them, will learn, struggle, and achieve at this great institution. Many alumni have reflected on their accomplishments and have invested in their alma mater. Philanthropy takes personal sacrifice, but it changes lives and will define the legacy of this Law Center for generations. I am very thankful for all who have already generously given.

We've got the power to make a new building happen. Now, we need your help. We must hit our $10 million goal by December 31, 2018, to be in the strongest position possible to advocate for funding from the Texas Legislature.

The $2 million dollar matching gift from the UH Law Foundation will provide a 1-to-1 match for all PLEDGES of $10,000 to $250,000 towards the building campaign until the $2 million match is fully utilized. That's right, just a pledge, payable over 5 years, which can be contingent upon the building breaking ground by 2021, will enable us to hit our goal. Of course, pledges of all amounts are welcomed and appreciated.

We have just weeks to reach our deadline and provide President Khator with the show of support she needs to help us obtain facilities funds for the Law Center of the future. Join us now! Complete this pledge form and email it to Magda Herrera, Sr. Director of Development, at or call her at 713-743-3719 to learn how you can help.

Want to learn more about the funding model or building plan? Check out my video presentation about the building campaign. You can also learn about the case we are making to the Texas Legislature with this one-pager, which outlines the Law School's history of flooding and economic impact.

Be proud of all that has been accomplished, and if you can, consider a gift to support this campaign for a new building. Your generosity will make us an even stronger and better law school. Thank you for your support!


Leonard M. Baynes
Dean & Professor of Law
University of Houston Law Center

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