It’s no secret that our alumni are distinguished by achievements in the law. Texas Lawyer Magazine recently published its list of “go-to lawyers” – the men and women deemed the best and brightest in their individual specialties. Sixteen of the 145 lawyers cited on the list are Law Center alumni, including three people selected as the finest lawyers in their respective areas: Donald E. Wood '82 (banking); Russell L Munsch '80 (bankruptcy); and Philip D. Weller '75
(real estate). Congratulations to all.
Our alumni practice in other states and throughout the world, but Texas remains home to many of them. As we redouble our efforts to build stronger relationships with our alumni, I encourage all of our alumni to join us at upcoming events. Nearly 100 Law Center alumni joined us for the great UH football win over Rice University, and last week saw us host a gathering of more than 40 of our alumni in the Rio Grande Valley. It’s very gratifying to meet with our high-achieving graduates and apprise them of the continuing pursuit of excellence at their alma mater.
Two final notes. The UH System Board of Regents has announced the sole finalist for the dual position of UH System Chancellor and UH President. Dr. Renu Khator, currently provost and senior vice president at the University of South Florida, could be confirmed for these key positions on or after Nov. 5.
Lastly, I have sent a letter to the chair of the Law Center’s Dean Search Committee to officially put my hat in the ring for the position of permanent Dean of the Law Center. There are many reasons for doing this, but the most simply stated is this: I think we are close to a significant and lasting breakthrough into the upper echelons of law schools nationally, and I want to help ensure that we make that happen.