Dean's Note
A note for UH Law Center Dean Raymond Nimmer

Pro bono service and public interest law are core values of the legal profession.  At the Law Center, we place a high priority on supporting deserving students who want to donate time to non-profit groups and government agencies working in the public interest.

This summer, the Law Center will allocate a substantial amount of our limited funds to support the volunteer efforts of 20 of our students at organizations that are doing important work.  Other schools offer similar programs, but the Law Center’s program is distinguished by its overall scale.  Stated simply: we’re a national leader in the number of public interest fellowships we offer.

Our public interest initiative extends to graduating students as well.  This year, we will award Graduate Summer Fellowships to help bridge the gap between law school and bar results for up to 10 graduating students interested in pursuing public-interest careers.

I think it’s perfectly fitting that our commencement address will be delivered by Charles Matthews, vice president and general counsel of Exxon Mobil Corporation.  Charles is a Law Center graduate, and he deeply believes in the importance of lawyers providing pro bono service throughout their careers. 

Our commencement ceremonies begin at 2 p.m at Hofheinz Pavilion on Friday, May 11, and a reception follows at the Law Center.  Please know that you are welcome at both of these events.  

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Photo: 2007 Fulbright Distinguished Chair in International Commercial Law at the Universidade Católica Portuguesa in  Lisbon, Portugal.  Photo used by permission.

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