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

One measure of a great school is the quality of the people who take time from busy schedules to speak at campus events, interact with faculty and connect with students.  The Law Center has been privileged to host a number of these outstanding speakers.

Leading academics – including Charles J. Ogletree of Harvard Law School and Lawrence Powell of Tulane University – were featured at our recent interdisciplinary conference on young Katrina evacuees. These scholars helped ensure a successful launch of our Center for Children, Law & Policy, which in collaboration with the American Bar Association will soon publish a book based on the conference proceedings.

Earlier this month, more than 2,500 people attended commencement ceremonies for our Class of 2007.  Our keynote speaker – Charles W. Matthews, vice president and general counsel of Exxon Mobil Corporation – reminded our graduates to dedicate themselves to excellence and community service throughout their legal careers.  I personally want to thank Charles for supporting his alma mater.  In between duties at one of the world’s largest public companies, he strives to make the Law Center better in many ways.

Another outstanding speaker will deliver the commencement address to our Class of 2008.  William H. Neukom is currently president-elect of the American Bar Association, the world's largest association of lawyers, and he will assume the top post of the ABA in August.

Bill is chair of Preston Gates & Ellis LLP in Seattle, and he served 17 years as executive vice president of law and corporate affairs at Microsoft Corporation, managing the company's legal, government affairs and philanthropic activities.  He is the perfect person not only to lead the ABA, but also to launch the legal careers of our Class of 2008. 

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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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