Aug. 25, 2015 – An alumna and long-time supporter of the University of Houston Law Center left a bequest to the school in honor of former Dean Raymond T. Nimmer, a mentor and close friend.
Michele M. Kaufman ’77, died Sept. 12, 2014, at her home in East Boothbay, ME., after a three-year battle with ALS. A generous donor to the school and faithful member of the Dean’s Society, she specified in her trust a $10,000 gift to the Law Center for general purposes. Her husband, Andrew M. Kaufman, also an attorney, said the couple had discussed honoring Nimmer in some way for their years’ long friendship.
Nimmer called the bequest received by the Law Center earlier this month “a sweet and touching gesture” from “a wonderful person.”
“Michele and Andy were two of my closest friends for many years,” Nimmer continued. “Michele brought Andy into our community and the two of them have been friends and supporters of the Law Center for many years. Both Andy and I mourn her loss.”
Prior to law school, Michele Kaufman earned a B.S. degree in chemistry and theoretical math from the University of Houston in 1968. She practiced law as a civil litigator and trial attorney in Atlanta and Austin, concentrating in personal injury, professional malpractice, and domestic relations matters. In addition, she served for two years as an assistant attorney general for the State of Texas and for several years as a legal aid attorney for Prairie State Legal Services in suburban Chicago.
She was active in a variety of civic and philanthropic endeavors and was particularly passionate about animal rights, rescue, and care organizations, especially those for dogs. She was the Founder and First President of the Austin/Travis County Humane Society Auxiliary.