Meet and greet the new dean

Mayra Isaias, left, a “brand ambassador” of Don Julio Tequila, conducted a tequila tasting at the opening of the photo exhibit, “Aliento A Tequila,” with the photographer, Joel Salcido, and Brisa Gossett, executive assistant of the Center for U.S. and Mexican Law.

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May 9, 2014 – Incoming University of Houston Law Center Dean Leonard M. Baynes mingled with faculty and staff at a welcoming reception Thursday afternoon and told them his first order of business is to establish a strong working partnership with them and the community.

"I am excited to be at the Law Center,” Baynes said, “and look forward to deepening relationships with faculty, staff, students, and alumni as we strategize how to  move the Law Center forward."

Earlier in the day, he met with various senior staffers and said he will meet individually with faculty members throughout the summer.

Baynes, a professor at St. John’s School of Law in Queens, NY, was selected after a 14-month, nationwide search to replace Raymond T. Nimmer, who resigned in Feb. 2013 after nearly eight years as dean. Richard M. Alderman served as interim dean during the search. The UH System Board of Regents officially approved Baynes’ appointment Wednesday and he will assume his duties at the law school Aug. 15.

In addition to his teaching duties at St. John’s, Baynes is the inaugural director of The Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights and Economic Development. He taught Business Organizations, Communications Law, Perspectives on Justice, Race and the Law, and Regulated Industries.

Baynes earned his J.D. degree from Columbia Law School in 1982. He also earned a MBA from Columbia in 1983 and his B.S. in Finance and Economics from New York University in 1979.

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