University of Houston Law Center Dean Leonard M. Baynes announced new faculty hires and responded to students’ questions and concerns recently at two “Discussions with the Dean.”
Baynes opened with a review of 2015 and the latest scholarly additions to the Law Center -- Professor David Fagundes, Professor Renee Newman Knake, and Associate Professor Gina S. Warren.
Fagundes, currently a visiting professor from Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles, teaches Property, Statutory Interpretation, and Mortgage Crisis Seminar. Knake will teach Professional Responsibility courses and comes to the Law Center from Michigan State University College of Law. Warren, who was previously at the Texas A&M University School of Law. and will teach Oil and Gas, Energy Law and Policy, and International Energy Law.
One of the best things about our institution is our faculty,” Baynes said. “They’re great scholars, great teachers, and great advocates and mentors for our students.
Baynes also highlighted his trips to New York and the Rio Grande Valley to meet with alumni as well as monthly visits to Houston-area businesses and law firms.
Whenever I go to see alums, the things I ask for is if there are opportunities for our students,” Baynes said. “Are there jobs for our students? Are there internships or externships for our students? It's very important to me."
Baynes told students that there have been preliminary steps made to build a new building for the Law Center, but added that the process is still in an early stage.
“Things are moving in a positive direction,” Baynes said. “We’re forming a committee to determine what the building might look like.” The recent death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was also a topic of discussion. “Whatever you may think of his views, he has had a major, major impact,” Baynes said. “He has changed the course of the law.”