Hollywood pizazz and alumni generosity make Gala '17 a swinging success 

April 3, 2017 - It was a night of glitz and glamour as University of Houston Law Center held its 41st Annual Law Gala & Auction at the Hilton Americas with the theme "Hollywood Swing."

More than 550 guests filled the hotel's Ballroom of the Americas, bedecked with rich red lighting and black and gold accents surrounded by lush flowers and lights, to honor outstanding faculty and alumni of the Law Center, including The Honorable Mary E. Bacon '72, Judith A. Blissard '87, Tony Buzbee '97, Michelle Gray '11, The Honorable Eva M. Guzman, William J.  Jackson '92, Greg King '85, George Levkoff '85, Professor Michael A. Olivas, Gary W. Orloff '73, Ricky A. Raven '86, The Honorable Randy Wilson '77, and the law firm Andrews Kurth Kenyon.  

Alex Roberts '06, a partner at Beck Redden LLP, chaired the 41st Annual Law Gala with his wife Anne Roberts.

Dean Leonard M. Baynes, spoke about the success of the Law Center and shared with attendees exciting developments with the Cornerstone Club campaign to support a new law building.

UH System Chancellor Renu Khator took the stage to congratulate the Law Center on this year's accomplishments and to honor Buzbee as winner of the Dean's Award.

Auctioneer Vincent J. Montalbano, performed a lively "Paddles Up" speed fundraiser where attendees were encouraged to donate on the spot to support student scholarship. The "Paddles Up" and live and silent auctions raised more than $99,000. The auction was co-chaired by Michelle Gray. The event overall raised nearly $500,000, which will fund scholarships, advocacy programs, faculty research, student organizations, library acquisitions, technology advances, student recruitment, and other student activities at the Law Center.

Following the auction, attendees danced the night away to the musical stylings of the Richard Brown Orchestra.

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