April 11, 2018 - With the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey serving as a backdrop, the University of Houston Law Center unveiled its new edition of Briefcase Magazine this week on its website.
In a departure from previous formats, the edition was arranged as a year in review and is meant to remind Law Center alumni and friends of the happenings, successes and challenges of 2017.
"Hurricane Harvey provided the greatest challenge of the year, and the Law Center community rallied to help those affected by it," said Dean Leonard M. Baynes. "Though the building itself survived relatively unscathed, the storm and its aftermath forced the closure of the school for 10 days. A number of students, faculty, and staff fell victim to the flood waters that inundated large parts of the city, county and beyond. The magazine highlights some of the relief efforts lead by the Law Center in the aftermath of the storm."
In the wake of Harvey's historic devastation, the Law Center community responded to assist people in the Houston area in a number of ways.
UHLC faculty, staff, and students answered pressing legal questions posed by flood victims at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Professor Emeritus Richard Alderman hosted a special Hurricane Harvey edition of the People's Law School. Associate Professor Tony Chase co-chaired a relief fund advisory committee. The Law Center also co-sponsored a FEMA program where Hilarie Bass, president of the American Bar Association, was on hand to observe attorney volunteer efforts. Young alumni helped by rolling up their sleeves to clean up homes of flood victims.
"Hurricane Harvey provided an enormous spotlight for the whole world to see the fortitude of Houstonians. Support for flood victims came in from all over including UH Law Center. It was a privilege for our communications and marketing department to tell some of these stories and to capture the spirit and generosity of our community," said Carrie Anna Criado, UHLC assistant dean of communications and marketing.
Alumni, friends and the Law Center community should expect to receive physical copies of the magazine in the coming weeks.