June 18, 2014- St. John's University School of Law has recognized Leonard M. Baynes, incoming dean of the University of Houston Law Center, as a "renowned champion" during "An Evening in Harlem" event. St. John's professors Elaine Chiu, Janai Nelson, and Vice Dean Emeritus Andrew J. Simons presented Baynes with an award for his work as the inaugural director of the Ronald H. Brown Center at the event held June 12.
“We all know that ‘Dean’ Len Baynes has been for some time the Executive Director of our Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights and Economic Development -the premiere program in the country for promoting diversity in legal education and, as a result in the legal profession, but I’m not sure how many know that Len is a terrific teacher (Business Organizations), scholar, mentor, outstanding colleague and above all a really nice guy.
“Houston’s gain is our loss, but we are much the better for Len having been our friend and colleague for these past twelve years!,” said Andrew J. Simons, Vice Dean Emeritus of St John’s University School of Law.
The recognition followed another tribute to Baynes presented by New York law firms, Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP and Paul Hastings LLP, and AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company during a Ronald H. Brown Center's Summer Law School Preparatory Program on June 9.