Aug. 10, 2015 - It may be the dog days of summer, but University of Houston Law Center Dean Leonard M. Baynes has been in high gear. During the past two months he has visited several prominent Houston law firms and corporations including Porter & Hedges, LLP, Gardere Wynne Sewell, LLP, Locke Lord,LLP, Baker Botts, LLP and Norton Rose Fulbright, LLP, and AT&T Corp.
At each stop, he has met with UHLC alumni, law firm partners and associates, and law students working as summer associates and made the “Power of Legal Education” presentation on how the Law Center remains committed to empowering future generations of law school students to achieve their dreams and to become ethical and effective advocates for their clients.
Baynes also touted the Law Center’s “powerhouse faculty,” and the accomplishments of the students.
Baynes also participated in a two-city symposium, “The State of Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession,” presented by the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession. This symposium took Baynes and the other participants to the Houston office of Baker Botts, LLP; they then took their message on the road, busing to Dallas, for part two of their presentation at AT&T Corp.
Speakers from across the spectrum addressed the legal profession’s longstanding struggle to become more diverse and inclusive of people of differing ethnicities, races, genders, and sexual identities, among other characteristics.
Baynes described how the Law Center is addressing that challenge with a new Pre-Law Pipeline Program, an initiative to bring undergraduate students from underrepresented or economically challenged backgrounds to UHLC for a six-week program designed to introduce them to the rigors of law school and to prepare them for the LSAT. Twenty-one students from across the country participated in the inaugural class which ended its summer session in July.