Aug. 14, 2015 – The University of Houston Law Center today welcomes its Class of 2018 with a day-long orientation featuring remarks and insights from the dean, faculty, staff, students, and members of the legal community. This afternoon’s closing address will be given by Tony Buzbee ’97, a successful personal injury litigator who recently won a $159 million verdict for the victims of a Valero refinery fire.
Buzbee, a former Marine Corps infantry officer in the first Gulf War and U.S. operations in Somalia, graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.S. degree in psychology before going on to UHLC. He graduated summa cum laude and served as managing editor of the Houston Law Review.
In addition to his most recent verdict, the Buzbee Law Firm has won several, high profile, multimillion dollar verdicts and settlements. He is also the lead defense attorney in the criminal indictment of former Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Buzbee will give his remarks beginning at 3:35 p.m. in Krost Hall at the Law Center campus.
Dean Leonard M. Baynes said, “It is a great day for the Law Center! We have a terrific and very diverse entering class with excellent educational backgrounds. It is also such an honor for these students to have an opportunity to hear and learn from Mr. Buzbee who is one of the most accomplished trial lawyers in the country.”
Speakers throughout the day include Dean Baynes, Assistant Dean for Admissions Jamie West Dillon, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Sondra Tennessee, and Professor Sapna Kumar, who will advise students on “Preparing for Success in Law School and Your Professional Career.”
Student leaders will help the incoming 1Ls make the transition to law school by telling them “What I Wish Had Known During My First Year of Law School.”
Other speakers include representatives from the University, State Bar of Texas, Texas Young Lawyers Association, UH Writing Center, and Texas Lawyers Assistance Program.
Orientation continues Saturday with “Community Service Day 2015,” an opportunity for members of the Law Center community to get involved in service projects throughout the area.
Baynes initiated “Community Service Day” last year as a means of engendering a sense of public service in students by getting involved in area projects. More than 210 volunteers pitched in before classes even started for the fall semester.
This year’s agencies and activities include the Mayor’s Back-to-School Fest, the Houston Food Bank, the Hermann Park Conservatory, NAACP Legal Redress, and Houston Habitat ReStore.