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UH Law Gala celebrates 75 years of law school history, raises $600K for scholarships

2022 UH Law Alumni Association Award Recipients

UH Law alumni and guests at the 45th Annual Law Gala and Auction

May 4, 2022––The University of Houston Law Center marked its 75th anniversary with a Roaring 2020s-themed gala, honoring the significant strides made by the UH Law Center and looking ahead to the next 75 years. More than $600K was raised for scholarships and initiatives to advance the Law Center’s mission.

Presented by the UH Law Center and the University of Houston Law Center Alumni Association, the 45th Annual Law Gala & Auction was held on Saturday, April 9 at The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston. The evening started with ceremony to honor 2022 UH Law Alumni Association Award recipients.

The festive gala was complete with sparkling art deco décor and a show-stopping Ostrich feather photo backdrop. More than 500 UH Law Center alumni, faculty, and friends came together to celebrate, donning their best bow ties and 1920s flat caps as well as fringe-full dresses and vintage headpieces.

UH Law Dean Leonard M. Baynes with 2022 Law Gala co-chairs Troy ’98 and Christin Chandler

“Christin and I are honored to be hosting this ‘come back’ event on behalf of the Law Center,” said 2022 Gala Chair Troy Chandler ‘98. This year’s Law Gala & Auction was the Law Center’s first in-person gala since 2019.

“Tonight’s event is a huge success and we appreciate our many dear friends, family and colleagues, and the generous friends and supporters of the Law Center,” Chandler said.

Celebrants had the opportunity to bid on a host of exceptional auction items and experiences, from an evening for 10 at Vin de Garde Wine Cellar, getaways in Rosemary Beach or in the Texas Hill Country, to an exclusive Whiskies of the World dinner with Justice Ruby Kless Sondock ’61.

But the most popular auction items by far were Albertus, an American Kennel Club-registered Labrador Retriever puppy sporting a red UH bandana, and a stay at an oceanfront villa in Punta de Mita, Mexico.

Funds raised at the gala supported UH Law Center’s Fuel the Future Initiative which moves the Law Center forward through two primary avenues, student scholarships for deserving and high-caliber students of all backgrounds and through the Law Fund.

“We have much to celebrate this year,” said UH Law Center Dean Leonard M. Baynes. “In August, we are moving into the new John M. O’Quinn Law Building. Our Law Center is a world-class law school. Houston is a world class city. We will now have a world-class building to match our great law school and the great City of Houston.”

“The new building is a major milestone in the Law Center’s trajectory,” Baynes said. “Its completion will coincide with our birth 75 years ago when the Law Center started operations in converted World War II barracks.”

The future of the UH Law Center certainly looks bright, with hundreds of alumni and supporters like Mo Aziz ’04 giving back to advance the institution’s future.

Aziz, recently named Attorney of the Year, announced at the gala the start of his “full-tuition named scholarship with the Law Center.”

“I am proud of my UHLC degree, my career accomplishments, and hope to make these dreams possible for those behind me too,” Aziz said.

Click here for photo highlights from the 45th Annual Law Gala and Auction and 2022 UH Law Alumni Association Awards.

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