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UH Law Center Associate Dean Tennessee receives Excellence in Education Award

Sondra Tennessee

Sondra Tennessee

May 16, 2022 - The Houston Lawyers Association has named University of Houston Law Center Associate Dean Sondra Tennessee recipient of the 2022 Roberson L. King Award.

The annual education award recognizes individuals who empower the community through education and service to today's legal scholars and tomorrow's legal icons.

For more than 25 years, Tennessee has been an integral part of the Law Center. As the Associate Dean of Alumni and Community Relations, she leads the engagement efforts with alumni, businesses, and the community. Tennessee also oversees career development and endowed and other named scholarship awards for the Law Center students.

Active in the legal education field, Tennessee has held leadership roles in several national organizations including the Law School Admissions Council, where she was a former board member and past Diversity Committee chair. At the American Bar Association, Tennessee serves on the Commission on Lawyer Assistance, which seeks to improve mental health for lawyers, judges, and law students across the country.

“I was truly honored to receive Roberson King Award, said Tennessee. “Working at the UH Law Center has given me the opportunity to support so many incredibly smart and talented students and alumni. It is exciting when your work is your passion. What is even more exciting is to be recognized for it. This award is a challenge to me to continue to work hard for not only the UH Law Center community, but the community at large.”

Founded in 1955, the Houston Lawyers Association was created at “a time when African American lawyers could not join the Houston Bar Association.” King, one of six founders of the HLA, helped establish its mission to ensure equality and excellence in the strive for justice.   
Honorees were recognized during the HLA Scholarship and Awards Gala held last Saturday.

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