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Gala guests raise $630K for UH Law Center during ‘Bollywood Bling’ event


Kris Thomas, Ravi K. Sandill, Kelly Sandill and Leonard M. Baynes. Photo by Jacob Powers.

The University of Houston Law Center Alumni Association recently dazzled attendees at the 47th Annual Law Gala & Auction, embracing the theme of "Bollywood Bling."  More than 540 alumni, faculty, and guests graced the gala at the Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston on April 6.

The evening celebrated the accomplishments of the 2024 Alumni Association Award recipients and raised approximately $630,000. The gala and auction proceeds will fund scholarships, advocacy programs, faculty research, student organizations, library acquisitions, technology advances, student recruitment, and student activities at the UH Law Center.


Elwyn Lee, Leonard Baynes, Royce West and Sheila Jackson Lee. Photo by Jacob Powers.


Cynthia Reyna Valencia, Livia Reyna, Ezequiel Reyna, Jr., Thelma Reyna and Daniel Reyna. Photo by Jacob Powers.

For the 2024 event, Kelly Sandill ’01 served as Gala Chair with Hon. Ravi K. Sandill ’01 as Honorary Chair.

The auction created some memorable moments. The Wine Connoisseurs’ Dinner for 12 with Three Texas Supreme Court Justices stole the spotlight as the most popular item, selling for $11,000 to Robert Collins ’77.

The gala is made possible by the dedication and hard work of numerous individuals, including the event co-chairs, committee members, sponsors and volunteers.


Meredith and Curtis Duncan. Photo by Jacob Powers.


Elaine Block and Hannah Block. Photo by Jacob Powers.


Judge Andrew Edison, Ben and Merritt Westcott. Photo by Jacob Powers.


Reagan and Dianne Ralston. Photo by Jacob Powers.

The 2024 Law Alumni Association Award winners were:


  • Dean's Award(s): Ezequiel Reyna ‘84 & Senator Royce West ’79
  • President's Award: Fermeen Fazal ’00
  • Alumnus of the Year Award: Dick Schwartz ‘79
  • Corporate Sector Achievement Award: Dianne Ralston ‘94
  • Diversity & Inclusion Award: Eric Munoz ‘06
  • Faculty Distinction Award: Meredith Duncan ‘93
  • Honorary Alumnus Award: Dr. Elwyn Lee
  • James M. Roach Law Fund Volunteer Award: Muhammad Aziz ‘03
  • Law Gala & Auction Award: Vinson & Elkins LLP
  • Private Practice Achievement Award: Elaine Block ‘78
  • Pro Bono/Community Service & Leadership Award: Nikhita Ved ‘10
  • Public/Non-Profit Sector Achievement Award: Anne Chandler ‘98
  • Rising Star Award(s): Luis Ruiz ’14 & Scott Armstrong ‘14

Scroll through the Gala Album below or click here to go to the Flickr Album.


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