May 26, 2021 - The UH Law Alumni Association welcomed Alex B. Roberts '06 as its new president for the 2021-2022 term during a virtual meeting last week. Roberts, a partner at Beck Redden, replaces Victor Wright '98, director of global labor and employment at KBR.
"We thank Victor for working tirelessly for the Law Center and the Law Alumni Association for the two years he's been at the helm, and well before that during his term of service on the board," Roberts said. "Victor has been a great leader and has met the challenges of the pandemic. Some of the wonderful things he accomplished in that time were expanding mentoring programs by making more mentors available to law students and new graduates.
“Victor increased our effort at diversity and inclusion across the alumni spectrum. He has increased alumni engagement, volunteerism, expanded alumni outreach into new regions of the country. And of course under his watch we have supported the Dean ably in getting this new building built.
Roberts said he hopes to continue Wright's work in encouraging alumni to become mentors and to pursue opportunities to be mentored.
"When I was at the Law Center I was a young, naive first-generation law student who knew nothing about practicing law and knew very little about the city of Houston," Roberts said. "I was aided tremendously by law professors like Lonny Hoffman, John Mixon, Craig Joyce and Robert Ragazzo. I was also aided by many alums like Judge Gray Miller and Judge Jeff Brown. One of the strongest assets of this school is the alumni network and the willingness to sit and listen to students.
"The time is right to emphasize mentorship. Coming out COVID, so many lawyers and law students have suffered because they have lacked the in-person connection we have benefitted from. There is a year missing in many people's lives; they will greatly benefit from mentorship."
In addition to Roberts and Wright, serving as ex officio (immediate past president), officers include: