Law Center Professors Receive Teaching Awards

Today Provost Paula Short announced the 2015 Faculty Excellence Awards recognizing professors university-wide who have excelled in teaching and service to students. Of the 18 individual faculty teaching awards given, 4 recipients were from the law school. Professors Zachary Bray and Jessica Roberts were awarded the Teaching Excellence Award, Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was awarded the Clinical Teaching Award, and Professor Sandra Guerra Thompson received the Distinguished Leadership in Teaching Excellence Award, which is given to a previous Teaching Excellence Award winner “who in ten or more years of teaching, has made sustained and significant contributions to education.”

This is a record number of wins in one year for the law school. We’re proud of our faculty and the work they do here, and it is great to see them recognized by the University. Congratulations to all of the 2015 award winners!

To read more about our faculty visit the UHLC Faculty page.

Go to the SHO!

A mere 22 miles from the University of Houston Law Center’s campus, the city of Houston plays host to the PGA Tour tournament, the Shell Houston Open.  Currently played at the Golf Club of Houston, the week before the Masters Tournament, the seven day event has something to offer every level of interest.

Not interested in golf, at all, the tournament course easily offers a scenic 7 mile walk in Greens Bayou, a rarely seen part of the Houston “wild.”

Interested in celebrity? Not only will you get a chance to see some of the PGA’s greatest, as they vie for the million plus dollar purse, but you just might see a non-golf celebrity. This year drew Houston Texans’ head coach Bill O’Brien, among others.

Have a passing interest or are highly interested in golf? I’m certain you could find a reason to attend.

Overall, the atmosphere of the Shell Houston Open is entertaining. Food and beverages run on the pricey side ($6 hot dog, $7 adult beverages). Entrance fees start at $30.00, but students on a budget may consider the option to volunteer (although you must purchase a uniform, currently priced at $80.00).

As one of the major sporting event options in the city of Houston, the Annual Shell Houston Open offers an outdoor and unique opportunity to enjoy professional sports, beyond the offerings of NRG Stadium, Minute Maid Park, the Toyota Center and BBVA Compass Stadium.

For more information, please visit


A visit from a Star

On Tuesday, March 31st the University of Houston Law Center was privileged to welcome home one of its own. Star Jones, University of Houston Law Center class of 1986, was presented with the prestigious Dean’s Award recognizing her significant accomplishments as a proud UHLC graduate. In addition to her being honored at the award reception, UHLC students had the opportunity to learn from the New York licensed attorney as she shared her perspective in a first year criminal law class. Her open, earnest and engaging interaction with the Law Center community benefited students, faculty and staff.

Ms. Jones’ presence was a unique opportunity to see the success of the UHLC education in action! Later, Ms. Jones said that, “[i]t is clear that my legal education has been the key to my success.”

The Law Center could not be more proud of the success she has accomplished, post-graduation!


Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is in town!  Houston is very proud of its rodeo as it is the world’s largest live entertainment and livestock exhibition.  Since 2003, it has been held at the NRG Stadium (it was previously held in the Astrodome).  The event is 20 days long and this year runs from March 3-22nd.  Each year it is kicked off by the Downtown Rodeo Roundup held near Houston City Hall, the Downtown Rodeo Parade, and the ConocoPhillips Rodeo Run – a 10k and 5k walk & run, and the World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest.  The show features championship rodeo action, livestock competitions, concerts, a carnival, pig racing, barbecue and the Rodeo Uncorked! Traditional trail rides, which start in different areas of Texas and end in Houston, precede the Rodeo events.  The rodeo has drawn some of the world’s biggest recording artists.  This year’s lineup includes: Miranda Lambert, John Legend, Fall Out Boy, Pitbull, and Ariana Grande just to name a few.

This Friday, February 27th was Go Texan Day.  Residents were encouraged to dress in western wear the Friday before the rodeo begins.  The Admissions Office participated and we all dressed in our western best!

This year I also had the opportunity to attend the Downtown Rodeo Parade!  Every February since 1938 the parade has celebrated Western heritage with decorative floats, marching bands, and thousands of men and women on horseback.  The picture below shows the University of Houston Marching band marching down Travis Street.  My daughter can be seen in the picture wearing her Houston red (and black polka dots)!


For more information about the rodeo, please visit:  If you don’t have a chance to attend one of the events this year, it is definitely something to look forward to next March!

Around the Campus- Your own little piece of the Law Center

A glimpse of the Section C study carrels (on a sunny Saturday morning.)

A look at the Section C study carrels (on a sunny Saturday morning–evidence that law students don’t study ALL day).

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The carrels provide a semi-private study space and include a lockable cabinet for books and personal items.


One popular stop on our prospective student tour is the visit to the study carrels. At the Law Center all first-year students are assigned to a personal study carrel, which is yours to use for the first year of law school.  Carrels are organized by section so each 1L section has its own “home base.”  The study carrels are part study space, part social hub, and–at the risk of sounding cheesy–are where many life-long relationships are forged.

A tour of the carrels can give you a glimpse into the personality of that section and the students in it.  Students sometimes personalize their carrels with family photos, plants, or memorabilia collected throughout the year. Students further enhance the feeling of community by bringing shared coffee machines or refrigerators and even decorate for the holidays, as you can see from the pictures to the left showing Section C’s Lunar New Year decor. (My pictures really don’t do them justice. They’re impressive.)

Over the years I have seen both serious and cheeky motivational posters, flyers for upcoming social events and SBA elections, and signs admonishing noisy passersby to respect the study space. I have witnessed post-final exam celebrations and pre-interview pep talks, and walking through my old section’s carrels always brings back happy memories. The carrels are a small perk of the 1L year that play an integral role in student life.