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: http://www.rodeohouston.com/. 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!
A look at the Section C study carrels (on a sunny Saturday morning–evidence that law students don’t study ALL day).
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.
The UHLC Blakely Advocacy Institute posted its second major victory in less than a week with the first-place win at the International Chamber of Commerce’s International Commercial Mediation Competition in Paris, France, one of the most prestigious advocacy competitions in the world. Teams representing 67 law and business schools from around the world competed in the 10th annual competition which tests students’ commercial dispute resolution skills. Congratulations to 2L Rose Badruddin and 3L Brandon Schrecengost on this fantastic accomplishment. The UHLC team was coached by alumni Kevin Hedges, Lucy Tyson, Niki Roberts, and Will Sprott.
As a result of winning the competition, Badruddin and Schrecengost will have the opportunity to intern with one of two global law firms– Evershelds or Linklaters.
The University of Houston Law Center is the first repeat winner of the competition, having won the tournament 10 years ago.
National Champions– Barira Munshi, Travis Holland, and Ashley Ellerin.
University of Houston Law Center students Ashley Ellerin, Travis Holland, and Barira Munshi took first place at the Costello National Criminal Mock Trial Competition last weekend in Fairfax, Virginia. The competition included 32 teams, and our students defeated teams from Brigham Young University, Emory University, University of Illinois, University of Pennsylvania, and University of Buffalo. The UHLC team was the highest scoring prosecution team, scoring higher than the University of Texas, whose team also made it to the semi-finals. The final win was against Buffalo, securing the national championship.
Houston is well-known for many things around the nation ~ its foodie culture, vast expanse of land, and its uncanny ability to withstand economic downturns. Here are just a few tidbits of information to illustrate how we stack up to other cities in the United States.*
- Houston is expected to lead the state and nation in population and employment growth between 2015-2040.
- Clocking in at 6.3 million residents for the greater Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land area, we are the fifth most populous metro area in the nation, behind New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Dallas-Fort Worth (as of July 2013).
- The actual city of Houston, excluding all the surrounding areas, comes in at the number four most populous city in the nation, with almost 2.2 million residents within the city limits.
- Our GAP (gross area product) for 2013 was $532.9 billion. Our economy would be larger than that of Norway or Venezuela if we were a country, according to the World Bank. That’s impressive!
- According to a survey done of more than 1.7 million one-way truck transactions in the year 2013 by U-Haul International for its The 2013 Top 50 U.S. Destination Cities, the city of Houston is the number one destination for people looking to relocate. This is the fifth year in a row that Houston has topped the list.
- Houston is known as the Energy Capital of the World and of the U.S. About half of our economic activity is comprised of the energy industry, making us a hot spot for 40 of the nation’s 145 publicly traded oil and gas companies. Nine more companies out of the top 25 oil and gas firms have a division or branch here.
- Twenty-eight companies ranked on the 2014 Forbes Global 2000 list have their world headquarters in Houston, including ConocoPhillips, Schlumberger, Halliburton, Baker Hughes, and Marathon Oil.
- We have a hugely diverse workforce, with our labor force occupying more than 2.7 million jobs.
- Houston employs more people than 35 other states in America.
- Houston was the first major metropolitan area to recover from the recession, and we’ve added more jobs since the bottom of the recession than any of the other 20 most populous metro areas in the nation.
- Because of our location (close to the Port of Houston, midway between the east and west coasts, and housing two major airports), we offer a vast number of options for businesses looking to nationally distribute their goods.
- Our city is constantly being named to the tops of various lists in metro comparisons. For example, we’ve recently been named the Top U.S. Metro (Site Selection magazine), the Top U.S. Manufacturing City, and the Best City for Your Career.
*All data obtained from the Greater Houston Partnership: http://www.houston.org/economy