Office of the Dean
Office of Student Services
Office of Admissions
Office of Career Development
Dean and Professor of Law:
Leonard M. Baynes, B.S., New York University; M.B.A., J.D., Columbia University.
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs:
Lonny S. Hoffman, B.A., Columbia College; Ph.D., University of Texas Law Center.
Director of O’Quinn Law Library and Associate Professor of Law:
Spencer L. Simons, B.A., M.B.A., J.D., Master of Librarianship, University of Washington.
Assistant Dean for Information Technology:
Scott Smith, B.S., University of Houston; M.S., University of Texas at Tyler.
Associate Dean for Finance and Administration:
Mybao Nguyen, B.B.A., University of Houston.
Associate Dean of Student Affairs:
Sondra R. Tennessee, B.A., Vanderbilt University; J.D., Washington University.
Assistant Dean for Admissions:
Jamie West Dillon, B.A., University of Tulsa; J.D., University of Houston.
Assistant Dean for Career Development:
Allison C. Regan, B.A., Clemson University, J.D., Loyola University - New Orleans.
Director of Marketing and Communications:
Carrie A. Criado, B.A., University of Texas Austin; J.D. UHLC
Director of Trial Advocacy Program, Newell Blakely Institute:
Jim Lawrence, B.S, M.A, Appalachian State University; J.D. UHLC
About the Law Center
The primary objective of the Law Center is to provide a context for excellence in legal education and research. It seeks to provide broad and intensive training in the legal profession. Students are exposed to a variety of perspectives on law and legal systems and are expected to develop familiarity with contemporary law and the legal skills necessary to function as competent, ethical professionals. The Law Center emphasizes neither a theoretical nor a practical view of law, believing that both are integral to legal education.
During the past decade, the Law Center has experienced dramatic qualitative and quantitative growth. The student body consists of more than 800 individuals drawn from all parts of the country in a highly competitive admission program. Many law students have graduate degrees or professional recognition in other disciplines. The student body’s quality, professional achievement, geographic origin, and experience represent strengths of the Law Center. These strengths result in placement of graduates in major law firms in Houston and throughout the country. Instruction is conducted primarily by approximately 72 full-time law faculty. Many are nationally recognized experts in fields such as health law, intellectual property law, international law, energy law, environmental law, commercial law, family law, constitutional law, and tax law. The faculty is supported by a select group of adjunct professors from the Houston bar, one of the major legal communities in the country. This combined faculty offers a broad range of professional experience and expertise.
The Law Center operates with the approval of the American Bar Association and the Supreme Court of Texas, is a member of the Association of American Law Schools, and has a chapter of the Order of the Coif, the national legal scholastic honor society.