The gift will support construction of a new building, to be named the John M. O'Quinn Law Building, designed to enhance students’ educational experience, engage and serve the public, and provide opportunities for greater interaction on the local, national, and international levels. Construction on the building is slated to begin next summer.
O'Quinn, who passed away in 2009, was a Law Center alumnus and a longtime supporter of the university. His previous gifts to the university include support for the O'Quinn Law Library, John M. O'Quinn Field at TDECU Stadium, the O'Quinn Great Hall at the UH Alumni Center, and the UH College of Medicine.
"John M. O'Quinn arose from humble beginnings, and through the power of his UH legal education, he became one of the nation's top trial lawyers, winning more than $21 billion for his clients," said UH Law Center dean Leonard M. Baynes. "During his life, he routinely gave back to the Houston community by supporting education, hospitals, and programs that enrich the lives of underserved communities. Having his name permanently on our new building will inspire our students that they too can overcome their life circumstances, be outstanding trial lawyers, and give back to their communities."
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