Fierce and fiery, Houston trial attorney John M. O’Quinn was famous — and infamous — for his relentless pursuit of wrongdoers and his ability to charm and sway juries with his charismatic, powerful presence.
The man who owned a car collection worth over $100million – including what was believed to be the world’s oldest running motor car – sadly died in 2009 in an accident involving a single car, but left a legacy of helping those in need and for philanthropy, including his alma mater University of Houston.
Montage, then, that, UH will officially open the John M. O’Quinn Law Pavilion Thursday September 22. The ribbon-cutting ceremony, which will take place at 6 p.m., will be a celebration with UH President Renu Khator; Leonard M. Baynes, dean of the UH Law Center; UH alumni, donors and dignitaries.
Students and visitors can relax at the James and Carol Roach Rooftop Lounge.
After years of construction, the state-of-the-art, $93 million legal center is the newest legal building in Texas. Designed by women-owned architecture firm Shepley’s Bulfinchthe five-story, state-of-the-art building offers 180,000 square feet of space for research, clinics, courtrooms and events.
UH law students now have amenities such as a two-story library, a meditation room, commuter showers with changing rooms, an outdoor patio with spectacular views of campus and downtown UH. Houston, a student lounge and convenience store.
“It has been a decades-long dream of alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends who wanted a new building that represented the quality and caliber of the Law Center,” said Leonard M. Baynes. , dean of the University of Houston Law Center.
The roof of the building’s William D. Wood atrium.
O’Quinn graduated from the UH Law Center in 1967 and would go on to become one of Bayou City’s most recognizable and bold names. After his death in 2009, his John M. O’Quinn Foundation donated over $16 million to support the Legal Center and the construction of buildings.
The new Legal Center is located at 4170 Martin Luther King Blvd., on the northeast corner of the UH campus. Students, faculty and staff began use the building earlier this semester.
John O’Quinn was one of HU’s most famous graduates.
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the UH Law Center, which was established in 1947. It houses the university’s JD and LL.M. degree programs as well as nationally ranked clinics, specialized institutes, pre-law pipeline programs and career services
Three of the center’s law programs rank among the top 10 nationally according to US News and World Report : n° 6 in intellectual property law, n° 7 in health law and n° 9 in part-time law.