The University of Houston has received a $1 million gift from alumnus Danny M. Sheena, founder of the Sheena Law Firm, to support construction of the new John M. O’Quinn Law Building, scheduled to be completed in 2022. In recognition of the gift, the planned moot courtroom and dividable classroom space within it will be named the Danny M. Sheena Courtroom; the Danny M. Sheena Classroom; and the Megan D. Sheena Classroom, named for Sheena’s middle daughter, who is currently a student at the UH Law Center. Construction of the $93 million ultramodern John M. O’Quinn Law Building will start this fall. The new building will support a learning environment that expands student resources, enhances faculty recruitment, increases engagement with industry and the community, and affirms that the school is investing in the future of its most significant asset—law students.

“The existing UH Law Center building was built over 50 years ago at a time where no computers or cellphones existed. I remember studying for my final exams in the underground study areas and thinking of the structural components that went into designing the Law Center,” said Sheena, in a statement. “As a UH engineering and Law Center graduate, I am happy that I can be a part of the new UH Law Center state-of-the-art building that will continue to provide students with an excellent legal education.”

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