2017 Spring Banquet – Thursday, April 6, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

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Featuring a presentation by

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Patrick L. Hughes of Haynes & Boone

TITLE: The Road Ahead: A Life Including the Law

LOCATION: Maggiano’s Little Italy (2019 Post Oak Blvd., Houston, 77056)

The Banquet will include a reception, dinner, the featured presentation, and then the announcement of the following awards:

— Best Candidate

— Most Contributing Editor

— Writing Awards for Candidates with the Best Casenotes & Comments

Spring Banquet sponsors include: Beirne Maynard Parsons, Andrews Kurth, Bracewell LLP, Fletcher Yoder, and Cooley LLP.

This year’s writing awards are supported by donations from: Mr. & Mrs. James W. Skelton, Mr. Scott S. Cramer, Mr. & Mrs. Antroy Arreola, Mr. Andy Arnold & Mrs. Allyson Li, Mr. Walter A. Wright, and The Vlahadamis Law Firm.

Register to attend the Journal‘s Spring Banquet by filling in the form below.

Admission Fee for Spring Banquet

Admission is free for all current Houston Journal of International Law candidates and editors.

Admission fee is $50.00 for each of the following: (1) Journal alumni; and (2) Guests

Admission fees are due to Allyson Li.  Please email: allysonyangli@gmail.com for any questions.


ADMISSION FEE PAYMENT INSTRUCTIONS: Admission fee can be paid by Check or by Credit Card via Paypal.

Payment by Check: Please make payments by check to UH LAW FOUNDATION.  Please note “Houston Journal of International Law” in the memo section of the check.

Send checks to:

University of Houston Law Center

c/o Vicky Crain/Allyson Li

4604 Calhoun Rd., Suite 30

Houston, Texas 77204-6060

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Houston Journal of International Law Spring Banquet

Time / Place: Thursday, April 6, 2017, 7:00 p.m. – Maggiano Little Italy, 2019 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, TX 77056

About Patrick L. Hughes

Patrick Hughes is an alumnus of the University of Houston Law Center and of the Houston Journal of International Law. He has represented countless business debtors, secured creditors and court appointed committees in numerous bankruptcy cases throughout the country. Pat also has had an active business litigation practice, and he has also counseled boards and management teams on a variety of transactional and litigation matters which arise out of restructuring situations.

Pat’s practice has involved key roles in some of the largest business bankruptcy cases filed. He is credited with a number of reported court decisions in many other noteworthy cases of regional and national significance. While his practice has encompassed all types of businesses, he has particular experience in restructuring matters affecting energy companies, and companies subject to mass tort or large litigation claims. As a Fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy, he is recognized in the field as someone who understands what the bankruptcy process can do, and how it may help solve problems.

Pat’s experience includes his lead role for large and middle market debtor companies operating in the energy industry, such as Tri-Union Development Corporation, Pisces Energy, LLC, Coral Petroleum, Inc., United Refining, Inc., Great Western Coal Company, each in Chapter 11 reorganization cases. He has similarly represented energy companies in out-of-court restructurings.

His representation of official committees in chapter 11 cases has included significant bankruptcy cases such as Dow Corning Corporation, Birraporetti’s Restaurants, Partners Oil Company, and Sakowitz, Inc.

Pat has also had key roles for creditors and parties-in-interest in a number of mass tort restructuring and bankruptcy cases, such as Federal Mogul Corporation, Dow Corning Corporation, Armstrong Industries, GAF Corp., Quigley Corporation, Garlock Corporation, and Pittsburgh Corning Corp. He has also had significant creditor representation in the General Motors and Lyondell chemical chapter 11 cases.

In addition to his business focused practice, Pat is dedicated to the provision of legal services for the poor. He has been recognized by the state and local bar for his work as chair of the Houston Bar Association’s bankruptcy pro bono section since its inception in 1999. Pat also handles individual indigent consumer bankruptcy cases on a regular basis to give them a fresh start. He is especially proud of those clients who have gained a renewed sense of purpose, and who are able to rebuild their lives for the future.

Pat is committed to ensuring his clients are directly involved in the legal process that affects them. He has been certified as a business bankruptcy specialist by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1989, when the specialty was first recognized.

Pat is dedicated to supporting our community, and sponsors scholarships at The South Texas College of Law and the Houston High School Hockey Association as part of his efforts to promote good values in our society.

For questions about law firm sponsorship opportunities at HJIL’s Spring Banquet, please contact Allyson Li (Managing Editor).

Email: allysonyangli@gmail.com// Tel: (936) 229-1493


See James W. Skelton, Jr., The Journal at 30: An Insider’s View, 30 Hous. J. Int’l L. 617 (2008), for a concise account of the Journal’s first 30 years, given by a longtime supporter and advisor to the Journal.


Skelton Lecture Series // Thursday, February 23rd, 2017, 6:30 p.m.