Howard Nations Dean for a Day at South Texas College of Law

Posted by Cindy Nations

Howard Nations as Dean for a Day
Howard Nations as Dean for a Day

December 3, 2012 – We have to hand it to Dean Guter and the staff at South Texas College of Law. They really went all out to make the “Dean for a Day” experience both enjoyable and unforgettable. From the moment Mr. Nations arrived at the school, he was met by one surprise after another . . . all perfectly planned and well-executed by the Dean and many employees.

They re-named the school “The Nations Law School” for the day, complete with custom-made banners with a picture of Howard Nations sporting a tuxedo and flashing that infamous smile! The school photographer followed us around all day like paparazzi, capturing everything on film. The former registrar of the school Lylene Pilkenton, now retired, came out of retirement to work once again with her old friend ” Professor Nations.” He was also given the opportunity to lecture to an Aviation Law class, bringing back fond memories of his 25 years as a Law Professor at South Texas.

Following a very nice reception and mingling with students, professors, South Texas alumni, and former students of Howard Nations (some who graduated over 30 years ago) everyone entered the lecture hall to watch the documentary Hot Coffee, presented by “Dean Nations.” There was a popcorn machine on hand — after all what’s a movie without popcorn!

Hot Coffee began with a discussion led by “Dean Nations”, after which we watched the movie, which was followed up with the audience participating in a lively discussion, asking questions, and sharing ideas. Many people had never seen the Hot Coffee movie and left with a much better understanding of what tort reform is really all about. Several people were inspired to take action! That’s exactly what we wanted. Overall, it was a wonderful day. My sincerest thanks to Dean Guter and everyone at South Texas who worked so hard to make this day such a special honor for my dad.

You can watch the video here…

The Nations Law Firm Issues a Challenge

By Andrea Schmauss

Houston Police Department, 27th Annual Comida Food Drive
Houston Police Department, 27th Annual Comida Food Drive

November 29, 2012 – Howard Nations issues a challenge to ALL Houston Area Law Firms to Donate to the HPD Comida Food Drive. For the past 27 years HPD has partnered with Fiesta Mart, Inc., The Pepsi Bottling Group and the Houston Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association to collect, package and distribute boxes of food to Houston’s underprivileged families. Last year HPD was able to provide 3,500 boxes of food to places of worship for distribution to families in need.

Cindy Nations, the firm’s Managing Partner, presented a $1,000 check to HPD this afternoon. She challenged all law firms to help make the holiday a little brighter for many Houston area families.

To place an online donation go to, click on the “Comida Food Drive” and then the “Make a Donation” button. Online donations are being accepted now through December 1, with 100% of all cash donations to go toward the purchase of basic bulk food staples.
Volunteers will be at 14 area Fiesta Marts (locations listed below) to accept food and cash donations Thursday November 29, and Friday November 30, noon to 8 p.m., and on Saturday December 1, and Sunday December 2, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

711 Airline, Houston 77022
6200 Bellaire, Houston 77081
7510 Bellfort, Houston 77061
12201 East Freeway, Houston 77015
1175 Edgebrook, Houston 77034
8320 FM 1960, Houston77070
11240 Fondren, Houston 77096
10401 Jensen, Houston 77093
8130 Kirby, Houston 77054
5600 Mykawa, Houston 77033
2300 North Shepherd, Houston 77008
4200 San Jacinto, Houston 77004
800 South Wayside, Houston 77023
12584 Westheimer, Houston 77077

For more information, please email

Howard Nations Supports Human Rights First as an Underwriter of Their Annual Awards Dinner

Posted by Andrea Schmauss

dove_HRFOctober 24, 2012 – Human Rights First is an independent advocacy organization that challenges our country to live up to its ideals. They press American institutions—including government and business—to respect human rights, seeking to close the gap between values and action.  Around the world, they foster American influence to secure core freedoms through the rule of law. 

Meredith Vieira will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies at the event on October 24, 2012 in New York.  This year’s Human Rights Award Honoree is Chinese Human Rights Activist Chen Guangcheng.  Chen Guangcheng champions the rights of women, the disabled, and the poor in China, and gives courage to all who struggle for human rights.

Howard Nations in New York at the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights

December 5, 2011 – Howard Nations was in New York attending the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights Annual Awards dinner where Human Rights Defenders from around the world are honored for their devotion to justice and to the basic human rights of people everywhere.

Howard is a member of the Leadership Council of the Center and had the pleasure of having lunch with Ethel Kennedy, Founder of the Center and her daughter, Kerry Kennedy, the President and driving force behind the Center.