UH Law Center remembers former Dean and Professor Stephen Zamora

UH Law Center remembers former Dean and Professor Stephen Zamora

University of Houston Law Center Professor Emeritus Stephen Zamora, an authority on International and Mexican law, died Friday in Mexico City at the age of 72.

Zamora joined the Law Center faculty in 1978, and served as the Law Center’s dean from 1995 to 2000. He founded and continued to direct the Center for U.S. and Mexican Law at the law school, served as director of the North American Consortium on Legal Education, and as an adviser to the Houston Journal of International Law. He retired in November 2014 from the classroom where he taught courses on International Business Transactions, International Trade, NAFTA and others.

Law Center community remembers former Dean Stephen Zamora; major gift from family announced

At a reception following the service, Law Center Dean Leonard M. Baynes announced the establishment, with the support of Zamora’s widow, Dr. Lois P. Zamora, and his family, of the Stephen T. Zamora Memorial Fund. The family contributed $100,000 to start the fund that will support the activities of the Center for U.S. and Mexican Law specifically for hiring an interim director. The fund will provide scholarships to Law Center students, especially those interested in the LL.M. program in International Law.

Texas congressman honors former UHLC Dean and Professor Stephen Zamora

Rep. Henry Cuellar eulogized the life and legacy of Stephen T. Zamora on July 28 in a speech made to the House of Representatives in Washington D.C.

Zamora, a former dean who retired in 2014 after 36 years in the classroom, died in Mexico City on July 8, 2016 at the age of 72.

Since 2005, Cuellar has represented Texas’ 28th congressional district, which extends from south of San Antonio to the U.S.-Mexico border in Laredo.

Cuellar’s speech in honor of Zamora can be read below:

"Mr. Speaker, I rise today to commemorate the life of Stephen Thomas Zamora, who proudly served the people of Houston, Texas, as a professor at the University of Houston Law Center for nearly thirty-six years. Stephen Zamora was born on June 26, 1944, in Los Angeles, California. Steve graduated from Servite High School in 1962, and earned a B.A. from Stanford University four years later. It was there where he met and married his wife, Lois. Together, they worked for the Peace Corps for two years.

Afterwards, Steve graduated first in his class with a law degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1972. After law school, in 1973, Stephen served as a Postgraduate Fellow at the University Consortium for World Order Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. He would then practice international law at the World Bank in Washington D.C. from 1974 to 1978 before settling in Houston, Texas.

Mr. Zamora joined the University of Houston Law Center’s faculty and served as the first dean of Hispanic origin from 1995 to 2000. He also dedicated his independent research at the Center for U.S. and Mexican Law to Mexican law and relations. For his work, he was awarded the highest distinction by the Mexican Extensions of Remarks July 28, 2017 Order of the Aztec Eagle, in 2006. He continued to devote his time to his professional interests until 2015.

Mr. Zamora lived a long and service filled life. He was an accomplished educator, a role model to his students, and loving father and husband to his wife, Lois Zamora; his daughter, Camille Zamora, and her husband Thomas; grandsons Landon and Nate; and siblings Carol, Anita, John, Mary, Paula, and Tony; and his many nephews, nieces, aunts, cousins, and friends. I am honored to have the opportunity to recognize and honor Stephen Zamora for his many years of service."