The CLE is free for members. Lunch is $25 if you pay on line at hcdla.com by 10:30am the day of luncheon, $40 at the door. Credit card is the only form of payment accepted for lunch. Approved for 1 hour of MCLE. Social time begins at 11:30 a.m. and the program starts at noon.
Join us to hear Rep. Wu's discussion of the 85th Texas Legislative Session. Rep. Wu was a passionate opponent of the «Sanctuary City» Ban, which was passed by the legislature and is already being challenged by Houston and other major Texas cities in Federal Court. The law has been described as a “constitutional train wreck.”
In the 85th legislative session, Rep. Wu co-authored and passed House Bill 7, a CPS overhaul bill reforming court processes and procedure for child welfare suits. He is also an attorney in private practice, representing children and parents in CPS cases.
State Representative Gene Wu proudly serves the people of District 137 in the Texas House. Prior to being elected in 2012, he served as a prosecutor in the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, where he sought justice for thousands of crime victims. Gene is currently an attorney in private practice. He was re-elected and is serving his third term in office in the 85th Legislative Session where he was appointed to the House Committees on Appropriations and Human Services.
During his first term in office, Gene authored many important pieces of legislation, including strengthening pipeline safety, modernizing investigations in child abuse and neglect cases, cracking down on organized criminal activity, and improving college readiness. Gene was appointed to serve on the House Elections and Energy Resources Committees.
Following a successful first legislative session, Gene was honored to receive Sierra Club’s New Leadership in Environmental Protection Award, Equality Texas’ Champion of Equality Award, and Freshman of the Year by the Texas District and County Attorneys Association.
In the 84th session Gene was appointed to again serve on the House Energy Resources Committee, as well as the House Committee on County Affairs. He passed legislation that modernized the criminal justice system, decriminalized truancy, enhanced Pre-K standards, and offered increased protection for victims of human trafficking.
Outside his legislative work, Gene remains active and involved in the Houston community. For the past nine years, he has worked with BakerRipley (formerly Neighborhood Centers) in conducting monthly workshops that have helped several thousand Harris County residents become United States citizens. Gene currently serves on community advocacy organization boards such as the OCA-Greater Houston Advisory Board, the Chinese Community Center Advisory Board, and the Baker-Ripley Neighborhood Centers Advisory Committee. He is the past President of the Houston 80-20 Political Action Committee. Gene has also served as a mentor and teacher for adults in the Skills for Living program, and tutored at-risk youth at Sharpstown High School.
Gene grew up in the Southwest Houston neighborhood of Sharpstown. He earned his Bachelors of Science Degree from Texas A&M University, a Master’s Degree from the LBJ School for Public Affairs at the University of Texas in Austin, and a Law Degree from the South Texas College of Law in Houston.