Construction Management Scholarship Established


Left to right: Richard Flake and Denis Ducran
Left to right: Richard Flake and Denis Ducran

The construction law section of the State Bar of Texas has agreed to fund a $5000 per year scholarship to a construction management student at the University of Houston. The scholarship will be offered in fall 2015. 

Attorneys Richard Flake and Denis Ducran, adjunct professors in construction management program at UH, were instrumental in establishing the scholarship. Realizing that earning a college degree is becoming an increasingly sizeable investment; especially with the deregulation of tuition, their goal is to help students get into this dynamic industry in the City of Houston, where the future is virtually limitless.

Flake’s connection to UH construction business began early. After graduating from the University of Houston Law Center in 1981, he went to work in the construction industry at his dad’s small electrical business. After passing the bar, he served as a prosecuting attorney for before becoming in-house counsel at a large construction company that specialized in large projects such as pipelines, chemical plants, and institutions.  

A principal at Cokinos Bosien & Young with more than 30 years of experience, Flake is thrilled about being in a position to mentor and nurture the careers of the future’s construction industry professionals. 

Now in the 9th semester of teaching undergraduate construction law and ethics with associate Denis Ducran, UH alumnus, vice president and general counsel at Satterfield and Pontikes Construction Inc., both serve on the Council of the Construction Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, working together on securing the approval for the UH scholarship.