Featured Faculty Experts

Wells urges Senate panel to strengthen tax laws on multinational companies 

Bret WellsTestifying before a Senate subcommittee, University of Houston Law Center tax Professor Bret Wells Tuesday called for stricter controls on multinational companies to prevent them from allocating taxable profits to “tax haven entrepreneurs” overseas. more...


Chandler -- Windstorm Insurance

Seth chandlerA court’s decision about a proposed rewrite of legislation could affect future of thousands of Texas policyholders. more…

 


Bruhl – Same-Sex Marriage

Aaron BruhlA federal judge today ruled Texas’ ban on same-sex marriages unconstitutional, but issued an immediate stay pending further appeal. more...

 


Paust/Zamora – US-Mexico law

Jordan PaustStephen ZamoraThe arrest in Mexico of the infamous drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman raises a number of questions about U.S.-Mexico law, extradition, jurisdiction and other issues related to the drug trade. Two professors at the University of Houston Law Center – Jordan Paust and Stephen Zamora -- are noted authorities on international law and cross border relations. more…


 

Lipton – ‘Net Neutrality’

Jacqueline  LiptonThe U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia recently struck down a federal regulation requiring cable providers to adhere to “net neutrality,” offering the same level of service to all Internet companies. more...


Bruhl - on U.S. Senate Vote to Change Filibuster Rules

Aaron BruhlIn a controversial and historic vote, the United States Senate has changed its rules in order to limit the minority’s ability to block presidential nominees from taking office. more...



Hester – on Supreme Court’s decision to review EPA’s greenhouse gas regulations

Tracy HesterThe U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review certain aspects of the EPA’s greenhouse gas program in response to a challenge from more than 80 parties, including 17 states, which claim the agency’s attempt to address climate change places an undue financial burden on them. more...


Paust – Syrian Intervention

Jordan PaustThreatened U.S. military action in Syria is on hold, but there are legal justifications. more...


 


Gray – Drug Testing

Patricia GraySenate Bill 21, passed in the last regular legislative session and effective Sept 1, amends the Labor Code to require drug screening and testing for certain individuals before they can receive unemployment insurance (UI) compensation benefits. more...

 


Linzer – Voting Rights

Peter LinzerThe U.S. Department of Justice recently fired its first shot in the battle over voter rights in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in June blocking a major provision of the 1965 landmark Voting Rights Act. more... 


Willis – Arbitration/Mediation

Tasha WillisAs the cost of litigation rises, parties are increasingly turning to alternate means of settling disputes in order to stay away from the cost of the courthouse. more...




Bruhl and Hoffman – Gay Rights

Aaron BruhlGeoffrey HoffmanTwo rulings will have major impact on gay rights. more…




Linzer – Voting Rights

Peter LinzerThe U.S. Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional a key provision of the landmark Voting Rights Act. more…

 


Olivas – Affirmative Action

Michael OlivasU.S. Supreme Court sends UT race-based admissions case back to lower court for closer look. more…

 


Hoffman -- Voting Rights

hoffmanThe U.S. Supreme Court rules Arizona overstepped its bounds with proof of citizenship restrictions. more…

 


Evans & Kumar – Gene Patents

Barbara EvansSapna KumarThe U.S. Supreme Court today in a unanimous decision ruled that companies cannot patent human genes. more...

 


Hester Q&A – Climate Change

LiptonThe Supreme Court’s refusal to hear a federal climate change case may send attorneys scrambling for new strategies in state courts. more...



Senators release sweeping immigration reform bill

Michael OlivasGeoffrey HoffmanBorder security is cornerstone of detailed proposal for first revamp of policy in 26 years. more...

 


Lipton Q&A – Domains

LiptonFor years, the non-profit organization that administers Internet domain names has been deliberating on how to expand the system to meet the voracious demands of cyber users. more...

 


 

Susan SakmarUH Law Center professor to address global gas conference

Sakmar sees 'golden age' of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a foundation fuel for the future. more...


 

Aaron BruhlGeoffrey HoffmanThomas OldmanUH Law Center Experts Available to Comment on Supreme Court's Same-Sex Marriage Cases more...


 

Sapna KumarSapna Kumar – Genetic Testing Q&A

Scientists today are rapidly developing diagnostic tests to detect mutations in our genetic code that contribute to disease. more...


 

Stephen ZamoraZamora on the Center for U.S. and Mexican Law's research initiatives

University of Houston Law Center Professor Stephen Zamora was interviewed by the editor of The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel regarding the Center for U.S. and Mexican Law at the University of Houston Law Center. more...


 

Geoffrey Hoffman Hoffman on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

President Obama recently outlined his proposal for overhauling the nation's immigration laws and for the first time providing a pathway to earned citizenship for more than 11 million undocumented persons. more...


 

Melissa HamiltonHester Q&A – BP

A federal  judge on Jan. 29 approved an agreement between BP and the U.S. Department of Justice to settle criminal charges against the energy giant with payment of $4 billion in penalties for the 2010 oil rig explosion and spill that killed 11 workers and fouled hundreds of miles of Gulf shoreline. more...


 

Melissa HamiltonMelissa Hamilton's Gun Control Q & A

On January 16th, President Obama unveiled a sweeping plan to curb gun violence. more...


 

ThompsonHawkins on fertility clinics

Infertility is big business in the United States.  more…

 


 

ThompsonThompson on Tom DeLay appeal

The former U.S. House Majority Leader was convicted on campaign finance changes and faces time in prison.  more…

 


 

HesterHester on climate change decision

Alaskan villagers lose appeal, but future tort lawsuits likely.  more…

 


 

Paul janickeJanicke on Apple-Samsung verdict

Jury awards $1.05 billion in patent case, but it is still before the district court for post-trial motions.  more…

 


 

MedicineUHLC health law experts on high court ruling

What did the Supreme Court rule and how will it affect you? more...

 


 

Hoffman on Arizona immigration ruling

Geoffrey HoffmanHigh Court finds three provisions preempted, but leaves open question of “papers, please” law. more…

 

 

 


 

Bush on Southwest Airlines expansion

Darren BushUnder the new plan, Hobby will offer international service beginning in 2015. more…

 

 


 

Olivas on Plyler v. Doe

Paul JanickeUHLC prof examines impact of 30-year-old U.S. Supreme Court ruling requiring public education of school-age children regardless of citizenship. more…

 

 


Hawkins on CARD Act’s effectiveness

Jim HawkinsNew research shows students are still the targets of aggressive credit card marketing despite strict regulations. more…

 

 


Thompson on the Trayvon Martin shooting

Sandra ThompsonProfessor explains 2nd-degree murder charge and “Stand Your Ground” defense. more…

 

 


Gray on health care hearings

Jessica RobertsThe U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether to uphold or overturn Obama’s Affordable Care Act. more…

 




Gershowitz on the Stanford trial

Jessica RobertsThe financier was found guilty on 13 of 14 counts of criminal conspiracy, fraud and other charges. more…

 




Roberts on new hiring policy

Jessica RobertsTexas employers are moving towards a ban on hiring smokers or anyone who tests positive for nicotine. more…




Paust on alleged maltreatment of Afghan bodies

Jordan PaustMarines urinating on dead would constitute war crime. more…

 




Olivas on undocumented children’s rights

Paul Janicke New book examines history of the landmark immigration case Plyler v. Doe. more…





Thompson on Occupy Wall Street Houston arrests

Sandra ThompsonHouston authorities and Occupy protestors clash over demonstrations. more…

 

 


Zamora on the death of Mexico’s No. 2 official

Stephen ZamoraHow will the loss of Mexico’s top Cabinet secretary impact Mexico’s battle with drug cartels? more…





Ellen Marrus on child discipline

Ellen MarrusWhen does corporal punishment cross the line into abuse? more…





Thompson on wrongful convictions

Sandra Guerra ThompsonNew book offers legislatures guidance on statutory changes that could discover and prevent wrongful convictions. more…




Olivas on Alabama's new immigration law

Paul JanickeUniversity of Houston Law Center Professor Michael A. Olivas is participating in this week's Room for Debate, a weekly online debate hosted by the New York Times. more…


 


Paul M. Janicke on new patent act

Paul JanickeWith three goals in mind, the first overhaul of patent law since 1836 is a mixed bag of hit and miss. more…

 

 


Geoffrey A. Hoffman on new deportation rules

Geoffrey HoffmanBackdoor amnesty or prioritizing proceedings? more…


 


Jessica L. Roberts on genetic information and the law

Jessica RobertsGenetic law will evolve and grow in importance as science advances further into this fascinating area with implications beyond medical into everyday lives. more…




Tracy Hester on climate change case before U.S. Supreme Court

Tracy HesterJustices hear arguments on whether public nuisance laws give states the power to sue companies over emissions. more…

UPDATE: Tracy Hester on SCOTUS greenhouse gas ruling

Court turns down states’ efforts to sue under federal public nuisance laws. more…