Featured Faculty Experts

Michael OlivasUT Fisher – 5th Circuit

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Tuesday upheld a summary judgment in favor of the University of Texas admissions policy in which race is one of many determining factors used in considering applications. more...

Aaron BruhlBruhl – SCOTUS Hobby Lobby decision

The U.S. Supreme Court today ruled in a 5-4 decision that two family-owned corporations cannot be forced under terms of the Affordable Care Act to pay for insurance coverage of contraceptives for employees. more...

Jacqueline  LiptonLipton – Washington Redskin’s Trademark

The United States Patent and Trademark Office today canceled the Washington Redskin’s trademark registration. more...

Tracy HesterHester – EPA pollution proposal

The Environmental Protection Agency proposed regulations Monday to cut carbon pollution from power plants 30 percent from 2005 levels by the year 2030. more...

David DowDow – SCOTUS on Mental Disability

In a 5-4 decision the U.S. Supreme Court decided state laws that draw a line at 70 on IQ tests in order for a defendant to mount a claim of mental disability in capital cases are too rigid and unconstitutional.  more...

Michael OlivasPaust – Chinese ‘cyber espionage’

Does U.S. indictment of Chinese officials for alleged “cyber thievery” violate international law?  more...

Michael OlivasOlivas – SCOTUS upholds state ballot ban on race-based admissions

The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld a voter-approved amendment to the Michigan constitution that bans race-based preferences in admissions to the state’s universities. more...

Bret WellsWells urges Senate panel to strengthen tax laws on multinational companies 

Testifying 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...

Seth chandlerChandler -- Windstorm Insurance

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

Aaron BruhlBruhl – Same-Sex Marriage

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

Jordan PaustStephen ZamoraPaust/Zamora – US-Mexico law

The 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…

Jacqueline  LiptonLipton – ‘Net Neutrality’

The 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...

Aaron BruhlBruhl - on U.S. Senate Vote to Change Filibuster Rules

In 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...

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

The 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...

Jordan PaustPaust – Syrian Intervention

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

Patricia GrayGray – Drug Testing

Senate 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...

Peter LinzerLinzer – Voting Rights

The 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... 

Tasha WillisWillis – Arbitration/Mediation

As 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...

Aaron BruhlGeoffrey HoffmanBruhl and Hoffman – Gay Rights

Two rulings will have major impact on gay rights. more…

Peter LinzerLinzer – Voting Rights

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

Michael OlivasOlivas – Affirmative Action

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

hoffmanHoffman -- Voting Rights

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

Barbara EvansSapna KumarEvans & Kumar – Gene Patents

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

LiptonHester Q&A – Climate Change

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

Michael OlivasGeoffrey HoffmanSenators release sweeping immigration reform bill

Border security is cornerstone of detailed proposal for first revamp of policy in 26 years. more...

LiptonLipton Q&A – Domains

For 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...

Geoffrey HoffmanHoffman on Arizona immigration ruling

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

Darren BushBush on Southwest Airlines expansion

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

Paul JanickeOlivas on Plyler v. Doe

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

Jim HawkinsHawkins on CARD Act’s effectiveness

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

Sandra ThompsonThompson on the Trayvon Martin shooting

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

Jessica RobertsGray on health care hearings

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

Jessica RobertsGershowitz on the Stanford trial

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

Jessica RobertsRoberts on new hiring policy

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

Jordan PaustPaust on alleged maltreatment of Afghan bodies

Marines urinating on dead would constitute war crime. more…

Paul JanickeOlivas on undocumented children’s rights

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

Sandra ThompsonThompson on Occupy Wall Street Houston arrests

Houston authorities and Occupy protestors clash over demonstrations. more…

Stephen ZamoraZamora on the death of Mexico’s No. 2 official

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

Ellen MarrusEllen Marrus on child discipline

When does corporal punishment cross the line into abuse? more…

Sandra Guerra ThompsonThompson on wrongful convictions

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

Paul JanickeOlivas on Alabama's new immigration law

University 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 JanickePaul M. Janicke on new patent act

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

Geoffrey HoffmanGeoffrey A. Hoffman on new deportation rules

Backdoor amnesty or prioritizing proceedings? more…

Jessica RobertsJessica L. Roberts on genetic information and the law

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

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

Justices 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…