December 2009

New Super Lawyers list ranks Law Center No. 34

Super Lawyers

US News & World Report remains the most-watched arbiter of law school rankings, but there’s a new kid on the block – and it ranks the Law Center No. 34.  more…

Gun bans don’t lower murder rates, researcher finds

Dr. John R. LottBanning guns does not lower murder rates, Maryland research professor tells Law Center students in a briefing sponsored by The Federalist Society. more…

DeGuerin tells law students that criminal defense requires ‘total commitment’

Dick DeGuerinFamed criminal defense attorney Dick DeGuerin shared the secret of his success in only two words – “total commitment “ – during his talk with Law Center students.    more…

Clinic honors Khator with ‘Arrival Award’ for immigrant achievement

The 2009 Arrival Awards banquet on Thursday night benefited the Law Center’s Immigration Clinic and honored three luminary immigrants: UH President Renu Khator, Ayez Nasser and Y. Ping Sun. more…

Bar exam no problem for Law Center grads

State Bar of Texas SealLaw Center graduates fared well on the July bar exam with nearly 92 percent passing on their first try.     more…

November 2009

H1N1 flu outbreak raises legal concerns

Health Law LogoA panel of experts examined legal issues related to the H1N1 flu outbreak in a Law Center symposium hosted by the Health Law & Policy Institute. more…

SCOTEX Chief Justice urges students to exceed expectations

Wallace JeffersonThe Honorable Wallace Jefferson, Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court, urged Law Center students to go beyond expectations -- their own and those of others -- as they strive for career accomplishments. 

Law Center team takes 2nd place at National Civil Trial Competition

A busy Fall Semester schedule of mock trial competitions gets under way with a Law Center team finishing second in a prestigious national competition.   more…

John M. O'Quinn 1941-2009

John O'QuinnRenowned trial attorney and Law Center alum John O’Quinn ’67 died on Thursday, Oct. 29, in a one-vehicle accident on rain-slickened Allen Parkway west of downtown.  A second occupant in the SUV was also killed.   more...

Experts teach Consumer Law 101

AldermanAttorneys eager to consume the basics of Consumer Law packed a CLE seminar hosted by the Center for Consumer Law. more…

Federalist Society speaker argues ‘More guns = Less crime’

John R LottDo more guns equal less crime? University of Maryland research professor John R. Lott believes the equation works, and he will explain his stance on Wednesday in a lunchtime talk hosted by The Federalist Society.  more…

IPSO speaker to share ‘Trademark War Stories’

John "rocky" RawlsJohn “Rocky” Rawls brings Trademark War Stories to the Law Center Tuesday as part of an ongoing lecture series sponsored by the Intellectual Property Student Organization. more…

DeGuerin brings courthouse expertise to Law Center

Dick DeGuerinDick DeGuerin has represented everyone from cult leaders to accused Ponzi scammers.   On Tuesday, Nov. 10, he visits the Law Center to share pointers with the next generation of lawyers.  more…

Wine & Cheese Reception

Wine and cheeseKick back and relax at the annual Wine & Cheese Reception hosted by the Hispanic Law Students Association on Nov. 6. more…

Frankel Lecture explores transition of presidential power

Frankel Lecture LogoThe Houston Law Review’s 14th Annual Frankel Lecture is set for Friday, Nov. 6 – complete with leading constitutional experts revisiting the 25th Amendment and its provisions for the transition of presidential power.  more…

IPIL & HIPLA examine the future of the patent system

HiplaIPIL LogoThe Institute for Intellectual Property & Information Law (IPIL) and the Houston Intellectual Property Law Association will host a CLE symposium  -- The Future of the Patent System – on Wednesday, Nov. 4, from 2:30-5:30 p.m. at the Houstonian Hotel. more...

When was the last time you saw a federal appeals court in action?

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit is coming to the Law Center to hear cases Nov. 3 more…

Visiting judge reflects on international justice

CJI logoInternational justice takes center stage on Nov. 2 when the Law Center’s Criminal Justice Institute hosts a judge who sat at the criminal tribunal of the former Yugoslavia in The Hague.  more…

Health Law & Policy Institute explores H1N1 legal issues

Health Law LogoWith the porcine H1N1 flu again threatening, the Law Center’s Health Law & Policy Institute decides to revisit legal issues related to the bug. more…

Ecuadorian judges get intro to American law

Ecuadorian judgesThe first stop for a group of visiting Ecuadorian judges was the Law Center as they began an eight-day tour through the American legal system. more…

Panel offers insights to domestic violence

Panelists exhort students to step up and help victims of domestic violence. more…

Hippard Winners Feast on ‘Burger Heaven’

Rob Jackson 3L (part-time) joined with teammate Tesha Robaszkiewicz 3LRob Jackson and Tesha Robaszkiewicz successfully defended a “Burger Heaven” manager in the case of the missing bank deposit to win the ’09 Hippard Open Mock Trial Competition. more…

Professors spar over issues of racial equality

Lino Graglia and Peter LinzerUT Professor Lino Graglia and Law Center Professor Peter Linzer examined a mixed bag of Supreme Court rulings and the general state of racial equality in America . more…

Hard times, for some

Houston Business and Tax Law Journal logoExperts examine why top execs are faring well while most Americans are finding it tough going in the current economic downturn. more…

Baylor offers brainy legal seminar

Seminar LogoThe law and the brain is the subject of a Baylor College of Medicine seminar series open to Law Center students and practicing attorneys. more….

Adjunct Guzman named to the Supreme Court of Texas

Eva GuzmanGov. Rick Perry appoints Law Center Adjunct Professor Eva Guzman to the Supreme Court of Texas. more…

October 2009

Law Center Information Session

The Law Center is hosting an information session for foreign attorneys on Friday, Oct., 30, starting at 1 p.m. in Room 213 BLB.   To reserve your space, contact the Office of Admissions at 713.743.2280, or RSVP to  

Prof. Evans to put research privacy under microscope

Barbara J. EvansProf. Barbara J. Evans will serve on a blue-ribbon panel examining health research privacy as part of a two-year project funded by the National Institutes of Health. more…

Court Charge: Don’t go to trial without one

Don RiddleThe last phase of a trial -- the court charge -- should be first in planning strategy, noted trial lawyer Don R. Riddle ’66 advised Law Center students. more…

‘Prosecutor of the Year’ John Bradley ’85 named to state panel

John Bradely‘Prosecutor of the Year’ John Bradley ’85 named to head state forensics panel looking at arson evidence that factored in controversial capital case and execution. more…

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People’s Lawyer: New look, same great service!

Alderman - People's Lawyer slide showThe People’s Lawyer has a new look to its website, and it’s getting rave reviews for its style and useful information. The People’s Lawyer himself, Associate Dean Richard Alderman, says the site had 220,000 “hits” from 43,000 visitors in September. Check it out…

Chloe Walker takes seat on justice committee

Chloe WalkerSecond-year student Chloe Walker will help focus attention on the legal needs of underserved communities and causes in her new role on the National Advisory Committee of Equal Justice Works. more…

Mock trial….real BBQ

The final round of the ’09 Hippard Open Mock Trial Competition will be held Wednesday in Krost Hall -- but first a little barbeque hosted by The Advocates. Dinner for the first 75 attendees will be served outside at 6 p.m., followed by the competition.

FLLM student wins scholarship to help his people

John DarkoJudges for the $5,000 AIPN scholarship were impressed with the altruistic reasons that brought John Darko from Ghana to the LL.M. program at the Law Center.   more…

Federal Appeals Court Twice Cites Dean & Dodd Book

Ray NimmerJeff DoddFederal appeals court cites Modern Licensing Law (2008) – co-authored by Law Center Dean Ray Nimmer and  Jeff Dodd ’79 -- in its decision on a damage award in a patent case. more…

Intelligent design: What it is, and isn’t

Prof. Arnold Loewy of Texas Tech and Prof. David Crump of the Law Center found much common ground during a discussion of intelligent design.Professors David Crump and Arnold Loewy sort out the differences among intelligent design, evolution and creationism, and decide the subject is too important not to be discussed in the classroom. more…

Alum named to district court

ScalesLaw Center alumna Lisa Jarrett ‘93 has been appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to the 436th District Court of Bexar County to serve until the next general election. Jarrett of San Antonio is a former Bexar County assistant district attorney and currently has a criminal defense practice and serves as a part-time juvenile law referee.

GLBT Equality Remains Elusive Goal

Marshall KatineWinner of landmark gay rights case sees positive changes, but tells Law Center students that more battles remain to be fought for full GLBT equality.    more…

Thompson to Examine Wrongful Convictions

Sandra ThompsonCriminal Law Prof. Sandra Guerra Thompson is joining a state advisory panel to study wrongful convictions and recommend ways to prevent them. more…

Looking for help, First Circuit turns to Business and Tax Law Journal

Houston Business and Tax Law JournalWhen the First Circuit Court of Appeals went looking for an expert source, they came to the right place: the Houston Business and Tax Law Journal. more…

Fingers Crossed, Law Center Students Hope for Good Outcomes from OCI

Tommy FibichIs the recession over?  The 800-lb. gorilla of a question hung in the air as more than 80 employers conducted over 1,300 interviews with Law Center students during Fall OCI . more…

Trial lawyer offers cross examination tips

Tommy FibichVeteran trial lawyer Tommy Fibich ’74 uses a series of video clips to illustrate tips for successful cross examination, including using silence as a tool and even a little understated humor. more…

September 2009

At the Intersection of Islamic and Texas family law

ACLUA distinguished panel on Friday will sort out cultural and religious issues that come into play when Islamic law and Texas family law collide. The ACLU Foundation of Texas is sponsoring a CLE seminar at the Law Center that is free for students. more…

Texas Tech vs. UH: An intelligent debate

Before they meet on the gridiron Saturday, Texas Tech and UH will collide in a battle of words in a debate between law professors on “Intelligently Designing a Course on Intelligent Design.” Prof. David Crump of the Law Center and Prof. Arnold Loewy of Texas Tech Law will square off on Friday, Sept. 25, from 12:30-1:00 p.m. in the Hendricks Heritage Room.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month Food for thought, fun and…more food!

hlsa logosalsa dancingCelebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a week-long series of events, including speakers, a movie and a night of Salsa, sponsored by the Hispanic Law Students Association. more…

Former program director named Law Librarian of Congress Roberta I. Shaffer, one-time director of two Law Center programs, will oversee the world’s largest collection of law books – more than 2.6 million volumes -- as Law Librarian of Congress. more…

Long term paper earns award

Erin FerrisErin K. Ferris ‘2L took a look at long-term care insurance for the elderly and won a top spot in the NAELA writing competition. more…

Adjunct Guzman Named Latina Judge of the Year

Eva GuzmanOn the heels of Sonia Sotomayor becoming the first Hispanic to take a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, the Hispanic National Bar Association has named Law Center Adjunct Professor Eva Guzman, justice of the 14th Court of Appeals, Latina Judge of the Year. more…

AIPN Win Earns a Thai (Trip)

Karla UrdanetaIt’s a free trip to Thailand for Law Center LL.M. graduate Karla Urdaneta, one of two winners in the 2009 Student Writing Competition sponsored by the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators.

Tips on Tap for Job Seekers

Ari KaplanAuthor Ari Kaplan visits the Law Center at noon on Wednesday to share tips and techniques for landing a job in law.  more…

Nimmer Voted ‘Best Lawyer’ in IT/IP Law

Ray NimmerHis peers have spoken – and Law Center Dean Ray Nimmer has again made the list of The Best Lawyers in America in his dual specialties of Information Technology Law and Intellectual Property Law.   The American Lawyer has described the annual publication as “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice” in the United States.   

Chandler goes Prime Time

Seth ChandlerPeople who criticize television for offering only lowbrow options must not be watching the Numb3rs series on CBS.   The recent plot from drama included a spatial and dynamic model of jury behavior developed by Prof. Seth Chandler at the Law Center.  Anyone can tune in to his Spatial Dynamic Jury Model by clicking here.  

Burke is Washington bound

Marcilynn BurkeAssistant Professor Marcilynn Burke is taking her environmental expertise to Washington as deputy director of policy and programs for the Bureau of Land Management. more…


Baker takes FCC seat

Law Center alumna Meredith Attwell Baker ’95 has earned unanimous confirmation by the U.S. Senate to the five-member Federal Communications Commission board. More…

Velardo helps orchestrate slavery battle The Law Center’s Diana Velardo ’01 is turning a Houston concert hall into a fundraising grandstand to fight modern-day slavery.  more…

Dow & Book No. 3 Take Center Stage at Brazos Event

Book CoverBooks during the first week of school are usually assigned rather than signed – but Prof. David R. Dow plans more of the latter at 7 p.m. at Brazos Bookstore on Tuesday, Aug. 25.  more….

Crump Supports Former AG

David CrumpWhen a columnist with the Houston Chronicle took issue with Texas Tech University for hiring former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, Prof. David Crump of the Law Center was motivated to take pen and paper in hand. Click here to read Crump’s complete brief in defense of the former AG.

Center for Children, Law & Polic

Juvenile records can return to hassle, hinder and haunt young adults who are striving to improve their lives – and the Center for Children, Law & Policy at the Law Center strongly advocates sealing these records. To help families understand the steps they need to follow to seal a juvenile record, the C4CLP is sponsoring four public forums during August at locations throughout Houston. Click here for details.

Law Center Dean Ray Nimmer

Raymond NimmerHis peers have spoken – and Law Center Dean Ray Nimmer has again made the list of The Best Lawyers in America in his dual specialties of Information Technology Law and Intellectual Property Law.   The American Lawyer has described the annual publication as “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice” in the United States.   

JULY 2009

Clouds and SunThings are heating up on the global warming front – and the Center for Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Law at the Law Center is teaming with the Global Energy Management Institute at the C.T. Bauer College of Business to help sort through the issues. The two think-tanks are sponsoring a high-level conference on Monday, July 20, to cover emerging regulatory systems here and in Europe.

SCOTUS Justice Sandra Day O’Connor; retired Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Tom Phillips; and Debbie Hanna, former chair of the University of Houston Board of Regents who now leads the Alzheimer's Association-Capital of Texas Chapter. If you want to impress the Texas Legislature, it’s always nice to bring along a few highly placed friends. Prof. Craig Joyce did exactly that when he engineered a recent Austin fly-by to win stronger support for Alzheimer’s research. Joining him at the Texas Capitol from right to left (directionally, not politically) were retired SCOTUS Justice Sandra Day O’Connor; retired Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Tom Phillips; and Debbie Hanna, former chair of the University of Houston Board of Regents who now leads the Alzheimer's Association-Capital of Texas Chapter.

State Bar of TexasSpecial awards are among the highlights of the annual meeting of the State Bar of Texas -- and this year’s gathering in Dallas puts the spotlight on five members of the Law Center community. Professor David Dow earned the SBOT’s Civil Rights Award for his work with the Texas Innocence Network and his defense of more than 100 inmates on Death Row.

Tom OldhamThe Law Center’s Tom Oldham is a recognized expert in family law – and he sees clouds on the horizon for gay couples who marry in other states and then elect to move to states where gay marriage is not sanctioned. Click here to read his complete editorial.

Tesha Robaszkiewicz - BeforeGathering at a watering hole is usually associated with “letting your hair down.” Law Center student Tesha Robaszkiewicz recently took things in the opposite direction at a fundraising event she coordinated at the Union Bar & Lounge in Houston.

JUNE 2009

state bar of texas sealTo mark the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth, the State Bar of Texas launched an essay contest for law students built around a simple theme: “A Legacy of Liberty.” Two $1,000 scholarships were up for grabs – and Law Center students Troy Taylor and Christopher Blocker emancipated both of them. Click here to note and long remember the essays that shared top honors in the SBOT competition.

Houston Lawyer Profiles Anne Chandler

Anne ChandlerThe current issue of Houston Lawyer magazine has hit the streets, and it includes a powerful portrait of a true local hero: the Law Center’s Anne Chandler ’98, who currently serves as the interim director of the Immigration Clinic. Click here for a complete copy of the profile.

Anyone scanning the tropics for early signs of an approaching disaster should call off the hunt. According to Law Center Prof. Seth Chandler, the Texas Legislature has sown the seeds of a major calamity with a new bill that purports to “reformulate” the state’s approach to coastal insurance. Click here to read the full editorial.

$500k program helps grads as they wait for bar results

Dean Ray Nimmer has announced a $500,000 program to help ’09 graduates weather the current economic environment while they await results of the bar exam. In addition to other benefits, the program provides stipends for new graduates selected for Public Interest Fellowships, and offers a 50% scholarship for new grads pursuing an LL.M. degree during the Fall Semester.

Olivas says court nomination means Latinos matter

The nomination of a Latina to the U.S. Supreme Court brings Prof. Michael Olivas to tears. Read his CNN commentary.

Paust thinks Cheney committed criminal acts

Did former VP Dick Cheney participate in a criminal conspiracy by authorizing “waterboarding” and other interrogation methods? The Law Center’s Jordan Paust believes Cheney’s actions may constitute criminal acts – and he outlines his views in an editorial published in Jurist. Click here to read more.

Keynote speaker implores grads to ‘live greatly in the law’

Tom Phillips

Former Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court Tom Phillips told Class of 2009 graduates to deal with the bad economy by carving out a niche and “living greatly in the law.”  more…

Excellence honored with Dean’s Awards

Dean Ray Nimmer honored more than 60 Law Center students with Dean’s Awards Thursday in a ceremony at Krost Auditorium. Students were nominated and voted upon by faculty members. A reception followed in the Hendricks Heritage Room. Click here for a list of award winners.

Photographs and captions by the United States Geological Survey. Seth Chandler of the Law Center says the winds of change are gusting around Austin as lawmakers strive to find a better way to insure Texans against catastrophic storms. In an op-ed published in the Houston Chronicle, the insurance expert lauds the potential reforms up for passage in the Texas House. “We can be the first major coastal state to have a robust and sustainable windstorm insurance system that works for the benefit of all,” Chandler says.

May 2009

Expert warns students of credit card culture

ManningToday’s “spend and debt” society is testimony to the perils of easy credit. The genesis of our current predicament is documented in vintage advertising shared with Law Center students by Dr. Robert D. Manning, consumer credit expert and author of Credit Card Nation. more…

Mixon ArtEven as they hit the books to prepare for their “final” final exams, the Class of 2009 is finding time to leave a lasting mark on the Law Center. Contributions to this year’s Class Gift have topped $25,000, and operators are standing by to accept additional pledges. Click here to join the list of soon-to-be alumni who are making an important statement as they prepare to receive their law degrees.

So You want to be a law professor?Illuminating the law for students and the rest of the masses makes for a rewarding career – but only if you know how to wedge your way into a faculty position.  On Sat., May 16, Law Center Prof. Aaron Bruhl and his team will conduct a two-hour workshop for Law Center graduates and students interested in becoming professors of law.  The free workshop starts at 10 a.m. in Room 109 BLB.

Tom PhillipsTom Phillips, retired chief justice of the Supreme Court of Texas, will be the keynote speaker at Friday’s commencement exercises for the Law Center’s Class of 2009. (Click here for the program of events starting at 2 p.m. at Hofheinz Pavilion.) Throughout a judicial tenure of nearly a quarter century, Justice Phillips was an advocate for judicial selection reform and court reorganization and moderation.

Consumer Law program draws 80 attorneys

A CLE program – “Starting and Running a Successful Consumer Law Practice” – drew more than 80 attorneys to the Law Center where they heard state and national experts. The free program was presented by the Center for Consumer Law in cooperation with the Houston Bar Association and the National Association of Consumer Advocates.

UH Tabs Dr. Clarkson for $25k research grant

Gavin Clarkson

The University of Houston’s GEAR program tabbed Dr. Gavin Clarkson of the Law Center for a $25,000 grant to examine Indian/non-Indian justice. more…

Extreme flu measures won’t be an easy sell

Patrica Gray and Seth Chandler at the Law Center Swine Flu Summit

The laws are there, but putting them in place if the swine flu outbreak turns into an epidemic won’t be easy, participants learn at a Law Center summit. more

Seth Gagilardi and Patrick McKee (seated) “Pinkie Tuscadero and a friend went to a party at a fellow law student’s meager abode…” And from that simple opening statement, Seth Gagilardi and Patrick McKee (seated) launched their winning campaign in the Law Center’s John Black Moot Court Competition.  Judges for the final round included U.S. District Judge David Hittner (S.D. Tex.), Ryan D. McConnell (U.S. Attorney's Office), and Law Center Professor Sandra Guerra Thompson.  Second place among the 31 teams entered went to Erik Locascio and Alyssa White, with Gagliardi earning “Best Speaker” honors.

World Court judge spent boyhood in Nazi camps

Judge Thomas Buergenthal Judge Thomas Buergenthal, the United States judge on the International Court of Justice in The Hague, will discuss his life and career on Thursday, May 7, in a conversation at the Westin Galleria with Alan Crain of the World Affairs Council of Houston. The two will explore the impact his boyhood in Nazi death camps has had on his beliefs and world view. Click here for details.

Prosecutor: Big money in gruesome blood ‘sport’

Belinda Smith, chief of the district attorney’s new Animal Crimes Section, tells students about some of the more egregious abuse cases she has handled.

The leader of Houston’s new Animal Crimes Section tells Law Center students about the mongrels who pursue the lucrative and gruesome “sport” of dogfighting. more…

Advocates Annual Banquet

Advocates Banquet

The Advocates Annual Banquet closed a busy year of advocacy competitions and activities.  The evening saw Richard Alderman toasted as the guest of honor, and 10 students were inducted into the Order of the Barristers.   more...

April 2009

Honoring the Fab Four

Sidney Buchanan, Stephen K. Huber, Thomas Newhouse and Irene Merker RosenbergFour of the Law Center’s finest are retiring after decades of teaching and inspiring young lawyers. Alumni and friends are invited to join the Law Center community on Thursday, April 30 in honoring professors Sidney Buchanan, Stephen K. Huber, Thomas Newhouse and Irene Merker Rosenberg. Click here for details on the event.

Some attendees of the banquetThe Advocates Annual Banquet closed a busy year of advocacy competitions and activities.  The evening saw Richard Alderman toasted as the guest of honor, and 10 students were inducted into the Order of the Barristers.  Click here for a complete program of the evening’s activities and honorees.

‘Make a difference,’ alum tells students

John Sullivan

John Sullivan ’87, who devotes countless pro bono hours to helping indigent immigrants, tells Law Center students to “make a difference.” more...

Show and tell

Prof. Seth Chandler explaining one of his computer “demonstrations”Prof. Seth Chandler explains one of his computer “demonstrations” – interactive visualizations of concepts -- to an intent audience in The Commons. Chandler recently completed a two-year project with publication of his 100th computer model. His accumulated works can be sampled at

Swine FluThe Health Law & Policy Institute at the Law Center is hosting a summit on Wednesday, April 29, to brief local and state officials about legal issues that may arise from the current outbreak of swine flu. The summit is open to all, and runs from 3:30-5:00 p.m. in the Hendricks Heritage Room.

Leave a lasting legacy

Mixon ArtThe Class of 2009 Gift Committee has set a goal of $65,000 for improvement of facilities and technology throughout the Law Center. The UH Law Foundation will process the Class of 2009 Gift through the Facilities Endowment Fund administered by the dean and the Law Center.

‘Student Demonstration’ Planned Monday, April 27

Seth Chandler“Student demonstrations” used to mean something else. This one promises to be more contemplative: The one-hour presentation starts at 2:30 in the Commons. more…

Still time to pledge or walk

March of DimesThe Law Center team led by Nadia Mosqueda will march from Robertson Stadium at 9 a.m. on Sunday as the March for Babies hits the pavement to raise funds for research into premature births, the No. 1 cause of death among newborns. There is still time to make a pledge or join the March of Dimes effort.  For details, check Nadia’s home page.

Opening statement is key to trial skeleton, Fullenweider says

FullenweiderFamily law attorney Donn C. Fullenweider ’58 gave Law Center students some tips on what he considers the most important part of any trial – the opening statement. If a trial has a skeleton on which various parts are placed, he says, the key to winning is laying the groundwork with that first component. more

Chron blogger wowed by People’s Law School

PLS LogoMary Flood of the Houston Chronicle reports she was “wildly impressed” with the quality and quantity of material shared during the latest edition of The People’s Law School hosted by the Center for Consumer Law. Click here to read her complete blog entry about how free access to legal experts is a “fabulous gift” during tough times.

Victor FlattWorried about the size of our carbon footprints? You’re not alone. Click here to see how the Law Center’s Victor Flatt, the A.L. O’Quinn Chair in Environmental Law, analyzes the prospects for carbon-emissions offsets under a bill before the House energy committee

U.S.-Mexico Relations in the time of Obama

Drugs. Violence. Economics. Immigration. How will strained relations between the United States and Mexico fare under the Obama Administration. Two of Mexico’s top international lawyers will offer their perspectives April 21, 2009 at a luncheon discussion moderated by Prof. Stephen Zamora. Click here for more information and to register.

‘Credit Card Nation’ author addresses America’s addiction

Robert ManningDon’t miss this one! Robert D. Manning, author of Credit Card Nation and director of the Center for Consumer Financial Services at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, will warn of the hazards of consumer credit April 20, 2009 at 2:30 p.m. in Room 109 BLB.

Law Center hosts ‘How to…’ workshop for immigrants

Workshop LogoImmigrants can get answers to all of their questions from how to obtain a drivers license to how to apply  for citizenship at a free immigration workshop sponsored by the Law Center Saturday.  more…

Betty BradleyThe Law Center community is mourning the passing of Betty Bradley LL.M. ’06. “The CLE program under her direction was consistently one of the premier programs in quality – if not the premier program – in Texas and indeed the nation,” said Prof. David Crump. A specialist in bankruptcy law, Bradley practiced with Porter & Hedges and Andrews & Kurth before joining the Law Center. A memorial service was held Monday in Irving, Texas.

War hero’s ‘welcome’ led to civil rights breakthroughs

Michael OlivasA little known case involving a Medal of Honor winner prompted Professor Michael A. Olivas to further research the expanding role of Mexican American attorneys in post WWII Texas. more…

MALDEF counsel is HLSA keynoter

Nina PeralesNina Perales, Southwest Regional Counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, is the keynote speaker for the annual Spring Banquet of the Hispanic Law Students Association on Thursday, April 9. The reception starts at 7 p.m. at the Doubletree Downtown, 400 Dallas Street.

Alumni-Admitted MixerHouston-area alumni can play an important role in convincing admitted students to “sign on the dotted line” to enroll in the Law Center.  The setting is perfect: a 5:30 p.m. mixer with Dean Ray Nimmer on Thursday, April 9, in the Williams Tower offices of Nathan Sommers Jacobs.  Click here for details. 

Law Center and ADL Co-Host Evolution v. Creationism Panel

Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the Irvine School of Law at the University of California, left, and U.S. District Judge John E. Jones of the Middle District of Pennsylvania, joined moderators Marvin Nathan ’66 and Dean Ray NimmerErwin Chemerinsky, dean of the Irvine School of Law at the University of California, left, and U.S. District Judge John E. Jones of the Middle District of Pennsylvania, joined moderators Marvin Nathan ’66 and Dean Ray Nimmer in a discussion of “Evolution, Intelligent Design and Religion in the Schools.”more...

Feeding the multitudes

Line of StudentsThe Law Center’s Christian Legal Society held its annual “Feeding the 500” feast Wednesday – and the enchiladas, empanadas and salsas immediately found an appreciative audience of students, faculty and staff.

First-year students Beckilyn Skidmore (left) and Jennifer Siepel were among the happy attendees who welcomed both repast and mid-Wednesday respite.

First-year students Beckilyn Skidmore (left) and Jennifer Siepel were among the happy attendees who welcomed both repast and mid-Wednesday respite.

People's Law School LogoProblem with your landlord? Or a neighbor? Time to start thinking about a will? The People’s Law School at the Law Center can explain your rights on these and many other issues involving the law.The next People’s Law School session is on Saturday, April 4, from 9 a.m. to noon.  It’s free – and you can click here for more information and to register.

HJIL lecture focuses on sanctions policy

HJIL LogoThe Houston Journal of International Law presents its 7th annual lecture Thursday, April 2, featuring A.B. Culvahouse, managing partner of O'Melveny & Myers.

March 2009

Care package items needed for the troops

Show your support by pitching in some much needed items for care packages being put together for the troops overseas. more…

Law Center alumni are cordially invited to join Dean Nimmer in Austin on Tuesday, March 31, to mix and mingle with admitted students. The two-hour event starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Austin Hotel and includes drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

Graduating law students are always looking for the best way to leave their mark. To identify the best solutions, students should plan to attend a “Class Gift” information session that meets on Monday, March 30, in Ancillary Building 7B.

Mixon Art

The Honorable Lee H. Rosenthal has strong views on the career-enhancing value of judicial clerkships – and she will hold court for Law Center students during a luncheon presentation on Monday, March 30. Currently a U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of Texas, Judge Rosenthal previously clerked for the Honorable John R. Brown in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. The luncheon talk starts at noon in Room 240 BLB.

Gala & Auction Sar., March 28Boom times return to Houston on Saturday, March 28, when the Law Center’s 33rd Annual Gala & Auction convenes at the Hilton Americas at 6 p.m. This year’s theme – “Black Gold” – celebrates Houston’s historic role at the center of the energy universe.

Law Center and ADL Co-Sponsor March 27 Event

Dean Nimmer and Marvin Nathan ’66 will moderate a special two-hour program on “Evolution, Intelligent Design and Religion in the Schools” starting at 10:30 a.m. at Krost Hall on Friday, March 27.

WineOne of the Law Alumni Association’s most popular events – “Decanting the Law of Wine” – returns to Houston on Wednesday, March 25. Steven M. Abbott ’87 will moderate an informative presentation by Lou Bright and Dacota Haselwood, and a $50 registration fee covers wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres and one hour of CLE credit. Seating is limited and prompt RSVPs are encouraged! Click here for more information.

The Dallas office of Haynes & Boone will host a mix-and-mingle reception for alumni and admitted students on Tuesday, March 24, from 6-8 p.m. 

Thompson discusses Tulia drug sting Sandra Guerra Thompson, director of the Law Center’s Criminal Justice Institute, will discuss the film Tulia, Texas after its advance screening at Rice University tonight as part of the PBS Community Cinema series. The film examines the effects of a 1999 drug sting that went wildly out of control. more…

Barons tab McElvaney‘Professor of the Year’

The Order of the Barons has honored Rick McElvaney by naming him “Professor of the Year” at the Law Center. More…

Blakely Butler Moot Court Competition winners Joseph Herbster (left) and Donald Crump, final round judges U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Jeff Bohm, Texas Supreme Court Justice David Medina and U.S. District Judge David Hittner and runners up Dawn Jenkins and Andrew Hufford.The 3L team of Joseph Herbster and Donald Crump (left) topped an 18-team field to win the Law Center’s Blakely Butler Moot Court Competition which centered on evidence collected during a traffic stop and jury instructions presented in a burglary case. The team of Dawn Jenkins 2L and Andrew Hufford 3L (right) took second place, and Crump was recognized as the “Best Speaker” in the competition. Judges in the final round were U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Jeff Bohm, Texas Supreme Court Justice David Medina and U.S. District Judge David Hittner.

Dr. Clarkson honored for ‘Deal of the Year’

Deal of the Year AwardDr. Gavin Clarkson received the “Deal of the Year” award from the Native American Finance Officers Association for leading a Texas Indian tribe to financial independence from commercial banks. More…

By eye and hand, local artist Katherine Houston did her level best to brighten up the Commons with two abstract paintings she donated to the Law Center. Houston paints her vibrant acrylics on sheets of Plexiglas, creating from the back while viewing from the front. Click here to see more of her work.

Chip LewisDon’t be a stranger to potential jurors, defense attorney says

Chip Lewis ’94 offers students some tips on jury selection, including how to make jurors identify with you and – by association – your client. More...

March of Dimes - BabyMarch for Babies: A team of Law Center women is power training for the “March for Babies” fundraiser on April 26 – and there are two easy ways to help sponsor their efforts. Either click here to register electronically, or drop your check off at Team Captain Nadia Mosqueda’s office in 104 TUII. The March of Dimes annual event kicks off at Robertson Stadium at 9 a.m., and TC Mosqueda reports that all walkers are welcome to help the team raise funds to prevent premature births.

US Supreme Court Building

The U.S. Supreme Court remanded a case where a UH Immigration Law Clinic student attorney – Elizabeth Lee, under the supervision of Clinical Supervising Attorney Thomas Perkinson – argued to the Fifth Circuit that an individual should not be barred from asylum or withholding of removal if his persecution of others was involuntary. Wow! More…

Web Site Update:


Animal control officers carefully enticed the larger version of Shasta the Cougar away from the splash page of the Law Center’s website, and the big cat placidly returned to her more traditional activities. Dean Ray Nimmer thanked students for voicing their opinions about the beta site, and said student input will help point the way to new web solutions.

8th Annual Zealous Advocacy Conference

Cross Road ImageThe Center for Children, Law & Policy’s 8th Annual Zealous Advocacy Conference concludes today. “At The Crossroads of Delinquency and Dependency” brings together lawyers, child advocates, law professors, social workers, doctors and psychologists who share a common interest of improving juvenile justice.

Jim PerdueGreat storytellers make
Great trial lawyers

Adjunct Professor Jim M. Perdue Sr. ’63 shared with Law Center students some of the storytelling techniques he has used to win over juries for 40 years. more...

Raises IP Issues

Great Wall of ChinaDouble-digit increases in GDP are the norm in China – making the country a hotbed for commercial activity.   The IPIL Institute at the Law Center will take aim at the intellectual property issues that accompany this growth in the annual Baker Botts Lecture on Tuesday, Feb. 24.  More

Law Center Team Wins Best Brief Award

Sarah Williams, Matt Riley and Elizabeth PletanThe Pace Environmental Law Competition is the mother of all moot court tourneys, with 72 teams competing for the national title in New York. One winner has already been decided, with the trophy for “Best Brief” going to the Law Center team of (from left) Sarah Williams, Matt Riley and Elizabeth Pletan.

No room to negotiate: 3L team is best

James Garrett and Randi RevisoreJames Garrett and Randi Revisore, both 3L, negotiated their way to the prize in the 2008 Lorance & Thompson competition. Read More

Hombrès y mujeres, mark your calendars for  Monday, Feb. 23

The PBS American Experience premieres “A Class Apart” - a one-hour program examining a landmark Supreme Court decision that brought to an end Jim Crow-style discrimination against Mexican Americans. Professor Michael A. Olivas is among the experts interviewed. Read

Children, Law and Disasters collaboration well-received

The Center for Children, Law & Policy is already in discussion regarding a second printing of its newest publication.

Paust to Obama: Do the Right Thing!

Professor Jordan Paust says President Obama erred by not adding more teeth to his executive order banning torture and inhumane interrogation of detainees. Read

Interest in public interest

pIlLaw Center students dressed in their business finest mingled with 40 representatives of non-profits and government agencies during the “Public Interest Table Talk” in the Commons. Robin O’Neil, 1L, chats with Georgianna Braden of Howrey, LLP, about the firm’s summer pro bono programs.

HBF Honors Newhouse

The Houston Bar foundations minced no words when it honored the Law Center's Tom Newhouse for "Longevity of Exemplary Service to the Harris County Dispute Resolution Center."

Tip o' the Stetson

Stetson University has chosen the Law Center's Michael A. Olivas for its first ever award for excellence in higher education law.

Professor Rebecca Tsosie

Professor Rebecca Tsosie of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University talks about energy development and its effects on Native Americans during a daylong symposium – “Sustainability: Moving from Theory to Practical Application” -- sponsored by the Environmental & Energy Law & Policy Journal. The symposium included lectures and panel discussions by academic experts and legal practitioners on the issue of developing and sustaining the world’s natural resources.

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