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December 2010

Student groups and the 1st Amendment

Olivas and BandowFederalist Society debate weighs student rights on public campuses. more…

November 2010

Conference details ins and outs of Dodd-Frank

Ed MierzwinskiAttorneys gain insights to financial reform at Law Center CLE seminar.  more…

Nicole CásarezProfessor outlines textbook case of justice gone awry

Criminal Justice Institute speaker sees prosecutorial misconduct in death row case.  more…

Nicole CásarezCJI launches new lecture series with pivotal player in Graves case

The Criminal Justice Institute at the Law Center starts its new lecture series on Oct. 20 with a story “ripped from the headlines” of this month’s Texas Monthly magazine.  more…

Dr. Laurence B. McCullough Former Dean John B. Neibel dies at 80

A Law Center pioneer, Neibel taught generations of lawyers during more than four decades in the classroom and as dean from 1966-74. more…   

HBA hosts joint faculty meeting at Law Center

Three DeansThe faculties of Houston’s three law schools gathered at the Law Center to talk about skills training in an annual joint session. more…   

HLO looks at foundation of bioethics

Dr. Laurence B. McCullough We typically credit medical paternalism for sparking interest in bioethics – but a visiting expert and a Health Law Organization panel suggest a second look at history may be warranted.  more…   

October 2010

Genetic testing kits can be fun, but risky

Barbara EvansProf. Barbara Evans and research colleagues see risks in popular genetic testing kits and urge regulatory review in the current issue of Science magazine. more…

Expert teaches Summary Judgment 101

Lynne LiberatoTop appellate lawyer Lynne Liberato visits the Law Center to demystify summary judgments. more…

LeavesFall Mixer on Oct. 26

The Fall Student/Law Firm Mixer on Oct. 26 gives Law Center alumni and practicing lawyers a great forum to share practical advice with future colleagues. more…

Professor Duncan elected to ALI

Meredith DuncanMeredith J. Duncan recognized for professional achievements. more…

‘Day in the Life’….International Law

Panel of experienced practitioners offers insights to world of International LawPanel of experienced practitioners offers insights to world of International Law. more…

Guns on campus…Safe or sorry?

Professor Bush and Dr. LottFederalist Society discussion questions whether guns on campus would cut crime and deter violent outbursts – or change the college environment. more…

Law Center scores high in ‘scholarly impact’

LawBooksNationwide study ranks Law Center faculty 51st in top journal citations. more…

Law Center key stop on Norwegian legal tour

VisitNorwegian law students visit the Law Center for a look at law the American way. more…

Clinic wins deportation case for Guatemalan

Law Center students argue transgendered client would suffer persecution if deported. more…

School and students survived Ike’s whirlwinds

Ike downtownTwo years ago Hurricane Ike roared through the area, but the Law Center emerged unscathed. more…

Con Law specialists preview U.S. Supreme Court term

Peter Linzer and Allyson HoProfessor Linzer and a veteran Houston appellate lawyer preview the docket facing the new Supreme Court when it convenes in October. more…

Hardin tells future advocates to break the ‘old rules’ and develop own style

Houston trial attorney Rusty HardinHouston trial attorney Rusty Hardin urged students to “be yourself” in the courtroom and ignore the “old rules” if a different tactic makes better sense. more…

Fall 2010- Fun Facts

The Law Center welcomes its newest class – 267 students with undergraduate degrees from 111 schools.  more...

Welcome foreign scholars

flagThe Foreign LL.M. Class of 2011 – 37 foreign students from 21 countries – received an early welcome to the Law Center with two days of orientation. more…

Dream job? Alum takes legal expertise to war zone

Philip VasquezLaw Center alum Philip Vasquez says he is living a dream by helping war-torn Afghanistan rebuild. more…

Whittlesey ’94 heads Austin Bar

David WhittleseyDavid P. Whittlesey ’94, a partner in the Austin office of Andrews Kurth, is the new president of the Austin Bar Association Board of Directors.  His practice focuses on complex commercial, business and technology litigation, including antitrust, securities and intellectual property. Whittlesey will serve a one-year term.

Donald CollierA unique ‘dual major’: legal and acting careers

A unique “double major” is in the making for Donald Collier, a second-year student at the Law Center who envisions careers in both acting and the law. more…

September 2010

Meghan BakerDual degree student earns social work honors

The Law Center’s Meghan Baker, a dual degree candidate in law and social work, has been honored as “Social Work Student of the Year” by a statewide association. more….

El Salvador Supreme Court Justice Fortín Huezo Justice to discuss El Salvador’s legal system

El Salvador Supreme Court Justice Fortín Huezo will provide a brief overview of her nation’s legal system to the Law Center’s Spanish speakers. more…

 

Yale Journal to publish ’10 grad’s article

Kimberly GordyThe Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, and Ethics will publish an article on pediatric decision-making written by 2010 graduate Kimberly Gordy. more…

Immigration Clinic wins unanimous Supreme Court decision

The Law Center’s Immigration Clinic argued a deportation case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court—and earned a unanimous decision that could impact thousands of immigrants. more…

Moot court team takes top honors in TYLA tourney

A Law Center moot court team walked away with "Best Brief&quot and "Best Speaker&quot honors in the annual TYLA competition in Dallas. more…

August 2010

Zealous child advocate motivates Law Center crowd to its feet

Bryan A. StevensonBryan A. Stevenson, who won a landmark juvenile justice case before the U.S. Supreme Court, earned a standing ovation after speaking at the 9th Annual Zealous Advocacy Conference at the Law Center. more…

"America's Mayor" tells '10 grads to strive for leadership roles

"America's Mayor&quot Rudy Giuliani urged Class of 2010 graduates to strive for leadership roles in their new profession, and outlined six ways to get there. more…

Want to be a Law Professor? Learn how

Want to be a Law Professor? Learn howProfs. Aaron Bruhl and Sapna Kumar will share what you need to know to become a law professor on  Sat., May 22. more…

Gov. appoints Andrew J. Cobos ‘2L as student rep to Board of Trustees

Andrew J. CobosAndrew J. Cobos ‘2L, who is seeking joint J.D. and M.B.A. degrees, moves from a war zone to the board room as Gov. Rick Perry appoints him student representative to the UH Board of Trustees. more…

Prof. Dow awarded Cullen Professorship

David DowProf. David Dow awarded Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen University Professorship. more…

Center for Consumer Law hosts conference to teach the world's teachers

Teaching Consumer Law in the New EconomyIt will be five for five – with speakers from five continents headlining the 5th ‘Teaching Consumer Law' conference hosted by Associate Dean Richard Alderman and the Center for Consumer Law on May 21-22. more…

July 2010

'99 alum is Houston's Outstanding Young Lawyer

Julie PradelJulie Baumgarten Pradel '99 has been named HYLA's Outstanding Young Lawyer of Houston for 2009-10. more…


Juvenile justice system experts gather for Zealous Advocacy Conference

Center for Children Law and PolicyExperts on the juvenile justice system will assemble at the Law Center in on May 20-21 for the annual Zealous Advocacy Conference hosted by the Center for Children, Law & Policy. more…

John Covington

The University of Houston Law Center is mourning the loss of Emeritus Professor James Covington, who succumbed to prostate cancer in Houston on July 11, 2010. more...

Expert shares ‘contrarian' cross-exam techniques with Law Center audience

Terence F. MacCarthy Terence F. MacCarthy – a true household name in trial advocacy – walked a Law Center crowd through his time-tested tips for handling cross examinations.  more…

George ParnhamGeorge Parnham

Houston attorney George Parnham will discuss his use of the insanity defense and other topics during a Thursday evening class taught by Dr. William Winslade – and the session is open to all.  more…

Outlaw panel tells students to be open about gay lifestyle

Kent Rutter of Haynes and Boone, from left, Rebecca Robertson, of Baker Botts, state District Judge Steven Kirkland '90, and John Grantham '07, of Akin GumpA panel of gay attorneys advised Law Center students to be upfront about their sexual orientation in seeking that first job.  more…


Blakely speaker series hosts cross-examination expert

Terence F. MacCarthyBlakely Advocacy Institute hosts nationally recognized expert on cross-examination techniques April 23 at the Law Center.  more…


June 2010

"Racehorse" shares stories and expertise in Blakely speech

Richard "Racehorse" HaynesIt didn't take long for the wit and wisdom of famed defense attorney Richard "Racehorse" Haynes '56 to captivate Law Center students who attended the latest Blakely Advocacy Institute speaker's luncheon. more…

Seth Chandler and Todd GazianoChandler and Gaziano still standing after healthcare debate

Law Center Prof. Seth Chandler clashed with the Heritage Foundation's Todd Gaziano over the constitutionality of provisions in the controversial healthcare law. more…

Prof. Wayne A. Logan of Florida State University CollegeCJI speaker examines America's obsession with tracking sex offenders

CJI guest lecturer decries sex offender registries as ‘corrections on the cheap' that essentially cast communities in self-policing roles.  more…

May 2010

Dow and Gershowitz honored as ‘Professors of the Year’

David DowAdam GershowitzProfessors David Dow and Adam Gershowitz have been honored by the SBA and Order of the Barons as “Professors of the Year.” more…


Federalist Society promises food for thought in healthcare debate

Federalist logoThe healthcare bill is law, but the debate over its constitutionality continues Friday at the Law Center when Prof. Seth Chandler faces off with a representative of the Heritage Foundation. more…

April 2010

Wayne A. Logan Knowledge as Power: CJI looks at criminal registration and notification laws

“Knowledge is Power” when it comes to criminal registration and notification laws, according to CJI guest speaker who will visit the Law Center on Wednesday. more…

Law Center Immigration Clinic team cautiously optimistic about deportation case now under review by SCOTUS.Supremes hear Immigration Clinic case

Immigration Clinic Associate Professor Geoffrey A. Hoffman and three of his students took a deportation case to the U.S. Supreme Court – and remain “cautiously optimistic” about the outcome. more…

Paust cited for his work in International Law

Jordan PaustLaw Center Prof. Jordan Paust is ranked among the Top 10 “high scholarly impact” professors for his work in International Law. more…

Paust cited for his work in International Law

Jordan PaustLaw Center Prof. Jordan Paust is ranked among the Top 10 “high scholarly impact” professors for his work in International Law. more…

Prof. Deborah W. Denno of Fordham School of Law discussed the case of a teenager in the 1940s who was executed twice.CJI speaker relates story of teen who was executed twice

A CJI speaker tells a Law Center audience the ‘disturbing’ story of a black Louisiana teenager who was executed not once but twice for a crime he may not have committed. more…

Film documents aftermath of massive immigration raid

Clinical Associate Professor Geoffrey A. Hoffman, left, director of the Law Center’s Immigration Clinic, fields a legal question after the showing of In the Shadow of the Raid. The documentary produced by Greg Brosnan and Jennifer Szymaszek chronicles the aftermath of an immigration raid that affected people on both sides of the border.A Law Center screening of journalists’ documentary adds a human side to the ‘numbers and rhetoric’ behind immigration issues.   more…

Drug court success demands commitment to lifestyle change 

Judge Caprice Cosper ’83 presides over one of four Harris County drug courts.Harris County drug courts are a cheaper and more effective alternative to the criminal court system, according to Judge Caprice Cosper ’83 and panelists who visited the Law Center.  more…

Mock trial team wins National Ethics Trial Competition

The Law Center mock trial team of Sean Monks, 2L, left, Sara Waller, 3L, Amanda Frase, 3L, and Chuck Greenlee, 2L, won the National Ethics Trial Competition in Sacramento, CA., beating Fordham in the final round in a case involving the film industry.A Law Center quartet bests mock trial teams from 15 other schools with victory in invitational national tournament in California.   more…


CJI speaker looks at ‘disturbing’ Death Penalty story from Louisiana

DEBORAH W. DENNOCJI speaker on Monday, March 29, will share the disturbing death penalty story of Willie Francis and his two executions.  more…


Documentary shows raid had profound impact on both sides of the border

Greg Brosnan Photo - Well into his 80s, Tío Chus holds a picture of his niece, Lilian, who sent money for food back to him in Guatemala until the day of the raid. In the Shadow of the Raid, a documentary examining the impact of an immigration raid on both sides of the border, will be shown at the Law Center on March 29. more…

HJIL guest lecturer examines international control of toxic chemicals

Dr. David VanderZwaagA Canadian expert on marine and environmental law will be the guest speaker at the 8th annual Houston Journal of International Law Lecture on Thursday, March 25. more…


Life at the courthouse is a learning experience, federal judge tells students

U.S. Magistrate Judge Nancy Johnson told Law Center students exactly what life is like for a clerk in the federal courthouse during a noontime presentation at the Law Center. more…

Federalist Society looks at Natural Law and American jurisprudence

Federalist SocietyTwo prominent guest professors will examine “The Role of Natural Law in American Jurisprudence” in a noon discussion sponsored by The Federalist Society.  more…

 

Is the High Court ‘Countermajoritarian?’ Not so much, CJI speaker says

Prof. Corinna Barrett LainThe U.S. Supreme Court sometimes appears to run opposite of public sentiment, but a CJI guest lecturer says a deeper look leads to a different conclusion. more…

 

March 2010

Kerry Holton, president of the Delaware Nation, left, Prof. Gavin Clarkson, and Carlos Bullock, chairman of the Alabama-Coushatta Tribal Council, discussed some of the problems and solutions facing American Indians in a one-hour presentation that could have been titled Indian Law 101. Clarkson and tribal leaders examine troubled past ­­-- and present -- in Indian Country

Prof. Gavin Clarkson and tribal leaders gave students a quick lesson in Indian Law 101 during a presentation at the Law Center. more…

ILS focuses on EU law with Belgian professor

Prof. Bernhard Schloh of Vrieje Universiteit Brussel in Belgium explored developments in European Union law with students at the Law Center.Prof. Bernhard Schloh of Vrieje Universiteit Brussel in Belgium explored developments in European Union law with students at the Law Center. more…

‘Inspired’ advocates claim top honors in Blakely Butler Moot Court Competition

Jayson Booth and Sara Waller tackle a convoluted insurance case to claim top honors in the Blakely Butler Moot Court Competition.Jayson Booth and Sara Waller tackle a convoluted insurance case to claim top honors in the Blakely Butler Moot Court Competition. more…

Are Supreme Court decisions ‘countermajoritarian?’ – Not really, prof argues

CORINNA BARRETT LAINA visiting professor from the University of Richmond will take an “upside-down” view of major SCOTUS decisions Monday as part of the CJI Lecture Series. more…

Asian-American lawyers say minority status may help fuel careers

Asian-American attorneys Quan Vu, left, Stephanie Chi ’08 and Cindy Lin discuss the advice they had just given to soon-to-be-lawyers in a panel discussion hosted by the Asian Law Student Association.Asian-American lawyers share first-person ‘minority’ perspectives with Law Center students. more…

“Judging in Extraordinary Times”

Prof. Samuel IssacharoffDid you miss the Law Center’s special lecture by Prof. Samuel Issacharoff of NYU marking the birth centennial of Judge John R. Brown?  Not to worry: you can watch the lecture via streaming video by clicking here

State Sen. Eliot Shapleigh, D-El PasoEELPJ symposium focuses on climate change and its impact on water

State Sen. Eliot Shapleigh was the keynote speaker as experts from across the country gathered to discuss climate change and water issues at the sixth annual EELPJ symposium. more…

All legal fields connected by ‘seamless web,’ alums tell students

Gordon Arnold ’88 (left), Eva F. O’Brien ’85 and Denis Braham ’79 talk over the career advice they just shared with a roomful of Law Center students as part of the “Day in the Life” lecture series sponsored by the Houston Law Alumni Association.Leading alums tell Law Center students that broadening their studies will pay off in their practice because all legal specialties are interwoven in ‘a seamless web.’   more…

Climate Change, Water & Adaptive Law

The EELPJ launches its sixth annual symposium –‘Climate Change, Water & Adaptive Law’-- Friday, Feb. 26, from 8 to 5 at the Czech Center Museum, 4920 San Jacinto, Midtown Houston. State Sen. Eliot Shapleigh, D-El Paso, is the keynote speaker. More….

‘Find what you love, and stick to it,’ alumni tell students

Donna Clark ’83, left, Nicole DeBorde and Jim Perdue, 1993 classmates, discuss the advice they just passed along to Law Center students as part of the “Day in the Life” speaker series sponsored by the Houston Law Alumni Association.Leading alumni offer insights to their fields of law in Part II of the “Day in the Life” lecture series sponsored by the UH Law Alumni Association. more…

Dr.  Clarkson explores the role of Indian tribes in today’s world

Gavin ClarksonDr. Gavin Clarkson, the Law Center’s resident Indian expert, hosts a Monday luncheon with leaders of two tribes to answer a simple question: what role can tribes play in today’s society? more…

IP piracy makes waves on the Internet

Law ProfessorA new approach is needed in the war on Internet piracy, visiting law professor tells students at an IPSO-sponsored discussion. more…

Grad’s patent law article selected for national publication

Beckilynn Skidmore ‘2L An article written by Yuichi Watanabe ’09 for the Law Center’s Houston Business and Tax Law Journal has been selected for publication in the 2010 Patent Law Review. more…

Hate Crime laws – Protection or Pablum?

Beckilynn Skidmore ‘2L Do hate crime laws help reduce crime, or should we dismiss them as ‘feel good’ legislation?  In search of answers, The Federalist Society hosted two criminal law professors with differing views.   more….

Speakers offer expertise at three lunchtime events today

It’s a busy Monday at the Law Center – with three noontime presentations offering different perspectives on the law and the legal workplace.  More…

National Public Radio listeners gain glimpse of David Dow’s Death Row work

David DowLaw Center Prof. David Dow brought a national audience of NPR listeners into his world of defending Death Row inmates, a story chronicled in his new book, ‘The Autobiography of an Execution.’ more…

‘Table Talk’ recruiters met with enthusiasm

Beckilynn Skidmore ‘2L Levis and T-shirts gave way to business attire for this year’s “Table Talk,” as students armed with résumés discussed clerkship opportunities with recruiters from more than 35 government and public interest agencies.  more…

February 2010

CJI speaker decries ‘assembly line’ approach to criminal justice

Prof. Stephanos Bibas of the University of Pennsylvania Law School talks about changes needed in America’s “assembly line” criminal justice system in the initial presentation of the Criminal Justice Institute’s Lecture Series, “Criminal Law at the Cutting Edge.”Criminal Justice Institute speaker decries nation’s growing tendency to dispense justice with ‘assembly line’ monotony.   more…

2nd Annual Moot Court National Championship

MootThe Moot Court National Championship founded by the Law Center crowned its second winner this weekend: a team from the John Marshall Law School, which bested a team from Southern Methodist University.  More…

SCOTUS may skirt constitutional issue of cross in national preserve

Kelly Shackelford (left) and Prof. Peter Linzer were all smiles even though they didn’t agree on much during a discussion of an “establishment clause” case pending before the Supreme Court. With the U.S. Supreme Court set to decide the fate of a commemorative cross in a remote national preserve, The Federalist Society hosted a debate on the legal issues behind the decade-long battle in the courts. more…

Measured by ‘Super Lawyers,’ Law Center ranks 34th

The Law Center is in the top tier of schools that generate ‘Super Lawyers,’ according to a new ranking. more…

Alums share their expertise in ‘Day in the Life’ speakers series

Susan Sanchez ’87, a member of the Houston Law Alumni Association board, chats with “Day in the Life” speakers George Gibson ’95, Louis Davis ’95 and Alvin Zimmerman ’67.Veteran alumni returned to the Law Center to share their experiences as part of the Houston Law Alumni Association ‘Day in the Life’ Speaker Series. more…

 'Legacy of the Pride' exhibit opens at Rockwell Pavilion

A new ‘Legacy of the Pride’ exhibit at M.D. Anderson Library chronicles the past, present and future of excellence at the University of Houston.  more…

Minimally Conscious: Grey Matters in Medicine, Law and Ethics

A Jan. 28 symposium on “Grey Matters in Medicine, Law and Ethics” with 4.0 hours of MCLE ethics credit delves into the issues that moot court teams will face in Houston.  more…

Moot Court National Championship

Sixteen teams from across the nation will convene in Houston for the Moot Court National Championship being  hosted by the Law Center’s Blakely Advocacy Institute starting on Jan. 28.  more…

Consumer Law Center awarded
$404k grant to help Ike victims

The Houston-Galveston Area Council has awarded the Center for Consumer Law a $404,000 grant to expand its program of helping victims of Hurricane Ike deal with unresolved legal issues. more…

SCOTUS grants ‘cert’ to case with Law Center connections

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case handled through the lower courts by Law Center Immigration Clinic attorneys.  more…

A Beautiful Site in a Law Center Winter Wonderland

Mom and sonSeasonal cheer filled the Law Center as alumni and their families, faculty and friends gathered for Dean Nimmer’s annual Holiday Coffee. more…

Checking their lists

There were smiles all around as Associate Dean Richard Alderman distributed checks totaling $6,000 to community service representatives who provide holiday gifts for needy children. more…

Kids are kids regardless of immigration status

Prof. Geoffrey A. Hoffman, Immigration Clinic associate professor, decried the “chilling effect” of charity toy drives that considered checking the immigration status of children before handing out holiday toys. more…

BibasCriminal Law at the Cutting Edge
Leading Voices Lecture Series

The Criminal Justice Institute at the Law Center launches its new lecture series on Wednesday, Feb. 3 with Prof. Stephanos Bibas of the University of Pennsylvania Law School.  more...

Energy scholarship will further student’s goal of helping Africa

Mohamed DjenabouA $4,000 Rocky Mountain Foundation scholarship will further LL.M. candidate Mohamed Djenabou’s  goal of enhancing natural resources management in Africa.  more…

January 2010

Law Center role in DTPA action nets $100k from Conn’s

Conn’s Inc. will pay $100,000 to Associate Dean Richard Alderman’s Center for Consumer Law at the Law Center as part of a $4.85 million DTPA settlement.   more…

LL.M. student from Ghana wins 2nd scholarship

John DarkoJohn Darko, an LL.M. student from Ghana, works hard and wins big, earning his second energy-related scholarship for the Spring ’10 semester. more…

Mock trial team unarguably the best in Atlanta

The Law Center mock trial team took Atlanta by storm, sweeping the State Bar of Georgia’s prestigious invitational tournament. more…

Profs discuss role of states vs. feds on international law

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Professors hosted by The Federalist Society agree to disagree on how international law meshes with domestic legal policy. more…

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