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In February, the University of Houston Law Center was the site of oral arguments brought before the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in Krost Hall.
“We are grateful to the Fifth Circuit for holding oral arguments at the University of Houston Law Center,” said Dean Leonard M. Baynes. “It has been our goal over the past six years to build a stronger relation with the judiciary.
“During this time, we have had the Texas Supreme Court and the Texas 14th Court of Appeals also hold oral arguments as well as have had lectures by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and other prominent jurists through the Ruby Kless Sondock Jurist in Residence Program. It is exciting for our students to get a first-hand look at how highly-skilled lawyers and jurists operate and have an opportunity to interact with them.”
• A three-judge panel of Judge Carolyn Dineen King, Judge Gregg J. Costa and Judge James C. Ho heard from prosecuting and defense attorneys in the following cases:
• Appeal of a preliminary injunction blocking a Mississippi law that would ban abortion after presence of a fetal heartbeat.
( Jackson Women’s Health Organization v. Thomas E. Dobbs, M.D., M.P.H, No. 19-60455)
The LL.M. Tax program at the University of Houston Law Center has been selected as the second best in the nation by readers of Corporate Counsel magazine.
The program was cited in the education category of the April “Best of 2020” reference guide. The annual survey asks readers to vote for the best providers of services to the legal profession in a variety of areas.
“Corporate Counsel represents a broad cross-section of leaders in the legal profession, so their views are especially valuable to us and to our program,” said Bret Wells, Law Foundation Professor of Law and tax specialist. “We have a strong commitment to training students on the tax skills they will need to be practice ready, and the high ranking we consistently receive from Corporate Counsel is great confirmation of that commitment.”
• Appeal of a summary judgment in a case involving the suicide of a prisoner in a jail cell.
( Jacqueline Smith v. Harris County, No. 19-20194)
• Appeal of new sentence after a McAllen man violated the terms of his supervised release.
(United States v. Arnoldo Belmontes, Jr., No. 19-40001)
The Law Center’s LL.M. tax faculty includes full-time Professors Johnny Rex Buckles and Wells, both of whom bring years of academic contributions and high-level practice experience to the classroom. Paul H. Asofsky, a longtime partner and head of the Houston tax group, at Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP, serves as a special advisor. Denney Wright joined the Law Center in 2016 as a professor of practice after 42 years of practice with Exxon Mobil Corporation. Emeritus Professor of Law William Streng, who was named the
2019 Outstanding Texas Tax Lawyer by the State Bar, continues to contribute to the program.
Briefcase 2020
Dean Leonard M. Baynes greets the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, Feb. 11, 2020

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