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The University of Houston Law Center launched
the nation’s first military justice clinic in July in which law students, under the supervision of faculty and experienced military defense attorneys, will represent service members facing criminal charges.
The Military Justice Clinic is led by Jason Marquez,
clinical adjunct professor and veteran of 21 years in uniform, over 15 of those on active duty. He
currently holds the rank of major in the Army Reserve and serves as the deputy regional defense counsel for the Southwest region of the Army Reserve’s Trial Defense Service.
“The idea for the program originated when I was serving on active duty and defending a capital murder case,” Marquez said. “My defense team had three amazing law students assisting us with research and motions practice. I saw firsthand how law students could both benefit a defense team and could learn
a great deal from exposure to the military criminal justice system.
“There are several veterans benefits clinics across the U.S., but this clinic is distinct because it focuses exclusively on assisting current and former service members with military criminal justice matters.”
“I am delighted that the Law Center will have the first legal clinic to provide important representation to soldiers charged with crimes as well as provide our students with the necessary practice ready skills to become outstanding lawyers,” said Dean Leonard M. Baynes.
In addition to teaching at the Law Center and his duties
with the Army Reserve, Marquez works for the UH System
as the Clery Act compliance coordinator overseeing federal regulatory and statutory requirements for university crime and security statistics and programs.
University of Houston Law Center Professor Dave Fagundes has joined the American Law Institute after being elected
by its current members in July. Fagundes was one of 38 new additions to the prestigious organization, which comprises exceptional judges, lawyers, and legal academics from all states and the District of Columbia, along with international members.
Fagundes, the Baker Botts LLP Professor of Law and Assistant Dean for Faculty Development, teaches first-year property, trusts & wills, and copyright. He joined the Law Center faculty in fall 2016.
“I am honored to be elected to the ALI,” Fagundes said. “I look forward to assisting in its efforts to advance the law.”
Fagundes began his teaching career at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles, where he taught from 2007 through 2016. Prior to entering academia, he worked as a Bigelow Fellow and lecturer in law at the University of Chicago Law School, an associate at the Washington, D.C. office of Jenner & Block, LLP, and a clerk to Judge David S. Tatel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
Fagundes’ most recent and forthcoming scholarship focuses
on property’s abandonment doctrine, the Second Amendment status of municipal corporations, and the intersection of copyright and administrative law. His articles have appeared
in the Cornell Law Review, the Northwestern University Law Review, the Texas Law Review, and the Vanderbilt Law Review, among others.
   Clinical Adjunct Professor Jason Marquez
Professor Dave Fagundes

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