2011 UHLC in the News

Stanford Competency Hearing Set For Tuesday

Professor Thompson commented in a KUHF story about Robert Allen Stanford’s competency hearing before U.S. District Judge David Hittner.

Houston DA turns up the heat on Occupy activists

Professor Thompson was quoted in an article on MSNBC’s website regarding the decision by the Harris County District Attorney’s Office to seek a grand jury indictment after a judge dismissed felony charges against seven people arrested while blocking the road to the Port of Houston.

Protecting oil from water -- the history of state regulation

Professor Weaver is quoted in an article on the Environment and Energy News website regarding the history of state oil and gas regulation. Professor Weaver explains that state oil and gas agencies were not set up to enforce environmental laws.

In Defense of My People: Alonso S. Perales and the Development of Mexican-American Public Intellectuals

Professor Olivas discusses the life and importance of Alonso S. Perales and the value of his collected papers in a video included on the website for the University of Houston Libraries’ Special Collection & Digital Library’s newest exhibit and upcoming conference entitled “In Defense of My People: Alonso S. Perales and the Development of Mexican-American Public Intellectuals.”  

Business calendar

Dean Alderman will speak at a continuing education session on consumer law jointly sponsored by the Houston Pro Bono Initiative and the Houston Pro Bono Network on Wednesday, December 7, 2011.

Should Law Schools Pay Some Students to Drop Out?

Professor Olivas was quoted in an article on the DailyFinance (AOL) website, regarding a proposal from two Yale Law School professors to reduce the number of unemployed law school graduates with massive student loan debt. Professor Olivas also comments on statistics from the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) reflecting the number of LSATs administered during the 2009-2010 and June and October 2011 test-taking periods.

Drilling bill today, anti-reg bills this week in House - Carbon emissions make record-breaking jump - China talks binding deal in Durban - More fracking friction in Pennsylvania

Professor Burke will be speaking at the 2011 State of the Gulf of Mexico Summit on Tuesday, December 6, 2011 according to an article appearing on the Politico web site.

How the State Bar and TYLA Pick Their Top Leaders

Professor Crump and UHLC alum Jarvis Hollingsworth are both listed as potential nominees for Texas State Bar president-elect according to an article on the Texas Lawyer web site.

Dallas bail bondsman avoids taking loss when defendants skip town by reporting they were rearrested

Professor Schuwerk is quoted in an article in the Dallas Morning News regarding lawyers’ duties with regard to the claims they make in motions and judge’s obligation to rule on these motions appropriately. The article deals with bail bondsmen declaring their clients to have been re-arrested when in fact they have “jumped” bail.

Law School Not Working Out? 2 Professors Propose Paying Students to Drop Out

Professor Olivas was quoted in an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education. The article discusses a proposal from two Yale Law School professors to reduce the number of unemployed law-school graduates with massive student loan debt. Professor Olivas remarks on the criticisms leveled at law schools regarding post-graduate employment.

Russell Contreras, Activists Scrutinize Latino Politicians’ Family Histories, Albuquerque Journal, November 28, 2011, 1A

Professor Michael A. Olivas is quoted in an A.P. article appearing in today’s Albuquerque Journal about the increasing scrutiny of the family history of Latino Republican politicians. Professor Olivas’ comment regards the attention given to the family past of New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez.

Governor needs to get her history right

Professor Olivas is quoted in a letter to the editor from the Saturday, November 26, 2011 Farmington (New Mexico) Daily Times. The author quotes Professor Olivas regarding the status of the U.S.-Mexico border at the time New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez’s grandfather entered the U.S.

UH Law prof presented with award named in his honor

An article in the Daily Cougar reported on the presentation to Professor Joyce of an award named in his honor by the American Society of Legal History.  The “Craig Joyce Award” will recognize members for long and outstanding service to the Society. 

How Rumors Get Started: Gov. Martinez’s Grandparents Were Not Illegal Immigrants

Professor Olivas is quoted in a blog post from the Big Government blog regarding allegations made against New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez that her grand-parents were illegal aliens.

Civil rights panel: 'Occupy' protests protected, with limits
President Fred Lawrence participates in discussion at University of Houston Law Center

Dean Nimmer’s comments were noted in a press release issued by Brandeis University regarding the program “Extremism in a Civil Society,” which was held at the UHLC, co-hosted by the UHLC and the Anti-Defamation League, and featured Erwin Chemerinsky and Frederick Lawrence.

Susana Martinez, New Mexico Governor, Releases Evidence On Her Grandparents' Immigration Status

An article in the Albuquerque Journal clarifying the immigration status of the grandparents of the New Mexico Governor includes information provided by Professor Olivas.  The Associated Press article was also posted on the Huffington Post website.

Mexican minister who fought drug cartels killed in crash

Professor Zamora was quoted in an article on CNN’s website, commenting on the impact of the helicopter crash in the context of the national mood regarding Mexican President Felipe Calderon’s efforts to fight the nation’s drug cartels.  

A Bond Offering from the Navajo Nation
The resource-rich Navajo Nation is raising money to stimulate growth and create jobs

Professor Clarkson was quoted in an article on the Bloomberg Businessweek website, commenting on the impact of the Navajo Nation’s plan to sell $120 million in bonds and their intention to seek investors willing to settle disputes in tribal courts.

Educators debate: Are law schools in crisis?

In a posting on the NLJ’s Law School Review: A Forum on Legal Education, Professor Olivas responded to criticisms of the success of law schools in placing graduates by arguing for a broader view of what are appropriate roles for lawyers. And Professor Olivas is among a panel of experts commenting in a National Law Journal forum on the subject “Are Law Schools in Crisis?”

Viral video fuels spanking debate, sparks questions about when corporal punishment crosses into abuse

Professor Marrus was quoted in an article on the website of the Corpus Christi Caller-Times regarding the child discipline debate sparked by a viral video showing an Aransas County Court judge beating his daughter with a belt. 

Navajo Nation Issues First Bonds

Professor Clarkson was quoted in an article on the Fronteras website, commenting on the Navajo Nation’s solid credit rating recently given by Standard & Poor’s and the impact this will have on issuing bonds to raise funds for local infrastructure projects.

Business Report: The Chronicle with Bloomberg
Cancer drug study delay drops Exelixis shares

Professor Clarkson is quoted regarding the Navajo Nation’s plan to sell $120 million in bonds in a Bloomberg Business Report that appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle.

U.S. Citizens in Fla. Charged Higher Tuition Rates Because of Parents' Immigration Status

Professor Olivas is quoted in an article posted to the website of the Christian Post.  The article discusses a class action lawsuit filed in Florida by college students charged out-of-state tuition rates because of the immigration status of their parents.

Navajos Rated Above California Plan First Bonds: Muni Credit

Professor Clarkson is quoted in an article on the Bloomberg news website regarding the upcoming $120 million bond sale by the Navajo Nation, which will be the biggest sale of nongaming tribal debt in at least a decade. 

Affirmative-Action Critics See Texas Case as a Vehicle for a Supreme Court Victory

Professor Olivas is quoted in an article on the Chronicle of Higher Education website regarding whether the U.S. Supreme Court is likely to take up a lawsuit challenging the race-conscious admissions policies at the University of Texas at Austin.

Intelligence advisor to speak on future of war on terror

Today’s issue of the Daily Cougar includes an article about the Houston Law Review’s 16th Annual Frankel Lecture to be held at the Law Center on November 4.  UHLC alumnus Philip Zelikow will be the featured speaker and will discuss the future of the war on terror.  Professor Paust will moderate the event. 

College Notes

Professor Dow will speak about the nature of the death penalty at the Utah Valley University’s  seventh annual Symposium on Restorative Justice and the Death Penalty, to be held this Thursday.

Keeping an eye on witnesses

Professor Thompson is quoted in a Houston Chronicle online article discussing the use of double-blind line-ups and the views of Texas chiefs of police on their use.

Immigration Law Community Podcast: Dan Kowalski and Professor Michael Olivas on Alabama’s Immigration Law

Professor Olivas discusses Alabama’s immigration law in a podcast posted to the LexisNexis Immigration Law Community on Tuesday, October 25, 2011

UH Master of Laws ranks as top program in Texas

The Law Center’s Master of Laws program was voted No. 1 in Texas in the Best of Texas survey by Texas Lawyer, reported an article in the Daily Cougar.  Dean Nimmer and LL.M. students Rohini Krishnamachari and Joao Verne were quoted. Professor Weaver was also mentioned in the article.

How TI's Discovery Transformed the Eastern District

Professor Janicke’s research regarding patent infringement lawsuits was discussed in an article in Texas Lawyer

U.S.-citizen children of immigrants protest higher tuition rates

Professor Olivas is quoted in an article in Sunday’s Miami Herald, discussing charging out-of-state tuition to U.S.-born children of undocumented immigrants who are Florida residents.

Teaming of Swedish, Providence raises issues over abortion, women's health

Professor Griffin is quoted in an article in Sunday’s Everett Herald (Washington), discussing issues in a partnership between a local religious hospital and a local non-religious hospital.  

Law professor publishes paper on 'crimmigration'
Yolanda Vazquez explores combination of criminal and immigration law

Professor Olivas was quoted and his book, No Undocumented Child Left Behind,was mentioned in an article posted on the Daily Pennsylvanian website. Professor Olivas comments on the ineligibility of unauthorized immigrants to hold legal employment and obtain federal and most state aid in Pennsylvania, as well as the inability of children of unauthorized immigrants to establish residency for tuition purposes.

UH Law Center and Anti-Defamation League present "Extremism in a Civil Society"

Dean Nimmer and UH Alumnus Marvin Nathan will moderate a program sponsored by the UHLC and the Anti-Defamation League. Extremism in a Civil Society will explore freedom of expression and its limits on Friday, November 18. Speakers will be Erwin Chemerinsky, founding dean of the University of California, Irvine School of Law, and Frederick M. Lawrence, president of Brandeis University.

Membership changes may take law school accreditation panel in new direction

Professor Olivas is quoted in a National Law Journal article on the new membership of the ABA Standards Review Committee. Professor Olivas, a past critic of the committee, expresses hope that the committee will take an improved direction.

ACLU Says Prosecutorial Misconduct Led to Capital Conviction

Professor Schuwerk is co-author of a friend-of-the-court brief filed in support of ACLU arguments on behalf of Manuel Vela in his appeal for a new trial based on prosecutorial misconduct.

CFPB and 'the great unknown'

An article on the authority of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau includes statements from Professor Hawkins regarding potential new rules.

Jury seated in trial of Houston father accused of killing 3-year-old son

Professor Thompson was interviewed for a news report on the impending trial of a Houston man charged with killing his 3-year-old son despite the lack of a body. The report was posted to the website of KHOU 11 News on Tuesday.

Road to UH regent: Former construction worker, Jacob Monty, builds successful law firm

UHLC alumnus and UH Regent Jacob Monty is featured in a biographical article that was posted to the website of The Venture on Tuesday. The contribution of Professor Olivas to Monty’s success is highlighted.

Law professor, UH students collaborate on book detailing flaws in legal system

Professor Thompson was featured in an article on the Houston Chronicle website discussing her latest book, American Justice in the Age of Innocence.  UHLC alumni Jennifer Hopgood and Hillary K. Valderrama, who co-edited the book with Professor Thompson, were also mentioned.

Unitarian church in Memorial to host talk on employment discrimination

Professor Griffin will speak about the Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC case as part of the Kilgore Lecture at the Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church on October 28th.

Deepwater Horizon court cases piling up

Professor Weaver comments on a lawsuit filed against BP by Anadarko in a Houston Business Review article on the Deepwater Horizon Case.

Check 'n Go sues to try to get permit
City attorney says it will defend right to regulate payday lenders

Professor Hawkins was quoted in an article on the MySanAntonio.com website, commenting on the San Antonio City Council’s 2008 ordinance requiring payday lenders to obtain a “specific use authorization” before opening a store front.

Sweet Home Alabama?

In an essay on the Inside Higher Ed website Professor Olivas discusses Alabama’s controversial immigration law.

Aggies question Rick Perry's conservative values

Professor Olivas is quoted in an article from the Bryan College Station Eagle concerning criticism of Governor Perry’s support of in-state tuition rates for undocumented students.  The article quotes a statement Professor Olivas made last month praising Perry on this issue at a seminar on the DREAM Act hosted by Texas A&M.

'People's Lawyer' to speak at Lone Star's Cy-Fair campus

Dean Alderman will host a People’s Law School community event at Lone Star College’s Cy-Fair campus on October 20.

Reviewing the Oral Argument in Hosanna-Tabor

Professor Griffin contributed a piece to the Concurring Opinions blog about Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v EEOC, which was argued before the Supreme Court on October 5th. 

A New View, Part 2: E-Discovery Changes Have Some Seeing a Career in Document Review

Allison Hickey Regan, assistant director of the University of Houston Law Center’s Career Development Office, was quoted in the ABA Journal regarding document review and e-discovery.

Dreams Deferred: Deferred Action, Discretion, and the Vexing Case(s) of DREAM Act Students

Professor Olivas will deliver a presentation entitled “Dreams Deferred: Deferred Action, Discretion, and the Vexing Case(s) of DREAM Act Students” at Pomona College on October 10.

Shame on Alabama

Professor Olivas is participating in this week’s Room for Debate, a weekly online debate hosted by the New York Times. The debate addresses whether Alabama’s new law requiring schools to ascertain the immigration status of their pupils is constitutional. Professor Olivas posted his contribution yesterday. In addition, the debate is highlighted in a posting to ImmigrationProf Blog.

Meeting focuses on consumer law rights

Dean Alderman was quoted in the Daily Cougar regarding The People’s Law School. 

First tenured Latina in Texas honored
Recognition adds to law school faculty member’s extended list of accomplishments at UH

Professor Thompson was featured in an article in the Daily Cougar discussing her recent recognition by the Hispanic National Bar Association as the first Latina tenured law professor in Texas. 

Hosanna-Tabor v. EEOC

Professor Griffin was interviewed by KUHF Houston Public Radio about the upcoming Supreme Court case Hosanna-Tabor v. EEOC, which involves the “ministerial exception” to workplace discrimination laws. 

Attorneys talk eyewitness procedure in Huntsville

Professor Thompson was mentioned in an article on the Daily Cougar website. She met last week with about 50 of her colleagues at the Eyewitness Identifications Working Group Meeting at Sam Houston State University to discuss eyewitness identification procedures and work on drafting a new eyewitness procedure policy that will help reduce wrongful convictions.

UH Center For Consumer Law Hosts 'People's Law School' Oct. 1
Register for Free Program, Learn About Your Legal Rights

Dean Alderman will begin the People’s Law School this Saturday with some opening comments. The People’s Law School is hosted by the Center for Consumer Law.

Troy Davis: Why Poster Boys Don't Matter

An essay by Professor David Dow regarding the death penalty and the recent execution of Troy Davis appeared on the Beacon Broadside website on September 22, 2011. 

The Dream Act: The Legal and the Political

Professor Michael Olivas will speak at an event hosted by the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico regarding “The DREAM Act: The Legal and the Political” on December 3, 2011. 

Kenya: AU and Arabs Protest Over Cheney Crimes

In an article on the All Africa.com web site Professor Paust is quoted regarding material in former Vice-President Dick Cheney’s new book

The death penalty: Justice for Whites?

An article on The Venture web site discusses a roundtable discussion of minorities on death row moderated by Prof. David R. Dow.

THE "PEOPLE'S LAWYER" RICHARD ALDERMAN RETURNS TO LONE STAR COLLEGE-CYFAIR OCT. 20

An article in the Cypress Times announced that Dean Richard Alderman will be hosting a People’s Law school event at Lone Star College-CyFair on October 20th.

Experts say 3rd delay of Texas inmate’s execution likely tied to broader Supreme Court review

Professor Adam Gershowitz is quoted in an article in the Washington Post, commenting on the U.S. Supreme Court’s stay of execution granted to Texas death row inmate Cleve Foster.

President's Intelligence Adviser Featured Speaker at the University of Houston Law Review's Annual Frankel Lecture

Professor Paust will be the moderator for the Houston Law Review’s 16th Annual Frankel Lecture on November 4, featuring UHLC alumnus Dr. Philip Zelikow, former head of the 9/11 commission and recent appointee to the President's Intelligence Advisory Board.

Google-Oracle Meeting Ordered by Court May End Legal Dispute Over Android

Professor Janicke was quoted in a Bloomberg.com article regarding a court-ordered meeting between Google and Oracle Corp. to try to resolve a patent dispute that has lasted more than a year, with Oracle alleging that Google infringed Oracle’s Java software patents.

Texas executions: the most controversial cases

Professor Dow was quoted in an article posted on the Guardian (UK) website on Thursday, September 15, 2011, regarding the conviction of Frances Newton, who was put to death in Texas on September 14, 2005.

Station Museum to host reception honoring death penalty opponents

On September 15, Professor Dow will be recognized as the founder of the Texas Innocence Network and for his work on behalf of death row inmates at a reception in Houston sponsored by the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.

Black, Brown and Invisible: Minorities on Death Row

Professor Dow will be participating in a roundtable discussion at 6 pm on Thursday, September 22 at the University of St. Thomas, titled “Black, Brown, and Invisible: Minorities on Death Row.”  It will focus on the effects of the death penalty, particularly for minority defendants, and is open to the public.

Law Professors and their Initial Remarks on the Leahy-Smith Patent Reforms

Professor Janicke’s remarks about the Leahy-Smith patent reforms regarding deceptive intent and date of public disclosure were included on a posting yesterday on Patently-O blog.

Constitutional questions raised by proposed merger

Professor Griffin is quoted in an article on the CNBC website regarding church-state issues in a proposed hospital merger involving the University of Louisville’s hospital and Catholic Health Initiatives.

Halt execution where race tainted judgment

An editorial appearing in today’s Houston Chronicle advocates a new sentencing hearing for convicted murderer Duane Edward Buck. Professor Dow is mentioned as Buck’s attorney.

Church-state separation seen as issue in hospital merger

Professor Griffin is quoted in an article on the Courier-Journal website regarding church-state issues in a proposed hospital merger involving the University of Louisville’s hospital and Catholic Health Initiatives.

Days from death house, killer seeks clemency

Today’s Houston Chronicle reports that Professor Dow is one of the attorneys requesting clemency for Texas Death row inmate Duane Edward Buck

Who’s Real Native New Mexican?

An op-ed written by Professor Olivas was posted to the Online Edition of Friday’s Albuquerque Journal. Professor Olivas discusses a lawsuit filed recently by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) and the New Mexico Governor’s response.

Law Center big reason why Big 12 should snap up UH

Forbes writer notes reputation of UH Law Center programs in story about why Big 12 should snap up UH.

Taxpayers paying for Warren Jeffs' treatment

Professor Winslade appeared Wednesday in a channel 13 news story about the taxpayer-funded medical treatment of Warren Jeffs, convicted of child sexual abuse, as a result of his hunger strike.  Professor Winslade said that the state has an obligation to provide necessary medical care to prisoners under the 8th amendment. 

Press release issued by the University of St. Thomas

According to a press release by the University of St. Thomas, the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (TCADP) will honor Professor Dow, and others, at a reception to be held on Thursday, September 15, 2011.

Next “Enhancing Diversity” Seminar Scheduled For Sept. 16

An item on the TAMUTimes web site announces that on September 16, Professor Olivas will be speaking at Texas A&M’s “Enhancing Diversity” seminar series.

How Can Courts Trust Eyewitnesses?

In an item on the New York Times Room for Debate web site Professor Thompson comments on the problems with eye-witness testimony.

Prelaw Advisors Workshop: Getting HACU Grads Ready for Law School

An release by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities announces that Professor Olivas will be involved in a workshop at the upcoming Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities Annual Meeting Oct. 29-31 in San Antonio.

Michael A. Olivas delivers the 2011 Victor S. Johnson Lecture

Professor Olivas, the 2011 Victor S. Johnson Lecturer at Vanderbilt University, will speak on September 26 on the impact of the Supreme Court’s decision in Hernandez v.Texas.

Roundtable to discuss Death Row minority defendants

Professor Dow will be a panelist for a roundtable on the impact of the death penalty according to an article on the website of the Western University Examiner.

Judge Rules On The Ability To Sue BP For Punitive Damages

Professor Gershowitz was interviewed for a report that first aired yesterday on KUHF Houston Public Radio regarding a federal judge’s ruling that plaintiffs suing BP over the oil spill can seek punitive damages. Professor Gershowitz cautions that potential punitive damages may not amount to much in light of statutes and cases that have placed limits on such damages. An audio recording of the report is available online at http://app1.kuhf.org/articles/1314660897-Judge-Rules-On-The-Ability-To-Sue-BP-For-Punitive-Damages.html.

University of Houston Law Center students addresses legal issues related to wrongful convictions

An article on the Tex Parte blog discusses the luncheon at the Law Center held in honor of the publication of American Justice in the Age of Innocence, prepared by Professor Thompson and her students. State Senator Rodney Ellis was the luncheon’s keynote speaker, discussing Texas’ legislative reforms to combat wrongful convictions.

Some law firms to lose out in Google-Motorola deal

Professor Janicke’s research regarding the trends in the number of patent dispute lawsuits filed from 1991 to 2010 was mentioned in an article distributed by Reuters.

University of Houston Law Center students explore wrongful convictions in new book

An article on the Sacramento Bee website reports on a luncheon, to be held August 24, 2011 at UHLC, honoring the publication of the book American Justice in the Age of Innocence, co-edited by Professor Thompson and students Hillary K. Valderrama and Jennifer L. Hopgood. Professor Thompson is quoted in the article. Texas Senator Rodney Ellis will headline the luncheon.

Appellate judges now hold key to any appeals

Professor Gershowitz is quoted in a San Angelo Standard Times article on evidence issues in the appeals of Warren Jeffs and other FLDS members.

Fraud allegations may hurt Navajo bonding ability

Professor Clarkson was quoted in an Associated Press article on fraud allegations against the Navajo Nation.  This article was published by several online sources, including Stamford Advocate.com and KSAZ Fox 10.

Polygamist Leader Convicted of Sexual Assault

Professor Gershowitz was quoted in a Wall Street Journal article on August 4, 2011 about the recent conviction of polygamist leader Warren Jeffs.

Survey: Texas Has Seventh-Largest Lawyer Surplus

In a Texas Lawyer article on the surplus of new attorneys Dean Nimmer comments on the concept of lawyer surplus, how we prepares our students for the job market, our reduction of enrollment, and our graduation and employment rates.    

Campus credit on the decline

Professor Hawkins was quoted in a Chicago Tribune article concerning possible reasons for the decline in college-affiliated credit card accounts opened in 2010.

Gov. Perry Signs Lawsuit Bill In Houston

Professor Crump was interviewed by KHUF Houston Public Radio regarding the new “Loser Pays” law in Texas.  

House Financial Services Committee, July 26, 2011

Professor Hawkins will testify at the House Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee hearing "Examining Rental Purchase Agreements and the Potential Role for Federal Regulation” on July 26, 2011, according to a notice published in the Washington Daybook.

Wolfram Launches Computable Document Format (CDF)

Professor Chandler is quoted in a press release from Wolfram Research concerning the introduction of the Computable Document Format (CDF), a new interactive document format.

Eversole's funds dwindling away

Professor Thompson is quoted in an article on the Houston Chronicle website concerning how Harris County Commissioner Jerry Eversole is running out of money as he fights a federal corruption charge.

Does Race Bias Taint the Death Penalty?

Professor Dow’s recent New York Times op-ed regarding the death penalty was discussed in three letters to the editor appearing in the New York Times

Clemens Retrial is Likely

Professor Gershowitz was interviewed by KUHF Houston Public Radio on July 14, 2011 regarding the Roger Clemens mistrial.

The Blame Game

Professor Gershowitz was referred to in a letter to the editor that appeared in today’s Houston Chronicle.

Bankruptcy Is the Cost of the Way the Credit Card Industry Does Business

A posting on the Huffington Post website discussing the relationship between bankruptcy and the credit card industry referenced a study produced by Professor Hawkins.

Complaints about moving companies on the rise

Dean Alderman was quoted in a report concerning complaints against moving companies on the KTRK-TV ABC13 News website .

Death Penalty, Still Racist and Arbitrary

Professor Dow’s op-ed regarding the 35th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s reinstatement of the death penalty was published in Saturday’s New York Times.

Discretion in deportation cases makes sense

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman’s op-ed on prosecutorial discretion in deportation cases was published in Saturday’s Houston Chronicle.  

Victims' family OK with Green plea deal
But they express concern with Houston judge's rulings

Professor Gershowitz was quoted in an article in today’s Houston Chronicle regarding a plea bargain in a death penalty case that was about to go to trial. 

Houston attorney helped pick Casey Anthony jury

Professor Gershowitz was quoted in a report on the KHOU 11 News website concerning the verdict in the Casey Anthony murder trial.

The Libya Conflict

Professor Paust’s recent JURIST op-ed about the War Powers Resolution was mentioned in an article from the JURIST website regarding the conflict in Libya. 

Cornyn presses Napolitano over immigration case dismissals

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was quoted in an article in yesterday’s Houston Chronicle regarding a controversial increase in the number of immigration case dismissals in Houston and other cities.

Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act of 2011

Professor Olivas will be testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security on Tuesday, June 28th.  The hearing concerns Senate Bill 952: “Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act of 2011.”  His written statement is attached.

Hearing on Tax Reform and Investment in the United States

Professor Wells testified before the House Committee on Ways and Means’ Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures on June 23rd.  His testimony addressed how to encourage tax competitiveness and avoid tax base erosion, and is attached in full.

House Ways and Means Committee - Hearing

Professor Wells will testify before the House Ways and Means Committee Select Revenue Measures Subcommittee regarding "Tax Reform and Foreign Investment in the United States” on June 23, 2011, according to a notice published in the Washington Daybook.

States review options after high court ruling on global warming lawsuit

Professor Hester was quoted in an article posted to the website of the Connecticut Mirror, remarking on the impact the recent US Supreme Court global warming decision could have on the upcoming election cycle as well as the development of other legal approaches.

Environmental law expert weighs in on supreme court greenhouse gas ruling

Professor Hester discussed the potential implications of yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling in Connecticut v. AEP in the Cypress Times.

In defense of payday loans

Professor Hawkins’ (mistakenly identified as David Hawkins) position on the value of payday lending was acknowledged in a  letter to the editor in the print edition of Saturday’s Houston Chronicle.

How to License In Intellectual Property

Dean Nimmer was quoted extensively in an article on licensing intellectual property that was posted to the Inc. Magazine website.

Expert Available to Discuss Obama's Libyan War Powers

Professor Paust was featured in a release posted to the Newswise website announcing his availability to reporters to discuss the Obama administration’s view of the current Libya action and the War Powers Act.

Education and Human Ecology society selects outstanding alumni for honors

Professor Olivas was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the Ohio State University, College of Education and Human Ecology, according to a press release issued by the university.

Student privacy vs. teacher safety

Professor Marrus was quoted in an article in today’s Houston Chronicle about recent Texas legislation that would give schools more information on juvenile parolees.

Raj Date is top contender for CFPB director job: congressional source

Professor Hawkins was quoted in an article on Housingwire.com regarding the potential appointment of former banking executive Raj Date to fill the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's empty director post.

Churches Use 'Free Exercise' Defense To Block Abuse Cases

Prof. Griffin was quoted in an article posted on the Huffington Post website on Friday, June 10, 2011 regarding Catholic Church attorneys using the First Amendment to block prosecutions of clergy on sex abuse charges.

Dallas case demonstrates slow gears of justice with death penalty

Professor Dow was quoted in an article in the Bellingham Herald regarding time delays in death penalty cases.

Alabama Will Bar Undocumented Students

Professor Olivas was quoted in an article on the InsideHigherEd website about a bill passed in Alabama that would keep undocumented students from enrolling in public colleges.

Payday lending measures are weaklings

Professor Hawkins was quoted extensively in Loren Steffy’s column in today’s Houston Chronicle concerning recent Texas payday lending industry legislation.

Stormfront: University of Houston resources on hurricane season

Dean Alderman was listed as a resource for legal matters associated with storms in a release issued by the University of Houston.

Experts feel accommodations could be made if sand dune lizard is listed as endangered

Professor Bray was quoted in an article posted on MyWestTexas.com, commenting on the impact that an endangered species listing for the sand dune lizard would have on drilling.

Opportunity missed in Texas' payday lending law

Professor Hawkins’ Op-Ed piece regarding recently enacted payday lending legislation was published in today’s Houston Chronicle.

A record number graduating from UC Riverside

Professor Olivas will be the Keynote speaker at the UC-Riverside Graduate School of Education Commencement, according to a press release issued by the University.

Mixed verdict on new conscience rules

Professor Griffin was quoted in an article in the National Catholic Reporter regarding new regulations that aim to protect health care workers from having to perform procedures they find morally objectionable. 

War Powers and Executive Authority in the Libya Conflict

Professor Paust’s most recent op-ed “War Powers and Executive Authority in the Libya Conflict” appeared on the JURIST website.

Elizabeth Warren and the CFPB — a recess appointment?

Professor Hawkins was quoted in an article posted to HousingWire.com, regarding the possibility that Elizabeth Warren could be a recess appointment to the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Social Media and Healthcare: Good Medicine or Pretty Poison?

Professor Gray was cited in an article posted to the MedCity News website that discusses the impact of social media on the healthcare industry.

Census shows ever-changing face of Texas
Count finds state relatively young, with many India newcomers surging

Professor Olivas was quoted in an article published in today’s Houston Chronicle regarding the increase of Asian immigrants in Texas.

Houston judge dumps jury verdict, calls new trial in '06 killing
Reverses life sentence after learning a key defense witness was never called

Professor Adam Gershowitz was quoted in an article from the Houston Chronicle on May 25, 2011 regarding a recent case in which a Houston judge invalidated a jury’s guilty verdict and reversed a life sentence after hearing that a witness who might have cleared the defendant did not testify at trial.

Stephen Rapp: Of misconceptions, unrealistic expectations and double standards

Professor Jordan Paust’s comment on the United States’ treatment on the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).

The Autobiography of an Execution

Professor David Dow appeared on the Houston PBS program “Red, White and Blue” to discuss his book The Autobiography of an Execution.  The episode aired on Friday and Sunday.   

Lights go out for Native American hopes

Professor Clarkson was quoted in a Financial Times website article on the Obama Administration’s  loan guarantee program for Native Americans and the banks’ lending practice for the tribes.

In-State Tuition for Illegal Immigrants Can Be a Plus for Both States and Students

Professor Olivas is quoted in an article posted on the Chronicle of Higher Education’s website regarding the benefits of states ...

‘België heeft class action-regeling nodig’

Professor Gidi is interviewed in an article in the Belgian periodical De Juristenkrant (The Law Journal) regarding the adoption ...

SCORE hosts Small Business Administration’s award luncheon

Dean Alderman will be the keynote speaker at an upcoming luncheon sponsored by SCORE's Houston Chapter, according to an article ...

Days run short for passage of a fiscally sound budget
Approve viable funding for education, Medicaid

Professor Chase co-authored an op-ed piece in today’s Houston Chronicle about the potential consequences of proposed state budget cuts that target education and Medicaid.

Woman harassed over debt that isn't hers

Dean Alderman was interviewed yesterday by KTRK (abc-13) regarding what consumers can do about debt collectors who harass them over someone else’s debt. 

Despite Criticism, a Review of ABA Standards for Law Schools Is Moving Forward

Professor Olivas was quoted in an article published in the May 2011 issue of the ABA Journal. The article contains quotes from his letter to the ABA consultant on legal education and his presentation at  an open forum sponsored by the Standards Review Committee regarding the proposed changes to law school accreditation standards.

Thompson, Coffield on Driving while Black

Professor Thompson appeared on Fox News Houston Monday night, discussing racial profiling in traffic stops.

Man says officer stole money from him during traffic stop

Professor Clarkson was quoted and his role in reporting to HPD Internal Affairs a Houston police officer who stole from a stopped motorist was reported in an article posted to KHOU.com on Friday, May 6.

Cards Return to School
How Banks Are Circumventing Campus Credit Restrictions

Professor Hawkins appeared in a Wall Street Journal article concerning the continuing issues surrounding
lenders' encouragement of college students to sign up for credit cards.

Was bin Laden raid legal? Probably, according to experts in international law

Professor Paust was quoted in the National Law Journal in an article reporting on a seminar at Pace Law
School on Friday regarding the legality of the killing of Osama bin Laden.

Rules set to protect mentally ill immigrants
UH clinic's appeal in S. Texas case leads to panel's decision

A Houston Chronicle article on the effects of a recent Board of Immigration Appeals decision on immigrants with mental competency issues highlights the role of the UH Immigration Clinic. Professor Geoffrey Hoffman is quoted and Professor Beck and UH law student Andrea Penedo are credited for their work on the appeal.

Conn. senator, governor helped student stay in US

Professor Olivas was quoted in an article published by The Associated Press and distributed through various news outlets. The article discusses an undocumented college student whose impending deportation was suspended. The student received support from a U.S. senator and a state governor. 

Letters: Birthers and certificates - Impure motives

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman’s letter to the editor regarding the “birther” issue was published in Saturday’s Houston Chronicle.

Producer to Producer: The Anthony Graves case
48 Hours producers Paul LaRosa and Jenna Jackson chat about her recent show, "Grave Injustice"

Professor Dow was mentioned in an article on CBSNews.com regarding former Texas death row inmate Anthony Graves.

Management of Grand Canyon Skywalk on Shaky Ground

Professor Clarkson was quoted in an article on a legal dispute between the Hualapai tribe corporation, 'Sa' Nyu Wa, and Grand Canyon Skywalk Development over an unfinished visitor center.

Despite Criticism, a Review of ABA Standards for Law Schools Is Moving Forward

The May issue of the ABA journal contains an article on controversial proposed changes to law school accreditation standards. The article includes quotes from a letter sent by Professor Olivas, President of AALS, to the ABA Standards Review Committee expressing serious concerns about the proposals and requesting more debate.

"It's a Jungle Out There!" University of Houston Law Alumni Association 35th Annual Gala

Alums gather in the jungle for 35th Annual Gala

Global Warming Goes to Court

Professor Hester was interviewed yesterday by KTRH on the U.S. Supreme Court arguments over climate change public nuisance litigation, saying the decision will set a precedent that will affect Houston companies.

Warren's future unknown as CFPB director role remains empty

Professor Jim Hawkins was quoted in an article posted on Housingwire, commenting on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and possible director candidates.

Texas rape bill opens door to prior conduct

Professor Gershowitz was quoted in an article that appeared in the Houston Chronicle (and other news sources) about a Texas bill that would allow jurors in sexual assault cases to hear about similar prior allegations against a defendant, even if the defendant was never charged with or convicted of those incidents.

Income Tax Preparers Face New E-Filing Requirements

Professor Shepard was interviewed by kuhf.org about new electronic filing requirements for tax preparers. The report aired on April 13, 2011.

AERA Addition

Professor Olivas was named Fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA),  as announced on the website of the University of Houston College of Education website.

Guest blog on the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy

Professor Griffin and Professor Turner published a guest blog on the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy website in which they argue for abolishing the "ministerial exception" to enforcement of the employment laws.

For Two Decades, Defending Death Row Inmates

Professor Dow was featured in an article posted on NPR’s website, The article discusses Professor Dow’s book, The Autobiography of an Execution, and includes the clip of an interview originally broadcast on February 8, 2010.

ABA Committee Members Show No Inclination to Start Over on Accreditation Standards Review

Professor Olivas was quoted in an article in the ABA Journal posted on the ABA website. The article discusses a request Professor Olivas made as AALS President at a meeting of the ABA Section of Legal Education's Standards Review Committee to put on hold the ABA's review of law school accreditation standards.

Some DREAM students face nightmare scenarios; Obama administration must honor commitment

Professor Olivas wrote an op-ed piece in the Houston Chronicle regarding the consequences of Congress's (delete s) failure to pass the DREAM Act last year.

Teaching International Law Conference in New York on May

Professor Paust will speak at a conference on "Teaching International Law Beyond the Classroom" to be held at Pace University School of Law.

Pat Lykos: Texas' Capital Punishment Avenger

Professor Dow is quoted in an article about Harris County District Attorney Pat Lykos that was posted to
The Daily Beast website. Professor Dow offers both compliments and criticisms of her tenure.

Daily Cougar on Friday, April 1, 2011

Dean Nimmer and Dean Alderman were quoted in a Daily Cougar article about the Law Center‟s rankings increase in U.S. News & World Report.

National Law Journal and posted on the law.com

Professor Olivas was quoted in an article published in the National Law Journal and posted on the law.com website. He comments on his letter on behalf of the Executive Committee of the AALS to ABA officials requesting that its Standards Review Committee put on hold the current accreditation standards Comprehensive Review, to allow a more inclusive discussion of proposed standards.

From Westboro Baptist to Jesus pencils, Kenneth Starr talks religion and freedom of speech at UH

Starr stopped in Houston (which the Texas-native says he considers a second home) for a brief lecture on religious speech and the legal system at the University of Houston Law Center.

Eversole trial jury resumes deliberations in the morning

Professor Thompson was quoted in an article in the Houston Chronicle, commenting on the possibility that the federal corruption trial against Harris County Commissioner Jerry Eversole might end up with a hung jury.

White Collar Reach Of High Court Brady Ruling Limited

Professor Gershowitz was quoted in an article on law360.com concerning the effects a Supreme Court Ruling could have on white collar cases. Professor Gershowitz comments on the level of training local district attorney's receive in Brady issues.

Google's 'clean' Linux headers: Are they really that dirty?

Dean Nimmer's blog posting regarding copyright issues in Google's use of Linux header files has generated further discussion in an article posted in The Register.

Homeowner bill exploits immigrant workers

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman wrote an op-ed piece in the Houston Chronicle regarding the negative effect a new Texas bill will have on immigrant workers.

RMS weighs into Google GPL debate

Dean Nimmer was mentioned in an article posted on the IT Wire website regarding potential IP issues involving Google's Android and its use of Linux code.

Risky move by Eversole defense

Professor Gershowitz was quoted in the Houston Chronicle, commenting on the decision by Harris County Commissioner Eversole's attorneys not to present a defense during his bribery trial.

Worse than a Reg Order: Another, Tougher Order

Professor Julie Hill was quoted in an article in the American Banker regarding the issuance of stricter bank orders.

Rankings Released

A Texas Lawyer article mentions the UHLC rise in U.S.News rankings and quotes Dean Nimmer on admission standards for full and part time students.

Pursuing Diversity in the New Economy: A Shared Responsibility

Professor Olivas will be speaking at a lunch keynote at the Catholic University of America.

Legal status of Android's Bionic library uncertain

Dean Nimmer's article, Infringement and Disclosure Risk in Development on Copyleft Platforms, was discussed as part of an article on The H blog about the uncertain legal status of Android's Bionic Library.

Neighbors Relieved At Fugitive Day Care Owner's Surrender

Professor Paust was quoted in a story posted to Click2Houston.com about a Houston day care owner who fled to Nigeria but has surrendered to a U.S. Embassy in Nigeria. Professor Paust discussed issues relating to her being extradited back to this country.

Is Texas the Next Arizona?

Professor Olivas is a panelist for the Lively Panel Discussion

Google's Android Contains Legal Landmines for Developers and Device Manufacturers

Dean Nimmer was cited several times for his explanation and observation of the way Google
used the Linux kernel header files when it created Android in an article by Edward J. Naughton,
a partner of Brown Rudnick, posted on the Huffington Post website. Mr. Naughton also cited in
his firm's March 2011 Advisory Dean Nimmer's February 22, 2011 blog posting on the same
topic (see the first full paragraph of p.2 of the Advisory in the file Nimmer 2). The Nimmer-
Naughton discussion was also reported on the website of the Register.

Special Trustee post stays vacant pending resolution of Cobell

Professor Gavin Clarkson was mentioned in an article on Indianz.com about the continued vacancy of the head of the Office of Special Trustee for American Indians, which has been unfilled for over two years.

DeLay judge's recusal came after he suggested plea bargains

Professor Schuwerk was quoted in Austin American-Statesman, commenting on the impartiality of the judge in the Tom DeLay case and his recusal from the trial of DeLay's co-defendants.

Annual Meeting, American Educational Research Association New Orleans, Louisiana

Professor Olivas will be speaking at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting. His session is titled "CLS v. Martinez: The Clash of College Student Organizations and Nondiscrimination Principles in Higher Education."

Age, health priorities proposed for kidney transplant recipients

Professor Winslade was quoted in a report posted to the KHOU-TV 11 News website about a proposal to change procedures for the receipt of kidney donations. Prof. Winslade remarks that the proposal would disfavor older recipients.

Policy and Demographics in Rhode Island

Professor Olivas to be a member of the expert panel on Immigration in a discussion based on a new public opinion survey conducted by Brown University'sTaubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions.

House Judiciary Committee - Hearing

Professor Lonny Hoffman will testify before the US House Judiciary Committee's Constitution Subcommittee, according to a notice published in the Washington Daybook. Professor Hoffman will be testifying at a hearing on H.R.966, the "Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act."

Personal Finance: College students' credit-card demand waning

Professor Hawkins is quoted in an article that appeared in the Miami Herald and the Orlando Sentinel regarding credit card use by college students.

Web's Largest Knowledge App Site Gets Major Makeover

Professor Chandler is quoted in a press release from Wolfram Research regarding the Wolfram Demonstrations Project, which allows users to manipulate content and generate results live.

Reward Leads To New Tips On Fugitive Day Care Owner

In a Houston Chronicle article posted online, Professor Paust explains the U.S./Nigerian extradition treaty regarding charges against the Houston daycare operator who fled to Nigeria.

Tata case puts focus on arrest process

Professor Thompson was quoted in a Houston Chronicle article on circumstances that delayed arrest of the Houston day care operator who escaped to Nigeria.

News Review enters top echelon of journals
Publication aims to foster intellectual discourse

Dean Nimmer was quoted in an article that appeared in the Daily Cougar commending the Houston Law Review on its ranking by Washington & Lee.

Student Debt Can Be Deadly

Professor Hawkins was mentioned in an entry posted to the Huffington Post website on the dangers of student debt. The post cites to a recent study conducted by Professor Hawkins on credit card offers to students.

Illegal-hiring bill spurs jest and jeers
Legislation would exempt punishment for family employers

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was quoted in an article that appeared in the Houston Chronicle concerning a proposed bill that would impose stiff penalties on people caught hiring undocumented immigrants but would exempt those who hire for "work to be performed exclusively or primarily at a single-family residence."

Barnes & Noble Announces the 2010 Discover Award Winners

Professor Dow's The Autobiography of an Execution has been named the nonfiction winner of the 2010 Discover Award, according to an announcement made by Barnes & Noble.

News Review enters top echelon of journals
Publication aims to foster intellectual discourse

Dean Nimmer was quoted in an article that appeared in the Daily Cougar commending the Houston
Law Review on its ranking by Washington & Lee.

I Had a DREAM (Act): Immigration,
Higher Education, and Hope

Eagleton's Program on Immigration and Democracy presents Professor Michael A. Olivas on Thursday, March 10th.

Volunteers sought for nutrition research

Professor Gray gave a health policy lecture at the University of Texas Medical Branch according to the Galveston Daily News on Wednesday, March 2, 2011.

FCC vs AT&T

Professor Linzer was interviewed by KUHF about the Supreme Court decision in FCC v AT&T, which makes it impossible for corporations to claim personal privacy to shield documents from Federal Freedom of Information Act requests.

One charge could derail extradition from Nigeria

In an article in the Houston Chronicle on the chances of successful extradition of the day care operator who fled to Nigeria, Professor Jordan Paust points out that the charges brought against the day care operator are not covered by the bilateral treaty between the U.S. and Nigeria.

Health reform plan flawed but has potential benefits - Letting states opt out invites experimentation

Professor Chandler's op-ed piece in the Houston Chronicle discusses a bill that would let states opt out from much of the health care reform law.

Woman charged in day care fire has fled to Nigeria

In a Houston Chronicle article on the Houston day care operator who fled to Nigeria, Professor Paust points out that the U.S. And Nigeria have an extradition treaty.