UHLC in the News 2015

December 2015

Whites, Asians Need Not Apply

 Professor Olivas was quoted in an Inside Higher Ed article regarding the legality and effectiveness of a University of Louisville job advertisement for an assistant professor position, which indicated that it “will be filled by an African-American, Hispanic American or a Native American Indian.” 

What’s Happening to Obamacare’s PPOs?

Professor Chandler was quoted in an article on Slate.com regarding the decline of preferred provider organizations on health care exchanges established under the Affordable Care Act. 

5 Litigation Trends for 2016

Professor Lonny Hoffman’s testimony before the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice regarding the proposed Fraudulent Joinder Prevention Act of 2015 (H.R. 3624) was mentioned in a Corporate Counsel article. The article discussed the bill and predicted that the interest among certain business groups in having more cases heard in federal court would be a litigation trend in 2016.

Houston Teen Reunites with Pakistani Parents Days Before Her Death

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was interviewed by KUHF regarding a news story highlighting difficulty of Pakistani family entering the U.S. before the death of their daughter. 

No designer babies, but summit calls for cautious research

OR-Politics quoted Professor Evans noting that the FDA has the authority to permit some kinds of reproductive genome editing.

FIU Law soon-to-be graduate shares her experience at the NBLSA Pre-Law conference

Dean Baynes was mentioned as one of the principal speakers at the National Black Law Students Association Pre-Law Conference in November in a Florida International University College of Law press release which reports on the experience gained from attending the conference by a FIU Law soon-to-be graduate, who also serves as the National Competitions Coordinator of the National Black Law Students Association.

Bret Wells On US Companies Moving Overseas To Avoid Paying Taxes

Houston Public Media interviewed Professor Wells regarding corporate tax inversions. 

How Wednesday’s Supreme Court Case Could Change College Affirmative Action

 Professor Olivas was quoted in an article on the TIME website regarding the Fisher v. University of Texas affirmative action case, which the Supreme Court will consider. 

Texas Drops Effort to Block Syrian Refugees

Professor Olivas was quoted by the Voice of America on the State of Texas dropping its legal challenges to the US State Department and the International Rescue Committee over the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the state.  Similar reports were made by Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News

Texas Goes To Court Over The Resettling Of Syrian Refugees In The State

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was quoted by the Houston Public Media in a news report on  Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s withdrawal of his request for a temporary restraining order aiming  to stop the arrival of six refugees in Dallas next week.   Professor Hoffman’s comments were quoted by several news sources including Bills Insider, Seating Chair, The IUSB Preface, and the Forex Report Daily.

The ITC and Digital Trade: The ClearCorrect Decision

The Cato Institute announced on its website that Professor Kumar will be featured in its December 9, 2015 Policy Forum titled The ITC and Digital Trade: The ClearCorrect Decision. The D.C. Daybook also announced Professor Kumar’s appearance. The event may be viewed via live webcast  (http://www.cato.org/live)

In Remembrance of Robert A. Webb (1944-2015)

Former adjunct professor Robert Webb has passed away.  His obituary appeared in the Austin American-Statesman.  

Man wanted in connection to Waco biker shooting arrested in Louisiana

Professor Thompson was quoted by the Fox News on the potential moves to be taken by prosecutors against the defendants involving in the deadly shootout between rival motorcycle gangs on May 17th this year at the Twin Peaks Restaurant in Waco, Texas.

Article of the Day: Who Gets to Control Civil Rights Case Management? An Essay on Purposive Organizations and Litigation Agenda

A new article by Professor Michael A. Olivas, “Who Gets to Control Civil Rights Case Management? An Essay on Purposive Organizations and Litigation Agenda-Building” (Michigan State Law Review, forthcoming), was featured as the article of the day on the ImmigrationProf blog.

Texas drops request for emergency order on Syrian refugees

Professor Olivas’ comments to the Austin American-Statesman regarding the Texas attempt to bar Syrians from the state were quoted in an article on the Off the Kuff blog. Comments Professor Olivas made to the Houston Chronicle on the issue were also quoted in a separate story on the Off the Kuff blog.

Texas Backs Down From Effort To Block Syrian Refugees.

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman and Professor Michael A. Olivas were both quoted in an OR-Politics article regarding the Texas attempt to stop the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the state.

National Medical Device Evaluation System Planning Board Members

The Brookings Institution announced Professor Barbara Evans’ appointment to its Planning Board for the proposed FDA National  Medical Device Evaluation System (NMDES)..  The NMDES will be a "big data" system for performing studies of the safety of medical devices after they go onto the market.  Brookings is designing the system in partnership with FDA.

New law establishes ownership rights for space minerals

UHLC adjunct Professor Art Dula was quoted in a Space Daily article regarding a new law that establishes ownership rights for space minerals. 

Fugitive Wanted in Waco Biker Shooting Arrested in Louisiana

ABC News quoted Professor Thompson predicting that prosecutors will want to take plea bargains from the 177 indicted persons involved in the Waco biker shootout.

Texas effort to ban Syrian refugees panned by law experts

The Austin-American Statesman quoted Professor Olivas on the legal problems with state efforts to keep Syrian refugees out of Texas.

Gene editing designer babies would be ‘irresponsible,’ says international scientific committee

PBS quoted Professor Evans discussing the legal and ethical concerns over using CRISPR-Cas9 technology to modify human DNA.

The Downward Spiral

The Weekly Standard quoted Professor Chandler discussing the effects of the Affordable Care Act on the private insurance market and potential futures for medical insurance.

November 2015

New Law Establishes Ownership Rights For Space Minerals

Adjunct Professor Art Dula was quoted in a press release from the Heinlein Prize Trust regarding a new law that establishes ownership rights for space minerals.

America Extradites Mexican Drug Kingpin’s Son

Professor Paust was quoted in a Daily Beast article regarding the extradition of Ismael Zambada Imperial from Mexico to San Diego, where he will stand trial for allegedly trafficking heroin, cocaine, marijuana, and methamphetamine.

Geoffrey Hoffman: EOIR Needs Better Immigration Judges

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman authored an article on the LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Immigration Law website regarding why the Executive Office for Immigration Review needs to do a better job when selecting Immigration Judges.

Texas Supreme Court Looks At Affordable Legal Services

 Professor Heppard was interviewed by Houston Public Media regarding the creation of a Texas commission to provide affordable legal services to those who do not qualify for legal aid.

New Inversion Notice Complicates an Already Complicated Field

 Professor Wells was quoted extensively in a Tax Notes article about  new guidance from the IRS and Treasury regarding inversion transactions. Professor Wells comments on the increased intricacy of the anti-inversion guidance aimed at reducing the  benefits of post-inversion tax avoidance transactions.

The cost of solitary confinement doesn’t add up, critics say

The Jacksonville Progress quoted Melissa Hamilton on citing financial costs in arguments about solitary confinement.  This item was reported by several sources.

Texas Court Screwed David Dow So It Could Work With Death Penalty Lawyers Who Screw Their Clients

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals’ sanction against Professor Dow was discussed in an article on the Daily Kos blog. The article contrasts Professor Dow’s efforts on behalf of his clients to those of the attorneys representing Raphael Holiday, a man executed last week.

Injury settlements sometimes more insightful than trial results

Professor Crump was quoted in a Beaumont Enterprise article regarding the rise of non-monetary conditions in personal injury settlements.

Career opportunities for those with J.D. abound

The Houston Chronicle quoted Dean Baynes discussing law school coursework for J.D. and foreign LL.M. students.

Paul Ryan: There Will Be No Religious Test For Syrian Refugees

 Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was quoted in an article available on ChronicleOracle.com regarding why attempting to block Syrian refugees is not the way to confront terrorism

Security, costs among main topics of campus carry forum

Dean Burke was quoted in an article on the Daily Cougar’s website, commenting on the Campus Carry Work Group’s  brief survey and email sent out last month to roughly 45,000 students, faculty and staff on campus soliciting feedback from the community. Dean Burke also comments on revisions to UH’s policies and decisions on how to implement S.B.11.

Students, Professors Debate Campus Carry Law, What Areas Should Be ‘Gun Free’

 A story on Houston Public Media covered the forum held Tuesday at the University of Houston to discuss how the new campus carry law will be implemented. The story included questions posed to the audience by Dean Burke regarding which buildings should be excluded and why.

Health MVP: BakerHostetler's Susan Feigin Harris

Former Adjunct Professor Susan Feigin Harris has been named one of Law360’s 2015 Health MVPs, according to an article on the Law360 website.

In a big state, Texas’ abortion law is an outsize issue

Professor Linzer was quoted in an article on the Mineral Wells Index website regarding the Supreme Court’s recent announcement that it will review the Texas abortion law that greatly reduced the number of abortion clinics in the state. 

Exonerated After 18 Years in Prison, Black Man Fights for Reform

An article on the Voice of America website regarding Anthony Graves, who was exonerated after 18 years in prison, discusses the involvement of Visiting Professor Nicole Casarez and Professor Dow in his case

Terminally Ill Houston Teenager Struggles To Reunite With Her Family In Pakistan

 Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was interviewed by Houston Public Media regarding a terminally ill Houston teenager who is trying to convince the U.S. State Department to allow her parents, who live in Pakistan, to visit her.

United States Court Of appeals for the federal circuit

Professor Sapna Kumar’s forthcoming article Regulating Digital Trade was cited by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit’s November 10, 2015 slip opinion ClearCorrect Operating, LLC v. ITC, docket no. 14-01527. See p. 21 of Opinion.

College general counsel need to advise administration appropriately before student protests occur

Professor Olivas was quoted in an Inside Counsel article regarding how university general counsel can help administrators prepare for student protests. 

Experts: Texas Gov Abbott Can’t Block Syrian Refugee Resettlement

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was interviewed by Houston Public Media regarding why Texas Governor Greg Abbott does not have the authority to ban the resettlement of Syrian refugees. 

The troubling nature of the Waco indictments

Professor Thompson’s recent comments to the Associated Press regarding the indictment of 106 bikers who were arrested after a shootout outside a restaurant in Waco appeared in an article on the Austin American-Statesman website.  

Advocates ready to sue over limits on sex offenders

Visiting Scholar Melissa Hamilton was quoted extensive by Mineral Wells Index.com (Mineral Wells, TX) and Weatherford Democrat (Weatherford, TX) on the authority of Texas municipalities to enact restrictions on sex offenders.

NY State Law, Confers on Attorney General Broad Powers to Investigate Financial Fraud for Climate

 Professor Hester was quoted in an article appearing on the Gracious Column website regarding the New York attorney general’s investigation of ExxonMobil.

Questions, answers about Twin Peaks indictments

Professor Thompson was quoted in an article reported by the Associated Press and available on WacoTrib.com, commenting on the prosecution’s strategy with respect to the indictments of 106 bikers arrested after a deadly shootout outside a Waco. This article in appeared in several news sources.

UH Prof. Thompson to discuss book “Cops in Lab Coats” 11/12

A press release reported by the Houston Chronicle blog announced that Professor Thompson will be a guest speaker for the Houston Community College (HCC) REEL Film and Speaker fall series today, to discuss her book “Cops in Lab Coats”.

Advocates ready to sue over limits on sex offenders

 Visiting Scholar Melissa Hamilton was quoted in an article available on ItemOnline.com. The article reports on a challenge in Alvarado to abolish the local ordinance that keeps registered sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of libraries, schools and other places where children gather. Professor Hamilton comments on a 2007 opinion by then-Attorney General Greg Abbott.

Texas Universities Grapple With New Campus Carry Law

Dean Burke was interviewed by Houston Public Media regarding reasonable rules and restrictions that are allowed by the Texas Campus Carry law, and mentions the forums designed to gather feedback (tonight at 6:30 - 8:30 pm, in the Student Center South Theater, Room 103/203, and on November 17, 3:00-5:00 p.m. in the same location).

Irish Voice names annual Irish Legal 100 in Washington

  Adjunct Professor Stephen Pate and UHLC alumni Brian Devine and Barclay Nicholson were among the “Irish Legal 100” selected by the Irish Voice. 

Find a Lawyer

Professor Modi was named one of Houston’s “Top Lawyers” by Houstonia magazine.

Will the Exxon Mobil Probe Improve Climate Risk Disclosure?

Professor Hester was interviewed by the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School’s Knowledge@Wharton network regarding the New York attorney general’s investigation of ExxonMobil.

New York's Top Enforcer Again Targets Texas Energy Giants

Professor Hester was interviewed by Houston Public Media regarding the New York attorney general’s demand that ExxonMobil reveal what it knew about the risks posed to its business by climate change.

New York Attorney General Opens Climate Change Case Against Big Oil

An article available on APlus.com included Professor Zamora’s quote from the New York Times (predicting that the New York attorney general’s investigation of Exxon Mobil could lead to investigations of other oil companies).

Exxon Mobil might not be the only oil company targeted by climate investigation

 An article available on Examiner.com included Professor Zamora’s quote from the New York Times (predicting that the New York attorney general’s investigation of Exxon Mobil could lead to investigations of other oil companies).

Subpoena Power: Exxon's Climate Scandal Now Under a Spotlight

 An article available on InsideClimateNews.org included Professor Zamora’s quote from the New York Times (predicting that the New York attorney general’s investigation of Exxon Mobil could lead to investigations of other oil companies).

Risky Business Talks to Ethisphere's Tim Erblich on its 10th Anniversary

UHLC adjunct Professor McConnell interviewed Ethisphere CEO Tim Erblich about trends in ethics and compliance. The interview was published in Corporate Counsel

NY State Investigates ExxonMobil Climate Change Research

 Professor Hester was quoted in an article that appeared on the Voice of America website regarding New York’s investigation of allegations that ExxonMobil suppressed evidence of its own researchers linking fossil fuel emissions to climate change. Professor Hester comments on the New York statute that gives that state attorney general broad powers to investigate financial fraud.

UH Law Center to host Black and Hispanic pre-law conferences Nov. 13 - 14

Dean Baynes was quoted in a news release announcing the 11th annual National Black Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair and the inaugural National Hispanic Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair. These national conferences, hosted by the Law Center, will take place November 13 and 14. 

More Oil Companies Could Join Exxon Mobil as Focus of Climate Investigations

The New York Times quoted Professor Zamora predicting that the New York attorney general’s investigation of Exxon Mobil could lead to investigations of other oil companies.

Death Penalty Foes Split Over Taking Issue to Supreme Court

Professor Dow was quoted in a New York Times article regarding Justice Breyer’s dissent in Glossip v. Gross and why it does not mean that the Supreme Court is ready to strike down the death penalty.  The article also appeared on the Idaho Statesman website.  .

Law center to host 20th annual Frankel lecture Friday

Professor Paust will serve as the moderator of the 20th Annual Frankel Lecture, sponsored by the Houston Law Review.  The lecture, keynoted by Harold Hongju Koh, will be held on November 6, Friday, at the UH Hilton for a conversation on military intervention and humanitarianism.  Daily Cougar quoted Professor Paust in its report.

University of Houston working on campus carry rules.

 Dean Burke was interviewed by KHOU 11 News on her work as the leader of the UH committee working on an appropriate policy and work plan to implement the new Texas Campus Carry law, including prohibit concealed firearms in designated areas on campus. 

Houston Mayoral Election 2015: Ben Hall

Houston mayoral candidate Ben Hall was identified as a former adjunct professor at the Law Center in a profile that appeared on The Cougar’s website.

How U.S. Companies Buy Tax Breaks

Professor Wells’ Tax Notes article, Cant and the Inconvenient Truth About Corporate Inversions, was listed as recommended reading following a Bloomberg article regarding Pfizer’s proposed merger with Allergan.

Texas State to host symposium honoring HEA's 50th anniversary

Texas State University issued a press release about its upcoming Higher Education Act symposium that identifies Professor Olivas as a scheduled speaker in a panel discussion on education policy.

 

October 2015

Possible Pfizer Merger With Allergan -- Biggest Inversion Ever?

 Tax Notes quotes Professor Wells discussing the tax strategy behind Pfizer’s proposed merger with Allergan.

What Should Companies Do to Allay EU Doubts on U.S. Privacy Protections?

 Adjunct Professor Ryan McConnell co-authored a Corporate Counsel article regarding what companies should do to allay EU doubts about U.S. privacy protections.

Is Winter Coming for Obamacare?

Professor Chandler's recent ACA Death Spiral blog post discussing the reasons why the Affordable Care Act is in greater trouble than many people realize was featured on the Real Clear Policy website. 

Texas Moves To Remove Planned Parenthood From Medicaid Program

 Houston Public Media interviewed Professor Winnike for a story on the recent decision to cut off Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood in Texas.

Energy law expert to deliver offshore safety lecture at LSU Center

The Louisiana Record reported that Professor Weaver will deliver the annual Liskow and Lewis Visiting Professorship in Energy Law Lecture at the LSU Law Center on November 4. The lecture is titled “Offshore Safety after Macondo: Lowering Risks in the Gulf of Mexico and Globally.”

Law center event sparks LGBTQ dialogue

Professor Turner and Director of Continuing Legal Education Robert Johnson were quoted in an article in The Cougar regarding ”Fostering Equality: Examining the Legal Issues Facing the LGBT Community,” an event hosted by the Law Center on Friday. The event featured Phyllis Frye, UH Law’s first openly transgender graduate, and Houston mayor Annise Parker. Professor Turner, a featured speaker at the event, spoke about the current state of legislation concerning the LGBTQ community and the proposed Houston Equal Rights Ordinance.

Enough Time for Justice

Professor Olivas was quoted in an InsideHigherEd article about the University of California’s recent move to re-evaluate their policies surrounding the reporting of harassment by system faculty members to give alleged victims more time.

Rise in law school applications hits UH

Professor Chase was quoted in an article in The Cougar regarding the rise in applicants to the Law Center. Professor Chase, speaking to a group of Honors College students, commented on the value of legal education.

Immigration Law Professor Michael A. Olivas "Law of Rock and Roll" Now on Twitter!

A post on the Immigration Prof Blog announced that Rock and Roll Law Professor Michael A. Olivas is now on Twitter @rockandrollprof. The blog mentions Professor Olivas’ popular radio show, The Law of Rock and Roll, that explores the myriad legal issues pertaining to rock music and its stars.

TSU OFFICIALS PLAN CAMPUS CARRY ROLL-OUT AFTER 4 SHOOTINGS IN 6 WEEKS

Associate Dean Burke was quoted in a Houston Press article regarding implementation of Texas’ new campus-carry law that will allow concealed guns on public university campuses. Chairwoman of the University of Houston’s Campus Carry Work Group, Associate Dean Burke comments on the group’s process for determining buildings and areas of campus where guns will be restricted.

Best schools for Big Law & Small Law

 Dean Baynes was quoted in a National Jurist article naming the best law schools for graduate placement in both Big Law and Small Law Firms. The article notes that University of Houston Law Center, ranked 34th in Big Law and 44th in Small Law, was the only school to receive high scores on both lists.

Immigration Reform Supporters Urge Texas to Drop Lawsuit Over Obama's Executive Action

Professor Olivas was interviewed by KUT News regarding a lawsuit brought by Texas and 25 other states seeking to block President Obama’s executive action on immigration. 

Tuesday round-up

Professor Dow’s article on the Hamilton and Griffin on Rights website regarding the recent death penalty cases before the Supreme Court was quoted in a post on SCOTUSblog.

Journey of hope speakers ask students to reconsider the death penalty

 Professor Dow was quoted in an article on The Cougar website about a recent event hosted by the UHLC and the UH Graduate College of Social Work regarding the death penalty and forgiveness during times of loss and hopelessness.  

Former Gov. Perry’s criminal case could leave a legacy

In an article that appeared in the San Antonio Express-News, visiting scholar Melissa Hamilton commented on the Texas law against coercion of a public servant. UHLC alumnus Tony Buzbee, whose client, Rick Perry, has been indicted under the law, was also quoted in the article. 

What $20M Can't Buy

Professor Olivas was quoted in an article on Inside Higher Ed’s website. In the article, Professor Olivas comments on a New York State judge’s decision to reject a request by Paul Smith's College to change its name to the Joan Weill-Paul Smith’s College (in return for a $20 million gift from the philanthropists Joan and Sanford Weill).

U.S. High Court Hears Arguments On Enforceability Of Arbitration Agreement

 An article reported by Mealey’s Litigation Report (available on Lexis Advance) mentioned that Professor Linzer filed an amicus brief in the DIRECTV, Inc. v. Amy Imburgia, et al. case, currently pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.

The History and Law of Rap, featuring Shea Serrano

Professor Olivas and Adjunct Professor Justen Barks will be speaking on a panel regarding recent legal issues involving rap and free speech during “The History and Law of Rap” event that will take place at the UHLC on October 12.  

Local Volkswagen dealer, customers still back contested vehicles

Texas Consumer Complaint Center Director David Tiede was quoted in a Beaumont Enterprise article regarding a Volkswagen dealer that continues to sell used models configured with the software that allowed them to cheat emissions tests and emit up to 40 times the allowable pollution.

Bharara's UN Bribery Charges Likely Just The Beginning

Professor Kwok was quoted in a Law360 article regarding a federal complaint accusing former U.N. General Assembly President John W. Ashe and five others in a $1.3 million bribery and tax-dodging scheme, and how it suggests that more people could be charged.

The Complications of a Sharing Economy

Houston Matters interviewed Professor Zale.

Wells on the Law of Horizontal Drilling

Professor Wells has posted an article on SSRN.

UH Law Center to offer free classes Saturday on basic legal rights

Texas Lawyer published an article on the Law Center’s professional development program for first-year students. 

6 IP Malpractice Cases Attorneys Need To Know

Professor Janicke was quoted in a Law360 article on intellectual property malpractice cases.

Conference on Civil Forfeiture Panel At The 2015 Brigham-Kanner Property Rights

Professor Thompson participated in a panel discussion according to an article.

Arne Duncan says goodbye, hands unfinished business to John King

Professor Olivas was quoted in a Politico article. 

House Panel Debates Tool to Keep Suits Federal

Professor Lonny Hoffman was quoted from in an article reported by Bloomberg BNA.

With chances of stay dwindling, convicted killer 'at peace'

Professor Dow is mentioned in an article that appeared in the Houston Chronicle.

UH Law Center to offer free classes Saturday on basic legal rights

Professor Emeritus Richard Alderman was quoted in the Texas Bar Blog.

Murder suspect has been awaiting trial for 5 years

Melissa Hamilton was quoted in an article reported by the Beaumont Enterprise.

September 2015

Death Watch: After Appeal Denied, Death Row Inmate to Die

Professor Dow is mentioned in an article reported by the Austin Chronicle.

CA5 Remand in Mexican Transgender Withholding Case (Unpub. Order)

The LexisNexis Legal Newsroom cited Professor Geoffrey Hoffman as reporting that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has remanded a Mexican transgender withholding case back to the BIA on joint motion. The case is being handled by the UHLC Immigration Clinic.

Sobriety testing criticized in DWI appeals cases

Visiting scholar Melissa Hamilton was quoted in a Beaumont Enterprise article regarding the validity of field sobriety tests.

Deal on stolen funds reached

Professor Crump was quoted in a Houston Chronicle article regarding the resolution of a lawsuit filed by David Dewhurst against his former adviser Kenneth Barfield.

Social Determinants of Health

Professor Mantel was interviewed by The Week in Health Law podcast regarding the social determinants of health.

How Herbie Can Save VW’s Compliance Program

Adjunct Professor Ryan McConnell authored a Corporate Counsel article regarding how Volkswagen can save its compliance program in the wake of recent reports that the company tricked U.S. regulators by coding the engine management software of their cars (so they operated differently under emissions testing).

Texas program for violent sex offenders faces new legal questions

Professor Hamilton’s recent comments in the Houston Chronicle regarding Texas’ new sex offender program appeared in an article on the ValleyCentral.com news website.  The article also appeared on the KSAT news website.

Health Law Policy, Bioethics and Biotechnology Workshop

Professor Roberts’ presentation of her paper, Theories of Genetic Ownership, at this evening’s Health Law Policy, Bioethics and Biotechnology Workshop at Harvard Law School was highlighted on the school’s news and events website.

$8 million and counting for voter ID litigation

The Off the Kuff blog quoted Professor Rave in a post about the cost of defending Texas voting laws in court. The quotes from Professor Rave originally appeared in an September 16, 2015 Houston Chronicle article.

Sex offender program created by lawmakers faces legal hurdles

Professor Hamilton was quoted in a Houston Chronicle article about legal issues surrounding Texas’ newly overhauled civil commitment program for sex offenders.

Six Years Later, Police Shooting of Robbie Tolan Reaches a Settlement

Visiting scholar Melissa Hamilton was interviewed on Houston Matters concerning the settlement in a years-long legal dispute stemming from the 2008 shooting in Bellaire of aspiring minor league ballplayer Robbie Tolan by Bellaire police officer Jeffrey Cotton.

Other states' experiences offer clues to the future of Minnesota Sex Offender Program

Visiting scholar Melissa Hamilton was quoted in an article commenting on recent changes to the sex offender treatment program in Texas.

State defense of voting laws costs $8 million and counting

Professor Rave was quoted in a Houston Chronicle article regarding the cost of defending Texas voting laws in court. The article was also published by the San Antonio Express-News

Dating the Dean

Professor Olivas was quoted in an Inside Higher Ed article about university policies regarding romantic relationships between faculty members or between a faculty member and an administrator.  

DOJ Goes "Old School" with New Enforcement Policy

Adjunct Professor Ryan McConnell co-authored a Corporate Counsel article regarding a recent announcement from the Department of Justice indicating that it will refocus its efforts on individual accountability for corporate wrongdoing. 

Zealous Advocacy Conference at UH Law Center helps juvenile defense attorneys develop tools to represent troubled youth

Professor Marrus is quoted in a press release that was issued by the University of Houston Law Center (and available on PRNewswire.com), regarding the upcoming 14th Annual Zealous Advocacy Conference, “The Intersection of Race, Gender, Adolescent Development, and Juvenile Justice,” to be held Saturday, September 25-26 at the Law Center. Professor Marrus is scheduled to speak at the conference, which is co-sponsored by the Center for Children, Law & Policy and the Southwest Juvenile Defender Center.

Health insurer Humana dropped Houston’s Baylor College of Medicine from its network back on Aug. 1.

Professor Chandler was interviewed by Houston Matters regarding the decision by Humana to drop Houston’s Baylor College of Medicine from its network.

Ever hopeful and determined, Texas secessionists face long, long odds

Professor Paust was quoted in a Houston Chronicle article about the many legal and practical roadblocks facing groups like the Republic of Texas, who advocate for Texas’ secession from the United States.

Lawyer for Couples That Fought Texas' Same-Sex Marriage Ban Wants State to Pay Up

Houston Press quoted Professor Linzer discussing the prospect for an award of attorney’s fees in the case of a 2014 challenge to Texas’ ban on same-sex marriage.

Clean Power Plan in Texas could generate benefits for natural gas producers

American Energy News quoted Professor Hester noting that implementing the EPA’s Clean Power Plan improperly might damage the Texas energy grid.

We have the talent, but where are the roles?

Professor Olivas has authored a review available on Somos en escrito (the Latino Literary Online Magazine)’s website. Professor Olivas’ review discusses the USC/Annenberg report, “Inequality in Popular Films,” as well as Hidden Chicano Cinema: Film Dramas in the Borderlands (by A. Gabriel Melendez), Mexico on Main Street: Transnational Film Culture in Los Angeles before World War II (by Colin Gunckel), and Narco Cinema: Sex, Drugs, and Banda Music in Mexico's B-Filmography (by Ryan Rashotte).

Indiana's Pre-K Pilot Caught Up in Immigration Debate

Professor Olivas was quoted in an article in Education Week regarding Indiana’s decision to bar undocumented children from entering its preschool pilot program

Fourth Amendment, among other immigration-related issues.

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was interviewed by the ACLU for the radio program, “Be the Change,” on immigration topics, including the recent DACA litigation, family detention, expedited removal, right to counsel, Fourth Amendment, among other immigration-related issues.

Authors of school-zone phone ban say it wasn't supposed to be optional

The Houston Chronicle quoted Professor Zale opining that Texas’ law banning cell phone use in school zones likely requires the City of  Houston to post signs in school zones.

Wetlands ruling could open more land for development

Professor Hester was quoted in a Houston Chronicle article regarding a U.S. District Court’s ruling that the Environmental Protection Agency exceeded its authority when it attempted to block construction of homes in a marshy area near the Woodlands.

Tax exemption may be key to move of Keurig’s coffee buying to Switzerland

Professor Wells was quoted in a Reuters article regarding Keurig’s decision to shift its coffee buying operation to Switzerland in order to take advantage of a tax exemption for agricultural commodities.  The article also appeared on other news websites including Business Insider and Yahoo News.  

Does Houston Have the Right to Enforce Clean Air Laws? The Texas Supreme Court Will Decide

Professor Hester was quoted in a Houston Press article regarding a challenge to Houston’s Clean Air Ordinance in the case of BCCA Appeal Group v. City of Houston.

Women’s suffrage deserves to be celebrated

An article on The Cougar website reports that Frances “Sissy” Farenthold, who taught law at the University of Houston, was recently honored by the Houston Area League of Women Voters at its 14th Annual Repast Luncheon.

 

August 2015

On Compliance: A Chat With ADM's Ben Bard

Adjunct Professor Ryan McConnell’s interview with Ben Bard, Vice President and Global Chief Compliance Officer of Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM), appeared in Corporate Counsel.

Texas state agencies to use the E-Verify system

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was interviewed by the Texas Standard regarding a new law that will require Texas state agencies to use the E-Verify system to ensure that all new employees are legally authorized to work in the United States.

Dean Baynes wrote about the power of legal education for the July/August issue of The Houston Lawyer.

Dean Baynes will be interviewed on today’s edition of Houston Matters regarding diversity in law school enrollment. Audio is available online

A Profile in Professionalism

Dean Baynes wrote about the power of legal education for the July/August issue of The Houston Lawyer.The section featuring Dean Baynes is entitled “A Profile in Professionalism,” and appears on page 43 of the magazine (page 45 of the online viewer).

Join Us: 2015 Brigham-Kanner Conference At William And Mary Law School

A blog post on www.inversecondemnation.com announced that Professor Thompson will participate in a panel discussion on civil forfeiture during the Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference at the William and Mary Law School.

Failure to Raise Federal Affidavit Dooms Support Order

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was quoted in an article from Bloomberg BNA’s Family Law Reporter regarding the case of Catlett v. Catlett, in which the Nebraska Court of Appeals held that an affidavit of support signed as part of the immigration process did not give rise to a child support obligation.

Starting September 1st, Texas Agencies Required To Use E-Verify

Houston Matters interviewed Professor Geoffrey Hoffman regarding the new Texas law that will require state agencies to run new employees through E-Verify to ensure new hires are authorized to work in the U.S., and the problems that may result from system errors.

Laredoan and Criminal Law Author Returns to Lecture at TAMIU

Texas A&M International University published a notice that Professor Thompson will hold a book-signing and lecture on its campus on August 27.

Dissident board member files criminal complaint over purchase

Professor Zale was quoted in an article that was reported by the Houston Chronicle, regarding a criminal complaint filed against the Houston Community College by one of its own trustees alleging it unlawfully overpaid for a vacant building.

Social Justice Advocates Demand Bail Bond Reform in Harris County

Professor Thompson was interviewed by Fox 26 (Houston) regarding the death of Sandra Bland and the need for bail reform.

Bail reform urged after Sandra Bland's death

Professor Thompson was interviewed by the Houston Chronicle, regarding calls to reform the current bail system.

The Jared Fogle case: Why we understand so little about child sex abuse

Professor Hamilton was quoted in an article reported by the Washington Post, commenting on the plea deal for former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle, that provides a guarantee from prosecutors that they will seek a sentence of 12½ years or less.

Laredoan, Criminal Law Author Lectures at TAMIU Aug. 27

Professor Thompson will be holding a book signing and giving a lecture at Texas A&M International University on August 27 regarding her new book Cops in Lab Coats: Curbing Wrongful Convictions through Independent Forensic Laboratories, according to an announcement from the university.

Black Elk Energy Faces Criminal Charges Over November 2012 Rig Explosion

Professor Kwok was interviewed by Houston Public Media regarding why criminal charges were filed against a Houston-based oil platform operator after a 2012 explosion that killed three workers and badly injured several others.

Texas leads nation in number of uninsured

Professor Chandler was interviewed by Fox 26 regarding the Affordable Care Act and why a large number of Texans are still uninsured.

Hercules Offshore Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Professor Bret Wells was interviewed by Houston Public Media (News 88.7) on Hercules Offshore’s recent filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.  The interview of Professor Wells begins at 0.07 minute of the audio clip.

New Developments in ClearCorrect v. USITC

Professor Kumar authored a guest post for the Patently-O patent law blog regarding ClearCorrect Operating, LLC v. USITC, where the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit will decide whether the ITC has jurisdiction over digital information.  Professor Kumar’s recent article, Regulating Digital Trade, was discussed during ClearCorrect oral arguments last week.

Julia Heaberlin ready for the spotlight with ‘Black-Eyed Susans’

In an interview with the Dallas Morning News, author Julia Heaberlin mentions that she interviewed Professor Dow while researching the death penalty for her new novel.

Texas ejecuta a recluso hispano que atropelló a un policía con inyección letal

Professor Dow was quoted in an article on the Las Américas website regarding the execution of Daniel Lee Lopez.

Justicia texana ejecuta a Daniel López, preso hispano que deseaba morir

Professor Dow was quoted in an article published on the Sin Embargo (Mexico) website on the execution of Daniel Lee Lopez

Texas inmate wants to die, lawyers try to halt execution

Professor Dow was quoted in two articles from the Associated Press regarding Daniel Lee Lopez,who wrote letters to a federal judge and pleaded for his execution to move forward, said a Supreme Court reprieve would be “disappointing.”

The banality of Texas executions

'Professor Dow was quoted in an article on the Houston Chronicle’s website regarding the use of the death penalty in Texas.

Texas inmate who dropped appeals headed to execution

Professor Dow was quoted in two articles from the Associated Press regarding Daniel Lee Lopez, a Texas inmate who was sentenced to be executed and recently won court approval to drop his appeals. The articles were picked up by several news outlets.

Starting September 1st, You Could Serve On A Grand Jury

A new law that takes effect September 1, got its start in Harris County. The Grand Jury Reform bill will shed light on what used to be a jury selection process plagued by cronyism.

Extracurricular Criminal

A professor finds himself in trouble with the law several times within the span of a few years. But none of those crimes and alleged crimes relate directly to his teaching or publications, and he’s apparently a good professor -- at least good enough to have been promoted to full professor last year while he was serving a jail sentence. But some -- included one lawmaker -- want him fired.

Symposium on Higher Education Access

The financial benefits of a college degree continue to grow, contributing to a widening gap between graduates and those who are not graduates.

Tracy Hester on What the Clean Power Plan Means For Texas

Texas power plants emit more carbon dioxide than those of Florida and Pennsylvania put together. So how will the Lone Star State meet new federal requirements to slash greenhouse gas emissions while producing enough electricity to support its growing population?

State Law Governs DirecTV Arbitration Row, High Court Told

The U.S. Supreme Court has accepted seven amicus briefs on behalf of a class of California DirecTV customers challenging an arbitration provision in user agreements, in which professors and others contended that the case is a contract dispute subject to state, not federal, law.

Voting Rights Act 50th Anniversary and the Printing Museum: Thursday’s Show (Aug. 6, 2015)

Professor Linzer gave a lengthy interview at Houston Matters to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act.  He commented on the recent federal decisions regarding the Texas voter ID law (SB 14). 

Sandra Bland Lawsuit and The Full Menu 

Dr. Hamilton was interviewed by Houston Matters regarding the case of the death of Sandra Bland. Dr. Hamilton is introduced at 14:17.   

July 2015

Recent Achievements of our Community

Professor Beck was featured in the National Peace Corps Association's WorldView magazine.

Guest Post: Digital Information at the Border

Prof. Kumar is an Associate Professor at the University of Houston Law Center, where she teaches patents and administrative law. She has written extensively about the ITC. Her most recent article, Regulating Digital Trade, discusses the ClearCorrect decision at length.

U.S. college opening campus in China, wants Communists

The Kean University Campus in Wenzhou, China, has released job advertisements asking for candidates with Communist Party affiliations.The New Jersey based university recently opened a new campus in China and has begun the process of hiring staff.

Trooper Had Legal Right To Order Bland Out of Vehicle

It goes from a very minimal traffic offense to what I would consider a very aggressive and violent arrest scene," said C.O. "Brad" Bradford, Houston City Council Member.

Kean University Campus Seeks 'Communist Party' Applicants

The Council of New Jersey State College Locals is calling for the state legislature's higher education committee to investigate Kean University's Chinese campus after learning the school is advertising for positions that give preference to members of the Chinese Communist Party, The Daily Caller reports.

Chinese Communists Preferred

“Membership in Chinese Communist Party is preferred,” says the job advertisement for a “specialist for residence life” position at Kean University’s China campus, which is run jointly with Wenzhou University and is known as Wenzhou-Kean University (WKU). The same preference is stated in a posting for a “specialist for student conduct."

U of H Law Professor, White House Push Precision Medicine Concept

Barbara Evans, a University of Houston Law Center professor, visited the White House earlier this month as part of President Barack Obama's Precision Medicine Initiative. That's an Oval Office-initiated campaign to empower both patients and health care providers with tools, including legal ones, to tailor treatment and prevention strategies to each patient's unique characteristics.

Health Law at SEALS Annual Conference

The future of the health care system depends on effective policy implementation tailored to the evolving landscape of regulatory constraints, delivery models, emerging technologies, and changing population needs.

What's next for Millet Harrison?

Each time Millet Harrison answers the phone, his voice is a key lower, reflective of his growing disappointment.Three months ago, Harrison celebrated the end of a 20-year fight to be released from Rusk State Hospital. He was ecstatic.Because Harrison hasn't been accepted by an outpatient facility in the months since, he remains at the state hospital.

After Suit Filed Against Clerk, Couple Issued Marriage License

A same-sex couple in East Texas, who alleged that Smith County Clerk Karen Phillips denied them a marriage license on June 26, sought a court order to force Phillips to issue them a license in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges.

Should convicted terrorists be stripped of their home country’s citizenship?

Last September, Hiva Alizadeh, an Iranian-born Canadian, was arrested with a partially-assembled bomb in his possession. Alizadeh, who became a naturalized Canadian citizen in 2007, had trained in Afghanistan with insurgents related to the Taliban, and pled guilty in September to possessing an explosive substance with intent to harm.

Same-sex issue hits close to home for county clerk

A cadre of news photographers hovered around Maria Dagen's cubicle on June 26 as the Roman Catholic mother of two stamped a Lone Star seal onto a marriage certificate for Hunter Middleton and John LaRue.

Editorial: Jailing the poor

Our criminal justice system is supposed to presume that people are innocent until proven guilty, yet being free of a criminal conviction won't keep you out of Harris County Jail. About 6,600 people, or 75 percent of inmates, in that fetid tower of cold concrete are merely biding time before trial.

Government Crusade Against Churches Begins with Removal of Non-Profit Status

In the aftermath of the Supreme Court decision mandating that states reward same-sex marriages throughout the nation, churches across the country prepare for the inevitable assault on their tax-exempt statuses.

Enough is enough: Fisher v. University of Texas

How many bites does Abigail Fisher get at this apple? Fisher was an applicant who sued the University of Texas at Austin in 2008 after she was denied admission both on the automatic admissions policy (the Percentage Plan) and by the holistic review process. She claimed her denial was due to her being white. In 2013, the Supreme Court held that the Fifth Circuit had erred when it did not apply “strict scrutiny” in its review. Upon remand, in July 2014, a three-judge panel of the Circuit carefully reviewed and upheld (2 to 1) the University’s policies. Fisher’s appeal of that ruling has been granted cert and will be heard again by the Court.

Fifth Circuit to Hear Arguments on Intervention of Immigrant Mothers in DAPA Challenge

Texas v. United States, the 26 states' challenge to the expanded deferred action program, is incredibly complex procedurally. In addition to the United States' appeal of entry of the preliminary injunction, threef immigrant mothers, who claim that they are eligible for deferred action of the under the new program, appeal a district court order denying their motion for leave to intervene.  Along with hearing arguments on the injunction appeal on July 10, the Fifth Circuit will also hear arguments on the appeal of the three proposed intervenors.  Professor Michael Olivas has collected the filings in the case, which are available here.

Will Christian Colleges (And Law Schools) Lose Their Tax Exemption After Obergefell?

Friday's Supreme Court decision that states must authorize and recognize gay and lesbian marriages could create major legal challenges for religious colleges -- primarily evangelical Christian colleges that bar same-sex relationships among students and faculty members. Or the decision may not create much of a legal challenge at all. Or it may create challenges, but not soon.

Same-sex marriage: Will conservative religious colleges lose tax-exempt status?

After last week's landmark Supreme Court ruling, the tax-exempt status of conservative religious institutions whose policies don't extend housing and other benefits to same-sex couples could be in question.

June 2015

Supreme Court to Re-Hear UT Admissions Case White Woman Suing Over Affirmative Action

The long-running legal battle over affirmative action at the University of Texas is heading back to the Supreme Court. The high court has agreed to hear the case of Abigail Fisher for a second time.  Fisher is a white woman who sued after she was denied admission to UT-Austin in 2008.

SCOTUS, same-sex marriage, and Christian colleges

Conservative religious groups have shown concern over the Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, a case that has resolved the question of whether the U.S. Constitution establishes a right to same-sex marriage.

Supreme Court will hear UT affirmative action case for second time

For the second time, the University of Texas at Austin's consideration of race in admissions will face the scrutiny of the U.S. Supreme Court, bringing potential resolution to a years-long case that could have broad implications for affirmative action at universities.

Did the Roberts Court Really Lurch Left?

For a group of nine justices that has been called one of the most conservative in recent memory, the Roberts court gave liberals reason cheer this term—from granting a historic nationwide right to same-sex marriage to upholding a key section of the Affordable Care Act.

Next Step for Death Row Defense Lawyer David Dow

In the wake of the Texas Supreme Court's ruling against death penalty defense lawyer David Dow in his battle with its sister criminal court, his legal team expects to seek a review in federal court.

Remember, don’t rush to get married in Harris County just yet

The Harris County Clerk isn’t ready for you and won’t be for at least a little while.

A week of generational change reflected in court rulings

Three Supreme Court decisions in a week topped Friday with the landmark ruling rendering same-sex marriage legal across America may be recalled as one of the most stunning moments in the court’s history of involvement in social change.

Court's Ban of Death Penalty Lawyer Will Stand

The Texas Supreme Court on Friday ruled it has no authority or jurisdiction to intervene in its sister court's ban of prominent death penalty lawyer David Dow.

Texas High Court Affirms Suspension Of Death Row Atty

The Texas Supreme Court ruled Friday it doesn't have jurisdiction to overturn a sanction issued by the state's Court of Criminal Appeals that bars a prominent death penalty lawyer from appearing in that court for a year because he failed to give adequate justification for filing a late stay of execution motion.

RENACCI: INCREASING HEALTH CARE PREMIUM COSTS LEAD TO STRAIN ON AMERICANS' WALLETS

Today, U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci (R-OH) questioned health care insurance experts on the most recent harmful effects of Obamacare on the American people. 

City Honors faith-based volunteers, names Graves to Crime Lab Board

On Wednesday June 24, Houston Mayor Annise Parker issued proclamations honoring the three largest faith-based emergency response organizations for their service in the recent historic floods.

Experts eyeing bail reform in Harris County, statewide

In jails across the country, including Harris County, a majority of the people behind bars have not been convicted of a crime. In the jail complex on the north side of downtown Houston, more than 6,600 people, about three-quarters of the prisoners there, are waiting to go to trial. Each one costs taxpayers about $45 a day.

Koh Tang: Survivors of last Vietnam battle go back to honor missing comrades

Forty years ago, scores of inexperienced U.S. servicemembers waged a largely forgotten battle in a largely unknown place to rescue a mysterious ship from an unfamiliar enemy.

Will Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage challenge or change Christian colleges?

Friday's Supreme Court decision that states must authorize and recognize gay and lesbian marriages could create major legal challenges for religious colleges -- primarily evangelical Christian colleges that bar same-sex relationships among students and faculty members.

Health Care Law and Insurance Premiums

Professor Chandler’s testimony before the House Ways and Means Committee on Oversight regarding the effects of the Affordable Care Act on health insurance premiums appeared on CSPAN.

Federal judge rules against Sysco merger with US Foods

Professor Bush was quoted in a Houston Chronicle article regarding a federal judge’s ruling against the merger of Sysco and US Foods.

ACA uncertainty sends Tennessee official to DC to testify

The Tennesseean reported that Professor Chandler will testify before Congress today regarding the effects of the Affordable Care Act on health insurance premiums.

UHLC Prof. Chandler to testify before Congress on insurance cost impacts of Obamacare  

UHLC reported that Professor Chandler will testify before Congress today regarding the effects of the Affordable Care Act on health insurance premiums.

UH Experts Available to Address SCOTUS Decisions on Health Care, Same Sex Marriages

A press release from the University of Houston identifies several UHLC professors as experts available to discuss the upcoming Supreme Court decisions on health care and same sex marriage. The list includes Professors Seth Chandler, Patricia Gray, Geoffrey Hoffman, Jessica Mantel, Thomas Oldham, and Peter Linzer.

Immigration Article of the Day: Michael A. Olivas, The Growing Role of Immigration Law in Universal Higher Education: Case Studies of the United States and the EU

Professor Olivas’ recent article, The Growing Role of Immigration Law in Universal Higher Education: Case Studies of the United States and the EU (37 Houston Journal of International Law 353 (2015)), was highlighted as the ImmigrationProf Blog’s Article of the Day on Saturday, June 20.

Alleged Russian Taliban fighter says he is POW and cannot be criminally prosecuted

The Richmond Times-Dispatch quoted Professor Paust making a case for giving prisoner-of-war status to the Taliban.

Houston Campuses Getting Ready for Guns

Professor Olivas is quoted in an article on KTRH (Houston-AM 780) News Radio’s website, commenting on the new law that allows concealed handguns to be carried on university campuses in Texas.

Experts spar in Virginia court over status of accused Russian fighter for Taliban

Reuters reported in a news story that Professor Paust testified at a hearing in Richmond, Va., where attorneys for Irek Hamidullin (a former Russian army officer charged with terrorism and conspiracy for his role in a Taliban attack on U.S. forces in Afghanistan) argued that the case should be dismissed because he was a war combatant and was entitled to protections under the Geneva Conventions. The article quotes from Professor Paust’s testimony.

Houston Law School Ranked High for Networking

Dean Baynes was quoted in a Texas Lawyer article, which reported that the Law Center was ranked seventh on a recent list of the top 25 law schools for “Quality of Network.”

Supreme Court dismantling of health care law could hit Texans hard

Professor Roberts was quoted in a Houston Chronicle article regarding the number of people in Texas who may lose their health insurance if the Supreme Court strikes down a provision of the Affordable Care Act that provides tax subsidies for plans purchased through the federal insurance exchange. 

Immigrants Get More Court Access Under High Court Ruling

Professor Olivas was quoted in a Law360 article regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling in the case of Mata v. Lynch, reversing a 5th Circuit decision regarding jurisdiction to review a B.I.A. refusal to reopen a deportation case based on ineffective assistance of counsel.

Did You Think Campus Carry Was Settled Law?

Professor Olivas was quoted in a Texas Tribune article regarding the new law that allows concealed handguns to be carried on university campuses in Texas.

Debit Card Scams: How to Spot, Report & Recover

Professor Alderman was interviewed for an article appearing on the CardHub.com website. The article identifies many common debit card scams and Professor Alderman discusses how consumers can best protect themselves.

Legislature hands new ‘upskirt’ law to Abbott.Courts had tossed previous law

Professor Linzer was quoted in an article available on the San Antonio Express-News’ website, commenting on the constitutionality of a bill that state lawmakers have sent to Gov. Greg Abbott to rewrite a statute banning improper photography. 

Fact check: How does Australia's plan to strip foreign fighters of citizenship compare to other nations?

Professor Berman was quoted in an article reported by Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s FactCheck, commenting on the constitutionality of current legislation pending before Congress to revoke U.S. citizenship.

Need a repair? These steps will save you money and headaches

Professor Alderman was quoted in an article on ConsumerReports.org, commenting on actions that consumers can take if a product repair goes wrong.

Death row inmate released from prison

Professor Thompson was interviewed by KPRC (NBC-Houston) and quoted in an article on the station’s website. The news story reported that capital murder charges have been dropped against former Texas death row inmate Alfred Dewayne Brown.  Professor Thompson comments on the rule that requires prosecutors to show the defense any evidence that would tend to show innocence. 

The 'devious defecator' case shows why employers should never ask for DNA

An article by Professor Roberts was published on the Guardian’s website, commenting on the Lowe v. Atlas Logistics case and the legalities of taking employees’ DNA.

The 'devious defecator' case shows why employers should never ask for DNA

Professor Roberts was quoted in an article available on BioNews.org, commenting on the potential consequences of taking an employee’s DNA for identification purposes.

Congress must continue blocking ‘risk corridor’ bailout of insurance companies

An article on the Hill’s website mentioned Professor Chandler’s testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s subcommittee hearing last summer on the bailout provisions focusing on Obamacare’s reinsurance and risk corridor programs.

Why Are Health Insurers Seeking Big Rate Hikes?

Professor Chandler has written an article available on National Review’s website, commenting on why health insurers are raising their premiums.

A state district judge has expanded the probe into Paxton’s alleged securities violation.More possible offenses investigated.

Professor Thompson was quoted in an article reported by the San Antonio Express-News’ website, identifying possible offenses that could justify the expansion of securities investigations such as the ongoing investigations of the Texas Attorney General. This is an expanded version of an article originally reported by the Houston Chronicle.

Judge expands scope of Paxton investigation

The Houston Chronicle quotes Professor Thompson concerning possible offenses that could justify the expansion of securities investigations, such as the ongoing investigations of the Texas Attorney General.

Brazos Bookstore hosted professor Thompson.

Brazos Bookstore hosted Professor Thompson this past Wednesday to discuss her new book, Cops in Lab Coats

Innovative University of Houston Law Center mentorship program to grow in second year

Initiative helps pair youth with adult role models and provides legal assistance to juvenile offenders.

A press release available on PRNewswire.com discussed the Juvenile & Capital Advocacy Project (JCAP) at UHLC (an offshoot of the Texas Innocence Network based at UHLC launched last fall) and that Professor Dow first proposed the idea in a TED talk. The press release mentions that JCAP will also work with Professor Marrus and Professor Heppard to develop additional hands-on training for law students interested in working with juveniles.

ProfNet Experts Available on Patriot Act, FIFA Indictments, College Funding, More

Professor Olivas was mentioned as an expert regarding “Elonis v. U.S.: Use of Rap Lyrics as Evidence in Criminal Prosecutions,” in a press release available on PRNewswire.com.

UH Law Center prof Zale says it will take time for laws to catch up with 'sharing economy'

Renting apartments, rooms, or homes raises new questions in property law

A press release available on Security @ IT BusinessNet’s website quotes Professor Zale extensively regarding her forthcoming paper, “Sharing Property,” which was presented at the April conference, "Sharing Economy, Sharing City: Urban Law and the New Economy," at Fordham University and will be published in the Colorado Law Review (Winter 2015/2016 edition).

Many insurers seek double-digit rate hikes for 2016: 6 things to know

An article on the Becker’s Hospital Review website quoted Professor Chandler’s comments to Politico regarding health insurance premiums.

First graduates of Houston-Calgary law school partnership earn dual JDs with degree emphasis in energy law

A press release reported that Andrea James, Julia Gill, and Barrett Schitka became the first graduates of the International Energy Lawyers Program (IELP), a dual-degree collaboration between the Law Center and the University of Calgary. Dean Baynes was quoted in the article.

University Of Texas Hosts Inaugural Texas Tax Faculty Workshop

The TaxProf Blog reported that Professor Wells will be participating in the Texas Tax Faculty Workshop at the University of Texas School of Law today. Professor Buckles will also be participating in the workshop.

Health experts see big price hikes for Obamacare

Politico quoted Professor Chandler on the reasons for rising insurance rates under Affordable Care Act plans.

The Cons of the ACA

A post on Professor Chandler’s ACA Death Spiral blog, “The Cons of the ACA,” was featured on RealClearPolicy.com. The entry includes the annotated text of a speech Professor Chandler recently presented at the annual conference of PIAA, a group of insurance professionals. In the speech, Professor Chandler discussed the architecture of the Affordable Care Act and its problems.

Football stadium tragedy serves as backdrop for latest legal thriller by UH Law Center's David Crump

PR Newswire published a press release regarding Professor Crump’s fifth book, Sudden Death Overtime. Professor Crump was quoted throughout the press release. This item appeared in multiple sources.

‘Devious Defecator’ Case Tests Genetics Law

The New York Times quoted Professor Roberts discussing how the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act was applied in a recent case where genetic testing was used for non-medical purposes.

May 2015

Congressional action needed to optimize regulation of genomic tests

Science Daily and a number of other sources picked up on a press release discussing a New England Journal of Medicine article coauthored by Professor Evans on the topic of FDA regulation of genomic testing. Carrie Criado is credited as the author of the press release.

UH Law Center partners with Andrews Kurth for the IPIL Spring Lecture

PR Newswire published a press release announcing that UHLC’s Institute for Intellectual Property & Information Law’s spring lecture will be sponsored by the Andrews Kurth law firm. Professor Joyce and UHLC alumnus Jeff Dodd were both quoted in the release. Professors Joyce and Vetter were identified as co-directors of the Institute.

Congressional Action Needed To Optimize Regulation Of Genomic Tests

A press release about the newly published New England Journal of Medicine article co-authored by Professor Barbara Evans appeared on PR Newswire. Professor Evans’ article discusses the potential consequences of the FDA’s proposed regulation of genomic tests and technologies under 40-year-old medical device regulations

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and America's Ineluctable Machinery of Death

An essay by Professor Dow appeared on the Beacon Broadside website. In the article Professor Dow writes about how the Supreme Court’s 1968 decision in the case of Witherspoon v. Illinois shaped the jury who sentenced Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death.

Ridesharing Drivers Often Stuck in Insurance Limbo

Professor Alderman was quoted in an article on the NerdWallet website regarding gaps in insurance coverage for ridesharing drivers.

Critics say diversity lacking in new sheriff's command

Professor Olivas was quoted in a Houston Chronicle article regarding the lack of diversity among Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman’s command post assignments.

AMC Nears Straight-To-Series Orders For 3 New Dramas

An articles on CraveOnline.com mentioned that “Goliath,” a planned drama series for AMC, is based on Professor Dow’s book, The Autobiography of an Execution.

Appeal to Reason

An article in Texas Monthly discusses Professor Dow’s temporary suspension from appearing before the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and how the Texas Supreme Court has the opportunity to make things right by overruling the CCA.

"A Celebration of Entrepreneurs" Gala

Professor Chase will be honored today by the Houston Technology Center at the 2015 "A Celebration of Entrepreneurs" event, according an announcement available on YourHoustonNews.com. The event honors local entrepreneurs and celebrates those who have made significant contributions to the Houston community.

Are Threatening Rap Lyrics Protected by Free Speech?

Professor Olivas was interviewed by Houston Matters, commenting on why rappers sometimes find their lyrics used against them in court.

It’s the Nonstudent College Instructors Who Need More Protection

Professor Olivas authored an op-ed piece that was available on the New York Times’ website, regarding the need for more protection for nonstudent college instructors.

Luncheon & Continuing Legal Education Presentation

The New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association announced that Professor Olivas will give a CLE presentation in Albuquerque on May 29. The title of the presentation is "Hernandez v. Texas - A Landmark Case for Mexican American Civil Rights."

Texas law enforcement often doesn’t mirror the communities it serves

Professor Thompson was quoted extensively on the racial divide between the Texas law enforcement agencies and the community they serve in a report of a collaborative project between the University of Texas at Austin School of Journalism and The Dallas Morning News.

Creator Of 3-D Printed Guns Sues Federal Government

KUHF interviewed Professor Linzer regarding a lawsuit filed by the publisher of 3-D printed gun blueprints against the State Department. 

Investigation into cheating at EPISD continues

Professor Kwok was quoted in an El Paso Times article regarding an investigation into artificially inflated test scores in the El Paso Independent School District.

Sysco to make its case for merger to judge this week

Professor Bush was quoted in an article on HoustonChronicle.com, commenting on the potential outcome of a court hearing next Tuesday, where Sysco Corp. will argue its case supporting its merger with U.S. Foods, Inc.

The Law of Rock and Roll

Tulane University Law School announced it will be holding a Law of Rock and Roll CLE on June 5 featuring Professor Olivas.  The announcement notes that Professor Yocel Alonso will also be speaking.

April 2015

5th Circ.'s 'Stop-Time' Ruling Viewed As Overly Harsh

Law360 quoted Professor Olivas on the Fifth Circuit’s recent reading of the time-stop rule and its implications for lawful permanent residents.

Young Kiwi law grad heads to Texas to help save death row inmates

The Dominion Post profiled a New Zealand law school graduate who will be volunteering with Professor Dow.  The article mentions Professor Dow’s founding of the Texas Innocence Network and his work in the case of Robert Pruett.

Texas Court Postpones Execution of Inmate Pending New Evidence, DNA Testing

The Christian Times reported on Professor Dow’s recent work in the case of his client Robert Pruett.

Attorney Hoodwinks Trial Court into Halting Murderer's Execution

Professor Dow was mentioned in articles reported by SanAngeloLive.com regarding a stay of execution granted to his client Robert Pruett.

Texan Execution Suspended with Three Hours to Spare

Professor Dow was mentioned in articles reported by the Latin American Herald Tribune regarding a stay of execution granted to his client Robert Pruett.

Texas death row inmate gets last minute stay of execution

Professor Dow was quoted on RT regarding a stay of execution granted to his client Robert Pruett.

Judge Stays Execution for Further DNA

Professor Dow was mentioned on the Texas Tribune website regarding a stay of execution granted to his client Robert Pruett.

Robert Pruett, Texas Death Row Inmate, Granted Last-Minute Stay Of Execution

Professor Dow was mentioned on the Huffington Post regarding a stay of execution granted to his client Robert Pruett

Texas inmate facing execution wins reprieve from state judge

Professor Dow was mentioned in an anticle on the Associated Press regarding a stay of execution granted to his client Robert Pruett. 

Texas calls off Robert Pruett execution with just hours to spare

Professor Dow was quoted in an article on the Guardian regarding a stay of execution granted to his client Robert Pruett. 

Texas Inmate Asks US Supreme Court to Block Execution

Professor Dow was mentioned or quoted in The New York Times regarding a stay of execution granted to his client Robert Pruett. 

Dean Leonard Baynes

The University of Houston Magazine published an interview with Dean Baynes in its Spring 2015 issue. In the interview, Dean Baynes discusses his long-term goals for the Law Center.

High Court Could Help Immigrants Saddled With Bad Lawyers: Mata v. Holder

Professor Olivas was quoted in an article on the LexisNexis Legal Newsroom – Immigration Law website regarding an upcoming Supreme Court case concerning whether a federal appeals court can review the Board of Immigration Appeals’ refusal to toll bids to reopen cases based on faulty lawyering.  The article also appeared on the Law360 website. 

Music copyright, technological shifts and Latin music are hot topics at Houston World Intellectual Property Day celebration

Satellite PR News published a press release regarding UHLC’s World IP Day events.  Professor Olivas is quoted extensively throughout the release.  This item was published by multiple sources.

How do drone strikes go wrong?

BBC News quoted Professor Paust on the legality of a drone strike that killed unintended victims.

Death to Boston Bomber

Professor Dow’s quote from an article originally reported by the Daily Beast regarding life without parole, was mentioned in an article available on NewsMax.com.

Death Watch: Killer or Fall Guy?

The Austin Chronicle reports that Professor Dow is the chief counsel for Texas inmate Robert Pruett and mentions Professor Dow’s temporary suspension from appearing before the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

WORLD IP DAY 2015
THE MUSICAL FLAVORS OF HOUSTON

Professor Olivas and Adjunct Professor Yocel Alonso will take part in a panel discussion during the “World IP Day 2015: The Musical Flavors of Houston” seminar on April 24 at the UHLC.  The event is co-sponsored by the UHLC Institute for Intellectual Property & Information Law.

District of Columbia’s Transfer Pricing Enforcement Program and Combined Reporting Regime: Taking Two Bites of the Same Apple

Professor Wells’ article “Tax Base Erosion and Homeless Income: Collection at the Source is the Linchpin” was quoted in an article on the National Law Review website regarding the District of Columbia’s transfer pricing reporting program and combined reporting regime. 

Will Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger be Blocked?

Professor Bush was quoted in a Legaltech News article regarding the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger and whether it will be blocked. 

"The Undocumented and the DACA-mented: Immigration, Higher Education, and DREAMs Deferred"

Professor Olivas recently spoke at Temple University School of Law regarding “The Undocumented and the DACA-mented: Immigration, Higher Education, and DREAMs Deferred.” 

The Life in the Shadows for Legal Children of Immigrants

Professor Olivas was quoted in an article on Courthouse News Service, commenting on the Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programs.

Bill Expands Attorney Fees in Breach of Contract Suits

An article in the Texas Lawyer quotes Professor Moll’s recent testimony before the Texas House Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence Committee regarding a bill that clarifies that plaintiffs in a breach of contract lawsuit can seek attorney fees from individuals and all types of business entities.

More than a dozen organizations urge rejection of legislation that would increase litigation costs, penalize consumers and employees

Professor Lonny Hoffman’s 2011 congressional testimony concerning the 1983 amendment of Rule 11 was discussed in a press release from Alliance for Justice regarding a letter several organizations recently sent to the House Judiciary Committee urging its members to oppose the Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act.  Professor Hoffman’s testimony was also quoted in the letter.

Payday lenders draw further scrutiny

An article in the Houston Chronicle regarding increased regulation of payday lenders discusses Professor Hawkins’ research regarding the differences between large and small lenders and his concern that rules outlined by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau push consumers to larger, more expensive lenders in Texas.

Suspension of death penalty lawyer ignites legal fight

An article from the Austin American-Statesman discusses Professor David Dow’s temporary suspension from appearing before the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and how it has ignited a growing protest from Texas attorneys who have rallied to his defense.

The Tyranny Of Title IX: How The Case Of The Porn-Linking Law Professor Could Be Worse

Professor Michael Olivas’ recent comments to Above the Law regarding Title IX and the Drexel University law professor who sent her students a link to a pornographic video were mentioned in a new article from Above the Law discussing how the reaction to the incident would be different if the professor had been a man. 

Allegations of St. Louis terrorism support rooted back in Bosnian War

Professor Paust was quoted in a St. Louis Post-Dispatch article regarding a group of people charged with providing material support to overseas terrorists.

Thompson, Mantel: Mentally ill Texans need Medicaid expansion

Professor Thompson and Professor Mantel co-authored an op-ed n the Austin American-Statesman about how Medicaid expansion in Texas could reduce the number of mentally ill people in jail, while bring relief to local and state taxpayers.

How to Diversify the Top?

Professor Olivas will be speaking on Monday, April 13 at the Rockwell Pavilion regarding “How to Diversify the Top?” as part of the UH “Conversations with the President” series. 

Delayed Requests for Execution Stays + CCA = Contempt Citations

Professor Dow was discussed in a Texas Lawyer article regarding cases in which the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has found defense counsel in contempt for untimely filings of emergency requests for stays of execution. The article noted that The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has relented slightly by allowing Professor Dow to represent Robert Lynn Pruett, a convicted murderer scheduled for execution on April 28.

Luncheon & Continuing Legal Education Presentation
"Hernandez v. Texas - A Landmark Case for Mexican American Civil Rights"

The New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association announced that Professor Olivas will deliver a CLE presentation entitled “Hernandez v. Texas - A Landmark Case for Mexican American Civil Rights.” The presentation will take place in Albuquerque on May 29.

A ‘Beadgate’ Update: Did Drexel Really Have To Investigate The Law Professor Who Accidentally Sent Porn To Her Students?

Professor Olivas was quoted at length in an article on the Above the Law website regarding the investigation of a law professor at Drexel University who inadvertently sent her students a link to a pornographic video.

Stop the Madness:  Texas Taxpayers and Mentally Ill Texans Need Medicaid Expansion

Professor Mantel and Professor Thompson published an op-ed in the Austin American-Statesman, urging that implementation by Texas of Medicaid expansion would keep many mentally ill individuals out of jail and would lower the cost to local communities and the state of providing health care to inmates.

Texas Lawmakers Consider Controversial State 'DREAM Act' Repeal

A news release from American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers quoted Professor Olivas’ comments to Inside Higher Ed regarding in-state tuition rates for undocumented students.

Fifth Circuit Hears Immigration Arguments

Professor Olivas was quoted in a Courthouse News article discussing amici curiae filed in Texas v. United States. The case involves challenges to President Obama's immigrant amnesty programs. Professor Olivas joined 109 professors who on Monday urged the 5th Circuit to reverse Judge Hanen’s injunction.

Texas Bill Would Kill In-State Tuition for Undocumented Students

Inside Higher Ed cited Professor Olivas’ research identifying the number of states that offer in-state tuition rates to undocumented students.

Why more Americans want to kill the death penalty

The Chronicle-Independent quoted Professor Dow discussing opposition to the death penalty.

Texas Legal provides insurance for those times you need a lawyer

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram quoted Professor Alderman discussing considerations for buying legal insurance.

Houston homicides spike in first quarter

Professor Thompson was interviewed by KHOU regarding Houston crime data for the first quarter of this year that showed that police were investigating 73 homicides (compared to 46 homicides for the first quarter last year, an increase of 59%).

Texas City Explosion & Climate Change: Thursday’s Show (April 2, 2015)

Houston Matters interviewed Professor Hester on how climate change affects Texas. 

UH Law Center's Thompson calls for forensic science reform in new book 'Cops in Lab Coats'

PR Newswire published a press release featuring Professor Thompson’s new book, Cops in Lab Coats.  This item was picked up and published by multiple sources.

UH Law Center prof says tighter controls on high-interest 'payday' loans may do more harm than good

PR Newswire published a press release covering Professor Hawkins’ analysis of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s upcoming changes to ‘payday loan’ rules.  This item was picked up and published by multiple sources.

March 2015

Eye on the Legislature

Professor Thompson was interviewed by Fox 26 News regarding a proposed Texas bill that would abolish the "pick a pal" method of selecting Grand Juries.

UH Law Center’s "Star" – attorney and TV personality Star Jones – returns to where it all began

Dean Baynes was quoted in the press release announcing UHLC alumna Star Jones’ visit to the Law Center on Tuesday, March 31. The release is available on PRNewswire.com and was published on YourExaminerNews.com

Why more Americans want to kill the death penalty

Professor Dow was quoted in a Desert Morning News (Salt Lake City) article about current public attitudes concerning the death penalty and the prevalence of wrongful convictions in capital cases.

La guía para reparar cualquier cosa

Professor Alderman was quoted in a Consumer Reports article that appeared on the website of El Diario La Prensa, a Spanish-language newspaper published in New York. The article provides advice for consumers seeking appliance repairs.

People's Law School at UH Law helps public learn basic rights

he State Bar of Texas reported on UHLC’s upcoming People’s Law School on its blog.  The article quoted Professor Alderman on the purpose of the program.

Union Organizer Wants to ID Snoops

Courthouse News quoted Professor Linzer on the illegality of tracking a vehicle without a warrant.  The same article quoted Professor Crump on the likelihood of this event resulting in a civil deposition.

Hundreds of attorneys petition top Texas court over law prof's 1-year suspension from pro bono work

The ABA Journal reports on the petition by over 250 lawyers to the Texas Supreme Court to overturn Professor Dow’s suspension.

It’s time for the People’s Law School

Professor Alderman’s announcement regarding the People’s Law School (to be held Saturday, April 4), appeared in the Houston Chronicle.

Lawmakers Move Closer to ending "Pick a Pal" Grand Juries

Professor Thompson was interviewed by Houston’s Fox 26 for a story about the “pick a pal” system for selecting grand juries in Texas.

Support Swells for Death Row Defense Counsel David Dow

Texas Lawyer published an article about members of the legal community supporting Professor Dow’s petition to the Texas Supreme Court to have his suspension from the Court of Criminal Appeals reversed.

Rock Lyrics and Free Speech

Professor Olivas appeared in the Law and Humanities blog discussing recent cases where criminal defendants’ rap lyrics have been used as evidence of confessions to crimes and the effect of these practices on freedom of speech.

Four-year schools caught in desperate scramble for students – and money

Professor Olivas was quoted in an opinion piece appearing in the Orange County Register. The piece concerns the current financial struggles and competition for students in both undergraduate programs and law schools.

Freedom of speech includes rap lyrics

An op-ed by Professor Olivas appeared in the Houston Chronicle. Professor Olivas discusses recent cases where criminal defendants’ rap lyrics have been used as evidence of confessions to crimes and the effect of these practices on freedom of speech.

Consumers often sign away their right to sue

Professor Alderman was quoted in an article appearing in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The article discusses the prevalence of arbitration clauses in consumer contracts and Professor Alderman comments on how these clauses affect consumers.

Border Crossings to Pick Up Soon

Professor Olivas was quoted in an article available on KTRH (Houston-AM 780) News Radio’s website, regarding the projected increase in unaccompanied minors and others seeking to enter the United States in the coming months. Professor Olivas comments on the continued need for comprehensive immigration reform.

OU president expelled two students. Was it protected speech?

Professor Linzer was quoted in an article on Fox 26 News website, discussing the free speech rights of the student members of the University of Oklahoma’s chapter of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity that were filmed leading a racist chant. Professor Linzer also appeared on the Fox 26 News morning show discussing the matter. No video of the interview is available at this time.

Revenge, Not Justice
Texas’ brazen attempt to silence one of its most effective death penalty defense lawyers.

An article on Slate.com discusses Professor Dow’s temporary suspension from appearing before the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and questions the reasoning behind court’s sanctions.

This Week in Houston's Buzz: John Legend Performs at Rodeo Houston 2015, 50th Anniversary of "Bloody Sunday," Black History Month Program at Jack Yates High School and More!

The Houston Forward Times reported on Dean Baynes’ participation in a panel discussion moderated by Soledad O’Brien on the continuing issues surrounding race and racism in America.

Texas defender drew unfair treatment

An op-ed in the Houston Chronicle discusses Professor Dow’s temporary suspension from appearing before the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and how it calls into serious question whether Texas is following high standards of fairness and justice. 

Tina Knowles urges women to celebrate greatness

Dean Baynes attended the 18th Annual Table Talk Luncheon presented by the University of Houston’s Friends of Women’s Studies, according to an article in the Houston Chronicle.

Court Brew-Haha Over a Golden Cauldron

Professor Alderman was mentioned in an article available on CourtHouseNews.com. Professor Alderman comments on a court case involving Josef Hatzenbuehler, a Texan who bought an "ancient pre-Christian Celtic cauldron made of gold" for $1.1 million claiming that the man (Jens Essig ) who allegedly found it at the bottom of a German lake has no rights to it.

The Supreme Court is getting semantic With OBAMACARE

Professor Mantel discussed the latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act on the Texas Standard radio show.

New book celebrates the life, battles and triumphs of the genius behind Polaroid

Professor Janicke was quoted in an article on the American Bar Association website regarding a new book about Polaroid founder Edward Land

USW and Shell Are Talking About Talking

The Houston Press quoted Professor Turner in an article that discusses the ongoing negotiations between the United Steelworkers and Royal Dutch Shell over a new national contract for the oil refinery workers currently on strike. Professor Turner comments on  the requirements of the National Labor Relations Act regarding these negotiations. 

The power of conversation: Soledad O’Brien discusses racial issues, facing history

The Daily Cougar reported on Dean Baynes’ participation in a panel discussion moderated by Soledad O’Brien on the continuing issues surrounding being black in America.

Immigration Fight Has DHS on the Verge of a Shutdown

Professor Olivas was quoted in a Courthouse News Service article regarding a Congressional impasse over immigration that could lead to a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security.

Legislators poised to make changes in juvenile justice system

Professor Marrus was quoted in a Dallas Morning News article regarding the practice of charging juveniles as adults in criminal cases.

Death Penalty Lawyer David Dow Reviews Phil Meyer’s ‘Storytelling for Lawyers’ for Vermont Law Review; Calls Book ‘A Master Class’

An article on the VT Digger website reported on Professor Dow’s review of the book Storytelling for Lawyers, by Philip N. Meyer. The review was published in volume 39 of the Vermont Law Review (39 Vt. L. Rev. 13).

Just Vengeance

The Huffington Post quotes an interview on capital punishment Professor Dow gave to The Nation.

First murder indictment stemming from overdose deaths

An article by Professor Crump about the felony murder rule was quoted in an article from the Providence Journal website regarding a man who has been indicted for murder over his alleged role in the overdose death of a Rhode Island woman.

More on the HERO repeal petition jury verdict

Professor Rave’s comments during an interview with Houston Public Media regarding the jury verdict in a trial challenging Houston’s equal rights ordinance were quoted in a post on the Houston Chronicle’s Off-the-Kuff blog.

Immigration Ruling Puts Lives on Hold

Courthouse News quoted Professor Olivas regarding the recent ruling enjoining executive action on immigration.

Legal experts say rhetoric is causing great confusion about immigration executive order.

Quorum Report website quoted Professor Geoffrey Hoffman on public perception of the recent immigration injunction.

Houston-based Sysco is already the nation’s largest foodservice distributor. The FTC says a combination with US Foods would allow it to control 75 percent of the market.

Houston Public Media interviewed Professor Bush on the Sysco takeover of US Foods.

Feds sue to stop Sysco merger  

The Houston Chronicle quoted Professor Bush on the FTC’s analysis of Sysco’s and US Foods’ market size.

U.S. government sues to block Sysco takeover of US Foods

Reuters quoted Professor Bush discussing the FTC response to Sysco’s takeover of US Foods.

UPDATED Gay Marriage Has Finally Hit Texas (Sort of)

The Houston Press quoted Professor Bruhl on the constitutionality of the Texas ban on same sex marriage.

U.S. Law Restricts Iranian Students

Professor Olivas was quoted in an article on KTRH (Houston-AM 780) News Radio’s website, regarding the University of Massachusetts’ announcement last week that it would ban Iranian students from entering certain science or engineering programs.

Undocumented and DACA Students at College: 4 Legal Hot Spots

Professor Olivas will be the speaker for the Magna Online Seminar, “Undocumented and DACA Students at College: 4 Legal Hot Spots,” which is scheduled for Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 1:00 p.m. (CST).

Blaffer Art Museum Innovation Series

The Houston Chronicle announced that Professor Winslade will speak on legal, ethical, and psychological issues related to dementia at the Blaffer Art Museum on February 26.

Houston Equal Rights Ordinance Trial: What Does The Jury Verdict Mean?

Professor Rave was interviewed by Houston Public Media regarding the jury verdict in a trial challenging Houston’s equal rights ordinance.

Federal judge delays President Obama's immigration action

Professor Olivas was interviewed by Southern California Public Radio regarding a federal judge’s decision temporarily blocking President Obama’s executive action on immigration.

Lambert, Steward plead innocence in indictment *Ex-Central principal, teacher deny fraud, cheating scandal

Professor Kwok was quoted in an article in the Beaumont Enterprise regarding two former Beaumont ISD employees who have been accused of fraud and cheating on state-standardized exams

Should Non-Profit Hospitals Be Able to Sue Patients Over Unpaid Bills?

Professor Gray was interviewed by Houston Matters regarding collection of patient debt owed to non-profit hospitals. 

Death Penalty Lawyer David Dow Reviews Phil Meyer’s ‘Storytelling for Lawyers’ for Vermont Law Review; Calls Book ‘A Master Class’

A press release available on the VTDigger website discusses a book review written by Professor David Dow regarding “Storytelling for Lawyers,” which appears in the Vermont Law Review.

CNN anchor to bring Black in America tour to UH

Dean Baynes was quoted in an article appearing in The Cougar, discussing his participation in the upcoming Black in America Tour, taking place at 7 pm on Tuesday, February 24 in Cullen Performance Hall. The event will be moderated by CNN anchor and executive producer Soledad O’Brien, and Dean Baynes will be joined by additional panelists Julianne Malveaux  and Antonio French.

University of Houston Law Center wins ICC Mediation Competition 2015

Professor Lawrence was quoted in an article on the International Chambers of Commerce website regarding the UHLC meditation team’s recent victory in the ICC 2015 Mediation Competition. The article remarks on the strong level of competition among the 67 teams, and  additionally quotes UHLC team members Brandon Schrecengost and Rose Badruddin and team coach Kevin Hedges

Energy Leaders Converge for Collaboration at University of Houston Bauer Global Energy Management Institute Symposium March 11

Professor Hester was listed among the organizers of the upcoming symposium, "Reliability and Security across the Energy Value Chain." Hosted by the Bauer College of Business Global Energy Management Institute, the March 11 event will bring together experts from the fields of energy, finance, and law.

Halliburton's Baker Hughes takeover likely to succeed -- but not without changes

Professor Bush was quoted in an article reported by EnergyWire, commenting on the proposed merger between Halliburton Co. and its giant rival, Baker Hughes, Inc.

Helpful Treatises on Unfair and Deceptive Acts and Practices

Professor Alderman’s treatise, Consumer Protection and the Law (2013-2014 ed.), was mentioned in an article available on JDSupra.com.

UH Law Center will examine role of grand juries, policing, and civil rights in upcoming CLE

A PR Newswire press release announced that the Law Center will host a CLE on grand juries, policing, and civil rights. Dean Baynes, Professor Thompson, and legal clinic supervisor Cassandra Jeu will be among the speakers.

Brian Williams, Eye Witness Testimony and the Permeability of Memory

A post on the PrawfsBlawg website mentioned Professor Thompson’s work on the reliability of eyewitness testimony.

Two ABA Midyear programs take a close look at immigration law and politics

The ABA Journal reported that Professor Olivas participated in two panels on immigration issues at the ABA Midyear Meeting on Saturday.

Harris County DA Criticizes Grand Jury Selection System

Professor Thompson was also interviewed by Houston Public Media (News 88.7) concerning the criticism of the Houston grand jury system by District Attorney Devon Anderson.

Ex-Hess Employee Sentenced To 1 Year In Prison For $1 Million Fraud

Professor Kwok was interviewed by Houston Public Media (News 88.7) regarding a former Hess Corporation employee who was sentenced in Houston federal court Monday for defrauding her employer of more than $1 million

Death Row Defense Lawyer Fights CCA Sanction

An article in the Texas Lawyer discusses Professor Dow’s response to U.S. District Judge Jorge A. Solis' show cause order asking Professor Dow to show why the district court should not impose "reciprocal discipline" against him as a result of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals sanction last month.  It also discusses Professor Dow’s motion for a rehearing filed with the CCA.

Professor David Dow on what it's like to defend someone on death row.

Professor Dow was interviewed by the ABC (Australia) regarding his career and what it is like to defend someone on death row. 

Developers Fight in Court Over Air Rights

Professor Zale was quoted in an article available on CourtHouseNews.com. In the article, Professor Zale comments on a lawsuit filed by the 1885 St. James Place Partners LP, the developer of a 15-story Houston office building, to fend off litigation from Finger-FSC Yorktown, a neighbor who claims that any movement of a crane above its property "will be deemed a trespass."

ABA Tax Section Midyear Meeting

The TaxProf Blog reported that Professor Wells spoke on tax treaties at last week’s ABA Tax Section Midyear Meeting.

‘Zionist’-Hating Professor Who Tweeted Himself Out Of A Job Sues DONORS For Not Liking Him

Professor Olivas’ recent comments to the Nonprofit Quarterly regarding a dispute between Professor Steven Salaita and the University of Illinois were included in an article on the Daily Caller website

Immigration reform brings high hopes, low participation

Professor Olivas was quoted in an article in the Santa Cruz Sentinel regarding the number of applicants under the  Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and why the number is smaller than some initial estimates. 

Act of God or negligence? Answer determines toppled tree insurance claim

Professor McElvaney was interviewed by ABC-13 regarding whether insurance companies or homeowners must pay for damage caused by falling trees.

Going After the Donors

Inside Higher Ed quoted Professor Olivas discussing a lawsuit resulting from the University of Illinois rescinding a faculty appointment

The tiny house trend and Houston

The Houston Chronicle quoted Professor Emeritus Mixon on the City of Houston’s response to the “tiny house” movement.

Surge in Subprime Loans Linked to Cars Draws Regulatory Scrutiny

The New York Times cited a title loan study published by UHLC and Vanderbilt University professors.  The paper in question, Dude, Where's My Car Title?: The Law, Behavior, and Economics of Title Lending Markets, coauthored by Professor Hawkins, is available on SSRN 

Immigration crisis, indigent defense in Harris County among local news highlights at American Bar Association Midyear Meeting in Houston, Feb. 4-9

An article on the American Bar Association website announced that Professor Olivas will speak on the recent executive action on immigration at the ABA’s midyear meeting, which will be held February 4-9 in Houston.

Hamilton will speak before commission on federal sentencing guidelines

An article on the UHLC website announced that Professor Hamilton will participate in a symposium before the U.S. Sentencing Commission on February 5 in Washington, D.C.

Biography

Professor Bruhl is the most recent UHLC faculty member to be admitted to the American Law Institute. A biography has been posted on the ALI website

Houston Hosts Moot Court National Championship This Weekend

A post from the TaxProf Blog highlights the Andrews Kurth Moot Court National Championship, which was hosted by the UHLC last weekend. 

Houston Technology Center Will Honor Mr. Tony Chase - Consummate Serial Entrepreneur at "A Celebration of Entrepreneurs" gala

A press release from the Houston Technology Center announces that it will honor Professor Chase at the 2015 "A Celebration of Entrepreneurs" event on May 14.  The event honors local entrepreneurs and celebrates those who have made significant contributions to the Houston community.

EPA General Counsel to lead off UH Law Center's Environment, Energy & Natural Resources Center Spring Speaker Series

PR Newswire  reports on the speakers of the UHLC Environment, Energy & Natural Resources Center’s Spring 2015 Speaker Series.  Professor Hester was quoted.  This news is also reported by several other news sources.

Federal antitrust lawsuit alleging that Visa and Mastercard abuse their market power to impose excessive interchange fees.

Professor Richard Alderman was quoted in a Class Action Reporter article regarding a federal antitrust lawsuit alleging that Visa and Mastercard abuse their market power to impose excessive interchange fees.

Louisiana Law Review Symposium Reflects on the Voting Rights Act at 50: The Past, Present, and Future of the Right to Vote

The LSU Law Center website reported that Professor Rave participated in a panel discussion on gerrymandering at the 2015 Louisiana Law Review Symposium

 “The Undocumented and the DACA-mented: Immigration, Higher Education, and DREAMs Deferred.”

Professor Olivas will deliver the 2015 Honorable Clifford Scott Green Lecture at Temple University Beasley School of Law on March 30. The title of the lecture is “The Undocumented and the DACA-mented: Immigration, Higher Education, and DREAMs Deferred.” A brochure is attached.

Does “Free Speech” Cut Both Ways for Fired Professor?

Professor Olivas was quoted in an article on the Nonprofit Quarterly website regarding the case of the University of Illinois rescinding a faculty appointment.

With SCOTUS to Weigh Gay Marriage, What Now for Texas?

Professor Bruhl was quoted in an article reported by the Texas Tribune. Professor Bruhl comments on the potential impact of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to hear four cases (with the potential to legalize gay marriage nationwide) on Texas' same-sex marriage case that is pending before the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Prominent Death Row defense attorney suspended, allegedly over late filing

An article from the Houston Chronicle discusses Professor Dow's temporary suspension from appearing before the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals as sanction for an untimely filed motion to stay execution on behalf of Professor Dow’s client, Miguel Paredes. The Texas Tribune also posted an article about Professor Dow’s temporary suspension.

Chicano movement leader Reies Lopez Tijerina dies at 88

Professor Olivas was quoted in an AP news story regarding the death of Reies Lopez Tijerina, an activist who led a violent raid of a New Mexico courthouse nearly 50 years ago during which Professor Olivas' cousin was shot.  The article appeared on multiple news websites such as the Houston Chronicle and ABC News. Professor Olivas was also quoted in an article from the Santa Fe New Mexican website regarding the death of Reies Lopez Tijerina.

Students mentor youth in Law Center program

An article in the Daily Cougar discusses the UHLC’s Juvenile and Capital Advocacy Project.  Professor Dow is mentioned as the founder of the program and Erin Osborn, the director of JCAP’s mentorship program, is quoted. 

Communities in Crisis: The Effects of Immigration Law and Politics on American Communities

Professor Olivas will be a panelist at the Fellows CLE Research Seminar during the 2015 ABA Midyear Meeting on February 7.  The panel will discuss “Communities in Crisis: The Effects of Immigration Law and Politics on American Communities.” 

Supreme Court Has 'Tipped Its Hand' In Favor Of Gay Marriage

Professor Bruhl’s comments quoted by New York Times on December 20, 2014 was again quoted by On Top Magazine in a piece discussing the US Supreme Court’s potential move and Florida’s gay marriage ban.

Houston Police remain on ‘high alert’ after threats posted to social media

Professor Linzer was quoted by both the East Montgomery and Kingwood Observer in a news report on the recent perceived threats posted to Facebook by a Kingwood resident.

The problem of dual citizenship

Professor Olivas was quoted by the Los Angeles Times in an article on dual citizenship.

Window of Law: Teaching Rape Law Becomes a Dilemma for Law Schools

Professor Olivas was interviewed by Voice of America in Chinese on teaching rape law in law school.  The English translation and the original article is attached.  The audio version of the article (in Mandarin) can be heard at http://www.voachinese.com/audio/2582356.html
with Professor Olivas’s voice being heard at 1:50 before the Chinese voice over. 

Sergio Garcia, one of California's few undocumented lawyers, goes solo in Chico

The California Bar Daily Journal quoted Professor Olivas discussing the status of lawyers without immigration documentation.

Houston Business & Tax Journal Publishes New Issue

TaxProf Blog reports that the new issue of the Houston Business & Tax Journal has been published, noting that Professors Wells and Turner have both written articles appearing in this issue.

 

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