UHLC in the News

Court upholds bail suit ruling
Judge affirms county discriminates against indigent defendants

A Houston Chronicle article reported that the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld last year’s U.S. District Court decision that Harris County’s cash bail system is fundamentally unfair to poor defendants charged with low-level crimes. Professor Thompson is quoted in the article commenting on the impact of the case.

Briefcase: Criminal Law – Proving Guilt

Dean Baynes interviewed Professor Crump for a segment on Houston Public Media’s Briefcase regarding the burden of proof in criminal prosecutions.

Flood Insurance Program Unsustainable With Underfunding

Professor Chandler’s comments to Houston Public Media regarding the National Flood Insurance Program were quoted in a Red River Radio piece.

After Lawsuit, Dallas County Faces Down Its Cash Bail Problem

Professor Thompson was quoted in a Dallas Observer article regarding a recent ACLU lawsuit challenging the Dallas County bail system.

Budget Deal Extends Flood Insurance Program – Again

Professor Chandler was interviewed for a news story that aired on Houston Public Media regarding the sustainability of the flood insurance program, which was extended by the continuing resolution recently passed by Congress.

Mystery shrouds civil rights-era murder of New Mexico jailer

Professor Olivas was quoted in an Albuquerque Journal article regarding the unsolved 1968 murder of his cousin, Eulogio Salazar.

New Tax Law Haunts Companies That Did 'Inversion' Deals

Professor Wells was quoted in a Wall Street Journal article regarding the effects of new U.S. tax laws on “inverted” companies that inked mergers overseas.

Michael J. Mazzone Elected to American Board of Trial Advocates

A press release announced that former UHLC Adjunct Professor Michael J. Mazzone has been elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates and the Houston Chapter of ABOTA.

Texas prosecutor dismisses 13 cases tied to biker shooting

Professor Thompson was quoted in an Associated Press article regarding the dismissal of 13 cases stemming from a 2015 shootout in Waco involving bikers and police.

Democrat from The Woodlands kicks off campaign for House District 15 seat

The Houston Chronicle reported that UHLC Adjunct Professor Lorena Perez McGill kicked off her campaign as Democratic candidate for the District 15 seat in the Texas House of Representatives.

UH to Host National Meeting on Hispanics in STEM

Professor Olivas will be the keynote speaker at “Transitions to Success in STEM Fields at Hispanic-Serving Institutions: A National Conference,” which will be held at UH on February 14-16.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor underscores need for expanded ethics instruction during visit to UH Law Center

The Texas Bar Blog reprinted an article from the UHLC website about U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor's visit to the Law Center. Dean Baynes is quoted and Professor Olivas is mentioned in the article.

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
Case No.: 1:18-cv-000236 (KBF)

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was among a group of legal scholars who submitted an amici curiae brief in support of a petition for a writ of habeas corpus in the case of Ragbir v. Sessions.    

Raymond T. Nimmer

An obituary for Dean Emeritus and Professor Nimmer appeared in the Sunday issue of the Houston Chronicle. A brief obituary was previously published in the Houston Chronicle on January 30. 

End Of Alimony Deduction Hits Connecticut Couples

Professor Oldham's recent survey of family law attorneys throughout the country was discussed in a Hartford Courant article regarding how the repeal of the alimony deduction will affect Connecticut couples. 

Lecture: "The Cutting Edge of Copyright: The Developing Law of the Classroom"

Professor Olivas will deliver the Faculty Professional Development Lecture at Galveston College on Friday, February 9. The lecture is entitled "The Cutting Edge of Copyright: The Developing Law of the Classroom."  

Project by LSAC, law schools association aims to boost understanding--and appeal--of law profession

ABA Journal quoted Associate Dean Sondra Tennessee discussing the Law School Admission Council and the Association of American Law Schools collaborating to promote legal education.

Ruling Expected In Dispute Between Montrose Management District And Property Owners

Professor Zale appeared on Houston Public Media’s Houston Matters Program commenting on the legal dispute between the Montrose Management District and some commercial property owners.

Texas culture, UH history: Here's what's on Renu Khator's bookshelf

The Houston Chronicle identified notable books on UH President Renu Khator’s bookshelf, one of which is No Undocumented Child Left Behind by Professor Olivas.

Political apparel tests free expression limits

The Cleburne Times-Review quoted Professor Rave comparing Texas and Minnesota election codes.

Ewell E. ("Pat") Murphy, Jr.

Former UHLC adjunct professor Ewell E. "Pat" Murphy, Jr., has passed away. Mr. Murphy was a recipient of the UHLC Honorary Alumnus Award. His obituary appeared in the Houston Chronicle.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor brings cases alive in UH visit

An article from The Cougar reported on U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s visit to the Law Center. Dean Baynes and Professor Olivas were quoted in the article. UHLC alumnus Blaine Larson and UHLC students Leah Badri, Bryce Romero, and Neil Young were also mentioned in the article.

Briefcase: Generosity of Property & Happiness

Dean Baynes interviewed Professor Fagundes for a segment on Houston Public Media’s Briefcase regarding the intersection of property law and happiness, and the generosity of Houstonians in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

An Advocate for Student Success Along the Law Pipeline

Pre-Law Pipeline Program Manager Kristen Guiseppi was profiled in an article on the Diverse Issues in Higher Education website.

Contiguous Territories: the Expanded Use of Expedited Removal in the Trump Era by Geoffrey A. Hoffman

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman’s new article, “Contiguous Territories: the Expanded Use of Expedited Removal in the Trump Era,” was featured as the Immigration Article of the Day on ImmigrationProf Blog.

RAYMOND T. NIMMER

A brief obituary for Dean Emeritus and Professor Nimmer appeared in the Houston Chronicle; the full remembrance will be published Sunday.

UPDATE: Justice Sotomayor Talks About Achieving Meaningful Changes, Personal Challenges At UH

An article available on Houston Public Media’s website reported on U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s visit to the Law Center. Dean Baynes and law student Carl Stewart were mentioned in the article.

Sotomayor’s visit to UH ‘like seeing a rock star’
Supreme Court justice answers questions, tells law students to get involved in issues

A Houston Chronicle article reported on U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s visit to the Law Center. Dean Baynes was quoted and Professor Olivas and law student Christian Beeler were mentioned in the article.

Raymond Nimmer, Former University of Houston Law Center Dean, Dies

The Texas Lawyer published a tribute to Dean Emeritus and Professor Nimmer. Comments from Dean Baynes, Professor Emeritus Alderman, and Professors Evans and Thompson were included in the article.

Innocent on death row: The day I got the call that set me free

A Salon article mentioned Professor Dow and his work with the Texas Innocence Network. The article was excerpted from a book by Anthony Greaves, Infinite Hope: How Wrongful Conviction, Solitary Confinement, and 12 Years on Death Row Failed to Kill My Soul.

Ethics Training For Attys Should Aim Higher, Sotomayor Says

A Law360 article reported on U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s visit to the Law Center. Professor Olivas and law student Bryce Romero were mentioned in the article.

Briefcase: Net Neutrality

Dean Baynes appeared on Houston Public Media’s Briefcase to discuss Net Neutrality.

Sysco says 3 top tuna brands fixed their prices

Professor Bush was quoted in a Houston Chronicle article. He commented on Sysco’s lawsuit against the owners of Bumble Bee, StarKist and Chicken of the Sea for allegedly coming up with a price-fixing scheme to boost prices despite a drop in demand for tuna sold in cans and pouches. The three brands supply 80 percent of the nation’s processed tuna, according to Sysco.

Former law dean recalled fondly
Ex-UH professor ‘was a great teacher’ over several decades

The Houston Chronicle published a tribute to Professor Nimmer. Professors Evans and Thompson, Dean Vetter, and UHLC alumnus Tom Kirkendall were quoted in the article.

There’s A Line Between Justice And Vengeance. Larry Nassar’s Judge Crossed It.

Professor Emeritus Schuwerk was quoted in a Huffington Post article. He commented on the remarks of Rosemarie Aquilina, the judge who presided over the sentencing hearing of former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar this month.

Hague Convention Victory for UH Law Center Immigration Clinic: Peralta v. Garay

LexisNexis Legal Newsroom quoted Professor Geoffrey Hoffman discussing the case Peralta v. Garay and the UHLC Immigration Clinic’s role in obtaining a dismissal of the case. Professor Janet Heppard, Clinical Supervising Attorneys Diane McManus, Josephine Sorgwe and Rosemary Vega, and UHLC students Dalya Alabbassi and Saif Ali were all mentioned in the article.

Briefcase: Closely Held Companies

Dean Baynes interviewed Professor Ragazzo for a segment on Houston Public Media’s Briefcase regarding how corporate management styles influence government operations when business owners and executives enter politics.

Federal religious freedom office could affect rural Texans’ health care

Professor Chandler was quoted in an article from The Cougar regarding how the new federal religious freedom office could affect women’s reproductive care.

Transitions to Success in STEM Fields at Hispanic-Serving Institutions: A National Conference

Professor Olivas will be the keynote speaker at “Transitions to Success in STEM Fields at Hispanic-Serving Institutions: A National Conference,” which will be held at the University of Houston on February 14-16.

Justice Sotomayor Visiting Houston to Discuss Legal Education

Texas Lawyer reported on Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s upcoming visit to UHLC. Dean Baynes and Professor Olivas were both quoted in the article.

Syracuse University develops financial aid opportunities for undocumented students

Professor Olivas was quoted in a Daily Orange article regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Fifth-grader's speech on homelessness captures top honors at MLK oratory event

A Houston Chronicle article reports that Dean Baynes served as a judge for the 22nd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Oratory Competition, which features fourth- and fifth-grade Houston ISD students who deliver memorized speeches inspired by the words of the civil rights icon.

Probate: Post Harvey

Dean Baynes interviewed Professor Heppard for a segment on Houston Public Media’s Briefcase regarding how Hurricane Harvey has highlighted the difficulties with filing damage claims on properties still owned by deceased relatives and why it is important to get assets transferred into the names of the living.

NYC Opens New Front In War Over State Climate Torts

Professor Hester was quoted in a Law360 article regarding a lawsuit filed by New York City against five oil giants demanding for the companies to pay the cost of increasing the city’s defenses against climate change.

Immigrants, members of Houston clergy send 20,000 postcards to legislators seeking DACA solution

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was quoted in an article available on HoustonChronicle.com commenting on the recent federal court DACA ruling.

US immigration fight heightens legal limbo for young 'Dreamer' scientists

Professor Olivas was quoted in a Nature article regarding the future of the DACA program and the importance of ending the legal limbo for DACA students.

Fearing DACA’s Return May Be Brief, Immigrants Rush to Renew

The New York Times quoted Professor Geoffrey Hoffman discussing recent inquiries for DACA application assistance.

Patent Damages Without Borders

The Patently-O blog recommended and quoted Professor Kumar’s forthcoming article, Patent Damages Without Borders.

Unsolved Civil Rights-Era Murder Divides Scholars, Residents

U.S. News & World Report quoted Professor Olivas on the unsolved 1968 murder of Eulogio Salazar. This article appeared in multiple publications.

Energy Sector Pushes Back Against New York City's Climate Change Lawsuit
The lawsuit targets Houston-based ConocoPhillips, along with BP, Royal Dutch Shell, Chevron and ExxonMobil

Professor Flatt was quoted in an article available on KUHF's website, commenting on a lawsuit by the City of New York targeting energy companies for their role in the world's changing climate.

Watch out 'porch pirates': New 'Blank Box' package theft deterrent put to test

Professor Kwok was interviewed for a news story that aired on KTRK (ABC 13) and was quoted in an article available on the station's website. He commented on the potential legal ramifications of homeowners using the new 'Blank Box' package theft deterrent.

Texas Illegally Excluded Thousands From Special Education, Federal Officials Say

Former Adjunct Professor Dustin Rynders was quoted in an article available on the New York Times' website. He commented on the U.S. Department of Education's letter to the Texas Education Agency, that stipulated that the state agency's decision to set a "target" for the maximum percentage of students who should receive special education services had violated federal laws requiring schools to serve all students with disabilities.

Strike a Balance

GenomeWeb quoted a commentary on the right to access genomic data written by Professor Evans for the American Journal of Human Genetics.

Navigating The Uncertain Future Of DACA

Houston Public Media's Houston Matters program interviewed Professor Geoffrey Hoffman regarding the recent federal court DACA ruling. 

Five Uncomfortable Truths About U.S. Health Care

Texas Medical Center issued a press release that quoted Professor Roberts discussing patient access to lab test results.

Inside AJHG: A Chat with Barbara Evans

Professor Evans was interviewed for a post on the American Society of Human Genetics Blog regarding her new article "HIPAA's Individual Right of Access to Genomic Data: Reconciling Safety and Civil Rights." 

Genetic rights are a civil right: Legal expert urges overhaul of right to genomic data access

Professor Evans was quoted in an article on the Factor magazine website regarding the need to overhaul the right to genomic data access. 

KJZZ's The Show Jan. 10, 2018

Professor Olivas was interviewed today by KJZZ (91.5 FM Phoenix) discussing a federal judge's ruling that the DACA program must be maintained and President Trump's meeting with lawmakers about DACA yesterday. Audio is available at: http://theshow.kjzz.org/ (click KJZZ's The Show Jan. 10, 2018" from the page) (The interview with Professor Olivas begins at 45:18).

University of Texas Law Compliance Series Offers Holiday Gift for Compliance Professionals (login required)

UHLC Adjunct Professor Ryan McConnell co-authored a Corporate Counsel article regarding the Corporate Compliance Essentials series that his law firm helped design.   

The presidency doesn't require a mental health evaluation, but these jobs do... It may not always be legal to ask employees for sensitive medical information

Professor Roberts was quoted in a MarketWatch article regarding when employers may ask employees for sensitive medical information.

Should Access to Your Own DNA Be Treated as a Civil Right?

A Gizmodo article quoted extensively from Professor Evans' recent article in the American Journal of Human Genetics, "HIPAA's Individual Right of Access to Genomic Data: Reconciling Safety and Civil Rights."

IN THE United States Court of Appeals FOR THE SEVENTH CIRCUIT
NO. 1:17-cv-05720

Geoffrey Hoffman was among a group of legal scholars who submitted an amici curiae brief in support of the plaintiff-appellee in the case of City of Chicago v. Sessions.

Briefcase: Pollinators and Wildscaping

Dean Baynes interviewed Professor Simpson for a segment on Houston Public Media's Briefcase about Houston ordinances affecting pollinators and wildscaping. 

Accessing your own genomic data is a civil right but requires strategies to manage safety

EurekAlert! published a press release quoting Professor Evans discussing the tenth anniversary of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act.

Climate Liability Suits Gained Traction in 2017, With Bigger Goals Ahead

Climate Liability News quoted Professor Flatt discussing trends in climate liability lawsuits.

Briefcase: Animal Law

Dean Baynes interviewed Professor Morath for a segment on Houston Public Media's Briefcase regarding how animals are treated by the law.

Spit and Take
Genetic testing data can be subpoenaed, stolen, and sold as a commodity. So why is the industry booming?

Professor Evans was quoted in an article available on Slate.com commenting on Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY)'s concerns regarding how direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies—outfits like 23andMe and AncestryDNA—discuss and handle users' genetic information.

Climate change cases predicted to make a legal splash in 2018

Professor Hester was quoted in an article that was available on Eco-Systems.com commenting on the potential impact of lawsuits seeking specific damages from energy and industrial companies for actions that may have contributed to climate change. This article appeared on multiple news websites.

Immigration Cases To Watch In 2018
(The following Law 360 article was available from Lexis Advance on Monday, January 1, 2018)

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was quoted in a Law 360 article regarding Jennings v. Rodriguez, a case pending before the Supreme Court that deals with whether certain immigrants must be given bond hearings if their detention continues for at least six months.

IN THE SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF MONTANA
Case No. OP 17-0659

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was among a group of legal scholars who filed an amicus curiae brief with the Supreme Court of Montana in support of the petitioner's petition for a writ of habeas corpus in the case of Valerio-Gonzalez v. Jarret.

How Texas' Harris County went from 'capital of capital punishment' to zero executions

Jeff Newberry, supervising attorney at the Law Center's Texas Innocence Network, was quoted in a Christian Science Monitor article regarding why there have been fewer death sentences and executions in Harris County.

Tax Pros Skeptical New Law Will Bring IP Home
(The following Law 360 article was available from Lexis Advance on Friday, December 22, 2017)

Professor Wells was quoted in a Law 360 article regarding whether the newly enacted tax reform legislation will encourage companies to bring their intellectual property back to the United States if it's been successfully mitigated offshore.

 

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