UHLC in the News

Oldest inmate on death row buried without family, friends

Professor Dow’s representation of Jack Harry Smith was mentioned in an article that appeared in the San Antonio Express-News. Mr. Smith was the oldest inmate alive on Texas’ death row before he died of natural causes in April.

Law School Deans Say Job Market Improving for Law Grads

Dean Baynes was quoted in a Texas Lawyer article regarding the current job market and employment prospects for new law school graduates.

House Encryption Working Group Releases Roadmap

The Lexology website reported that the Health Law and Policy Institute will host a conference on “Broadband Prescriptions for Mental Health” on May 18. Dean Baynes will be a featured speaker at the conference.

EXCLUSIVE: Oxford Union Trinity term-card

The Cherwell website reported that Professor Evans will participate in an Oxford Union debate regarding the manipulation of human DNA.

Overcrowded jail: New money will be spent on old ideas for reducing the jail population

Professor Thompson was quoted in a Houston Chronicle article on the overcrowded jail in Harris County and some ideas to reducing the jail population.

Nearly one-fourth of Texas law grads are unemployed or underemployed

In an article on the employment of recent graduates, Dallas Morning News reports that UHLC successfully placed 80 percent of our most recent alumni in full-time, long-term lawyer positions or other professional jobs 10 months after graduation. Assistant Dean Allison Regan was quoted.

Waterboarding Is Decidedly and Manifestly Torture

Professor Paust authored an op-ed on the JURIST website regarding how waterboarding is a form of torture.

Permanent ACA Risk Adjustment Is Permanently Messed Up

Professor Chandler authored an op-ed on the Forbes website regarding the flaws in the Affordable Care Act’s Risk Adjustment system.

Court backs railway for rejecting man for his weight

Professor Roberts was quoted in an article reported by the Weatherford Democrat, commenting on whether obesity qualifies as a disability.

Court backs railway for rejecting man because of his weight

Professor Roberts was quoted by Mineral Wells Index  in a news report on an Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals case concerning if obesity qualifies as a disability.

America's Largest Health Insurer Bails on Obamacare

A post from Professor Seth Chandler's ACA Death Spiral blog was quoted in an article on the Weekly Standard website regarding UnitedHealthcare's decision to pull out of almost all of the Obamacare exchanges. 

Mexican official to explain liberalization of his country's energy policies during UHLC lecture

Professors Wells and Zamora were quoted in a press release regarding an upcoming lecture co-sponsored by the Energy, Environment & Natural Resources Center and the Center for U.S. and Mexican Law on April 19. The lecture will feature Dr. César Emiliano Hernández Ochoa, undersecretary of electricity of the Mexican Ministry of Energy.

What CMS Administrator Andrew Slavitt Should Tell Congress This Friday

Professor Chandler authored an op-ed on the Forbes website regarding what CMS Acting Administrator Andrew Slavitt should say when he testifies before the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations this week concerning allegations of lawless implementation of the Transitional Reinsurance program that is part of Obamacare.

As the Liquefied Natural Gas Market Heats Up, RedVector Releases a New LNG Training Series

RedVector LLC issued a press release about its new Liquefied Natural Gas Training Course Series that advertised the series as being developed by Professor Sakmar.

Do corporate wellness programs improve well-being?

The Washington Post reports that Professor Roberts will be one of the speakers at a CLE conference on corporate wellness programs at Case Western Reserve University School of Law on April 15.

Legal expert calls sup[p]ression of autism film by Houston mayor "censorship"

Fox Channel 26 interviewed Professor Linzer regarding the mayor of Houston’s censorship of the documentary "Vaxxed" at the Houston International Film Festival.

With $3.5B fee, a Halliburton-Baker Hughes breakup would be costly to do

Professor Bush was quoted in a Houston Chronicle article about the possibility that Halliburton Co. may pay some of the largest breakup fees in U.S. corporate history now that regulators have sued to block its deal to buy Baker Hughes.

Legal powerhouses and judges kick up their heels at University of Houston Law Center gala

CultureMap Houston reported on the Law Center’s 40th annual gala, “Texas Under the Stars.” The article reports on many of the event’s honorees and attendees, including Professor Joyce. The article notes that Dean Baynes presided over the event and he is featured in a photo with Jim Roach, the 2016 Dean’s Award Winner.

Beyond Foiling Pfizer, U.S Aims at Intra-Company Loans `Fiction'

Professor Wells was quoted in a Bloomberg News article regarding the U.S. Treasury’s new regulations and their impact on earning stripping transactions beyond inversions.

New Tax Rules on Inversion Deals Are Met With Protest

The National Association of Corporate Directors quoted Professor Wells as quoted by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer noting that corporations still have incentives to pursue tax inversions despite recent restrictions on inversion agreements.

Tax Inversion: How U.S. Companies Buy Tax Breaks

Professor Wells’ law review article, Cant and the Inconvenient Truth About Corporate Inversions, was listed as recommended reading in a Bloomberg View article regarding corporate inversions.

Pfizer-Allergan Deal Scrapped Due to New US Tax Inversion Rules

Professor Wells’ comments to the Associated Press regarding the new corporate inversion regulations were quoted in an article that appeared on the Jobs & Hire website.

Inversion Rules Won't Stop Some Kinds of Deals

Professor Wells was quoted extensively in an article published in the Bloomberg BNA Daily Tax Report. He comments on the new corporate inversion regulations and their potential effect on earnings stripping transactions.

Experts expect corporate tax inversions to survive new rules

Professor Wells was quoted in an Associated Press article regarding the U.S. Treasury's new corporate inversion regulations and whether the more limited tax benefits will discourage such mergers in the future. The article was published by numerous news outlets including the Houston Chronicle, the Chicago Tribune, and Yahoo News.

Terrified bikers crawl to safety and flinch when shots ring out in new video of Waco biker gang shootout that left nine dead

The Daily Mail republished portions of an Associated Press article containing quotes from Professor Thompson. She commented on indictments related to the May 15 shooting at a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco.

Would a City-County Merger Jeopardize Progress at Houston's New and Improved Crime Lab?

Professor Thompson was quoted extensively in a Houston Press article regarding the proposed merger of the Houston and Harris County crime labs and its potential impact on the independence of the Houston Forensic Science Center.

Scholars Academy to Host Annual Student Research Conference

The UHD news website reports that Professor Olivas, as interim President of the University of Houston-Downtown, will deliver opening remarks at the UHD Scholar’s Academy Annual Student Research Conference on Friday, April 8.

Community Engagement Breakfast Honors Mayor Sylvester Turner

Professor Olivas was quoted in an article on the UHD Skyline website regarding the recent Community Engagement Breakfast hosted by the University of Houston-Downtown to recognize Mayor Sylvester Turner. Professor Olivas, in his role as interim President of UHD, remarked on Mayor Turner’s contributions to the school.

Diversity in the General Counsel's Office: Interview with Dianne Ralston; Risky Business

Adjunct professor Ryan McConnell wrote an article published on the Corporate Counsel website regarding the role of General Counsel. Professor McConnell interviews UHLC alumna Dianne Ralston (Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary at FMC Technologies) for her perspective.

FDA Panel Outlines Hub For Medical Device Data

A Law360 article noted that a University of Houston Law Center faculty member (Professor Evans) serves a member of National Medical Device Evaluation System Planning Board. The article reports on the Planning Board’s recently released report, available at: https://healthpolicy.duke.edu/files/2016/03/med-device-report-web.pdf . The news of the report from the board was also featured on the Legal Reader website.

Olivas Moderates Debate about Paying College Athletes

An article on the UHD Skyline website reported on the recent debate, Is College Sport Broken?, hosted by the Law Center. The article notes that Dean Baynes delivered welcoming remarks at the event and that the debate was moderated by Professor Olivas.

Oil-Rich University Aims to Unlock More Wealth From Shale Acres

Professor Wells was quoted in a Bloomberg article regarding an attempt by the University of Texas to renegotiate some of the terms in oil leases it signed decades ago. 

Energy slowdown could lead to strife over royalties

Professor Wells was quoted in a Houston Chronicle article regarding oil and gas royalties.

The 2016 Texas Legal Scholars Workshop

A post on the SMU Dedman School of Law website announced that the Law Center will co-sponsor the 2016 Texas Legal Scholars Workshop, which will be held at SMU. Professor Moll was listed as a contact for further information on the workshop. The announcement was also featured on the PrawfsBlawg website.

How reliable is eyewitness testimony?

Professor Thompson was interviewed by MPR News for a story on the reliability of eyewitness testimony.

Supreme Court Upholds Texas “1 Person, 1 Vote” Standard For Electoral Districts

Houston Public Media interviewed Professor Linzer for a story on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision regarding Texas’ law for creating electoral districts.

University of Houston Law Center workshop to explore preparations for control of Zika virus

A PRNewswire press release announced that the Health Law and Policy Institute will host a workshop at the Law Center regarding preparations for the Zika virus. Professors Roberts and Winnike were quoted in the press release.

How Much Is Enough When It Comes To Spending On Border Security In Texas?

Professor Zamora was interviewed by Houston Public Media, commenting on the focus on border security by Texas lawmakers.

Obama Commutes Sentences of 61 Federal Drug Offenders

Professor Thompson was interviewed by Houston Public Media regarding President Obama’s decision to commute the sentences of 61 federal drug offenders, which comes as part of an ongoing effort to reform the criminal justice system.

Judge Orders Revamp of Texas Foster Care System to Continue

Professor Marrus was interviewed by Houston Matters regarding the legal implications of the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals decision to deny an attempt by the State of Texas to pause a revamp of its foster care system.

NB residents among those named in Waco shooting indictments

The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung republished portions of an Associated Press article containing quotes from Professor Thompson. She commented on indictments related to the May 15 shooting at a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco.

Obituary of Professor Ira B. Shepard

An obituary for Professor Shepard appeared in the Houston Chronicle

The Price of Admission

Professor Olivas was quoted in a Texas Tribune article regarding the Top Ten Percent Rule for college admissions in Texas

Death Of Ira Shepard

Professor Emeritus Ira Shepard was memorialized by his friend and co-author Marty McMahon (University of Florida) in a post on the TaxProfBlog.

Michael Olivas: Interim President

The American Law Institute’s news blog reported on Professor Michael A. Olivas’ appointment as interim president of the University of Houston-Downtown. 

Register now for the People’s Law School

The Texas Examiner published a notice written by Professor Alderman advertising the People’s Law School program that will be hosted at UHLC next week by the Center for Consumer Law.

Speaker Paul Ryan Should Intervene Right Now In Risk Corridor Class Action

Professor Chandler authored an op-ed on the Forbes website urging House Speaker Paul Ryan to intervene in a class action lawsuit brought by a failed health insurer in Oregon against the United States over the federal “Risk Corridors” program.  Professor Chandler discusses why the lawsuit has serious implications for the doctrine of separation of powers. 

Four dozen more bikers indicted in shootout inside Texas restaurant that left nine dead

Professor Thompson was quoted in an Associated Press article regarding the indictment of 48 additional bikers in connection with a May 2015 shootout outside a Waco restaurant. Professor Thompson comments on what proof prosecutors need to obtain convictions on the basis of criminal conspiracy. 

The March Madness Compliance Risk Assessment Bracket

Adjunct professors Ryan McConnell and Meagan Baker published an article regarding risk assessment on the Corporate Counsel website.

California puts treatment centers on notice

Visiting scholar Melissa Hamilton was quoted extensively in an article on the Behavioral Healthcare website regarding a murder case against an addiction treatment facility in California. 

Ohio: Legal Issues for Authors

A Cuyahoga County new release announced that Professor Lipton will be giving a guest lecture, “Legal Issues for Authors,” at the Cuyahoga County Public Library on March 23.

CRS: Obamacare Payments To Insurance Companies “would appear to be in conflict with a plain reading” of the law 

Josh Blackman’s Blog noted that in January Seth Chandler identified what seems to be an illegal practice of the federal government raiding the U.S. Treasury and redistributing funds to suffering insurance companies.

UH Gathers More Feedback On Campus Carry Plan 

A photograph of Dean Burke and other members of the UH campus carry work group (from a recent UH campus carry open forum) appeared in an article on Houston Public Media’s website. The article discussed the UH campus carry draft policy.

Haynes and Boone Partner Michael J. Mazzone Honored by Texas Bar Foundation

Former adjunct professor Michael J. Mazzone has been elected to membership in the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation, according to a PRNewswire press release.

Hillary Clinton revives the public option -- but as an experiment 

Forbes published an op-ed by Professor Chandler discussing the potential consequences of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s proposed plan to add a public option to the Affordable Care Act.

What happens to legal case now that McClendon is dead?

CNBC quoted Professor Bush on the end of a criminal bid-rigging case against a deceased defendant, as well as on the treatment of white-collar criminal defendants in general.

Think Before You Lease 

Cooglife quoted Professor Alderman giving advice to prospective renters interested in leasing apartments.

Feds move to dismiss McClendon indictment

A story on the Examiner Gazette website featured a quote from Professor Bush that was originally published in a CNBC story on March 3. Professor Bush commented on the indictment against former Chesapeake Energy chief executive Aubrey McClendon, who recently died. 

Immigration Judges, Mental Gymnastics, Cognitive Dissonance, and the Necessity for Appointed Counsel

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman authored a post that was published on the ImmigrationProf Blog. Professor Hoffman calls on the Executive Office of Immigration Review to reform adjudication of removal proceedings, particularly with respect to infants and young children who are deported without representation or due process.

Experts Weigh In On Judge Weil Deposition Controversy

LexisNexis Legal News Room: Immigration Law quoted from Professor Geoffrey Hoffman’s call for reform of removal proceedings that was originally published yesterday on the ImmigrationProf Blog.

Families struggle to get refunds from financial college assistance firm

Texas Consumer Complaint Center Director David Tiede was interviewed by KTRK-TV for a story about two families seeking refunds from a college financial assistance firm.

NAACP President Cornell Williams Brooks will address racial profiling as guest speaker of the Yale L. Rosenberg Lecture at UH Law Center 

PR Newswire reports that NAACP President and CEO Cornell Williams Brooks will be the featured speaker of the Yale L. Rosenberg Lecture at the University of Houston Law Center. In conjunction with the lecture, the Law Center electronically published Rosenberg's book, "Comparative American and Talmudic Criminal Law", co-authored by Yale and his wife Professor Irene Merker Rosenberg. Both Law Center Professor Emerita Laura Oren and Professor Ellen Marrus, co-compilers of the Rosenberg book, were quoted in the report. 

Thomas Takes Over Fifth Circuit Duties from Scalia

Professor Dow was quoted in a National Law Review article regarding the assignment of some of the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s supervisory duties over the Fifth Circuit to Justice Clarence Thomas. Professor Dow comments on Justice Scalia’s handling of emergency applications during his supervision of the Fifth Circuit.

2016 IFA USA Annual Conference Agenda

The International Fiscal Association published the agenda for its US branch’s annual conference, including a notice that Professor Wells spoke yesterday as part of a panel on foreign tax credit developments. 

Law Center, CLASS partner to host 2016 presidential campaign analysis conference

The Daily Cougar quoted Dean Baynes’ discussion of primary debate structure and viewership in its coverage of Tuesday’s presidential campaign analysis conference.

VIDEO: Susan Sakmar on CERAWeek and LNG Exports

Adjunct professor Susan Sakmar was interviewed by the Fuse regarding the implications of LNG exports for the U.S. and global gas markets. 

Bershidsky: In pro-gun Texas, a candidate needs firepower

Professor Rave was mentioned in an article available on the Chicago Tribune’s website, commenting on whether the Supreme Court will overturn the District of Columbia vs. Heller ruling that affirmed individual gun ownership.

Exonerated Texas Death Row Inmate Alfred Brown Asks State For Compensation

Visiting scholar Melissa Hamilton was interviewed by Houston Public Media regarding a request for compensation filed by Alfred Dewayne Brown, who was exonerated of killing a Houston police officer last year. 

Some Texas professors warn guns in classes threaten free speech

Dean Burke was interviewed for a news story that aired on CBS This Morning, regarding the implementation of the Texas campus carry law at the University of Houston. 

Obama sends plans to Congress to shut down Guantanamo

Professor Paust was quoted in an article on the Texas A&M Battalion website regarding President Obama’s recently announced plan to close Guantanamo Bay. 

Interim President to Host Meet-and-Greet Forums for Staff, Faculty

The University of Houston-Downtown has announced on its Skyline News website that Professor Olivas, interim president of UHD, will host meet-and-greet forums for staff and faculty on Monday, Feb. 29, in the UH-Downtown Welcome Center, Milam Room (GSB 307).

The Supreme Court Suspends Obama's Clean Power Plan: Changing The Law On Staying Put

Professor Hester authored a post available on Forbes.com, discussing the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to stay implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan rules.

The Myth that Scalia Matters

Professor Dow authored an op-ed regarding Justice Scalia available on Beacon Broadside’s website. An excerpt from Professor Dow’s op-ed was included in an article available on SouthCoastToday.com.

Controversial law charges people with murder for death at others' hand

Professor Crump was quoted in an article available on the Chicago Tribune’s website, commenting on Illinois’ felony murder statute.

Obama is looting the Treasury to pay off insurers

Professor Chandler was quoted in a New York Post op-ed regarding the Affordable Care Act and the use of funds from reinsurance fees. 

Rule of Law Changes Needed to Ensure Mexico Energy Reform Success

An article on Rigszone.com included Professor Zamora’s comments from the  "The Rule of Law and Mexico’s Energy Reform" event at Rice University, held on February 11, 2016, where experts shared their findings from more than a year-long research project to examine the changes in the rule of law needed to allow energy reform to succeed.

UH Professors Will Analyze Issues Presented by the 2016 Presidential Election | UH Law Center, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences host 'Super Tuesday' symposium in advance of Republican candidates' debate on campus.

A press release announced that the University of Houston Law Center (UHLC) and the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) will host the conference "Super Tuesday: Analyzing the 2016 Presidential Election" on Feb. 23. The press release quotes Dean Baynes and announces that he will participate in a panel discussion on "Presidential Politics & Policy". Dean Burke will moderate all three panels, Professors Chandler and Rave will participate in the panel discussion on "Supreme Court & Economic Implications of Presidential Elections," and Adjunct Professor Ignacio Pinto-Leon will participate in the panel discussion on "Presidential Elections & Latino Politics in the U.S."

Obama Won't Appoint Scalia Replacement While Senate Is Out This Week Feb 17 2016 by Billy Solomon Greater Patchogue News

An article available on GreaterPatchoguenews.com included a quote from Professor Linzer’s interview with KPRC (NBC 2-Houston), regarding the impact that Justice Scalia’s death could have on two Texas cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Health warning: Your company’s obsession with “wellness” may not be good for your career 

Professor Roberts was quoted by Quartz on the privacy of medical data and the lack of legal barriers to employers using this data to make employment decisions.

Attorney In Term Limit Lawsuit: Houston’s Motion To Dismiss Is Based On Lies

Professor Rave was interviewed by Houston Public Media regarding an amendment to Houston’s city charter that changed the term limits for elected officials.

Cruz hits Trump over possible Supreme Court nominee

Professor Linzer was featured in a story on the Nano News website.

Justice Scalia's death may tip scale in 2 major Texas court cases

Professor Linzer was interviewed by KPRC-TV regarding the impact that Justice Scalia’s death could have on two Texas cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. 

UHLC 2015 Immigration Clinic Newsletter

LexisNexis Legal Newsroom posted a link to the UHLC Immigration Clinic’s 2015 newsletter.

Texas Will Allow Immigrant Detention Centers Apply For A License To Remain Open

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was quoted in a Houston Public Media Story regarding two Texas immigrant detention centers that are applying for licenses to remain open.

Texas AG's Gay Marriage Ethics Row Breaks New Ground

Professor Schuwerk was quoted extensively in a Law360 article regarding an ethics investigation into Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s public comments and advisory opinion on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges.

Lawyers, Advocates and International Scholars Discuss Immigrant Worker Licensing

Professor Olivas was quoted in an article published in The Chronicle of Higher Education regarding the impact of Justice Scalia’s absence from the Supreme Court on both the outcome of Fisher v. United States and the future of affirmative action.

Antonin Scalia’s Death Probably Won’t Affect ‘Fisher,’ but It Could Change the Future of Affirmative Action

Professor Olivas was the featured speaker at a legal workshop on “State Occupational and Professional Licensing, Employment and Immigration Status”, hosted by Latino Justice.

University of Houston-Downtown names interim president, former leader gets new role

The Houston Business Journal reported on Professor Olivas being named interim president of the University of Houston-Downtown.

Texas Leaders: Supreme Court Stay On Obama’s Clean Power Plan Is A Victory

Houston Public Media quoted Professor Hester discussing how the Supreme Court’s stay of the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan has created uncertainty for utilities.

Immigration advocates to convert US green card holders to voters

Professor Olivas was quoted in an article commenting on the “New American Democracy Campaign’s” goal of persuading two million U.S. green card holders to become U.S. citizens who can vote in the November 8, 2016 general election.

Campus carry work group to release first draft early this month

Associate Dean Burke was quoted in an article on The Cougar website regarding the efforts of the Campus Carry Work Group to draft a campus-wide concealed handgun policy.  The article reports that the first draft of the policy will be released this month.

Cold cases could be solved thanks to grant for SHSU researchers

Offthekuff.com quoted Professor Thompson from an interview with the Houston Chronicle discussing Texas’ review of old cases that used outdated DNA tests.

More on DNA mixtures

Professor Thompson was interviewed for a KBTX Bryan/College Station news segment regarding a grant received by Sam Houston State University to develop massively parallel sequencing. Professor Thompson comments on how development of this technology could improve forensic DNA analysis.

Using the Talent Code to Unlock Effective Training

Corporate Counsel published an article coauthored by Adjunct Professors Ryan McConnell and Stephanie Bustamante about how principles from the book The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle can be applied to compliance training programs.

UT's plan to pick top leaders draws flak

Mineral Wells Index quoted Professor Turner opining that the University of Texas’ new “Rooney Rule” for employment interviews does not violate the Civil Rights Act.

Education Law Expert Tapped As University of Houston Interim President

The National Law Journal reported on Professor Olivas’ appointment as interim president of UH-Downtown.

Activist Behind Planned Parenthood Video Offered Probation

ABC News quoted visiting scholar Melissa Hamilton discussing the motivation for the makers of recent undercover Planned Parenthood videos to reject a plea bargain.

The Law of Rock n Roll: Hitting the Campaign Trail

An article available on NHPR (New Hampshire Public Radio)’s website referred to Professor Olivas’ “Law of Rock-n-Roll series” audio clip, “Class 17: Hitting the Campaign Trail,” available on PRX.org. This clip, which is available at https://beta.prx.org/stories/135612, discusses some of the most famous cease and desist cases that involve political candidates playing songs without permission. 

UHS CHANCELLOR KHATOR NAMES INTERIM PRESIDENT OF UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON-DOWNTOWN

The press release announcing Professor Olivas’ appointment as the interim president of University of Houston-Downtown (UHD), was distributed by HT Syndication and available from Westlaw.

UT’s ‘trojan horse’ shouldn’t scare UH

An editorial on The Cougar website also discusses Professor Michael Olivas’ comments describing the UT System’s expansion in Houston as a Trojan horse.

Alumni Association’s petition gains momentum, requests call to action

Professor Olivas’ comments at the UH Board of Regents meeting last November regarding the University of Texas System’s expansion in Houston were quoted in an article on The Cougar website regarding the UH Alumni Association’s petition opposing the expansion.

Risk Management: Cultivating ‘Superforecasters’

An article on the Ethisphere website regarding the use of superforecasters in compliance departments quotes the recent Corporate Counsel article co-authored by Adjunct Professor Ryan McConnell on conducting effective risk assessments.

Thirteen Partners Join New Orrick Houston Office

UHLC Adjunct Professor Jeffrey Johnson has joined the new Houston office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, according to a press release on the IPWatchdog.com website.

Why Colleges Hide Behind This One Privacy Law All The Time

Professor Olivas was quoted in a Huffington Post article regarding the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

Commentary: The Trojan horse of driver’s license politics

The Santa Fe New Mexican published an op-ed by Professor Olivas regarding efforts by GOP leaders in New Mexico to repeal the state driver’s license law.

Geoffrey Hoffman on a Victory for Cornell Law School Clinicals

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman wrote a post on the ImmigrationProf Blog regarding three interlocutory appeals of denials of law student appearances that were successfully granted by the Board of Immigration Appeals.

Leader behind Planned Parenthood videos indicted

An article reported by Sinema Blaze (available at CinemaBlaze.com) included comments from visiting scholar Melissa Hamilton in an interview with Voice of America, regarding the grand jury’s decision to indict two activists from the Center for Medical Progress.

Advocates fight the clock to convert green card holders into voters

Mineral Wells Index quoted Professor Olivas concerning the practicality of an initiative by pro-immigrant advocates hoping to turn two million green card-holders into voting citizens by Election Day.

Houston Grand Jury Indictments Renew Abortion Debate

Visiting Scholar Melissa Hamilton was also quoted in a Voice of America article regarding the grand jury’s decision to indict two activists from the Center for Medical Progress.

New ALI Members

A post on The Faculty Lounge blog noted Professor Barbara Evans election as a new member of the American Law Institute.  

How to Engage the Business to Forecast Compliance Risk

Adjunct Professor Ryan McConnell co-wrote an article on the Corporate Counsel website regarding the use of risk assessment in a company’s compliance program.

From the Bookshelves: The Law and Higher Education: Cases and Materials on Colleges in Court, Fourth Edition by Michael A. Olivas and Amy Gajda

An article on the ImmigrationProf Blog announced the publication of the fourth edition of The Law and Higher Education: Cases and Materials on Colleges in Court, authored by Professor Olivas with Amy Gajda. The article notes that The Law of Higher Education is most established and widely adopted casebook in the field.

Risky business: fantasy sports only hurt your wallet

Professor Linzer was quoted in a Daily Cougar opinion piece about the legality of daily fantasy sports websites like Draftkings.com and Fanduel.com.

Five things to look forward to this week

Professor Chase will appear as a panelist at a January 27 program, “Social Justice: Then and Now.” The program, announced in Daily Cougar article, will address the factors that have shaped the landscape of social justice in urban communities and discuss how social justice efforts were viewed 50 years ago compared to today. The discussion will take place at the Student Center South Ballroom at 6:00 p.m.

Viewpoint: 'UT invasion of Houston' should be delayed until next year

Professor Olivas was quoted in an oped by Welcome Wilson Sr. in the Austin Business Journal, commenting on the University of Texas’ recent purchase of more than 300 acres in southwest Houston.

VW's Crisis Management Playbook: Lost In Translation

Adjunct Professor Ryan McConnell co-authored a Corporate Counsel article regarding Volkswagen’s handling of the recent scandal.

University of Texas takes first major step in Houston expansion plan

An article on the Houston Business Journal website regarding the University of Texas’ recent purchase of more than 300 acres in southwest Houston mentions comments that Professor Michael Olivas made to the Houston Chronicle in November 2015 regarding the legality of UT’s plan.

The U.S. Supreme Court Will Review Texas’ Challenge to DACA And DAPA

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was also interviewed by Houston Public Media regarding the Supreme Court’s review of President Obama’s executive action on immigration.  Professor Hoffman explains that the oral argument will take place in April and the Court should reach a decision by the end of June.

Supreme Court sets election-year clash on immigration

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was interviewed by KPRC regarding the Supreme Court’s announcement that it will review President Obama’s executive action on immigration.  Professor Hoffman comments that many people are waiting to see what happens with the case before they seek legal advice or take action.

On the Ropes

The Weekly Standard quoted Professor Chandler noting that none of last year’s PPO or POS insurance plans remain available on the Affordable Care Act exchanges in Houston.

Kate del Castillo y su amigo Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán

Adjunct Professor Ignacio Pinto-Leon was quoted in an article reported by La Voz de Houston, commenting on whether Sean Penn’s interview with Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman may result in criminal liability.

Sean Penn: The Legal and Ethical Repercussions He Faces After El Chapo Interview

Adjunct Professor Ignacio Pinto-Leon was quoted in an article available on Variety.com, commenting on whether Sean Penn’s interview with Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman may result in criminal liability.

ProfNet Experts Available on 'El Chapo' Extradition, Child Abuse, Bill Cosby, More

A press release distributed by PRNewswire mentioned Professor Paust as an expert available to discuss the extradition process of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

Would Banning Guns in Dorms Violate the New Campus Carry Law?

Dean Burke was interviewed by Houston Matters, commenting on how the state’s new campus carry law will be implemented at the University of Houston.

The ethics of Sean Penn’s interview with ‘El Chapo’ and the political will for extradition

Professor Paust and adjunct professor Ignacio Pinto-Leon appeared on KPCC radio’s AirTalk to discuss the legal and ethical implications of Sean Penn’s interview with Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

Tainted Evidence: Mexico’s Surprising Answer to Crime-Lab Corruption

Professor Thompson was quoted extensively in a Houston Press article about a proposed pilot program that would provide criminal defendants detained in Harris County with representation at their initial bail hearings.

Bail Hearings: Where Prosecutors and Magistrates Ensure Defenseless People Stay in Jail

Professor Thompson was quoted in an Ozy Media online magazine article contrasting the traditionally law enforcement controlled forensic units in the United States with the independent forensic units found in Jalisco, Mexico.

Texas Universities Likely to Allow Guns in Classrooms

Dean Burke, chair of the UH campus carry work group, was quoted in a Texas Tribune article regarding the development of proposed rules for concealed handgun license holders to carry guns on campus.

Sophie Feal: Law School Clinics, Legal Services Organizations in Action

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was mentioned in a blog post on the ImmigrationProf blog, which reports that two of Cornell Law School’s clinics, the LGBT Advocacy Clinic and the Farmworker Legal Assistance Clinic, filed motions with the immigration court in Buffalo, New York requesting that law student interns be permitted to represent three clients in removal proceedings. An immigration judge denied all three motions and three interlocutory appeals were filed in response. Professor Hoffman authored an amicus brief in support of all three interlocutory appeals.

TransCanada sues over Keystone XL denial

Professor Rave was quoted in an article available on HoustonChronicle.com, commenting on TransCanada Corporation’s lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court in Houston arguing that President Barack Obama overstepped his constitutional authority when he declined to issue a cross-border permit for the project in November.

Looking Ahead: Law School Deans Outline Goals for 2016

An article in Texas Lawyer includes the comments of Dean Baynes regarding his top institutional goals for 2016. Texas Lawyer asked Dean Baynes as well as the deans of the University of Texas School of Law and Texas A&M University School of Law to list their top institutional goals for 2016.

From the website of the Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative.

The website of the Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative lists Professor Geoffrey Hoffman as a member of the group’s executive committee.

Health Law Events at AALS 2016

A post on the Medical Futility Blog listing health law events at the 2016 AALS Annual Meeting included Professor Jessica Mantel’s Tackling the Social Determinants of Health: A Central Role for Providers at the Works-In-Progress for New Health Law School Teachers on January 7, and Next Generation Sequencing, Precision Medicine, and the Future of Health Care on January 8 with Professor Barbara Evans as a featured speaker.

Legal Resources in Immigration and Higher Education: Data and Materials on Undocumented and ``DACA-mented'' Students

Bender’s Immigration Bulletin published Professor Michael A. Olivas’ “Legal Resources in Immigration and Higher Education: Data and Materials on Undocumented and ‘DACA-mented’ Students”  (21-1 Bender's Immigr. Bull. 02 (2016)).

 

 

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