UHLC in the News

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quoted Professor Thompson from an interview with the Houston Chronicle discussing Texas’ review of old cases that used outdated DNA tests.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


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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