UHLC in the News

May 2015

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.

 

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