Sept. 30, 2021 – Law school deans, professors and other leaders from legal academia and the profession will convene for the 2021 Black Lawyers Matter Conference, “Building Inclusive Excellence in Legal Education and Employment” from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Central on Oct. 15. The event is being held by the University of Houston Law Center, SMU Dedman School of Law, and the Law School Admission Council.
Sept. 20, 2021 – The University of Houston Law Center has received the distinction of Diversity Champion by INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine. The Law Center is the only law school in the country to receive the recognition.
Sept. 7, 2021 - Two participants in the University of Houston Law Center’s Pre-Law Pipeline Program were recent recipients of scholarships from Houston-based appellate and trial firm Beck Redden LLP.
Sept. 3, 2021 - Students from underrepresented backgrounds often choose schools like the University of Houston Law Center, according to an article by U.S. News & World Report.
Aug. 12, 2021 - The University of Houston Law Center’s Pre-Law Pipeline Program has now completed seven years of its multi-faceted approach to diversifying the legal profession. Because of ongoing concerns related to COVID-19, the Summer 2021 class marked the second online-only instruction in the program’s history.
July 20, 2021 - Three current University of Houston Law Center students and a member of the Class of 2021 were recognized at the Hispanic Bar Association of Houston's 33rd Annual Gala.
June 16, 2021 - Current students and alumni delivered testimonials on the profound impact scholarships made on their legal education at the University of Houston during a Diversity Equity and Inclusion Leadership Forum & Conversation hosted by Dean Leonard M. Baynes and Associate Professor Tony Chase.
May 18, 2021 – University of Houston Law Center student Charisma Ricksy Nguepdo has been selected as one of 12 Susman Godfrey Prize winners after multiple stages of application and a virtual interview with attorneys from the national boutique litigation firm.
May 14, 2021 - Emma Brockway and Chelsea Klumpp, two members of the University of Houston Law Center's Class of 2021, were the recent recipients of scholarships from the Houston chapter of the National Association of Women Judges. The scholarships were announced during a virtual ceremony, "Color of Justice: Enhancing Diversity in Houston's Legal Profession and Judiciary, One Student at a Time."
April 28, 2021 - Tony Bonilla, a 1960 alumnus of the University of Houston Law Center, and the school's first graduate of Hispanic descent, was presented with the Dean's Distinguished Award during a recent virtual event hosted by the Hispanic Law Alumni group and Latinx Student Association.
April 26, 2021 - Professor Nancy Leong of the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver gathered virtually with University of Houston Law Center faculty and students last week to discuss her latest paper on the rare but notable uses of the phrase “white citizens” in federal law.
April 21, 2021 - In response to an increase of assaults and fatal attacks against Asian Americans across the country, the University of Houston Law Center recently hosted a virtual event, "Combating Anti-Asian Violence."
April 19, 2021 - Visiting speaker Professor Richard Thompson Ford of the Stanford Law School gathered virtually with University of Houston Law Center faculty and students last week to discuss his book, “Dress Codes: How the Laws of Fashion Made History,” which offers a perspective on racial justice by discussing the history of dress codes and how they have worked to undermine personal dignity.
April 14, 2021 - Professor Ruqaiijah Yearby of the Saint Louis University School of Law was the most recent speaker in the 2021 University of Houston Law Center Spring Workshop Series, “Race, Social Change, and the Law,” last week.
April 8, 2021 - The 2021 University of Houston Law Center Spring Workshop Series, “Race, Social Change, and the Law,” featured an in-depth with visiting speaker Professor Maggie Blackhawk of the University of Pennsylvania Carrey Law School on March 29.
April 5, 2021 - Professor Karima Bennoune of the University of California, Davis, School of Law joined the 2021 University of Houston Law Center Spring Workshop Series, “Race, Social Change, and the Law,” for an engaging discussion about threatened cultural rights in the time of climate change during a virtual presentation last week.
April 1, 2021 - University of Houston Law Center faculty, students and staff examined "Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption" by Bryan Stevenson during a virtual discussion last week. The award-winning book tells the powerful story of Stevenson’s work as a lawyer representing death row clients in Alabama.
March 11, 2021 - The 2021 University of Houston Law Center Spring Workshop Series, “Race, Social Change, and the Law,” featured Professor Trina Jones of Duke Law School last week. Jones presented her project, “Racialized Appearance Norms: Testing Law’s Limits,” and discussed with Dean Leonard M. Baynes, students, and faculty the implications of and possible legal remedies for discrimination based on skin color and hair.
March 5, 2021 - University of New Mexico School of Law Professor Emerita Sherri L. Burr shared the elaborate ancestral history of Africans in America before the Civil War era in her presentation "Genealogical Research into America's Antebellum Past: The Challenges of Finding the Enslaved, the Free, and Enslavers." Burr served the keynote speaker at the University of Houston Law Center's annual Black History Month lecture, which was held virtually on Feb. 25. Dean Leonard M. Baynes served as a commentator.
March 3, 2021 - The University of Houston Law Center's Institute for Intellectual Property & Information Law (IPIL) was the recipient of the inaugural 2021 Houston Intellectual Property Law Association's Excellence in Diversity Award. HIPLA created two inaugural awards, one for institutional efforts towards diversity and inclusion, and another to recognize an individual for their efforts in these areas.
Feb. 22, 2021 - The University of Houston Law Center recently welcomed Professor Ian Haney López of the University of Berkeley School of Law, as he discussed his book, "Merge Left: Fusing Race and Class, Winning Elections, and Saving America."
Feb. 11, 2021 - The 2021 University of Houston Law Center Spring Workshop Series, "Race, Social Justice, and the Law," continued last week, featuring Professor Osamudia James of the University of Miami School of Law. James discussed her paper, “Risky Education” and sparked an engaging discussion with Dean Leonard M. Baynes and Law Center professors and students regarding parents’ roles in the education system, their choices, and how they affect society as a whole.
Jan. 27, 2021 - The 2021 University of Houston Law Center Spring Workshop Series, "Racial Justice and the Law" began on Monday on Monday, with Professor Bennett Capers of Fordham Law School joining Dean Leonard M. Baynes and Law Center professors and students a virtual discussion of Capers’ work in progress, “The Law School as White Space?”
Jan. 25, 2021 - Law professors from across the country will discuss their research with University of Houston Law Center students as part of the 2021 UHLC Spring Workshop Series.
Jan. 25, 2021 — Associate Justice Goodwin H. Liu of the California Supreme Court will discuss diversity and trends in law school enrollment virtually on Jan. 26, highlighting how the demographic composition of law students has shifted since the Great Recession.
Jan. 13 2021 – Second-year University of Houston Law Center student Charisma Ricksy Nguepdo has been named the Houston Law Review’s editor-in-chief, the first person of African descent to earn that position.
Jan. 12, 2021 - The University of Houston Law Center is launching a special topics course, "George Floyd and the Aftermath: Equal Justice and the Law," for the Spring 2021 semester.
Dec. 1, 2020 — Aspiring attorneys from around the country learned about the legal profession, law school application process, financial aid, joint degree programs, and professionalism in the legal industry among other topics at the recent 2020 Diversity Pre-Law Symposium & Law School Admissions Fair.
Nov. 24, 2020 - Three recent participants in the University of Houston Law Center's Pre-Law Pipeline Program were among the Class of 2020 SouthWest Water Company Pre-Law Fellows.
Nov. 24, 2020 - The University of Houston Law Center has signed onto a Pledge on Disability Diversity in the Legal Profession, an initiative brought forth by the American Bar Association's Commission on Disability Rights.
Nov. 12, 2020 – Nationally recognized experts examined legal turning points for LGBTQ issues and what can be done to make the profession more tolerant during a University of Houston Law Center presentation on Tuesday.
Nov. 9, 2020 - Judges, law professors and attorneys from a variety of practices determined that the legal profession must have a collective sense of urgency to remedy a historic lack of representation during a day-long virtual conference hosted by the University of Houston Law Center and SMU Dedman School of Law.
Oct. 28, 2020 – University of Miami School of Law Dean Anthony Varona discussed diversity and inclusion as a strength with University of Houston Law students in a talk last week titled, “Navigating the Legal Field as a Diverse Student.”
Oct. 13, 2020 - University of Houston Law Center Professor Sandra Guerra Thompson was the recipient of the Mayor's Hispanic Heritage Education in the Community Award in a virtual ceremony on Tuesday.
Oct. 13, 2020 - University of Houston Law Center Professor Renee Knake Jefferson said that the low number of female judges throughout the legal system mirrors the lack of women in leadership positions in all industries during the 2020 Women of the Law Fall Event last week.
Oct. 8, 2020 - University of Houston Professor Holly M. Hutchins provided effective techniques for challenging and reframing imposter experiences during a recent virtual discussion hosted by the University of Houston Law Center.
Oct. 7, 2020 – Lawmakers, leaders in legal education, and legal professionals serving in a variety of roles will gather for a day-long virtual symposium titled, “Black Lawyers Matter: Strategies to Enhance Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.” The event will be held via Zoom on Oct. 30. Co-conveners are the University of Houston Law Center and SMU Dedman School of Law.
Sept. 18, 2020 - Frank H. Wu, president of Queens College, City University of New York discussed his perspective on the Asian-American experience and how it must lead to allyship with the historic struggle for Black equality as part of the Dean's Distinguished Speaker Series. His talk, "Asian Americans at a Crossroads During COVID-19: Allyship and the Future of Civil Rights" was held via Zoom on Tuesday.
Sept. 11, 2020 - In commemoration of Hispanic Heritage Month, University of Houston Law Center Professor Emeritus Michael A. Olivas will be recognized for his contributions to higher education by the University of New Mexico School of Law.
Sept. 9, 2020 - Frank H. Wu, the president of Queens College, City University of New York will address the University of Houston Law Center community as the keynote speaker as part of the Dean's Distinguished Speaker Series. His presentation, "Asian Americans at a Crossroads During COVID-19: Allyship and the Future of Civil Rights" will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 15 via Zoom.
Sept. 8, 2020 - The University of Houston Law Center has received the 2020 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. The accolade marks five consecutive years for the Law Center as a HEED Award Recipient.
Sept. 2, 2020 - The first online-only classes in the University of Houston Law Center Pre-Law Pipeline Program recently celebrated their introduction to the study of law during a reception event held via Zoom.
Aug. 24, 2020 - In commemoration of the centennial of the 19th Amendment, Judge Ruby Kless Sondock's legendary career was highlighted by VisitHouston.com. Sondock was co-featured with former Sen. Barbara Jordan.
August 7, 2020 - University of Houston Law Center professors and professional staff unanimously endorsed a plan to rename Calhoun Rd. that traverses the UH campus to Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard in an official petition and request to the City of Houston on Thursday.
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