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Diversity and Inclusion Committee
University of Houston Law Center
4604 Calhoun Rd
Houston, TX 77204-6054
UHLCD&I@uh.edu *

*Disclaimer: This email address is NOT for complaints, but for diversity and inclusion-related suggestions and ideas meant to promote education and further discussion. For any discrimination and sexual misconduct complaints, go to https://uh.edu/equal-opportunity/

UH Law Center Spring 2021 External Workshop Series: Healthcare and race scholar from Saint Louis University School of Law discusses inequities and racism in the government’s pandemic response

Professor Ruqaiijah Yearby

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.

UH Law Center Spring 2021 External Workshop Series: Penn Law Professor Blackhawk discusses transformative potential of Indian law

University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School Assistant Professor Maggie Blackhawk addressed University of Houston Law Center faculty and students during a virtual presentation 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.

UH Law Center Spring 2021 External Workshop Series: UC Davis Law professor speaks about threatened culture amid climate change

Professor Karima Bennoune of the University of California

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.

UH Law Center's One Book, One Community Project begins with analysis of "Just Mercy"

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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.

Professor Trina Jones discusses discrimination based on skin color, hair and broader implications

Fordham Law School Professor Bennett Capers was the first speaker of the Spring 2021 External Workshop Series at the University of Houston Law Center, which is being held virtually this semester.

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.

Black History Month keynote speaker Burr traces roots of free Black people in America's antebellum period

Fordham Law School Professor Bennett Capers was the first speaker of the Spring 2021 External Workshop Series at the University of Houston Law Center, which is being held virtually this semester.

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.

HIPLA applauds inclusion efforts of UH Law Center's Institute for Intellectual Property & Information Law

Fordham Law School Professor Bennett Capers was the first speaker of the Spring 2021 External Workshop Series at the University of Houston Law Center, which is being held virtually this semester.

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.

UH Law Center Spring 2021 External Workshop Series: Berkeley Law Professor López discusses dog whistle politics, race, and class

Fordham Law School Professor Bennett Capers was the first speaker of the Spring 2021 External Workshop Series at the University of Houston Law Center, which is being held virtually this semester.

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."

University of Miami School of Law Professor Osamudia James discusses risk in education, racial inequalities

Fordham Law School Professor Bennett Capers was the first speaker of the Spring 2021 External Workshop Series at the University of Houston Law Center, which is being held virtually this semester.

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.

Fordham Law School Professor Bennett Capers examines racial disparities, reshaping legal education

Fordham Law School Professor Bennett Capers was the first speaker of the Spring 2021 External Workshop Series at the University of Houston Law Center, which is being held virtually this semester.

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?”

UH Law Center external speaker series to examine race, social change, and the law

UHLC Building

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.

Sondock Jurist-in-Residence speaker Liu to deliver lecture on diversity and shift in law school enrollment

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.

UH Law Center 2L Nguepdo selected as first African-American editor-in-chief of Houston Law Review

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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.

UH Law Center faculty to collaborate on George Floyd intercession course

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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.

Prospective law students gather for encouragement and opportunity at annual Diversity Pre-Law Symposium

Jonathan Beane, Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer for the NFL, provided career advice to students who attended the virtual 2020 Diversity Pre-Law Symposium & Law School Admissions Fair. Jamila Brinson, a partner at Jackson Walker LLP and 2010 graduate of the Law Center, encouraged attendees to overcome obstacles at the 2020 Diversity Pre-Law Symposium & Law School Admissions Fair.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.

 

Three UH Law Center Pipeline Program scholars work as Pre-Law Fellows at SouthWest Water Company

SouthWest Water CompanyNov. 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.

 

 

UH Law Center supports ABA's call to action for disability diversity in legal profession

ABANov. 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.

 

Virtual OutLaw panel discusses LGBTQ rights and progress toward acceptance in the legal profession

ScreenshotNov. 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.

 

UH Law Center and SMU Dedman School of Law address law's diversity struggles at first-ever Black Lawyers Matter conference

SlideNov. 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.

 

University of Miami School of Law Dean Varona encourages UH Law Center students to forge cross-diversity alliances

Zoom Event ScreenshotOct. 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.”

 

City of Houston recognizes UH Law Center Professor Thompson with Hispanic Heritage Award

WOL ScreenshotOct. 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.

 

 

Historic underrepresentation woven into legal profession and beyond says UHLC’s Knake Jefferson

WOL ScreenshotOct. 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.

 

 

UH Human Development Professor Hutchins encourages thoughtful dialog to counter imposter phenomenon at UHLC discussion

Holly HutchinsOct. 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.

 

 

UH Law Center and SMU Dedman School of Law Host Black Lawyers Matter Conference 2020

Distinguished Speaker Frank WuOct. 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.

 

 

 

Dean’s Distinguished Speaker Frank Wu describes connection between diversity and democracy during UH Law Center presentation

Distinguished Speaker Frank WuSept. 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.

 

UH Law Center Professor Emeritus Olivas to be recognized as ‘Latin@ Trailblazer’

University of Houston Law Center Professor Emeritus Michael A. OlivasSept. 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.

 

 

Queens College president Wu to present on civil rights and pandemic during UH Law Center speaker series

Frank H. Wu, the president of Queens College, City University of New YorkSept. 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.

 

UH Law Center’s inclusion efforts draw national acclaim from INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine for fifth straight year

HEED 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.

 

UH Law Center’s Pre-Law Pipeline Program sixth year ends successfully in coast-to-coast closing ceremony

Pipeline FacesSept. 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.

 

 

UH Law Center alumna Hon. Ruby Kless Sondock '62 featured in “Celebrating Extraordinary Houston Women” series

Tracy HesterAug. 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. 

 

 

UH Law Center faculty, employees approve resolution to re-name Calhoun Rd. to MLK Blvd.

Law CenterAugust 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.