Dean Leonard M. Baynes welcomed participants and guests that attended and moderated the 2021 U.S. Supreme Court Update CLE webinar hosted by the Law Center on August 12. Dean Baynes delivered welcoming remarks at Transfer Orientation on August 13. That same evening, he was honored to officiate the formal commencement ceremony for the Law Center’s 2020 law graduates. On August 16, Dean Baynes provided welcoming remarks at Full-Time Orientation. On August 18, Dean Baynes gave opening and concluding remarks at the virtual Professionalism Dinner. On August 20, he delivered opening comments for the annual Community Service Day Project event. While keeping a socially distanced space, Dean Baynes greeted faculty, staff, and students who participated in on-site vaccination clinics at the Law Center on August 25 and August 26. Dean Baynes attended the “Houston Steps Up,” virtual celebration for the “Here We Go” Campaign, which took place August 31.
Victor Flatt presented “Air Pollution” and “Climate Change Litigation” in Environmental Law for Judges, National Judicial College Training Program in Napa, California on August 22-23.
Geoffrey A. Hoffman was interviewed by several news outlets concerning his Yale Journal on Regulation-Notice & Comment post on Texas and the Dangers of State Immigration Enforcement. On August 4, Hoffman appeared on a radio show which aired on Texas Public Media entitled “Abbott is Running His Own Immigration Policy. Is it Legal?” Hoffman appeared with two others, Rice University professor Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera and reporter Angela Korcherga. Audio of the broadcast can be found here. On August 19, Hoffman and other clinicians addressed two groups of admitted students during their orientation, answering questions about the immigration clinic and the law school generally. On August 28, he appeared on C-SPAN where he discussed MPP and various other immigration issues and Supreme Court decisions. The interview can be found here. Hoffman also spoke at the Asylum Think Tank meeting sponsored by HILSC. Hoffman filed a "Request for Appearance as Amicus Curiae and Accompanying Amicus Brief of the University of Houston Law Center Responding to Amicus Invitation No. 21-20-07 (Notice to Appear)," in proceedings before the Board of Immigration Appeals, Falls Church, Virginia. Professor Hoffman's brief was referenced in the "Brief for the Round Table of Former Immigration Judges as Amicus Curiae," also filed.
Zachary D. Kaufman and David Kwok were appointed Co-Directors of the University of Houston Law Center’s Criminal Justice Institute on August 1. Kaufman presented an analysis of Nestlé USA v. Doe during the 2021 U.S. Supreme Court Update, hosted by the Law Center on August 12.
David Kwok presented his paper, “The Common Criminal Defense in Public Corruption,” at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting.
Jessica Mantel presented her paper, "Leveraging Community-Based Integrated Health Teams to Meet the Needs of Vulnerable Populations in Times of Crisis," at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting.
Andrew Michaels, along with UH political science professors Ryan Kennedy and Lydia Tiede, and UH computer science professor Ioannis Kakadiaris, received a grant from the National Science Foundation for their work in Designing Accountable Software Systems (DASS) Community Responsive Algorithms for Social Accountability (CRASA), in the amount of $749,857 over 3 years.
Gina Warren was a panelist in the “Women in Energy Sector & Leadership” panel hosted by the U.S. Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) and the Texas A&M Energy Research Society on August 19.
Jacqueline Weaver updated her chapters in “International Petroleum Law and Transactions." Professor Weaver also produced her annual 2020 update to “The Texas Law of Oil and Gas."