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February 2021

UHLC moot court team members excel in ABA competition, showcase advocacy skills

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Feb. 25, 2021 – University of Houston Law Center students Farhan Mohiuddin and Emory Powers competed in the recent 13th First Amendment and Media Diversity Law Competition, sponsored by the American Bar Association, reaching the semifinal and final round respectively.

UH Law Center alumnus Wright '98 featured in Modern Counsel magazine

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Feb. 24, 2021 - Current UH Law Alumni Association President Victor Wright was the focus of a recent article in a national legal publication. The article, "Former JAG Lawyer Victor Wright Flies High at KBR," was published by Modern Counsel and discusses Wright's career trajectory.

Panelists examine inequity caused by the global pandemic and vaccination distribution during discussion hosted by UHLC's Initiative on Global Law and Policy

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Feb. 24, 2021 - In a recent webinar hosted by the University of Houston Law Center's Initiative on Global Law and Policy and co-organized by the University of Bologna Center for Latin American Studies, scholars from Germany and Mexico agreed that the COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted vulnerable groups around the world. "The COVID-19 Pandemic and its Impact on Social Justice," was the first event in a six-part series, sponsored by the American Society of International Law.

Black History Month Lecture speaker Burr to analyze pre-Civil War ancestral history

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Feb. 23, 2021 - In commemoration of Black History Month, the University of Houston Law Center will host a virtual discussion led by University of New Mexico School of Law Professor Emeritus Sherri L. Burr at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 25.

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

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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."

UH Law Center panel analyzes how customs can supersede legal methods in presidential transfers of power

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Feb. 22, 2021 - Experts from the University of Houston Law Center and a guest speaker from the UH Hobby School of Public Affairs discussed the presidential transfer of power in a recent continuing legal education session that was held virtually.

University of Houston Law Center Professor Linzer celebrated for his kindness, remembered as vigorous debater

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Feb. 11, 2021 - Alumni, faculty, staff, former colleagues and friends remembered University of Houston Law Center Professor Peter S. Linzer for his love of life and ideas, his adamant support of younger colleagues and other fond recollections during a virtual memorial on Tuesday.

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

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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.

UH Law Center remembers former Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Cochran '84

Judge Cochran '84

Feb. 9, 2021 - Cathy Cochran, a 1984 graduate of the University of Houston Law Center, and a judge on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, died Sunday at the age of 76.

OU Law students win 2021 Hunton Andrews Kurth Moot Court National Championship, hosted by UHLC’s Blakely Institute

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Feb. 9, 2021 – University of Oklahoma College of Law students Tanner Herrmann and Morgan Vastag were the victors of the 2021 Hunton Andrews Kurth Moot Court National Championship held Jan. 28-30.

Initiative on Global Law and Policy at UH Law Center to host international speaker series

Feb. 8, 2021 - The Initiative on Global Law and Policy for the Americas, founded by University of Houston Law Center Professor Elizabeth Trujillo, will launch by hosting a webinar series in Spring 2021 in partnership with the University of Bologna Center for Latin American Studies.  The Latin America Interest Group from the American Society of International Law (ASIL-LAIG) will also co-sponsor the event.

UH Law Center 3L Klumpp argues before Fifth Circuit in immigration case

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Feb. 5, 2021 - University of Houston Law Center third-year student Chelsea Klumpp made her first appearance in court on Thursday in front of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals alongside Clinical Professor Geoffrey Hoffman. The case involved several issues, including ineffective assistance of counsel, political opinion asylum, PSG, nexus and others.

UHLC’s Vail Asylum Law Workshop keynote speaker says Biden administration's executive orders signal shift in immigration policy

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Feb. 3, 2021 - Ira J. Kurzban said he envisions the U.S. government taking a different approach to immigration under President Joe Biden in some instances, but the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to present unique challenges immigrants and their legal representation. 

UH Law Center to celebrate life and legacy of Professor Peter Linzer

Professor Peter Linzer

Feb. 2, 2021 - The University of Houston Law Center will host a memorial event at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 9 on Zoom for professor and legal scholar Peter Linzer. He passed away on Dec. 13 after a battle with a long-term illness.

Gift of gab helps UH Law Center graduate West ’20 land congressional fellowship

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Feb. 1, 2021 - Throughout his academic and professional career, Cody West has demonstrated a knack for making contacts. The 2020 graduate of the University of Houston Law Center said he likes to take an authentic approach when creating connections and forming new relationships.

Sondock Jurist-in-Resident Liu says more women than men are entering law school today

University of Houston Law Center Dean Leonard M. Baynes, left, welcomes Justice Goodwin Liu, right, as the keynote speaker at the virtual Sondock Jurist-in-Residence program last week.

Feb. 1, 2021 — Associate Justice Goodwin H. Liu of the California Supreme Court delivered the Justice Ruby Kless Sondock Jurist-in-Residence Lectureship in Legal on Tuesday, discussing shifts in law school population, and how the profession could look much different in years to come.

January 2021

Utah Law Professor Contreras discusses impact of COVID-19 on intellectual property rights during 27th Annual IPIL Lecture

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. 29, 2021 - University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor Jorge L. Contreras provided his perspective on COVID-19’s effect on intellectual property rights sharing movements during a recent University of Houston Law Center lecture entitled, "Anatomy of an Intellectual Property Movement: The Open COVID Pledge."

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?”

eBriefcase January 2021

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

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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.

UH Law Center experts to examine presidential transfer of power

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Jan. 25, 2021 - Following the Jan. 2021 inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, University of Houston Law Center faculty will analyze the process of the presidential transfer of power during a virtual discussion at 5 p.m. on Feb. 3. held on Zoom.

UHLC graduate Juan Vasquez ’77 relays trials and accomplishments of first Hispanic tax court judge in new biography

UHLC graduate Juan Vasquez ’77 relays trials and accomplishments of first Hispanic tax court judge in new biography

Jan 25, 2021 – University of Houston Law Center alumnus and adjunct professor Juan F. Vasquez vividly conveys his trials of discrimination, poverty and manual labor in a new biography published by the American Bar Association scheduled for release in January.

UH Law Center Professor Thompson to analyze influence of graphic photos during trials at virtual CLE

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Jan. 21, 2021 - University of Houston Law Center Professor Sandra Guerra Thompson will participate in a continuing legal education discussion on the impact of gory imagery used in the courtroom at 10 a.m. on Feb. 19.

UH Law Center recognizes 2020 alumni bar exam success

Jessica Roberts is the Leonard H. Childs Chair in Law and Director of the Health Law & Policy Institute at the University of Houston Law Center.

Jan. 20, 2021 - Recent graduates of the University of Houston Law Center were welcomed into the legal profession at the virtual Pass the Bar celebration last week held on Zoom.

UH Law Center Professor Roberts’ research featured on acclaimed peer-review website

Jessica Roberts is the Leonard H. Childs Chair in Law and Director of the Health Law & Policy Institute at the University of Houston Law Center.

Jan. 14, 2021 - University of Houston Law Center Professor Jessica Roberts’ article, “GINA, Big Data, and the Future of Employee Privacy,” which was featured in the Yale Law Journal, was recently reviewed on the scholarship website JOTWELL. University of Tennessee College of Law Associate Professor Bradley Areheart co-wrote the article with Roberts.

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 intersession 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.

UH Law Center Professor Emily Berman awarded for outstanding work on government oversight

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Jan 12, 2021 - University of Houston Law Center Professor Emily Berman was announced as the first annual winner of the Excellence in Oversight Research Award by the Levin Center at Wayne State University Law School. The accolade honors Berman’s Boston College Law Review article, “Weaponizing the Office of Legal Counsel,” as the year’s most outstanding work on government oversight.

UH Law Center hosts immigration workshop on January 29

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Jan. 8, 2021 – The University of Houston Law Center will present the Joseph A. Vail Asylum workshop on January 29 addressing recent changes in legal immigration policies and migrant protection laws amid the coronavirus pandemic.

UH Law Center remembers former Professor Peter Linzer

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Jan. 6, 2021 – University of Houston Law Center professor and legal scholar Peter S. Linzer passed in December after a battle with a long-term illness. He died on December 13. His keen powers of observation, analysis and languages informed a lifetime of scholarship, commentary and teaching. He is survived by a wife, a son and a grandson.  

December 2020

UH Law Center Professor Wells elected to American Law Institute

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Dec. 23, 2020 - Professor Bret Wells became the latest member of the University of Houston Law Center faculty to be named to the American Law Institute in December.

UH Law Center to Launch Course on the Transformation of the Legal Profession

Adjunct professor Rafael D.B. Figueiredo is adding to the University of Houston Law Center's curriculum with a unique new cl

Dec. 21, 2021 - In spring 2021, the University of Houston Law Center will offer its first-ever course on legal innovation, currently a hot topic in legal education. Designed to prepare students for the rapidly evolving legal industry, the course will survey and explore emerging legal business models, the rise of alternative legal service providers, increasing emphasis on legal entrepreneurship, ongoing regulatory reform initiatives, career path alternatives and the role and adoption of new technologies.

University of Houston Law Center Professor Koch Notes Significant Legal Concerns Surrounding COVID-19

University of Houston Law Center Assistant Professor Valerie Gutmann Koch

Dec. 21, 2020 -- The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on not only public health and the economy, but according to University of Houston Law Center Assistant Professor Valerie Gutmann Koch, it has also raised large legal and ethical issues.

UHLC's Center for U.S. and Mexican Law hosts fall webinar series

Dec. 18, 2020 — Throughout the Fall 2020 semester, the University of Houston Law Center’s Center for U.S. and Mexican Law led four events covering a wide range of topics from gender-based hate crimes, the COVID-19 pandemic, the recent USMCA and the North American Consortium of Legal Education (NACLE) annual workshop.

UH Law Center releases Pandemic, Protests and Progress edition of Briefcase

Dec. 17, 2020 - The University of Houston Law Center published its 2020 Year in Review edition of Briefcase magazine today.

"As 2020 draws to a close, it is important to recognize it will be remembered in the history books as being one of the most challenging years in our nation's history," said Dean Leonard M. Baynes in the magazine's introduction. "Amidst all the difficulties it is critical to highlight some of the bright spots."

UH Law Center Launches Global Law and Policy Program

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Dec. 16, 2020 – The University of Houston Law Center has established the Initiative on Global Law and Policy for the Americas (GLPA), aimed at uniting academics, practitioners and policy makers to develop research, coursework and collaboration in the areas of international and comparative law.

UH Law Center Professor Flatt provides analysis on the significance of clean water protection

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Dec. 16, 2020 - University of Houston Law Center Professor Victor Flatt served as one of eight co-authors in a report published Tuesday that indicates that the EPA’s deregulation of water protection policies last this year was based on insubstantial scientific methodology. The report was released by the External Environmental Economics Advisory Committee.

The John M. O'Quinn Foundation Awarded University of Houston President's Medallion

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Dec. 14, 2020 - The John M. O'Quinn Foundation will be recipient of the President's Medallion, the highest honor personally bestowed by UH President and System Chancellor Renu Khator, on Dec. 17 at the University of Houston's virtual commencement ceremony.

UH Law Center celebrates the season through virtual holiday event

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Dec. 11, 2020 - Administrators, alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the University of Houston Law Center gathered virtually on Wednesday for a special edition of the annual Holiday Coffee event.

Chinquapin Preparatory students win top honors at 2020 UH Law Center Street Law mock trial tournament

Chinquapin Preparatory students win top honors at 2020 UH Law Center Street Law mock trial tournament

Dec. 7, 2020 - High school students from Chinquapin Preparatory School won the championship round of the University of Houston Law Center's recent virtual Street Law 2020 mock trial competition. Students from Alief Early College were the runners-up. The Honorable Gregg Costa of the Fifth Circuit of Appeals served as the judge of the final round.

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.