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HOFFMAN AND NELSON                                           School for the summer of 2020.
                                                                     Flatt is a recognized expert on environmental law, climate law
        RECOGNIZED FOR TEACHING                                      and energy law. His research focuses on environmental legislation
                                                                     and enforcement, with particular expertise in the Clean Air Act
        EXCELLENCE                                                   and National Environmental Policy Act. While at the Haub School
                                                                     of Law in September, Flatt taught a class in Administrative Law
        University of Houston Law Center Professors Geoffrey Hoffman   and delivered a public lecture on the overlap of climate change
        and James Nelson were honored with 2018-19 Teaching          and attorney ethics.
        Excellence Awards, among the highest distinctions bestowed by   “The experience at the Elisabeth Haub School was fantastic,” he
        the university.                                              said. “It is a remarkable chance to discuss important environment,
        The awards and $8,000 prizes were presented by Paula Myrick   climate, and energy issues at one of the other law schools with a
        Short, UH senior vice chancellor for academic affairs and senior   large and diverse environmental and energy programs.”
        vice president for academic affairs and provost, at the University   Hudson’s research focuses on the intersection of land use and
        of Houston Hilton in April.                                  natural resources law and policy, concentrating of late on private
        Hoffman, a clinical associate professor and director of the Law   forest management and the role of forests in combatting climate
        Center’s Immigration Clinic, was honored with the Community   change.
        Engagement Award. He also won the Teaching Excellence Award   “I am honored to receive both the Haub and the Vermont
        for clinical faculty in 2015.                                distinguished visiting scholar opportunities,” he said. “Both
                                                                     schools are widely respected for their top-notch environmental
                                                                     scholarship, teaching and programming. It will be an incredibly
        UH LAW CENTER PROFS                                          valuable experience to immerse myself in their respective

        SELECTED AS DISTINGUISHED                                    communities and learn from the excellent faculty and students at
                                                                     both institutions.”
        ENVIRONMENTAL SCHOLARS
                                                                     PROFESSORS SHARE

                                                                     PERSUASIVE WRITING TIPS,

                                                                     INSIGHTS AT 5TH CIRCUIT

                                                                     APPELLATE ADVOCACY SEMINAR

                                                                     University of Houston Law Center professors conducted a
                                                                     writing workshop and discussed women and diversity on the
                                                                     U.S. Supreme Court at the Bar Association of the Fifth Federal
                                                                     Circuit’s 2019 Appellate Advocacy Seminar in New Orleans.
                                                                     Three Lawyering Skills and Strategies professors shared their
                                                                     expertise in the two-hour writing and editing workshop designed
                                                                     to improve appellate advocacy.
         Professor Blake Hudson, left, and Professor Victor B. Flatt
                                                                     Professors Kate Brem, Hilary Reed and Lauren Simpson led the
        Two University of Houston Law Center faculty members         workshop titled: “Catching the Court’s Eye: Effective Writing and
        were chosen to share their expertise in environmental law as   Editing Techniques to Elevate Your Advocacy.” The presentation
        distinguished visiting scholars at law schools in New York and   included segments on improving persuasion in every section of
        Vermont.                                                     the brief, improving editing techniques, and evaluating available
                                                                     artificial intelligence tools to improve legal writing.
        Professor Victor B. Flatt, the Dwight Olds Chair in Law,
        and Professor Blake Hudson, the A.L. O’Quinn Chair in        Law Center Professor Renee Knake, the Joanne and Larry
        Environmental Studies, were awarded week-long residencies as   Doherty Chair in Legal Ethics, and director of Law Center
        Haub Distinguished Environmental Scholars at Pace University’s   Outcomes and Assessments, also spoke at the seminar on the
        Elisabeth Haub School of Law in White Plains, NY.  Flatt and   subject: “Shortlisted: Women, Diversity and the Supreme Court.”
        Hudson are co-directors of the Law Center’s Environment,
        Energy, and Natural Resources Program.
        Hudson also has been chosen for a two-week summer program
        as a Distinguished Environmental Law Scholar at Vermont Law


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