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Confusion Continues over Texas immigration law | Here & Now

March 21, 2024 -

Professor Morales was interviewed by Here & Now's Deepa Fernandes, discussing the Fifth Circuit's decision to block Texas' new controversial immigration law from taking effect, hours after the Supreme Court allowed the law to go forward. 

Court Puts Texas Law Allowing Police to Arrest Migrants who Cross Illegally Back on Hold

March 20, 2024 - Westlaw

Daniel Morales, an associate professor of law at the University of Houston Law Center, said the Texas law "will be a mess, very clearly, to enforce."
"It's very clear that Greg Abbott wants to enforce the law so he can get lots of photo ops and opportunities, but it's gonna take a lot of state resources to implement. And I don't know, in fact, how much appetite and capacity for that the state government actually has," Morales said. Texas will find enforcement is "difficult and taxing," he said.

Confusion in Texas after Appeals Court Blocks Border Arrest Law

March 20, 2024 - Westlaw

Daniel Morales, an associate professor of law at the University of Houston Law Center, said the Texas law "will be a mess, very clearly, to enforce".

Houston Experts Weigh in on U.S. House Passing the 'TikTok Ban' Bill

March 18, 2024 - Westlaw

"It's a bill that empowers the president in the administration to force social media companies that pose national security threats to divest or face bans from the app stores in the United States," said Nikolas Guggenberger, assistant professor at the University of Houston Law Center...

Restaurateurs at Odds over Pizza Menus

March 16, 2024 - Westlaw

Recipes are difficult to protect under intellectual property law and aren't patented, though a restaurant owner could turn to trade secret law, said Andrew Michaels, a law professor at the University of Houston.

Someone can be sued for trade secret misappropriation if they took recipes that they were told were secret and shouldn't be shared, yet they are using those recipes in their own restaurant. The plaintiff would need to prove that they took reasonable measures to keep the recipes secret. However, there's a doctrine that permits employees to take skills and experience to their next place of employment.

Migrant Law Faces Slim Odds

March 10, 2024 - Westlaw

"The court is very reluctant in this area to just let (Gov. Greg) Abbott and the rest of the GOP have their way," said Daniel Morales, an immigration law expert at the University of Houston Law Center. "There are just really serious national concerns at stake." "From a legal standpoint, it's just so obviously dangerous to let too many chefs in the kitchen," Morales said.

Frank Holcomb Obituary (1948 - 2024) - Houston, TX - Houston Chronicle -

March 09, 2024 -

He attended the University of Texas where he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha. A University of Houston law degree (Law Review) was followed by an LLM

Frederick Ray Casteel obituary, 1940-2024, Dallas, TX

March 10, 2024 -

Following Lamar, he received his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center in 1965 where he was president of the Student Bar Association.

Thomas Tharp Obituary (1958 - 2024) - Legacy Remembers

March 07, 2024 -

After college, Tom moved to Houston, Texas, to attend the University of Houston Law Center, graduating in 1984 and practicing insurance defense

Are AI outputs Protected Speech? No, and its a Dangerous Proposition, Legal Expert Says

March 05, 2024 - Westlaw

But Peter Salib, assistant professor of law at the University of Houston Law Center, hopes to reverse this position — he warns that AI must be properly regulated to prevent potentially catastrophic consequences. His work in this area is set to appear in the Washington University School of Law Review later this year.

Musk sues OpenAI over 'Betrayal' of Mission

March 02, 2024 - Westlaw

"If the question is, did they deviate from what they proclaim to be their mission? I would say clearly, yes," said Nikolas Guggenberger, Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Houston Law Center. "But that is just not necessarily a sufficient basis for a lawsuit by someone who's no longer part of the project." The suit pointed out that OpenAI still claimed to be pursuing AGI that "benefits all of humanity." "In reality, however, OpenAI Inc has been transformed into a closed-source de facto subsidiary of the largest technology company in the world: Microsoft."

Texas School did not Violate CROWN Act

February 26, 2024 - CBS News

A judge ruled that a Texas school did not violate the CROWN Act by suspending Darryl George for his hairstyle. Barbers Hill ISD removed the Black 18-year-old student from regular classes Aug. 31, stating he was not complying with the dress code. The Texas CROWN Act, which prohibits race-based hair discrimination, went into effect just one day later. Air Date: Feb 23, 2024

Ken Paxton Sues Denton ISD, Accuses Principals of 'Electioneering'

February 26, 2024 - WFAA-ABC 8 (Dallas)

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is suing the Denton Independent School District, accusing two elementary school principals of electioneering by emailing their staff about the upcoming election.

Border Dispute Reignites Calls for Texas Secession

February 23, 2024 - The Daily Cougar

Last month, after the U.S. Supreme Court issued an injunction allowing the U.S. Border Patrol to cut the razor wire Texas installed along the border of Mexico. Texas has been in a standoff with the federal government regarding immigration policy decisions.

PolitiFact | Texas’ Criminal and Civil Abortion Penalties do not Apply to Women who get Abortions

February 15, 2024 - PolitiFact

Under the August 2022 law, a Texas physician who provides an abortion could be charged with a first-degree felony, which is punishable by at least five and up to 99 years in prison, and up to a $10,000 fine. A provider could also face a civil penalty of at least $100,000, the law states. But these penalties do not apply to women who undergo abortions, said Professor Seth Chandler.

Supreme Court to Decide Trump's Eligibility for Another Term

February 12, 2024 - Austin Spectrum News 1

Professor Chandler appeared as a guest on Austin Spectrum News 1 last Thursday to discuss the impending argument in Trump v. Anderson (regarding Colorado ballot disqualification).

GOP says Biden has all the Power he Needs to Control the Border. The Reality is far more Complicated

February 06, 2024 - Westlaw

Anna Cabot, immigration clinic director at the University of Houston Law Center, said reimposing Title 42 rules would require action by the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and some sort of justification, like the coronavirus. Even then, it would face litigation. As for the Remain in Mexico policy and "emergency" border wall construction both would "immediately be tied up in most likely losing litigation," she said.

Houston Doesn't Have Enough Immigration Lawyers. Here's Why.

February 05, 2024 - Houston Landing

“There are a lot of lawyers who start doing immigration law and just can’t sustain it,” said Anna Cabot, director of the immigration clinic at the University of Houston Law Center.....Deborah Billy Gillis-Harry, a second-year law student at the University of Houston, was drawn to the immigration clinic because of her experience migrating from Nigeria.

Dean Developments: 2 Law Schools Appoint New Leadership, ABF Elects New Fellow

February 01, 2024 - (ALM)

The University of Houston Law Center (UHLC) is celebrating Dean Leonard Baynes for his 10 years of leadership with the law school, releasing a report this month commemorating his accomplishments.

Public Art University of Houston System Commissions Work by Rick Lowe

February 01, 2024 - Glasstire (Texas Visual Art)

Dean Leonard Baynes remarked, “By featuring eye-opening art like The Line… we’re shedding light on issues and topics that align with the valuable lessons our students are learning in their courses and research. These artworks are mirrors sometimes reflecting societal inequities referencing what our faculty teach-knowledge, ethics, compassion, and remedies designed to make the world a better place.

Kroger, Six Flags, JetBlue Struggle for Merger Approvals that Thousands of Deals Get

January 25, 2024 - Westlaw-Dallas Morning News

Bush has co-authored a study with empirical evidence suggesting that horizontal mergers, or mergers between like businesses, are not efficient, he said. "I think there is an unhealthy amount of optimism about the benefits the mergers might bring in terms of cost savings," he said. "It is a myth, one that parties are taking to the bank as they blow merger sunshine into the eyes of judges blinded by the false notion of efficiencies."

Eagle Pass Tensions are not a 'Civil War'

January 26, 2024 - Westlaw-Austin American-Statesman

The best analogy, "given the dueling military-adjacent operations, is the Battle of Fort Sumter, which started the Civil War. That's how bellicose this action is by Gov. Abbott," Morales said, referring to the 1861 battle in which Confederate forces attacked a South Carolina base occupied by Union forces. Morales also compared Texas' stance to the resistance of Southern states with integration, which resulted in federal troops integrating some schools at gunpoint. "Abbott is using state-controlled troops to defy" federal law "in a way, that rhymes with both historical moments," Morales said.

ANALYSIS: These Seven Schools Are Rethinking How Law Is Taught

January 25, 2024 - Bloomberg Law

Every first-year law student at the University of Houston Law Center participates in 1L Legal Research Modules, a highly interactive, asynchronous, web-based series of research modules. The modules teach legal research methodologies using four evidenced-based retention strategies to optimize student learning......“Evidenced-based instruction hasn’t had a strong foothold in legal academia,” Alyson Drake, lecturer and assistant law librarian, said. “Adapting our four-step process to a scaffolded program designed for long-term retention ensures students will hold on to the skills they need to the bar exam and beyond,” Drake said.

The Year in Houston Books

January 24, 2024 - Houston Chronicle

"’Essays in Honor of Professor Stephen T. Zamora: A Life Between Mexico and the United States,’ edited by Alfonso Lopez de la Osa Escribano and James W. Skelton Jr.: The beloved Zamora was an esteemed professor of law at the University of Houston who specialized in international trade. He died unexpectedly in 2016. Here, friends, admirers and colleagues contribute 19 essays about his life.

JetBlue-Spirit Ruling Casts Uncertainty Over Airline Deals

January 21, 2024 - Law360

University of Houston Law Center professor Darren Bush said, "It is nice to see the DOJ consistently halt further degradation of competition in the airline industry," particularly after years of consolidation have resulted in "loss of service, poorer service, and in many routes, lack of choice."

Naranjo freed after serving half of a 40-year sentence

January 21, 2024 - Westlaw
January 21, 2024 - Chicago Tribune

On the other side of the argument, David Crump, a law professor at the University of Houston Law Center, said a felony murder statute is, in general, appropriate...

DOJ decried Uvalde shooting response. Will it have an impact?

January 20, 2024 - Westlaw
January 20, 2024 -

....from lawsuits filed for compensation, said David Kwok of the University of Houston Law Center. In the Uvalde case, it will require untangling how

How to Lower Car Insurance

January 19, 2024 - WalletHub

To gain more insight about lowering car insurance premiums, WalletHub posed the following questions to a panel of experts. Richard M. Alderman, Professor Emeritus, University of Houston Law Center


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