UHLC in the News

What are the legal ramifications after Deer Park chemical fire?

Professor Flatt was interviewed by KPRC-2 (NBC Houston) regarding the legal ramifications of the Deer Park chemical fire.

Admission Scandal Puts Spotlight on University Compliance Programs

Adjunct professor Ryan McConnell cowrote an article for Corporate Counsel regarding the recent college admissions scandal and the importance of having a regulatory compliance program.  

Ask the Experts: Cashing in on Credit Card Rewards

Professor Hawkins was interviewed by WalletHub regarding the benefits and limitations of cash back credit cards.

The Innovators: Renee Knake

The New Zealand Law Society’s LawTalk magazine published an interview with Professor Knake about legal innovation and technology.

Roll Up, Roll Up For ALTACon – Australia’s Top Legal Tech Event

The Australian Legal Technology Association (ALTA) announced that Professor Knake will be a featured speaker at ALTACon, a legal tech event that will be held in Melbourne on May 31.

And No. 1 on This Year’s Go-To Law School Is …?

Law.com posted a list of the 2019 “Go-To Law Schools” that commented on UHLC’s rise in its rankings.  Assistant Dean for Career Development Tiffany Tucker was quoted discussing the employment success of UHLC graduates.

Maduro has to go, but take U.S. military option off the table [Editorial]

Professor Julian Cardenas Garcia was quoted in a Houston Chronicle editorial regarding the possibility of a U.S. military intervention in Venezuela.  

State Leadership Needed on Consumer Protection Issues

Professor Hawkins was quoted in an opinion piece that appeared on the JURIST website. The piece discusses need for state leadership in payday lending rules amid the inadequacy of federal consumer protections.

Standing For Houston: Local day center helping people with dementia

UHLC Professor Emeritus Sidney Buchanan was interviewed for a KHOU news piece regarding Amazing Place, a Houston faith-based nonprofit that serves as a day center for people with mild to moderate forms of dementia. Video of the segment is available.

The Legislature needs to act on payday lending

Professor Hawkins was quoted in an opinion piece that appeared in The Nevada Independent. The piece discusses need for state leadership in payday lending rules amid the inadequacy of federal consumer protections.

Are we ready for what DNA kits reveal?

Professor Roberts was quoted in an article appearing on the Texas Medical Center news website regarding the sometimes surprising results of direct-to-consumer genetic testing and issues surrounding of genetic privacy.

With one tweak, the Green New Deal could be great for Houston [Opinion]

Professor Flatt wrote an op-ed published Sunday in the Houston Chronicle regarding Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey’s proposed Green New Deal. Professor Flatt discusses how the Green New Deal’s proposed initiatives, with some tweaks, could invigorate the energy industry by providing money-making opportunities to capture and sequester carbon.

Racially charged encounters in Houston area leave some residents ‘scared’

The Houston Chronicle quoted Professor Olivas discussing racism against immigrants.

True confessions of Texas vote harvesters

The Texas Monitor quoted Professor Rave discussing vote harvesting in North Carolina.

Lessons unlearned: Separated children

Professor Emerita Laura Oren’s op-ed criticizing the Trump Administration’s family separation policy at the border was published in today’s Houston Chronicle.

Nabors Appoints Anthony Chase as a Director

Professor Chase has been appointed to the Nabors Industries Ltd. Board of Directors, according to a press release from the company on the PR Newswire website. 

Full Show: Mayor’s Gun Violence Commission, Jeff Skilling Released, And The Doctor Shortage In Texas (Feb. 21, 2019)

Houston Public media interviewed Professor Kwok for a segment on Houston Matters regarding how white collar crime laws were affected by the Enron scandal. Audio is available at https://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/shows/houston-matters/2019/02/21/322446/full-show-fbi-investigating-botched-drug-raid-and-the-doctor-shortage-in-texas-feb-21-2019/ (Professor Kwok is introduced at 8:12).

Session 2. Ethical Risks and Rewards for Big Data in Healthcare

Professor Evans was a panelist at the “Healthcare in the Era of Big Data” conference, presented by the New York Academy of Sciences and NYU School of Medicine. She participated in a panel on ”Ethical Risks and Rewards for Big Data in Healthcare.” Video is available here.  

Houston Homeowners Say The Government Owes Them For Flooding Their Homes After Hurricane Harvey

Professor Tracy Hester was interviewed for a Houston Public Media story about Hurricane Harvey flooding victims who are suing the federal government over its management of Houston’s reservoirs during the storm. Audio is available here.  

Experts Analyze End Of No-Knock Search Warrants By Houston Police

Adjunct professor Ryan McConnell was interviewed for a Houston Public Media story about Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo’s decision to stop conducting no-knock search warrants in most cases. Audio is available here.  

Auditors: Former Crosby ISD administrators did not monitor spending, hid cost overruns

Professor Kwok was quoted in a Houston Chronicle article regarding former Crosby ISD administrators who failed to keep track of construction spending and omitted nearly $8 million in cost overruns from 2017 financial statements.

Our Pollinators Eat Local, Too!

Professor Simpson was profiled in an article that appeared on the Edible Houston website. Professor Simpson describes how she became interested in local pollinators and the creation of her own pollinator-friendly garden, visited by over one hundred species of butterflies, bees, wasps and other pollinators.  

A Year After Being Detained By ICE, Former Houston High School Student Forges His Future

Professor Olivas appeared on Houston Public Media’s News 88.7 to discuss the case of Dennis Rivera, a Honduran student who was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Audio is available here.

US LNG: here comes the second wave

Andrews Kurth Energy Law Scholar Susan Sakmar wrote an article that appeared on the LNG World Shipping website, explaining how many proposed U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects are hoping to catch the second wave of LNG export developments with start-up dates in the mid-2020s.

Houston homeowners say the government owes them for flooding their homes after Hurricane Harvey - marketplace.org

Marketplace quoted Professor Hester discussing how climate change might affect disaster liability lawsuits in the future. Audio is available at https://www.marketplace.org/2019/02/06/economy/houston-residents-reservoir-argue-flooding-amounted-land-taking (Professor Hester is introduced at 3:08).

University of Houston to request $60 million from Texas for new law center

Dean Baynes was quoted in a Houston Chronicle article regarding the plans for a new building to house the Law Center, and President Khator's pledge to seek state support from the legislature to help fund the project.


A review of Professor Dow's new novel, Confessions of an Innocent Man, appeared in Kirkus Reviews.

For hundreds of thousands of U.S. asylum seekers, a 'life in limbo'

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman appeared in a PBS Newshour segment regarding the massive backlog of immigration cases waiting to be heard in court, and the effects of this delay on those seeking asylum. Video of the segment is available at: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/for-hundreds-of-thousands-of-u-s-asylum-seekers-a-life-in-limbo.

Back to Basics: The lowdown on GINA

A quote from Professor Roberts regarding GINA (the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act), which prohibits employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of genetic information, appeared in an article on the HR Dive website. The quote from Professor Roberts originally appeared in a New York Times article in 2015.

New Trump policy forces some asylum seekers to wait in Mexico. Is that legal?

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was quoted in article on the PBS NewsHour website commenting on the legality of the Trump administration's new policy that some Central Americans seeking asylum at the southern border will be forced to remain in Mexico while their cases are being processed.

How Trump Era Immigration Enforcement Violates the Law, by Geoffrey A. Hoffman

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman's article, How Trump Era Immigration Enforcement Violates the Law, was posted to the Yale Journal on Regulation and the ABA Section of Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice Notice & Comment blog.

Glassdoor, Inc. v. Andra Group, LP, No. 17-0463, 2019 WL 321934 (Tex. Jan. 25, 2019)

The Texas Supreme Court cited Professor Kumar's article, Website Libel and the Single Publication Rule, 70 U. Chi. L. Rev. 639, 651-52 (2003), in its decision, Glassdoor, Inc. v. Andra Group, LP, No. 17-0463, 2019 WL 321934 (Tex. Jan. 25, 2019) (see footnote 4 on the last page of the opinion).

Venezuelans In Houston React To Presidential Standoff

Houston Public Media quoted Professor Julian Cardenas Garcia discussing the possibility of Venezuelans emigrating following the recent disputed Venezuelan election. Audio is available at https://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/news/politics/2019/01/24/319155/venezuelans-in-houston-react-to-presidential-standoff/ (Professor Cardenas is introduced at 0:22 of the first audio recording).

Venezuela Turmoil Is A Proxy For US And European Conflict With Russia And China

Professor Julian Cardenas Garcia appeared on Texas Standard to discuss the current political situation in Venezuela. Audio is available here

 Texas must better protect our digital privacy

The Houston Chronicle published an op-ed by Professor McElvaney arguing that Texas should enact digital privacy laws.

AALS Triennial Award - Michael A. Olivas

A video of the presentation of the 2019 AALS Triennial Award for Lifetime Service to Legal Education and to the Law to Professor Olivas at the 2019 AALS Annual Meeting in New Orleans is available for viewing at: https://youtu.be/t940wqxdoT0.

Court rules against Planned Parenthood in Texas 'sting videos' case, bringing it a step closer to getting defunded

The Washington Post interviewed Professor Chandler regarding 5th Circuit ruling in Planned Parenthood v. Smith.

Why Don’t Term Limit Proposals Usually Pass?

Professor Rave appeared on Houston Matters to discuss proposals for congressional term limits. Audio is available here.  

 Man allegedly chased egg-throwing teen at speeds up to 100 mph before deadly crash

Professor Thompson appeared on KHOU-TV to discuss the charges brought against Christopher Lopez for his alleged role in a deadly car crash. Video is available here.

Online hospital price lists proving to be confusing for patients

Professor Chandler appeared on Houston's KHOU 11 on Monday, discussing a new law requiring hospitals to have price lists posted online. Video of the segment is available at: https://www.khou.com/article/news/online-hospital-price-lists-proving-to-be-confusing-for-patients/285-1ca3fb6a-8828-4343-9078-431741dd3921.  

Trump pick for 'top cop' on hot seat: Is Mueller criticism disqualifying?

Professor Knake was quoted in a Christian Science Monitor article regarding the confirmation hearings of Attorney General nominee William Barr. Knake comments on the Justice Department's need for independence from political interference.

I support Israel, but laws banning BDS are wrong [Opinion]

Professor Asofsky's op-ed piece opposing anti-BDS (Boycott, Divestments, and Sanctions) legislation, which prohibits all state agencies from contracting with, and certain public funds from investing in, companies that boycott Israel, was available on HoustonChronicle.com.

Cypress Creek EMS to debut body cameras

Professor Evans was quoted in an article available on the Houston Chronicle's website. The article reported that paramedics with the Cypress Creek Emergency Medical Services will debut body cameras this year and Professor Evans commented on whether video recorded by paramedics is subject to Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) protections.

Did Critics of Programs for Women Win at Tulane?

Professor Olivas was quoted in an Insider Higher Ed article regarding higher education programs for women and Tulane University's decision to review various programs to make sure that they don't discriminate against men.   

Guest Post: Celebrating Michael Olivas's Retirement

A post on ImmigrationProfBlog discusses the retirement celebration held for Professor Olivas during the AALS Conference.

AALS House Of Representatives - First Meeting

Audio of the first session of the AALS House of Representative meeting where Professor Olivas received the AALS Triennial Award for Lifetime Service to Legal Education and the Law is now available at the following link: https://soundcloud.com/aals-2/aals-house-of-representatives-first-meeting-2/s-jlqZf (the award presentation begins at 9:34).

Did High Court Overrule Fed. Circ. On Foreign Lost Profits?

Professor Michaels' Law 360 op-ed piece discussed whether the U.S. Supreme Court in WesternGeco LLC v. Ion Geophysical Corp., 138 S. Ct. 2129 (2018), had "implicitly overruled" the prior Federal Circuit panel decision of Power Integrations Inc. v. Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc., 711 F.3d 1348 (Fed. Cir. 2013), on foreign lost profits.

Mayor says NYC will expand health coverage to 600,000 people

FOX 26 Houston interviewed Professor Seth Chandler on “The Isiah Factor Uncensored” regarding New York City’s announced health law. Video is available (Professor Chandler is introduced at 0:21).

Could President Trump declare a national emergency to build border wall?

Professor Berman appeared on KHOU-TV to discuss the power of the president to declare a national emergency.

The American detained in Russia has four passports. That could help him – or hurt him.

Professor Olivas was quoted in a Washington Post article regarding the fact that U.S. citizen Paul Whelan, who has been detained in Russia for espionage, claims citizenship in four countries. This story appeared on multiple news websites. 


UVA Today reported that Professor Nelson is co-winner of the Association of American Law Schools' 2018 Scholarly Papers Competition.

A ranch, an oil field, and a career colored by skepticism

E&E News quoted Professor Emeritus Weaver discussing Texas' Seeligson oil and gas field.


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