UHLC in the News

Energy Sector Pushes Back Against New York City's Climate Change Lawsuit
The lawsuit targets Houston-based ConocoPhillips, along with BP, Royal Dutch Shell, Chevron and ExxonMobil

Professor Flatt was quoted in an article available on KUHF's website, commenting on a lawsuit by the City of New York targeting energy companies for their role in the world's changing climate.

Watch out 'porch pirates': New 'Blank Box' package theft deterrent put to test

Professor Kwok was interviewed for a news story that aired on KTRK (ABC 13) and was quoted in an article available on the station's website. He commented on the potential legal ramifications of homeowners using the new 'Blank Box' package theft deterrent.

Texas Illegally Excluded Thousands From Special Education, Federal Officials Say

Former Adjunct Professor Dustin Rynders was quoted in an article available on the New York Times' website. He commented on the U.S. Department of Education's letter to the Texas Education Agency, that stipulated that the state agency's decision to set a "target" for the maximum percentage of students who should receive special education services had violated federal laws requiring schools to serve all students with disabilities.

Strike a Balance

GenomeWeb quoted a commentary on the right to access genomic data written by Professor Evans for the American Journal of Human Genetics.

Navigating The Uncertain Future Of DACA

Houston Public Media's Houston Matters program interviewed Professor Geoffrey Hoffman regarding the recent federal court DACA ruling. 

Five Uncomfortable Truths About U.S. Health Care

Texas Medical Center issued a press release that quoted Professor Roberts discussing patient access to lab test results.

Inside AJHG: A Chat with Barbara Evans

Professor Evans was interviewed for a post on the American Society of Human Genetics Blog regarding her new article "HIPAA's Individual Right of Access to Genomic Data: Reconciling Safety and Civil Rights." 

Genetic rights are a civil right: Legal expert urges overhaul of right to genomic data access

Professor Evans was quoted in an article on the Factor magazine website regarding the need to overhaul the right to genomic data access. 

KJZZ's The Show Jan. 10, 2018

Professor Olivas was interviewed today by KJZZ (91.5 FM Phoenix) discussing a federal judge's ruling that the DACA program must be maintained and President Trump's meeting with lawmakers about DACA yesterday. Audio is available at: http://theshow.kjzz.org/ (click KJZZ's The Show Jan. 10, 2018" from the page) (The interview with Professor Olivas begins at 45:18).

University of Texas Law Compliance Series Offers Holiday Gift for Compliance Professionals (login required)

UHLC Adjunct Professor Ryan McConnell co-authored a Corporate Counsel article regarding the Corporate Compliance Essentials series that his law firm helped design.   

The presidency doesn't require a mental health evaluation, but these jobs do... It may not always be legal to ask employees for sensitive medical information

Professor Roberts was quoted in a MarketWatch article regarding when employers may ask employees for sensitive medical information.

Should Access to Your Own DNA Be Treated as a Civil Right?

A Gizmodo article quoted extensively from Professor Evans' recent article in the American Journal of Human Genetics, "HIPAA's Individual Right of Access to Genomic Data: Reconciling Safety and Civil Rights."

IN THE United States Court of Appeals FOR THE SEVENTH CIRCUIT
NO. 1:17-cv-05720

Geoffrey Hoffman was among a group of legal scholars who submitted an amici curiae brief in support of the plaintiff-appellee in the case of City of Chicago v. Sessions.

Briefcase: Pollinators and Wildscaping

Dean Baynes interviewed Professor Simpson for a segment on Houston Public Media's Briefcase about Houston ordinances affecting pollinators and wildscaping. 

Accessing your own genomic data is a civil right but requires strategies to manage safety

EurekAlert! published a press release quoting Professor Evans discussing the tenth anniversary of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act.

Climate Liability Suits Gained Traction in 2017, With Bigger Goals Ahead

Climate Liability News quoted Professor Flatt discussing trends in climate liability lawsuits.

Briefcase: Animal Law

Dean Baynes interviewed Professor Morath for a segment on Houston Public Media's Briefcase regarding how animals are treated by the law.

Spit and Take
Genetic testing data can be subpoenaed, stolen, and sold as a commodity. So why is the industry booming?

Professor Evans was quoted in an article available on Slate.com commenting on Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY)'s concerns regarding how direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies—outfits like 23andMe and AncestryDNA—discuss and handle users' genetic information.

Climate change cases predicted to make a legal splash in 2018

Professor Hester was quoted in an article that was available on Eco-Systems.com commenting on the potential impact of lawsuits seeking specific damages from energy and industrial companies for actions that may have contributed to climate change. This article appeared on multiple news websites.

Immigration Cases To Watch In 2018
(The following Law 360 article was available from Lexis Advance on Monday, January 1, 2018)

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was quoted in a Law 360 article regarding Jennings v. Rodriguez, a case pending before the Supreme Court that deals with whether certain immigrants must be given bond hearings if their detention continues for at least six months.

IN THE SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF MONTANA
Case No. OP 17-0659

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was among a group of legal scholars who filed an amicus curiae brief with the Supreme Court of Montana in support of the petitioner's petition for a writ of habeas corpus in the case of Valerio-Gonzalez v. Jarret.

How Texas' Harris County went from 'capital of capital punishment' to zero executions

Jeff Newberry, supervising attorney at the Law Center's Texas Innocence Network, was quoted in a Christian Science Monitor article regarding why there have been fewer death sentences and executions in Harris County.

Tax Pros Skeptical New Law Will Bring IP Home
(The following Law 360 article was available from Lexis Advance on Friday, December 22, 2017)

Professor Wells was quoted in a Law 360 article regarding whether the newly enacted tax reform legislation will encourage companies to bring their intellectual property back to the United States if it's been successfully mitigated offshore.

 

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