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Are Guns Shops Essential, or is it Just the Texas Way?

Professor Linzer was quoted in an article available on ReformAustin.org. He comments on the constitutionality of whether gun shops can be forced to close as a result of the stay-at-home orders and responds to Attorney General Ken Paxton’s opinion that stipulated that municipalities do not have authority to regulate or restrict the sale of firearms.

CIVIL SOCIETY LETTER TO WIPO DIRECTOR GENERAL FRANCIS GURRY ON COVID-19 AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Professor Kumar signed a letter to WIPO Director General Francis Gurry on Covid-19 and Intellectual Property. She was among researchers, educators, and students who signed the letter to encourage WIPO to take a clear stand in favor of ensuring that intellectual property regimes are a support, and not a hindrance, to efforts to tackle both the Coronavirus outbreak and its consequences.

Renters Are Struggling To Pay Their Landlords, and Relief Is Not On the Way

Professor Emeritus Alderman was quoted in an SFGate article discussing renters struggling to pay their landlords.

Women and the Supreme Court

Professor Knake's book, Shortlisted: Women in the Shadows of the Supreme Court, was reviewed by the Texas State Bar.

Hotze, pastors ask Texas Supreme Court to rule Harris County stay-at-home order unconstitutional

Professor Linzer was quoted in the Houston Chronicle where he discussed the constitutionality of Harris County's stay-at-home order.

Anthony R. Chase to co-chair Greater Houston COVID-19 Recovery Fund

The Texas Bar Blog reported that Professor Chase will serve as co-chair on the Greater Houston COVID-19 Recovery Fund.

Someone says they have 2 million N95 masks for sale. The asking price is six times the usual cost.

Professor Emeritus Alderman was quoted in a Texas Tribune article about a Texas company selling N95 face masks at inflated prices.

UConn Names Eboni S. Nelson As New Dean of Law School

Multiple sources, including UConn Today and Foreign Affairs, announced that former adjunct Professor Eboni S. Nelson has been named the next dean of the University of Connecticut School of Law.

Coronavirus live updates: Abbott deploys National Guard, 26 deaths in Texas

The Houston Chronicle Coronavirus live updates page mentioned that Professor Chase has accepted the role as co-chairman of the Greater Houston COVID-19 Recovery Fund.

I Spent A Month Trying To Find Out What Chemicals Are Stored Near My Home. I Still Don’t Know.

Professor Tracy Hester was interviewed by Houston Public Media for a story about the accessibility of Tier II reports on the storage of hazardous chemicals. Audio is available here.

It's Too Hard to Put Artwork Into the Public Domain

Vice published an article by Professor Fagundes and Aaron Perzanowski about copyright abandonment.

The stark reality of life under coronavirus lockdown is dawning on investors

Professor Chandler was quoted in a Yahoo Finance article commenting on whether Americans are prepared for measures similar to those that China and other countries have taken to combat the Coronavirus.

Facebook v. Windy City: CAFC Strikes Down PTAB’s Approach to Joinder in IPRs

Professor Michaels was quoted in an IP Watchdog article discussing Facebook v. Windy City Innovations, wherein the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled yesterday that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board erred both in allowing Facebook to join itself to a proceeding in which it was already a party, and in allowing Facebook to add new claims to the inter partes reviews at issue through that joinder.

Coronavirus could hit immigrant detainees hard in places that are already ‘a petri dish’

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was quoted in an article reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer commenting on the impact of the coronavirus on detainees in immigration detention centers.

Texas A&M Part Of Team Selected To Monitor Historic Bail Reform Settlement

Per a Texas A&M Today article, Professor Thompson will serve as deputy monitor on a team selected to track Harris County’s historic bail reform agreement governing persons arrested on misdemeanor offenses.

The Greening of a City Built on Oil

Professor Hudson was quoted in a Bloomberg | Quint article on fighting climate change in Houston.

University of Houston law professor to help oversee historic Harris County bail deal

Chief U.S. District Judge Lee H. Rosenthal approved Professor Thompson as deputy monitor for the implementation of the Harris County's historic bail reform agreement that governs what happens to thousands of people arrested on low-level offenses settlement, according to a Houston Chronicle article.

Hackers Target Companies With Coronavirus Scams

Adjunct Professor Ryan McConnell was quoted in a Wall Street Journal article. He comments on criminals using concerns about the coronavirus epidemic to forge emails mentioning the outbreak that appear to be from business partners or public institutions in an effort to get users to open the messages, unleashing malware.

Travel to Europe amid coronavirus outbreak: Is it OK to go, or better to wait?

Professor Chandler was quoted in a USA Today article commenting on the potential impact of the coronavirus outbreak spreading in Europe.

As Feds Force-Feed Another Hunger Striker, Judge Raises Concern

Professor Morales was quoted in an article reported by Courthouse News Service. The article reports on an asylum seeker from Nepal, being held by federal immigration authorities in El Paso, Texas, and on a hunger strike while in ICE custody since November 2019. He was rushed to a local hospital after his breathing rate plummeted while he was having his blood drawn. Professor Morales comments on his case, which has become the latest in a string of similar hunger strikes across the country that have prompted concern, including from the courts, about whether ICE is properly handling such medically delicate situations.

Harassment Saga Sparks Calls For Swifter Probes Of Judges

Professor Knake was quoted in a Law360 article, commenting on the decision by the federal judiciary's top disciplinary body to close an investigation of harassment and other misconduct by Kansas federal judge U.S. District Judge Carlos Murguia, after he announced his resignation. The report released by the Judicial Conference's conduct committee detailed the long history of the misconduct inquiry, which lasted almost four years.

4th Circ. Nudges Climate Torts Toward High Court Review

Professor Michaels authored a Law360 article regarding possible limits on the Supreme Court’s 2005 agency deference decision in National Cable & Telecommunications Association v. Brand X Internet Services.

A Possible Limit On High Court 2005 Agency Deference Ruling

Professor Hester was quoted in a Law360 article regarding a recent Fourth Circuit decision allowing a climate-change tort litigation lawsuit to remain in federal court.

Al Otro Lado v. Wolf

Professor Olivas was among a group of immigration law professors who submitted an amici curiae brief in the case of Al Otro Lado v. Wolf, which is currently before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Conversations with the Inspiring Pegah Rahgozar

Voyage Houston published an interview with Pegah Rahgozar, an immigration attorney and UHLC alumna. In the interview, Rahgozar discusses her experience working at the UHLC Immigration Clinic, and cites Professor Geoffrey Hoffman as a mentor.

Pereida v. Barr

Professors Geoffrey Hoffman and Michael Olivas were among a group of immigration law professors who submitted an amici curiae brief in the U.S. Supreme Court case of Pereida v. Barr.

She was spotted smoking in ‘smoke-free’ rental housing. Now, she may be kicked out.

A Washington Post story quoted an article by Professors Fagundes and Roberts on smoking bans in public housing. The Reason website featured a summary of the Post article and also quoted Fagundes and Roberts.

Trump Budget Priorities: Pad Tax Cuts for Corporations And Stiff the Middle Class

Comments made to the New York Times by Professor Wells was included in a U.S. House Committee on the Budget report regarding a series of obscure regulations promulgated by the Treasury which have carved out exceptions to the to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 to the benefit of wealthy corporations and industries.

Ivy League law students snub firm that represents Exxon

Professor Flatt was quoted in a ClimateWire article. According to the article, dozens of law students from Yale and Harvard Universities say they won't work for one of the nation's top legal firms unless Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP drops its fossil fuel clients. Professor Flatt comments on the movement’s potential to grow and its impact.

Where Science Enters the Courtroom, the Daubert Name Looms Large

Professor Sanders was quoted in an Undark magazine article about the Daubert family and continued use of Daubert hearings in mass tort cases.

10 years after arrest, one of Houston's 'most dangerous' inmates heads to death penalty trial

Professor Kwok was quoted in a Houston Chronicle article regarding Lucky Ward, who after almost a decade in the Harris County Jail, is scheduled to finally sit before a jury this week for his death penalty trial.

Trial to begin over Arkema chemical plant fire during Harvey

Professor Kwok was quoted in a Washington Post article regarding the upcoming Arkema chemical plant trial. The company is being sued due to an explosion during Hurricane Harvey that sent noxious black smoke into the air.

Incumbents Ferguson, Mosallam mum on whether they will seek nomination for MSU Trustee

Professor Knake was discussed in a Lansing State Journal article regarding the 2020 Michigan State University trustee election.

Texas attorney general vows to ‘stop’ California travel ban after filing suit

Professor Berman was interviewed for a Fox News story regarding Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s decision to file suit asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn California’s travel ban, which prevents state-funded travel to other states that are deemed discriminatory against the LGBTQ community. Texas is among eleven states included in the travel ban.

Genetic Nondiscrimination Laws

Dean Baynes and Dr. Stephen Spann, founding dean of the UH College of Medicine, appeared on Houston Public Media’s Briefcase to discuss genetic nondiscrimination laws. Audio is available at: here.

We recommend the following candidates in Texas’ March 3 primaries [Editorial]

The Houston Chronicle endorsed adjunct faculty member Megan Daic for the 165th Harris County District Court and UHLC alumna Colleen Gaido for the 337th Harris County District Court.

Criminal Trial Set To Begin For Arkema Over Crosby Plant Fires During Harvey

Professor Hester appeared on Houston Public Media to discuss the criminal trial set to begin for Arkema over Crosby plant fires during Harvey. Audio is available here.

Health apps collecting sensitive data need more transparent terms of service, law experts argue

Professors Hawkins and Roberts were interviewed by STAT, where they argue that health apps collecting sensitive data need more transparent terms of service. The article was available through the STAT Plus premium subscription service.

Health apps can change their terms of service without users’ knowledge

The Verge published an interview with Professor Hawkins and Professor Roberts regarding health apps and their terms of service.

Sherman Antitrust Act: Apple Inc. v Pepper

Dean Baynes appeared on Houston Public Media’s Briefcase to discuss the Sherman Antitrust Act and the case of Apple Inc. v. Pepper. Audio is available here.

Why Is Courtroom Science So Unscientific?

Professor Thompson was quoted in a Gizmodo article discussing forensic evidence in criminal trials.

Shortlisted: Women in the Shadows of the Supreme Court

Professor Knake's book, Shortlisted: Women in the Shadows of the Supreme Court, was reviewed in the Library Journal.

'Ridiculous and Unhelpful': Legal Scholars React to Trump's SCOTUS Bashing

Professor Knake was quoted in an article published in the National Law Journal discussing legal scholars reactions to tweets by President Trump.

Coronavirus update: Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response; first case in CA with no travel link

Professor Chandler was quoted in a Yahoo! Finance article on the coronavirus response.

Ninth Circuit Court Blocks Trump "Remain in Mexico" Policy

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman appeared on KCBS Radio commenting on the Ninth Circuit’s decision to block President Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy, which has sent nearly 60,000 people to Mexico who were trying to seek asylum in the U.S. Audio is available at: here.

Law Center professor named adviser on immigration to Mexican consulate

The Cougar reported that Professor Geoffrey Hoffman has been named the attorney adviser on matters of immigration to the Mexican consulate in Houston.

Coronavirus Fraud: A GC’s Guide to Potential Schemes

Adjunct Professor Ryan McConnell co-authored a Corporate Counsel op-ed discussing potential coronavirus fraudulent schemes that in-house counsel should be prepared for.

Stocks have worst week in a decade on coronavirus fears

Professor Chandler was quoted in an article reported by The Hill commenting on the potential impact that panic about the coronavirus would have on the economy.

Post-Impeachment Analysis

Professor Chandler appeared on Houston Public Media’s Red, White & Blue to discuss the impeachment of President Trump. Video is available here..

'Divorce Month' is here — and it can be bad for business

UHLC alumnus Scott Downing was quoted in Houston Chronicle article regarding separation of property at divorce.

Don't Mess With Law Profs

TaxProf Blog noted that Saturday, January 18, was Darren Bush Day in Houston.

Briefcase: Trade Secrets

Dean Leonard Baynes and Professor Richard Dole appeared on Houston Public Media’s Briefcase to discuss the law of trade secrets. Audio is available here.

Law Campuses Updates

India Legal reported that Professor Emerita Weaver will teach a certificate course at the National Law University, Jodhpur, from February 14-16. The title of the course is “The Role of Transnational Codes of Conduct in the Energy Sector and Beyond: Do They Promote Socially Sustainable Globalization?”

Understanding Immigration: A Reading List

Professor Olivas’ book, Perchance to DREAM: A Legal and Political History of the DREAM Act and DACA, was featured by the NYU Press Blog’s From the Square.

Chamberlain Hrdlicka Announces New Leadership With Larry Campagna As Managing Shareholder

Adjunct Professor Larry Campagna has been named as managing shareholder by Chamberlain Hrdlicka’s Board of Directors according to a press release available from PR Newswire.

Why was the teen arrested in Bellaire High shooting charged with manslaughter?

Professor Thompson was quoted in a Houston Chronicle article on the Bellaire High School shooting and the resulting manslaughter charge.

Wednesday’s Show: Refugee Decision, And Tax Credits For Renewable Energy (Jan. 15, 2020)

Professor Flatt appeared on Houston Matters to discuss the recent extension of tax credits for biodiesel and wind energy. Audio is available at: https://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/shows/houston-matters/2020/01/15/357313/wednesdays-show-refugee-decision-and-tax-credits-for-renewable-energy-jan-15-2020/ (Professor Flatt’s segment begins at 36:30).

UH hopes to offer dual M.D./J.D. program with new College of Medicine

The Daily Cougar reported on the Law Center’s plan to offer a joint MD/JD program with the new medical school. Assistant Dean for Admissions Pilar Mensah was quoted extensively in the article.

University Libraries announces spring lecture lineup

The University of New Mexico Libraries’ Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections (CSWR) announced that Professor Olivas will deliver a lecture entitled “Undocumented Lawyers in New Mexico and the United States: DACA and Occupational Licensing” on January 29 as part of the CSWR’s People and Places lecture series.

Why Would Anyone Aid and Abet a Predator?

Professor Kaufman was quoted in a Psychology Today article regarding sexual predators and those who enable them.

Buyers should beware of organic labels on nonfood products

Professor Morath authored an article on The Conversation website regarding why buyers should be cautious about organic labels on nonfood products. The article was reprinted on the Snopes website.

Houston Methodist, major insurance company strike out on deal

Professor Chandler’s earlier comments to ABC13 were quoted in an article regarding the failed negotiations between Houston Methodist and UnitedHealthcare. The article appeared on the ABC13 website.

Under Trump's tax bill, employees pay higher rates than biggest corporations in the world: Study

Comments made to the New York Times by Professor Wells were quoted in a Salon.com article, regarding a series of obscure regulations promulgated by the Treasury which have carved out exceptions to the to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 to the benefit of wealthy corporations and industries. Professor Wells’ comments were also quoted in an article on the Fiscal Times website.

Chandigarh University Tries to Draw World's Attention Towards Serious Environment Issues Through Global Law Conference

Professor Hester was mentioned in a press release from Chandigarh University (Gharuan, Mohali district, Punjab, India) highlighting its Global Law Conference covering environmental issues.

Here's where criminal cases against former MSU employees with ties to Nassar stand

Professor Knake was mentioned in a Lansing State Journal article discussing Michigan State University's handling of the Nassar case.

Attorney general clarifies MSU investigation

Professor Knake’s appointment to the Michigan State University Board of Trustees was mentioned in an article available on StateNews.com discussing the Michigan attorney general’s investigation of Michigan State University’s handling of the Nassar Case.

Longtime University of Houston professor and pianist Abbey Simon dies at 99

Professor Olivas was quoted in a Houston Chronicle article discussing longtime University of Houston professor and pianist Abbey Simon, who recently passed away at his home in Geneva.

Undocumented Lawyers in New Mexico and the United States: DACA and Occupational Licensing

Professor Olivas will speak on “Undocumented Lawyers in New Mexico and the United States: DACA and Occupational Licensing,” on Wednesday, January 29, 2020
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM (MT), at the University of New Mexico, Zimmerman Library Frank Waters Room 105, according to a press release available from the University of New Mexico and available on PressReleasePoint.com.

How Big Companies Won New Tax Breaks From the Trump Administration

Professor Wells was quoted in a New York Times article regarding a series of obscure regulations promulgated by the Treasury, which have carved out exceptions to the to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, that mean many leading American and foreign companies will owe little or nothing in new taxes on offshore profits, according to a review of the Treasury’s rules, government lobbying records, and interviews with federal policymakers and tax experts. This article appeared on multiple news sites including the the Chicago Tribune. Professor Wells comments were included in articles by Law & Crime and LawZ and was selected as the New York Times “quotation of the day.”

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