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Texas customer sues over $9,000 power bill during blackout

Professor Emeritus Alderman was quoted in a CBS news article regarding consumer lawsuits against Texas electricity providers over extremely large bills after the recent winter storm.

Texas AG Paxton wins again in lawsuit over Biden's 100-day 'pause' on deportations

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was quoted in a Houston Chronicle article regarding a federal court ruling this week granting a preliminary injunction blocking the Biden administration's order halting certain deportations for 100 days.

Can Texans protect themselves from their sky-high energy bills?

Professor Emeritus Alderman was quoted in a MarketPlace article. He discussed the high energy bills, which spiked into the thousands of dollars, that many Texas residents are facing in the wake of the recent catastrophic winter storm.

Heritage-Crystal Clean, Inc. Welcomes Tony Chase to its Board of Directors

Professor Chase has been appointed to Heritage-Crystal Clean’s Board of Directors, according to a press release available on

How Did The Economist Get It This Wrong?

Professor Kaufman was among international attorneys and genocide scholars who sent a letter to The Economist challenging its piece, “Genocide” is the wrong word for the horrors of Xinjiang, that was published on February 13, 2021. The letter was available on

ANALYSIS: What a new DOJ could mean for Yale admissions

Professor Emeritus Olivas was quoted in a Yale Daily News article, commenting on the impact of a new Justice Department on Yale admissions.  

199 legal experts say Senate must not acquit Trump over constitutionality issue

Professor Emeritus Olivas was among 199 legal scholars, who signed a letter arguing that GOP senators now have a duty to evaluate the actual evidence in deciding whether to convict former President Donald Trump in his impeachment trial.

Houston law students and professors watch history in the making during second impeachment trial of Donald Trump

Professor Berman and UHLC student Mykal Peterson were quoted by ABC 13 regarding former President Donald Trump's second impeachment trial.

The Filibuster Really Isn’t Much Help for Democracy

The Wall Street Journal published Professor Dow’s opinion piece on the efficacy of the filibuster as a tool to achieve a bipartisan consensus in Congress. 

Ask the Experts

Professor Emeritus Alderman was interviewed by WalletHub discussing how to build credit, reduce the chances of HELOC (Home Equity Line of Credit) fraud, and commented on the impact of creditors lowering credit limits in response to COVID-19, among other consumer related topics.

Affirmative Action Suit Against Yale Is Dropped

Professor Emeritus Olivas was quoted in an Inside Higher Ed article, commenting on the Justice Department’s decision to withdraw a lawsuit it filed in October charging that Yale University discriminates against Asian and white applicants.

Could Genocide Recognition Stop Oppression of Uyghurs?

Professor Kaufman was quoted in the Dutch news source de Kanttekening commenting on the decision by the U.S. to classify the crimes against the Uyghurs in China as genocide.

More Americans Support Mandatory COVID Vaccine for Work And Leisure

Professor Koch appeared on KTRH NewsRadio (740 AM) discussing the likelihood of a mandatory COVID vaccine policy in the near future.

Law and Politics Book Review

Professor Knake Jefferson’s book, Shortlisted: Women in the Shadows of the Supreme Court, co-authored with Hannah Brenner Johnson, was reviewed by Tammy A. Sarver, Department of Political Science, Benedictine University. The review was posted on the American Political Science Association’s Law and Politics Review’s website.

Reimagining the Latinx Experience in America: Michael Olivas, Perchance to DREAM: A Legal and Political History of the DREAM Act and DAC

We reported last Friday that Professor Emeritus Olivas spoke at a UC-Irvine School of Law virtual event, held January 28, according to an announcement available on the law school’s website. Professor Olivas discussed his book, Perchance to DREAM: A Legal and Political History of the DREAM Act and DACA.

Reimagining the Latinx Experience in America: Michael Olivas, Perchance to DREAM: A Legal and Political History of the DREAM Act and DACA

Professor Emeritus Olivas spoke at a UC-Irvine School of Law virtual event, held January 28, according to an announcement available on the law school’s website. Professor Olivas discussed his book, Perchance to DREAM: A Legal and Political History of the DREAM Act and DACA.

Pandemic drug shortages: Is compulsory licensing the answer?

Professor Kumar authored a guest post on the Patently-O blog, discussing whether compulsory licensing should be used to address drug shortages during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sotomayor Rebuffs Justices For OK'ing Haitian's Removal

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was referenced in a Law360 article discussing Justice Sotomayor's dissent in the case of Francois v. Wilkinson. Professor Hoffman represented Alex Francois in his immigration case before the U.S. Supreme Court. (This article was published on Law360 on January 25, 2021.)

Editorial: Trustees, it's time to release the documents

An editorial from The State News’ mentions Professor Knake Jefferson in her position as a member of the Michigan State University Board of Trustees. The editorial requests the release of documents relating to an internal investigation of the extent of the institution's knowledge of Larry Nassar's actions during his time at the university. (This editorial was published by The State News on January 26, 2021.)

Harris County judge dismisses vaccine theft charge against doctor, blasts DA for bringing the case

Professor Koch was quoted in a Houston Chronicle article discussing Dr. Hasan Gokal, who was recently charged with theft after using an open vial of the Moderna vaccine to inoculate several patients off-site. The charge was later dismissed.  (This article was published in the Houston Chronicle on January 25, 2021.)

Companies ‘Doing Backflips’ at Top Patent Court Seek SCOTUS Help

Professor Kumar was quoted in a Bloomberg Law article discussing the challenges faced by companies in meeting federal circuit standing requirements for patent appeals. (This article was published on Bloomberg Law on January 25, 2021.)

Privacy Problems in the Genetic Testing Industry

An article available on The Regulatory Reviews website discusses Professor Koch’s article, “Research Revolution or Status Quo?: The New Common Rule and Research Arising From Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing,” 56(1) Hous. L. Rev. 81 (2018) (co-authored with Kelly Todd, Duke University School of Law).

Biden Proposes New Immigration Legislation That Would Impact Undocumented Students

Professor Morales was quoted in an article available on Diverse Education’s website discussing President Joe Biden’s immigration proposal that would impact undocumented students.

Rest in Power: Justice Joan Dempsey Klein, Who Devoted “Every Day” to Eliminating Gender Discrimination

Ms. Magazine published an obituary co-authored by Professor Knake Jefferson (with Hannah Brenner Johnson), honoring Justice Joan Dempsey Klein, a California appellate court judge who recently passed away.

Legal experts weigh-in on President Biden's immigration proposal

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was interviewed for a news story by KTRK (ABC 13) commenting on President Joe Biden’s immigration proposal.

“The Holdout,” by Graham Moore

Professor Dow’s Confessions of an Innocent Man was recommended in the Southeast Missourian newspaper.

A Parting Shot At Women

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman's recent article regarding the Matter of A-B- was discussed in a post on the Jeffrey S. Chase Blog.

2nd stimulus checks attract scammers once again

Professor Marquez wa s interviewed by ABC-13 regarding how people can protect themselves from scams targeting the second stimulus payments. Video is available.

Who Benefits From 10% Plans?

Professor Emeritus Olivas was quoted in an Inside Higher Ed article on whether the automatic admission of top 10% high school graduates into any public university in Texas truly produces equity in university admissions.

Digital Samaritans: Do Witnesses of Online Crimes Have a Duty to Intervene?

Professor Kaufman was quoted in an article available on The Crime Report’s website about bystanders and upstanders in the digital age.

The “Complete Helplessness” of Matter of A-B- And One More Last Ditch Effort to Torpedo Asylum, by Geoffrey A. Hoffman

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman’s article discussing the latest decision from Acting Attorney General Rosen in Matter of A-B- was published in the Yale Journal on Regulation and on ImmigrationProf Blog.

The Fire Last Time

Professor Dow was quoted in a New York Times op-ed discussing how the Oklahoma City Bombing changed the laws impacting death row inmates, and whether the January 6th capital siege will have a similar effect.

Special topics course at UH Law Center to debut spring 2021

Dean Baynes was quoted in a Daily Cougar article about the new class introduced this spring, “George Floyd and the Aftermath: Equal Justice and the Law.” Professor Duncan will be teaching this special topics course during the spring semester.

Conservatives exempt Trump from their principles

Professor Emeritus Alderman was quoted in a Las Vegas Sun article discussing the rights of businesses, which have been called into question by Trump supporters in the wake of recent changes to Facebook, Twitter, and Amazon policy.

Best Mentors: Scott Ellis, Foley & Lardner

Adjunct Professor Scott Ellis, Foley & Lardner, vice chair of the national energy litigation practice and hiring partner for the Houston office, was featured in a Texas Lawyer article.

Conservatives are all for businesses calling the shots — except for Trump

Professor Emeritus Alderman was quoted in a Los Angeles Times article regarding President Trump's Twitter ban and the general rule that a business can determine the customers it will serve.

‘Lion in her field,’ legal ethics pioneer and professor Deborah Rhode dies at 68

Professor Knake Jefferson was quoted in a Stanford Daily article honoring legal ethics pioneer and professor Deborah Rhode, who recently passed away.

Locke Lord's Ann Ryan Robertson Begins Term as President of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Adjunct Professor and UHLC alumna Ann Ryan Robertson, International Partner in Locke Lord’s Houston office, has begun her term as the global President of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), effective Jan. 1, 2021, according to a press release issued by the firm. Professor Robertson is the first American woman, second American and fourth woman to hold the post in CIArb’s 106-year history.

Certification of Electoral College votes face objections by Republicans

Professor Berman was quoted in an article on the KXXV news website (ABC/Brazos Valley), commenting on the process for congressional certification of Electoral College votes.

Tax Law LL.M.s get ready for Digitization

Professor Buckles was quoted in an article on the LLM Guide website regarding the core training that tax law students need.

3 accused in killings no longer face death

Professor Dow was quoted in a Houston Chronicle article. The article reports that three capital murder defendants in Harris County, including two suspected MS-13 gang members and a former security guard, will no longer face death penalty prosecutions, according to records from the District Attorney’s Office. Professor Dow comments on why district attorneys’ offices are pursuing the death penalty less.

The Human Cost Of TxDOT’s I-45 Expansion Plan

Adjunct Professor Justin Hodge was quoted extensively in a Houston Press article. According to the article, which discusses the Human Cost Of TxDOT’s I-45 Expansion Plan, Professor Hodge is representing clients whose land the government is entitled to buy up for public use projects due to eminent domain law.

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