UHLC in the News 2015

People's Law School at UH Law helps public learn basic rights

he State Bar of Texas reported on UHLC’s upcoming People’s Law School on its blog.  The article quoted Professor Alderman on the purpose of the program.

Union Organizer Wants to ID Snoops

Courthouse News quoted Professor Linzer on the illegality of tracking a vehicle without a warrant.  The same article quoted Professor Crump on the likelihood of this event resulting in a civil deposition.

Hundreds of attorneys petition top Texas court over law prof's 1-year suspension from pro bono work

The ABA Journal reports on the petition by over 250 lawyers to the Texas Supreme Court to overturn Professor Dow’s suspension.

It’s time for the People’s Law School

Professor Alderman’s announcement regarding the People’s Law School (to be held Saturday, April 4), appeared in the Houston Chronicle.

Lawmakers Move Closer to ending "Pick a Pal" Grand Juries

Professor Thompson was interviewed by Houston’s Fox 26 for a story about the “pick a pal” system for selecting grand juries in Texas.

Support Swells for Death Row Defense Counsel David Dow

Texas Lawyer published an article about members of the legal community supporting Professor Dow’s petition to the Texas Supreme Court to have his suspension from the Court of Criminal Appeals reversed.

Rock Lyrics and Free Speech

Professor Olivas appeared in the Law and Humanities blog discussing recent cases where criminal defendants’ rap lyrics have been used as evidence of confessions to crimes and the effect of these practices on freedom of speech.

Four-year schools caught in desperate scramble for students – and money

Professor Olivas was quoted in an opinion piece appearing in the Orange County Register. The piece concerns the current financial struggles and competition for students in both undergraduate programs and law schools.

Freedom of speech includes rap lyrics

An op-ed by Professor Olivas appeared in the Houston Chronicle. Professor Olivas discusses recent cases where criminal defendants’ rap lyrics have been used as evidence of confessions to crimes and the effect of these practices on freedom of speech.

Consumers often sign away their right to sue

Professor Alderman was quoted in an article appearing in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The article discusses the prevalence of arbitration clauses in consumer contracts and Professor Alderman comments on how these clauses affect consumers.

Border Crossings to Pick Up Soon

Professor Olivas was quoted in an article available on KTRH (Houston-AM 780) News Radio’s website, regarding the projected increase in unaccompanied minors and others seeking to enter the United States in the coming months. Professor Olivas comments on the continued need for comprehensive immigration reform.

OU president expelled two students. Was it protected speech?

Professor Linzer was quoted in an article on Fox 26 News website, discussing the free speech rights of the student members of the University of Oklahoma’s chapter of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity that were filmed leading a racist chant. Professor Linzer also appeared on the Fox 26 News morning show discussing the matter. No video of the interview is available at this time.

Revenge, Not Justice
Texas’ brazen attempt to silence one of its most effective death penalty defense lawyers.

An article on Slate.com discusses Professor Dow’s temporary suspension from appearing before the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and questions the reasoning behind court’s sanctions.

This Week in Houston's Buzz: John Legend Performs at Rodeo Houston 2015, 50th Anniversary of "Bloody Sunday," Black History Month Program at Jack Yates High School and More!

The Houston Forward Times reported on Dean Baynes’ participation in a panel discussion moderated by Soledad O’Brien on the continuing issues surrounding race and racism in America.

Texas defender drew unfair treatment

An op-ed in the Houston Chronicle discusses Professor Dow’s temporary suspension from appearing before the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and how it calls into serious question whether Texas is following high standards of fairness and justice. 

Tina Knowles urges women to celebrate greatness

Dean Baynes attended the 18th Annual Table Talk Luncheon presented by the University of Houston’s Friends of Women’s Studies, according to an article in the Houston Chronicle.

Court Brew-Haha Over a Golden Cauldron

Professor Alderman was mentioned in an article available on CourtHouseNews.com. Professor Alderman comments on a court case involving Josef Hatzenbuehler, a Texan who bought an "ancient pre-Christian Celtic cauldron made of gold" for $1.1 million claiming that the man (Jens Essig ) who allegedly found it at the bottom of a German lake has no rights to it.

The Supreme Court is getting semantic With OBAMACARE

Professor Mantel discussed the latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act on the Texas Standard radio show.

New book celebrates the life, battles and triumphs of the genius behind Polaroid

Professor Janicke was quoted in an article on the American Bar Association website regarding a new book about Polaroid founder Edward Land

USW and Shell Are Talking About Talking

The Houston Press quoted Professor Turner in an article that discusses the ongoing negotiations between the United Steelworkers and Royal Dutch Shell over a new national contract for the oil refinery workers currently on strike. Professor Turner comments on  the requirements of the National Labor Relations Act regarding these negotiations. 

The power of conversation: Soledad O’Brien discusses racial issues, facing history

The Daily Cougar reported on Dean Baynes’ participation in a panel discussion moderated by Soledad O’Brien on the continuing issues surrounding being black in America.

Immigration Fight Has DHS on the Verge of a Shutdown

Professor Olivas was quoted in a Courthouse News Service article regarding a Congressional impasse over immigration that could lead to a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security.

Legislators poised to make changes in juvenile justice system

Professor Marrus was quoted in a Dallas Morning News article regarding the practice of charging juveniles as adults in criminal cases.

Death Penalty Lawyer David Dow Reviews Phil Meyer’s ‘Storytelling for Lawyers’ for Vermont Law Review; Calls Book ‘A Master Class’

An article on the VT Digger website reported on Professor Dow’s review of the book Storytelling for Lawyers, by Philip N. Meyer. The review was published in volume 39 of the Vermont Law Review (39 Vt. L. Rev. 13).

Just Vengeance

The Huffington Post quotes an interview on capital punishment Professor Dow gave to The Nation.

First murder indictment stemming from overdose deaths

An article by Professor Crump about the felony murder rule was quoted in an article from the Providence Journal website regarding a man who has been indicted for murder over his alleged role in the overdose death of a Rhode Island woman.

More on the HERO repeal petition jury verdict

Professor Rave’s comments during an interview with Houston Public Media regarding the jury verdict in a trial challenging Houston’s equal rights ordinance were quoted in a post on the Houston Chronicle’s Off-the-Kuff blog.

Immigration Ruling Puts Lives on Hold

Courthouse News quoted Professor Olivas regarding the recent ruling enjoining executive action on immigration.

Legal experts say rhetoric is causing great confusion about immigration executive order.

Quorum Report website quoted Professor Geoffrey Hoffman on public perception of the recent immigration injunction.

Houston-based Sysco is already the nation’s largest foodservice distributor. The FTC says a combination with US Foods would allow it to control 75 percent of the market.

Houston Public Media interviewed Professor Bush on the Sysco takeover of US Foods.

Feds sue to stop Sysco merger  

The Houston Chronicle quoted Professor Bush on the FTC’s analysis of Sysco’s and US Foods’ market size.

U.S. government sues to block Sysco takeover of US Foods

Reuters quoted Professor Bush discussing the FTC response to Sysco’s takeover of US Foods.

UPDATED Gay Marriage Has Finally Hit Texas (Sort of)

The Houston Press quoted Professor Bruhl on the constitutionality of the Texas ban on same sex marriage.

U.S. Law Restricts Iranian Students

Professor Olivas was quoted in an article on KTRH (Houston-AM 780) News Radio’s website, regarding the University of Massachusetts’ announcement last week that it would ban Iranian students from entering certain science or engineering programs.

Undocumented and DACA Students at College: 4 Legal Hot Spots

Professor Olivas will be the speaker for the Magna Online Seminar, “Undocumented and DACA Students at College: 4 Legal Hot Spots,” which is scheduled for Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 1:00 p.m. (CST).

Blaffer Art Museum Innovation Series

The Houston Chronicle announced that Professor Winslade will speak on legal, ethical, and psychological issues related to dementia at the Blaffer Art Museum on February 26.

Houston Equal Rights Ordinance Trial: What Does The Jury Verdict Mean?

Professor Rave was interviewed by Houston Public Media regarding the jury verdict in a trial challenging Houston’s equal rights ordinance.

Federal judge delays President Obama's immigration action

Professor Olivas was interviewed by Southern California Public Radio regarding a federal judge’s decision temporarily blocking President Obama’s executive action on immigration.

Lambert, Steward plead innocence in indictment *Ex-Central principal, teacher deny fraud, cheating scandal

Professor Kwok was quoted in an article in the Beaumont Enterprise regarding two former Beaumont ISD employees who have been accused of fraud and cheating on state-standardized exams

Should Non-Profit Hospitals Be Able to Sue Patients Over Unpaid Bills?

Professor Gray was interviewed by Houston Matters regarding collection of patient debt owed to non-profit hospitals. 

Death Penalty Lawyer David Dow Reviews Phil Meyer’s ‘Storytelling for Lawyers’ for Vermont Law Review; Calls Book ‘A Master Class’

A press release available on the VTDigger website discusses a book review written by Professor David Dow regarding “Storytelling for Lawyers,” which appears in the Vermont Law Review.

CNN anchor to bring Black in America tour to UH

Dean Baynes was quoted in an article appearing in The Cougar, discussing his participation in the upcoming Black in America Tour, taking place at 7 pm on Tuesday, February 24 in Cullen Performance Hall. The event will be moderated by CNN anchor and executive producer Soledad O’Brien, and Dean Baynes will be joined by additional panelists Julianne Malveaux  and Antonio French.

University of Houston Law Center wins ICC Mediation Competition 2015

Professor Lawrence was quoted in an article on the International Chambers of Commerce website regarding the UHLC meditation team’s recent victory in the ICC 2015 Mediation Competition. The article remarks on the strong level of competition among the 67 teams, and  additionally quotes UHLC team members Brandon Schrecengost and Rose Badruddin and team coach Kevin Hedges

Energy Leaders Converge for Collaboration at University of Houston Bauer Global Energy Management Institute Symposium March 11

Professor Hester was listed among the organizers of the upcoming symposium, "Reliability and Security across the Energy Value Chain." Hosted by the Bauer College of Business Global Energy Management Institute, the March 11 event will bring together experts from the fields of energy, finance, and law.

Halliburton's Baker Hughes takeover likely to succeed -- but not without changes

Professor Bush was quoted in an article reported by EnergyWire, commenting on the proposed merger between Halliburton Co. and its giant rival, Baker Hughes, Inc.

Helpful Treatises on Unfair and Deceptive Acts and Practices

Professor Alderman’s treatise, Consumer Protection and the Law (2013-2014 ed.), was mentioned in an article available on JDSupra.com.

UH Law Center will examine role of grand juries, policing, and civil rights in upcoming CLE

A PR Newswire press release announced that the Law Center will host a CLE on grand juries, policing, and civil rights. Dean Baynes, Professor Thompson, and legal clinic supervisor Cassandra Jeu will be among the speakers.

Brian Williams, Eye Witness Testimony and the Permeability of Memory

A post on the PrawfsBlawg website mentioned Professor Thompson’s work on the reliability of eyewitness testimony.

Two ABA Midyear programs take a close look at immigration law and politics

The ABA Journal reported that Professor Olivas participated in two panels on immigration issues at the ABA Midyear Meeting on Saturday.

Harris County DA Criticizes Grand Jury Selection System

Professor Thompson was also interviewed by Houston Public Media (News 88.7) concerning the criticism of the Houston grand jury system by District Attorney Devon Anderson.

Ex-Hess Employee Sentenced To 1 Year In Prison For $1 Million Fraud

Professor Kwok was interviewed by Houston Public Media (News 88.7) regarding a former Hess Corporation employee who was sentenced in Houston federal court Monday for defrauding her employer of more than $1 million

Death Row Defense Lawyer Fights CCA Sanction

An article in the Texas Lawyer discusses Professor Dow’s response to U.S. District Judge Jorge A. Solis' show cause order asking Professor Dow to show why the district court should not impose "reciprocal discipline" against him as a result of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals sanction last month.  It also discusses Professor Dow’s motion for a rehearing filed with the CCA.

Professor David Dow on what it's like to defend someone on death row.

Professor Dow was interviewed by the ABC (Australia) regarding his career and what it is like to defend someone on death row. 

Developers Fight in Court Over Air Rights

Professor Zale was quoted in an article available on CourtHouseNews.com. In the article, Professor Zale comments on a lawsuit filed by the 1885 St. James Place Partners LP, the developer of a 15-story Houston office building, to fend off litigation from Finger-FSC Yorktown, a neighbor who claims that any movement of a crane above its property "will be deemed a trespass."

ABA Tax Section Midyear Meeting

The TaxProf Blog reported that Professor Wells spoke on tax treaties at last week’s ABA Tax Section Midyear Meeting.

‘Zionist’-Hating Professor Who Tweeted Himself Out Of A Job Sues DONORS For Not Liking Him

Professor Olivas’ recent comments to the Nonprofit Quarterly regarding a dispute between Professor Steven Salaita and the University of Illinois were included in an article on the Daily Caller website

Immigration reform brings high hopes, low participation

Professor Olivas was quoted in an article in the Santa Cruz Sentinel regarding the number of applicants under the  Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and why the number is smaller than some initial estimates. 

Act of God or negligence? Answer determines toppled tree insurance claim

Professor McElvaney was interviewed by ABC-13 regarding whether insurance companies or homeowners must pay for damage caused by falling trees.

Going After the Donors

Inside Higher Ed quoted Professor Olivas discussing a lawsuit resulting from the University of Illinois rescinding a faculty appointment

The tiny house trend and Houston

The Houston Chronicle quoted Professor Emeritus Mixon on the City of Houston’s response to the “tiny house” movement.

Surge in Subprime Loans Linked to Cars Draws Regulatory Scrutiny

The New York Times cited a title loan study published by UHLC and Vanderbilt University professors.  The paper in question, Dude, Where's My Car Title?: The Law, Behavior, and Economics of Title Lending Markets, coauthored by Professor Hawkins, is available on SSRN 

Immigration crisis, indigent defense in Harris County among local news highlights at American Bar Association Midyear Meeting in Houston, Feb. 4-9

An article on the American Bar Association website announced that Professor Olivas will speak on the recent executive action on immigration at the ABA’s midyear meeting, which will be held February 4-9 in Houston.

Hamilton will speak before commission on federal sentencing guidelines

An article on the UHLC website announced that Professor Hamilton will participate in a symposium before the U.S. Sentencing Commission on February 5 in Washington, D.C.

Biography

Professor Bruhl is the most recent UHLC faculty member to be admitted to the American Law Institute. A biography has been posted on the ALI website

Houston Hosts Moot Court National Championship This Weekend

A post from the TaxProf Blog highlights the Andrews Kurth Moot Court National Championship, which was hosted by the UHLC last weekend. 

Houston Technology Center Will Honor Mr. Tony Chase - Consummate Serial Entrepreneur at "A Celebration of Entrepreneurs" gala

A press release from the Houston Technology Center announces that it will honor Professor Chase at the 2015 "A Celebration of Entrepreneurs" event on May 14.  The event honors local entrepreneurs and celebrates those who have made significant contributions to the Houston community.

EPA General Counsel to lead off UH Law Center's Environment, Energy & Natural Resources Center Spring Speaker Series

PR Newswire  reports on the speakers of the UHLC Environment, Energy & Natural Resources Center’s Spring 2015 Speaker Series.  Professor Hester was quoted.  This news is also reported by several other news sources.

Federal antitrust lawsuit alleging that Visa and Mastercard abuse their market power to impose excessive interchange fees.

Professor Richard Alderman was quoted in a Class Action Reporter article regarding a federal antitrust lawsuit alleging that Visa and Mastercard abuse their market power to impose excessive interchange fees.

Louisiana Law Review Symposium Reflects on the Voting Rights Act at 50: The Past, Present, and Future of the Right to Vote

The LSU Law Center website reported that Professor Rave participated in a panel discussion on gerrymandering at the 2015 Louisiana Law Review Symposium

 “The Undocumented and the DACA-mented: Immigration, Higher Education, and DREAMs Deferred.”

Professor Olivas will deliver the 2015 Honorable Clifford Scott Green Lecture at Temple University Beasley School of Law on March 30. The title of the lecture is “The Undocumented and the DACA-mented: Immigration, Higher Education, and DREAMs Deferred.” A brochure is attached.

Does “Free Speech” Cut Both Ways for Fired Professor?

Professor Olivas was quoted in an article on the Nonprofit Quarterly website regarding the case of the University of Illinois rescinding a faculty appointment.

With SCOTUS to Weigh Gay Marriage, What Now for Texas?

Professor Bruhl was quoted in an article reported by the Texas Tribune. Professor Bruhl comments on the potential impact of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to hear four cases (with the potential to legalize gay marriage nationwide) on Texas' same-sex marriage case that is pending before the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Prominent Death Row defense attorney suspended, allegedly over late filing

An article from the Houston Chronicle discusses Professor Dow's temporary suspension from appearing before the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals as sanction for an untimely filed motion to stay execution on behalf of Professor Dow’s client, Miguel Paredes. The Texas Tribune also posted an article about Professor Dow’s temporary suspension.

Chicano movement leader Reies Lopez Tijerina dies at 88

Professor Olivas was quoted in an AP news story regarding the death of Reies Lopez Tijerina, an activist who led a violent raid of a New Mexico courthouse nearly 50 years ago during which Professor Olivas' cousin was shot.  The article appeared on multiple news websites such as the Houston Chronicle and ABC News. Professor Olivas was also quoted in an article from the Santa Fe New Mexican website regarding the death of Reies Lopez Tijerina.

Students mentor youth in Law Center program

An article in the Daily Cougar discusses the UHLC’s Juvenile and Capital Advocacy Project.  Professor Dow is mentioned as the founder of the program and Erin Osborn, the director of JCAP’s mentorship program, is quoted. 

Communities in Crisis: The Effects of Immigration Law and Politics on American Communities

Professor Olivas will be a panelist at the Fellows CLE Research Seminar during the 2015 ABA Midyear Meeting on February 7.  The panel will discuss “Communities in Crisis: The Effects of Immigration Law and Politics on American Communities.” 

Supreme Court Has 'Tipped Its Hand' In Favor Of Gay Marriage

Professor Bruhl’s comments quoted by New York Times on December 20, 2014 was again quoted by On Top Magazine in a piece discussing the US Supreme Court’s potential move and Florida’s gay marriage ban.

Houston Police remain on ‘high alert’ after threats posted to social media

Professor Linzer was quoted by both the East Montgomery and Kingwood Observer in a news report on the recent perceived threats posted to Facebook by a Kingwood resident.

The problem of dual citizenship

Professor Olivas was quoted by the Los Angeles Times in an article on dual citizenship.

Window of Law: Teaching Rape Law Becomes a Dilemma for Law Schools

Professor Olivas was interviewed by Voice of America in Chinese on teaching rape law in law school.  The English translation and the original article is attached.  The audio version of the article (in Mandarin) can be heard at http://www.voachinese.com/audio/2582356.html
with Professor Olivas’s voice being heard at 1:50 before the Chinese voice over. 

Sergio Garcia, one of California's few undocumented lawyers, goes solo in Chico

The California Bar Daily Journal quoted Professor Olivas discussing the status of lawyers without immigration documentation.

Houston Business & Tax Journal Publishes New Issue

TaxProf Blog reports that the new issue of the Houston Business & Tax Journal has been published, noting that Professors Wells and Turner have both written articles appearing in this issue.

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