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Gov. Abbott signs executive order forbidding vaccine mandates

Professor Chandler was quoted in a KXXV.com article discussing Governor Abbott’s executive order forbidding vaccine mandates.

McNeely: Progressive trailblazer Sissy Farenthold leaves world a better place

The late, former Professor and 19th woman elected to the Texas House of Representatives Sissy Farenthold was spotlighted in a Longview News-Journal article deeming her a progressive trailblazer who left the world a better place.

Texas Attorney General Candidate Guzman Keynotes Concho Valley Republican Women Luncheon

Per a SanAngeloLIVE.com article, former Adjunct Professor and Republican candidate for Texas Attorney General Eva Guzman will keynote the Concho Valley Republican Women Luncheon on Thursday, October 28.

Texas Vaccine Mandate Ban Likely Won't Be Enforceable: Legal Experts

Professor Crump was quoted in a Business Insider article regarding the enforceability of Gov. Abbott's executive order banning vaccine mandates.

Harris County to spend $50 million to fight crime by planting trees, adding lights, fixing sidewalks

Professor Marrus was quoted in a Houston Chronicle article regarding Harris County's plan to spend $50 million to fight crime by planting trees, adding lights, and fixing sidewalks in distressed neighborhoods.

Don’t Give Campus Officials A Free Pass In College Admissions Scandals

Quotes from Professor Emeritus Olivas in an Inside Higher Education article addressing the outcome of two admissions scandal cases were reprinted in a Forbes.com article.

Academe Reacts to Convictions in Admissions Trial

Professor Emeritus Olivas was quoted in an Inside Higher Ed article addressing the outcome of two admissions scandal cases.

Some Texas clinics resume abortions after 6 weeks as OAG appeals injunction

Professor Seth Chandler appeared on a CBS Austin news segment, commenting on the availability of abortion care after a federal judge granted a temporary injunction on Texas' restrictive new abortion law, Senate Bill 8.

‘I was about to die for something I didn’t do’: Meet the one in nine people on death row who are innocent

Professor Jeffrey Newberry was quoted in an Independent article advocating for the end of the death penalty and noting that one in nine people on death row are innocent.

92 legal scholars call on Harris to preside over Senate to include immigration in reconciliation

Professor Morales and Professor Olivas were among the legal scholars who signed a letter calling on Vice President Harris and Senate Democratic leadership to include immigration protections in the reconciliation package. The letter was discussed in an article on The Hill website and can be viewed at https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/575347-92-legal-scholars-call-on-harris-to-preside-over-senate-to-include.

Biden Proposes DACA Rule

Professor Emeritus Olivas was quoted in the Latitude(s) newsletter discussing President Biden's proposed DACA rule.

Oxford Statement on International Law Protections in Cyberspace: The Regulation of Ransomware Operations

Professor Emeritus Paust was a signatory to the fifth Oxford Statement on the Protections of International Law in Cyberspace.

What happens next in battle against Texas' abortion law?

Professor Chandler appeared on KTRK (ABC-13, Houston). He discusses the anticipated decision of a federal judge in Austin, who will consider a request from the federal government to block the state's abortion law from being enforced. Video is available at: https://abc13.com/texas-abortion-law-protest-against-sb8-department-of-justice-sues/11065759/.

Asian LNG price soars to record-high on competition for fuel

Visiting Professor SusanSakmar was quoted in a Bloomberg article, which appeared on Energy Voice and multiple other news sites. Professor Sakmar comments on the news that Asian Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) prices surged to a record-high as global competition for the super-chilled fuel intensified amid low inventories and coal shortages.

Closing Thoughts on Low Interest Credit Cards

Professor Hawkins was quoted in a WalletHub article commenting on whether it makes sense to obtain a credit card with a low regular APR and if there are credit cards that have low interest rates is comparison to loans.

Migrants gone in Del Rio, but major questions still loom

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman appeared on an ABC13 news segment, discussing whether or not the Haitian migrants gathered in Del Rio, Texas will be able to seek asylum in the United States. Professor Hoffman appears at 1:30 in the segment, https://abc13.com/11053847/.

Migrants are gone from the Del Rio border, but how many are staying in the US?

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman appeared in an ABC13 news segment, discussing who among the Haitian migrants that arrived in Del Rio, Texas will be able to stay in the United States, rather than being deported back to Haiti. Professor Hoffman appears at 0:55 in the segment, https://abc13.com/del-rio-crisis-at-border-haitians-us-haiti/11053933/.

Codifying and Fortifying DACA

Professor Emeritus Olivas was quoted in an InsideHigherEd article, commenting on the Biden administration’s newly proposed rule that would codify into regulation the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program established by former president Obama.

Executive privilege fight poses hurdles for Trump

Professor Berman was quoted in an article from The Hill regarding Former President Trump's attempt to use Executive Privilege to block subpoenas for executive documents and testimony from aids about the January 6th Capitol Riots.

Critical race theory pioneer to receive legal education’s top honor

A Reuters article referenced Professor Emeritus Olivas, among others, as a previous recipient of the AALS' Lifetime Service award.

An Amendment To Let Texas Judges Deny Bail Advanced In The Senate, But Faces A Steeper Road In The House

Professor Thompson was quoted in an article reported by Houston Public Media commenting on Texas Senate Joint Resolution 1, which calls for an amendment to allow judges to deny bail to people charged with certain violent, sexual, or trafficking crimes.

University of Houston scores national award for championing diversity

Dean Baynes was quoted in a CultureMap Houston article regarding UHLC's selection as a 2021 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award winner by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine for the sixth consecutive year. UHLC was also the only law school recognized as a Diversity Champion.

A Texas couple wore face masks at a restaurant to protect their immunocompromised infant. The owner asked them to leave

Professor Berman was quoted in a CNN article regarding a Texas couple who was kicked out of a restaurant for wearing masks. This article appeared on multiple news websites.

Texas doctor who defied state’s new abortion ban is sued

Professor Chandler was quoted in an Associated Press article and a host of related articles discussing the lawsuit against the Texas doctor who defied the state’s new abortion ban.

Guest Post: How Federal Courts Are Waking Up to Constitutional Claims in Immigration Cases by Geoffrey A. Hoffman

Professor Geoffrey A. Hoffman wrote an article for the ImmigrationProf Blog discussing new trends in federal immigration cases. This article was also published on the LexisNexis Legal NewsRoom.  

Biden's COVID order provides cover, conflict for employers in Galveston County

Professor Koch was quoted in a Galveston County Daily News article regarding President Biden's order to OSHA to create guidelines requiring companies to implement vaccination requirements or weekly testing. 

Expert Insight on Credit Card Consumer Rights

Dean Emeritus Alderman was quoted in a MoneyGeek article discussing the common misconceptions consumers have regarding their rights when they have a problem with a credit card account.

EXPLAINER: The Texas abortion law's swift impact, and future

Professor Chandler was quoted in an Associated Press article that appeared in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram commenting on how soon abortion clinics could reopen if the new Texas abortion law is put on hold by a court. This article appeared on multiple news sites.

Strategic Considerations in the Wake of Niz-Chavez

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman will participate in an AILA University online video roundtable discussion today on "Strategic Considerations in the Wake of Niz-Chavez" at 1:00 p.m. CST. The topics to be discussed include challenging defective notices to appear, accrual of 10 years of physical presence, including pre– and post-final orders of removal, and qualifying relatives: aged-out children and deceased parents and spouses. The online video roundtable discussion will be available at: https://agora.aila.org/conference/detail/1997.

ABC News: Some employees push back on workplace vaccine mandates

Professor Koch appeared on ABC News yesterday evening in a segment discussing employees pushing back on workplace vaccine mandates. Video is available here, and Professor Koch appears at 1:30 and 2:28.

How the Texas abortion law may actually be enforced

Professor Chandler was quoted in an article available on ABC News' website, commenting on how the new Texas abortion law may be enforced.

Rape survivor and women's health advocates say Abbott's goals on eliminating rape are unrealistic

Professor Chandler was quoted in an article available on KTRK (ABC-13, Houston)'s website, commenting on the future of the new Texas abortion law.

Elizabeth Holmes’ Defense Team Previews High-Risk Defense Strategy

Adjunct Professor Ryan McConnell co-authored the article, "Elizabeth Holmes’ Defense Team Previews High-Risk Defense Strategy," published in Corporate Counsel and available on Law.com.

Activists focus on tip site in protesting Texas abortion law

Professor Chandler was quoted in an Associated Press article regarding the various ways Texas's new abortion law disadvantages defendants. This article appeared on multiple news websites such as the Washington Post and Seattle Times.

City Council debate reveals kinks in charter amendment process

Professor Zale was quoted in a Community Impact article regarding problems with the Houston city charter amendment process.

Texas created a blueprint for abortion restrictions. Republican-controlled states may follow suit.

Professor Chandler was quoted in the Anchorage Daily News regarding Texas’s new abortion ban and the possibility of other states following suit.

Foes puzzle over how to defeat Texas 6-week abortion ban

Professor Chandler was quoted in a Houston Chronicle article regarding workarounds for challenging SB 8.

Biden pledges to protect women from 'bizarre' Texas abortion ban

Professor Chandler was quoted in a Houston Chronicle article regarding the Biden administration’s pledge to fight Texas’s new abortion ban.

Biden pledges to protect women from 'bizarre' Texas abortion ban

Professor Chandler was quoted in a Houston Chronicle article regarding the Supreme Court's decision to deny an emergency appeal to stop the Texas Heartbeat Act, which allows private citizens to sue anyone who performs an abortion or helps someone get an abortion.

President Biden blasts Supreme Court decision on Texas abortion law; GOP calls it 'tremendous victory'

Professor Chandler was interviewed for a news story for KHOU (CBS-11, Houston) and was quoted in an article available on the station's website. He commented on the Supreme Court's decision to deny an emergency appeal to stop the Texas Heartbeat Act, which allows private citizens to sue anyone who performs an abortion or helps someone get an abortion. He also appeared on KTRK (ABC-13, Houston) and SixiusXM's Dan Abrams show yesterday. Video of the KHOU interview is available at: https://www.khou.com/article/news/local/texas/biden-promises-to-fight-texas-abortion-law/285-c05086ff-4f08-4618-8438-4f98539297d6.

Guest Post: CAT a “dead letter” in the Fifth Circuit? I respectfully dissent by Geoffrey A. Hoffman

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman has authored an Immigration Prof Blog post. He discussed the Fifth Circuit's decision in Tabora Gutierrez v. Garland, interpreting the Convention Against Torture's (CAT's) state action requirement so restrictively that it led the dissenting judge to call CAT a virtual "dead letter" in most cases.

Griddy Energy settles with Texas, releasing customers from $9,000 power bills during freeze

Professor Emeritus Alderman was quoted in an article available on CBS News' website commenting on Griddy Energy's settlement with the Texas Attorney General's office, releasing customers from $9,000 power bills during the freeze in February.

Griddy Energy Reconciles with Texas to Free Customers from $ 9,000 Electricity Charges During Freeze

Professor Emeritus Alderman was quoted in an article available on Texas News Today's website commenting on Griddy Energy's settlement with the Texas Attorney General's office, releasing customers from $9,000 power bills during the freeze in February.

The U.S. Patent System and Quantum Cryptography: An Awkward Relationship

Associate Dean Vetter's article, Patenting Cryptographic Technology, 84 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 757 (2010), available at: https://scholarship.kentlaw.iit.edu/cklawreview/vol84/iss3/5, was mentioned in an IP Watchdog article about the U.S. patent system and quantum cryptography.

Geoffrey Hoffman on Biden Immigration Policy

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman appeared on C-SPAN to discuss President Biden’s immigration policy and the administration’s attempt to end President Trump’s “remain in Mexico” policy. Video footage can be found here: https://www.c-span.org/video/?514241-3/washington-journal-geoffrey-hoffman-discusses-biden-immigration-policy&live

Venezuela Energy Sector To Rebound — If Leadership Changes

Professor Cardenas Garcia was quoted in a Forbes article by UH Energy Scholar Emily Pickrell. He comments on the potential impact on Venezuela's oil sector and the major investment opportunities for U.S. companies if democracy and rule of law return to the country.

How a Former Law Clerk Earned $700K This Year as a Court-Appointed Technical Adviser

Professor Kumar was quoted in a Texas Lawyer article, which was also published in The National Law Journal. Professor Kumar discusses the judicial use of technical experts. The article reports on U.S. District Judge Alan Albright's reliance on Joshua Yi, a former law clerk and Ph.D in electrical engineering, for technical assistance with claim construction hearings. According to the article, he earned $709, 714 for at least 29 separate matters during the first six months of 2021.

Judge Orders UC Berkeley to Freeze Enrollment

The ruling faults the university’s analysis of the environmental impacts of increased enrollment as flawed and orders it not to further increase enrollment above 2020-21 levels.

Professor Emeritus Olivas was quoted in an Inside Higher Ed article regarding an Alameda County Superior Court judge's order for the University of California, Berkeley, to freeze student enrollment.

As Vaccine Exemptions Sky Rocket, What are Companies Doing?

Professor Koch was interviewed on WLSA-AM 90 (Chicago) about religious objections to employer vaccine mandates. Audio is available at: https://post.futurimedia.com/wlsam/playlist/listen-9338.html.

EXPLAINER: Texas mask battle looks to courts for resolution

Professor Zale was quoted in an Associated Press article regarding the ongoing court cases opposing Governor Greg Abbott's executive order banning mask mandates. This article appeared on KPRC (NBC-2, Houston)'s website and other news sites.

Where Are the Presidents?
Commercialism and college sports are on trial, yet, for the most part, higher education leaders have been conspicuously silent, argues John Thelin

Professor Emeritus Olivas was quoted in an Inside Higher Ed op-ed regarding commercialism in college sports.

Texas Mask Mandate Ban Exceeds Governor's Authority

Professor Zale authored a Law360 article discussing how the Texas mask mandate ban exceeds Governor Greg Abbott's authority and is an erroneous statutory interpretation of the Texas Disaster Act.

Federal judge resurrects ‘Remain in Mexico’ amid major activist backlash

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was quoted in an article available on AlDiaNews.com commenting on a Texas judge's recent order to revive the "remain in Mexico" policy.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tests positive for COVID-19 and is receiving treatment

Professor Zale was quoted in a CultureMap-Houston article. The article reports on Governor Greg Abbott testing positive for COVID-19. Professor Zale comments on the Governor's use of the Texas Disaster Act for his executive order that banned local governing entities, medical authorities, or school districts from instituting their own COVID protocols

Texas judge’s order to revive “remain in Mexico” policy misinterprets immigration law, migrant advocates say

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was quoted in a Texas Tribune article regarding a Texas judge's recent order to revive the "remain in Mexico" policy. This article also appeared on multiple news websites.

Weekly Legal Education Roundup

Reference/Student Services Librarian and Adjunct Professor Ashley Arrington's review of How to Teach Lawyers, Judges and Law Students Critical Thinking was highlighted on TaxProf Blog’s weekly legal education roundup.

Texas is the first state to make buying sex a felony. Will this help trafficking victims?

Professor Thompson was quoted in an NBC News article regarding a new Texas law making purchasing sex a felony. This quote was utilized in several other publications.

Mask Mandates And The Battle Between State And Local Control (Aug. 12, 2021)

Professor Zale was interviewed by Houston Public Media's Houston Matters program and by KPRC2 regarding the recent challenges to Governor Abbott's executive order against mask mandates.

Experts weigh in on who will win legal battle over Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's no mask mandate

Professor Zale was quoted by KTRK (ABC-13, Houston) regarding the legal battles challenging Governor Abbott's executive order prohibiting mask mandates.

Texas Republicans Enlist Law Enforcement To Help End Democrats’ Holdout

Professor Thompson was quoted in an Associated Press article commenting on the civil arrest warrants issued against Texas Democratic lawmakers who fled the state on July 12 to block a voting bill they opposed. This article appeared on several news websites.

HISD school board approves districtwide mask mandate for 2021-2022 school year

Professor Zale was quoted in an article available on KTRK (ABC-13, Houston)'s website regarding HISD's decision to approve a districtwide mask mandate for the 2021-2022 school year.

Texas Gov. Abbott Says Migrant Transport Is A Public Health Issue. Critics Allege The Restrictions Violate Federal Law, Encourage Racial Profiling

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman appeared as a guest on The Source, a program broadcast by Texas Public Radio network. Professor Hoffman discussed the Justice Department’s opposition to Governor Greg Abbott’s executive order restricting the travel of migrants. Audio is available here: https://www.tpr.org/podcast/the-source/2021-08-04/texas-gov-abbott-says-migrant-transport-is-a-public-health-issue-and-restrictions-are-necessary-critics-including-the-doj-disagree.

Michael Olivas: The Rock and Roll Law Professor

Professor Michael Olivas and his work as the Rock and Roll Law Professor were highlighted in a St. Pius X Connections magazine article.

Gov. Abbott Is Running His Own Immigration Policy. Is It Legal?

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was quoted in a Texas Public Radio article discussing the legality of Gov. Abbott’s immigration policy.

The Curious Case of FTC Chair Khan’s Recusal

Professor Bush's op-ed discussing Amazon's motion to recuse Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chair Lina Khan from any antitrust investigation, adjudication, litigation, or other proceedings related to Amazon, was available on JURIST's website.

Par Pacific Announces Appointment of Anthony Chase to Board of Directors

Par Pacific Holdings, Inc. ("Par Pacific") announced the appointment of Professor Chase to the Par Pacific Board of Directors, effective July 29, 2021, according to a press release distributed by Marketing News Publishing.

Texas and the Dangers of State Immigration Enforcement, by Geoffrey A. Hoffman

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman authored a post on the Yale Journal on Regulation Notice & Comment blog titled "Texas and the Dangers of State Immigration Enforcement."

Zachary Kaufman on Digital Bad Samaritans

Professor Kaufman was interviewed on the Ipse Dixit Podcast, which aired Saturday, July 24. The episode is called "Zachary Kaufman on Digital Bad Samaritans". Professor Kaufman discusses his most recent article, "Digital Age Samaritans," which is available at: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3741017.

KPRC 2 Investigates: SUV left at dealership for first oil change totaled; Owner told dealership not responsible, so who is?

Professor Marquez was interviewed for a KPRC news segment, commenting on what to do if a mechanic damages your vehicle while it is in the shop.

Student Debtors Notch Win in Fight to Wipe Out Debt in Bankruptcy

Professor Alderman was quoted in a Bloomberg Law article discussing how student debtors notched a win in the fight to wipe out debt in bankruptcy.

Trump-Tied Lawyers Avoided Discipline Before. The Election Lawsuits Have Some Facing Consequences.

Professor Knake Jefferson was quoted in a National Law Journal article discussing how Trump-tied lawyers who previously avoided discipline are facing consequences following election lawsuits.

Court Defeat for DACA

Professor Olivas was quoted in an Inside Higher Ed article regarding a federal judge's ruling against the DACA program. 

Fact-check: Is there 'clear legal authority to handcuff and put in leg irons' fleeing Texas Democrats?

Professor Thompson was quoted by Politifact and in the Austin American-Statesman regarding the inaccuracy of Ted Cruz's comment that "[t]here is clear legal authority to handcuff and put in leg irons legislators that are trying to stop the legislature from being able to do business." 

Liberals struggle with Breyer's refusal to retire

Professor Morales was quoted in an article reported by CNN, commenting on Justice Stephen Breyer's comments that he is not ready to retire from the Supreme Court.

Mexican Mid-Term Election Fends Off Nationalization Fears For Energy Sector

Professor Julian Cardenas Garcia was quoted in a Forbes article discussing how Mexico’s June mid-term election has fended off nationalization fears for the energy sector.

ON THE RISE 2021
Brandon Draper

Professor Brandon Draper was featured by the ABA for his work at the University of Houston Law Center.

Health and law expert reacts to Houston doctor not indicted for 'stealing' COVID-19 vaccines for loved ones

Professor Koch was interviewed by FOX 26 Houston regarding a grand jury's decision not to indict a Harris County doctor who was accused of stealing Covid-19 vaccines.

Ask the Experts

Professor Emeritus Alderman was featured in Wallet Hub's "Ask the Experts" segment discussing foreign-transaction fees charged by credit card companies.

Experts: Education, media literacy crucial in combating genocide denial

Professor Kaufman's comments from a webinar discussing how digital technologies can be leveraged in the battle against genocide denial were included in a New Times (Rwanda) article.

Two law professors said Gov. Abbott faces several hurdles in clearing the way for Texas to acquire the land necessary to build a border wall.

Professor Chandler appeared on KHOU (CBS-11, Houston)'s VERIFY segment commenting on whether Texas can build its own border wall. The video is available at: https://www.khou.com/article/news/verify/verify-gov-abbbott-can-border-wall/285-856dbaaf-25aa-4230-97d3-e04416f04713 (click the first video on the page).

Officials: Widespread vaccine mandates unlikely in Tomball, Magnolia despite decisions of some employers

Professor Koch was quoted in a Community Impact Newspaper article commenting on whether private businesses as well as the state and federal government can mandate vaccinations.

The Floyd family watches as former Minneapolis police officer Chauvin sentenced to 22 ½ years

Professor Thompson was quoted in a Houston Chronicle article discussing former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin's 22½ years prison sentence for the murder of George Floyd.

Widespread COVID-19 vaccine mandates in Montgomery County unlikely despite decisions of some employers

Professor Koch was quoted in a Community Impact Newspaper article noting that widespread COVID-19 vaccine mandates in Montgomery County are unlikely despite vaccine requirements by some employers.

Bills passed in legislative session aim to tackle criminal justice reform

Professor Thompson was quoted in a Community Impact Newspaper article discussing several bills aimed at reforming Texas’ criminal justice system that were penned during the 2021 legislative session.

How will Third Precinct arsonists pay $12 million restitution? They probably won't

Professor Thompson was quoted in a Minneapolis Star-Tribune article, which reported that the four men convicted of burning down Minneapolis' Third Precinct station have been ordered to pay $12 million in restitution to paid over the next 20 years. Professor Thompson comments on the impact that such high restitution payments have on defendants.

10 years after it was created, has the Green Mountain Care Board worked?

Professor Mantel was quoted in a VT Digger article.  She discusses the Green Mountain Care Board, a five-member board created ten years ago in Vermont, which is considered to have the broadest and strongest regulatory authority of any health care regulator in the country.

Gov. Abbott Orders South Texas Prison To Make Room For Undocumented Immigrants, TDCJ Says

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was quoted in a Houston Public Media article discussing how Gov. Greg Abbott has ordered the state Department of Criminal Justice to move inmates from a south Texas state prison to make room for undocumented immigrants.

Southern Tier hospitals not requiring COVID-19 vaccines for staff

Professor Koch was quoted in a localsyr.com article noting that Southern Tier hospitals are not requiring COVID-19 vaccines for staff.

Officials: Widespread countywide vaccine mandates unlikely despite decisions of some employers

Professor Koch was quoted in a Community Impact Newspaper health care edition article noting that widespread countywide vaccine mandates are unlikely despite the decisions of some employers. (The article begins on page 1 and resumes on page 24).

Up Front - June 16, 2021 01:30 PM

Professor Kaufman was interviewed by Voice of America. He discussed his research on bystanders and upstanders, particularly his newest article, Digital Age Samaritans (Boston College Law Review), and his most recent two op-eds, Prod Bystanders to be "Upstanders" like Darnella Frazier (Houston Chronicle) and What Makes People Save Lives? Learning from Upstanders and Bystanders (New York Daily News). Video is available at: https://www.voanews.com/episode/front-4706326 (from 00:00 to 16:40 and, after a break, from 19:00 to 23:45).

Liberal-funded ads call for Justice Stephen Breyer to retire

An article available on CNN.com and The Guardian’s website reports that Professor Morales was among a group of 18 scholars on Wednesday who signed onto an ad to be published Friday in The New York Times, paid for by the liberal group Demand Justice, calling on the 82-year-old justice to announce plans to step down, giving President Joe Biden the opportunity to nominate a younger liberal justice to the Supreme Court.

What to expect when US and Russian leaders meet today

Professor Kaufman was interviewed by BBC World Service about the upcoming inauguration of the International Criminal Court's new prosecutor, Karim Khan. Audio is available (starting at 31:15).

What is collision coverage and who should get it?

Professor Richard M. Alderman was featured in WalletHub's piece about Collision Insurance.

Judge dismisses lawsuit filed by Houston hospital employees who refused covid-19 vaccine

Professor Koch was quoted in a Washington Post article commenting on a federal judge’s decision to dismiss a lawsuit filed by 117 staffers at Houston Methodist over the hospital’s coronavirus vaccine requirement for employees.

Galveston County companies incentivize, rather than require, workplace vaccinations

Professor Koch was quoted in The Daily News in an article addressing workplace vaccine requirements.

America’s Dangerous Obsession With Innocence

Professor Dow was quoted by The Atlantic regarding the rise in innocence programs and how advances in technology may change the types of innocence cases they will work on in the future.

Unanimous Supreme Court Rules Against Those With Temporary Protected Status

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was interviewed by the Texas Standard regarding the Supreme Court's recent decision that immigrants who crossed the border illegally, but who gained Temporary Protected Status, cannot apply for permanent resident status. Audio is available at https://www.texasstandard.org/stories/unanimous-supreme-court-rules-against-those-with-temporary-protected-status/.

Big Houston area impact expected from Supreme Court ruling barring permanent residency for many immigrants

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was quoted in a Houston Chronicle article discussing the Supreme Court’s recent ruling that has limited the path to permanent U.S. residency for foreign citizens with temporary immigration protections.

Texas' restrictive new abortion law faces uncertain path

Professor Chandler was quoted in a Houston Chronicle article discussing Texas’ restrictive new abortion law and its uncertain path.

Employees sue a Houston hospital for requiring vaccines.

Professor Koch was quoted in a New York Times article discussing a lawsuit by Houston Methodist Hospital employees over a workplace requirement that they be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Texas Heartbeat Act is waste of state’s time

Professor Chandler’s op-ed arguing that the Texas Heartbeat Act will fail for reasons having nothing to do with abortion was published in today’s Houston Chronicle

KHN Morning Briefing Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations

Kaiser Health News (KHN) posted an excerpt of the op-ed by Professor Chandler’s op-ed arguing that the Texas Heartbeat Act will fail for reasons having nothing to do with abortion on its website as a part of the morning briefing.

Ask the I-Team: Can Maine businesses ask for proof of COVID-19 vaccination?

Professor Koch appeared on WGME (CBS 13, Maine) commenting on Governor Janet Mills’ executive order lifting Maine's mask mandate for everyone, including unvaccinated people. Video is available here.

Gov. Abbott signs one of nation’s strictest abortion laws, banning procedure as early as six weeks into a pregnancy

Professor Chandler appeared on KHOU (CBS 11-Houston). He discussed Gov. Abbott signing one of the nation’s strictest abortion laws, banning the procedure as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. Video is available here.

Charging 589% Interest in the Pandemic Is a Booming Business

A study by Professor Hawkins and UHLC student Tiffany Penner was discussed in a Bloomberg news article regarding how the payday lending industry often targets Black and Latino communities.

Get to Know Judge Janet Heppard: Archer, Ex-Geophysicist, Stickler for Punctuality

Professor Heppard was interviewed by the Texas Lawyer regarding her work as Fort Bend County’s 387th District Court Judge.

She Leads the Fight Against Mandatory Vaccines in Texas. She Also Happens to Be a Nurse.

Professor Koch was quoted in a Texas Monthly article regarding the legality of private employer vaccine mandates.

La duda de muchos: ¿Quiénes pueden solicitar un comprobante de vacunación?

Professor Koch was interviewed by Telemundo Houston about the CDC's recent change to their mask guidelines.

Next Steps In Texas Surface Vs Mineral Rights? The Answer, My Friend, Is Blowing In The Wind

Adjunct Professor Ted Borrego authored an article available on Forbes’ website discussing mineral rights versus surface rights in Texas.

Another Twist on Niz-Chavez: The "Fake Date" Problem

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman authored an article for ImmigrationProf Blog analyzing the recent Supreme Court decision, Niz-Chavez v. Garland, No. 19-863, Apr. 29, 2021. 

Target, Walmart relax mask rules for fully vaccinated; other major chains still require them

Professor Koch appeared on KHOU (CBS-11, Houston) discussing the decision by Walmart and Costco to relax mask rules for fully vaccinated customers while other major chains still require them. Video is available.

Beaumont partner accused of abuse; Firm taking over psychiatric services also sued over fraud

Professor Kwok was quoted in a Detroit Free-Press article. The article reports that Beaumont Health is handing control of its inpatient psychiatric services to Universal Health Services, a for-profit company accused in recent years by regulators and whistleblowers of abusing and endangering patients and fraudulently billing Medicare and Medicaid for millions of dollars. Professor Kwok comments on the government’s case against Universal.

Is earned wage access predatory payday lending? States will soon decide.

Professor Hawkins was quoted in a Protocol article discussing claims made by fintech startups that advances against paychecks simply ease the financial burden of people surviving paycheck to paycheck.

Why racial disparities threaten Biden's goal

The Austin American-Statesman has published Dean Baynes’ op-ed, co-authored with Dean Stephen J. Spann at the UH College of Medicine, discussing why racial disparities threaten President Joe Biden’s goal that the nation will be independent of the coronavirus by the upcoming Independence Day.

Law Firms in Oil Country See Green in Renewable Energy Clients

Professor Warren was quoted in a Bloomberg Law article on law firms growing renewable energy practices. 

U.S. Gulf Of Mexico Safety Is Best Protected Through Performance-Based Rules

Professor Cardenas Garcia was quoted in a Forbes op-ed by UH Energy Scholar, Emily Pickrell, regarding the use of performance-based rules to prevent accidents in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

Advocates Say Continued Use Of Title 42 To Exclude Most Asylum-Seekers From The US Discriminates Against Them

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was interviewed by Texas Standard, commenting that the use of Title 42 of the United States Code to exclude most asylum-seekers from the U.S discriminates against them. Audio is available at: https://www.texasstandard.org/stories/advocates-say-continued-use-of-title-42-to-exclude-most-asylum-seekers-from-the-us-discriminates-against-them/. An ImmigrationCourtside.com post includes quotes from Professor Hoffman’s interview with Texas Standard.

Ask the Experts

Professor Hawkins was featured in WalletHub's Ask the Experts segment about secured credit cards.

April 30, 2021
The Honorable Merrick B. Garland Attorney General of the United States

Professor Emeritus Olivas and Professor Geoffrey Hoffman were signatories on a letter to Attorney General Garland. The letter discusses the DOJ and EOIR's legal authority to move non-priority cases off the immigration courts' overburdened active dockets.

Fact-check: Did Republicans 'try to rig the game' during 2016 SCOTUS nomination?

Professor Berman was quoted in an Austin American-Statesman article examining Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s claim that the GOP didn’t rig SCOTUS confirmations.

Civil lawsuits against Deshaun Watson addressed by NFL commissioner

Professor Duncan appeared on KTRK (ABC-13, Houston) commenting on the civil lawsuits alleging sexual misconduct and sexual assault by Texans Quarterback Deshaun Watson during message therapy sessions. Video is available.

Niz-Chavez and Jurisdiction?

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman authored an article discussing the Supreme Court’s decision earlier this week in Niz-Chavez v. Garland on ImmigrationProf Blog.

With time running out on the Texas legislative session, health experts urge lawmakers to prepare for the next pandemic

Professor Koch was quoted in a Texas Tribune article discussing how Texas lawmakers should prepare for the next pandemic.

Ted Cruz’s dubious claim that GOP didn’t “rig” SCOTUS confirmations

Professor Berman was quoted in a PolitiFact article regarding Senator Ted Cruz’s claim that the GOP didn’t “rig” SCOTUS confirmations.

Most of these vaccination mandates ... will be upheld' | Expert says private companies can require employees to get vaccinations

Professor Koch was interviewed by KHOU regarding whether private companies can mandate vaccinations of their employees. Video is available at.

Human Rights First: Letter to Attorney General and DHS Secretary on Asylum System Reforms

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was among the signatories of a letter from Human Rights First sent to the U.S. Attorney General and DHS Secretary on asylum system reforms.

Texas Gov. Abbott Appoints Hurley and Sias to Texas Southern University Board of Regents

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed former Adjunct Professor Caroline Baker Hurley to the Texas Southern University Board of Regents for a term set to expire on February 1, 2027, according to a press release.

DREAMers and Their Dreams Deferred: DACA and the DREAM Act

Professor Emeritus Olivas spoke on "DREAMers and Their Dreams Deferred: DACA and the DREAM Act," as a part of Penn State College of Education's Justice Education week. The event was held virtually on Friday, April 23 at 1:30 p.m. and the recording is available

CSI Houston: How a Texas lab has remade the science of forensics

Professor Thompson was quoted in a Christian Science Monitor article that reported on how the Houston Forensic Science Center, an independent lab, is restoring public trust in forensics and becoming an international model.

Expert Advice: Understanding Liability-Only Car Insurance

Professor Alderman was interviewed by MoneyGeek regarding liability-only car insurance.

Expert Advice: Understanding Full Coverage Car Insurance

Professor Alderman was also interviewed by MoneyGeek regarding full coverage car insurance.

Floyd family, Houstonians react to closing arguments in the murder trial of Derek Chauvin

Professor Duncan was interviewed by Fox 26 regarding the Derek Chauvin trial. Video is available.

Chauvin verdict: George Floyd's childhood neighborhood want justice

Professor Duncan was quoted in an Austin American-Statesman article regarding the historic significance of the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial.

‘More work to be done’: Derek Chauvin murder conviction brings relief, resolve to keep fighting for justice in George Floyd's name

Professor Duncan was also quoted in a USA Today article regarding the historic significance of the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial.

Cold Cases, Misogyny and Race in America: Q&A with Jillian Lauren, Host of Docuseries ‘Confronting a Serial Killer’ on STARZ

Professor Knake Jefferson interviewed New York Times bestselling author, Jillian Lauren discussing misogyny, race, and injustice, among other topics. The full text of the interview is available on Ms. Magazine’s website.

Court Ruling Alters Informed Consent Process

Professor Koch was quoted in a General Surgery News article discussing a Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling that alters the informed consent process.

Harvard FedSoc chapter to host debate on court packing

SCOTUSblog reports that Professor Rave will be moderating a debate for the Harvard Law School chapter of the Federalist Society on Tuesday, April 20 entitled “Breaking the Court or Saving Democracy? A Debate on Court Packing."

VERIFY: Governor Abbott's ban on vaccination passports could face legal challenges, legal experts say

Professor Chandler appeared on KHOU’s VERIFY segment to discuss whether Governor Abbott can really declare vaccine passports illegal in the State of Texas. Video is available.

Deshaun Watson Sexual Misconduct Cases: Where They Might Go Next

Professor Duncan was quoted in a Complex article regarding the possibility of criminal prosecution in the Deshaun Watson sexual misconduct cases.

Judges order women suing Deshaun Watson to disclose names

Professor Duncan was interviewed by KTRK commenting on an emergency motion by attorneys for Deshaun Watson to identify one of the 22 accusers that have filed civil lawsuits against the Houston Texans quarterback. The judge granted the emergency request. Video is available.

Column: There’s a racial gap in marketing by banks and payday lenders, study finds

A Los Angeles Times article discusses a paper co-authored by Professor Hawkins and UHLC law student Tiffany Penner. The forthcoming article investigates why Black and Latino people make up a disproportionately high percentage of customers for payday and auto title lenders.

DREAMers & Their Dreams Deferred: DACA and The DREAM Act: Michael A. Olivas

Professor Olivas will speak on "DREAMers and Their Dreams Deferred: DACA and the DREAM Act," as a part of Penn State College of Education's Justice Education week. The event will be held virtually on Friday, April 23 at 1:30 p.m. and advance registration is available.

Texas governor issues order to prohibit government-mandated vaccine passports

Professor Chandler was interviewed by Fox 26 regarding Governor Abbott's executive order prohibiting government-mandated vaccine passports in Texas. Video is available.

State lawmakers to consider Damon Allen Act again this session

Professor Thompson was interviewed by KWTX regarding a bail reform bill under consideration by the Texas legislature. Video is available.

Houston Police Department investigating complaint against Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson

Professor Duncan was quoted in a USA Today article regarding the sexual assault allegations against Deshaun Watson. The article, which reports that the Houston Police Department announced last Friday that a police report was filed, mentions and quotes UHLC alumnus Tony Buzbee.

2021 Skelton Lecture Series

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman’s 2021 Skelton (Houston Journal of International Law) Lecture, “What Should Immigration Law Become?,” was featured on ImmigrationCourtside.com. The lecture is available.

LyondellBasell Nominates Anthony Chase and Robert Dudley to Serve as Directors

LyondellBasell announced that Professor Chase has been nominated to stand for election to its board of directors at the company's annual general meeting of shareholders on May 28, 2021, according to a press release.

2nd Circ. Climate Ruling May Not Sway Case At High Court

Professor Hester was quoted in a Law360 article commenting on the Second Circuit’s decision on Thursday to dismiss a climate tort lawsuit brought by New York City, which could potentially weigh on the Supreme Court as it decides a different climate tort case.

Texas Files Amicus Brief Supporting SFFA in Harvard Admissions Lawsuit

Professor Emeritus Olivas was quoted in a Harvard Crimson article commenting on Texas filing an amicus brief Tuesday in favor of the anti-affirmative action group suing Harvard over its race-conscious admissions policies.

U.S. News Ranking Metrics Stifle Law Libraries, Tie Hands of Law Schools

Professor Watson co-authored a post on the TaxProf Blog regarding the new law library metrics in the U.S. News and World Report 2022 Best Law Schools rankings.

Editorial: Cracking down on polluters is good for Texans' health - and for business

Professor Flatt was quoted in a Houston Chronicle editorial on the benefits of cracking down on polluters.

New details on Houston-area residents arrested in connection with U.S. Capitol riots

Professor Thompson was quoted in a KHOU article regarding updates to the trial of two Houston area men facing charges as a result of their participation in the Capitol Riots.

Making sense of Deshaun Watson lawsuits and what comes next for Texans QB

Professor Duncan was quoted in a USA Today article (available on GreenvilleOnline.com) regarding the sexual assault allegations against Deshaun Watson and UHLC alumnus Tony Buzbee's decision to file the civil lawsuits.  

'We just want justice' | George Floyd's friends, family in Houston prepare for start of Derek Chauvin trial

Professor Thompson appeared on KHOU to discuss the trial against Derek Chauvin, the former officer who is charged in the death of George Floyd last spring. Video is available at: https://www.khou.com/article/news/local/george-floyd/george-floyd-derek-chauvin-trial/285-40bb1fa7-6e01-4219-afd2-94fcb451de0f.

Can’t Have It Both Ways: Sidney Powell's Defamation Defense Could Put Her in Ethical Bind, Experts Say

Professor Knake Jefferson was quoted in a Law.com article regarding why Sidney Powell's defamation lawsuit defense undermines her defense in the disciplinary proceeding she is also facing in the Eastern District of Michigan.

Deshaun Watson now facing 13 lawsuits from women accusing him of sexual misconduct

Professor Duncan was quoted in a KHOU-11 article discussing the sexual misconduct lawsuits against Deshaun Watson. UHLC alum Tony Buzbee, the attorney representing the women in the cases, is also mentioned.

The women shortlisted for the Supreme Court before Sandra Day O'Connor

Professor Knake Jefferson co-wrote an article (with Hannah Brenner Johnson) published by The Hill, discussing the women who were shortlisted for the Supreme Court before Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.

Lawyer for Deshaun Watson’s Accusers Addresses Skeptics

UHLC alumnus Tony Buzbee is discussed in a New York Times article noting that he spoke publicly on Friday for the first time since the sexual assault allegations against Deshaun Watson emerged. Professor Emeritus Mixon is quoted in the article.

Dream Derailed Leads to Lawsuit Against Berkeley

Professor Emeritus Olivas was quoted in an Inside Higher Ed article noting that a former international student at the University of California, Berkeley has filed suit claiming the university’s international student advising office misinformed him of a deadline to apply for authorization to work in the U.S.

BU In The Morning

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman appeared on WTBU Radio (Boston University) to discuss the situation at the U.S.-Mexico border. Audio is available at: http://headphones.bu.edu/LoadArchive.php?mp3file=WTBU-2021-03-17_1000_to_1200_BU_in_the_Morning.mp3&realname=BU+in+the+Morning (The segment begins around 1:54:50).

Texas AG threatens to sue city of Austin for defying governor on mask mandate

Professor Berman was quoted in an NBC News article noting that Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has threatened to sue the city of Austin for defying Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s decision to lift the mask mandate and loosen other COVID-19 restrictions.

No 'constitutional right' to refuse a business mask policy

Professor Berman was interviewed by KHOU regarding the legality of store and restaurant mask policies now that the Texas statewide mask mandate has been lifted. Video is available.  

Texas mask mandate ends, some restaurants still require masks

Professor Berman was interviewed by KHOU regarding the legality of store and restaurant mask policies now that the Texas statewide mask mandate has been lifted. Video is available.  

Women in leadership pave the way for future generations

Professor Knake Jefferson was quoted in The State News for an article on women in leadership. In the article, Professor Knake Jefferson discusses her role as a trustee on MSU's majority-female Board of Trustees, and the challenges women face obtaining leadership positions in the legal profession. 

Liability Elusive for Air Pollution Released During Texas Storms

Professor Flatt was quoted in a Bloomberg Law article regarding the difficulty of holding petrochemical plants and industrial facilities legally accountable for the extra air pollution that they release into Texas skies in the wake of natural disasters like the recent winter storms.

What the first female lawyers can teach us about legal innovation today with Professor Renee Knake Jefferson

Professor Knake Jefferson appeared on the Imagining Justice Podcast, “What the First Female Lawyers Can Teach us about Legal Innovation Today.” Audio is available.

Struggling consumers report impacts to credit scores despite forbearance programs

Professor Marquez was interviewed by KTRK (ABC-13, Houston) discussing actions consumers who received a forbearance on their mortgage payments can take to protect their credit. Video of the interview is available.

After Deadly Winter Storm, Families File Wrongful Death Lawsuits Against Utilities

Professor Flatt was interviewed for a news story by the Texas Standard commenting that the state’s wrongful death statute specifically allows suits against utility companies. Audio is available.

Elon Musk looking to create a city in the RGV

Professor Zale was interviewed by KVEO (NBC-32, Brownsville) discussing Elon Musk (the creator of the Mars exploration project SpaceX)’s announcement that he wants to take his project a step further by incorporating Boca Chica Village into a city called “Starbase.”  Video is available.

Making Sense of a Mask Non-Mandate

Professor Emeritus Olivas was quoted in an Inside Higher Ed article discussing Governor Greg Abbott’s executive order ending Texas’ statewide mask mandate and allowing businesses and facilities to open at full capacity.

New Report Praises Harris County Misdemeanor Bail Reforms, Says Spiking Violent Crime Not Related

Professor Thompson was mentioned in an article from The Texan discussing a new report that praises Harris County misdemeanor bail reform and says spikes in violent crime are unrelated.

Who’s Going to Take Responsibility for Air Pollution in Texas?

Professor Flatt was quoted a Texas Observer article regarding why environmental laws must be more strongly enforced by the government to protect the health and safety of Texans.

Elon Musk seeks to create the city of Starbase in South Texas

Professor Zale was quoted in a Houston Chronicle article regarding Elon Musk's plan to create the city of Starbase in South Texas.

Griddy vowed to be a market 'disrupter.' Mission accomplished to electric customers' chagrin

Professor Emeritus Alderman was quoted in a Corpus-Christi Caller Times article on the electric company, Gritty Energy, which recently billed customers thousands of dollars during February's freeze.

Will Lawsuits Against ERCOT Succeed?

Professor Flatt appeared on Houston Matters discussing whether lawsuits filed against ERCOT will succeed. Video is available (Professor Flatt begins at 13:56).

The FinTech Industry Wants to Give Desperate Workers an Advance on Their Next Paycheck. It’s a Trap.

Professor Hawkins was quoted in an article reported by The New Republic. He comments on the advisability of employer-based installment loans, which have been advertised as an alternative to predatory payday loans.

Six Steps Law Students of Color Can Take to be Successful in Law School

Dean Baynes’ article, entitled “Six Steps Law Students of Color Can Take to be Successful in Law School,” was published in the National Jurist on February 24.

Nessel will close Nassar inquiry unless MSU releases 6,000 documents

Professor Knake Jefferson, a member of Michigan State University’s Board of Trustees, was referenced in multiple articles, including one reported on DetriotNews.com. The article discussed the possible closing of the Larry Nassar case.

Nessel to close MSU-Nassar investigation if trustees refuse to release documents again

Professor Knake Jefferson, a member of Michigan State University’s Board of Trustees, was referenced in multiple articles, including one reported on the Lansing State Journal’s website. The article discussed the possible closing of the Larry Nassar case.

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 BusinessWire.com.

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 GenocideResponse.org.

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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