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University of Houston debuts new ultramodern legal center named for fierce and legendary local lawyer

Culture Map-Houston article featured the new John M. O'Quinn Law Building and discusses UHLC alum John O'Quinn. The article announces the official opening on Thursday, September 22, and the ribbon-cutting ceremony, set to take place at 6 pm with UH President Renu Khator and Dean Baynes in attendance along with UH alumni, donors, and dignitaries. Dean Baynes was quoted in the article.

Mom seeks justice in son’s jail death

Professor Kaufman was quoted in a Houston Chronicle article, which reported that Larhonda Biggles is seeking justice for the death of her son, Jaquaree Simmons, who was beaten then later died at the Harris County Jail during the February 2021 freeze. 

Justice Jackson’s New Disclosures Highlight Transparency Gaps

Professor Knake Jefferson was quoted in a Bloomberg Law article, which reported that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson said she had “inadvertently omitted” information in financial disclosure forms. The quote was taken from a 2021 congressional hearing on court transparency. 

ABA Competitions Champion

The American Bar Association (ABA) has named University of Houston Law Center the 2021-2022 ABA Competitions Champion!

The Bill of Rights: The First Amendment

Dean Leonard M. Baynes appeared on Houston Public Media's Briefcase discussing the First Amendment.

University of Houston Law Center opens new $93M building with range of amenities

Dean Baynes was quoted in a Houston Chronicle article discussing the new John O'Quinn Law Building. The article also mentions alumni state Sen. Royce West and personal injury lawyer, Ezequiel Reyna, and the third-floor study bar, named Len's Landing, after Dean Baynes.

Religious employers need not cover PrEP in their health plans, federal judge rule

Professor Chandler appeared on KRTK (ABC-13, Houston). He comments on a federal judge in Fort Worth's decision agreeing with a group of Christian conservatives that Affordable Care Act requirements to cover HIV prevention drugs violate their religious freedom. Video is available at: https://abc13.com/texas-religious-employers-christian-conservatives-affordable-care-act-violate-freedom/12209213/.

Judge in Reed-Chamblee defamation suit is avid golfer and ‘absolute stickler for the rules

Professor Duncan was quoted in a Golf.com article, which reports on golfer Patrick Reed’s defamation suit against Golf Channel and Brandel Chamblee and discusses Alfred H. Bennett, a federal judge in Texas, who will be presiding over the case. Professor Duncan comments on the legal standard for public figures to prove defamation.

ATPE Signs on to Amicus Brief in Case of Abbott v. Doe

The Association of Texas Professional Educators, in its role as the largest educator association in Texas, has signed on to an amicus brief prepared by attorneys at the University of Houston Law Center in the case of Abbott v. Doe. Martin J. Siegel, Director, Appellate Civil Rights Clinic and UHLC students, Brian Kay, Chelsea Ogan, and Kirsten Williams, were listed as counsel in the brief.

Evolution and Innovation in the Health Care Payment Landscape - 16th Annual Health Law Symposium

A Medical Futility Blog post mentioned that Professor Mantel is speaking at Loyola University Chicago's 16th Annual Health Law Symposium: "Evolution and Innovation in the Health Care Payment Landscape," on November 11, 2022.

EPA reverses course, rejects permit for massive oil exporting project offshore from Corpus Christi

Professor Flatt was quoted in a Texas Tribune article commenting on the EPA's decision to reject a permit for a massive oil exporting project offshore from Corpus Christi.

Second Baptist Church receives blowback over politically charged sermon

Professor Buckles was quoted in a Houston Public Media article. The article reports on a sermon delivered by Rev. Ed Young of Houston's Second Baptist Church, in which he criticized the crime-related policies of "left-wing progressives" and urged congregates to "throw those bums out of office." Professor Buckles comments on the possibility of the church losing its tax-exempt status.

How much has it cost Texas to send migrants to DC, NYC?

Professor Morales appeared on KHOU (CBS-11, Houston) commenting on Governor Greg Abbott's decision to send 8000-9000 migrants out of state. Video is available.

Readout of Assistant Attorneys General Kristen Clarke and Todd Kim’s Listening Session with Environmental Justice Stakeholders in Houston, Texas

Professors Flatt and Hester were mentioned in a press release available on the U.S. Department of Justice's website. The press release discussed U.S. Assistant Attorneys General Kristen Clarke and Todd Kim's listening session with environmental justice stakeholders in Houston. Professors Flatt and Hester were thanked for hosting the listening session. Prof. Warren was also at the session, and introduced the DOJ and EPA dignitaries. 

Abortion rights groups sue Texas AG for right to pay for interstate abortion travel

Professor Chandler's comments from an appearance on KHOU were included in a Houston Chronicle article. The article reported that a coalition of Texas abortion rights groups have sued state Attorney General Ken Paxton to protect their right to help Texans obtain abortions in states where the procedure is still legal. Professor Chandler comments on the legalities of giving money for an illegal abortion performed in Texas.

Texas trigger law banning almost all abortions in effect now

Professor Chandler appeared on KTRK (ABC-13, Houston). He discussed the Texas trigger law, which has now banned almost all abortions. Video is available at: https://abc13.com/texas-politics-abortion-rights-trigger-ban-law-2022-exceptions/12163065/.

Texas' trigger law goes into effect Thursday. Here's what you need to know.

Professor Chandler also appeared on KHOU (CBS-11, Houston) to comment on the Texas trigger law. Video is available at: https://www.khou.com/video/news/local/texas/texas-trigger-law-goes-into-effect-thursday-heres-what-you-need-to-know/285-3f15e1fa-a15c-4e5a-a1fb-6c104145e138.

VERIFY: All abortions are not banned when Texas' 'trigger law' goes into effect

Professor Chandler appeared on KHOU's VERIFY news segment regarding the Texas trigger law. In particular, he verifies whether Roe v. Wade was overturned because of the trigger law, whether all abortions in Texas are banned, whether doctors can be criminally charged or face civil penalties, and whether abortion pills are banned, among other claims. Video is available at: https://www.khou.com/article/news/verify/texas-trigger-law/285-d10185a4-3997-4a1e-ba66-f4ed1ba9d14c.

Study finds ‘opaque’ privacy protection policies across top period, pregnancy apps

Professor Guggenberger appeared on Spectrum News (New York-1) commenting on privacy issues related to menstrual cycle tracking apps. Video is available at: https://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/news/2022/08/22/study-mozilla-privacy-not-included-study-period-pregnancy-tracking-apps

Michigan Democratic Party sets slate for November at nominating convention

Professor Knake Jefferson was named as the Democrats' candidate for the Michigan State University (MSU) Board of Trustees in this year's election according to a Grand Rapids Press article. Professor Knake Jefferson has been a member of the MSU board since 2019.

Rich Countries Gobble Up Fuel While Poorer Nations Stuck With Brewing Unrest

Visiting Professor Sakmar was quoted in a Bloomberg article commenting on the impact of the global fuel shortage.

New report warns about privacy of period-tracking, pregnancy apps after Roe v. Wade overturned

Professor Fowler appeared on Good Morning America discussing privacy issues related to menstrual tracking apps. The video is available at: https://www.goodmorningamerica.com/wellness/story/report-warns-privacy-period-tracking-pregnancy-apps-roe-88490331. This news story appeared on multiple news stations such as KTRK (ABC-13, Houston).

Five years after Harvey, a solution to the flood threat from the Addicks and Barker Reservoirs remains a long way off

Professor Hester appeared for a news segment on Houston Public Media regarding a solution to the flood threat from the Addicks and Barker reservoirs, which flooded during Hurricane Harvey. Professor Hester comments on the class-action lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which manages both Addicks and Barker reservoirs. This news segment is a part of Houston Public Media's "Below the Waterlines: Houston after Hurricane Harvey podcast series." Audio is available.

Tax Prof Rankings By H-Index All (Google Scholar)

UHLC Professor Bret Wells makes the TaxProf Blog list of Google Scholar H-Index All rankings of the Top 103 U.S. tax professors with Google Scholar pages.

City suing streaming services, and HISD’s code of conduct (Aug. 8, 2022)

Entertainment Law Clinic Director at UHLC Justen Barks discusses why Texas cities are suing several streaming services for franchises fees via Houston Matters.

Physicians delaying care to those who suffer miscarriages citing confusion on Texas abortion bans

Professor Chandler appeared on KTRK (ABC-13, Houston) commenting on reports that physicians are delaying care to those who suffer miscarriages due to confusion on Texas abortion bans. Video is available.

Runaway rents: The law is failing renters

Professor Zale co-authored (with Professor Sarah Schindler, University of Denver Sturm College of Law) the op-ed, "Runaways Rents: The Law is Failing Renters," which was published by The Hill.

Other legal questions spawned by the Dobbs ruling (July 28, 2022)

Professor Chandler appeared on Houston Matters to discuss legal questions about abortion rights that have arisen due to the Dobbs decision.  Audio is available at https://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/shows/houston-matters/2022/07/28/428993/other-legal-questions-spawned-by-the-dobbs-ruling-july-28-2022/ (beginning 15:24). 

Bail reform back in spotlight after local fatal shooting

Professor Thompson was quoted in an article on The Leader News website regarding misdemeanor bail reform in Harris County.  

SCOTUS issues official judgment on Roe v. Wade prompting Texas' trigger law

Professor Chandler appeared on CBS 19 to discuss new Texas abortion laws that will go into effect on August 25.  Video is available at: https://www.cbs19.tv/article/news/local/texas/supreme-court-overturns-row-wade-texas-trigger-law/285-b3dd6e5f-cab6-4e90-9e6f-c5790a49fd22.   

Can the Police Ever Police Themselves?

The Progressive Magazine published an article profiling Professor Kaufman's forthcoming law review article, Police Policing Police, and his proposal therein for a legal duty for police officers to intervene in their colleagues' misuse of force.  

Ask Amy Podcast EP. 1: Renter’s Rights

Professor Marquez appeared on KPRC's Ask Amy Podcast to discuss renter's rights.  Video is available at: https://www.click2houston.com/video/local-news/2022/07/26/ask-amy-podcast-ep-1-renters-rights/.  

Fintech wants to pay workers faster. The CFPB might have a word.

Professor Hawkins's recent Boston University Law Review article was quoted in a Protocol article regarding earned wage access.  

How new abortion laws are affecting women’s mental and physical health

Professor Berman appeared on Houston Public Media's Town Square discussing how new abortion laws are affecting women's mental and physical health. Audio is available at: https://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/news/2022/07/20/428777/how-new-abortion-laws-are-affecting-womens-mental-and-physical-health/.

Folge 44: Legal Literacy in Texas, Legal Tech für die Caritas und gute Lehre in den Rechtswissenschaften

Professor Gomez appeared on the Rechtsgespräch podcast (Episode 44). The podcast is available at: https://podcasts.apple.com/de/podcast/folge-44-legal-literacy-in-texas-legal-tech-f%C3%BCr-die/id1542537871?i=1000570550479

No indictment in shooting death of girl during ATM robbery

Professor Thompson was quoted in an Associated Press article discussing a Harris County jury's decision not to indict Tony Earls, who opened fire and killed 9-year-old Arlene Alvarez when he was robbed at an ATM. This article appeared on multiple news sources including the Houston Chronicle.

Here are 3 abortion laws in Texas with punishment up to life in prison, $100,000 fine

Professor Berman was quoted in a Fort Worth Star-Telegram article regarding the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade on three Texas laws banning abortion. 

Corporate PACs contributed over a million dollars to lawmakers who opposed abortion rights bill

Professor Berman was quoted extensively in an article available on Open Secrets' website that reported on how much Political Action Committees (PACs) spend on lawmakers opposed to abortion rights. Professor Berman comments on whether companies that offer abortion coverage to employees or compensation for travel related to reproductive healthcare may be at risk of violating state laws if they have businesses in states that have outlawed abortion.

Existing Air Law Tools Give EPA Narrow Path on Tackling Climate

Professor Flatt was quoted in Bloomberg Law article regarding the tools that the EPA has to work with to make a dent in carbon emissions following last month's Supreme Court ruling, as long as the agency stays within stricter confines.

Abortion Ruling Impact On Small Business Health Plans Still Unclear

Professor Chandler was quoted in a Financial Advisor article regarding whether an insurer or an employer could provide reimbursement for an out-of-state abortion without exposing themselves to criminal liability.

Law Professor Champions Criminal Penalties for ‘Police Bystanderism’

Ebony Magazine quoted from Professor Kaufman's article, "Police Policing Police," Geo. Wash. L. Rev. Vol. 91, No. 2, 2023, (forthcoming), where he argues that Congress and state legislatures should enact criminal laws mandating a "duty to intervene" in their colleagues' misuse of force.

Inspections promised after power outages, sewer backups at Fifth Ward apartments

Professor Marquez was quoted in a Houston Chronicle article regarding recent power outages and sewer backups at Cleme Manor Apartments in the Fifth Ward. He comments on the potential liability of the landlord.

Law Professor Champions Criminal Penalties for ‘Police Bystanderism’

Ebony magazine profiled Professor Zachary D. Kaufman's new article, Police Policing Police.

Abortion rights groups consistently spent more on lobbying and political contributions than their counterparts. So what happened?

Professor Berman was quoted extensively in an article available on Open Secrets' website that reported on how much abortion rights groups spend on lobbying and political contributions compared to their counterparts. Professor Berman comments on the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court's Dobbs decision that overturned Roe v. Wade.

How are Texas businesses going to react to the forthcoming criminalization of abortion?

Professor Chandler's comments that originally appeared in a Houston Chronicle article were included in an Off the Kuff blog post regarding whether Texas state law prohibits companies from paying for out-of-state travel for abortion services. 

Texas Supreme Court blocks order that resumed abortions

Professor Chandler appeared on KTRK (ABC-13, Houston) regarding the Texas Supreme Court's decision to block a lower court order late Friday night that said clinics could continue performing abortions. Video is available at:  https://abc13.com/texas-supreme-court-blocks-order-resuming-abortions-roe-v-wade-planned-parenthood/12011342/.

The Supreme Court’s EPA Decision Could Hamper Regulators’ Ability to Protect the Public

Professor Flatt was interviewed by ProPublica regarding the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in West Virginia v. EPA,  that an Obama-era rule forcing power plants to curtail carbon emissions exceeded limits on executive power, restricting the ability of President Joe Biden and future administrations to fight climate change.

After Roe v. Wade ruling, Houston women are deleting period tracking apps, citing privacy concerns

Professor Fowler was quoted in a Houston Chronicle article commenting on privacy concerns related to menstrual cycle tracking apps after the U.S. Supreme Court's Dobbs decision.

Abortion funds languish in legal turmoil, their leaders fearing jail time if they help Texans

Professor Chandler was quoted in a Texas Tribune article regarding Frontera Fund's decision to pause its services, which help residents of the Rio Grande Valley access and pay for abortions, in light of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.  

Fifth Ward residents concerned about impact from SCOTUS' ruling on emissions: 'This is what we get?'

Professor Flatt appeared on KTRK (ABC 13-Houston). He comments on the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in West Virginia v. EPA, limiting how the EPA can regulate carbon emission from existing coal-fired power plants, on Fifth Ward residents. Video is available at: https://abc13.com/houston-cancer-cluster-supreme-court-limits-epa-environmental-protection-agency-rules-against/12007370/.

SCOTUS votes to rein regulatory powers by Environmental Protection Agency

Professor Flatt appeared on Fox-26, Houston, discussing the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in West Virginia v. EPA to reign in the regulatory powers of the EPA when it comes to reducing carbon emissions in the production of electricity. Video is available at: https://www.fox26houston.com/news/scotus-votes-to-rein-regulatory-powers-by-environmental-protection-agency.

Some big-city district attorneys vow not to prosecute abortion cases, setting up legal clashes in red states

Professor Thompson was quoted in a CNN article. She comments on pledges not to prosecute abortion cases made by more than a third of the district attorneys representing the 25 most populous counties in states that have banned or are set to ban abortion.

Trigger laws and pre-Roe laws make abortions illegal in Texas

Professor Chandler appeared on KTRK-TV (ABC-13, Houston) discussing the impact of the Supreme Court's decision will have on Texas' pre-Roe law that was never repealed. Video is available

In Roe decision, Justice Clarence Thomas invites new legal challenges to contraception and same-sex marriage rights

Professor Berman was quoted in a Texas Tribune article regarding the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization to overturn Roe v. Wade. She comments on Justice Clarence Thomas' concurring opinion inviting new legal challenges to contraception and same-sex marriage rights. This article appeared on numerous news sites

Major Second Amendment case awaiting Supreme Court decision

Professor Chandler was quoted in an article available on ABC News' website. He comments on the pending U.S. Supreme Court case, New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. v. Bruen, which addresses whether New York state's concealed carry law violates the Second Amendment.

First Roe, Then Plyler? The GOP’s 40-Year Fight to Keep Undocumented Kids Out of Public School

Mother Jones article quoted from Professor Olivas' book, No Undocumented Child Left Behind: Plyler v. Doe and the Education of Undocumented Schoolchildren, regarding the impact of the Plyler decision.

Kaufman: Officers should intervene as matter of law, not just policy

Professor Kaufman's op-ed, "Officers Should Intervene as Matter of Law, Not Just Policy," was published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Legal and illegal cannabis: A cause for growing environmental concern

Professor Warren was mentioned in a Mongabay article regarding the environmental challenges linked to both legal and illegal cannabis use. The author cites to Professor Warren's article, Hotboxing the Polar Bear: The Energy and Climate Impacts of Indoor Marijuana Cultivation, B.U.L.Rev. 101 (2021).

Equilibrium/Sustainability — Elephant waste polluting forests with plastic

Professor Flatt was quoted in an article available on The Hill's website. He discussed Conservative Republican Wayne Christian winning Tuesday's Texas Republican primary for a seat on the Texas Railroad Commission, defeating oil and gas attorney Sarah Stogner.

Texas can't keep hoping individual actions will solve Houston's industrial-sized ozone problem

Professor Flatt was quoted in an article available on One Breath Partnership's website commenting on the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)'s response to ozone pollution.

Is the Second Amendment too vague? Most Americans now want stricter gun laws and universal background checks.

Professor Thompson appeared on Houston Public Media's Town Square discussing whether there will be a spike in support for new gun reform legislation. Audio is available at: 
https://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/shows/town-square/2022/05/27/426047/is-the-second-amendment-too-vague-most-americans-now-want-stricter-gun-laws-and-universal-background-checks/.

Tips for Hiring Law Students

Tiffany Tucker, Assistant Dean for Career Development, appeared on the ABA GPSolo podcast to discuss "Tips for Hiring Law Students." The podcast is available at: https://www.americanbar.org/groups/gpsolo/podcasts/

Gun laws in Texas allowed Uvalde school shooter to legally purchase weapons

Professor Thompson appeared on KTRK (ABC-13, Houston) regarding how easy it is to purchase a gun in Texas. Video of the interview is available at: https://abc13.com/texas-gun-laws-legally-purchase-weapons-reform/11894489/.

Why 18-year-olds can buy AR-15s in Texas but not handguns

Professor Thompson was quoted in a Texas Tribune article. She discussed the possibility of lawmakers raising the minimum age requirement to purchase assault rifles from 18 to 21.

The Legal and Policy Issues of Covering Out of State Travel for Abortion

Professor Chandler was quoted in an Inc. article discussing legal and policy issues related to out of state travel for abortion.

Valley groups protest extension of Title 42

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman appeared on KRGV (ABC, Rio Grande Valley) regarding groups who are protesting the extension of Title 42. Video is available.

Find out why Tarrant County is paying to prosecute and defend 2 former jailers

Professor Kwok appeared on KERA (NPR, North Texas) regarding why Tarrant County is paying to prosecute and defend two former jailers. Audio is available.

Guest Post: Patel v. Garland Missed the Real Issue by Professor Geoffrey Hoffman

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman authored a post for ImmigrationProf Blog about Patel v Garland.

Judges Making Differences as Adjunt Professors

Adjunct Professor Scott Ellis authored an article in the Houston Lawyer about Judges serving Blakely as Adjunct Professors.

Why I'm Still Hanging Out with Law Students-Twenty Years Later

Adjunct Professor Hon. Christine Vinh Weems authored an article in the Houston Lawyer about participating in mock trial, including coaching the UHLC mock trial team.

Fertility Apps Bound by Weak Disclosure Rules in Post-Roe World

Professor Fowler was quoted in a Bloomberg article regarding privacy issues related to fertility tracking apps.

TACKLING JURISDICTIONAL QUESTIONS

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman authored a post on the Think Immigration blog regarding immigration court jurisdiction and the 1.6 million case backlog.

Cash is piling up in Kinney County from bonds posted to free migrants arrested under Texas border crackdown

The Texas Tribune quoted Professor Thompson in an article about problems with bail bonds.

The “uberisation” of mental health services

Professors Roberts and Hawkins' Science editorial was quoted in a Cosmos magazine article about on-demand, online mental health services.

After Roe v Wade, next U.S. abortion battle: state v state

Professor Chandler was quoted in a Health article regarding current abortion rights and access in the states.

Abortion Is Still Legal in the U.S.—Here's Where the States Currently Stand

Professor Chandler was interviewed by Reuters regarding possible future conflicts between states over abortion rights. Video is available at https://www.reuters.com/legal/government/after-roe-v-wade-next-us-abortion-battle-state-v-state-2022-05-09/ (starting at 3:13).

Wealth Stripping by Design: The Impact of Predatory Lenders in Memphis

An article on the Nonprofit Quarterly website regarding predatory lending discussed a recent article by Professor Hawkins and UHLC student Tiffany Penner

Ask the Experts

Professor Emeritus Alderman was quoted extensively in a WalletHub article. He answered questions regarding credit card balance transfers, why major credit card companies won't offer cards to consumers with bad or limited credit and redeeming credit card rewards.

Gov. Abbott's wish to challenge guaranteed school for all kids is 'attack' on children, LULAC say

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was interviewed by KTRK (ABC-13, Houston) commenting on Governor Greg Abbott's proposed challenge to a Supreme Court ruling (Plyler v. Doe) that guaranteed public schools for all students, including those who are undocumented. Video is available.

EXPLAINER: Schools May Be Texas' Next Immigration Fight

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was quoted in an Associated Press article available on USNews.com discussing Governor Greg Abbott's proposed challenge to a Supreme Court ruling (Plyler v. Doe) that guaranteed public schools for all students, including those who are undocumented.

Abbott abre puerta para demandar sentencia que permite educación pública a indocumentados

Professor Chandler was interviewed by Telemundo about public education and undocumented immigrants in Texas. To see the segment, visit: https://www.telemundohouston.com/noticias/local/abbott-abre-puerta-para-demandar-sentencia-que-permite-educacion-publica-a-indocumentados/2241761/

Texas Governor Sparks Backlash With Talk of Rolling Back Free School for Immigrant Kids

A quote from 2010 by Professor Emeritus Olivas was included in an article in Ed Week about public education and immigrants.

‘Don’t Say New Brandeisians’: A Reply to Commissioner Christine Wilson

Professor Darren Bush co-authored an article published on https://prospect.org/ titled "‘Don’t Say New Brandeisians’: A Reply to Commissioner Christine Wilson"

How does the Supreme Court process work?

Professor Berman was interviewed by KHOU regarding how the Supreme Court opinion writing process works. Video is available.

Why overturning Roe v. Wade could impact other privacy rights

Professor Berman was interviewed by KHOU regarding why overturning Roe v. Wade could impact other privacy rights. Video is available.

What is the Texas 'trigger law?'

Professor Chandler was interviewed by KHOU regarding state trigger laws that would ban abortion if Roe v. Wade is overturned. Video is available at: https://www.khou.com/article/news/local/texas/texas-trigger-law/285-33b42c50-eeba-4b26-a89e-d1d5a5ef31c1.

What would a reversal of Roe v. Wade mean for the state of Texas?

Professor Chandler was also interviewed by ABC 13 regarding the Texas trigger law that would go into effect if Roe v. Wade is overturned. Video is available at: https://abc13.com/challenge-to-roe-v-wade-2022-is-getting-overturned-why-being/11815056/.

Mental health app privacy language opens up holes for user data

A Science article co-authored by Professor Hawkins and Professor Roberts regarding health app privacy issues was discussed in an article on The Verge website.

In Memoriam: Michael A. Olivas

Inside Higher Ed published a tribute to Professor Olivas on its Higher Ed Gamma blog.

As Texas Central’s high-speed rail development stalls, Cy-Fair residents question project’s future

Professor Zale was quoted in a Community Impact article regarding the use of eminent domain by state agencies or private companies that demonstrate a significant public use.

Latino legal scholar remembered for advancing equity in education, law

NBC News posted a tribute to Professor Emeritus Olivas on its website.

Advertising Injustices: Marketing Race and Credit in America

A UHLC study by Professor Hawkins and UHLC student Tiffany Penner on predatory lending was mentioned in an article by the Clarion Ledger. To read about the study visit: https://scholarlycommons.law.emory.edu/elj/vol70/iss7/7//.

Galveston County’s redistricting plan provides a serious test case for the weakened Voting Rights Act

Professor Morales was quoted by Houston Public Media about the Voting Rights Act and redistricting. To hear the story visit: https://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/news/in-depth/2022/04/27/424127/galveston-countys-redistricting-plan-provides-a-serious-test-case-for-the-weakened-voting-rights-act/

‘If there was a new trial today, she would be acquitted’: Lawyers work to prove Melissa Lucio's innocence after Texas court delays execution

Professor Thompson was interviewed by KRGV regarding the stay of execution issued by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in the Melissa Lucio case. Video is available at https://www.krgv.com/news/if-there-was-a-new-trial-today-she-would-be-acquitted-lawyers-work-to-prove-melissa-lucio-s-innocence-after-texas-court-delays-execution.

'It's Unseemly': Ethics Experts Unsettled by Federal Judges Trying to Control Who Replaces Them

Professor Knake Jefferson was quoted in a National Law Journal article discussing whether it is ethical for retiring federal judges to try to influence who their successor is.

Can Gov. Greg Abbott declare an invasion at the border? Yes, but it's not likely to hold up in court, expert say

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was quoted in a Houston Chronicle article commenting on whether a declaration of an invasion at the border by Governor Abbott would survive a court challenge.

RIP Michael Olivas: Scholar (Immigration and Much More), Mentor, Friend, and Colleague

ImmigrationProf Blog wrote a tribute to express their deepest sympathy for the late Professor Emeritus Olivas

The Rock N Roll Law Professor: Michael Olivas

ImmigrationProf Blog wrote a tribute to express their deepest sympathy for the late Professor Emeritus Olivas

Michael Olivas Dies

Inside Higher Ed wrote a tribute to express their deepest sympathy for the late Professor Emeritus Olivas

Council Member Tarsha Jackson, and how big oil cast doubt on climate change (April 19, 2022)

Professor Flatt appeared on Houston Matters in part one of a series about oil and climate change. Audio is available.

Ketanji Brown Jackson: Transforming the Face of theU.S. Supreme Court

Professor Knake Jefferson was quoted extensively in the National Law Journal about confirmed Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson.

Can Texas declare a border ‘invasion’ and return migrants to Mexico?

Professor Berman was quoted in a Los Angeles Times article regarding whether Texas can declare a migrant "invasion" at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Biden Reverses Trump's Rollback of Environmental Reviews for Infrastructure Projects

Professor Flatt was quoted in a Route Fifty article regarding the Biden administration's changes to how the National Environmental Policy Act is enforced.

EPA seeks more smog controls in Houston, Dallas after they fail to meet standards

Professor Flatt was quoted by the Texas Tribune regarding the EPA's plan to seek more smog controls in Houston and Dallas.

Federal judge rules UNT can’t charge out-of-state students more tuition than undocumented students

Professor Olivas was quoted in the Texas Tribune and several media outlets about a judicial decision concerning undocumented Texans and out-of-state tuition rates at the University of North Texa

Opinion: 4 ways Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson could change the Supreme Court

The Houston Chronicle published Dean Baynes' op-ed discussing four ways that Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson could change the U.S. Supreme Court.

Ex-Trump officials urge Texas to declare border ‘invasion’

Professor Berman was quoted in an Associated Press article regarding former Trump administration officials who are pressing Governor Abbott to declare an “invasion” along the U.S.-Mexico border. This article was distributed on multiple news websites.

Between the Lines of Harvard’s Leave of Absence Handbook

Professor Olivas was quoted in a Harvard Crimson article regarding the university's implementation of their student Leave of Absence Handbook.

Black women now lead three of Penn’s prestigious law journals. They talk about what other change they’d like to see.

Dean Baynes was mentioned in an article published in The Philadelphia Inquirer. The article reported that for the first time in the history of the University of Pennsylvania Law School three of its seven law journals are being led by Black women.

Are Justice Thomas and Judge Jackson Opposites On Recusals?

Professor Knake Jefferson was quoted in a Bloomberg Law op-ed regarding Supreme Court ethics and the decision of a justice to recuse.

U.S. News Rankings Get it Right On Law Libraries

Amanda Watson was featured in a TaxProf Blog article regarding U.S. News Rankings on Law Libraries

Oil price forecast April 2022 and beyond: Will prices test $140?

Professor Cardenas Garcia was quoted in a Capital.com article regarding the drivers creating pressure over oil prices for 2022

Local experts weigh in on the racial lens of Jackson's SCOTUS confirmation hearings

Professor Knake Jefferson appeared on KTRK (ABC-13, Houston) discussing Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson's confirmation hearings. Video is available at: https://abc13.com/ketanji-brown-jackson-supreme-court-nominee-nomination/11678924/.

Michigan women helped pave the way to the Supreme Court for Ketanji Brown Jackson

Professor Knake Jefferson's op-ed, "Michigan Women Helped Pave the Way to the Supreme Court for Ketanji Brown Jackson," was available on the Lansing State Journal's website.

Jackson Hearing Puts Focus on Public Defenders, Historic Firsts

Dean Baynes was quoted in an article about Supreme Court Nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson in Bloomberg News.

Supreme Court unanimously rejects First Amendment claim by HCC trustee who was censured

Professor Berman was quoted by the Houston Chronicle about a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation hearing: ‘A long time coming’ says a Texas law professor

Professor Knake Jefferson was interviewed by the Texas Standard regarding Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing. Audio is available at: https://www.texasstandard.org/stories/ketanji-brown-jacksons-confirmation-hearing-a-long-time-coming-says-a-texas-law-professor/.

What Ketanji Brown Jackson's hearing reveals

A CNN article featuring tweets about the first day of Ketanji Brown Jackson's confirmation hearing included a tweet from Professor Knake Jefferson.

INSIDER INSIDER Poll: Majority of Americans support Ketanji Brown Jackson's nomination to the Supreme Court

MSN reprinted a portion of a Business Insider article quoting Professor Knake Jefferson regarding the financial disclosures of Supreme Court nominees.

Houston-area constable defends controversial Facebook posts of people's roadside arrests

Professors Katya Dow and Meredith Duncan were quoted in a Conroe Courier article. They commented on Montgomery County Pct. 5 Constable Chris Jones posting roadside detention photos on Facebook.

Judging women for the Supreme Court: As Ketanji Brown Jackson hearings begin, America has a long way to go

Professor Knake Jefferson's op-ed, "Judging Women for the Supreme Court: as Ketanji Brown Jackson hearings begin, America has a Long Way to Go," co-authored with Hannah Brenner Johnson, was available on the New York Daily News' website.

KPRC 2 Investigates: Car damaged at car wash, but who is responsible?

Professor Marquez appeared on KPRC 2 Investigates commenting on a viewer's legal options after his mirror was ripped off during a car wash. Video is available at: https://www.click2houston.com/news/investigates/2022/03/21/kprc-2-investigates-car-damaged-at-car-wash-but-who-is-responsible/.

Who’ll Shoot First? How Relaxed Gun Rules Fuel a ‘Small Arms Race’

Professor Salib’s forthcoming article “Small Arms Race” is quoted in an article in The Crime Report about relaxed gun rules.

Several states look to copy Texas' restrictive abortion law

Professor Chandler appeared on Spectrum News 1 (El Paso), discussing other states copying the Texas abortion bill that passed last year.

Ken Paxton wants Supreme Court reversal on immigration, giving Texas more sway in border fight

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was quoted in a Houston Chronicle article commenting on Attorney General Ken Paxton's push to overturn a key U.S. Supreme Court decision that hamstrings states from enforcing federal immigration law.

Texas Standard for March 14, 2022

Professor Kaufman appeared on Texas Standard commenting on the potential for war crimes trials over Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Audio is available.

As law firms push to drop Russian clients, some say not so fast

Professor Knake Jefferson was quoted in a Reuters article commenting on lawyers' ethical obligations at law firms that are reducing their ties with Russia.

Q&A Renee Knake Jefferson

Professor Knake Jefferson appeared on CSPAN. She discussed the nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court, and some of the women who were considered for the Court in the past but passed over. Video is available.

Squire Patton Boggs drops Gazprombank work as more law firms trim Russia ties

Professor Knake Jefferson was quoted in a Reuters article regarding lawyer ethical obligations at law firms that are reducing their ties with Russia.  

41 years before Ketanji Brown Jackson, Amalya Lyle Kearse was considered for the Supreme Court

Professor Knake Jefferson was quoted by The 19th about Judge Amalya Lyle Kearse

Memorial Hermann services no longer covered by Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance

KTRK (ABC-13, Houston) quoted Professor Chandler about Memorial Hermann Hospital and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas no longer having a contract. Video is available: https://abc13.com/memorial-hermann-hospital-blue-cross-shield-insurance-financial-assistance-what-is-accepted-at/11615523/

Texas Lawyers in Moscow Face Dilemma

Adjunct Professors Matthew Boyden and Ryan McConnell were quoted in a Texas Lawbook article regarding how Russia's invasion of Ukraine is impacting Texas lawyers and firms that do business with Russia.

Meet The Black Woman Considered–And Passed Over–For Four Supreme Court Nominations

A Forbes article featured Judge Amalya Lyle Kearse, a Black female judge (Second Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals), who was passed over four times for a Supreme Court nomination. The article mentioned that Judge Kearse was the first Black woman to appear on a Supreme Court shortlist according to Shortlisted: Women in the Shadows of the Supreme Court by Professors Renee Knake Jefferson and Hannah Brenner Johnson.

Inside the personal finances of Ketanji Brown Jackson, Joe Biden's Supreme Court pick

Professor Knake Jefferson was quoted in a Business Insider-Africa article that reported on Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson's financial disclosures.

What Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson's Nomination Means for Higher Ed

Professor Knake Jefferson was quoted in an article available on Diverse (Issues in Education)'s website commenting on the impact of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson's Supreme Court nomination on higher education.

Biden nominates Ketanji Brown Jackson for Supreme Court

Professor Knake Jefferson appeared on KPRC (NBC-2, Houston) to discuss the nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court. Video is available at: https://www.click2houston.com/news/politics/2022/02/25/ap-source-biden-taps-ketanji-brown-jackson-for-high-court/.

Four women on the Supreme Court would bring historic, near gender parity for institution long dominated by White men

Professor Knake Jefferson was quoted in a Washington Post article regarding the impact of having four female justices on the Supreme Court.

Detrás de la invasión en Ucrania: lo que llevó al conflicto y cómo afecta al mundo

Professor Cardenas Garcia was interviewed by Telemundo/NBC about the global consequences of the Russian invasion to Ukraine and the energy sector. Video is available at: https://www.telemundosanantonio.com/noticias/local/detras-de-la-invasion-en-ucrania-lo-que-llevo-al-conflicto-y-como-afecta-al-mundo/2173636/.

History made: Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to be first Black woman nominated to the Supreme Court

Professor Knake Jefferson was quoted in the 19th Newsletter about Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson.

What to know about Biden's Supreme Court nominees

Professor Knake Jefferson appeared on NPR's On Point to discuss President Biden's potential Supreme Court nominees. Audio is available at: https://www.wbur.org/onpoint/2022/02/21/president-biden-supreme-court-nominee-black-woman.  

Prosecutor ran on changing Austin before police indictments

Professor Crump was mentioned in an article regarding the indictments of 19 officers in Austin on felony charges over tactics used during the 2020 racial injustice protests.

#1699: Shortlisted | 51%

Professor Knake Jefferson appeared on WAMC Northeast Public Radio. President Biden's shortlist and his pledge to nominate the first Black woman to the Supreme Court were among the topics discussed. Audio is available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-FAFoMq52g.

Gov. Abbott holds immigration roundtable in Conroe while O’Rourke campaigns along border

Professor Morales was quoted in an article available on KHOU (Houston-CBS)'s website commenting on Governor Greg Abbott's roundtable discussion on illegal immigration and crime in Conroe.

Can Qatar and Japan’s LNG ‘marriage’ survive shifting market dynamics?

Visiting Professor Susan Sakmar was quoted in the DOHA News about the relationship between Qatar and Japan related to liquified natural gas.

19 Austin police officers accused of excessive force during 2020 protests are indicted

Professor Thompson was quoted in a Texas Tribune article about grand jury charges and police officers.

Four years after a contentious fight over short-term rentals, how have the regulations played out in Minneapolis and St. Paul?

Professor Zale was quoted in the Minnesota Post about short-term rentals.

'Why is he free?': Family of Diamond Alvarez demands murder suspect be returned to jail

Professor Thompson was quoted in an ABC13 article regarding the factors that judges consider when setting bail for defendants.

LAW JOURNAL SYMPOSIUM TO EXPLORE POST-PANDEMIC PRIVACY IN LAW, PUBLIC HEALTH, TECHNOLOGY, CYBERSECURITY

Professor Fowler will speak at 2022 Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy Symposium “Post-Pandemic Privacy: Health, Data, and Dignity" on February 11, according to an article on the University of Kansas website.

Biden Far From First to Consider Identity in Supreme Court Pick

Professor Knake Jefferson was quoted in a Bloomberg Law article stating that President Joe Biden is far from the first president to consider identity or demographics in a Supreme Court nominee.

Regulating the Legal Profession

Professor Knake Jefferson’s works on “Lawyer Ethics for Innovation” and “Judicial Ethics in the #MeToo World” were spotlighted in a Regulatory Review article discussing regulatory possibilities for the legal profession.

Gorsuch to headline GOP lineup of speakers at Federalist Society; media barred from his speech

Professor Knake Jefferson was quoted in a Washington Post article discussing Justice Neil M. Gorsuch’s headlining the GOP lineup of speakers at a Federalist Society conference on Friday and Saturday.

ACA sees enrollment spike in Texas

Professor Chandler was quoted in a Houston Chronicle article reporting on the record number of Texans enrolling in Affordable Care Act health plans this year, soaring more than 40 percent from 2021.

Kids of color are disproportionately punished in the Harris County juvenile justice system, a study shows

Professor Katya Dow was quoted in a Houston Public Media article regarding a new study showing that kids of color are disproportionately punished in the Harris County juvenile justice system.

Biden Far From First to Consider Identity in Supreme Court Pick

Professor Knake Jefferson was quoted in a U.S. Law Week article regarding President Joe Biden’s pledge to put a Black woman on the Supreme Court.

13 Legal Experts on How Breyer’s Replacement Will Change the Court

Professor Knake Jefferson was among 12 legal scholars who were interviewed for a POLITICO article commenting on how retiring Justice Stephen Breyer's replacement will change the court.

Reagan's White House made sure the president stuck by his promise to name a woman to the Supreme Court — they knew the politics would help too

Professor Knake Jefferson was quoted in a Business Insider article discussing President Ronald Reagan's appointment of former Justice Sandra Day O'Connor to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Biden poised to nominate first Black woman to Supreme Court

Professor Knake Jefferson was quoted in a 19th News article commenting on President Biden's plan to nominate the first Black woman to the Supreme Court.

These are the Black women who could replace Justice Stephen Breyer on the US Supreme Court

Professor Knake Jefferson was interviewed by Texas Standard. She discusses three Black women currently serving as federal or state judges, who are believed to be on President Biden's shortlist for nomination to the U.S Supreme Court. Audio and the transcript of the interview are available.

Impact of Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer

Professor Renee Knake Jefferson appeared on Fox 26 (Houston) discussing the impact of retiring Justice Stephen Breyer. Video is available.

What's at stake as Supreme Court revisits affirmative action in college admissions

Professor Emeritus Olivas was quoted in an ABCNews.com article commenting on the Supreme Court's recent decision to hear two college admissions cases challenging affirmative action.

With Stephen Breyer Set to Retire, Biden Aims to Bring a Black Woman to the Supreme Court

Professor Emeritus Olivas was quoted in an article available on KatieCouric.com regarding the nomination process for the replacement of retiring Justice Stephen Breyer.

Supreme Court to Revisit Affirmative Action as Conservative Majority Flexes Muscle

Professor Olivas was quoted in a Voice of America article regarding the Supreme Court's recent decision to hear two college admissions cases challenging affirmative action. 

Houston Newsmakers EXTRA: Prof. Emily Berman, UH Law Center

Professor Berman appeared on KPRC (NBC-2, Houston)'s Newsmakers. She discusses how partisanship can erode the Supreme court’s decisions and her expectation of what the court will decide about Roe v. Wade in the coming months. Video is available.

Houston city councilman to file grievances against judges over bond issue

Professor Thompson appeared on KHOU (CBS-11, Houston). She comments on At-Large Position 3 Councilman Michael Kubosh's plans to file grievances against all Harris County criminal and district judges to pressure them to order stricter bonds on repeat offenders. Video is available.

Houston-area companies stick to vaccination policies after Supreme Court decision

Professor Chandler was quoted in a Houston Chronicle article regarding the future of vaccine mandates after the Supreme Court’s ruling that OSHA lacked the authority to mandate vaccinations at firms with more than 100 employees.

Justices' Vaccine Ruling A Bad Omen For EPA In Climate Case

Professor Hester was quoted in a Law360 article regarding the Environmental Protection Agency's ability to curb greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector after the Supreme Court’s decision to block the Biden administration's COVID-19 vaccine-or-testing mandate for private employers.

Traders Wanted in a Once-Sleepy Gas Market With New Kingpins

Visiting Professor Susan Sakmar was quoted in a Bloomberg News article regarding the United States’ emergence as chief liquefied natural gas (LNG) exporter and China’s emergence as chief liquefied natural gas importer and their impacts on the LNG market. The article appeared in the Financial Post.

Texas Standard for January 13, 2022

Professor Chandler appeared today on the Texas Standard to discuss whether the Biden administration can impose vaccination or testing requirements for large private businesses and health facilities that take federal funds like Medicare and Medicaid.

Payday lenders can send borrowers into tailspin. How one woman broke free.

Professor Hawkins's recent study, co-authored with UHLC student Tiffany Penner, regarding racial and ethnic disparities in payday lending industry advertising was discussed in an NBC news article.

VERIFY: It's not clear whether President Biden can mandate COVID-19 vaccines for all Americans

Professor Berman appeared on a KHOU 11 segment, discussing whether President Biden can sign an executive order mandating that all Americans be fully vaccinated under the Public Health Emergency Act

Jon David ("JD") Epstein
1942-2022

Former UHLC adjunct professor of health law Jon David ("JD") Epstein has passed away. His obituary appeared in the Houston Chronicle.

Enron’s Collapse 20 Years Later—Lessons Not Learned

Professor Flatt's op-ed, "Enron's Collapse 20 Years Later--Lessons Not Learned," was available on Bloomberg Law's website.

Laws Shield Hospitals From Families Who Believe Loved Ones Contracted Covid as Patients

An article available on KHN.org included a link to Professor Koch's article, "Crisis Standards of Care and State Liability Shields." Professor Koch provided background for the KHN article.

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