Alumni in the News

July 2015

July 27— Texas State Senator and UHLC alumnus Royce West ‘79 appeared on Inside Texas Politics to discuss political changes that could result from the jailhouse death of Sandra Bland.  Video of the interview is available at http://www.wfaa.com/story/news/politics/2015/07/26/inside-texas-politics-72615/30693973/.  Comments from Senator West regarding the death of Ms. Bland also appeared on other news sites such as the Sentinel Republic website and PPPFocus.com.

July 27— UHLC alumnus Tony Buzbee ’97 was quoted in a Houston Chronicle article regarding the high costs associated with defending and prosecuting former Gov. Rick Perry’s abuse-of-power case.  This story also appeared on the San Antonio Express News website.  more...

July 26—UHLC alumnus Tony Buzbee ‘97 was quoted in an Associated Press article regarding the dismissal of one of two felony indictments against his client, Governor Rick Perry. A number of news outlets republished the AP article or provided their own coverage of the story, among them the Houston Chronicle, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, CNN, Reuters, The Guardian, and U.S. News and World Report.  more...

July 24—The precinct chairs in Ector County have decided to recommend UHLC alumnus John Cliff ‘74 to Gov. Greg Abbott for his appointment for the newly-created 446th District Court, according to an article on the Odessa American website. more...

July 24— UHLC alumna, Magali Suárez Candler ‘89 of Suárez Candler Law, PLLC., was featured in a press release available on Satprnews.com. more...

July 24—UHLC alumna, Maryann B. Zaki’s ‘13 article, “Gauging the Toxic Tort Landscape One Year after Texas Supreme Court's Ruling in Bostic,” was published in the Texas Lawyer and available on TexasLawyer.com.

July 24—Business Wire reported that UHLC alumnus Layne Albert ‘93 has joined Grant Thornton LLP as a partner in the firm’s tax practice.  more...

July 24—UHLC alumnus Tony Buzbee ‘97 was identified in a photograph alongside Rick Perry in an Associated Press article regarding Mr. Perry’s efforts to change his image for his second presidential campaign.  more...

July 24—UHLC alumnus Bill Cliff will speak at an open forum in Odessa July 20 to tell local precinct chairs why they deserve the recommendation to Gov. Greg Abbott for his appointment to the new 446th District Court in Ector County.  more...

July 24—Texas State Senator and UHLC alumnus Royce West ‘79 was quoted in a Dallas Morning News article regarding the death of a woman in a jail cell in Waller County. Senator West has asked the director of the Texas Department of Public Safety to release any video it has of the arrest of the woman. Additional articles quoting West appeared on the Associated Press and Newser websites.  more...

July  24— An article in the Omaha World-Herald reports that the Health Center Association of Nebraska has appointed UHLC alumna Amy Behnke ‘99 as its new chief executive. more...

July 24— UHLC alumnus Tony Buzbees ‘97 contributions to Rick Perry’s presidential campaign were noted in articles appearing in the Dallas Morning News and the Texas Tribune.  more...

July 24— A Houston Chronicle article regarding the cost of Rick Perry’s legal defense in fighting his indictment for felony abuse-of-power quoted one of his attorneys, UHLC alumnus Tony Buzbee ‘97more...

July 24— Worldwide Tax Daily reported that UHLC alumnus Joel Edelmann ‘91 has joined file hosting service Dropbox as the company's new global head of tax.  more...

July 24— A statement from UHLC alumnus Chip B. Lewis ‘94 was included in a Valley Morning Star article about the extradition of a man sentenced to 23 years in prison in 2007. Mr. Lewis’ client, a former judge, released the man for a brief period prior to the commencement of his sentence.  more...

July 24— UHLC alumnus and retired Judge Lupe Salinas ‘72 authored a book recently published by Michigan State University Press, U.S. Latinos and Criminal Injustice. A book signing event will take place at Grotto Restaurant on July 29, 2015 from 4-7 pm.  more...

July 24— UHLC alumnus, Judge Pedro Ruiz ‘89 (currently an Associate Judge serving Fort Bend County for the 240th, 268th, 400th and 434th Judicial District Courts) has announced his retirement, according to an article available on FortBendStar.com. more...

July 24— UHLC alumnus, Sam Stricklin ‘87 has joined the Dallas firm, Gruber Hurst Elrod Johansen Hail Shank LLP as a partner, according to an article reported by Law 360. more...

July 24— Focus Daily News reported that UHLC alumnus Senator Royce West ‘79 was co-counsel for a plaintiff recently awarded $21M in a sexual assault case.  more...

July 24— An article appearing on KXAN.com reported that UHLC alumnus Archie Carl Pierce ‘74 was appointed to serve as special prosecutor in a contempt of court case pending against Williamson County District Attorney Jana Duty.  more...

July 24— UHLC alumnus Ricky Raven ‘86 has joined Reed Smith LLP according to a press release on the firm’s website.  more...

July 22—Layne J. Albert ’93 has joined Grant Thornton LLP as a partner in the firm’s tax practice. more...

July 17—UHLC alumnus and retired judge Lupe Salinas ‘72 authored a book recently, U.S. Latinos and Criminal Injustice. A book signing event will take place at Grotto Restaurant on July 29, 2015 from 4-7 pm. more...

July 17—Amy R. Behnke ’99 has been appointed as the new CEO of the Health Center Association of Nebraska. more...

July 17—Joel Edelmann ’91 has joined file hosting service Dropbox as the company's new global head of tax. more...

SamStricklin ’87 July 14—Samuel M. Stricklin ’87 became a Partner with Gruber Hurst Elrod Johansen Hail Shank LLP. more…

Quentin D. Brogdon ’89 July 13—Quentin D. Brogdon ’89 has joined the Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP law firm in Dallas.

Archie Carl Pierce ‘74July 13—Archie Carl Pierce ‘74 was appointed to serve as special prosecutor in a contempt of court case pending against Williamson County District Attorney Jana Duty. more...

Ricky A. Raven ’86July 12—Ricky A. Raven ’86 has joined Reed Smith LLP.

Timothy A. Million ’05July 9—Timothy A. Million ’05 has joined Hughes Watters Askanase L.L.P as an associate.

Erin E. Lunceford ’88July 9—Erin E. Lunceford ’88 was appointed by Governor Greg Abbott as judge of the 61st Judicial District Court in Harris County.

July 7—Marc K. Miller ’94 joined McCann Investigations as General Counsel. more…

Muhammad S. Aziz ’03July 6—Muhammad S. Aziz ’03 was selected as a 2015 member of the “Nation’s Top One Percent” list by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. more…

Garrett HugheyJuly 5—UHLC student Garrett Hughey has been appointed by Governor Greg Abbott as a student regent for the University of Houston system. more…

Randall P. Gunter ’00July 2—Randall P. Gunter ’00 will serve as legal counsel for Humble ISD. more…

July 1—Catherine Herrington Hale has been recognized for her excellence in personal injury law. more…

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