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Briefcase Radio: Universities and Illegal Bribes

Meredith J. Duncan

Many wealthy families make donations to colleges. However several famous parents have been accused of bribing college personnel to get their children admitted. Criminal Law expert, David Kwok, explains what makes some payments illegal. more...

Briefcase Radio: Attorney-Client Privilege

Meredith J. Duncan

Michael Cohen testified before Congress about his legal representation of then-candidate and now-President Donald Trump. Professor Meredith J. Duncan, a legal ethics expert, explains why the attorney-client privilege did not apply. more...

Briefcase Radio: Climate in Court  

Tracy Hester

5/29/2019 Climate change litigation has increased, and scholars say this is just the beginning. Environmental law professor Tracy Hester explains the nature of these suits. more…

The Uniqueness of Forests as a Natural Resource

5/22/2019 more…

Homesharing Regulations

5/8/2019 more…

Minimum Wage Laws

4/24/2019 more…

Medical-Legal Partnerships

4/17/2019 more…

Chickens vs. Planes

4/11/2019 more…

USMCA and Autoworkers

4/3/2019 more…

The Green New Deal

3/27/2019 more…

Digital Privacy

3/20/2019 more…

Bail System Changes

3/6/2019 more…

Early Payday Apps

2/27/2019 more…

Robocalls

2/20/2019 more…

Paramedic Body Cams & HIPPA

2/13/2019 more…

Watergate vs. Mueller Investigation

1/30/2019 more…

Gender Mandates On Corporate Boards

1/16/2019 more…

Courts and Implicit Bias

12/19/2018 more…

Common Law Marriage

12/12/2018 more…

The Seventh Amendment

12/5/2018 more…

Corporate Compliance Programs

11/28/2018 more…

The Thanksgiving Day Parade

11/21/2018 more…

New York Times v. Sullivan

11/14/2018 more…

Collecting Delinquent Child Support

11/7/2018 more…

Paying Rent on Uninhabitable Property

10/31/2018 more…

Transfer on Death Deeds

10/17/2018 more…

Single Use Plastics

10/10/2018 more…

Trailblazer Raul A. Gonzalez, Jr.

10/3/2018 more…

Entertainers Dying without Wills

9/27/2018 more…

Hurricane Harvey Mediation

7/13/2018 more…

Asylum for Victims of Domestic Violence

7/4/2018 more…

Ratification of Equal Rights Amendment

6/28/2018 more…

Sealing Juvenile Records

6/22/2018 more…

EU’s Data Protection Act

6/14/2018 more…

Impact of Mega Sporting Events

6/7/2018 more…

Social Media Data Rights

5/31/2018 more…

Houston Calgary Connection

5/25/2018 more…

Constitutional Convention

5/17/2018 more…

Self-Driving Car Liability

5/10/2018 more…

The First Chinese American Lawyer In Texas

5/3/2018 more…

Attorneys and New Businesses

4/19/2018 more…

Digitizing Discovery in Criminal Matters

4/12/2018 more…

The Sixth Amendment

4/5/2018 more…

Avoiding Probate

3/29/2018 more…

Trailblazer Judge Ruby Kless Sondock

3/22/2018 more…

Musical Tradmarks

3/14/2018 more…

Fighting Government Corruption

3/7/2018 more…

Religious Environmentalism

2/28/2018 more…

Mediation

2/20/2018 more…

Criminal Law – Proving Guilt

2/14/2018 more…

The 1st African-American Attorney in Texas

2/14/2018 more…

Generosity of Property & Happiness

1/31/2018 more…

Net Neutrality

1/24/2018 more…

Closely Held Companies

1/24/2018 more…

Post Harvey

1/12/2018 more…

Gideon v. Wainwright

1/9/2018 more…

Pollinators and Wildscaping

1/4/2018 more…

Animal Law

12/27/2017 more…

Christmas as a Holiday

12/20/2017 more…

Wrongful Convictions

12/15/2017 more…

The Fifth Amendment

12/6/2017 more…

Land Use Planning After Harvey

11/30/2017 more…

Harvey and Hazardous Waste Sites

11/20/2017 more…

Spotting Fake News

11/8/2017 more…

City Council Salary Structures

11/2/2017 more…

The Fourth Amendment

10/18/2017 more…

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

10/16/2017 more…

Pro Bono for Civil Cases

10/4/2017 more…

Harvey Aftermath – Deceptive Practices Act

9/29/2017 more…

The Third Amendment

9/20/2017 more…

Off-Label Drug Prescriptions

8/23/2017 more…

Bill of Rights, The Second Amendment

8/9/2017 more…

Paris Accord Withdrawal

8/8/2017 more…

Natural Gas Flaring

7/26/2017 more…

The First Amendment

7/19/2017 more…

Clean Power And Houston

7/12/2017 more…

Federal Tax Reform

7/5/2017 more…

NFL Players And Health Laws

6/28/2017 more…

Houston’s Role In U.S. Mexico Relations

6/14/2017 more…

The Civil Rights Act And Sexual Orientation

6/7/2017 more…

Secret Detention and Torture

5/31/2017 more…

The Changing Senate Filibuster

5/30/2017 more…

Corporate Mergers and Competition

5/17/2017 more…

ISPs And Browser Histories

5/10/2017 more…

Landlord/Tenant Law

4/26/2017 more…

Common Law Marriage

4/21/2017 more…

Legal Definition of Race

4/19/2017 more…

Intellectual Property

4/5/2017 more…

Supreme Court Nominees: Advice & Consent

3/29/2017 more…

Tweets & POTUS

3/22/2017 more…

Business Structures

3/19/2017 more…

Juvenile Due Process

3/8/2017 more…

Partisan Internet Searches

3/1/2017 more…

Affordable Care Act

2/22/2017 more…

President’s Day

2/15/2017 more…

Tax Exempt Religious Schools

2/8/2017 more…

Legal Trailblazer

2/1/2017 more…

Property Acquisition And Happiness

1/25/2017 more…

Wells Fargo Whistleblowers

1/18/2017 more…

Access to Justice

1/11/2017 more…

Social Determinants to Health

1/4/2017 more…

Corporate Wellness Programs

12/28/2016 more…

Happy Birthday To You

12/21/2016 more…

1-Click Energy

12/14/2016 more…

Immigration Post Election

12/7/2016 more…

Climate Engineering

11/30/2016 more…

Thanksgiving

11/23/2016 more…

Sharing Economy

11/16/2016 more…

Contract as Evil

11/9/2016 more…

Texas Lawyer Tony Buzbee

11/2/2016 more…

Politicians as Fiduciaries

10/26/2016 more…

Independent Crime Labs

10/12/2016 more…

First Amendment Rights of Businesses

10/5/2016 more…

Medical Data

9/28/2016 more…

Public Health Emergencies

9/21/2016 more…

National Security and Personal Privacy

9/14/2016 more…

Credit Cards and College Students

9/7/2016 more…

Rochvarg

Rochvarg

Visiting Professor Arnold Rochvarg draws upon his Watergate experience to explain terms and issues in the ongoing Mueller probe more...


Evans – Gene research and White House visits

Barbara Evans

University of Houston Law Center Professor Barbara Evans returned to the White House in February to share her expertise on genomic research and related health care issues dealing with data collection and privacy. Evans, George Butler Research Professor and director of the Center for Biotechnology and Law at the Law Center, also attended an event on “precision medicine” at the White House in July.  Click here and here to read articles about her research and White House visits.

Faculty Expert – Paust – El Chapo Extradition

Jordan Paust

Extradition of El Chapo for prosecution in US involves lengthy process  more...

 

 

 

Faculty Expert – Kwok on Healthcare Fraud

David Kwok

On Dec 4, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in Universal Health Services v. United States ex rel. Escobar, a fraud case that may reshape the future of $1.9 billion of annual healthcare fraud recoveries in the United States. more...

 

 

Professors on SCOTUS rulings

SCOTUS Seal

UHLC professors find controversial issues far from settled despite recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings  more…

 

 

UHLC’s Thompson argues for independent crime labs at reading of her latest book

A near-capacity crowd filled Brazos Bookstore, one of Houston’s premiere independent booksellers, earlier this month as University of Houston Law Center Professor Sandra Guerra Thompson discussed and signed copies of her new book, “Cops in Lab Coats.”

A near-capacity crowd filled Brazos Bookstore, one of Houston’s premiere independent booksellers, earlier this month as University of Houston Law Center Professor Sandra Guerra Thompson discussed and signed copies of her new book, “Cops in Lab Coats.” more...

 

Olivas – SCOTUS and Rap Lyrics

The U.S. Supreme Court today reversed and remanded a lower court decision that had ruled profane and hateful rap lyrics directed at another person constituted a threat of violence. The court ordered the review under criminal law rather than civil law standards. University of Houston Law Center Professor Michael A. Olivas, William B. Bates Distinguished Chair of Law, director of the Institute of Higher Education Law & Governance, and renowned authority on popular music, explains the decision and the effect it may have on future free speech and social media issues. more...

Olivas/Hoffman – Obama’s immigration order

In a nationally televised address Thursday evening, President Obama outlined an executive order that will allow as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants to remain and work in the United States without fear of deportation. Obama also directed an increase in border security, stepped up prosecution and deportation of criminals, eased visa requirements for science and technology students, and expanded eligibility requirements for the so-called “Dreamers” program, which defers deportation for young immigrants who were brought into the U.S. at a young age. more...

Jessica RobertsUHLC’s Prof Roberts explains genetic law in congressional briefing

University of Houston Law Center Professor Jessica L. Roberts today participated in a wide-ranging congressional briefing on advances in genetic technology and its implications for the public. more...

Jordan paustPaust -- War?

Is the U.S. at war with ISIS in Syria and Iraq? Or is it something less? And, is it legal under the Constitution and international law? more...

David KwokKwok – Perry indictment

A Travis County grand jury Friday indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry on two felony counts of abuse of power. more...

Michael OlivasUT Fisher – 5th Circuit

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Tuesday upheld a summary judgment in favor of the University of Texas admissions policy in which race is one of many determining factors used in considering applications. more...

Aaron BruhlBruhl – SCOTUS Hobby Lobby decision

The U.S. Supreme Court today ruled in a 5-4 decision that two family-owned corporations cannot be forced under terms of the Affordable Care Act to pay for insurance coverage of contraceptives for employees. more...

Jacqueline  LiptonLipton – Washington Redskin’s Trademark

The United States Patent and Trademark Office today canceled the Washington Redskin’s trademark registration. more...

Tracy HesterHester – EPA pollution proposal

The Environmental Protection Agency proposed regulations Monday to cut carbon pollution from power plants 30 percent from 2005 levels by the year 2030. more...

David DowDow – SCOTUS on Mental Disability

In a 5-4 decision the U.S. Supreme Court decided state laws that draw a line at 70 on IQ tests in order for a defendant to mount a claim of mental disability in capital cases are too rigid and unconstitutional.  more...

Michael OlivasPaust – Chinese ‘cyber espionage’

Does U.S. indictment of Chinese officials for alleged “cyber thievery” violate international law?  more...

Michael OlivasOlivas – SCOTUS upholds state ballot ban on race-based admissions

The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld a voter-approved amendment to the Michigan constitution that bans race-based preferences in admissions to the state’s universities. more...

Bret WellsWells urges Senate panel to strengthen tax laws on multinational companies 

Testifying before a Senate subcommittee, University of Houston Law Center tax Professor Bret Wells Tuesday called for stricter controls on multinational companies to prevent them from allocating taxable profits to “tax haven entrepreneurs” overseas. more...

Seth chandlerChandler -- Windstorm Insurance

A court’s decision about a proposed rewrite of legislation could affect future of thousands of Texas policyholders. more…

Aaron BruhlBruhl – Same-Sex Marriage

A federal judge today ruled Texas’ ban on same-sex marriages unconstitutional, but issued an immediate stay pending further appeal. more...

Jordan PaustStephen ZamoraPaust/Zamora – US-Mexico law

The arrest in Mexico of the infamous drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman raises a number of questions about U.S.-Mexico law, extradition, jurisdiction and other issues related to the drug trade. Two professors at the University of Houston Law Center – Jordan Paust and Stephen Zamora -- are noted authorities on international law and cross border relations. more…

Jacqueline  LiptonLipton – ‘Net Neutrality’

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia recently struck down a federal regulation requiring cable providers to adhere to “net neutrality,” offering the same level of service to all Internet companies. more...

Aaron BruhlBruhl - on U.S. Senate Vote to Change Filibuster Rules

In a controversial and historic vote, the United States Senate has changed its rules in order to limit the minority’s ability to block presidential nominees from taking office. more...

Tracy HesterHester – on Supreme Court’s decision to review EPA’s greenhouse gas regulations

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review certain aspects of the EPA’s greenhouse gas program in response to a challenge from more than 80 parties, including 17 states, which claim the agency’s attempt to address climate change places an undue financial burden on them. more...

Jordan PaustPaust – Syrian Intervention

Threatened U.S. military action in Syria is on hold, but there are legal justifications. more...

Patricia GrayGray – Drug Testing

Senate Bill 21, passed in the last regular legislative session and effective Sept 1, amends the Labor Code to require drug screening and testing for certain individuals before they can receive unemployment insurance (UI) compensation benefits. more...

Peter LinzerLinzer – Voting Rights

The U.S. Department of Justice recently fired its first shot in the battle over voter rights in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in June blocking a major provision of the 1965 landmark Voting Rights Act. more... 

Tasha WillisWillis – Arbitration/Mediation

As the cost of litigation rises, parties are increasingly turning to alternate means of settling disputes in order to stay away from the cost of the courthouse. more...

Aaron BruhlGeoffrey HoffmanBruhl and Hoffman – Gay Rights

Two rulings will have major impact on gay rights. more…

Peter LinzerLinzer – Voting Rights

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional a key provision of the landmark Voting Rights Act. more…

Michael OlivasOlivas – Affirmative Action

U.S. Supreme Court sends UT race-based admissions case back to lower court for closer look. more…

hoffmanHoffman -- Voting Rights

The U.S. Supreme Court rules Arizona overstepped its bounds with proof of citizenship restrictions. more…

Barbara EvansSapna KumarEvans & Kumar – Gene Patents

The U.S. Supreme Court today in a unanimous decision ruled that companies cannot patent human genes. more...

LiptonHester Q&A – Climate Change

The Supreme Court’s refusal to hear a federal climate change case may send attorneys scrambling for new strategies in state courts. more...

Michael OlivasGeoffrey HoffmanSenators release sweeping immigration reform bill

Border security is cornerstone of detailed proposal for first revamp of policy in 26 years. more...

LiptonLipton Q&A – Domains

For years, the non-profit organization that administers Internet domain names has been deliberating on how to expand the system to meet the voracious demands of cyber users. more...

Susan SakmarUH Law Center professor to address global gas conference

Sakmar sees 'golden age' of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a foundation fuel for the future. more...

Aaron BruhlGeoffrey HoffmanThomas OldmanUH Law Center Experts Available to Comment on Supreme Court's Same-Sex Marriage Cases more...

Sapna KumarSapna Kumar – Genetic Testing Q&A

Scientists today are rapidly developing diagnostic tests to detect mutations in our genetic code that contribute to disease. more...

Stephen ZamoraZamora on the Center for U.S. and Mexican Law's research initiatives

University of Houston Law Center Professor Stephen Zamora was interviewed by the editor of The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel regarding the Center for U.S. and Mexican Law at the University of Houston Law Center. more...

Geoffrey Hoffman Hoffman on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

President Obama recently outlined his proposal for overhauling the nation's immigration laws and for the first time providing a pathway to earned citizenship for more than 11 million undocumented persons. more...

Melissa HamiltonHester Q&A – BP

A federal  judge on Jan. 29 approved an agreement between BP and the U.S. Department of Justice to settle criminal charges against the energy giant with payment of $4 billion in penalties for the 2010 oil rig explosion and spill that killed 11 workers and fouled hundreds of miles of Gulf shoreline. more...

Melissa HamiltonMelissa Hamilton's Gun Control Q & A

On January 16th, President Obama unveiled a sweeping plan to curb gun violence. more...

ThompsonHawkins on fertility clinics

Infertility is big business in the United States.  more…

ThompsonThompson on Tom DeLay appeal

The former U.S. House Majority Leader was convicted on campaign finance changes and faces time in prison.  more…

HesterHester on climate change decision

Alaskan villagers lose appeal, but future tort lawsuits likely.  more…

Paul janickeJanicke on Apple-Samsung verdict

Jury awards $1.05 billion in patent case, but it is still before the district court for post-trial motions.  more…

MedicineUHLC health law experts on high court ruling

What did the Supreme Court rule and how will it affect you? more...

Geoffrey HoffmanHoffman on Arizona immigration ruling

High Court finds three provisions preempted, but leaves open question of “papers, please” law. more…

Darren BushBush on Southwest Airlines expansion

Under the new plan, Hobby will offer international service beginning in 2015. more…

Paul JanickeOlivas on Plyler v. Doe

UHLC prof examines impact of 30-year-old U.S. Supreme Court ruling requiring public education of school-age children regardless of citizenship. more…

Jim HawkinsHawkins on CARD Act’s effectiveness

New research shows students are still the targets of aggressive credit card marketing despite strict regulations. more…

Sandra ThompsonThompson on the Trayvon Martin shooting

Professor explains 2nd-degree murder charge and “Stand Your Ground” defense. more…

Jessica RobertsGray on health care hearings

The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether to uphold or overturn Obama’s Affordable Care Act. more…

Jessica RobertsGershowitz on the Stanford trial

The financier was found guilty on 13 of 14 counts of criminal conspiracy, fraud and other charges. more…

Jessica RobertsRoberts on new hiring policy

Texas employers are moving towards a ban on hiring smokers or anyone who tests positive for nicotine. more…

Jordan PaustPaust on alleged maltreatment of Afghan bodies

Marines urinating on dead would constitute war crime. more…

Paul JanickeOlivas on undocumented children’s rights

New book examines history of the landmark immigration case Plyler v. Doe. more…

Sandra ThompsonThompson on Occupy Wall Street Houston arrests

Houston authorities and Occupy protestors clash over demonstrations. more…

Stephen ZamoraZamora on the death of Mexico’s No. 2 official

How will the loss of Mexico’s top Cabinet secretary impact Mexico’s battle with drug cartels? more…

Ellen MarrusEllen Marrus on child discipline

When does corporal punishment cross the line into abuse? more…

Sandra Guerra ThompsonThompson on wrongful convictions

New book offers legislatures guidance on statutory changes that could discover and prevent wrongful convictions. more…

Paul JanickeOlivas on Alabama's new immigration law

University of Houston Law Center Professor Michael A. Olivas is participating in this week's Room for Debate, a weekly online debate hosted by the New York Times. more…

Paul JanickePaul M. Janicke on new patent act

With three goals in mind, the first overhaul of patent law since 1836 is a mixed bag of hit and miss. more…

Geoffrey HoffmanGeoffrey A. Hoffman on new deportation rules

Backdoor amnesty or prioritizing proceedings? more…

Jessica RobertsJessica L. Roberts on genetic information and the law

Genetic law will evolve and grow in importance as science advances further into this fascinating area with implications beyond medical into everyday lives. more…

Tracy HesterTracy Hester on climate change case before U.S. Supreme Court

Justices hear arguments on whether public nuisance laws give states the power to sue companies over emissions. more…

UPDATE: Tracy Hester on SCOTUS greenhouse gas ruling

Court turns down states’ efforts to sue under federal public nuisance laws. more…