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January 2021

Sondock Jurist-in-Residence speaker Liu to deliver lecture on diversity and shift in law school enrollment

Michael Olivas

Jan. 25, 2021 — Associate Justice Goodwin H. Liu of the California Supreme Court will discuss diversity and trends in law school enrollment virtually on Jan. 26, highlighting how the demographic composition of law students has shifted since the Great Recession.

Faculty Expert Spotlight

Michael Olivas

Professor Emeritus Michael A. Olivas was quoted in an Inside Higher Ed article on whether the automatic admission of top 10 percent high school graduates into any public university in Texas truly produces equity in university admissions.

UH Law Center external speaker series to examine race, social change, and the law

UHLC Building

Jan. 25, 2021 - Law professors from across the country will discuss their research with University of Houston Law Center students as part of the 2021 UHLC Spring Workshop Series.

UH Law Center experts to examine presidential transfer of power

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Jan. 25, 2021 - Following the Jan. 2021 inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, University of Houston Law Center faculty will analyze the process of the presidential transfer of power during a virtual discussion at 5 p.m. on Feb. 3. held on Zoom.

UHLC graduate Juan Vasquez ’77 relays trials and accomplishments of first Hispanic tax court judge in new biography

UHLC graduate Juan Vasquez ’77 relays trials and accomplishments of first Hispanic tax court judge in new biography

Jan 25, 2021 – University of Houston Law Center alumnus and adjunct professor Juan F. Vasquez vividly conveys his trials of discrimination, poverty and manual labor in a new biography published by the American Bar Association scheduled for release in January.

UH Law Center Professor Thompson to analyze influence of graphic photos during trials at virtual CLE

Sandra Guerra Thompson

Jan. 21, 2021 - University of Houston Law Center Professor Sandra Guerra Thompson will participate in a continuing legal education discussion on the impact of gory imagery used in the courtroom at 10 a.m. on Feb. 19.

UH Law Center recognizes 2020 alumni bar exam success

Jessica Roberts is the Leonard H. Childs Chair in Law and Director of the Health Law & Policy Institute at the University of Houston Law Center.

Jan. 20, 2021 - Recent graduates of the University of Houston Law Center were welcomed into the legal profession at the virtual Pass the Bar celebration last week held on Zoom.

UH Law Center Professor Roberts’ research featured on acclaimed peer-review website

Jessica Roberts is the Leonard H. Childs Chair in Law and Director of the Health Law & Policy Institute at the University of Houston Law Center.

Jan. 14, 2021 - University of Houston Law Center Professor Jessica Roberts’ article, “GINA, Big Data, and the Future of Employee Privacy,” which was featured in the Yale Law Journal, was recently reviewed on the scholarship website JOTWELL. University of Tennessee College of Law Associate Professor Bradley Areheart co-wrote the article with Roberts.

UH Law Center faculty to collaborate on George Floyd intersession course

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Jan. 12, 2021 - The University of Houston Law Center is launching a special topics course, "George Floyd and the Aftermath: Equal Justice and the Law," for the Spring 2021 semester.

UH Law Center Professor Emily Berman awarded for outstanding work on government oversight

Emily Berman

Jan 12, 2021 - University of Houston Law Center Professor Emily Berman was announced as the first annual winner of the Excellence in Oversight Research Award by the Levin Center at Wayne State University Law School. The accolade honors Berman’s Boston College Law Review article, “Weaponizing the Office of Legal Counsel,” as the year’s most outstanding work on government oversight.

UH Law Center hosts immigration workshop on January 29

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Jan. 8, 2021 – The University of Houston Law Center will present the Joseph A. Vail Asylum workshop on January 29 addressing recent changes in legal immigration policies and migrant protection laws amid the coronavirus pandemic.

UH Law Center remembers former Professor Peter Linzer

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Jan. 6, 2021 – University of Houston Law Center professor and legal scholar Peter S. Linzer passed in December after a battle with a long-term illness. He died on December 13. His keen powers of observation, analysis and languages informed a lifetime of scholarship, commentary and teaching. He is survived by a wife, a son and a grandson.  

December 2020

UH Law Center Professor Wells elected to American Law Institute

Bret Wells

Dec. 23, 2020 - Professor Bret Wells became the latest member of the University of Houston Law Center faculty to be named to the American Law Institute in December.

UH Law Center to Launch Course on the Transformation of the Legal Profession

Adjunct professor Rafael D.B. Figueiredo is adding to the University of Houston Law Center's curriculum with a unique new cl

Dec. 21, 2021 - In spring 2021, the University of Houston Law Center will offer its first-ever course on legal innovation, currently a hot topic in legal education. Designed to prepare students for the rapidly evolving legal industry, the course will survey and explore emerging legal business models, the rise of alternative legal service providers, increasing emphasis on legal entrepreneurship, ongoing regulatory reform initiatives, career path alternatives and the role and adoption of new technologies.

University of Houston Law Center Professor Koch Notes Significant Legal Concerns Surrounding COVID-19

University of Houston Law Center Assistant Professor Valerie Gutmann Koch

Dec. 21, 2020 -- The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on not only public health and the economy, but according to University of Houston Law Center Assistant Professor Valerie Gutmann Koch, it has also raised large legal and ethical issues.

UHLC's Center for U.S. and Mexican Law hosts fall webinar series

Dec. 18, 2020 — Throughout the Fall 2020 semester, the University of Houston Law Center’s Center for U.S. and Mexican Law led four events covering a wide range of topics from gender-based hate crimes, the COVID-19 pandemic, the recent USMCA and the North American Consortium of Legal Education (NACLE) annual workshop.

UH Law Center releases Pandemic, Protests and Progress edition of Briefcase

Dec. 17, 2020 - The University of Houston Law Center published its 2020 Year in Review edition of Briefcase magazine today.

"As 2020 draws to a close, it is important to recognize it will be remembered in the history books as being one of the most challenging years in our nation's history," said Dean Leonard M. Baynes in the magazine's introduction. "Amidst all the difficulties it is critical to highlight some of the bright spots."

UH Law Center Launches Global Law and Policy Program

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Dec. 16, 2020 – The University of Houston Law Center has established the Initiative on Global Law and Policy for the Americas (GLPA), aimed at uniting academics, practitioners and policy makers to develop research, coursework and collaboration in the areas of international and comparative law.

UH Law Center Professor Flatt provides analysis on the significance of clean water protection

Victor Flatt

Dec. 16, 2020 - University of Houston Law Center Professor Victor Flatt served as one of eight co-authors in a report published Tuesday that indicates that the EPA’s deregulation of water protection policies last this year was based on insubstantial scientific methodology. The report was released by the External Environmental Economics Advisory Committee.

The John M. O'Quinn Foundation Awarded University of Houston President's Medallion

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Dec. 14, 2020 - The John M. O'Quinn Foundation will be recipient of the President's Medallion, the highest honor personally bestowed by UH President and System Chancellor Renu Khator, on Dec. 17 at the University of Houston's virtual commencement ceremony.

UH Law Center celebrates the season through virtual holiday event

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Dec. 11, 2020 - Administrators, alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the University of Houston Law Center gathered virtually on Wednesday for a special edition of the annual Holiday Coffee event.

Chinquapin Preparatory students win top honors at 2020 UH Law Center Street Law mock trial tournament

Chinquapin Preparatory students win top honors at 2020 UH Law Center Street Law mock trial tournament

Dec. 7, 2020 - High school students from Chinquapin Preparatory School won the championship round of the University of Houston Law Center's recent virtual Street Law 2020 mock trial competition. Students from Alief Early College were the runners-up. The Honorable Gregg Costa of the Fifth Circuit of Appeals served as the judge of the final round.

Prospective law students gather for encouragement and opportunity at annual Diversity Pre-Law Symposium

Jonathan Beane, Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer for the NFL, provided career advice to students who attended the virtual 2020 Diversity Pre-Law Symposium & Law School Admissions Fair. Jamila Brinson, a partner at Jackson Walker LLP and 2010 graduate of the Law Center, encouraged attendees to overcome obstacles at the 2020 Diversity Pre-Law Symposium & Law School Admissions Fair.

Dec. 1, 2020 — Aspiring attorneys from around the country learned about the legal profession, law school application process, financial aid, joint degree programs, and professionalism in the legal industry among other topics at the recent 2020 Diversity Pre-Law Symposium & Law School Admissions Fair.