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September 2019

UH Law Center alumnus Brown '95 takes oath of office as federal district judge

Sept. 13, 2019 - Judge Jeff Brown, a 1995 graduate of the University of Houston Law Center, was sworn in as a U.S. district judge in the Southern District of Texas during a ceremony in Austin on Wednesday. more...

UH Law Center experts ‘take to the air’ for 4th season of Briefcase Radio 

Briefcase RadioSept. 13, 2019 — Briefcase radio, a partnership between the University of Houston Law Center and Houston Public Media, returned with new broadcast episodes on 88.7FM this week. New episodes will air at 7:19 a.m. on Tuesdays. more...

AALS commends UH Law Center's Tennessee for outstanding contributions to student service

University of Houston Law Center Associate Dean of Alumni and Community Relations Sondra TennesseeSept. 10, 2019 - Sondra Tennessee, Associate Dean of Alumni and Community Relations at the University of Houston Law Center, has been unanimously selected as the recipient of the Association of American Law Schools' Peter N. Kutulakis Student Services Award. more...  

UH President Khator cites two staffers for excellent service to Law Center 

UH Law Center staffers Kristen Guiseppi, left, and Elaine Fiala were honored by UH President Renu Khator for their outstanding service to the school. UH Law Center staffers Kristen Guiseppi, left, and Elaine Fiala were honored by UH President Renu Khator for their outstanding service to the school. Sept. 9, 2019 — Two members of the University of Houston Law Center staff were honored with President’s Excellence Awards Wednesday for their outstanding work and dedication to the students and faculty they serve. more...

UH Law Center to host symposium and lecture on state of forensic science

Why do judges still admit “junk science” as evidence in criminal trials and is justice better served today after calls for reform?

Sept. 5, 2019 — The University of Houston Law Center will host a symposium Sept. 20 on the future of crime labs and forensic science to commemorate the 10th anniversary of a landmark report by the National Academy of Science that questioned the validity of certain standard forensic practices and urged major reforms. more...

University of Houston Law Center to honor outstanding immigrants for service to the community

ArrivalArrival Awards celebration of local immigrant achievement to promote unity, respect, justice and hope.

Sept. 4, 2019 — The University of Houston Law Center Immigration Clinic will host the 20th anniversary Arrival Awards on Sept. 26 to recognize the achievements of three immigrant Houstonians and promote peace and unity among all cultures. more...

Environment Energy & Natural Resources Center at UH Law Center shares European Commission award 

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Sept. 4, 2019 — The European Commission has awarded a three-year energy research grant to the Environment, Energy & Natural Resources Center at the University of Houston Law Center and the French Universite Jean Moulin Lyon III. more...

 

August 2019

Students of UH Law Center Class of ’22 launch legal careers with service to the community

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Aug. 29, 2019 — Before completing their first week of classes, first-year students at the University of Houston Law Center fanned out across the city to help those in need and form friendships with new classmates by volunteering for a wide range of community service projects. more...

Board of Regents approves funding for new University of Houston Law Center building

Building RenderingAug. 23, 2019 — The University of Houston System Board of Regents on Thursday unanimously authorized funds for the construction of a new facility to replace the UH Law Center’s 50-year-old building complex. more...

Excellence and diversity mark UH Law Center Class of ’22

Students head to first day of classes.Aug. 22, 2019 — Classes began Monday for more than 200 aspiring lawyers who arrived at the University of Houston Law Center with varied backgrounds, high academic credentials, and even higher expectations of a successful career in the law. more...

Legal writing organization honors UH Law Center's Prof. Lauren Simpson '94

University of Houston Law Center Assistant Clinical Professor Lauren Simpson ’94.Aug. 20, 2019 — University of Houston Law Center Clinical Associate Professor Lauren Simpson was honored recently with the 2019 Outstanding Service Award from the Association of Legal Writing Directors at its biennial conference in Boston. more...

 

UH Law Center's 2019 Supreme Court update examines gerrymandering, double jeopardy and other major cases 

Speakers at the 2019 Supreme Court Update at the University of Houston Law Center included James Patrick Cooney, left, George "Mac" Secrest, Ira Hatton, Professor Sandra Guerra Thompson, Dean Leonard M. Baynes, Capt. Reginald McKamie '86 and Professor Seth Chandler, right.Aug. 19, 2019 — University of Houston Law Center professors and members of the local legal community recently unpacked the 2018-2019 U.S. Supreme Court term during a continuing legal education session. more...

UH Law Center's Wright takes tax expertise to London as visiting speaker

University of Houston Law Center Denney Wright ’93 LL.M. makes a stop at the University of Oxford Faculty of Law during his trip to the United Kingdom.Aug. 16, 2019 — University of Houston Law Center Professor of Practice Denney Wright served as a guest lecturer at the London School of Economics last week as part of the University of Calgary Faculty of Law’s summer energy program. more...

 

UH Law Center's Hester named among best environmental lawyers in the U.S. 

Tracy  HesterAug. 15, 2019 — University of Houston Law Center lecturer Tracy Hester's expertise in environmental law will be highlighted by a top peer review publication in the legal profession. more...

 

preLaw magazine cites UH Law Center as ‘Top School’ for business and criminal law

Aug. 12, 2019 —The University of Houston Law Center will be highlighted as a “Top School” for Business Law and Criminal Law in the fall edition of preLaw magazine, the 14th time the school has been recognized by the publication in the past two years. more...

UH Law Center students meet with potential employers during on-campus interview week 

University of Houston Law Center students prepare to meet with representatives from a number of law firms and businesses during the Career Development Office’s On-Campus Interview Program. Aug. 9, 2019 — The University of Houston Law Center’s Career Development Office facilitated meetings between 116 students and 83 organizations from Aug. 5-9 as part of the On-Campus Interview Program. more...

UH Law Center Dean Baynes moderates panel on socioeconomics and the LSAT at annual Southeastern Association of Law Schools Conference

Discussing plans for their presentation at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools conference are Paul Caron, left, Leonard M. Baynes, Kellye Testy and Robert Morse. Professor Vincent Quintanilla’s photo is not shown.Aug. 9, 2019 — University of Houston Law Center Dean Leonard M. Baynes discussed the school’s Pre-Law Pipeline Program and served as moderator of a panel discussion on the use of the LSAT, socioeconomics and U.S. News & World Report. more...

UH Law Center’s clinical faculty host informational visit for Chinese human rights students

Scholars from the Southwest University of Political Science & Law in Chongqing received an introduction to the American legal system this week at the University of Houston Law Center.Aug. 8, 2019 — University of Houston Law Center clinical professors met with six Chinese graduate and doctoral students to discuss legal education in the U.S. and human rights law on Wednesday. more...

Admitted law students learn of UH Law Center’s ‘diversity of possibilities’

Entering 1L students learn of the wide variety of opportunities the University of Houston Law Center has to offer.Aug. 1, 2019 - Future University of Houston Law Center students took part in the summer installment of Admitted Students Day in July. more...

UH Law Center hosts US Supreme Court update Aug. 9 

Justice ScalesAug. 1, 2019 — University of Houston Law Center professors and local attorneys will review recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions in a Continuing Legal Education program Aug. 9 at the Law Center. more...

U.S. Senate confirms UH Law Center alumnus and Texas Supreme Court Justice Jeff Brown '95 for federal judgeship

Aug. 1, 2019 — Texas Supreme Court Justice Jeffrey V.  Brown, a 1995 graduate of the University of Houston Law Center, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate Wednesday as a U.S. district judge in the Southern District of Texas. more...

 

July 2019

Juvenile defenders learn holistic approach to representing youth at UHLC’s Zealous Advocacy Conference

Houston-based attorney Tracy Good ’04, left, and Professor Ellen Marrus, right advise youth defense advocates during a breakout session at the Zealous Advocacy Conference last Friday at the University of Houston Law Center.July 24, 2019 — Juvenile defense attorneys were instructed on best practices to help defend their young clients last week during the 18th Annual Zealous Advocacy Conference at the University of Houston Law Center. more...

Harris '88 welcomed as new UH Law Foundation Board President

University of Houston Law Center alumnus Warren Harris ’88, left, follows Bill Jackson ’92 as president of the UH Law Foundation Board.July 18, 2019 - The UH Law Foundation Board celebrated University of Houston Law Center alumnus Warren Harris '88 last week as its new president. more...

UH Law Center PLUS Program scholars provide guidance to next generation of undergrads

Sondra R. TennesseeJuly 12, 2019 - Incoming college freshmen and high school seniors in the Houston Bar Association's Communities in Schools program received advice on how to adapt and prepare for life at a university during a panel discussion last week at the University of Houston Law Center. more...

UH Law Center's Tennessee named to ABA's Commission on Lawyer Assistance

Sondra R. TennesseeJuly 10, 2019 - Sondra R. Tennessee, the Associate Dean of Alumni and Community Relations at the University of Houston Law Center, will be working with attorneys from across the country to improve mental health wellness throughout the legal profession. more...

Local leaders motivate middle school girls during Ms. JD legal workshop at UH Law Center

Ms. JD legal workshopJuly 2, 2019 - Junior high school girls from across the Houston area were introduced to the law school experience recently at the University of Houston Law Center. more...

UHLC earns three more honors from preLaw Magazine, bringing total to 12

Diversity of PossibilitesJuly 1, 2019 – The University of Houston Law Center will receive more national praise in an upcoming edition of preLaw Magazine. more...

June 2019

UHLC's O'Quinn Law Library staff teaches local attorneys about cost-effective legal research tools

pipelineJune 20, 2019 - Staff members of the University of Houston Law Center's O'Quinn Law Library shared their expertise on research resources during the "Essential Legal Information & Technology For Texas Lawyers" program last week at the University of Houston Law Center. more...

State Bar of Texas recognizes UH Law Center 2L student Turman with aviation law scholarship

pipelineJune 20, 2019 -Austin Turman was recently awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Aviation Section of the State Bar of Texas for writing a case brief about the federal preemption of aviation engine lawsuits. more...

LL.M. Class of 2020 receives warm welcome to the UH Law Center

pipelineJune 14, 2019 - Entering Master of Laws students had a meet-and-greet session with University of Houston Law Center faculty and the Global and Graduate Programs staff for the LL.M. Admitted Students Reception event last week in the Hendricks Heritage Room. more...

UH Law Center's Geoffrey Hoffman selected to ABA national immigration council

hoffmanJune 12, 2019 - University of Houston Clinical Associate Professor Geoffrey Hoffman recently accepted an appointment on the American Bar Association's Commission on Immigration. Hoffman's one-year term will begin in August at the 2019 Annual ABA Meeting in San Francisco. more...

UH Law Center’s award-winning Pre-Law Pipeline Program celebrates five years of promoting diversity in legal education

pipelineJune 12, 2019 (HOUSTON) – Class is in session for the University of Houston Law Center's Pre-Law Pipeline Program, with 42 undergraduate students from across the nation currently receiving faculty instruction in typical first-year law courses. more...

UH Law Center legal writing professors present and receive awards at national conference

BremMorathSimpsonJune 10, 2019 —Two University of Houston Law Center Lawyering Skills and Strategies professors recently presented at the Association of Legal Writing Directors Conference in Boston. more...

UH Law Center alum Fibich ‘74 to receive statewide honor from Texas Bar Foundation

Kenneth “Tommy” FibichJune 7, 2019 — Kenneth “Tommy” Fibich was recently named as the recipient of the 2019 Ronald D. Secrest Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award. more...

Flood victims encouraged to keep visual, written records during consumer law discussion at UHLC

The University of Houston Law Center’s “Consumer Law Disaster Kit” CLE session was produced in cooperation with The Hurricane Consumer Assistance Project.June 5, 2019 —Documentation is essential in filing insurance claims or reporting price gouging after a natural disaster attorneys stressed recently during a “Consumer Law Disaster Kit” workshop at the University of Houston Law Center. more...

UH Law Center’s O’Quinn library to host research workshop on June 14

BooksJune 4 2019 — The staff of the O’Quinn Law Library at the University of Houston Law Center will present a free training workshop June 14 on the latest advances in Texas legal research and technology. more...

May 2019

Colleagues and friends toast UH Law Center Professor Olivas, UH College of Education Professor Reyes

May 28, 2019 — The academic careers of University of Houston Law Center Professor Michael A. Olivas and University of Houston College of Education Professor Tina Reyes, Olivas’ wife, were recently celebrated at Houston restaurant Caracol. more...

UH Law Center Student Appointed to UHS Board of Regents

May 24, 2019 — John Fields, a third-year University of Houston Law Center student, will represent the nearly 74,000 students of the University of Houston System as the newly appointed student regent of the UHS Board of Regents. more...

UH Law Center clinical faculty present at Empire State Legal Writing Conference in New York

booksMay 22, 2019 — Five clinical professors of the University of Houston Law Center – four Lawyering Skills and Strategies professors and the director of the Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic – recently presented at the Biennial Empire State Legal Writing Conference in New York City. more...

Houston Bar Association honors UHLC alumna Justice Sondock ‘62 and Professor Hoffma

University of Houston Law Center alumna Justice Ruby Kless Sondock ’62, left, is presented the first Justice Ruby Kless Sondock Award by newly-elected HBA president Benny Agosto, Jr. (Photo courtesy of the Houston Bar Association)May 21, 2019 — University of Houston alumna Justice Ruby Kless Sondock and Professor Lonny Hoffman were recognized for their achievements at the recent 2019 Houston Bar Association Annual Dinner. more...

Tax law scholars from across Texas exchange feedback during annual UH Law Center seminar

The University of Houston Law Center’s Fifth Annual Texas Tax Faculty Workshop was held last week in the Skyline South Room at the University of Houston’s Student Center. May 21, 2019 - Thirteen tax professors from six different law schools collaborated on research agendas and provided peer review comments at the Fifth Annual Texas Tax Faculty Workshop last week at the University of Houston Student Center. more...

New UH Law Alumni Association president hopes to build on current momentum to increase involvement 

Alumni Association President Victor Wright ’78 May 20, 2019 — Victor Wright, a self-professed military “brat” who grew up to serve 22 years in the U.S. Air Force, earned a law degree along the way, and became in-house counsel to a major, international corporation, is ready to take on a new assignment as president of the UH Law Alumni Association. more...

E. Lee Morris ‘93

May 16, 2019 —UH Law Center alum Morris ’93 appointed as federal bankruptcy judge more...

 

UH Law Center commencement speaker Carrig advises Class of 2019 to seek authenticity in their careers

Janet Langford Carrig inspired University of Houston Law Center graduates at Sunday’s commencement ceremony at the Fertitta Center.May 14, 2019 — Janet Langford Carrig, a longtime senior legal executive at ConocoPhillips, told students to be true to who they are and follow their own moral compass as they enter the practice of law. Carrig spoke at the University of Houston Law Center Commencement Ceremony on Sunday at the Fertitta Center. The Class of 2019 included 229 J.D. candidates and 57 LL.M. graduates. more...

UH Law Center staff promotions focus on alumni, community, and global outreach

LogoMay 7, 2019 — University of Houston Law Center Dean Leonard M. Baynes has announced several upper level staff changes and promotions to better serve alumni and the community and expand the school’s graduate and global programs. more...

Three UH Law Center alumni win Houston Corporate Counsel Awards

ScalesMay 7, 2019 — Eight University of Houston Law Center graduates were named finalists for 2019 Houston Corporate Counsel Awards with three of the nominees winning their respective categories. more...

UH Law Center 3L Ullah will have work published in State Bar of Texas publication

University of Houston Law Center student Mohammad Ullah.May 3, 2019 — Mohammad Ullah, a University of Houston Law Center 3L, has been named the 2018-2019 Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Writing Competition second-place winner. more...

April 2019

U.S. Rep. Fletcher says climate change adaptation should be a priority at UH Law Center's North American energy conference

U.S. Rep. Lizzie Fletcher served as the keynote speaker at the 3rd Annual North American Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Conference.April 30, 2019 — U.S. Rep. Lizzie Fletcher said the biggest question facing Congress is how to transform the country's infrastructure to make it more resilient and prepared for inevitable climate change during her keynote address Friday at the third annual North American Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Conference. more...

UH Law Center bar exam passage is second highest in state 

state bar of texasApril 30, 2019 —The University of Houston Law Center finished second among the state’s 10 law schools in the percentage of first-time examinees to pass the February state bar exam. more...

LLM Guide ranks UH Law Center among nation’s top 10 budget programs 

April 30, 2019 — The LL.M. program at the University of Houston Law Center is ranked among the nation’s top 10 “budget” programs by the LLM Guide, a reference for graduate programs worldwide. more...

UH Law Center Dean’s Awards ceremony recognizes students, top scholarship recipients

University of Houston Law Center Dean Leonard M. Baynes, left, student Stephanie Nweke and Clinical Assistant Professor Katherine Brem, right.April 29, 2019 - Seventy-one University of Houston Law Center students were commended for their academic excellence and dedication to their legal education recently at the 2019 Dean’s Awards in Krost Hall. more...

University cites two UH Law Center profs for teaching excellence and community outreach

April 29, 2019 — University of Houston Law Center Professors Geoffrey Hoffman, left, and James Nelson were honored recently with 2018-19 Teaching Excellence Awards, among the highest distinctions bestowed by the university. more...

Briefcase Radio: Minimum wage laws

MicrophoneOn this week’s Briefcase, Dean Leonard Baynes with the University of Houston Law Center discusses the United States’ minimum wage laws. more...

Mexican law school delegation to visit UH Law Center with goal of expanding interaction

The University of Houston Law Center’s Lawyering Skills and Strategies Advisory Council did digital pro-bono work last week in the Hendricks Heritage Room. April 22, 2019 — Mexican law school deans and professors will visit the University of Houston Law Center Thursday and Friday to gain insights into the school’s operations, curriculum and programs and discuss the possibility of future academic collaborations. more...

Newly-formed LSS Advisory Council at UH Law Center provides online pro-bono legal aid

The University of Houston Law Center’s Lawyering Skills and Strategies Advisory Council did digital pro-bono work last week in the Hendricks Heritage Room. April 19, 2019 — Lawyering Skills and Strategies faculty at the University of Houston Law Center recently paired practicing local attorneys with Law Center students to provide free legal assistance to low-income Texans through the online platform Texas Legal Answers. more...

Trial, mediation experts share tips with UH Law Center students

Houston attorney Richard Mithoff was one of several guest lecturers for University of Houston Law Center adjunct Professor J. Michael Solar’s trial advocacy course during the Spring 2019 semester.April 19, 2019 — Legal specialists recently discussed what it takes to gain a favorable result in cases that go to trial or mediation during adjunct Professor J. Michael Solar's class, "The Modern Day Trial Lawyer: Redefining Trials & Trial Lawyers" at the University of Houston Law Center. more...

It’s time to revise the Superfund, environmental lawyer says during talk at UH Law Center

SpeakerApril 19, 2019 — The nation’s nearly four-decade-old Superfund program needs to be amended to more fairly assign liability for toxic waste mismanagement, an environmental lawyer said recently at the University of Houston Law Center. more...

Briefcase Radio: Medical-legal partnerships

Attorneys are being added to medical teams across the U.S. via medical legal partnerships, or MLPs. Research Assistant Professor Leah Fowler provides examples of how vulnerable populations can benefit from these joint teams. more...

UH Law Center’s Investment Arbitration team finishes among top four finalists in competition in Colombia 

University of Houston Law Center Research Assistant Professor Julian Cardenas Garcia, left, Mayra Itriago, Ivana Mariles, Maria Cristina Ortegon and Liz Llamas, right.April 17, 2019 — The University of Houston Law Center’s Investment Arbitration was a semi-finalist at the VI Investment Arbitration Competition which took place from April 8-12 in Bogotá, Colombia. more...

UH Law Center Baker Award goes to Clinic Director Janet Heppard; faculty and staff honored by colleagues and students

Janet HeppardApril 17, 2019 — The executive committee of the University of Houston Law Center has voted to honor Associate Clinical Professor Janet M. Heppard with the 2019 Ethel M. Baker Faculty Award for her leadership in promoting greater interaction between the school and the community. more...

UH Law Center Professor Meredith Duncan discusses ‘Crimes of the Heart’ in Alley debut

Meredith J. Duncan April 16, 2019 — University of Houston Law Center Professor Meredith J. Duncan will take her expertise in criminal law to the Alley Theatre Saturday where she will meet with the audience to discuss legal issues in the play “Crimes of the Heart.” more...

UH Law Center to host annual workshop for Texas tax law professors May 17 

Bret WellsApril 15, 2019 — Tax law professors from across the state will gather at the University of Houston Law Center May 17 to present research papers and discuss works-in-progress at the Fifth Annual Texas Tax Faculty Workshop. more...

UH Law Center Spring 2019 External Speaker Series: Civil liberties scholar considers effectiveness of artificial intelligence tools

Aziz Huq of the University of Chicago Law School addresses University of Houston Law Center students and faculty during a presentation in the Hendricks Heritage Room.April 15, 2019 - University of Chicago Law School professor Aziz Huq suggested that machine-made legal decisions can potentially make a positive impact on the legal system during a presentation last week in the Hendricks Heritage Room at the University of Houston Law Center. more...

University cites Law Center Profs. Hoffman and Nelson for teaching excellence

April 12, 2019 — University of Houston Law Center Professors Geoffrey Hoffman and James Nelson are recipients of 2018-19 Teaching Excellence Awards, one of the highest distinctions bestowed by the university. more...

High School for Law and Justice students win mock trial competition during UH Law Center's Street Law Day

April 12, 2019 - High school students from the Houston area used their newfound legal knowledge and techniques in a mock trial competition during the recent Street Law Day at the University of Houston Law Center. more...

Briefcase Radio: Chickens vs. Planes

What happens when chickens go up against planes? The winners might surprise you! Dean Leonard Baynes, with the University of Houston Law Center, looks back at this legal fight. more...

St. John's Law School professor says decline of purposivism in Supreme Court is exaggerated

April 11, 2019 - A statutory interpretation scholar/expert said that despite the prevalence of textualist Supreme Court justices, purposivism is "alive and well" in the modern version of the Court during a presentation last week in the Hendricks Heritage Room at the University of Houston Law Center. more...

UH Law Center students win ADR energy law tournament championship

April 10, 2019 – For the second time this year, the University of Houston Law Center’s Alternate Dispute Resolution team has secured a win in a national competition. more...

 

UH Law Center 2L Megan Rollag helps send supplies home to flood-weary Nebraska 

Megan RollagApril 10, 2019 — When second-year University of Houston Law Center student Megan Rollag saw her native Nebraska underwater, she used the severe weather event as an opportunity to give back. more...

‘Is law school for you?’ UH Law Center provides answers to undergraduates  

Law Center Professor Meredith Duncan gives UH undergraduates the sense of a typical class during a pre-law forum in Krost Hall. April 5, 2019 — More than 100 University of Houston undergraduates recently received a practical introduction to law school — ranging from how to apply to how to survive — during the inaugural “Pre-Law Forum” hosted by the UH Law Center’s admissions office in collaboration with the university’s career services office. more...

Renowned Houston attorneys serve as guest lecturers during UH Law Center trial advocacy class

Renowned Houston attorneys serve as guest lecturers during UH Law Center trial advocacy classApril 4, 2019 - As part of the University of Houston Law Center's Inaugural Distinguished Lecturer Series, students in adjunct professor J. Michael Solar's course recently received advice and wisdom from some of the most recognized trial lawyers in the Houston area. more...

Highest bidders make PILO silent auction at UH Law Center a success

Houston Astros tickets donated by Professor Craig Joyce.April 4, 2019 - The University of Houston Law Center's Public Interest Law Organization raised $4,164 last week for its 11th annual silent auction. more...

Sense of duty inspires UH Law Center adjunct Professor Gallagher in faith and law

Sense of duty inspires UH Law Center adjunct Professor Gallagher in faith and law April 4, 2019 — While he received his J.D. more than 30 years ago, University of Houston Law Center adjunct Professor Edward Gallagher just added a new degree to his wall: Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies. more...

Lawyers aim for the moon and raise nearly $600,000 at 43rd Annual University of Houston Law Gala

Provost Paula Myrick Short, Dean Leonard M. Baynes, and Peter Taaffe ’97, vice-chairman of the UH System Board of Regents, enjoy the evening under the gala’s moon and stars.April 3, 2019 — With a theme of “Fly Me to the Moon,” the University of Houston Law Center’s 43rd Annual Law Gala & Auction was out of this world Saturday evening, beginning with a countdown to a spectacular rocket launch video and ending with a Frank Sinatra impersonator. About $579,000 was raised along the way for scholarships and other programs. more...

UH Law Center welcomes admitted students for Class of 2022

Prospective University of Houston Law Center students tour the building during Admitted Students Day last week.April 3, 2019 — Future University of Houston Law Center students received an introduction to the law school experience last week during Admitted Students Day. more...

UHLC's Prof Wright makes Calgary connection to teach this summer in London

Professor of Practice Denney Wright ‘93 of the University of Houston Law Center.April 3, 2019 — University of Houston Law Center Professor of Practice Denney Wright will be taking his expertise in oil and gas tax law and international petroleum transactions abroad in August at the London School of Economics. more...

Environmental law researcher encourages increased citizen engagement to help with decarbonization

Shelley Welton of the University of South Carolina School of Law addresses University of Houston Law Center students and faculty during a presentation in the Hendricks Heritage Room.April 1, 2019 - University of South Carolina School of Law assistant professor Shelley Welton said that citizens having more input about their energy systems could help address some of the challenges of climate change. more...

Racism harms health, UVA School of Law expert says during talk at UH Law Center

University of Houston Law Center associate professor Jessica Mantel, left, University of Virginia School of Law Professor Dayna Bowen Matthew and research assistant professor Leah Fowler, right.April 1, 2019 - A University of Virginia School of Law professor drew a direct parallel between racial injustice and chronic health issues during a lecture last week at the University of Houston Law Center. more...

March 2019

Anita Hill says society as a whole must support #MeToo movement during ‘fireside chat’ at UH Law Center

University of Houston Law Center Professor Michael A. Olivas, left, speaks with Anita Hill of Brandeis University in Krost Hall.March 28, 2019 — Professor and civil rights activist Anita Hill said Tuesday at the University of Houston Law Center that the public has a responsibility to embrace the #MeToo movement, and must confront sexual misconduct wherever it exists in society more...

UH Law Center 1Ls honored for early academic excellence

Speakers at the “People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference” included Jodie Roure, Associate Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, left; Elaine Chiu, Professor of Law, St. John’s University School of Law; Camille Nelson, Dean and Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law; Leonard M. Baynes, UH Law Center Dean and Professor of Law; Deborah Post, Professor of Law, Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg School of Law; and Kristen Guiseppi, director of the UH Law Center Pre-Law Pipeline program.March 27, 2019 - The University of Houston Law Center recognized 60 first-year students in the top 30 percent of their class at the 2019 Academic Achievement Reception last week in the Hendricks Heritage Room. more...

UH Law Center co-sponsors national conference of minority legal scholars

Speakers at the “People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference” included Jodie Roure, Associate Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, left; Elaine Chiu, Professor of Law, St. John’s University School of Law; Camille Nelson, Dean and Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law; Leonard M. Baynes, UH Law Center Dean and Professor of Law; Deborah Post, Professor of Law, Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg School of Law; and Kristen Guiseppi, director of the UH Law Center Pre-Law Pipeline program.March 27, 1019 — The University of Houston Law Center last week sponsored the welcoming reception for hundreds of law professors and scholars at the 4th National People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference at American University Washington College of Law. more...

UH Law Center student organization hosts Women's Week

Demetra Liggins of Thompson & Knight, left, Stefanie Moll of Morgan Lewis & Bockius, Katherine Andrews of LyondellBasell and University of Houston Law Center Associate Dean for Student Affairs Sondra Tennessee, right.March 25, 2019 - In an effort to highlight women leadership in the legal profession, the Association of Women in Law recently held Women's Week at the University of Houston Law Center. more...

UVA Law School professor examines impact of polarized political environment on administrative law

Michael Livermore of the University of Virginia School of Law addresses University of Houston Law Center students and faculty during a presentation in the Hendricks Heritage Room.March 25, 2019 - University of Virginia School of Law Professor Michael Livermore described how partisan volatility in American politics threatens effective administration during a presentation last week in the Hendricks Heritage Room at the University of Houston Law Center. more...

UH Law Center to host ‘fireside chat’ with Prof Anita Hill on March 26

March 20, 2019 (HOUSTON) — Anita Hill, whose testimony before a senate committee alleging sexual harassment by a Supreme Court nominee predated the #MeToo movement by nearly three decades, will speak about today’s focus on sexual abuse and other issues affecting women March 26 at the University of Houston Law Center. more...

UH Law Center profs share legal writing expertise heading national committees

March 20, 2019 — Four Lawyering Skills and Strategies professors at the University of Houston Law Center have assumed leadership roles on key committees in national legal writing organizations. more...

UH Law Center's Hester named co-director of newly-launched Center for Carbon Management in Energy

Tracy HesterMarch 19, 2020 — University of Houston Law Center Lecturer Tracy Hester was recently announced as the co-director of the Center for Carbon Management in Energy, an initiative of UH Energy. Charles McConnell, a former energy executive and assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Energy, will serve as the interim executive director. more...

Trump nominates Texas Supreme Court Justice and Law Center alum Jeff Brown to federal bench

March 18, 2019 —Texas Supreme Court Justice Jeffrey V.  Brown, a 1995 graduate of the University of Houston Law Center, has been nominated by President Trump to become a U.S. district judge in the Southern District of Texas. more...

UH Law Center collects six awards in annual marketing competition

March 18, 2019 — The University of Houston Law Center’s Communications and Marketing Department received six awards, including three “golds,” in the 2018 Collegiate Advertising Award competition for the nation’s graduate school programs. more...

Medical AI faces challenge of contextual bias, says Michigan Law School scholar

Nicholson Price of the University of Michigan Law School addresses University of Houston Law Center students and faculty during a presentation in the Hendricks Heritage Room.March 15, 2019 - University of Michigan Law School assistant professor Nicholson Price said that artificial intelligence used in the medical field should come from a diverse set of data last week in the Hendricks Heritage Room at the University of Houston Law Center. more...

UH Law Center symposium examined state of worldwide energy tax and investment

Law Foundation Professor Bret Wells, left, with Professor of Practice Denney Wright LL.M. ’93, at the University of Houston Law Center’s 1st Annual Denney L. Wright International Energy Tax ConferenceMarch 13, 2019 - Experts in energy taxation and investment shared the latest developments on issues affecting North America and beyond recently at the University of Houston Law Center's 1st Annual Denney L. Wright International Energy Tax Conference held at the Greater Houston Partnership in downtown Houston. more...

Three UH Law Center programs maintain Top 10 standing in U.S. News rankings; high marks in other publications

March 12, 2019 — The University of Houston Law Center saw three of its specialty programs retain their longstanding Top 10 rankings in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey of the country’s law schools released today. more...

Fordham Law professor says civil rights laws need renewed emphasis on protecting multiracials during UH Law Center’s Rosenberg Lecture

Fordham Law professor says civil rights laws need renewed emphasis on protecting multiracials during UH Law Center’s Rosenberg LectureMarch 12, 2019 — An expert on race relations and anti-discrimination law described how the legal system mischaracterizes mixed race people who make discrimination claims in the annual Yale L. Rosenberg Lecture held last week at the University of Houston Law Center. more...

UH Law Center scholar discusses potential NAFTA overhaul at trade seminar

IP law scholars exchange ideas during national workshop at UH Law CenterMarch 8, 2019 — Alfonso López de la Osa Escribano, director of the Center for U.S. and Mexican Law at the University of Houston Law Center, discussed a potential replacement for the North American Free Trade Agreement during a symposium last week in Fort Worth. more...

IP law scholars exchange ideas during national workshop at UH Law Center

IP law scholars exchange ideas during national workshop at UH Law CenterMarch 7, 2019 - More than 70 intellectual property law professors from across the world shared their latest scholarship at the 2019 Works-in-Progress Intellectual Property Colloquium (WIPIP), hosted by the University of Houston Law Center's Institute for Intellectual Property & Information Law. more...

UH Law Center among top 30 “Go-To Law Schools” in the country

courtyardMarch 6, 2019 - The University of Houston Law Center is ranked No. 29 in Law.com's 2019 Go-To Law School list. The Law Center propelled 14 spots from its No. 43 ranking in 2018. more...

Dow exec calls for corporate and consumer action to solve global plastic waste problem during UHLC talk 

Jennifer Ronk, the Sustainability Manager from Dow's Packaging & Specialty Plastics, discussed marine debris and what is being done to manage marine debris  last week at the University of Houston Law Center.March 4, 2019 — The growing problem of plastic waste, especially in the world’s oceans, is solvable with an increased commitment from corporations to find sustainable answers and greater awareness from consumers, an industry plastics and packaging executive said recently at the University of Houston Law Center. more...

UH Law Center Prof Geoffrey Hoffman serves on two panels at national immigration conference

March 4, 2019 —Clinical Associate Professor Geoffrey Hoffman, director of the University of Houston Law Center’s Immigration Clinic, discussed new practices in the field of immigration law as a panelist at a national conference last week in Miami. more...

Cornell Law School professor argues rules for multi-district litigation are misguided

Zachary Clopton of Cornell Law School addresses University of Houston Law Center students and faculty during a presentation in the Hendricks Heritage Room.March 4, 2019 - An expert in civil procedure said that attempts to devise specific rules and procedures about multi-district litigation are often misguided because not all cases present the same challenges. more...

February 2019

UH Law Center’s Rosenberg Memorial Lecture to focus on multiracials and civil rights

HOUSTON (Feb. 28, 2019) — Fordham law professor uses court cases to show mixed race people face same discrimination as other minority groups. more...

 

UHLC ADR team advances to national competition after regional victory 

Feb. 28, 2019 — The University of Houston Law Center’s Interscholastic Alternative Dispute Resolution team earned top honors at the ABA’s regional Representing Clients in Mediation Competition last weekend in Birmingham, Ala. more...

5th Circuit Judge Elrod says as AI will not replace the need for judges to retain empathy in the courtroom

Judge Jennifer Elrod served as the first Jurist-in-Residence of 2019 for the Judge Ruby Kless Sondock Lectureship in Legal Ethics Jurist-In-Residence Program.Feb. 26, 2019 — As the use of artificial intelligence in the legal profession increases, members of the bench should ensure the technology was developed without prejudice, Judge Jennifer Elrod of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals said during her talk, "Trial by Siri: AI Comes to the Courtroom," last week at the University of Houston Law Center. more...

UH Law Center conference to explore global energy tax and investment climate 

OilFeb. 26, 2019 — Experts in energy taxation and investment will gather March 1 to examine issues affecting the international energy industry in a joint symposium co-sponsored by the University of Houston Law Center, ExxonMobil and several law firms. more...

UH Law Center receives nine awards from preLaw Magazine

bannerFeb. 26, 2019 — The University of Houston Law Center continues to earn high marks from preLaw magazine, earning accolades in its spring 2019 edition for three specialty programs and bringing the total to nine honors over the last year. more...

Constitutional law scholar weighs originalism's role in lower courts

Ryan Williams of Boston College Law School addresses University of Houston Law Center students and faculty during a presentation in the Hendricks Heritage Room.Feb. 25, 2019 - Ryan Williams, an assistant professor at Boston College Law School, questioned if a strict interpretive Constitutional theory should be adapted in his presentation "Should Lower Court Judges Be Originalists?" in the Hendricks Heritage Room last week. more...

Simon Tam of the Slants discusses group's landmark SCOTUS victory at UH Law Center

Professor Michael A. Olivas, left, and recording artist Simon Tam, right, in the Hendricks Heritage Room at the University of Houston Law Center.Feb. 22, 2019 — A musician whose band's trademark case was taken to the Supreme Court shared details from his seven-year legal journey in a question-and-answer session Tuesday with University of Houston Law Center Professor Michael A. Olivas. more...

Symbols of the Confederacy should not exist in public spaces, Harvard professor says in Black History Month lecture at UH Law Center

Annette Gordon-Reed served as the second speaker in the 2019 Dean's Distinguished Speaker Series. Feb. 19, 2019 — A Harvard Law School professor and Pulitzer Prize winning historian said that Confederate monuments in public spaces send inappropriate messages. more...

Genealogical information should be protected, says expert on law enforcement’s use of familial DNA

Natalie Ram of the University of Baltimore School of Law addresses University of Houston Law Center students and faculty during a presentation in the Hendricks Heritage Room.Feb. 19, 2019 - Natalie Ram, an assistant professor at University of Baltimore School of Law, argued that consumers should have a reasonable expectation of privacy from law enforcement surveillance even if they have made their genetic data available to genealogical or other consumer genetic third-party services.  more...

UH Law Center’s Sondock Jurist-in-Residence Lecture to focus on artificial intelligence in the court system

UH Law Center’s Sondock Jurist-in-Residence Lecture to focus on artificial intelligence in the court system5th Circuit Judge Elrod will explore impact of future technology on judges and the law. more...

 

UHLC students network with government and public interest employers during annual table talk 

University of Houston Law Center students filled the Commons for the Career Development Office’s recent Government and Public Interest Table Talk. Feb. 15, 2019 — University of Houston Law Center students recently met with officials from government agencies and public interest groups at the annual public service “table talk” hosted by the school’s Career Development Office. more...

UH Law Center alumni take their case for a new building to Austin 

University of Houston Law Center alumni William P. Swenson ’87, left, Richard F. Whiteley, ’99, and Susan L. Bickley, ’84, accompanied by Dean Leonard M. Baynes, recently traveled to Austin to meet with legislators to provide information on and show support for state funding of a proposed five-story, $90 million facility. Feb. 14, 2019 — University of Houston Law Center alumni William P. Swenson ’87, left, Richard F. Whiteley, ’99, and Susan L. Bickley, ’84, accompanied by Dean Leonard M. Baynes, traveled to Austin this week to meet with legislators to provide information on and show support for state funding of a proposed five-story, $90 million facility. more...

UHLC’s Baynes touts fundraising milestone for new building during ‘Discussion with the Dean’

UHLC’s Baynes touts fundraising milestone for new building during ‘Discussion with the Dean’Feb. 12, 2019 - The University of Houston Law Center's push for a facility is closer to becoming a reality after reaching an initial goal of $10 million, Dean Leonard M. Baynes told students during his spring semester "Discussion with the Dean" sessions last week. more...

Denver Law professor suggests methods to increase FOIA's efficiency

University of Denver Sturm College of Law Associate Professor Margaret Kwoka addresses University of Houston Law Center students and faculty during a discussion in the Hendricks Heritage Room.Feb. 12, 2019 - University of Denver Sturm College of Law Associate Professor Margaret Kwoka proposed an aggressive reform strategy to preserve the Freedom of Information Act's broad vision of public access during a lecture last week in the Hendricks Heritage Room at the University of Houston Law Center. more...

UH Law Center 3L Elizabeth George channels lifelong love of outdoors into environmental advocacy

Elizabeth George will graduate from the University of Houston Law Center in May.Feb. 11, 2019 — Being raised in the Texas Hill Country and taking an AP Environmental Science class in high school instilled third-year University of Houston Law Center student Elizabeth George with a sense of obligation to defend nature and everything in it. more...

UH Law Center alum Thomas ’11 named shareholder at Houston-based law firm

University of Houston Law Center alumnus Jim Thomas ’11.Feb. 11, 2019 - With an engineering background, and newfound ability in technological writing, Jim Thomas, a 2011 graduate of the University of Houston Law Center changed careers and put both skill sets to use practicing patent law. more...

UH Law Center Immigration Clinic's two-year effort on asylum appeal in hands of 5th Circuit 

UHLC students Bryan Perez, 2L, left, and Vanessa Garza, 3L, Clinical Lecturer Rosemary Vega and Professor Geoffrey Hoffman leave the courthouse after appealing an asylum ruling.Feb. 7, 2019 — Faculty and students of the University of Houston Law Center Immigration Clinic collaborated with two other university programs to represent a young woman and her son Wednesday in an asylum case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans. more...

UH Law Center 'Distinguished Speaker' explores Confederate iconography and bias

Annette Gordon-ReedHarvard law professor and historian to speak as part of Black History Month observance. more...

 

Exxon Mobil General Counsel advises students to embrace versatility during Dean's Distinguished Speaker Series at UH Law Center

University of Houston Law Center Dean Leonard M. Baynes, left, Randall M. Ebner, Vice President and General Counsel of Exxon Mobil Corp. and Associate Dean Greg Vetter, right.Feb. 7, 2019 - Randall M. Ebner, Vice President and General Counsel of Exxon Mobil Corp., encouraged students to be flexible and open to change while providing a roadmap to success at the University of Houston Law Center last week. more...

UH Law Center trial advocacy course spotlights Houston legal legends

Hunton Andrews Kurth Moot Court National ChampionshipFeb. 5, 2019 — The careers of Richard "Racehorse" Haynes '56, John O'Quinn '67 and Joe Jamail were recalled during guest lectures recently in University of Houston Law Center adjunct Professor J. Michael Solar's class, "The Modern Day Trial Lawyer: Redefining Trials & Trial Lawyers." more...

Students share their Law Center experiences in meeting with UH President Khator

Hunton Andrews Kurth Moot Court National ChampionshipFeb. 5, 2018 - UH President and System Chancellor Dr. Renu Khator answered inquiries from University of Houston Law Center students during a visit to Professor Douglas Moll's Secured Financing class on Monday. more...

Georgia moot court team takes national title in annual UH Law Center tournament

Hunton Andrews Kurth Moot Court National ChampionshipFeb. 4, 2019 — The team from the University of Georgia School of Law out-argued the nation's best student advocates to claim the winner's trophy in the 11th annual Hunton Andrews Kurth Moot Court National Championship hosted recently by the Blakely Advocacy Institute of the University of Houston Law Center. more...

January 2019

International law expert analyzes human rights racism at UHLC speaker series

University of Colorado Law School Professor Anna Spain Bradley addresses University of Houston Law Center students and faculty during a discussion in the Hendricks Heritage Room.Jan. 30, 2019 - University of Colorado School of Law Associate Professor Anna Spain Bradley argued that international human rights law fails to adequately address racism as a violation of human rights during a presentation on Monday in the Hendricks Heritage Room at the University of Houston Law Center. more...

Campaign for New UH Law Center Building Hits $10 Million Milestone

"More Than Bricks," the fundraising campaign to build a new University of Houston Law Center building, has reached the $10 million milestone. more...

Nation's top moot court teams will vie for national championship in UH Law Center tourney

Jan. 18, 2019 — The nation's 16 top moot court teams will gather in Houston Jan. 23 to face off in the 11th annual Hunton Andrews Kurth Moot Court National Championship hosted by the Blakely Advocacy Institute of the University of Houston Law Center. more...

ABA to honor UH Law Center's Pre-Law Pipeline Program for accomplishments in diversity 

The next group of Pre-Law Pipeline Program students will begin their introduction to legal education on May 28 at the University of Houston Law Center.Jan. 17, 2019 — The University of Houston Law Center's Pre-Law Pipeline Program will be honored Jan. 25 by the American Bar Association's Council for Diversity in the Education Pipeline for its efforts on behalf of diversity in the legal profession. more...

Briefcase Radio: Gender mandates on corporate boards

Randall M. Ebner.S. women are well educated and work in about half of all management and professional jobs. However, Dean Leonard Baynes with the University of Houston Law Center notes they are virtually absent from corporate boards of directors. more...

UH Law Center’s Vail workshop provides attorneys with updates after “major sea change” in asylum cases

Randall M. EbnerAdvocates learned new methods at the Joseph A. Vail Asylum Law Workshop recently held at the University of Houston Law Center to help their clients after a recent Attorney General’s ruling significantly impacted asylum seekers who may have been victims of domestic violence. more...

UH Law Center LSS faculty share teaching insights at workshops from coast to coast

Randall M. EbnerSeven University of Houston Law Center Lawyering Skills and Strategies (“LSS”) professors recently traveled to law schools across the country to present their work on a wide variety of topics at the annual Legal Writing Institute “One-Day Workshops.” more...

UH Law Center 1Ls meet and greet potential employers with eye toward job prospects

Randall M. EbnerFirst-year University of Houston Law Center students networked with prominent law firms and state agencies during the “Meet the OCI Employers” annual reception recently held by the Career Development Office. more...

Briefcase Radio: Gideon v. Wainwright

Randall M. EbnerIn a new ongoing segment on BriefcaseDean Leonard Baynes with the University of Houston Law Center looks at famous Supreme Court cases thru history. more...

 

ExxonMobil General Counsel to Lead off 2019 Dean's Distinguished Speaker Series at UH Law Center

Randall M. EbnerRandall M. Ebner brings nearly 40 years of experience in legal department and will provide insights into working for a multinational Fortune 500 company. more...

 

UHLC alum Butler ’81 builds career on foundation of standing up for employee rights

DouglassJan. 7, 2019 — Fighting for the underdog has been a staple throughout the legal career of Harris D. Butler. more...

 

UH Law Center remembers Professor Emeritus John Jay Douglass

DouglassJan. 4, 2019 — Professor Emeritus John Jay Douglass, who taught military law for 37 years at the University of Houston Law Center after serving 31 years in the U.S. Army, died recently at the age of 96. more...

UH Law Center professors Olivas and Nelson honored at 2019 AALS meeting

OlivasNelsonJan. 4, 2019 - Two members of the University of Houston Law Center faculty received accolades for their excellence in legal scholarship this week at the Association of American Law Schools annual meeting in New Orleans. more...

 

December 2018

Briefcase Radio: Judge Vanessa Gilmore '81 discusses implicit bias and the courts

Briefcase Radio: Judge Vanessa Gilmore '81 discusses implicit bias and the courts more...

 

 

UH Law Center's JCAP program expands legal services for area youth 

University of Houston Law Center Professor of Practice Katya Dow JCAP staff attorney Christina Beeler ‘18Dec. 14, 2018 — Established in 2014 as a mentoring program to reach youth before they are swept into the juvenile and criminal justice systems, the Juvenile & Capital Advocacy Project at the University of Houston has expanded over the years to include representation of delinquent youth in court, public school classroom presentations, and sealing of juvenile court records. more...

UH Law Center LL.M. graduate Scheid '93 named chair of State Bar of Texas Tax Section 

Dec. 10, 2018 – University of Houston Law Center LL.M. alumna, Catherine Scheid '93, recently began her one-year term leading the Tax Section of the State Bar of Texas. more...

 

Briefcase Radio: The Seventh Amendment

The Bill of Rights has guaranteed our freedoms and rights for over 200 years. more...

 

 

Experts from multiple disciplines urge cooperation and solidarity to curb human trafficking epidemic 

University of Houston Law Center adjunct professor Alfonso López de la Osa Escribano, director of the Center for U.S. and Mexican Law, was one of many speakers at “Human Trafficking 2018 & Beyond.”Dec. 4, 2018 — Members of academia and law enforcement recently suggested methods to combat human trafficking during a daylong symposium at the Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion in the University of Houston's M.D. Anderson Library. more...

 

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