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 UHLC COMMUNITY GATHERS FOR VIRTUAL TOWN HALL DISCUSSION ADDRESSING RACE
  Top left to right: Associate Dean Greg Vetter, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Monica Mensah, Professor Meredith Duncan, George Butler Research of Law and Assistant Dean of Diversity, Inclusion and Metropolitan Programs. Bottom left to right: Clinical Professor Geoffrey Hoffman, director of the Immigration Clinic, Dean Leonard M. Baynes, and Vice President for Legal Affairs General Counsel Dona Cornell
University of Houston Law Center administrators, faculty, students and staff met via Zoom in June for a discussion addressing recent news events involving race, racial incidents on campus, eradicating racism, and recommitting to diversity and inclusion.
“I am glad that we are able to hold this forum to have tough conversations about race and racism, to condemn the recent racist hate speech, to educate our students about how the First Amendment applies to hate speech at a state institution,” said Dean Leonard M. Baynes. “Many thanks to my faculty colleagues and staff who stepped up to work with me to address these issues.
“Special thanks go to Professor Geoffrey Hoffman and Meredith Duncan who are co-chairs of the Diversity and Inclusion committee and helped to organize the event.”
The first topic, First Amendment and Hate Speech was a panel that included Associate Professor Emily Berman, and Associate
NATIONAL SURVEY RECOGNIZES HOUSTON LAW REVIEW AS NO. 2 LAW STUDENT PUBLICATION
IN TEXAS
The 2020 Meta-Ranking of Flagship U.S. Law Reviews placed the Houston Law Review at the University of Houston Law Center as the second-best in the state in a list published in July.
The Houston Law Review was ranked No. 51 out of 191 law reviews across the country, putting it in the top 27 percent nationally. The
law.uh.edu
and George A. Butler Research Professors Daniel I. Morales and D. Theodore Rave.
The second speaker was University of Houston Vice President for Legal Affairs General Counsel Dona Cornell who spoke about the First Amendment, hate speech and UH EEO policies.
The event concluded with a brief overview of the Law Center’s Diversity and Inclusion committee, student advisement and pandemic planning. Speakers were:
• Associate Dean Greg Vetter
• Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Monica Mensah
• Professor Meredith Duncan, George Butler Research of Law and Assistant Dean of Diversity, Inclusion and Metropolitan Programs
• Clinical Professor Geoffrey Hoffman, director of the Immigration Clinic
survey was prepared by University of Oregon Assistant Professor of Media Law and Policy Bryce Clayton Newell.
“Our members work diligently to make each issue of the Review even better than the last,” said Houston Law Review Editor-in-Chief Reagan Lutter. “It is encouraging to see that our dedication and commitment to excellence has resulted in an increased ranking this year, and we will continue pushing ourselves to be better editors and leaders.”
“It is inspiring to see the enthusiasm that our members bring to their work being recognized,” added Managing Editor Austin Turman. “We are proud to continue fostering the outstanding reputation the Review has earned during its decades of publication.”
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