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  UHLC’S INCLUSION EFFORTS DRAW NATIONAL ACCLAIM FROM INSIGHT INTO DIVERSITY MAGAZINE FOR FIFTH STRAIGHT YEAR
The University of Houston Law Center received the 2020 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine in September, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. The accolade marks five consecutive years for the Law Center as a HEED Award recipient.
As a recipient of the annual HEED Award – a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion – the Law Center will be featured in the November 2020 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.
“It is gratifying to see this continued validation for the work the UH Law Center has achieved to build a diverse culture on our campus,” said Paula Myrick Short, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. “The HEED Award is a reminder of the importance of building an inclusive campus community, and we are committed to that work.”
“At this time, when acts of racism, violence and hate speech have become even more prevalent, I am encouraged that the Law Center stands as a bulwark of understanding, education and progress towards a more diverse and inclusive future. I am honored that the Law Center has been recognized for its diversity programs with the HEED Award for the fifth year in a row,” said Dean Leonard
M. Baynes. “The Law Center continues to stand ready to serve as a forum and vessel for achieving lasting diversity, inclusion and excellence.
“Many thanks go to Professor Meredith Duncan, assistant dean of Diversity, Inclusion and Metropolitan Programs, Clinical Professor Geoffrey Hoffman, Director of the Immigration Clinic, and Kristen Guiseppi, the director of the UHLC Pre-Law Pipeline Program, for their extraordinary efforts to help us achieve our diversity goals.”
HEED Award recipients are selected on the basis of an extensive application, detailing demographics of the faculty and student
body, recruitment practices, mentoring and resource programs, community outreach and other efforts designed to increase diversity.
“The HEED Award process consists of a comprehensive and rigorous application that includes questions relating to the recruitment and retention of students and employees – and best practices for both
– continued leadership support for diversity and other aspects of campus diversity and inclusion,” said Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.
“We take a detailed approach to reviewing each application in deciding who will be named a HEED Award recipient. Our standards are high, and we look for institutions where diversity and inclusion are woven into the work being done every day across their campus.”
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UHLC ALUMNUS AND U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE BROWN ’95 HEADLINES UHLC’S 36TH ANNUAL FALL INSTITUTE ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW
Members of the judiciary, legal academia and attorneys discussed
a wide range of innovations and updates to their practice and research areas at the 36th Annual Fall Institute on Intellectual Property Law. The hybrid event, hosted by the Law Center’s Institute for Intellectual Property & Information Law and Houston Intellectual Property Law Association, was presented to attendees over the course of three days in October virtually through multiple platforms and in-person at the Moody Gardens Hotel in Galveston.
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas Judge
Jeff Brown ’95 served as the keynote speaker. The Hon. Wallace Jefferson, former Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court served as the diversity speaker. Judge Peter Bray, Judge Christina A. Bryan, Judge Andrew M. Edison and all of the U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, participated in a judicial panel, which was moderated by Sharon Israel, a partner at Shook, Hardy & Bacon.
Twenty-five attorneys and professors provided analysis on topics ranging from best practices for serving clients during crisis – from a pandemic to a hurricane, trademark law, protecting third party privilege, trade secrets, ethics issues created by AI, innovation, the IoT and 3D printing, among others.
Several Law Center faculty members also served as speakers. Baker Botts LLP Professor of Law Dave Fagundes provided attendees with a copyright law update. Professor Paul Janicke discussed recent ethics cases in IP practice. Professor Renee Knake Jefferson delivered a presentation titled, “Diversity as an Ethics Obligation
– Understanding ABA Model Rule 8.4(G) Through the Lens of Supreme Court Shortlists.”
   U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas Judge Jeff Brown ’95 and Associate Dean Greg Vetter
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