UHLC faculty to participate in several events during ABA Midyear Meeting

UHLC faculty to participate in several events during ABA Midyear Meeting

Jan. 30, 2015 --- The University of Houston Law Center will host a number of activities during the American Bar Association’s annual Midyear Meeting Feb. 4-10 in Houston -- the first in the Bayou City since 1981.

The American Bar Association is one of the largest professional organizations in the world with nearly 400,000 members. Among the topics to be discussed during this year’s meeting will be the recent influx of unaccompanied immigrant minors to the U.S. border, parental discipline in light of the Adrian Peterson case, the “school-to-prison pipeline,” and domestic terrorism.

UHLC will host an alumni reception featuring Professor Michael A. Olivas’ popular “Law of Rock and Roll” radio show and podcast on Feb. 5 at 5:30 p.m. at the Hilton Americas, 1600 Lamar Street.  

Olivas, the William B. Bates Distinguished Chair in Law at UHLC and director of UH’s Institute for Higher Education Law and Governance, also will participate in two panel discussions on Saturday, Feb. 7. 

The first, titled “The Pros and Cons of the Exercise of Executive Action in Immigration Law” will be held from 10:00-11:30 a.m. at the George R. Brown Convention Center. The panel will explore President Obama’s recent decision to provide temporary legal status to certain undocumented immigrants. The panel is a collaboration between the ABA Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities and the ABA Commission on Immigration.

Olivas will later speak at an ABA Foundation Fellows CLE Research Seminar called “Communities in Crisis: The Effects of Immigration Law and Politics on American Communities,” from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Hilton Americas.

Associate Professor Bret Wells participated Jan. 31 in a panel discussion on “Bilateral U.S. Income Tax Treaties” before a gathering of about 75 people at the Hilton Americas. Wells and fellow UHLC tax Professor William Streng hosted a dinner on Jan. 29 for about 30 tax professors from across the country. The ABA Tax Section Meetings occurred the week prior to the general ABA meetings. 

UHLC’s Career Development Office is partnering with the ABA Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division for a "Government Attorneys Panel" on Tuesday, Feb. 3, from 12:00 to 12:50 p.m., in room 240 BLB of the Law Center. Panelists will discuss their current position and agency, their duties, and job search history. They also will offer students practical advice on securing a position in their office and tips that have helped in their own job searches.

UHLC Student Bar Association President Allegra Sturns will participate in a panel discussion titled “From Students to Of Counsel: A Frank Discussion on Needs and Expectations” on Wednesday,  Feb. 4, at 1:00 p.m. at the Hilton Americas. The discussion will include law students and senior lawyers sharing their thoughts, questions, and needs.

On Thursday, Feb. 5, UHLC Dean Leonard M. Baynes will be a panelist on a program called “Gender and Race Bias in Partnership and Pay – School, Firm and Business Perspectives.” The panel, scheduled for noon in room 240 BLB of the Law Center, will explore efforts being made by law schools, private law firms, and corporations to identify, address, and overcome gender and race bias in partnership opportunities, executive opportunities and pay scales. The panel is collaboration between the Law Center’s Career Development Office and the ABA Torts, Trials and Insurance Practice Section.

UHLC’s Center for Children, Law & Policy is sponsoring a free legal clinic for homeless and transitional youth on Friday, Feb. 6, from 9 a.m.-noon at Covenant House, 1111 Lovett Blvd. UHLC clinical faculty members Janet Heppard and Barbara Stalder will join Houston-area attorneys to answer legal questions that such youths might face. The event also will include a workshop to discuss work and educational opportunities.

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