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.
Law Center faculty speakers will include Associate Professor Emily Berman, Law Foundation Professor of Law Seth J. Chandler, Cullen Professor of Law David Dow and George A. Butler Research Professor Daniel Morales. Dr. Richard Murray, the director of the Center for Public Policy's Survey Research Institute and Lanier Chair in Public Policy at the University of Houston's Hobby School of Public Affairs, will also join the discussion. Dean Leonard M. Baynes will serve as moderator.
The election was officially decided on Nov. 7, 2020, but contested through allegations of voter fraud, scores of lawsuits and official recounts in several swing states. During a joint session of Congress on Jan. 6, to certify the presidential election's electoral votes, the Capitol building was taken under siege leading to a deadly confrontation that killed five people, including an officer of the U.S. Capitol Police. On Jan. 13, the House of Representatives adopted one article of impeachment against former president Donald Trump for incitement and insurrection. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were inaugurated on Jan. 20.