UHLC in the News

Briefcase: Bill of Rights, The Second Amendment

Dean Baynes interviewed Visiting Scholar Melissa Hamilton for a segment on Houston Public Media’s Briefcase regarding the Second Amendment.

Briefcase: Paris Accord Withdrawal

Dean Baynes interviewed Professor Flatt for a segment on Houston Public Media’s Briefcase regarding how the plan for the United States to pull out of the Paris Accord could impact Houston. 

Law degrees offer range of career path options

Assistant Dean for Career Development Tiffany Tucker was quoted in a Houston Chronicle article regarding career options for those with a law degree.

Some ER patients facing unexpected out-of-network costs at in-network hospitals, study says

Professor Chandler was quoted in an article available on PatientDaily’s website, commenting on a study that revealed that nearly a quarter of patients treated in emergency rooms face out-of-pocket costs because they unknowingly are treated by out-of-network doctors.

Trump May Find No Easy Targets if He Attacks Race in Admissions

The Chronicle of Higher Education quoted Professor Olivas commenting on colleges’ awareness of the legal requirements of race-conscious admission policies.

Justice Department may reopen case against race-based university admissions

The Houston Chronicle quoted Professor Olivas noting that not all colleges weigh race in admission decisions.

Banning the Right to Sue

Professor Olivas was quoted extensively in an Inside Higher Ed article regarding the University of North Carolina’s Board of Governors and its proposal to bar the UNC Law School’s Civil Rights Center from filing or joining in lawsuits against the state.

Rising Star:Susman Godfrey's Alex Kaplan

A Law360 article announced UHLC adjunct professor Alex Kaplan was named one of Law360’s Rising Stars as a top energy attorney under 40.

Texas universities forced to trim their budgets, even with big state cuts averted

The Texas Tribune quoted Professor Olivas discussing Texas universities’ response to budgetary cuts.

Senate Passes Property Tax Reform, But Bill Faces Tougher Sell In House

Houston Public Media quoted Professor Zale discussing prospects for tax relief in Texas.  Audio is available at https://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/news/2017/07/26/227449/senate-passes-property-tax-reform-but-bill-faces-tougher-sell-in-house/.

Briefcase: Natural Gas Flaring

Dean Baynes interviewed Professor Wells for a segment on Houston Public Media’s Briefcase regarding natural gas flaring.  Audio of the interview is available at: https://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/shows/briefcase/2017/07/26/227218/briefcase-natural-gas-flaring/

What’s The Future For Contaminated Areas Of Houston?

Professor Hester appeared on Houston Matters to discuss Superfund sites and the future of these contaminated areas under EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.  Audio of the interview is available at: http://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/news/2017/07/25/227117/whats-the-future-for-contaminated-areas-of-houston/

Professor Knake was interviewed by 60dB regarding the legal ethics of robot lawyers.  Audio of the interview is available here.

The Implicit and Explicit Rulings in the Trump v. IRAP Stay Decision

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman authored a post on the ImmigrationProf Blog regarding the explicit and implicit rulings in the Supreme Court’s recent decision partially granting the Trump administration’s request for a stay of the injunction on the travel ban. 

Show Details for the week of July 24th, 2017

Professor Berman appeared on KPFT’s The Monitor to discuss President Trump’s nomination of Christopher Wray to serve as director of the FBI. Audio is available at http://archive.kpft.org/mp3/kpfthires_170724_190000himonitor.mp3 (Professor Berman’s segment begins at 14:35).

2017’s Most & Least Educated Cities in America

Professor Olivas was interviewed by WalletHub for an article on America’s most and least educated cities.

Beach counties have made huge expenses dealing with sea level rise — hoping companies will help them pay for damage

Salon republished an article that originally appeared on the Climate Central website, in which Professor Hester was quoted regarding lawsuits against fossil fuel companies in California.

Trump's Retreat On Climate Change Spurs State Tort Suits

Professor Hester was quoted in a Law360 article regarding  lawsuits filed in California accusing fossil fuel companies of knowingly causing climate change-related damages and how they may signal a new wave of state-court climate tort litigation.

Replacing a Bad Tax Idea with Another Bad Idea Isn’t Progress

The National Review quoted Professor Wells from a Bloomberg BNA interview where he discussed the difficulty of discouraging tax inversions.

UH Law Center wins trademark award

The Houston Chronicle quoted Dean Baynes in an article about the University of Houston winning the State Bar of Texas’ Intellectual Property Section trademark award for its successful defense of its brand in its lawsuit against South Texas College of Law Houston. UHLC alumnus Tony Buzbee was also quoted in the article.

The Supreme Court made it harder for states to ban sex offenders from social media. Here’s why

The Conversation published an article by Visiting Scholar Melissa Hamilton discussing the Supreme Court’s decision in Packingham v. North Carolina. This article appeared in multiple publications.

Puerto Rico Board financial disclosures raise concerns

Research associate Carlos Cuevas was quoted in an article published by Bond Buyer regarding The Puerto Rico Oversight Board's financial disclosures.

BRAIN center gathers to ponder future, direction

Professor Evans was quoted in an article in the ASU Fulton College of Engineering's Full Circle magazine describing the June 29 kick-off meeting of the NSF-funded BRAIN project, a collaborative research effort of the UH Cullen College of Engineering and the Fulton College to develop wireless computer-brain interface technologies.

Texas coastal cities face rising sea levels

Professor Hester was quoted in a Palestine Herald-Press article regarding rising sea levels along the Texas coast.

Rising Seas Spark Tobacco-Style Lawsuits in California

Professor Hester was quoted in an article published by Climate Central regarding lawsuits against fossil fuel companies in California.

2017 TNT 132-2 SENATE FINANCE CONTINUES TO ‘TWEAK' CORPORATE INTEGRATION PLAN (Release Date: JULY 13, 2017) (Doc 2017-61607)

An article published by Tax Notes Daily cited comments by Professor Wells regarding corporate tax rates.

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman has been invited to speak at a webinar hosted by the ABA Children's Immigration Law Academy on August 11. He will speak regarding the need for separate criminal counsel at certain immigration interviews and the fugitive disentitlement doctrine. 

CBO Budget Projections: After Two Years No Better Than Throwing Darts

Professor Chandler authored a post on the Forbes Apothecary blog regarding problems with the CBO’s budget projections. 

Briefcase: The First Amendment

Dean Baynes appeared on Houston Public Media’s Briefcase to discuss the First Amendment. Audio of the appearance is available at https://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/shows/briefcase/2017/07/19/222239/briefcase-the-first-amendment/.  

The 35th anniversary of the Plyler v. Doe: A Discussion of Plyler at the University of Houston Law Center

UHLC hosted a panel discussion on June 27 in honor of the 35th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Plyler v. Doe. Dean Baynes was present to welcome the participants, and Professor Olivas was one of the experts on the panel. Video is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0cWqmS9KDI&feature (Dean Baynes is introduced at 12:55, and Professor Olivas is introduced at 30:34).

What are some good tips for saving money on energy bills?

Professor Blake Hudson participated in a WalletHub question-and-answer session where he answered questions from the public about energy issues.

Global Minimum Tax Re-Emerges in U.S. Tax Reform Debate

Professor Wells was quoted in a Transfer Pricing Report article regarding recent proposals for a global minimum tax. 

Senate Finance Continues to ‘Tweak’ Corporate Integration Plan

Professor Wells was quoted in a Tax Notes Today article regarding possible changes to the Senate Finance Committee’s corporate integration proposal. 

Briefcase: Clean Power And Houston

Professor Rave was interviewed by Houston Public Media regarding what would happen if the Texas redistricting case puts the state back under federal supervision for election procedure changes. 

Redistricting Case Could Put Texas Back Under Federal Supervision

Professor Rave was interviewed by Houston Public Media regarding what would happen if the Texas redistricting case puts the state back under federal supervision for election procedure changes. 

SENATE DELAY OF HEALTH CARE BILL SHOWS POLITICAL WORRIES OVER SUBSIDY APPEAL

Professor Chandler was quoted in a Heartland Institute article regarding the House and Senate health care reform bills. 

Scrubbing Away Transparency and Our Immigration Resources, by Geoffrey A. Hoffman

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman’s Op-ed, Scrubbing Away Transparency and our Immigration Resources, which originally appeared on the ImmigrationProf Blog was available on the Yale Journal on Regulation’s website.

Safety Board’s Push for Exxon Refinery Records Carries High Stakes  

Professor Hester was quoted in an article reported by Bloomberg BNA commenting on the Justice Department’s efforts to enforce subpoenas that the Chemical Safety Board issued in 2015 related to an explosion at Exxon’s Torrance, Calif., refinery (United States of America v. Exxon Mobil Oil Corporation , C.D. Cal., 5/2/17).

Hawaii Loses Bid for Clarification on Trump Travel Ban 

Bloomberg Quint quoted Professor Geoffrey Hoffman discussing Hawaii’s appellate strategy in its case over the recent travel ban.

Immigration Article of the Day:Michael A.Olivas,Within You Without You:Undocumented Lawyers,DACA,and occupational Licensing

Professor Olivas wrote a post on the ImmigrationProf Blog about his new essay Within You Without You: Undocumented Lawyers, DACA, and Occupational Licensing (forthcoming, 52 Valparaiso Law Review). The essay explores professional licensing requirements and how they have and have not changed for undocumented immigrants.

U.S. again nears edge of ‘the abyss of racism’

Professor Emeritus Oren wrote an article in the Houston Chronicle discussing the historical context of the Supreme Court’s upcoming review of President Trump’s travel ban.

SCRUBBING AWAY TRANSPARENCY AND OUR IMMIGRATION RESOURCES By Geoffery A.Hoffman

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman wrote a post on the ImmigrationProf Blog regarding the disappearance of the EOIR Benchbook, as well as other resources, that have been scrubbed from official federal websites. 

Briefcase: Federal Tax Reform

Dean Baynes interviewed Professor Wells for a segment on Houston Public Media’s Briefcase regarding federal tax reform and what we should look for in any tax proposal. 

Senator Cruz's Healthcare Reform Proposal Creates A Monster "Income Cliff"

Professor Chandler authored a post on the Forbes Apothecary blog regarding problems with Senator Ted Cruz’s proposed amendment to the Better Care Reconciliation Act. 

Texas City Commissioner Haney Arrested, Charged With Intoxicated Manslaughter

Visiting Scholar Melissa Hamilton was interviewed by Houston Public Media regarding Texas City Commissioner Dee Ann Haney, who has been charged with intoxication manslaughter. 

Japan leads global market away from LNG destination restrictions

Visiting Professor Susan Sakmar was quoted in an SNL Daily Gas Report article regarding Japan’s decision to end destination restrictions for LNG cargoes. 

Same Sex marriage benefits contested:Texas Supreme Court says right not guaranteed

Professor Linzer was quoted in an article published in the Houston Chronicle commenting on the Texas Supreme Court’s recent decision that same-sex couples are not necessarily entitled to government employment benefits.

Houston joins legal battle against anti-“sanctuary cities” law

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was quoted in an article available on the Daily Cougar’s website commenting on the Houston City Council’s 10-6 vote to join Austin, Dallas, San Antonio and other local municipalities in the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Texas’ controversial new immigration law.

New law dean brings 22 years of energy and creativity to UO

Former Associate Dean Burke was featured in an article available on the “Around the O” (University of Oregon)’s website. Dean Baynes was quoted in the article.

Forget the Fireworks—Spend the Fourth Debating the Constitution

An article available on Houstonia Magazine’s website reports that Professor Linzer will moderate this year’s Houston Great Books Council Constitution Discussion, to be held on Tuesday, July 4, 1-3p.m at Barnes & Noble, 7626 Westheimer at Westheimer Crossing.

Justices Gave Gov't Pushback In Several Immigration Cases

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was quoted in a Law 360 article commenting on U.S Supreme rulings on immigration-related cases this past term.

Briefcase: NFL Players And Health Laws

Dean Baynes interviewed Professor Roberts for a segment on Houston Public Media’s Briefcase regarding how health laws are applied differently to professional athletes. 

Jury: Investors taken for a ride

The Houston Chronicle quoted Professor Kwok discussing the requirements of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act.

TAX REFORM: PERSPECTIVES FROM ACROSS THE NATION - IMPACT ON THE ENERGY SECTOR

Vinson & Elkins LLP published a video of a panel discussion on tax reform in which Professor Wells was a panelist. Professor Wells is introduced at 9:14.

Jury: Investors taken for a ride

The Houston Chronicle quoted Professor Kwok discussing the requirements of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act.

CBO Score Muddies American Health Care Act Debate

The Heartland Institute quoted Professor Chandler discussing difficulties in measuring the effects of the Affordable Care Act.  

Fatal DWI crash in NW Houston leads to murder charge for man on DWI probation

Professor Thompson was quoted in a Houston Chronicle article regarding the felony murder rule.   

Republican Healthcare Bill Contains $50 Billion Insurer Bailout

Professor Chandler authored a Forbes Apothecary blog post regarding the $50 billion insurer bailout in the Republican Senate health care bill. 

Tax Cuts In Republican Senate Health Bill Undercut Its Best Justification

Professor Chandler authored a Forbes Apothecary blog post regarding the tax cuts in the Republican Senate health care bill. 

From Qatar to Koreo, overseas changes could create openings for US LNG

Visiting Professor Susan Sakmar was quoted in an SNL Daily Gas Report article regarding overseas changes that could impact demand for U.S. liquefied natural gas. 

MALDEF and UH Law Center discussion to mark 'Plyer v.Doe'SCOTUS ruling anniversary

An AP planner article announced today’s panel discussion to mark the 35th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in 'Plyler v. Doe', which guaranteed all children access to a free public education from kindergarten to 12th grade, regardless of immigration status. Professor Olivas will be among the panel of experts at the event.

Could at home DNA tests open doors to your history?

Professor Roberts appeared on ABC 13’s 10pm news for a story regarding the benefits and drawbacks of using at-home DNA testing kits. Professor Roberts appears throughout the segment, first appearing at 1:33.

San Antonio Kickstarts Legal Fight Over Sanctuary Cities

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was interviewed for a NPR news piece regarding the implementation of SB 4 in Texas, and the proposed injunction brought by the City of San Antonio. Professor Hoffman appears at 3:03 in the broadcast.

Senate And House Take Different Plans To Scrap Individual Mandate

Professor Chandler was quoted in a Kaiser Health News update regarding the draft Senate health care proposal, the Better Care Reconciliation Act.

Breaking down the SB 4 arguments

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was quoted in a San Antonio Express-News articles regarding SB 4, the Texas immigration bill that was signed into law last month.

A hearing to block the state’s new sanctuary cities law to be held Monday in San Antonio

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was quoted in a San Antonio Express-News articles regarding SB 4, the Texas immigration bill that was signed into law last month.

Rookie Judge Faces 'Trial By Fire' In Texas AG's Fraud Case

Law360 quoted Professor David Kwok and Visiting Scholar Melissa Hamilton discussing the challenges facing the judge presiding over the felony securities fraud case against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

Editorial: Time has come to pass permanent protection for ‘Dreamers’

The Greenfield Recorder quoted Professor Olivas from an interview with the Chronicle of Higher Education discussing the purpose of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

How Will Houston Residents Fare if Senate Health Care Bill Passes? For Many, Not Well

Houston Press quoted Professor Chandler discussing the potential consequences of the Senate’s proposed health care bill.

Republican Senate Healthcare Bill Creates Scary Marginal Tax Rates

The Forbes Apothecary blog published a post by Professor Chandler discussing the proposed Better Care Reconciliation Act.

Critics Say Whole Foods Deal Would Give Amazon an Unfair

The New York Times quoted Professor Bush discussing regulatory concerns over Amazon.com’s bid to purchase Whole Foods Market. 

State Bar of Texas To Honor Houston-Area Attorney,Judges and Associations at Annual Meeting

A press release from the State Bar of Texas announced that Professor Janicke received the Tom Arnold Lifetime Achievement Award from the State Bar of Texas Intellectual Property Law Section at the Bar’s annual meeting. 

State Bar of Texas To Honor Austin-Area Individuals And Organizations at Annual Meeting

A press release from the State Bar of Texas announced that Manuel H. Newburger received the Richard Alderman Award for Continuing Legal Education Excellence presented by the State Bar of Texas Consumer and Commercial Law Section at the Bar’s annual meeting.

Energy Sector Faces Uncertainty Under Tax Reform, Panelists Say

Professor Wells was quoted extensively in an article reported by Tax Analysts and available from Tax Notes Today. He participated in a Tax Analysts panel discussion on tax reform and its potential impacts on the energy industry, including oil and gas, power and renewables.

Briefcase: The Civil Rights Act and Sexual Orientation

Dean Baynes appeared on Houston Public Media’s Briefcase to discuss the Civil Rights Act and sexual orientation.

Editorial: ‘Dreamers’ status remains precarious

Professor Olivas was quoted in a Daily Hampshire Gazette editorial on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Professor Olivas’s comments originally appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Houston high on list for robocalls: How you can block them

Professor McElvaney appeared on ABC 13 Eyewitness News to discuss robocalls and how to block them.

BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB CO. v. SUPERIOR COURT
OF CALIFORNIA, SAN FRANCISCO COUNTY, ET AL.

Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor cited Professor D. Theodore Rave’s amicus brief in her dissenting opinion in Bristol-Myers Squibb Company v. California.

CUTTING EDGE COPYRIGHT ISSUES:  A No Holds Barred Discussion on Current Developments in Copyright Law Including Sampling, Infringement and Fair Us

Professor Olivas and Professor Fagundes will be featured panelists at the Law Center’s Institute for Intellectual Property and Information Law’s upcoming event: Cutting Edge Copyright Isssues: A No Holds Barred Discussion on Current Developments in Copyright Law Including Sampling, Infringement and Fair Use. The discussion will take place on Monday, July 17, at 12:00pm in the Hendricks Heritage Room.

2017 AILA ANNUAL CONFERENCE : June 21 – June 24, 2017 Sessions and Speakers

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman will be speaking in New Orleans on June 24th, at the American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference at the panel “Asylum 101: Protecting Refugees in the United States.” 

Unpub. BIA MTR Victory Based on Carachuri-Rosendo

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman wrote a piece published on LexisNexis’ Immigration Legal News Room site. Professor Hoffman notes the importance of Matter of X- (June 12, 2017, unpub), a recent Board of Immigration Appeals decision.

Tax Reform: Perspectives From Across the Nation - Impact on the Energy Sector

Professor Wells will join a Tax Analysts panel discussion speaking on tax reform and its potential impacts on the energy industry, including oil and gas, power and renewables. Vinson & Elkins will broadcast the CLE live from their Houston office to their Austin, Dallas, New York, and Washington offices on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

Trump Will Continue DACA for Now, Though Immigrant Students Still Wonder About Its Future

Professor Olivas was quoted in an article available on the Chronicle of Higher Education’s website commenting on the Trump administration’s decision this week not to immediately end the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program. 

Updated: Taylor County Commissioner Birchum pleads guilty to public lewdness

Visiting Scholar Melissa Hamilton commented on Taylor County Commissioner Brad Birchum’s guilty plea to public lewdness in an article available on the Abilene Reporter-News’ website.  

Porsche Factory Tour Offers Lessons for an Effective Compliance Program

Adjunct Professor Ryan McConnell co-authored an article available on Corporate Counsel’s website discussing modern compliance programs

UH Law Center and MALDEF commemorate 35th anniversary of Plyler V. Doe which required free public education for undocumented children

PR Newswire published a UHLC press release about the panel of experts meeting at UHLC on June 27 to discuss the case Plyler v. Doe and its consequences for undocumented children.  Professor Michael Olivas will participate as one of the panelists.

Clean Power Plan Review Tests EPA’s Climate Change Obligations

The Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report quoted Professor Victor Flatt discussing the EPA’s response to challenges to the Clean Power Plan. 

Protesters chase after indicted Texas deputy and husband

Professor Thompson was quoted in a Fox News article regarding a case involving a Houston-area sheriff's deputy and her husband who are facing murder charges in the death of a man they confronted outside a restaurant. Professor Thompson comments on how quickly the case went before a grand jury. 

Coming to America : Immigration issues

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman appeared on KPFT’s Coming to America program on June 13 to discuss the problems with Texas Senate Bill 4.  Audio of the interview is available at http://kpft.org/programming/newstalk/coming-america/ (starting at 17:30). 

Citizenship Ruling May Spell Trouble For Plenary Power

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was quoted in a Law360 article regarding why the Supreme Court’s recent citizenship ruling is a blow to the plenary power doctrine. 

Briefcase: Houston’s Role In U.S. Mexico Relations

Dean Baynes interviewed Professor López de la Osa Escribano for a segment on Houston Public Media’s Briefcase regarding Houston’s role in U.S. Mexico relations.Audio of the interview is available at: https://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/shows/briefcase/2017/06/14/204614/briefcase-houstons-role-in-u-s-mexico-relations/

U.S. Supreme Court hits county in contentious bail bond case

The Houston Chronicle quoted Professor Lonny Hoffman discussing the Supreme Court’s denial of a review of Harris County’s bail practices.

Briefcase: The Civil Rights Act And Sexual Orientation

Dean Baynes appeared on Houston Public Media’s Briefcase to discuss the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. 

How Obama Made Reality Winner’s Trump Leak Case Tougher To Defend

Professor Berman was quoted in a Bustle article regarding Reality Winner and how it is a relatively new practice for the Justice Department to actually pursue prosecutions of people who leaked to the news media.

The Independence of the Judicial branch - Its Past and Future

Professor Olivas will be speaking on “Civil Rights and Judicial Independence—Hernandez v. Texas and Brown vs. Board of Education” at the TexasBarCLE program, “The Independence of the Judicial Branch-its Past and Future,” to be held in Austin on August 31. 

New Mexico marks 50th anniversary of Chicano courthouse raid

Professor Olivas was mentioned in an article available on WRAL.com (Albuquerque, N.M.), regarding the shooting of his cousin, a courthouse jailer, in the June 5, 1967 Tierra Amarilla Courthouse raid led by Reies Lopez Tijerina. 

We use big data to sentence criminals. But can the algorithms really tell us what we need to know?

Visiting Scholar Melissa Hamilton’s article, “We use Big Data to Sentence Criminals, but can the Algorithms Really Tell us what we Need to Know,?” was available on the Conversation’s website.  

Appeals court to referee fight to remove judge from Paxton case

The Houston Chronicle reported on the securities fraud case against Attorney General Ken Paxton. Visiting Scholar Melissa Hamilton was quoted in the article commenting on the special prosecutors’ request for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals to determine whether Tarrant County Judge George Gallagher should be removed from the case. 

Water and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Professor Warren spoke at the XVI World Water Congress regarding “Modeling for Small Hydropower: Policy and Technology.” She was interviewed about this topic in the World Water Congress Newsletter. 

Justices Stand By Categorical Approach In Sex Abuse Case

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was quoted in a Law360 article regarding the Supreme Court’s recent decision finding that a victim has to be younger than 16 years old for a statutory rape violation to count as “sexual abuse of a minor” under immigration law.

Error in CBO Report Hurts Debate Over Healthcare Reform

Professor Chandler authored a post on the Forbes Apothecary blog regarding problems with the Congressional Budget Office report on the American Health Care Act and why it hurts the debate over health care reform. 

Briefcase: Secret Detention and Torture

Dean Baynes interviewed Professor Paust for a segment on Houston Public Media’s Briefcase regarding U.S. cases on secret detention and torture, and how the president is bound by laws of war. 

Briefcase: The Changing Senate Filibuster

Dean Baynes appeared on Houston Public Media’s Briefcase to discuss the history of the Senate filibuster. 

Visiting Scholar Melissa Hamilton was quotes in an ABA Journal article regarding the gun legislation and why Congress may not pass legislation on this issue

The NRA Would Like to Insure You Now : The advocacy group has a new product aimed at protecting gun owners from the legal costs of shooting someone.

Professor Chandler was quoted in a Politico article regarding a firearms liability insurance plan offered by the National Rifle Association.

Whoa baby! UH law student celebrates birth of newborn, graduation and Mother’s Day in 24-hour period

NewsFix reported that recent UHLC graduate Margaret "Maggie" Webber gave birth to a son on the day of UHLC’s commencement. The article quoted Associate Dean Sondra Tennessee discussing the event.

An Interview with Stanford's Amanda Packel on Educating Corporate Boards

Inside Counsel published an article in which Adjunct Professor Ryan McConnell interviewed the co-director of Stanford Directors' College.

Supreme Court Reinstates Venue Limitations in Patent Cases

An excerpt from Professor Janicke’s recent article, The Imminent Outpouring from the Eastern District of Texas (2017 Patently-O Patent L.J. 1,13), was included and discussed in an article reported by the National Law Review and available from Westlaw and Lexology.com.

Regulating Short-term Rentals

Professor Zale’s article, When Everything is Small: The Regulatory Challenge of Scale in the Sharing Economy, was discussed in an article on The Regulatory Review website regarding the regulation of short-term rental housing in New York.

Texas ' Anti-LGBT Adoption Bill Is Unconstitutional and Unnecessary, Say Texas Law Professors

An article on the Religion Dispatches website reports that Professor Olivas and Professor Roberts are among the nine law professors who sent an open letter to Texas lawmakers explaining why House Bill 3859, the controversial “religious freedom” bill, is not only unnecessary, but also unconstitutional.

University of St. Thomas may eliminate philosophy programs

Professor Olivas was quoted in a Houston Chronicle article regarding the University of St. Thomas' decision to withhold annual contracts from tenured philosophy professors pending a department review for potential reorganization or program elimination.

Patent plaintiffs see way around U.S. Supreme Court ruling

Professor Janicke was quoted in a Reuters article regarding the Supreme Court’s recent patent law decision and how loopholes in the ruling likely mean lawsuits will continue to be filed in plaintiff-friendly jurisdictions. 

Immigration Article of the Day : The Chronicles of Immigration Law by Steven W.Bender

A book chapter in the recently published anthology, Law Professor and Accidental Historian: The Scholarship of Michael A. Olivas, was featured as the Immigration Prof Blog’s article of the day. The highlighted chapter from the work, “The Chronicles of Immigration Law” was authored by Steven W. Bender, of Seattle University School of Law.

An 8-0 Decision by the U.S. Supremes Court in TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods Limits Venue Shopping in Patent Suits 

Professor Janicke’s recent article, The Imminent Outpouring from the Eastern District of Texas (2017 Patently-O Patent L.J. 1), was recommended in a Lexology blog to help practitioners understand the issues in In re TC Heartland.

ARAB AMERICAN CIVIL RIGHTS LEAGUE v DONALD TRUMP

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman joined fellow law professors and immigration law experts in an amicus brief in Arab American Civil Rights League v. Trump. The case concerns the Trump administration’s immigration law policies.

Constitutional Problems with Texas SB-4

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman’s blog post regarding the constitutional problems with Texas’ newly passed SB-4, the anti-sanctuary cities and campuses bill, was featured on the American Constitution Society’s blog.

Houston Hosts Third Annual Texas Tax Faculty Workshop

A TaxProfBlog post mentioned that Professors Asofsky, Buckles, Streng, Wells, and Wright will speak at today’s Third Annual Texas Tax Faculty Workshop.

Over 100 Law Professors Tell Gov. Jerry Brown: The California Values Act is Good Law and Good Policy

A press release available on NDLON.org discusses a letter sent to California Governor Jerry Brown and members of the state legislature. Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was among over 100 law professors from across the United States who signed. The letter affirmed that California has full legal authority to adopt Senate Bill 54, the California Values Act, which would limit use of state and local resources to assist Trump’s deportation force.

Briefcase: Corporate Mergers and Competition

Dean Baynes interviewed Professor Bush for a segment on Houston Public Media’s Briefcase regarding how large airline mergers are related to the bumping of airline passengers.

A Matter of Degrees: Gators Graduate During 2017 Commencement Weekend

An article regarding commencement exercises at the University of Houston-Downtown noted that former UHD Interim President, Professor Olivas, awarded the University’s first honorary degree to former New Mexico Governor and former Ambassador to the United Nations Bill Richardson. The article also noted that current UHD president, Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz, presented Professor Olivas with an award in appreciation of his service to the University and his leadership while serving as Interim President throughout 2016.

If Houston needs a data center, shouldn't UH run it?

Professor Olivas was quoted in a Houston Chronicle opinion piece regarding the University of Texas System's purchase of 330 acres of land in Houston for a new campus.

From the Bookshelf: The Scholarship of Michael A. Olivas

The book Law Professor and Accidental Historian: The Scholarship of Michael A. Olivas was featured by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom.

Legal experts take issue with comparisons between Texas, Arizona immigration laws

Professor Olivas was quoted in a San Antonio Express-News article regarding the differences between Texas’ SB 4 and an Arizona law that requires police officers to ask about immigration status under certain circumstances.

Texas Group Petitions EPA To Overturn Climate Change Policy

Professor Hester was interviewed by Austin’s KUT FM for a story about the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s petition urging the EPA to rescind its Greenhouse Gas Endangerment Finding of 2009.

The Killing of Freddie Gray, Addendum 10 – Something in the Environment

Professor Thompson was a guest panelist for the Addendum 10 program, which aired on WBEZ (91.5, Chicago), discussing reform in the Freddie Gray’s death while in police custody in Baltimore. 

UT system’s Houston project was a bad idea

An op-ed piece by Professor Olivas criticizing the University of Texas System’s proposed expansion in Houston was available on the Houston Chronicle’s website.

Mobilizing Coherent Community Responses to Changing Immigration Policies

Professors Geoffrey Hoffman and Rosemary Vega are on the planning committee of a conference entitled “Mobilizing Coherent Community Responses to Changing Immigration Policies.” Professor Hoffman will be speaking at the conference, which will be held at South Texas College of Law Houston from June 7th to June 9th. 

Senate Bill 4, the “Sanctuary Cities" Law: The Legislative Process, SB-4’s Constitutionality, Protecting Immigrant Communities, and Issues Concerning Enforcement

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman will speak at the CLE program, “Senate Bill 4, the ‘Sanctuary Cities’ Law: The Legislative Process, SB-4’s Constitutionality, Protecting Immigrant Communities, and Issues Concerning Enforcement,” to be held Monday, May 22, 12:00-1:30 p.m., Civil Courthouse, 201 Caroline, downtown Houston. The CLE is sponsored by the Houston Lawyer Chapter of American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS), Mexican American Bar Association of Houston, and South Asian Bar Association (SABA) of Houston.

Scientists Gather for Genome Writing Conference, but Funding Is Scarce

Comments made by Professor Evans that there is no plan to make embryos or humans were included in an article reported by Scientific American.

At meeting this week, organizers tried to strike a balance between openness with public and restrictive scientific publishing rules

Professor Evans was among more than 200 prominent geneticists, biologists, technologists, and enthusiasts gathered in downtown Manhattan for a meeting of GP-write, a project with the goal to “understand the blueprint for life provided by the Human Genome Project.” She was quoted in an article available on Vocativ.com commenting on the meeting’s media policy. Comments made by Professor Evans that there is no plan to make embryos or humans were included in an article reported by Scientific American.

Briefcase: ISPs And Browser Histories

Dean Baynes appeared on Houston Public Media’s Briefcase to discuss the repeal of an FCC rule protecting internet privacy. 

Independence of Judicial Branch - Its past and future

Professor Olivas will speak on Hernandez v.Texas and Brown v. Board of Education at a Texas Bar CLE in Austin on August 31.

‘Genome writers’ gather in New York to pitch bomb-sniffing plants and more. Where’s the funding?

Professor Evans was quoted in a STAT article on GP-write, a project for the development of technology to design and synthesize genomes.

Members of Houston’s Legal Community Stand Opposed to SB4

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman signed a statement by members of the Houston legal community opposed to SB-4.

Constitutional Problems with Texas SB-4 by Geoffrey A. Hoffman

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman wrote a post on the ImmigrationProf Blog regarding constitutional problems with Texas SB-4, the anti-sanctuary cities and campuses bill, which was signed into law on May 7, 2017.

The 2017 Texas Regional Legal Scholars Workshop

Professor Fagundes wrote a post on the PrawfsBlog regarding the third annual Texas Regional Legal Scholars Workshop, which will be held at the Law Center on August 25-26, 2017.

Before SB 4 Is Even Challenged, AG Paxton Asks Federal Judge to Uphold It

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was quoted in a Houston Press article regarding Attorney General Ken Paxton’s decision to ask a federal judge to uphold the constitutionality of SB 4 before advocacy groups or others have a chance to file suit.

Texas Law Bans Sanctuary Cities - - and Campuses

Professor Olivas was quoted in an Inside Higher Ed article regarding the new Texas law targeting sanctuary cities. The law prohibits local and campus police departments from limiting their officers’ cooperation with federal immigration enforcement authorities.

Three reasons why students question undocumented immigrants

Uncertain U quoted Professor Olivas in an article about students’ attitudes toward undocumented immigrants.

Whirlpool awarded $7.6 million in case against TST Water over water filter design

The SE Texas Record quoted ProfessorJanicke in an article about a verdict awarding $7.6 million to Whirlpool Corp. in a patent infringement suit.

Texas Governor Is Poised to Sign Immigration Bill, Raising Risks for Undocumented Students

Professor Olivas was quoted in a Chronicle of Higher Education article regarding Texas Senate bill 4. The bill, which would give campus police officers authority to check the immigration status of people detained for even minor violations, is expected to be signed into law.

Professor Hoffman also discusses an amicus brief filed before the Board of immigration appeals.

Does due process require termination of proceedings where a detained respondent is forcibly separated from his family with identical claims for asylum?  -YES   By: Geoffrey A. Hoffman

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman authored a post available on the ImmigrationLawProf blog. He comments on whether due process requires termination of proceedings where a detained respondent is forcibly separated from his family with identical claims for asylum. 

Harris County officials weighing options on bail reform court order

The Houston Chronicle quoted Professor Thompson in an article regarding the ruling of U.S. District Judge Lee Rosenthal, finding that Harris County’s cash bail system is fundamentally unfair to poor people charged with low-level crimes.

Podcast: As Mass. Dismisses 21,000 Drug Cases, We Look at Problems in Drug Labs

Professor Thompson appeared as a guest on an episode of the Lawyer 2 Lawyer podcast, discussing problems and scandals related to drug labs.

Who are the winners and losers in Trump's tax plan?

Professor Wells was quoted in a Houston Chronicle article regarding how President Trump’s tax plan would affect Houston's multinational businesses.

From Combine to Draft, N.F.L. Prospects Are Treated Like Pieces of Meat

Professor Roberts was quoted in a New York Times article regarding how the NFL violates federal employment discrimination laws by gathering and disclosing certain types of medical information about prospective players. 

40th Annual Health Law Professors Conference

Professor Mantel and Professor Winnike will be speaking at the 40th Annual Health Law Professors Conference in June at Georgia State University College of Law, according to an announcement on the Medical Futility Blog.  

Ask the Experts: What's the Deal with Credit Card Deals?

Professor Hawkins was interviewed for an article on the WalletHub website regarding credit card sign-up bonuses. 

What Trump Has Done About Health Care in His First 100 Days

Professor Chandler was quoted in a Daily Signal article discussing what President Trump has done about health care in his first 100 days. 

Knowledge to Action: Achieving The Promise Of Equal Educational Opprtunity

Professor Olivas will speak at the AERA (American Educational Research Association) Annual Meeting’s Opening Plenary Session, “The Challenges of Higher Education in a Diverse and Divergent World,” tonight from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This event will be live streamed.  

Briefcase: Landlord/Tenant Law

Dean Baynes interviewed Professor McElvaney for a segment on Houston Public Media’s Briefcase regarding landlord/tenant law. 

First DREAMer deported under Trump

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was quoted in an article published in The Cougar, regarding the recent deportation of the first DACA-documented immigrant under President Trump’s immigration policy.

AERA17 Insider : April 2017

Professor Olivas will speak at the AERA (American Educational Research Association) Annual Meeting’s Opening Plenary on Higher Education Challenges, discussing “The Challenges of Higher Education in a Diverse and Divergent World,” on Thursday, April 27 in San Antonio.

A Well-Pleaded Argument

JOTWELL published a review of Professor Lonny Hoffman’s “Plausible Theory, Implausible Conclusions,” an article published in the University of Chicago Law Review Online.

Oil field flares and lights creeping closer to the famed McDonald Observatory

Professor Wells was quoted in a San Antonio Express-News article regarding oil flares and their potential impact on observations from the University of Texas’ McDonald Observatory.

Marketplace with Kai Ryssdal – Facts Still Matter

Professor Wells was interviewed for a news story by Marketplace, discussing corporate inversions. Audio is available at: https://www.marketplace.org/shows/marketplace (listed under “04/21/2017: Facts still matter” with Professor Wells beginning at 6:00).

Briefcase: Common Law Marriage

Dean Baynes interviewed Professor Oldham for a segment on Houston Public Media’s Briefcase regarding common law marriage. Audio is available at https://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/shows/briefcase/2017/04/21/197326/briefcase-common-law-marriage/

Richard M. Alderman : The best credit card for your needs

WalletHub published an interview with Professor Alderman discussing the market for credit cards and how to choose the best card for your needs.

Free Speech, Safety and the Constitution

Professor Olivas was quoted in an article reported by Inside Higher Ed, commenting on two universities’ attempts this week to block planned appearances at their campuses--one from white nationalist Richard Spencer at Auburn University, the other from conservative political commentator Ann Coulter at University of California, Berkeley.

Prosecutors will drop thousands of cases in Dookhan scandal

Dean Baynes appeared on Houston Public Media’s Briefcase discussing the legal definition of race. Audio is available at the link.

Immigration Directive Foreshadows Return of Worksite Enforcement

Adjunct Professor Ryan McConnell co-authored a Legal Intelligencer article regarding how U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ new directive on immigration enforcement may lead to an increase in worksite enforcement cases.  The article also appeared in Corporate Counsel.

Zealous Advocacy Conference to highlight 50th anniversary of Gault decision

Professor Marrus was quoted in a press release on the PR Newswire website regarding the upcoming Zealous Advocacy Conference, which will highlight the 50th anniversary of the Gault decision.

BRIEF OF AMICI CURIAE LAW PROFESSORS, IMMIGRATION SCHOLARS, AND CLINICIANS IN SUPPORT OF DEFENDANT-APPELLANT

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman signed on to an amicus brief filed in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in support of access to counsel in expedited removal proceedings. 

INTERNATIONAL REFUGEE ASSISTANCE PROJECT

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman and fellow law professors filed an amicus brief with the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in International Refugee Assistance Project v. Trump. The case challenges President Trump’s Muslim ban executive order, charging it violates the Constitution’s First and Fifth Amendments.

Briefcase: Legal Definition of Race

Dean Baynes appeared on Houston Public Media’s Briefcase discussing the legal definition of race. Audio is available at the link.

Recent law grads doing better on getting lawyer jobs

Tiffany Tucker, interim assistant dean for career development, was quoted in an article available on the Houston Chronicle’s website. The article reported that sixty-eight percent of UHLC’s 2016 graduating class found jobs as lawyers, compared to 59 percent one year earlier and Dean Tucker comments that UHLC has increased its employer outreach efforts.

Incoming president aims to elevate UH-Downtown

Professor Olivas was quoted in an article available on HoustonChronicle.com commenting on actions taken by UH-Downtown to help students adjust to the demands of university life.

Trump willing to pull controversial insurance subsidies to get Democrats to help with Obamacare repeal

Professor Roberts discusses human trafficking in an interview with Rachel V. Rose of Diagnostic Imaging. The interview exchange is available on DiagnosticImaging.com.

Human Trafficking: What Physicians Need to Know

An article on the Natural News website quoted Professor Chandler regarding cost-sharing reductions under the Affordable Care Act. Professor Chandler’s comments originally appeared in an article on Lifezette.com.

Trump to Democrats: Negotiate on Obamacare, or Else

An article available on Lifezette.com included comments by Professor Chandler that originally appeared in an article posted on April 3, 2017. He comments on the potential impact if the Trump administration refuses to defend the Affordable Care Act’s “cost-sharing reductions,” in court.

EPA, DOJ lawsuit vs. oil company shines light on Trump executive order

FoxNews.com quoted Visiting Professor Dellapenna discussing the EPA’s lack of response to a recent executive order regarding navigable waters.

Paxton seeks new judge after trial moved to Harris County

Visiting Scholar Melissa Hamilton was quoted in a Houston Chronicle article regarding Attorney General Ken Paxton’s request for a new judge in his criminal securities case. 

The Killing of Freddie Gray, Episode 5

Professor Thompson appeared on the Undisclosed podcast to discuss the collection of evidence in the Freddie Gray case.  

LEGAL EXPERTS ANSWER HCC STUDENTS' IMMIGRATION QUESTIONS

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman will participate in an Immigration Town Hall on Tuesday, April 11, from 6-7 p.m. The event will be lived-streamed on ABC13 and is hosted by Houston Community College’s central campus. The town hall is an opportunity for experts from the Houston Immigration Legal Services to answer HCC students' questions about immigration.

Current Issues in Immigration Law

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman will speak on Current Issues in Immigration Law at the next meeting of the Houston Area Law Librarians on Wednesday, April 12.

Appreciation Reception for Interim President Olivas April 13

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) will host a farewell reception for outgoing Interim President Olivas. The reception will run from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, April 13 in the UHD Welcome Center.

CoogTalk return to campus in week's events

An article in The Cougar announced that Professor Olivas and Adjunct Professor Justen S. Barks participated Monday in the UH Libraries hosted “Culture Remix: Illegal Art, Copyright and the Music Industry” event.

Senate Finance Committee Issues Report on Activities During 114th Congress

The testimony of Professor Wells was referenced in a Senate Finance Committee report (S.Rpt. 115-25) on the committee’s activities during the 114th Congress. Professor Wells testified at a May 17, 2016 hearing --”Integrating the Corporate and Individual Tax Systems: The Dividends Paid Deduction Considered.” This hearing addressed the pros and cons of a dividends paid deduction, corporate integration, and the pros and cons of these policies.

Why It’s So Hard for Undocumented Students to ‘Fix’ Their Status

Professor Olivas was quoted in an article published by the Chronicle of Higher Education regarding the difficulty of obtaining lawful permanent status for undocumented students in the United States.

Biography

Susan Cancelosi, a former research professor with the Law Center’s Health Law and Policy Institute, is currently interim associate dean of Wayne State University Law School.

Fertitta criticizes UT System’s ‘arrogance’ to Legislature

The Daily Cougar quoted Professor Olivas from several years ago discussing the then-proposed purchase of land in Houston by the University of Texas.

Changing face of terrorism

Professor Berman was quoted in an article on the VICE News website regarding the changing definition of “terrorism”. 

Lone Star College, University of Houston-Downtown team up for student success

The Paper Magazine quoted Professor Olivas on UH-Downtown’s expanded relationship with Lone Star College.

Briefcase: Intellectual Property

Professor Kumar appeared on Houston Public Media’s Briefcase to discuss intellectual property law.

Health Care Negotiations Heat Up After GOP Leadership Setback

The Heartland Institute quoted Professor Chandler discussing political prospects for replacing the Affordable Care Act.

Landmark court case the subject of UHV lecture

The Victoria Advocate reported on Professor Olivas’s lecture yesterday at the University of Houston–Victoria. Professor Olivas spoke on Hernandez v. Texas, a U.S. Supreme Court case that extended equal protection under the Fourteenth Amendment to Mexican Americans.

Wrongful Death Suit Awaits Input From South Carolina Supreme Court

Professor Evans was quoted in a GenomeWeb article regarding a wrongful death lawsuit against Quest Diagnostics and its subsidiary Athena Diagnostics.

Will Payday Lenders Sink Or Swim?

Professor Hawkins was quoted in a D Magazine article regarding the regulation of payday loans.

How Trump Could Gut Obamacare Without Congress: Administration could drop Obama appeal of ruling that declared cost-sharing subsidy illegal

Professor Chandler was quoted in an article available on Lifezette.com. The article reports on a case pending before the U.S. Court of Appeals-D.C. Circuit, on a challenge to a subsidy that insurance companies receive to reduce out-of-pocket costs of some 6.4 million lower-income customers who purchased mid-level “silver” plans on the online exchanges set up by the Affordable Care Act. Professor Chandler comments on the possibility and potential impact of the Trump administration dropping the appeal.

ACA Claims Adjusting Looks Fishy

The Forbes Apothecary blog posted an article by Professor Chandler on Affordable Care Act claims adjusting.

2017 Staff Council Chili Cook-off Winners Announced

UHD Skyline News acknowledged Professor Olives for being one of the judges of the 2017 UHD Staff Council Chili Cook-off.

If It’s a New Law Dean, It’s Likely a Woman

Law.com article on the rising number of female law school deans included Associate Dean Burke in a list of new deans announced this month.

Briefcase: Supreme Court Nominees: Advice & Consent

Dean Baynes appeared on Houston Public Media’s Briefcase to discuss advice and consent of the Senate required to confirm Supreme Court nominees. 

The Supreme Court just paved the way for Texas to potentially overturn dozens of death sentences

An article available on Vice News’ website mentioned a case search by Visiting Scholar Melissa Hamilton that showed at least 13 people, found competent based on the 2004 standard set by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals to determine intellectual disability, have been executed in the state of Texas.

Congressional Documents: Copyright (c) 2010 Federal Information & News Dispatch, Inc.

Professor Thompson’s testimony before the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations, at a hearing on the state of forensic science in the United States, was reported by Federal Information & News Dispatch, Inc. and available from Westlaw.

Culture Remix: Illegal Art, Copyright, and the Music Industry

Professor Olivas and Adjunct Professor Justen Barks will be speaking at an event hosted by the University of Houston Libraries Copyright Team on April 10. They will be discussing “Culture Remix: Illegal Art, Copyright, and the Music Industry”.

Jim Bohannon Show on Obamacare

Professor Chandler appeared on the Jim Bohannon Show on March 24 to discuss the Republican attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare and whether they will try to pass similar legislation in the future. Audio of the interview begins at approximately 2:30

Trump May Have Lost on Obamacare Yet Still Controls Its Fate

Professor Chandler was quoted in an article available on the Asheboro, North Carolina Courier-Tribune’s website commenting on the proposed GOP health plan’s“continuous coverage” penalty.

UHLC alumnae talk unique paths of women, minorities in law

An article available on the Daily Cougar’s website reported on the Yale L. Rosenberg Memorial Lecture held last Thursday, March 23. Professor Knake, who spoke on “What Does it Mean to Be the First? Lessons from Women Shortlisted for the U.S. Supreme Court,” was quoted in the article. UHLC law student Molly Bagshaw and UHLC alumna U.S. District Judge Vanessa Gilmore were also quoted in the article.

Individual mandate vs. GOP’s penalty: A Q&A

Professor Chandler was quoted in an article available on the Asheboro, North Carolina Courier-Tribune’s website commenting on the proposed GOP health plan’s“continuous coverage” penalty.

How is a ban on preexisting conditions preserved in the GOP replacement bill?

The Washington Post quoted Professor Chandler from a Forbes Apothecary article discussing the likely rise in Alaskan health insurance premiums under the proposed GOP health plan.

GOP Health Care Plan Faces Day of Reckoning

LifeZette quoted Professor Chandler discussing parliamentary issues that might challenge a bill to replace the Affordable Care Act.

Dealership demands thousands more for car days after customer takes it home

ABC13-Houston interviewed Professor McElvaney regarding a dispute between a consumer and a car dealership. 

Why controversy over undocumented teen rape suspect is moot

CNN quoted Professor Olivas identifying reasons in addition to the Supreme Court’s decision in Plyler v. Doe why undocumented children should have access to education. This article appeared in several publications.  

Speaker to examine impact of Jackson County civil rights case

The University of Houston-Victoria announced that Professor Olivas will be one of the speakers at its Provost’s Lecture Series on April 4.  Professor Olivas was quoted discussing the case Hernández v. Texas, the subject of his presentation.

With or Without You: Undocumented Lawyers & Occupational Licensing

Professor Olivas will be speaking at the University of Cincinnati College of Law on March 28 regarding issues related to undocumented lawyers and occupational licensing. 

Briefcase: Tweets & POTUS : Guest Dean Leonard Baynes

Dean Baynes appeared on Houston Public Media’s Briefcase to discuss President Trump’s tweets and the Presidential Records Act.

We hate to admit it, but Brits aren’t the best at queuing

Professor Fagundes was quoted in an article on the BBC website regarding the social norms of waiting in line. The article discusses Professor Fagundes’ recent paper on the topic, which was published in Law and Social Inquiry. 

Briefcase: Business Structures : Guest Douglas Moll

Dean Baynes interviewed Professor Moll for a segment on Houston Public Media’s Briefcase regarding what a budding businessperson needs to know about starting a company. 

Proposed law would speed up bonding process in Texas

Professor Thompson was interviewed for a Fox26 news segment regarding Texas Senate bill 1338, which would require judges to use a risk assessment system to make bail decisions and allow poor, non-violent and low level offenders to be released on a personal recognizance bond. 

‘Twas the week of Fiesta: Events to attend

The Cougar reported on the Law Center’s annual Yale L. Rosenberg Lecture, taking place this Thursday, March 23 at 6:30 p.m. in Krost Hall. Professor Knake will give the keynote address, titled “What Does It Mean to Be the First? Lessons from Women Shortlisted for the U.S. Supreme Court.”

Nearly 300 Law Professors Agree that President Trump’s Executive Order on “Sanctuary” Cities is Unconstitutional

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was one of nearly 300 law professors sent a letter to President Trump demanding that he rescind section 9(a) of Executive Order 13768, Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States (regarding sanctuary cities), due to its likely violations of the spending clause and Tenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. 

Lunch '11' Learn

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman will be a guest panelist at a Houston Bar Association Lunch ‘n’ Learn CLE on Wednesday, March 29. The topic is “The Executive Travel Ban, the Constitution, and the Balance of Powers.” 

Brief for Immigration Legal Academics as Amici curiae

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was among a group law professors who signed on as amici in a brief filed in Commonwealth v. Lunn. The case concerns whether or not Massachusetts can keep individuals issued Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainers in its custody — even after criminal charges are dismissed.

Brief for Immigration Legal Academics as Amici curiae

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was among a group law professors who signed on as amici in a brief filed in Commonwealth v. Lunn. The case concerns whether or not Massachusetts can keep individuals issued Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainers in its custody — even after criminal charges are dismissed.

Texas' Lawsuit Over Radioactive Waste Could Bring That Same Waste to Texas

An interview with Professor Hester regarding Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s lawsuit against the federal government over its regulation of nuclear waste storage appeared on KUT Austin 90.1.

Republicans Enabled A Devastating But Wrong CBO Report

A post by Professor Chandler regarding the methodology and content of the Congressional Budget Office’s estimate of the budgetary effects of the proposed American Health Care Act appeared on Forbes’ The Apothecary Blog. 

Trump and Ryan could lose Trumpcare battle—and still destroy Obamacare

A post on the Daily Kos blog quoted extensively from Professor Chandler’s March 9 blog post for the Forbes Apothecary Blog, “Republican Stalemate will Test Whether Obamacare is Indeed Collapsing.”

Could Rick Perry Influence West Texas Nuclear Waste Plan?

Professor Hester was interviewed by Houston Public Media for a segment on now-Secretary of Energy Rick Perry’s potential plans for Texas to begin storing more radioactive types of waste. 

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was among a group of law professors representing unaccompanied immigrant youth who signed on as amici in a brief filed in Flores v. Sessions, on behalf of the plaintiffs-appellees.

UNITED STATES: Faces 40+ Lawsuits Over Trump Immigration Order

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was quoted in a Class Action Reporter article regarding the dozens of lawsuits filed in response to President Trump’s executive orders on immigration.

Federal judge in Texas foster care suit scolds CPS leaders for withholding information

Professor Lonny Hoffman was quoted in a Dallas Morning News article regardingTexas CPS and its failure to fully respond to interrogatories involving foster children's computerized case files, medical records and policies on how to handle abused children who are sexually aggressive. Professor Hoffman represents the plaintiffs in this case, minors alleging that CPS failed in its duty to protect them from harm and abuse.

How the U.S. Supreme Court could reshape patent litigation

An article that appeared in SNL Financial referenced Professor Janicke’s recent article considering how patent cases in the Eastern District of Texas will be affected by the implementation of the revised federal venue statute.

H.R. 1313 and the future of genetic privacy

Professor Roberts contributed a post to the Baylor College of Medicine Health Policy Program’s blog regarding H.R. 1313, the “Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act.”

NAS Issues Report on Preparing for Future Products of Biotechnology: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

The National Law Review covered the March 9 release of the National Academies report "Preparing for Future Products of Biotechnology," co-authored by Professor Evans. In its first week, the massive report has been downloaded over 1500 times, half in the US with the remainder in 90 other nations.

Federal U.S. agencies need to prepare for greater quantity, range of biotechnology products

Science Daily covered the March 9 release of the National Academies report “Preparing for Future Products of Biotechnology,” co-authored by Professor Evans.

Conservative Cities See ‘Sanctuary City’ Term as Scarlet Letter

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was interviewed for an NBC News piece on what makes a municipality a so-called “sanctuary city.”

Jim Bohannon Show - Affordable Care Act

Professor Chandler appeared on the Jim Bohannon Show, discussing the future of the Affordable Care Act. Professor Chandler appeared on the March 9, 2017 episode and the segment featuring him begins at 53:00. 

Republican Health Plan Throws Alaskans Under The Snowmobile

Professor Chandler wrote a new post for the Forbes Apothecary blog regarding the American Health Care Act.

Republican Health Plan Throws Alaskans Under The Snowmobile

Professor Chandler wrote a new post for the Forbes Apothecary blog regarding the current debate over Obamacare.

UH naming dispute could now draw in Astros, Houston Community College

Professor Vetter was quoted in a Houston Chronicle article regarding the trademark dispute between the University of Houston and South Texas College of Law Houston.   

Potential bill could force UH to cooperate with federal immigration requests

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was quoted in a Daily Cougar article about Texas Senate Bill 4, which would penalize public universities that do not cooperate with federal immigration requests.

Can Texas conservatives put limits on gay marriage? :The state Supreme Court mulls a challenge to the City of Houston's spousal benefits

The Houston Chronicle published an article by adjunct professor Chris Bacon regarding Pidgeon v. Turner, a case challenging the City of Houston’s provision of spousal benefits for same-sex couples.

GOP legislators want to cut funds to so-called sanctuary colleges

Marketplace quoted Professor Olivas on the lack of legal meaning of the term “sanctuary campus.”  Professor Olivas is introduced at 0:35.

Lars Larson National Podcast 030917

Professor Chandler appeared on The Lars Larson Show to discuss Obamacare and the current congressional efforts to repeal it. Professor Chandler is introduced at 1:33:39.

We’ve matched on a dating app. Here’s why I’m not giving you my phone number.

The Washington Post quoted visiting scholar Melissa Hamilton discussing how a telephone number might be used to enable criminal activity. 

Texas Lawmakers, Judges Push For Major Bail Reform

Houston Public Media quoted Professor Thompson from a Houston Chronicle interview discussing how bail reform might save the lives of incarcerated persons.

Gaming the AHCA. Seth Chandler

Professor Chandler also appeared on the John Batchelor Show to discuss the Republican health care bill. 

Republican State Lawmakers Seek to Ban ‘Sanctuary’ Campuses

Professor Olivas was quoted in a Chronicle of Higher Education article regarding state bills calling for funds to be withheld from colleges that adopt policies intended to hinder the enforcement of immigration laws. 

Report: Harris County Tops Number Of Exonerations

Visiting Scholar Melissa Hamilton was interviewed by Houston Public Media regarding a new report showing that Harris County had the most exonerations last year.  

Preparing for Future Products of Biotechnology - New Report and Webinar

The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) announced a webinar and release of a report, "Preparing for Future Products of Biotechnology" at 11:00 am EST on Thursday, March 9. Professor Evans has been serving on the NASEM committee that wrote the report.

RAY DUNAWAY: Inside The GOP’s Health Care Plan

Professor Chandler also appeared on WTIC NewsTalk 1080 (Connecticut) to discuss the Republican health care bill.

Tuesday TEMS: Jerry Bader, Salena Zito, Seth Chandler

Professor Chandler appeared on The Ed Morrissey Show to discuss the new Republican health care bill.

AHCA's End To Cost Sharing Reductions Slams Older, Sicker Americans

Professor Chandler authored a post on the Forbes Apothecary blog regarding a provision in the recent Republican health care bill that ends federally directed cost sharing reduction subsidies starting in 2020.

A Mandate, in Other Words

Professor Chandler’s March 6th Forbes Apothecary blog post regarding the Republican Obamacare repeal bill was quoted in an article on The Atlantic website. 

The Imminent Outpouring from the Eastern District of Texas

Professor Janicke wrote a blog post, The Imminent Outpouring from the Eastern District of Texas, that was published today on the Patently-O blog. The post and his accompanying article, published in the 2017 Patently-O Patent Law Journal, consider how patent cases in the Eastern District of Texas will be affected by the implementation of the revised federal venue statute. 

Citizen-Led Bioethics for the Age of Citizen Science: CRexit, BioEXIT, and Popular Bioethics Uprisings

Professor Evans' blogpost and a related video on BioEXIT, a citizen-led uprising against traditional research bioethics, are featured on Harvard Law School's Bill of Health blog as part of a Bill of Health Blog Symposium hosted by Prof. Susan Wolf of the University of Minnesota.

Risk Adjustment at Heart of “Incredibly Complex” Health Care Reform

An article by Professor Chandler was published by Real Clear Health. Professor Chandler discusses the difficulties of managing risk adjustment to give Americans freedom of choice in their health care plans, while also preventing insurers from imposing pre-existing condition limits.

Republican Health Care Plan's Continuous Coverage Idea Needs A Redraft

Professor Chandler’s blog post regarding the GOP’s Obamacare repeal bill, and its potential consequences, appeared on the Forbes Apothecary blog.

Benjamin H. Sheppard, Jr.

An obituary for Benjamin H. Sheppard, distinguished lecturer at the Law Center and director of the A.A. White Dispute Resolution Center, appeared in the Houston Chronicle.

Officials respond to Harris County marijuana diversion program

Community Impact Newspaper quoted visiting scholar Melissa Hamilton discussing recent moves in Texas towards a diversion program for marijuana possession.

Trump Is In Danger Of Overpromising And On Board With Immigration Reform: UH Experts

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was interviewed by Houston Public Media regarding President Trump’s first State of the Union address to Congress.

Justice Department Drops Opposition To Texas Voter ID Law

Houston Public Media interviewed Professor Rave for a story on the Justice Department’s announcement that it will no longer be involved in the federal lawsuit challenging the Texas voter ID law. 

DACA Remains Intact for Now, but Students Without It Are More Fearful Than Ever

Professor Olivas and UHLC student Karla Perez were quoted in a Chronicle of Higher Education article regarding the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and fears among undocumented students who qualify for the program as well as those who do not.   

Don't Use One Measure To Evaluate Obamacare Reform

Professor Chandler authored a post on the Forbes Apothecary blog regarding why it is important to take into account more than just the number of people who have health insurance when evaluating Obamacare reform.  

Briefcase: Partisan Internet Searches

Dean Baynes interviewed Professor Lipton for a segment on Houston Public Media’s Briefcase regarding whether the government should regulate search engines and social networks to prevent them from filtering information in ways that allow us to become polarized in our political views. 

The NFL Combine: Pro football’s intrusive, and mandatory, job interview

Professor Roberts was quoted in a Washington Post article regarding the NFL’s annual combine. Professor Roberts comments on combine practices, like asking players to submit to invasive medical exams, that may violate both the Americans With Disabilities Act and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act.

Tech Leaders Object to DHS Proposal to Collect Social Media Passwords of Travelers

Professor Kumar was among the experts in security, technology, and the law who signed a letter opposing a proposal by the Department of Homeland Security to require that non-citizens provide their social media passwords when entering the country. The letter was available on the (Internet Law Center) Cyber Report’s website.

Eminent Domain Lawyers Get Ready for Trump-Era work

Adjunct Professor Justin Hodge was interviewed by Texas Lawyer regarding eminent domain and President Trump’s proposed border wall.

California man arrested in Texas emblematic of national conflict over medical marijuana

Visiting Scholar Melissa Hamilton was quoted in a Houston Chronicle article regarding Phillip Blanton, who was arrested by a Texas state trooper for having about four ounces of medical marijuana and dozens of marijuana-laced cookies, obtained  from California, in his car.

The Apothecary

Professor Chandler wrote a post for the Forbes Apothecary Blog, commenting on an apparent leaked draft of a Republican bill to repeal and replace Obamacare

Reed Smith Adds Four More Attorneys in Houston

Adjunct Professor Daniella Landers has joined Reed Smith as a partner, according to an article on the LawFuel website.

Cassidy-Collins Patient Freedom Act Looks Better As Other Reform Efforts Falter

Professor Chandler authored an article on the Forbes Apothecary website regarding the Cassidy-Collins Patient Freedom Act, which was introduced last month as a possible replacement for the Affordable Care Act.

TEXAS STANDARD FOR FEBRUARY 22, 2017

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was interviewed by the Texas Standard regarding the whether the U.S. will order that new deportation camps be set up along the Mexico border. Professor Hoffman’s interview begins at 2:04.

Briefcase: Affordable Care Act

Dean Baynes interviewed Professor Chandler for a segment on Houston Public Media’s Briefcase regarding the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

‘Sermon Safeguard’ Bill is All About Preaching to the Choir

Professor Linzer was quoted in a Texas Observer article about Texas Senate Bill 24, which would prohibit the government from issuing subpoenas for sermons in any civil or administrative action in which the government is a party.

Newsmakers Feb. 19: Immigration: Houston impact, sanctuary cities bill

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was interviewed by KPRC’s Newsmakers with Khambrel Marshall discussing issues related to immigration. 

Ohio State student slaying an anomaly; few sex offenders repeat crime

Visiting Scholar Melissa Hamilton was quoted in a Columbus Dispatch article regarding misconceptions about the recidivism rates of sex offenders. 

Death row inmate from San Antonio seeking new trial

Professor Dow was quoted in an article reported by the San Antonio Express-News, commenting on his client Texas death row inmate Christopher Young’s case, which has been appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. According to the article, more than 500 religious and spiritual leaders have endorsed a statement calling for a new trial.

New rules intended to keep insurers on Obamacare exchanges while waiting for what’s next

Professor Chandler was quoted in an article available on Watchdog.org commenting on rule changes announced by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The changes were designed to entice more insurers to remain on the Affordable Care Act exchanges.

UH Law Center commemorates Black History Month with guest Paul Butler

A Daily Cougar article reported on the lecture and reception, hosted by the University of Houston Law Center on Feb. 16, featuring Paul Butler, a professor of law at Georgetown University and author of “Let’s Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice.” Dean Baynes and first year law student Jacqueline Del Villar were quoted in the article.

Ask the Experts

Professor Emeritus Richard Alderman answered questions about the benefits and drawbacks of using credit cards with 0% APR in an article on Wallet Hub.

Lining Up a Conviction

The Texas Observer quoted Professor Thompson discussing problems with witness identification.

Reform of state's forfeiture laws receiving bipartisan support

Mineral Wells Index quoted Visiting Scholar Melissa Hamilton discussing reasons why people sometimes do not challenge civil forfeitures.  This article appeared in several sources.

NFLPA gears up for IL battle with Bears

Professor Roberts was quoted in a WorkersCompensation.com article regarding a fight between the National Football League Players Association and the Chicago Bears over an Illinois General Assembly Bill that would place restrictions on workers’ compensation differential benefits for professional athletes.

The Non-Priorities Priorities

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman authored a post on the ImmigrationProf Blog regarding the arrest of hundreds of immigrants over the weekend and the Trump administration’s new “priorities” under the executive order on interior enforcement signed last month. This article also appeared on the LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Immigration Law website.

Senate confirms UT regents opposing expansion

Earlier comments by Professor Olivas concerning the approval needed from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for a  proposed UT expansion into Houston were paraphrased in a Daily Cougar article regarding the Board’s membership. 

Lawyers, aiding those caught in Trump travel ban, sense new respect

The Houston Chronicle quoted Professor Geoffrey Hoffman on the 120 participants that attended a recent UHLC Immigration Clinic seminar.

The Apothecary

A post by Professor Chandler appeared on Forbes’s The Apothecary Blog. Professor Chandler discussed a recent ruling from the United States Court of Federal Claims that would award billions to insurance companies that sold certain policies under the Affordable Care Act.

Prosecutors seek change of venue for Paxton case : They say backers have tainted jurors in Collin County

Visiting Scholar Melissa Hamilton was quoted in an article available on HoustonChronicle.com, commenting on the request for change of venue by special prosecutors assigned to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s criminal securities fraud case.

Should undocumented students be afraid? These are their rights.

Professor Olivas was quoted in an article available on ChalkBeat.com, commenting on undocumented students’ right to a free, public education.

Trump Hits ‘So-Called’ Judge Who Suspended U.S. Border Limit

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was quoted in an article available on BloombergQuint.com, commenting on U.S. District Judge James Robart’s ruling late Friday that temporarily lifted the Trump administration’s ban on all refugees and on visa holders from seven predominantly Muslim countries, making them once again free to enter the U.S.

When Flaring Natural Gas Becomes Political -- Needless Regulation Or Good Conservation

Professors Hester and Wells have co-authored a post on Forbes.com, supporting the Bureau of Land Management regulations that discourage flaring of natural gas on federal land.

New Orleans-based 5th Circuit not appealing to Trump, Supreme Court Justices

Professor Dow was quoted in an article available on BayouBuzz.com, commenting on the Supreme Court’s lack of confidence in the Fifth Circuit’s handling of capital cases.

GOP Tax Overhaul Could Throw U.S. Tax Treaties Into Question

Bloomberg BNA quoted Professor Wells on uncertainties raised by a proposed income tax overhaul.

More than 40 suits challenge immigration order and airport detentions; standing is an issue

ABA News quoted Professor Geoffrey Hoffman from a Law.com interview discussing the prospects for legal challenges to the order on immigration.

Beneath the Chaos, Strategies Coalesce in Suits Against Trump

Law.com quoted Professor Geoffrey Hoffman discussing President Trump’s executive order on immigration.

NFL’s PE Arm Fights Online Bots For Super Bowl Ticket Sales

Law360 quoted Professor Emeritus Alderman discussing the legality of ticket scalping.

Calling All Trumpistas: Why Red States Should Stand With San Francisco’s Sanctuary City Lawsuit

Professor Chandler was quoted extensively in an article available on San Francisco Magazine’s website, commenting on President Trump’s executive order that strips federal grants from sanctuary jurisdictions.

Community members protest, provide resources after travel ban

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was quoted in an article on The Cougar website regarding his work providing legal assistance at George Bush Intercontinental Airport to those affected by President Trump’s travel ban.  The article also notes that students affected by the ban can contact the UHLC Immigration Clinic for assistance.

Briefcase: Legal Trailblazer

Dean Baynes interviewed UHLC alumnus Jim Lemond for a segment on Houston Public Media’s Briefcase regarding the challenges he faced as the first black graduate of the UHLC and diversity in the legal profession. 

Houstonians gather to honor BBVA Compass chairman, other immigrant leaders

A press release announced that BBVA Compass Chairman Manolo Sánchez, who immigrated to the U.S. from Spain, was honored last week in his adopted hometown with an Arrival Award from the University of Houston Law School's Immigration Clinic.

Several Texas Colleges Urge Immigrant Faculty, Students to Avoid Overseas Travel

A Houston Public Media article regarding the effects of the travel ban on immigrant students and faculty quoted an e-mail from UH President Renu Khator. President Khator noted that the advisers and attorneys at the  Law Center’s immigration law clinic available to offer guidance.

Trump's immigration order reverberates across Texas campuses

Professor Olivas, in his capacity as Interim-President of UH-Downtown,  was quoted in a Houston Chronicle article regarding the effects of the immigration order on Houston students. UH President Renu Khator’s message to the University on the assistance available from the UHLC Immigration Clinic was also mentioned in the article.

Attorney's Day at the IAH Airport: Professor Geoffrey A. Hoffman

The Immigration Prof Blog published a blog post by Professor Geoffrey Hoffman, describing his experience as a volunteer attorney at the IAH airport in Houston, Texas on Sunday.

Travel ban threatens big oil ties in Middle East : Houston companies fear payback against U.S. drillers, suppliers

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was quoted in a Houston Chronicle article discussing how the U.S. travel ban on citizens of seven predominantly Muslim nations could backfire on American energy companies.

Public Outcry Against President Trump’s Immigration Freeze Stretches Across Houston

Rosemary Vega, a staff attorney with the UHLC Immigration Clinic, was interviewed by Houston Public Media about her work assisting those affected by the immigration ban. 

Hundreds attend protests at Discovery Green and Bush Airport

Professor Hoffman was interviewed by Fox 26 News for a story regarding the immigration ban.

Newsmakers Jan. 29: Immigration orders, political opposites agree and 'Super Bowl'

Professor Hoffman appeared on KPRC-TV’s "Houston Newsmakers with Khambrel Marshall" to discuss the immigration ban.

Lawyers rush to IAH to assist detainees : Right to counsel needed for further attorney impact

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was quoted in a Houston Chronicle article regarding his work with a group of lawyers providing pro bono services to those affected by President Trump’s executive order barring refugees and citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.

Federal Versus Local Rights: ‘Sanctuary City’ Is Undefined Term

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was interviewed for a Houston Public Media segment regarding sanctuary cities in Texas.

Briefcase: Property Acquisition And Happiness

Dean Baynes interviewed Professor Fagundes for a segment on Houston Public Media’s Briefcase regarding the connection between property acquisition and happiness. 

Proposed UT expansion less than 10 miles from UH

Professor Olivas was quoted in an article on The Cougar website regarding the University of Texas System’s proposed expansion in Houston. 

UH’s $1 Billion campaign

Professor Olivas participated in a video for UH’s $1 Billion campaign.

Court ruling favours inmate : Panel voids conviction of man who spent 32 years in prison

Jeff Newberry, supervising attorney at the Law Center's Texas Innocence Network, was quoted in a Houston Chronicle article about his client, Jerry Hartfield. The Texas 13th Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that the indictment against Hartfield be dismissed with prejudice.

How Will Trump Shrink Obamacare? The Same Way Obama Did

An article on the Forbes website quoted Professor Chandler’s blog post regarding President Trump’s executive order authorizing reduced enforcement of the Affordable Care Act.

President Trump's Day 1 Executive Order Can Severely Damage Obamacare

Professor Chandler wrote a post for Forbes’s The Apothecary blog discussing the impact of President Donald Trump’s executive order directing all federal agencies to reduce enforcement of any requirements, including taxes, fees and regulatory burdens, of the Affordable Care Act.

KANW Presents an Evening of Entertainment Law with Dr.Michael Olivas, host of The Law of Rock and Roll

KANW Albuquerque Public Schools Radio announced that Professor Olivas will be hosting ‘an Evening of Entertainment Law’ tonight starting at 6:30pm.

‘Justice Nightmare’: 32 Years in Texas Prisons After Conviction Voided

The New York Times quoted Professor Dow discussing the criminal justice problems involved in the case of Texas inmate Jerry Hartfield.

2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture: “This Land is Whose Land?” by Marcilynn Burke

The Lewis and Clark Law School announced that Associate Dean Burke will deliver its 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture on January 23.

Conference: Critical Studies of Citizen Science in Biomedical Research: King’s College London (Strand Campus), 2 March 2017

The Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at King's College London has announced that Professor Evans will deliver the keynote address at a conference on Citizen Science it is hosting on March 2.

Briefcase: Wells Fargo Whistleblowers

Dean Baynes interviewed Professor Kwok for a segment on Houston Public Media’s Briefcase regarding the role of whistleblowers and what protections they have. 

Kellen Zale, When Everything is Small: The Regulatory Challenge of Scale in the Sharing Economy, San Diego L. Rev. (forthcoming 2016), available at SSRN.

Jotwell reviewed When Everything is Small: The Regulatory Challenge of Scale in the Sharing Economy, a forthcoming article by Professor Zale.

‘Uncharted Waters’ for Higher Education in Trump Era

Professor Olivas was quoted in a Chronicle of Higher Education article regarding President-elect Trump’s policies on issues surrounding higher-education. Professor Olivas comments on steps Mr. Trump could take to weaken the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

High Court To Weigh Murky Crime-Of-Violence Definition

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was quoted in a Law360 article regarding whether or not part of the definition for a "crime of violence" is unconstitutionally vague when applied in immigration deportation cases. The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on the issue in Lynch v. Dimaya this week.

New federal law offers consumer protection for negative online reviews

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram quoted Professor Emeritus Alderman discussing the effects and limits of the Consumer Review Fairness Act.

Austin crime lab bucked DNA standard for years, yet got passing grades

The Austin-American Statesman quoted Professor Thompson discussing difficulties faced by forensic laboratories.

With Trump in Power, Rep. Lamar Smith Is Pushing Bill to Cripple EPA

Professor Warren was quoted in an article available on HoustonPress.com commenting on Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX)’s bill, which would prohibit the EPA from “proposing, finalizing, or disseminating regulations or assessments based on science that is not transparent or reproducible.”

Briefcase: Access to Justice

Dean Baynes interviewed Professor Knake for a segment on Houston Public Media’s Briefcase regarding the access to justice crisis.

The Trump Nominees and Affirmative Action

Professor Olivas was quoted in an Inside Higher Ed article regarding comments made by Senator Jeff Sessions about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Teaching Deliberately

Above the Law published a blog post on Professor Duncan’s article “Teaching Deliberately.”

Trump, Tillerson, NAFTA, Mexico And Oil Companies

Forbes published an article by Professor Julián Cárdenas García on U.S. oil investments in Mexico under the North American Free Trade Agreement. 

LOCAL LEGAL COMMUNITY NEWS

The Houston Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel announced that Dean Baynes and the UHLC Environment, Energy & Natural Resources Center will host an event celebrating the career of Professor Weaver on January 31

Briefcase: Social Determinants to Health

Dean Baynes interviewed Professor Mantel for a segment on Houston Public Media's Briefcase regarding social determinants of health.  

Briefcase: Corporate Wellness Programs

Dean Baynes interviewed Professor Roberts for a segment on Houston Public Media's Briefcase regarding corporate wellness programs.

What Exactly is a Texas Common-Law Marriage?

Texas Standard interviewed Professor Oldham for a segment on common-law marriage in Texas.

KANW New Mexico Public Radio

The New Mexico State Bar's Bar Bulletin announced that Professor Olivas will present an evening of entertainment in conjunction with his radio program, The Law of Rock and Roll, and KANW New Mexico Public Radio on January 20. The event will take place at 6:30 p.m. at  Robertson & Sons Violin Shop Recital Hall in Albuquerque.

Justice Breyer and the Death Penalty

A letter to the editor by Professor Dow in response to ''Breyer Continues His Push Against the Death Penalty'' (New York Times news article, Dec. 13, 2016), about Justice Stephen G. Breyer's dissenting opinion in the case of Ronald B. Smith, was available on the New York Times' website.

National Biotechnology Panel Faces New Conflict of Interest Questions

A New York Times article listed Professor Evans among 13 men and women named to a panel of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine that will make recommendations to the White House on regulating the biotech industry.

Law Professor: Politics Play A Role In Harris County District Attorney's Office

Visiting Scholar Melissa Hamilton was interviewed by Houston Public Media regarding incoming Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg's plans to investigate at least three Harris County prosecutors for misuse of official information.

UHV offers community events during spring semester

Professor Olivas will be a speaker as a part of the UHV Provost's Lecture Series on April 4, 2017, according to an announcement on the Victoria Advocate's website. His presentation is titled "Colored Men and Hombres Aqui: Hernandez v. Texas, the U.S. Supreme Court and Edna, Texas."

AALS Law and Film Selections At This Year's Meeting @TheAALS @MacheteCine

Professor Olivas will moderate the discussion for "La Jaula de Oro," a film about Central American undocumented immigrants and their dangerous journey to the United States at this year's AALS meeting, according to an announcement reported by Concurring Opinions and available from Westlaw.

LNG's swirling sea: Export hopefuls face new year of global demand shifts

Visiting Professor Susan Sakmar was quoted extensively in a SNL Daily Gas Report article, commenting on the potential impact of the Trump Administration and anticipated legislation on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) exports. She also discusses potential sources for LNG exports.

A Look Back at Harris County's Big Year in Criminal Justice — and Lawsuits

An article available on HoustonPress.com included comments by Professor Thompson that originally appeared in a Houston Press article last year. She discusses a proposed pilot program that would provide criminal defendants detained in Harris County with representation at their initial bail hearings.

12/28/16 Med. Futility Blog

Professor Zale will be moderating a panel on "Marijuana Law 2017: Federalism, Criminal Justice, and Health Care" at this year's AALS meeting according to an announcement on the Medical Futility blog and available from Westlaw.

 

 

 

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