UHLC in the News

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. 


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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