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Requiring a Bar Exam in 2020 Perpetuates Systemic Inequities in the Legal System

Dean Baynes was quoted in an article from The Appeal discussing how a 2020 bar exam perpetuates systemic inequities in the legal system.

What Happens Next for DACA?

Professor Olivas was quoted in an Inside Higher Ed article commenting on the future of DACA in the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling that blocked Trump from ending the program.

Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic, Texas Transitions to the UBE Bar Examination

Dean Baynes wrote a Legal Trends column discussing Texas’ transition to the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

One Brother Got DACA, One Didn’t. It Made All the Difference.

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was quoted in a New York Times article, which reported that the Trump Administration has not reopened the DACA program to new applicants, despite the Supreme Court’s ruling that it was improperly terminated.

Energy Transfer digs in on North Dakota pipeline expansion despite oil slump, sources say

Adjunct Professor Ted Borrego was quoted in a WKZO article discussing U.S. pipeline company Energy Transfer's invocation of force majeure to prevent oil firms from walking away from a proposed expansion of the controversial Dakota Access pipeline.

In a world economy reshaped by a virus, the new North American trade deal takes effect

Professor Trujillo was quoted in an article on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation website regarding implementation of the new North American Free Trade Agreement.

Experts: National visa suspension could affect workforce in top Houston-area industries

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was quoted in an article on the Community Impact Newspaper website regarding the Trump administration's suspension of H-1B, H-2B, H-4, J and L visas through the end of 2020.

PDF that blocks study participants from getting their own data needs to go

A StatNews article cites Professor Evans’ article, “A Faustian Bargain that Undermines Research Participants’ Privacy Rights and Return of Results” (co-authored with Susan M. Wolf), 71 Fla. L. Rev. 1281 (2019), regarding an unlawful guidance document issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services (CMS).

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was quoted in an article on the Community Impact Newspaper website regarding the Trump administration's suspension of H-1B, H-2B, H-4, J and L visas through the end of 2020.  

Professor Knake and Professor Fagundes co-authored an article on the Law360 website regarding why Texas should cancel the July 2020 bar exam. 

Professor Trujillo was quoted in an article on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation website regarding implementation of the new North American Free Trade Agreement. 

States test new climate strategies in Big Oil showdowns

Professor Flatt was quoted in an E&E News article regarding a series of lawsuits against oil and gas companies for misleading the public about the link between oil and gas use and greenhouse gas emissions.

How to limit credit card usage during a pandemic

Professor Emeritus Alderman contributed to a Finder article on limiting credit card use during a pandemic.

How Likely is it Texas Attorney General Paxton Can Kill DACA?

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was quoted in a Reform Austin article regarding Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s lawsuit challenging the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.   

Children in custody especially vulnerable

The Houston Chronicle published an op-ed by Professor Marrus about children in juvenile detention centers and their vulnerability to COVID-19.

Turner appoints 45-member panel to review HPD, consider changes

Professor Thompson was quoted in a Houston Chronicle article regarding the formation of a task force to review Houston Police Department policies.

Health Law LL.M.s Thrive During Covid-19 Crisis

Professors Ewer and Mantel were quoted in an LLM Guide article discussing the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on studying and practicing health law.

DACA Ruling, Palestinian Strategy, Wonder Woman

Professor Olivas appeared on BYU Radio's Top of Mind with Julie Rose to discuss the Supreme Court's recent DACA ruling. Audio is available

DACA Victory at Supreme Court Is Precarious at Best | Opinion

Newsweek published Professor Geoffrey Hoffman’s op-ed, co-authored with Ediberto Roman, professor of law and the director of immigration and citizenship initiatives at Florida International University, and Carrie Rosenbaum, lecturer and visiting scholar at University of California, Berkeley. The authors urged legislative action on DACA.

Opinion: Black lawyers matter: What the Texas legal community can do to eradicate racism

Dean Baynes co-authored an op-ed with Jennifer Collins, the Judge James Noel Dean and professor of law at the SMU Dedman School of Law in Dallas, which was published in today’s Houston Chronicle. The op-ed discusses ways to remedy the underrepresentation of African Americans in the legal profession, in law schools, in big law firms, in the judiciary and in government.

When ‘Shortlisted’ Means ‘Short-Circuited’

An Above the Law article reporting that a number of very accomplished women were on the shortlist during various presidential administrations before Reagan, discussed Professor Knake’s book, Shortlisted, Women in the Shadows of the Supreme Court.

Supreme Court's DACA decision protects thousands of educators, students

Professors Geoffrey Hoffman and Michael Olivas were quoted in an Education Dive article discussing the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Thursday in a 5-4 decision that the Trump administration cannot end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, an Obama-era initiative that allows individuals who came to the U.S. as children to receive two-year temporary protection from deportation, subject to renewal, and to become eligible for a work permit.

DACA recipients celebrate SCOTUS decision against Trump administration

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman and Michael Olivas were interviewed for a news segment on Fox26 (Houston), discussing the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that the Trump administration cannot end the DACA program. Video is available..  

DACA Ruling Safeguards Dreamers on the Front Lines of Covid-19

Professor Olivas was interviewed for a Courthouse News Service article the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that the Trump administration cannot end the DACA program.

DACA Lives for Now

Professor Olivas was quoted in an Inside Higher Ed article commenting on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that the Trump administration cannot end the DACA program.

‘Perchance to DREAM’

A Q&A with Professor Olivas on his new book, Perchance to DREAM: A Legal and Political History of the DREAM Act and DACA, was published on Inside Higher Ed.

COVID-19 Exposed Weak Spots in Public Health Law, Experts Say: 'Things No One Could Ever Imagine'

Adjunct Professor Allison Winnike was quoted in a Texas Lawyer article regarding public health law and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Texas' 10 Law Deans Pledge to Help Eradicate Racial Injustice in the Legal System

The Texas Lawyer published the joint statement by the law deans of Texas’ ten law schools pledging action to address racism and discrimination in the justice system in the wake of two weeks of nationwide protests against racism and police brutality against black Americans. A link to Dean Baynes' statement was included.

Peter Lowy Appointed to Houston Volunteer Lawyers Board of Directors

Adjunct Professor Peter Lowy, shareholder in the Houston office of national law firm, Chamberlain Hrdlicka , has joined the Board of Directors of the Houston Volunteer Lawyers, Inc., according to a press release.

The problem with Pritzker's pandemic immunity orders

Professor Roberts was quoted extensively in an article available on the Chicago Reader’s website commenting on Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker’s emergency order in April granting Illinois nursing homes and hospitals a broad swath of legal immunities for injuries or deaths from negligence.

Debate swirls around ‘qualified immunity’ that protects police officers from lawsuits

Professor Berman appeared on KPRC-TV to discuss the doctrine of qualified immunity.

Dallas Police Department announces new policies after seven days of protests

Professor Thompson was quoted in a Dallas Morning News article discussing the recent announcement of new policies aimed at reforming the Dallas Police Department after seven days of protests around the country over the death of George Floyd.

The Meaning of DACA by Kevin R. Johnson, Michael A. Olivas, and Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia 

Professor Olivas co-authored an ImmigrationProf blog post discussing the meaning of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Monday round-up

The Supreme Court will soon rule on the lawfulness of the Trump administration’s choice to end DACA. The SCOTUS blog featured Professor Olivas’ op-ed in its “Monday Roundup” post.

Law and Society, 2020

NYU Press featured Professor Olivas’s new book, Perchance to DREAM: A Legal and Political History of the DREAM Act and DACA and Professor Knake’s new book, Shortlisted: Women in the Shadows of the Supreme Court as part of its Law and Society virtual exhibit for 2020.

Rationing Scarce Medical Resources

A “Saturday Seminar” published by The Regulatory Review featured a discussion of Professor Mantel’s article “A Defense of Physicians’ Gatekeeping Role: Balancing Patients’ Needs with Society’s Interests,” as well as a link to the article.  

 Nursing homes need increased staffing, not legal immunity

Professor Roberts coauthored an article for The Hill about legislation protecting nursing homes from civil liability for negligence.

Andrew Cuomo Gave Immunity to Nursing-Home Execs After Big Campaign Donations — Now People Are Dying

Professor Roberts was cited in a Jacobin article for her work about legislation protecting nursing homes from civil liability for negligence.

How do you recover from identity theft?

Professor Emeritus Alderman was quoted in a Houston Chronicle article discussing the actions that should be taken by those who are victims of identity theft.

“No es prematura”: experto sobre reapertura económica en Houston en medio del coronavirus

Professor López de la Osa Escribano was interviewed by Univision 45 (Houston)’s Raúl Peimbert, discussing the consequences of COVID-19 in our daily lives. Video is available.

Meet 9 American women shortlisted for theSupreme Court before Sandra Day O'Connor

Professor Knake discussed her new book, Shortlisted: Women in the Shadows of the Supreme Court, on both the ABA Journal’s Modern Law Library podcast (available here) and New York Public Radio’s “Keep It 100” (available here).

I felt violated.’ This man says he was fired for ‘gross insubordination’ for refusing to reveal his mother’s COVID-19 diagnosis

Professor Roberts was quoted in a Market Watch article regarding a man who is suing Enterprise Rent-A-Car because he was fired for gross insubordination for refusing to reveal his mother’s COVID-19 diagnosis. 

CMBS Fraud Allegations Met With Skepticism From Market Players

Professor Hawkins was quoted in a Bisnow article about a complaint filed with the SEC accusing lenders and CMBS servicers of inflating property values on real estate collateralizing CMBS loans.

 ‘Shortlisted’ Is the Story of 9 Women Who Would Have Changed the Supreme Court

Observer published a review of Professor Knake’s new book, Shortlisted: Women in the Shadows of the Supreme Court.

EPA Settlements Are Supposed to Hold Polluters Accountable. Will Coronavirus Get Them off the Hook?

Professor Hester was quoted in an article reported by Mother Jones regarding municipalities and businesses that claim the coronavirus pandemic prevents them from complying with their settlement agreements with the Environmental Protection Agency. This article was originally appeared on Grist’s website.

 Guest Post: BIA Continues Line of Cases Validating Deficient NTAs Despite Grave Errors by Geoffrey Hoffman

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman authored a post on the ImmigrationProf Blog discussing the trend of cases at the Board of Immigration Appeals validating unlawful Notices to Appear (NTA).

New Book 'Shortlisted' Spotlights 9 Women Passed Over for Supreme Court

Professor Knake was interviewed by the National Law Journal discussing her new book, Shortlisted: Women in the Shadows of the Supreme Court.

The Match Between COVID-19 and Plastic Bans

The Regulatory Review posted Professor Morath’s op-ed regarding the impact of COVID-19 on single-use plastic bans.

EPA settlements are supposed to hold polluters accountable. Will coronavirus get them off the hook?

Professor Hester was quoted in a Grist article about municipalities and businesses that claim the coronavirus pandemic prevents them from complying with their settlement agreements with the Environmental Protection Agency.

Awards For Excellence

Professor Nelson received an Award for Excellence in Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity from the University of Houston.

How colleges are helping undocumented students in uncertain times

Professor Morales was quoted in an Education Dive article, commenting on ways to help undocumented students in light of the challenges created by the coronavirus pandemic.

Ask The Experts

Professor Emeritus Alderman was interviewed for a WalletHub "Ask the Experts" Q&A on low interest credit cards. 

Recent BIA and Attorney General Decisions: What You Need to Know

Per the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Professor Geoffrey Hoffman will present via web seminar this afternoon on Recent BIA and Attorney General Decisions: What You Need to Know.   

Special Edition: Dr. Vivian Ho, Dr. Kirstin Matthews and Professor Ryan Marquez

Professor Marquez appeared on Houston Matters: Special Edition to discuss consumer law issues related to COVID-19. The audio recording is available.

As COVID-19 restrictions drag on in Texas, legal challenges gain a foothold

Professor Berman was quoted in a Houston Chronicle article. She comments on the opportunity that the legal challenges against the COVID-19 restrictions have provided for the courts to clarify the limitations of the emergency rule.

Death Row Inmates Sue Texas Prison System Amid COVID-19

Professor Dow was quoted in a Latin Post article that reported on the lawsuit by death row inmates at a Livingston-area prison against the state's prison system after drastic health and safety conditions put them at great risk of contracting the new coronavirus. Professor Dow, one of the attorneys for the plaintiffs, commented on the conditions at the prison.

Battles Over Jurisdiction In A Pandemic, And Restaurants Start Reopening

Professor Zale appeared on Houston Matters to discuss conflicts between state and local governments with regard to stay-at-home orders and other public health measures. Audio is available. (The interview with Professor Zale begins at 4:10.)

Should distance learning count toward school discipline days? Advocacy groups say yes

UHLC Juvenile and Children's Advocacy Project staff attorney Christina Beeler was quoted in a Houston Chronicle article regarding whether students who were ordered to spend a certain number of days at disciplinary alternative schools or juvenile justice alternative schools can get credit for distance learning days. 

Faculty and Staff Notables

Per a Mercer News article, Carolina Academic Press announced publication of the fourth edition of Property: Cases, Documents, and Lawyering Strategies, co-authored by Professor Crump. 

Death row inmates sue Texas prison system over health conditions during COVID-19 pandemic

Professor Dow was quoted in a Houston Chronicle article on death row inmates suing the Texas prison system over health conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Push to Protect West Texas Lizard Moves Forward After Settlement

Professor Hester was quoted in a Courthouse News Service article. The article reported that an effort by environmental groups to get a rare species of West Texas lizard added to the endangered species list took a step forward last Thursday, when the federal government settled a lawsuit over its alleged political delay in even considering the idea. Professor Hester discusses the impact that declaring the lizard “threatened” or “endangered” would have on oilfield activity.

Meet Trump's conservative legal foes

Professor Hudson was quoted in a Greenwire article regarding property rights and free-market proponents like the Pacific Legal Foundation and Competitive Enterprise Institute, which are suing EPA and other agencies for not going far enough to ease requirements for regulated entities under the Navigable Waters Protection Rule and Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule.

No men allowed: With Biden's VP shortlist, women are finally gaining political ground

The Hill posted Professor Knake’s op-ed. She discussed the 2020 race marking the first time that the vice presidential contenders vetted for a major party ticket will be entirely female and that Biden’s shortlist establishes women as unquestionably qualified for positions of leadership and power. 

PERCHANCE TO DREAM

Professor Michael Olivas' new book, Perchance to Dream: A Legal and Political History of the DREAM Act and DACA, was reviewed by KIRKUS. 

U.S. oil firm Continental draws anger with decision to cancel sales

Adjunct Professor Ted Borrego was quoted in a Reuters article about the cancellation of sales by the oil company Continental Resources.

Despite lawsuits, tuition refunds not likely to come

Professor Olivas was quoted in a OneNewsNow article about students suing their universities for tuition refunds after the universities shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Harris County Precinct 1 partners with faith-based leaders to give out free masks, gloves

Professor Berman was interviewed for a news story by KPRC (NBC-2, Houston). She discusses the constitutionality of Harris County’s requirement that beginning Monday, everyone 10 years and older must wear a mask in public.

Houston paramedic describes uncertainty for DACA recipients working on front lines

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was interviewed for a news story by KTRK (ABC-13, Houston), discussing the President Donald Trump’s executive order to temporarily suspend all immigration into the country amid the COVID-19 crisis.

President Trump Comes up with a Plan to Pause Immigration

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was interviewed by KCBS radio regarding President Trump’s decision to place a 60 day 'pause' on immigration, which applies to those seeking certain green cards.

The State Of International Offshore Regulation A Decade After The Deepwater Horizon

Forbes published an article by Professor Cárdenas García about the state of international offshore regulation a decade after the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

For Law Center, coronavirus pandemic means admissions shakeup

The Cougar published an article about how the Law Center’s office of admissions is adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic. Assistant Dean for Admissions Pilar Mensah was quoted in the article.

Officials knew coronavirus could spread at the Houston Rodeo and proceeded with the event anyway

Professor Chandler was quoted in a Texas Tribune article regarding an email he sent to Dr. David Persse, the head of Houston's Health Department, before the start of the Houston Rodeo urging him to shut down the event due to the risk of COVID-19 community

Deepwater Horizon prompted new regulations. Are we safer?

Professor Flatt was quoted in a Houston Chronicle article commenting on the Trump Administration’s decision to roll back rules that were implemented in response to the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig a decade ago.

State Agencies Are on the Front Lines of Environmental Protection. Will Their Work Survive the Pandemic?

Professor Hester was quoted in an article reported by Mother Jones commenting on the states’ role in environmental enforcement matters.

Students sue colleges for coronavirus related tuition refunds

Professor Olivas was quoted in an Education Dive article on students suing colleges for coronavirus-related tuition refunds.

Air Quality Has Improved Since Houstonians Have Been Forced Indoors. But Some Fear EPA Rollbacks.

Professor Flatt was interviewed by Houston Public Media for a story on air quality in Houston and the recent suspension of reporting requirements by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Coronavirus Fraud: A GC’s Guide to Potential Schemes

Adjunct Professor Ryan McConnell co-wrote an article for Law.com regarding fraud schemes related to the coronavirus pandemic.

A Stunning Fifth Circuit Asylum Decision: An Analysis of Inestroza-Antonelli v. Barr

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman authored a post on the ImmigrationProf Blog providing an analysis of Inestroza-Antonelli v. Barr, a recent Fifth Circuit asylum decision.

Episode 62: Genetic Duties With Jessica Roberts

Professor Roberts appeared on Apple’s “the CAP Impact Podcast Episode 62: Genetic Duties.” She discussed the emerging set of issues around genetic reclassification, and what it means from a legal perspective when the results of a genetic test you took change.

Credit Cards for Students with Bad Credit

Professor Hawkins was interviewed for a WalletHub article discussing the best credit cards for students with bad credit. 

Coronavirus Brings Extra Uncertainty For DACA Students Awaiting a Supreme Court Decision

Professor Morales was quoted in a Diverse Issues in Higher Education article discussing how the coronavirus has brought uncertainty for DACA students awaiting the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on the future of the DACA program. 

What Are Antibody Tests, and Can They Prove Coronavirus Immunity?

Professor Roberts was quoted in a VICE article discussing antibody tests and coronavirus immunity.

Are Guns Shops Essential, or is it Just the Texas Way?

Professor Linzer was quoted in an article available on ReformAustin.org. He comments on the constitutionality of whether gun shops can be forced to close as a result of the stay-at-home orders and responds to Attorney General Ken Paxton’s opinion that stipulated that municipalities do not have authority to regulate or restrict the sale of firearms.

CIVIL SOCIETY LETTER TO WIPO DIRECTOR GENERAL FRANCIS GURRY ON COVID-19 AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Professor Kumar signed a letter to WIPO Director General Francis Gurry on Covid-19 and Intellectual Property. She was among researchers, educators, and students who signed the letter to encourage WIPO to take a clear stand in favor of ensuring that intellectual property regimes are a support, and not a hindrance, to efforts to tackle both the Coronavirus outbreak and its consequences.

Renters Are Struggling To Pay Their Landlords, and Relief Is Not On the Way

Professor Emeritus Alderman was quoted in an SFGate article discussing renters struggling to pay their landlords.

Women and the Supreme Court

Professor Knake's book, Shortlisted: Women in the Shadows of the Supreme Court, was reviewed by the Texas State Bar.

Hotze, pastors ask Texas Supreme Court to rule Harris County stay-at-home order unconstitutional

Professor Linzer was quoted in the Houston Chronicle where he discussed the constitutionality of Harris County's stay-at-home order.

Anthony R. Chase to co-chair Greater Houston COVID-19 Recovery Fund

The Texas Bar Blog reported that Professor Chase will serve as co-chair on the Greater Houston COVID-19 Recovery Fund.

Someone says they have 2 million N95 masks for sale. The asking price is six times the usual cost.

Professor Emeritus Alderman was quoted in a Texas Tribune article about a Texas company selling N95 face masks at inflated prices.

UConn Names Eboni S. Nelson As New Dean of Law School

Multiple sources, including UConn Today and Foreign Affairs, announced that former adjunct Professor Eboni S. Nelson has been named the next dean of the University of Connecticut School of Law.

Coronavirus live updates: Abbott deploys National Guard, 26 deaths in Texas

The Houston Chronicle Coronavirus live updates page mentioned that Professor Chase has accepted the role as co-chairman of the Greater Houston COVID-19 Recovery Fund.

I Spent A Month Trying To Find Out What Chemicals Are Stored Near My Home. I Still Don’t Know.

Professor Tracy Hester was interviewed by Houston Public Media for a story about the accessibility of Tier II reports on the storage of hazardous chemicals. Audio is available here.

It's Too Hard to Put Artwork Into the Public Domain

Vice published an article by Professor Fagundes and Aaron Perzanowski about copyright abandonment.

The stark reality of life under coronavirus lockdown is dawning on investors

Professor Chandler was quoted in a Yahoo Finance article commenting on whether Americans are prepared for measures similar to those that China and other countries have taken to combat the Coronavirus.

Facebook v. Windy City: CAFC Strikes Down PTAB’s Approach to Joinder in IPRs

Professor Michaels was quoted in an IP Watchdog article discussing Facebook v. Windy City Innovations, wherein the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled yesterday that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board erred both in allowing Facebook to join itself to a proceeding in which it was already a party, and in allowing Facebook to add new claims to the inter partes reviews at issue through that joinder.

Coronavirus could hit immigrant detainees hard in places that are already ‘a petri dish’

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was quoted in an article reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer commenting on the impact of the coronavirus on detainees in immigration detention centers.

Texas A&M Part Of Team Selected To Monitor Historic Bail Reform Settlement

Per a Texas A&M Today article, Professor Thompson will serve as deputy monitor on a team selected to track Harris County’s historic bail reform agreement governing persons arrested on misdemeanor offenses.

The Greening of a City Built on Oil

Professor Hudson was quoted in a Bloomberg | Quint article on fighting climate change in Houston.

University of Houston law professor to help oversee historic Harris County bail deal

Chief U.S. District Judge Lee H. Rosenthal approved Professor Thompson as deputy monitor for the implementation of the Harris County's historic bail reform agreement that governs what happens to thousands of people arrested on low-level offenses settlement, according to a Houston Chronicle article.

Hackers Target Companies With Coronavirus Scams

Adjunct Professor Ryan McConnell was quoted in a Wall Street Journal article. He comments on criminals using concerns about the coronavirus epidemic to forge emails mentioning the outbreak that appear to be from business partners or public institutions in an effort to get users to open the messages, unleashing malware.

Travel to Europe amid coronavirus outbreak: Is it OK to go, or better to wait?

Professor Chandler was quoted in a USA Today article commenting on the potential impact of the coronavirus outbreak spreading in Europe.

As Feds Force-Feed Another Hunger Striker, Judge Raises Concern

Professor Morales was quoted in an article reported by Courthouse News Service. The article reports on an asylum seeker from Nepal, being held by federal immigration authorities in El Paso, Texas, and on a hunger strike while in ICE custody since November 2019. He was rushed to a local hospital after his breathing rate plummeted while he was having his blood drawn. Professor Morales comments on his case, which has become the latest in a string of similar hunger strikes across the country that have prompted concern, including from the courts, about whether ICE is properly handling such medically delicate situations.

Harassment Saga Sparks Calls For Swifter Probes Of Judges

Professor Knake was quoted in a Law360 article, commenting on the decision by the federal judiciary's top disciplinary body to close an investigation of harassment and other misconduct by Kansas federal judge U.S. District Judge Carlos Murguia, after he announced his resignation. The report released by the Judicial Conference's conduct committee detailed the long history of the misconduct inquiry, which lasted almost four years.

4th Circ. Nudges Climate Torts Toward High Court Review

Professor Michaels authored a Law360 article regarding possible limits on the Supreme Court’s 2005 agency deference decision in National Cable & Telecommunications Association v. Brand X Internet Services.

A Possible Limit On High Court 2005 Agency Deference Ruling

Professor Hester was quoted in a Law360 article regarding a recent Fourth Circuit decision allowing a climate-change tort litigation lawsuit to remain in federal court.

Al Otro Lado v. Wolf

Professor Olivas was among a group of immigration law professors who submitted an amici curiae brief in the case of Al Otro Lado v. Wolf, which is currently before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Conversations with the Inspiring Pegah Rahgozar

Voyage Houston published an interview with Pegah Rahgozar, an immigration attorney and UHLC alumna. In the interview, Rahgozar discusses her experience working at the UHLC Immigration Clinic, and cites Professor Geoffrey Hoffman as a mentor.

Pereida v. Barr

Professors Geoffrey Hoffman and Michael Olivas were among a group of immigration law professors who submitted an amici curiae brief in the U.S. Supreme Court case of Pereida v. Barr.

She was spotted smoking in ‘smoke-free’ rental housing. Now, she may be kicked out.

A Washington Post story quoted an article by Professors Fagundes and Roberts on smoking bans in public housing. The Reason website featured a summary of the Post article and also quoted Fagundes and Roberts.

Trump Budget Priorities: Pad Tax Cuts for Corporations And Stiff the Middle Class

Comments made to the New York Times by Professor Wells was included in a U.S. House Committee on the Budget report regarding a series of obscure regulations promulgated by the Treasury which have carved out exceptions to the to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 to the benefit of wealthy corporations and industries.

Ivy League law students snub firm that represents Exxon

Professor Flatt was quoted in a ClimateWire article. According to the article, dozens of law students from Yale and Harvard Universities say they won't work for one of the nation's top legal firms unless Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP drops its fossil fuel clients. Professor Flatt comments on the movement’s potential to grow and its impact.

Where Science Enters the Courtroom, the Daubert Name Looms Large

Professor Sanders was quoted in an Undark magazine article about the Daubert family and continued use of Daubert hearings in mass tort cases.

10 years after arrest, one of Houston's 'most dangerous' inmates heads to death penalty trial

Professor Kwok was quoted in a Houston Chronicle article regarding Lucky Ward, who after almost a decade in the Harris County Jail, is scheduled to finally sit before a jury this week for his death penalty trial.

Trial to begin over Arkema chemical plant fire during Harvey

Professor Kwok was quoted in a Washington Post article regarding the upcoming Arkema chemical plant trial. The company is being sued due to an explosion during Hurricane Harvey that sent noxious black smoke into the air.

Incumbents Ferguson, Mosallam mum on whether they will seek nomination for MSU Trustee

Professor Knake was discussed in a Lansing State Journal article regarding the 2020 Michigan State University trustee election.

Texas attorney general vows to ‘stop’ California travel ban after filing suit

Professor Berman was interviewed for a Fox News story regarding Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s decision to file suit asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn California’s travel ban, which prevents state-funded travel to other states that are deemed discriminatory against the LGBTQ community. Texas is among eleven states included in the travel ban.

Genetic Nondiscrimination Laws

Dean Baynes and Dr. Stephen Spann, founding dean of the UH College of Medicine, appeared on Houston Public Media’s Briefcase to discuss genetic nondiscrimination laws. Audio is available at: here.

We recommend the following candidates in Texas’ March 3 primaries [Editorial]

The Houston Chronicle endorsed adjunct faculty member Megan Daic for the 165th Harris County District Court and UHLC alumna Colleen Gaido for the 337th Harris County District Court.

Criminal Trial Set To Begin For Arkema Over Crosby Plant Fires During Harvey

Professor Hester appeared on Houston Public Media to discuss the criminal trial set to begin for Arkema over Crosby plant fires during Harvey. Audio is available here.

Health apps collecting sensitive data need more transparent terms of service, law experts argue

Professors Hawkins and Roberts were interviewed by STAT, where they argue that health apps collecting sensitive data need more transparent terms of service. The article was available through the STAT Plus premium subscription service.

Health apps can change their terms of service without users’ knowledge

The Verge published an interview with Professor Hawkins and Professor Roberts regarding health apps and their terms of service.

Sherman Antitrust Act: Apple Inc. v Pepper

Dean Baynes appeared on Houston Public Media’s Briefcase to discuss the Sherman Antitrust Act and the case of Apple Inc. v. Pepper. Audio is available here.

Why Is Courtroom Science So Unscientific?

Professor Thompson was quoted in a Gizmodo article discussing forensic evidence in criminal trials.

Shortlisted: Women in the Shadows of the Supreme Court

Professor Knake's book, Shortlisted: Women in the Shadows of the Supreme Court, was reviewed in the Library Journal.

'Ridiculous and Unhelpful': Legal Scholars React to Trump's SCOTUS Bashing

Professor Knake was quoted in an article published in the National Law Journal discussing legal scholars reactions to tweets by President Trump.

Coronavirus update: Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response; first case in CA with no travel link

Professor Chandler was quoted in a Yahoo! Finance article on the coronavirus response.

Ninth Circuit Court Blocks Trump "Remain in Mexico" Policy

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman appeared on KCBS Radio commenting on the Ninth Circuit’s decision to block President Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy, which has sent nearly 60,000 people to Mexico who were trying to seek asylum in the U.S. Audio is available at: here.

Law Center professor named adviser on immigration to Mexican consulate

The Cougar reported that Professor Geoffrey Hoffman has been named the attorney adviser on matters of immigration to the Mexican consulate in Houston.

Coronavirus Fraud: A GC’s Guide to Potential Schemes

Adjunct Professor Ryan McConnell co-authored a Corporate Counsel op-ed discussing potential coronavirus fraudulent schemes that in-house counsel should be prepared for.

Stocks have worst week in a decade on coronavirus fears

Professor Chandler was quoted in an article reported by The Hill commenting on the potential impact that panic about the coronavirus would have on the economy.

Post-Impeachment Analysis

Professor Chandler appeared on Houston Public Media’s Red, White & Blue to discuss the impeachment of President Trump. Video is available here..

'Divorce Month' is here — and it can be bad for business

UHLC alumnus Scott Downing was quoted in Houston Chronicle article regarding separation of property at divorce.

Don't Mess With Law Profs

TaxProf Blog noted that Saturday, January 18, was Darren Bush Day in Houston.

Briefcase: Trade Secrets

Dean Leonard Baynes and Professor Richard Dole appeared on Houston Public Media’s Briefcase to discuss the law of trade secrets. Audio is available here.

Law Campuses Updates

India Legal reported that Professor Emerita Weaver will teach a certificate course at the National Law University, Jodhpur, from February 14-16. The title of the course is “The Role of Transnational Codes of Conduct in the Energy Sector and Beyond: Do They Promote Socially Sustainable Globalization?”

Understanding Immigration: A Reading List

Professor Olivas’ book, Perchance to DREAM: A Legal and Political History of the DREAM Act and DACA, was featured by the NYU Press Blog’s From the Square.

Chamberlain Hrdlicka Announces New Leadership With Larry Campagna As Managing Shareholder

Adjunct Professor Larry Campagna has been named as managing shareholder by Chamberlain Hrdlicka’s Board of Directors according to a press release available from PR Newswire.

Why was the teen arrested in Bellaire High shooting charged with manslaughter?

Professor Thompson was quoted in a Houston Chronicle article on the Bellaire High School shooting and the resulting manslaughter charge.

Wednesday’s Show: Refugee Decision, And Tax Credits For Renewable Energy (Jan. 15, 2020)

Professor Flatt appeared on Houston Matters to discuss the recent extension of tax credits for biodiesel and wind energy. Audio is available at: https://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/shows/houston-matters/2020/01/15/357313/wednesdays-show-refugee-decision-and-tax-credits-for-renewable-energy-jan-15-2020/ (Professor Flatt’s segment begins at 36:30).

UH hopes to offer dual M.D./J.D. program with new College of Medicine

The Daily Cougar reported on the Law Center’s plan to offer a joint MD/JD program with the new medical school. Assistant Dean for Admissions Pilar Mensah was quoted extensively in the article.

University Libraries announces spring lecture lineup

The University of New Mexico Libraries’ Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections (CSWR) announced that Professor Olivas will deliver a lecture entitled “Undocumented Lawyers in New Mexico and the United States: DACA and Occupational Licensing” on January 29 as part of the CSWR’s People and Places lecture series.

Why Would Anyone Aid and Abet a Predator?

Professor Kaufman was quoted in a Psychology Today article regarding sexual predators and those who enable them.

Buyers should beware of organic labels on nonfood products

Professor Morath authored an article on The Conversation website regarding why buyers should be cautious about organic labels on nonfood products. The article was reprinted on the Snopes website.

Houston Methodist, major insurance company strike out on deal

Professor Chandler’s earlier comments to ABC13 were quoted in an article regarding the failed negotiations between Houston Methodist and UnitedHealthcare. The article appeared on the ABC13 website.

Under Trump's tax bill, employees pay higher rates than biggest corporations in the world: Study

Comments made to the New York Times by Professor Wells were quoted in a Salon.com article, regarding a series of obscure regulations promulgated by the Treasury which have carved out exceptions to the to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 to the benefit of wealthy corporations and industries. Professor Wells’ comments were also quoted in an article on the Fiscal Times website.

Chandigarh University Tries to Draw World's Attention Towards Serious Environment Issues Through Global Law Conference

Professor Hester was mentioned in a press release from Chandigarh University (Gharuan, Mohali district, Punjab, India) highlighting its Global Law Conference covering environmental issues.

Here's where criminal cases against former MSU employees with ties to Nassar stand

Professor Knake was mentioned in a Lansing State Journal article discussing Michigan State University's handling of the Nassar case.

Attorney general clarifies MSU investigation

Professor Knake’s appointment to the Michigan State University Board of Trustees was mentioned in an article available on StateNews.com discussing the Michigan attorney general’s investigation of Michigan State University’s handling of the Nassar Case.

Longtime University of Houston professor and pianist Abbey Simon dies at 99

Professor Olivas was quoted in a Houston Chronicle article discussing longtime University of Houston professor and pianist Abbey Simon, who recently passed away at his home in Geneva.

Undocumented Lawyers in New Mexico and the United States: DACA and Occupational Licensing

Professor Olivas will speak on “Undocumented Lawyers in New Mexico and the United States: DACA and Occupational Licensing,” on Wednesday, January 29, 2020
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM (MT), at the University of New Mexico, Zimmerman Library Frank Waters Room 105, according to a press release available from the University of New Mexico and available on PressReleasePoint.com.

How Big Companies Won New Tax Breaks From the Trump Administration

Professor Wells was quoted in a New York Times article regarding a series of obscure regulations promulgated by the Treasury, which have carved out exceptions to the to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, that mean many leading American and foreign companies will owe little or nothing in new taxes on offshore profits, according to a review of the Treasury’s rules, government lobbying records, and interviews with federal policymakers and tax experts. This article appeared on multiple news sites including the the Chicago Tribune. Professor Wells comments were included in articles by Law & Crime and LawZ and was selected as the New York Times “quotation of the day.”

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