UHLC in the News

What's Really Happening When Asylum-Seeking Families Are Separated?

Adjunct Professor Anne Chandler, Executive Director of the Houston office of the nonprofit Tahirih Justice Center, was interviewed by Texas Monthly discussing what she is hearing with respect to the increasing number of migrant parents who are separated from their children at U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing centers. The full text of the interview is available on Texas Monthly's website. A BBC News article included a quote from Professor Chandler's interview.

Jeff Sessions accused of political bias in hiring immigration judges

The Guardian quoted Professor Geoffrey Hoffman discussing the current need for immigration attorneys.

How a Legal Brawl Between Two Rich Guys Could Change How We Think About DNA

Professor Roberts was quoted in a Gizmodo article regarding Peerenboom v. Perlmutter, a Florida case involving ownership and privacy of genetic data.   

Getting Asylum Just Got Harder For Houston's Immigrants

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was interviewed for a Houston Public Media piece regarding the recent action of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who overruled a recent Board of Immigration Appeals decision. As a result of the action, applicants will face a much more narrow path to proving their cases for asylum.

Overview of Immigration Litigation in Federal Court

The Children's Immigration Law Academy has announced that Professor Geoffrey Hoffman will be co-presenting a CLE webinar, Overview of Immigration Litigation in Federal Court.

Amicus Brief Filed in W-Y-C- & H-O-B- Appeal

The Opinion/Analysis on Immigration Law blog acknowledged the counsel for the respondents in the recently decided case in Matter of W-Y-C- & H-O-B-, one of whom was Professor Geoffrey Hoffman. 

DACAmented Law Students and Lawyers in the Trump Era

The Center for American Progress cited Professor Olivas' article in the Valparaiso University Law Review, Within You Without You: Undocumented Lawyers, DACA, and Occupational Licensing.

How to be a prolific reader when you have no time to read

The Maryland Daily Record cited Professor Roberts' guest interview on Episode 110 of the This Week in Health Law podcast.

Supreme Court serve up wedding cake victory for baker

Professor Linzer was quoted in an article published in the Cleburne Times Review, commenting on the recent Supreme Court decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop vs. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.

Houston Matters: Full Show: Forecasting Hurricane Season, And James Clapper (June 4, 2018)

Professor Chandler appeared on Houston Matters yesterday regarding the controversy surrounding Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas' new policy to implement a stricter review process for claims, which was delayed because of backlash from physicians, and how freestanding emergency rooms have brought about this new policy. (Professor Chandler begins at 16:10).

Who Are The Tax Professors?

TaxProf Blog posted a photograph of eleven professors who attended the 4th Annual Texas Tax Faculty Workshop at Texas Tech on June 1. Professors Wells and Wright were among those pictured.

Privacy and consumer genetic testing don't always mix

Professor Roberts was quoted in a Science News article regarding privacy issues associated with consumer genetic testing.

Houston Matters: Former Texans Cheerleaders File Lawsuit, And Creating A Less Aggressive World (June 1, 2018)

Adjunct Professor Ryan McConnell appeared on Houston Matters, commenting on the potential fallout of a lawsuit filed by former Houston Texans cheerleaders on the NFL and the team (Professor McConnell begins at 1:42).

Briefcase: Houston Calgary Connection

Dean Baynes interviewed Ian Holloway, Dean of Law at the University of Calgary, for a segment on Houston Public Media’s Briefcase regarding the Houston Calgary connection.

Former Texas inmate's story proves to be a page turner

Professor Dow was quoted in an article available on HoustonChronicle.com, commenting on the book, Racehoss: Big Emma's Boy, published in 1984 and reissued this week. It was authored by Albert Race Sample, who was the first ex-convict to serve as probation officer in Texas. Professor Dow authored the forward to the recent edition.

Trump Administration Allows Companies To Kill More Birds

Professor Hester was interviewed by KUT news regarding the Department Interior's memorandum that interprets the Migratory Bird Act of 1918 stating that companies don't need to worry about accidentally killing birds. Audio is available at: http://kut.org/post/trump-administration-allows-companies-kill-more-birds.

Big Oil, Calif. Cities Set To Clash Over Climate Change

Professor Hester was quoted in a Law360 article regarding a U.S. District court hearing this Thursday, over the future of lawsuits filed by Oakland and San Francisco seeking to hold oil giants liable for climate change-related infrastructure damage. The cities claim that BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Exxon and Royal Dutch Shell promoted fossil fuel use even though they knew climate change could harm coastal cities, meaning they should be on the hook for infrastructure costs.

WATCH: How The U.S. Supreme Court Affects Texas

Professor Rave was among a panel of experts interviewed on KUHT-TV 8's Red, White and Blue show discussing the upcoming major cases being ruled on by the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court and how these rulings will have an effect on the nation and Texas.

What Will Maduro’s Re-election Mean for Venezuela?

Professor Julian de Cárdenas García was quoted in an article on the Knowledge@Wharton website, run by The Wharton School. Professor Cardenas discusses what's ahead for Venezuela following the re-election of Nicolas Maduro. He also discussed Venezuela’s future on the accompanying Knowledge@Wharton podcast. Audio is available here.

Informants, infiltration and spying: Some definitions in the FBI investigation of team Trump

Professor Berman was quoted in a Politifact article regarding the FBI investigation of Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential campaign. She comments on the distinction between using informants and infiltration and spying.

Ted Mermin on the Berkeley Center for Consumer Law and Economic Justice

Professor Emeritus Alderman was mentioned in a Corporate Crime Reporter article regarding the new Berkeley Center for Consumer Law and Economic Justice. The Center’s Director, Ted Mermin, credits Alderman’s innovative consumer law programs at the Law Center as inspiration for the Berkeley clinic.

Let’s Get Medieval About Presidential Fitness

Professor Roberts was quoted in an OZY article regarding the prohibition against conditioning employment on medical exams.

Q&A: Amaury Nora, UTSA College of Education and Human Development

Professor Olivas was cited as a mentor by Professor Amaury Nora of the University of Texas at San Antonio in an interview on the UTSA website.

Verify: Can the Santa Fe shooter’s father be charged?

Professor Kwok was quoted in a KHOU 11 News article regarding the potential criminal liability of the Santa Fe High School shooter's father.

DIY or Pay: Landscaping tricks for a beautiful yard

Professor Simpson was interviewed by KPRC regarding landscaping tricks for a beautiful yard. Video is available here.

A Houston DNA company helped catch the Golden State Killer. What does it mean for your privacy?

Professor Roberts authored an op-ed on the Houston Chronicle website regarding the recent arrest of the Golden State Killer and privacy concerns with home DNA testing kits.

Open Letter from Jewish Law Professors Protesting the Treatment of Professor Katherine Franke

PrawfsBlawg reports that Professor Dow was among the law professors who wrote an open letter protesting the treatment of Professor Katherine Franke, who was detained and denied entry by Israeli authorities earlier this month.

Briefcase: Constitutional Conventions

Dean Baynes interviewed Professor Knake for a segment on Houston Public Media’s Briefcase regarding why some states are calling for a constitutional convention.

Supreme Court Ruling Is A Big Win For Sports Gamblers — Unless You’re In Texas

Professor McElvaney additionally appeared on Houston Public Media’s Houston Matters to discuss the sports gambling ruling by the Supreme Court. Audio of the interview is available here.

Supreme Court rules states can decide to legalize sports gambling

Professor McElvaney appeared on a Fox26 segment, discussing the ruling by the Supreme Court that will allow states to make laws legalizing sports gambling. The segment can be viewed here.

The Supreme Court has opened the way for states to legalize betting on athletics, a defeat for the National Collegiate Athletic Association and professional leagues

Professor Olivas was quoted in an Inside Higher Ed article regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Murphy v. NCAA, which struck down a law forbidding sports gambling in most states.

Defense lawyers in ‘honor killings’ case decry alleged incentives to pursue death penalty

Professor Dow was quoted in a Houston Chronicle article regarding the extra money paid to pro tem prosecutors who seek the death penalty in murder cases.

Dallas Community Groups Bail Six Moms Out of Jail in Time for Mother's Day

Professor Thompson was quoted in a Dallas Observer article regarding a recent ACLU lawsuit challenging the Dallas County bail system.

Briefcase: Self-Driving Car Liability

Dean Baynes interviewed Professor Kwok for a segment on Houston Public Media’s Briefcase regarding Self-Driving Car Liability. Audio is available here.

Man turns to ABC13 for help with homeowners association

ABC 13 interviewed Center for Consumer Law Staff Attorney Ryan Marquez regarding HOA disputes. Video is available here.

Why Most States Are Struggling To Regulate Airbnb

The Huffington Post republished an article in which Professor Zale was quoted regarding regulation of the short-term rental industry. The article originally appeared on the Pew Charitable Trusts website.

Harvard Law School's "Bill of Health" blog on Friday, May 4, 2018: Jessica Roberts on 'The Week in Health Law' Podcast

Professor Roberts was interviewed for "The Week in Health Law" podcast, regarding her book, Healthism: Health-Status Discrimination & the Law (co-authored with Elizabeth Weeks Leonard). She also discussed health discrimination before, during, and after the ACA, and the nudging at the center of healthcare's version of behavioral economics. Audio is available here.

Why Most States Are Struggling to Regulate Airbnb

Professor Zale was quoted in an article on the PEW Charitable Trusts Blog regarding state and local regulation of the short-term rental industry.   

Should Members Of Migrant Caravan Seek Asylum In Mexico?

Professor Alfonso Lopez de la Osa Escribano was interviewed by Houston Public Media regarding a caravan of asylum seekers from Central America that has been making its way through Mexico to the United States.

University of Houston Pre-Law Pipeline Program Remains Strong

Dean Baynes and Pre-Law Pipeline Program Manager Kristen Guiseppi were quoted in an article on the JD Journal website regarding the UHLC Pre-Law Pipeline Program.

The Idea That We Will Science Our Way Out of Climate Change is Dangerous, Say Scientists

A Geek.com article discussing the problems with experimental geoengineering solutions to climate change referenced Professor Hester’s forthcoming book with Professor Michael Gerrard, Climate Engineering and the Law: Regulation and Liability for Solar Radiation Management and Carbon Dioxide Removal.

A Collision On Patriot Way: Tommy Ketterhagen, And The Search For Justice

Professor Thompson was quoted in an article appearing on the FloBikes website, regarding the release of a man convicted of manslaughter after a hit and run accident that caused the death of a young cyclist.

Texas Environmental Regulation Committee Examines Cleanup Efforts After Harvey

Professor Hester appeared on Houston Matters regarding yesterday’s Texas Environmental Regulation Committee meeting where they examined the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s role in recovery after Hurricane Harvey. Professor Hester discusses whether Harvey could shape environmental regulations going forward.

What the U.S. Supreme Court decision means for the deportation of criminal immigrants

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was cited as a source in a PolitiFact article on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Sessions v. Dimaya, which held that part of the Immigration and Nationality Act’s definition of “crime of violence” was unconstitutionally vague.

FDA's Regulation of CDS Software: Will Physicians Have to Understand the Underlying Algorithms?

An article available on Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS)'s website quoted from Professor Evans' article, The Challenge of Regulating Clinical Decision Support Software after 21st Century Cures, 44 Am. J.L. & Med. 388 (2018) (co-authored with Pilar Ossorio), https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3142822.

The future of health care depends on reducing cost and raising quality
New health policy course dissected health care problems, proposed solutions

Visiting Professor Michael Ewer was quoted in an article available on the TMC News website. He was among Texas Medical Center experts who discussed the future of health care during a culminating session of the 2018 TMC Health Policy Course, a first-of-its-kind collaboration between medical center-affiliated academic institutions.

Shell joins Exxon in the climate change spotlight

Professor Flatt was quoted in a Houston Chronicle article commenting on the report that Royal Dutch Shell recognized that burning fossil fuels was raising global temperatures as early as the 1980s, but continued to produce and sell oil, gas and petroleum products, according to documents obtained and released by a European news site.

Does The Clean Water Act Need More Teeth?

Professor Flatt was interviewed for a news story that aired on Houston Matters commenting on a report from Environment Texas, called Troubled Waters, which examined data from the Texas Commission for Environmental Quality.

Exploring the 21st Century Cures Act

Boston University Law School discussed Professor Evans' work on machine-learning algorithms in an article about its recent law symposium on the 21st Century Cures Act.

BRIEF OF IMMIGRATION LAW SCHOLARS AS AMICI CURIAE IN SUPPORT OF APPELLEES

Professor Olivas is among a group of immigration law scholars filing an amicus curiae brief with the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in support of the appellees in Batalla Vidal v. Trump.

Law and Policy for Colleges and Universities (LPCU)

Professor Olivas will be a Keynote speaker at the Law and Policy for Colleges and Universities (LPCU) Center for Education, Identity and Social Justice’s one day conference to be held on October 26, 2018 at the University of Southern California. The conference is for higher education administrators, leaders and scholars from across the nation to address law and policy issues related to social justice and intersectionality that inform and impact educational institutions.

CNN Dinero 9 04 China ¿Próximo Accionista Mayoritario ó Dueño de PDVSA? Esto ES TRAICION a la Patria

Professor Cárdenas García appeared on CNN en Español to discuss the Venezuelan oil industry’s growing dependence on Chinese oil loans and upstream investments.

IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT

Case No. 3:18-cv-00135-AJB-AGS

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was among a group of legal scholars who filed an amicus curiae brief with the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in support of the petitioner in Vijayakumar Thuraissigiam v. U.S. Department Of Homeland Security.

Regulating fast-moving consumer genetic testing industry is no small challenge

Professor Evans was quoted in an article published on the Genetic Literacy Project’s website. Professor Evans comments on privacy concerns related to direct-to-consumer genetic testing and the collection of personal health data.

Troubled water: Pollution flows into Texas counties

Professor Flatt was quoted in an article reported by the Athens Review (Athens, Texas), commenting on “Troubled Waters: Industrial Pollution Still Threatens America’s Waterways,” a recent report by the Environment Texas Research & Policy Center, and the Frontier Group.

What Are The Potential Implications Of Post-Harvey Lawsuits?

Professor Hudson was interviewed by Houston Public Media for a news segment discussing the potential outcomes and ramifications of lawsuits filed by homeowners in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

Houston Company Seeks To Breathe Life Into Massive Wind Power Project

Professor Hester appeared on Houston Matters to discuss a case involving a massive wind power project in the Midwest and how it might impact Houston-based energy projects.

People's Law School: UH offering free legal advice this weekend

Ryan Marquez, Staff Attorney for the Center for Consumer Law and Texas Consumer Complaint Center, was interviewed by KTRK (ABC 13, Houston) for a news story discussing the People’s Law School.

How Much Information Should The Public Have Access To After Chemical Plant Incidents?

Professor Flatt appeared on Houston Matters to discuss the recent incident at the Chevron Phillips facility in Baytown and why it is so hard to get information about such occurrences.

It ‘would stab a knife’ into CFPB: Critics react to Mulvaney proposal

Professor Hawkins was quoted in an American Banker article regarding Mick Mulvaney’s proposal to make all rules of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau subject to congressional approval.

Uptown’s ‘Boulevard Project’, And The Universe Of Houston Anime Lovers

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman appeared on Houston Matters to discuss a recent Fifth Circuit ruling that upheld most of SB 4, Texas’ so-called sanctuary cities law. (Professor Hoffman’s segment begins at 1:00).

GUS AUGUST SCHILL

Former UHLC adjunct professor Gus August Schill has passed away. Mr. Schill was awarded the Honorary Alumnus Award from the University of Houston and the A.A. White Outstanding Professors Award in 2000. His obituary appeared in the Houston Chronicle.

Frustrated Gulf Coast homeowners call for end to TWIA

Professor Chandler was quoted in a Victoria Advocate article regarding funding problems at the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association.

Wells: Get With The BEAT

Professor Wells was quoted in a Politico article commenting on the new base erosion and anti-abuse tax (BEAT), which was created by the recently enacted Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Tax Reform Basics and Practical Application

Professor Wright will be teaching a CLE on the practical implications of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act with attorney Todd Schroeder. The CLE will be held at the Law Center on Tuesday, March 27.

Briefcase: Trailblazer Judge Ruby Kless Sondock

In a segment on Houston Public Media’s Briefcase, Dean Baynes discussed the accomplishments of UHLC alumna Judge Ruby Kless Sondock.

The Ethics of Legal Analytics

Professor Knake was quoted in a Law.com article commenting on the ethical concerns related to attorneys’ use of analytics.

Was Austin bomber a terrorist? It depends on who you ask

A Houston Chronicle article that discussed whether Mark Anthony Conditt, the 23-year-old suspect in the Austin package bombings, was a terrorist included comments from Professor Emeritus Paust regarding the definition of terrorism.

Texas buys more time to avoid obeying judge’s foster care ruling — though things are murky

The Dallas Morning News quoted Professor Lonny Hoffman discussing the status of a class action lawsuit on foster care.

We need laws on geoengineering, ASAP

An article published on the Phys.org website mentioned that Professor Hester is a co-editor of the book Climate Engineering and the Law.

5 Mistakes Millennial Attys Should Avoid On Social Media

Professor Knake was quoted in a Law360 article on millennial attorneys’ use of social media.

BRIEF OF IMMIGRATION LAW SCHOLARS AS AMICI CURIAE IN SUPPORT OF APPELLEES THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, JANET NAPOLITANO, AND THE CITY OF SAN JOSE

Professor Olivas was among a group of immigration law scholars who submitted an amici curiae brief in the case of Regents of the University of California v. Department of Homeland Security.

End Legal Monopoly With Antitrust Review, Law Prof Says

Law360 reported on Professor Knake’s forthcoming article regarding regulation of the legal profession in the United States. The article will be published in the Washington Law Review.

‘Solow v. W.R. Grace & Co.’ and the Rebuttable Presumption Test

Research Associate Carlos Cuevas wrote an article that appeared in the New York Law Journal discussing under what circumstances should an attorney be disqualified from representing another party that is adverse to a present or former client of a former law firm for which the attorney was affiliated.

Prosecution strategy backfires in case of trans woman’s death

Professor Thompson was quoted in a San Antonio Express-News article regarding a judge’s findings that the actions of a man indicted on a manslaughter charge in the drowning death of a transgender woman did not amount to criminal conduct.

Matter of A-B-, 27 I&N Dec. 227 (A.G. 2018)

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman signed onto a letter by Human Rights First to the U.S. Attorney General regarding Matter of A-B-, 27 I&N Dec. 227 (A.G. 2018).

Three Texas Schools Among Top 50 Go-To Law Schools

Texas Lawyer reported that the Law Center was one of three Texas law schools on Law.com’s list of the Top 50 Go-To Law Schools. Dean Baynes was quoted in the article.

Texas Standard For March 9, 2018

Professor Knake appeared on the Texas Standard to discuss judicial ethics in the context of a Texas judge’s use of an electric shock belt on a defendant. (Professor Knake’s segment begins at 7:10).

Governor Abbott Appoints Brown Presiding Judge Of The Eleventh Administrative Judicial Region

Adjunct Professor Judge Susan Brown was appointed by Governor Greg Abbott as presiding judge of the Eleventh Administrative Judicial Region according to a press release.

Symposium suggests ways to make environmental regulations more palatable

The Vanderbilt University News reports that Professor Hudson will present a paper at Vanderbilt University Law School’s upcoming environmental law symposium.

Bikers help primary opponent defeat Texas prosecutor in Waco

The Houston Chronicle quoted Professor Thompson discussing the political consequences of a Waco prosecutor’s 2015 indictment of 150 bikers.

Briefcase: Fighting Government Corruption

Dean Baynes interviewed Professor Kwok for a segment on Houston Public Media’s Briefcase regarding who investigates public officials accused of breaking the law.

UH Law Center's Rosenberg Lecture will focus on nation's evolving immigration policy

A press release on the PR Newswire website discusses the annual Yale L. Rosenberg Memorial Lecture, which will be held at the UHLC tomorrow and will explore the future of the nation's immigration policy. Dean Baynes will moderate the panel discussion and Professor Geoffrey Hoffman will provide commentary. Professor Oren is also quoted in the press release regarding the lecture.

UPDATE: Activists Rally In Houston Asking Congress To Pass A Clean Dream Act

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was interviewed by Houston Public Media for a piece about the continuing uncertainty for DACA program participants and applicants.

Republicans Are Trying to Get 127 Democrats Thrown Off the Ballot in One of Texas’ Biggest Counties

Professor Rave was quoted in a Mother Jones article regarding a lawsuit filed by Dallas County Republicans, who allege that the Dallas County Democratic Party chair properly authorized only a fraction of the party’s 150 primary candidates, and 127 of the candidates should be removed from the ballot.

SCOTUS: Damages for Foreign Lost Profits Stemming from US Infringement

An amicus brief for the Houston Intellectual Property Law Association, co-authored by Professor Kumar, was discussed in an article on the PatentlyO blog. The brief was submitted in the U.S. Supreme Court case WesternGeco v. ION Geophysical. The PatentlyO article also noted Professor Kumar’s new article, “Patent Damages Without Borders” ( 25 Tex. Intell. Prop. L. J. 73 (2017)).

Novel Ruling Redraws Battle Lines Of Climate Change Suits

Professor Hester was quoted in a Law 360 article regarding the impact of a recent U.S. District Court ruling that the alleged global warming liability of Exxon, BP and other fossil fuel producers is a question of federal law.

High Court Tackles Constitutional Avoidance Doctrine

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman authored a Law 360 Op-ed analyzing the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Jennings v. Rodriguez, which clarified the “constitutional avoidance doctrine.”

Opinion makes confidentiality exception for 'generally known' info

Professor Knake was quoted in an ABA Journal article discussing ABA Model Rule 1.9(c)(1), that stipulates that a lawyer cannot use information related to the representation of a former client to disadvantage that client without their informed consent, unless the information has become “generally known.”

Can Ex-Convicts Run For Office In Texas?

Professor Rave was interviewed by Houston Public Media regarding whether ex-convicts can run for public office in Texas.

DA: Former prosecutor withheld key email in death row case

Professor Thompson was quoted in a Houston Chronicle article commenting on the news that a former Harris County prosecutor withheld a key email that helped establish a clear alibi for Alfred Dewayne Brown in the high-profile murder case that eventually sent him to death row.

FEDERAL REGISTER: Notice of Public Meeting of the Texas Advisory Committee

Professor Rave was mentioned in a Federal Register notice reported by Plus Media Solutions and available from Lexis Advance. According to the notice, Professor Rave is scheduled to speak at a meeting of the Texas Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, which will be held at 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at the University of Houston Law Center’s Krost Hall.

Briefcase: Religious Environmentalism

Dean Baynes interviewed Professor Hester for a segment on Houston Public Media’s Briefcase regarding religious environmentalism.

How to Dispute Credit Report Errors & Improve Your Credit

WalletHub interviewed Professor Hawkins on disputing credit reports for inclusion in a collection of expert interviews on that topic.

U.S. Ban on Key Oil Material Could Choke Venezuelan Production

Research Professor Julian Cardenas was quoted in a Bloomberg Quint article stating that banning oil from Venezuela would impact both US refiners and Venezuelan oil production.

Eliezer Ereli

Former UHLC professor Eliezer Ereli has passed away. His obituary appears in the Houston Chronicle.

Judges issued no-cash policy

Professor Thompson was quoted in a Houston Chronicle article regarding a long-standing practice of most Harris County felony court judges to direct magistrates to deny no-cash bail to all newly arrested defendants.

Kicking our carbon dioxide habit requires carrot, stick -- and some justice

Professor Flatt was quoted in an article available on HoustonChronicle.com. He discusses the preference of the Republican party and oil companies to use a carbon tax over the using cap-and-trade system, where the government sets a limit on carbon dioxide emissions and then auctions off permission to pollute, to fight climate change.

Appeals Court Ruling Challenges the Way Texas Counties Set Bail

Professor Thompson was quoted in an article available on the Dallas Observer’s website regarding a recent ACLU lawsuit challenging the Dallas County bail system.

From NJ To Texas: How The Courts Fared At The Fed. Circ.

Law360 quoted Professor Janicke from a Patently-O blog post discussing the patent docket in the Eastern District of Texas.

Carbon-Related Tax Unlikely Under Int'l Rules, Prof Says

Law360 quoted Professor Wells discussing political influences on carbon-related taxes.

Briefcase: Mediation

Dean Baynes interviewed Professor Lawrence for a segment on Houston Public Media’s Briefcase regarding mediation and why parties should use this process, rather than go to trial.

Houston Hosts Conference On Federal Pricing Of Carbon: Tax v. Cap and Trade

A post on the TaxProf Blog reports that Professor Flatt and Professor Wells will be speaking at the “Federal Pricing of Carbon: Tax v. Cap and Trade” conference, which takes place today and tomorrow in Houston. The UHLC Environment, Energy & Natural Resources Center is one of the co-hosts of the conference.

Climate change legal battles set for 2018

Professor Hester was quoted in an Associated Press article regarding lawsuits against energy and industrial companies with plaintiffs seeking damages for the companies’ actions that have contributed to climate change.

Court upholds bail suit ruling
Judge affirms county discriminates against indigent defendants

A Houston Chronicle article reported that the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld last year’s U.S. District Court decision that Harris County’s cash bail system is fundamentally unfair to poor defendants charged with low-level crimes. Professor Thompson is quoted in the article commenting on the impact of the case.

Briefcase: Criminal Law – Proving Guilt

Dean Baynes interviewed Professor Crump for a segment on Houston Public Media’s Briefcase regarding the burden of proof in criminal prosecutions.

Flood Insurance Program Unsustainable With Underfunding

Professor Chandler’s comments to Houston Public Media regarding the National Flood Insurance Program were quoted in a Red River Radio piece.

After Lawsuit, Dallas County Faces Down Its Cash Bail Problem

Professor Thompson was quoted in a Dallas Observer article regarding a recent ACLU lawsuit challenging the Dallas County bail system.

Budget Deal Extends Flood Insurance Program – Again

Professor Chandler was interviewed for a news story that aired on Houston Public Media regarding the sustainability of the flood insurance program, which was extended by the continuing resolution recently passed by Congress.

Mystery shrouds civil rights-era murder of New Mexico jailer

Professor Olivas was quoted in an Albuquerque Journal article regarding the unsolved 1968 murder of his cousin, Eulogio Salazar.

New Tax Law Haunts Companies That Did 'Inversion' Deals

Professor Wells was quoted in a Wall Street Journal article regarding the effects of new U.S. tax laws on “inverted” companies that inked mergers overseas.

Michael J. Mazzone Elected to American Board of Trial Advocates

A press release announced that former UHLC Adjunct Professor Michael J. Mazzone has been elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates and the Houston Chapter of ABOTA.

Texas prosecutor dismisses 13 cases tied to biker shooting

Professor Thompson was quoted in an Associated Press article regarding the dismissal of 13 cases stemming from a 2015 shootout in Waco involving bikers and police.

Democrat from The Woodlands kicks off campaign for House District 15 seat

The Houston Chronicle reported that UHLC Adjunct Professor Lorena Perez McGill kicked off her campaign as Democratic candidate for the District 15 seat in the Texas House of Representatives.

UH to Host National Meeting on Hispanics in STEM

Professor Olivas will be the keynote speaker at “Transitions to Success in STEM Fields at Hispanic-Serving Institutions: A National Conference,” which will be held at UH on February 14-16.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor underscores need for expanded ethics instruction during visit to UH Law Center

The Texas Bar Blog reprinted an article from the UHLC website about U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor's visit to the Law Center. Dean Baynes is quoted and Professor Olivas is mentioned in the article.

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
Case No.: 1:18-cv-000236 (KBF)

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was among a group of legal scholars who submitted an amici curiae brief in support of a petition for a writ of habeas corpus in the case of Ragbir v. Sessions.    

Raymond T. Nimmer

An obituary for Dean Emeritus and Professor Nimmer appeared in the Sunday issue of the Houston Chronicle. A brief obituary was previously published in the Houston Chronicle on January 30. 

End Of Alimony Deduction Hits Connecticut Couples

Professor Oldham's recent survey of family law attorneys throughout the country was discussed in a Hartford Courant article regarding how the repeal of the alimony deduction will affect Connecticut couples. 

Lecture: "The Cutting Edge of Copyright: The Developing Law of the Classroom"

Professor Olivas will deliver the Faculty Professional Development Lecture at Galveston College on Friday, February 9. The lecture is entitled "The Cutting Edge of Copyright: The Developing Law of the Classroom."  

Project by LSAC, law schools association aims to boost understanding--and appeal--of law profession

ABA Journal quoted Associate Dean Sondra Tennessee discussing the Law School Admission Council and the Association of American Law Schools collaborating to promote legal education.

Ruling Expected In Dispute Between Montrose Management District And Property Owners

Professor Zale appeared on Houston Public Media’s Houston Matters Program commenting on the legal dispute between the Montrose Management District and some commercial property owners.

Texas culture, UH history: Here's what's on Renu Khator's bookshelf

The Houston Chronicle identified notable books on UH President Renu Khator’s bookshelf, one of which is No Undocumented Child Left Behind by Professor Olivas.

Political apparel tests free expression limits

The Cleburne Times-Review quoted Professor Rave comparing Texas and Minnesota election codes.

Ewell E. ("Pat") Murphy, Jr.

Former UHLC adjunct professor Ewell E. "Pat" Murphy, Jr., has passed away. Mr. Murphy was a recipient of the UHLC Honorary Alumnus Award. His obituary appeared in the Houston Chronicle.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor brings cases alive in UH visit

An article from The Cougar reported on U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s visit to the Law Center. Dean Baynes and Professor Olivas were quoted in the article. UHLC alumnus Blaine Larson and UHLC students Leah Badri, Bryce Romero, and Neil Young were also mentioned in the article.

Briefcase: Generosity of Property & Happiness

Dean Baynes interviewed Professor Fagundes for a segment on Houston Public Media’s Briefcase regarding the intersection of property law and happiness, and the generosity of Houstonians in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

An Advocate for Student Success Along the Law Pipeline

Pre-Law Pipeline Program Manager Kristen Guiseppi was profiled in an article on the Diverse Issues in Higher Education website.

Contiguous Territories: the Expanded Use of Expedited Removal in the Trump Era by Geoffrey A. Hoffman

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman’s new article, “Contiguous Territories: the Expanded Use of Expedited Removal in the Trump Era,” was featured as the Immigration Article of the Day on ImmigrationProf Blog.

RAYMOND T. NIMMER

A brief obituary for Dean Emeritus and Professor Nimmer appeared in the Houston Chronicle; the full remembrance will be published Sunday.

UPDATE: Justice Sotomayor Talks About Achieving Meaningful Changes, Personal Challenges At UH

An article available on Houston Public Media’s website reported on U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s visit to the Law Center. Dean Baynes and law student Carl Stewart were mentioned in the article.

Sotomayor’s visit to UH ‘like seeing a rock star’
Supreme Court justice answers questions, tells law students to get involved in issues

A Houston Chronicle article reported on U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s visit to the Law Center. Dean Baynes was quoted and Professor Olivas and law student Christian Beeler were mentioned in the article.

Raymond Nimmer, Former University of Houston Law Center Dean, Dies

The Texas Lawyer published a tribute to Dean Emeritus and Professor Nimmer. Comments from Dean Baynes, Professor Emeritus Alderman, and Professors Evans and Thompson were included in the article.

Innocent on death row: The day I got the call that set me free

A Salon article mentioned Professor Dow and his work with the Texas Innocence Network. The article was excerpted from a book by Anthony Greaves, Infinite Hope: How Wrongful Conviction, Solitary Confinement, and 12 Years on Death Row Failed to Kill My Soul.

Ethics Training For Attys Should Aim Higher, Sotomayor Says

A Law360 article reported on U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s visit to the Law Center. Professor Olivas and law student Bryce Romero were mentioned in the article.

Briefcase: Net Neutrality

Dean Baynes appeared on Houston Public Media’s Briefcase to discuss Net Neutrality.

Sysco says 3 top tuna brands fixed their prices

Professor Bush was quoted in a Houston Chronicle article. He commented on Sysco’s lawsuit against the owners of Bumble Bee, StarKist and Chicken of the Sea for allegedly coming up with a price-fixing scheme to boost prices despite a drop in demand for tuna sold in cans and pouches. The three brands supply 80 percent of the nation’s processed tuna, according to Sysco.

Former law dean recalled fondly
Ex-UH professor ‘was a great teacher’ over several decades

The Houston Chronicle published a tribute to Professor Nimmer. Professors Evans and Thompson, Dean Vetter, and UHLC alumnus Tom Kirkendall were quoted in the article.

There’s A Line Between Justice And Vengeance. Larry Nassar’s Judge Crossed It.

Professor Emeritus Schuwerk was quoted in a Huffington Post article. He commented on the remarks of Rosemarie Aquilina, the judge who presided over the sentencing hearing of former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar this month.

Hague Convention Victory for UH Law Center Immigration Clinic: Peralta v. Garay

LexisNexis Legal Newsroom quoted Professor Geoffrey Hoffman discussing the case Peralta v. Garay and the UHLC Immigration Clinic’s role in obtaining a dismissal of the case. Professor Janet Heppard, Clinical Supervising Attorneys Diane McManus, Josephine Sorgwe and Rosemary Vega, and UHLC students Dalya Alabbassi and Saif Ali were all mentioned in the article.

Briefcase: Closely Held Companies

Dean Baynes interviewed Professor Ragazzo for a segment on Houston Public Media’s Briefcase regarding how corporate management styles influence government operations when business owners and executives enter politics.

Federal religious freedom office could affect rural Texans’ health care

Professor Chandler was quoted in an article from The Cougar regarding how the new federal religious freedom office could affect women’s reproductive care.

Transitions to Success in STEM Fields at Hispanic-Serving Institutions: A National Conference

Professor Olivas will be the keynote speaker at “Transitions to Success in STEM Fields at Hispanic-Serving Institutions: A National Conference,” which will be held at the University of Houston on February 14-16.

Justice Sotomayor Visiting Houston to Discuss Legal Education

Texas Lawyer reported on Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s upcoming visit to UHLC. Dean Baynes and Professor Olivas were both quoted in the article.

Syracuse University develops financial aid opportunities for undocumented students

Professor Olivas was quoted in a Daily Orange article regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Fifth-grader's speech on homelessness captures top honors at MLK oratory event

A Houston Chronicle article reports that Dean Baynes served as a judge for the 22nd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Oratory Competition, which features fourth- and fifth-grade Houston ISD students who deliver memorized speeches inspired by the words of the civil rights icon.

Probate: Post Harvey

Dean Baynes interviewed Professor Heppard for a segment on Houston Public Media’s Briefcase regarding how Hurricane Harvey has highlighted the difficulties with filing damage claims on properties still owned by deceased relatives and why it is important to get assets transferred into the names of the living.

NYC Opens New Front In War Over State Climate Torts

Professor Hester was quoted in a Law360 article regarding a lawsuit filed by New York City against five oil giants demanding for the companies to pay the cost of increasing the city’s defenses against climate change.

Immigrants, members of Houston clergy send 20,000 postcards to legislators seeking DACA solution

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was quoted in an article available on HoustonChronicle.com commenting on the recent federal court DACA ruling.

US immigration fight heightens legal limbo for young 'Dreamer' scientists

Professor Olivas was quoted in a Nature article regarding the future of the DACA program and the importance of ending the legal limbo for DACA students.

Fearing DACA’s Return May Be Brief, Immigrants Rush to Renew

The New York Times quoted Professor Geoffrey Hoffman discussing recent inquiries for DACA application assistance.

Patent Damages Without Borders

The Patently-O blog recommended and quoted Professor Kumar’s forthcoming article, Patent Damages Without Borders.

Unsolved Civil Rights-Era Murder Divides Scholars, Residents

U.S. News & World Report quoted Professor Olivas on the unsolved 1968 murder of Eulogio Salazar. This article appeared in multiple publications.

Energy Sector Pushes Back Against New York City's Climate Change Lawsuit
The lawsuit targets Houston-based ConocoPhillips, along with BP, Royal Dutch Shell, Chevron and ExxonMobil

Professor Flatt was quoted in an article available on KUHF's website, commenting on a lawsuit by the City of New York targeting energy companies for their role in the world's changing climate.

Watch out 'porch pirates': New 'Blank Box' package theft deterrent put to test

Professor Kwok was interviewed for a news story that aired on KTRK (ABC 13) and was quoted in an article available on the station's website. He commented on the potential legal ramifications of homeowners using the new 'Blank Box' package theft deterrent.

Texas Illegally Excluded Thousands From Special Education, Federal Officials Say

Former Adjunct Professor Dustin Rynders was quoted in an article available on the New York Times' website. He commented on the U.S. Department of Education's letter to the Texas Education Agency, that stipulated that the state agency's decision to set a "target" for the maximum percentage of students who should receive special education services had violated federal laws requiring schools to serve all students with disabilities.

Strike a Balance

GenomeWeb quoted a commentary on the right to access genomic data written by Professor Evans for the American Journal of Human Genetics.

Navigating The Uncertain Future Of DACA

Houston Public Media's Houston Matters program interviewed Professor Geoffrey Hoffman regarding the recent federal court DACA ruling. 

Five Uncomfortable Truths About U.S. Health Care

Texas Medical Center issued a press release that quoted Professor Roberts discussing patient access to lab test results.

Inside AJHG: A Chat with Barbara Evans

Professor Evans was interviewed for a post on the American Society of Human Genetics Blog regarding her new article "HIPAA's Individual Right of Access to Genomic Data: Reconciling Safety and Civil Rights." 

Genetic rights are a civil right: Legal expert urges overhaul of right to genomic data access

Professor Evans was quoted in an article on the Factor magazine website regarding the need to overhaul the right to genomic data access. 

KJZZ's The Show Jan. 10, 2018

Professor Olivas was interviewed today by KJZZ (91.5 FM Phoenix) discussing a federal judge's ruling that the DACA program must be maintained and President Trump's meeting with lawmakers about DACA yesterday. Audio is available at: http://theshow.kjzz.org/ (click KJZZ's The Show Jan. 10, 2018" from the page) (The interview with Professor Olivas begins at 45:18).

University of Texas Law Compliance Series Offers Holiday Gift for Compliance Professionals (login required)

UHLC Adjunct Professor Ryan McConnell co-authored a Corporate Counsel article regarding the Corporate Compliance Essentials series that his law firm helped design.   

The presidency doesn't require a mental health evaluation, but these jobs do... It may not always be legal to ask employees for sensitive medical information

Professor Roberts was quoted in a MarketWatch article regarding when employers may ask employees for sensitive medical information.

Should Access to Your Own DNA Be Treated as a Civil Right?

A Gizmodo article quoted extensively from Professor Evans' recent article in the American Journal of Human Genetics, "HIPAA's Individual Right of Access to Genomic Data: Reconciling Safety and Civil Rights."

IN THE United States Court of Appeals FOR THE SEVENTH CIRCUIT
NO. 1:17-cv-05720

Geoffrey Hoffman was among a group of legal scholars who submitted an amici curiae brief in support of the plaintiff-appellee in the case of City of Chicago v. Sessions.

Briefcase: Pollinators and Wildscaping

Dean Baynes interviewed Professor Simpson for a segment on Houston Public Media's Briefcase about Houston ordinances affecting pollinators and wildscaping. 

Accessing your own genomic data is a civil right but requires strategies to manage safety

EurekAlert! published a press release quoting Professor Evans discussing the tenth anniversary of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act.

Climate Liability Suits Gained Traction in 2017, With Bigger Goals Ahead

Climate Liability News quoted Professor Flatt discussing trends in climate liability lawsuits.

Briefcase: Animal Law

Dean Baynes interviewed Professor Morath for a segment on Houston Public Media's Briefcase regarding how animals are treated by the law.

Spit and Take
Genetic testing data can be subpoenaed, stolen, and sold as a commodity. So why is the industry booming?

Professor Evans was quoted in an article available on Slate.com commenting on Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY)'s concerns regarding how direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies—outfits like 23andMe and AncestryDNA—discuss and handle users' genetic information.

Climate change cases predicted to make a legal splash in 2018

Professor Hester was quoted in an article that was available on Eco-Systems.com commenting on the potential impact of lawsuits seeking specific damages from energy and industrial companies for actions that may have contributed to climate change. This article appeared on multiple news websites.

Immigration Cases To Watch In 2018
(The following Law 360 article was available from Lexis Advance on Monday, January 1, 2018)

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was quoted in a Law 360 article regarding Jennings v. Rodriguez, a case pending before the Supreme Court that deals with whether certain immigrants must be given bond hearings if their detention continues for at least six months.

IN THE SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF MONTANA
Case No. OP 17-0659

Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was among a group of legal scholars who filed an amicus curiae brief with the Supreme Court of Montana in support of the petitioner's petition for a writ of habeas corpus in the case of Valerio-Gonzalez v. Jarret.

How Texas' Harris County went from 'capital of capital punishment' to zero executions

Jeff Newberry, supervising attorney at the Law Center's Texas Innocence Network, was quoted in a Christian Science Monitor article regarding why there have been fewer death sentences and executions in Harris County.

Tax Pros Skeptical New Law Will Bring IP Home
(The following Law 360 article was available from Lexis Advance on Friday, December 22, 2017)

Professor Wells was quoted in a Law 360 article regarding whether the newly enacted tax reform legislation will encourage companies to bring their intellectual property back to the United States if it's been successfully mitigated offshore.

 

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