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February 2024

UHLC student Mechler pens semifinalist success in statewide legal writing competition

Chiqui Sanchez Kennedy, Executive Director and co-founder of the Galveston-Houston Immigrant Representation Project takes an asylum case to the U.S. Fifth Circuit of Appeals with the assistance from UHLC’s Immigration Clinic.

March 1, 2024 — University of Houston Law Center student Graysen Mechler raced to produce an efficient, concise legal document under time restraints, earning a semifinalist placement in the 2024 The Paper Chase, an annual legal writing competition hosted by Baylor Law and judged by the Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA).

University of Houston Law Center welcomes attendees for the ABA 2024 Americas Conference

Chiqui Sanchez Kennedy, Executive Director and co-founder of the Galveston-Houston Immigrant Representation Project takes an asylum case to the U.S. Fifth Circuit of Appeals with the assistance from UHLC’s Immigration Clinic.

Feb. 28, 2024 — Industry experts, legal scholars and government officials from around the world convened last night at the University of Houston Law Center for the commencement of the American Bar Association (ABA) International Law Section 2024 Americas Conference. The conference, titled "The Future of Energy Across the Americas: Helping Lawyers Predict and Adapt,” is taking place from Feb. 27 to March 1 in Houston.

Consider clerkships a career investment, panelists say at UHLC judicial event

Chiqui Sanchez Kennedy, Executive Director and co-founder of the Galveston-Houston Immigrant Representation Project takes an asylum case to the U.S. Fifth Circuit of Appeals with the assistance from UHLC’s Immigration Clinic.

Feb. 28, 2024 — The University of Houston Law Center Career Development Office (CDO) organized a Judicial Lunch-and-Learn event to provide students with insights into clerkships, internships and networking opportunities with area federal judges and clerks.

UH Law Center’s Immigration Clinic helps pro bono firm notch Fifth Circuit win

Chiqui Sanchez Kennedy, Executive Director and co-founder of the Galveston-Houston Immigrant Representation Project takes an asylum case to the U.S. Fifth Circuit of Appeals with the assistance from UHLC’s Immigration Clinic.

Feb. 22, 2024 —The Fifth Circuit of Appeals handed down a favorable decision in January to the Galveston-Houston Immigrant Representation Project on an unaccompanied minor case.

UH experts examine unprecedented legal and ethical crossroads of presidential indictments

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Feb. 20, 2024 – A joint conversation between the University of Houston Law Center and the Hobby School of Public Affairs recently explored the legal, political, and ethical impact of presidential indictments.

University of Houston Law Center to host opening reception for ABA 2024 Americas Conference on the future of energy

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Feb. 20, 2024 — Legal luminaries, industry experts, and government officials from across the globe will gather at the American Bar Association (ABA) 2024 Americas Conference, this year hosted at the University of Houston.

Student Spotlight - From rabbi to law student: UHLC 3L Segal shares unique career path to law

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Feb. 20, 2024 – UHLC 3L David Segal decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and enroll at the University of Houston Law Center. Segal, whose diverse career includes serving as a rabbi and engaging in community organizing, found the missing piece of the puzzle in law school.

Law students meet with top government agencies and nonprofits during UHLC career fair

GGPITT students

Feb. 14, 2024 — More than 50 local, state, and national government and nonprofit organizations gathered at the University of Houston Law Center to engage with students and recent graduates about employment and internship opportunities.

UH Law Center ADR students crowned champions in pro football negotiation competition

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Feb. 13, 2024 — The University of Houston Law Center’s Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Team clinched UHLC’s first Champions Trophy in the 10th annual Tulane Professional Football Negotiation Competition in New Orleans, La. on Jan. 27.

Student Spotlight: CPA-turned UHLC law student Acevedo secures internship with global law firm

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Feb. 13, 2024 — Celeste A. Acevedo strategically aligns her legal and accounting expertise. Initially earning a master's degree and becoming a CPA, Acevedo discovered the interconnectedness of both fields during her time in public accounting.

Faculty Spotlight: UH Law Center Expert Available to Discuss the 14th Amendment's Disqualification Clause

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Feb. 12, 2024 — In light of recent events, including the case involving former President Donald Trump, Professor Emily Berman can provide nuanced insights into the Disqualification Clause and its potential legal and political impact

Alumni Spotlight: Texas Nurses Association's General Counsel and UHLC Alumnus Frazee ‘17 reflects on health law career, offers guidance to students

Jack Frazee

Feb. 12, 2024 — For University of Houston Law Center graduate Jack Frazee (J.D. ’17) the journey to legal education was sparked by a unique blend of professional guidance and personal curiosity. Frazee, who is the Director of Government Affairs and General Counsel of the Texas Nurses Association, was influenced early in his career by the mentorship of a UHLC graduate.

UH Law Center announces Spring 2024 Faculty Workshop Series

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Feb. 9, 2024 — Law professors from across the country will visit the University of Houston Law Center to discuss their works in progress with University of Houston law faculty and students as part of the 2024 UHLC Spring Workshop Series.

UH Law Center faculty and alumni champion mentorship at HBA breakfast

Featured speakers at the HBA’s Professionalism Mentorship Breakfast are, from left, Greg Vetter, Yvonne Ho, and Alex Foulkes Grafton.

Feb. 09, 2024 — This year's Professionalism Mentorship Breakfast, hosted by the Houston Bar Association Professionalism Committee and Bracewell LLP, featured a panel discussion on making the most of mentoring relationships.

UHLC Black History Month speaker Delmont says it is important to remember the forgotten voices of World War II

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Feb. 08, 2024 — Dartmouth historian Matthew F. Delmont shed light on the often-overlooked narratives of African American history during World War II as part of a Black History Month Lecture Monday night at the University of Houston Law Center.

Student Spotlight: UHLC student Harmon finds success in part-time program, expands social work impact with legal education

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Feb. 06, 2024 – The University of Houston Law Center 2L Aprill Harmon’s journey into law was inspired by her background in social work. Harmon, a licensed clinical social worker for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, found her passion for advocacy during the pandemic, prompting her decision to pursue law school.

January 2024

University of Houston Law Center Alumna Wright pays it forward with scholarship support

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Jan. 30, 2024 — University of Houston Law Center (UHLC) alumna Shannon Wright (J.D. ’22) has pledged to give back to the institution that once aided her academic journey.

Alumni Spotlight: UHLC alumna Mia Lorick ‘14 shines as Association of Women Attorneys 2023 Rising Star

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Jan. 29, 2024 – Former dancer and University of Houston Law Center alumna Mia Lorick (J.D. ‘14) transitioned from the performing stage to the courtroom as she completed a law education at UHLC.

Matthew F. Delmont headlines University of Houston Law Center’s Black History Month Lecture

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Jan. 25, 2024 —The pivotal role of African American military service members during World War II will be the focus of the University of Houston Law Center’s 2024 Black History Month Lecture on Monday, Feb. 5.

UHLC Pre-Law Pipeline Programs bolstered by former State District Judge Stanton’s donation

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Jan. 24, 2024 — James M. Stanton, former state district judge and founder of the Stanton LLP law firm, has demonstrated his commitment to aspiring law students with a donation to the University of Houston Law Center’s Pre-Law Pipeline Programs. The race-neutral program is designed to increase the representation of law students from low-income backgrounds, first-generation college attendees, and underrepresented communities.

Alumni Spotlight: No Such Thing as an Amount Too Small

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Jan. 23, 2024 — Judge Alvin L. Zimmerman (’64, ’67 J.D.) starts an endowed scholarship at the University of Houston Law Center.

UH Law Center Professor Knake Jefferson offers a blueprint for increasing legal access for all in new book

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Jan. 22, 2024 – University of Houston Law Center Professor Renee Knake Jefferson presents a practical plan for providing legal help to anyone, regardless of financial resources, in “Law Democratized: A Blueprint for Solving the Justice Crisis” (NYU Press).

UH Law Center receives nine Education Digital Marketing Awards

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Jan. 19, 2024 — The University of Houston Law Center has been recognized in a national competition for outstanding digital advertising and marketing communications.

Alumni Spotlight: UHLC alumna Mary London Fuller ’13 makes partner at Frost Brown Todd, shares insights in working on product liability cases

Mary London Fuller

Jan. 18, 2024 — Mary London Fuller, an alumna of the University of Houston Law Center and new partner at Frost Brown Todd, shares her legal career journey and advice for those considering law school and working in the product liability realm.

University of Houston Law Center Dean Leonard M. Baynes celebrates a decade of distinguished service

Decade of Distinction: A Celebration of Ten Years of Accomplishments

Jan. 10, 2024 — The University of Houston Law Center (UHLC) is commemorating the leadership of Leonard M. Baynes, the Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Chair, professor of law and dean. His impact is chronicled within the pages of the "Decade of Distinction: A Celebration of Ten Years of Accomplishments.”

John M. O'Quinn Law Building featured on cover of preLaw Magazine, UH Law Center receives multiple recognitions

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Jan. 10, 2024 — The University of Houston Law Center earned four distinctions in the National Jurist’s preLaw Magazine Winter 2024 edition, with a notable placement on the cover for having one of the country’s Best Law School Buildings.

UHLC 3Ls Marget and Pruitt spearhead Entertainment Law Clinic’s first Copyright Claims Board action

Main Street Marquee in downtown Houston formerly showcased the artwork “Commute” by artist Sarah Welch.

Jan. 03, 2023 — University of Houston Law Center’s Entertainment Law Clinic filed its first Copyright Claims Board (CCB) action this fall. Led by 3Ls Jordan Marget and Bailey Pruitt, the team assisted a local artist in protecting her creative work.

December 2023

Benny Agosto Jr. launches first-gen scholarship in honor of UHLC trailblazer Judge Rendon

Dec. 21, 2023 —Benny Agosto Jr., the managing partner of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner, has established a scholarship to support first-generation college students at the University of Houston Law Center. This donation is dedicated to the UH Law Center alumna Judge Josefina Rendon (B.A. ’72, J.D. ’76).

UH Law Center Professor Renee Knake Jefferson to receive Rhode Award from Association of American Law Schools

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Dec. 20, 2023 — University of Houston Law Center Professor Renee Knake Jefferson has been selected as a recipient of 2024 Deborah L. Rhode Award presented by the Association of American Law Schools. The annual award is given by the AALS Sections on Leadership, Professional Responsibility, Women in Legal Education, and Pro Bono and Service Opportunities. She will be recognized during the 2024 AALS Annual Meeting on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2024, in Washington, D.C.

A Legacy of Community Service: The Deanna Mack (J.D. '08) Endowed Scholarship

Deanna Mack

Deanna Mack’s (J.D. ‘08) strong desire to help others informed all her decisions, including the decision to attend law school, so it’s fitting that her family honored her memory by starting a scholarship. 

Student Spotlight: UHLC 3L Yoon gains experience through U.S. Attorney’s Office and private practice internships

3L So Yoon

Dec. 15, 2023 — University of Houston Law Center 3L So Yoon recently interned with U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrew M. Edison in the Southern District of Texas and with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Dallas as well has clerked at Fogler, Brar, O’Neil & Gray LLP.

UH Law Expert Available to Discuss Latest Abortion Ruling from Texas Supreme Court

Seth Chandler

Dec. 14, 2023Seth Chandler, constitutional law professor at the University of Houston Law Center, is available for expert commentary on the recent ruling by the Texas Supreme Court in Cox v. State of Texas, in which the court said a Texas woman did not qualify for a medical exception to the state’s abortion ban to terminate her pregnancy, as well as how the ruling could impact other state legislatures considering abortion bans in a post-Dobbs climate.

University of Houston Law Clinic Secures CAT Victory for Salvadoran Tattoo Artist After Decade-Long Legal Battle

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Dec. 12, 2023 — University of Houston of Law Center Immigration Clinic Senior Clinical Supervisor Vanessa Lopez and Immigration Clinic student Anusha DeSilva Bradley won a withholding of removal under the Convention Against Torture (CAT) for their client, a tattoo artist from El Salvador.

Shifting demography poses hurdle for fair representation in politics, legal experts say during annual Frankel Lecture

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Dec. 07, 2023 — Legal scholars addressed representation challenges facing U.S. democracy amid a growing immigrant population during the 28th Annual Frankel Lecture hosted by the Houston Law Review.

UH Law Center’s Pre-Law Pipeline Program under new leadership with Director Mariesha Keys ‘19

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Dec. 05, 2023 —The University of Houston Law Center welcomed Mariesha Keys this fall as the new director of the award-winning Pre-Law Pipeline Programs, a race-neutral initiative designed to increase the representation of law students from low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented backgrounds.

UH Law Center training highlights changing technology and how it can impact domestic violence cases

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Dec. 05, 2023 — The University of Houston Law Center raised awareness of domestic violence and equipped legal professionals with the skills to support survivors during the  “Domestic Violence: Training Lawyers and Judges Through a Trauma-Informed Lens,” session attended by more than 300 individuals.

Student Spotlight: LL.M. student Martínez takes international stage as a speaker at World Congress of Women Leaders

The theme of this year’s congress was “Women creating, promoting and reinventing the business world.”

Dec. 04, 2023 – Andrea Martínez, an LL.M. student at the University of Houston Law Center, is fulfilling her dream of studying international law.

UH Law Center Emeritus Professor Joyce hosts student reunion

Joyce and Students

Dec. 01, 2023 — University of Houston Law Center Emeritus Professor of Law Craig Joyce recently orchestrated a reunion for students from his last 1L class.

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