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October 2021

Chief Justice Contreras ’90 and Justice Yanez discuss trailblazing paths at UHLC Hispanic Heritage Month celebration

Oct. 11, 2021 – As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, the University of Houston Law Center, in collaboration with the Hispanic Law Alumni, held an online discussion last Tuesday with prominent Hispanic judges, attorneys, leaders, and students

American University professor presents four options for carbon dioxide removal during EENR Center speaker series

Professor William Burns

Oct. 11, 2021 - Professor William Burns of American University outlined various options for ocean-based carbon dioxide removal during a lecture hosted recently by the University of Houston Law Center's Environment, Energy & Natural Resources Center.

UH Law Center Professor Knake Jefferson says Supreme Court term now underway shaping up to be one of the nation’s most contentious

Professor Renee Knake Jefferson

Oct. 7, 2021 - On Monday, which marked the beginning of the new U.S. Supreme Court term, University of Houston Law Center Professor Renee Knake Jefferson presented a special lecture to discuss research from her book Shortlisted: Women in the Shadows of the Supreme Court.

Alumni Spotlight: UH Law Center graduate Salek ‘16 recognized for equipping the next generation of lawyers

Oct. 4, 2021 - Armin Salek recently received the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award from the Texas Young Lawyers Association in recognition for his efforts to train aspiring attorneys while equipping local communities with free legal services.

UH Law Center alumnus Adhikari ’19 details immigration law during “Dinner With a Lawyer” hosted by CDO

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Oct. 1, 2021 – Sami Adhikari, a 2019 graduate of the University of Houston Law Center discussed immigration law, pinpointed personal hurdles in law school, and job hunting during the hiring freeze caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in a recent virtual “Dinner With a Lawyer” event hosted by the Career Development office.

Career Development Office provides UH Law Center students with strategies for interviews

CDO

Oct. 1, 2021 – The University of Houston Law Center’s Career Development Office recently closed its five-session Summer Chat Series by hosting the virtual event, “Tell me about Yourself − How to Master the Question Everyone Hates.”

September 2021

UH Law Center to co-convene second annual Black Lawyers Matter Conference in partnership with LSAC and SMU Dedman School of Law

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Sept. 30, 2021 – Law school deans, professors and other leaders from legal academia and the profession will convene for the 2021 Black Lawyers Matter Conference, “Building Inclusive Excellence in Legal Education and Employment” from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Central on Oct. 15. The event is being held by the University of Houston Law Center, SMU Dedman School of Law, and the Law School Admission Council.

Law Center alumnus Luis Ruiz ’14 hosts community service event with BLSA and HLSA

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Sept. 24, 2021 - University of Houston Law Center students in the Black Law Students Association and Hispanic Law Students Association recently participated in a volunteer event hosted by 2014 alumnus Luis Ruiz, who operates his own immigration firm.

UH Law Center’s Knake Jefferson to present lecture on U.S. Supreme Court at UH Hobby School of Public Affairs

Diversity award

Sept. 24, 2021 - To mark the start of the 2021 U.S. Supreme Court term, University of Houston Law Professor Renee Knake Jefferson, an inaugural Elizabeth D. Rockwell Center Faculty Fellow at the Hobby School of Public Affairs, will discuss her research on judicial shortlists and other observations about what the coming year could hold for the Court in an upcoming webinar on Zoom.

UH Law Center graduate Hall '21 lands job with leading cancer research hospital in Texas Medical Center

Diversity award

Sept. 21, 2021 - Emily Hall, a 2021 alumna of the University of Houston Law Center, recently became an assistant legal officer for Privacy and Information Security at The University of Texas MD Anderson Texas Center’s Institutional Compliance Office

UH Law Center named Diversity Champion by INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine

Diversity award

Sept. 20, 2021 – The University of Houston Law Center has received the distinction of Diversity Champion by INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine. The Law Center is the only law school in the country to receive the recognition.

UH Law Center 3L Kirsten Williams secures federal clerkship with Judge Andrew Edison

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Sept. 15, 2021 - Kirsten Williams has her sights set on a career in the federal government, and she’s one step closer to her goal having recently secured a federal clerkship with Judge Andrew Edison, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of Texas - Galveston Division.

UH Law Center professor Michaels among team that secured grant for public policy algorithm project

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Sept. 15, 2021 - Law Center Assistant Professor Andrew C. Michaels was one of four University of Houston scholars who recently secured a $749,857 grant from the National Science Foundation for a Designing Accountable Software Systems funding opportunity. The grant will support a project that aims to create an accountability benchmark and software scoring toolkit for public policy algorithms.

Career Development Office presents style guide for professional and affordable attire

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Sept. 10, 2021 – Two business attire experts shared their recommendations on how University of Houston Law Center students can build a professional image when seeking employment as an aspiring attorney.

UHLC’s Pre-Law Pipeline Program expands partnership with Beck Redden

Sept. 7, 2021 - Two participants in the University of Houston Law Center’s Pre-Law Pipeline Program were recent recipients of scholarships from Houston-based appellate and trial firm Beck Redden LLP

UH Law Center listed among 46 racially and ethnically diverse law schools by U.S. News & World Report

Sept. 3, 2021 - Students from underrepresented backgrounds often choose schools like the University of Houston Law Center, according to an article by U.S. News & World Report.

UH Law Center mourns passing of Professor Emeritus Thomas Newhouse

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Sept. 2, 2021 - University of Houston Law Center Professor Emeritus Thomas Newhouse died on Sunday at the age of 86.

UH Law Center commits to providing legal aid to tenants facing eviction as part of national initiative

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Sept. 1, 2021 - Through clinical programming, the University of Houston Law Center has pledged to assist in efforts in the impending eviction crisis resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. This follows a statement from U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland on Aug. 30 that encouraged “the entire legal community to take immediate action to help prevent unnecessary evictions during this public health emergency.”

August 2021

UH Law Center’s annual Supreme Court Update highlights cases on amateurism in college sports, voting rights and more

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Aug. 31, 2021 - The University of Houston Law Center recently presented its 2021 U.S. Supreme Court Update continuing legal education webinar, which featured wide-ranging discussion on several cases involving antitrust law, criminal law, voting rights among other topics. Speakers included Law Center professors and a graduate who provided insights on Supreme Court developments to an audience of nearly 300.

Christopher Heard selected to lead UH Law Center Clinical Programs

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Aug. 30, 2021 - Christopher Heard was recently appointed by Dean Leonard M. Baynes as the Director of University of Houston Law Center Clinical Programs.

UH Law Center students take best shot at vaccine clinic

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Aug. 27, 2021 - Members of the University of Houston Law Center community received the COVID-19 vaccine, flu shots and other immunizations during a clinic on Wednesday and Thursday.

LL.M. Class of 2022 introduced to UH Law Center during orientation sessions

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Aug. 27, 2021 - Incoming Master of Law students were welcomed to the University of Houston Law Center earlier this month during online and in-person orientation that connected students from around the world with the next step in their legal education.

Alumni Spotlight: UH Law Center LL.M. graduate Alan Tinsley ’89 reappointed to Texas State University System Board of Regents

UH Law Center LL.M. graduate Alan Tinsley ’89 reappointed to Texas State University System Board of Regents

Aug. 26, 2021 – University of Houston Law Center LL.M. alumnus Alan Tinsley ’89 has been selected for a second term to the nine-member Texas State University System Board of Regents by Gov. Greg Abbott. The board’s focus is to provide government relations and communications services to a network of higher education institutions.

Aug. 26, 2021 – University of Houston Law Center LL.M. alumnus Alan Tinsley ’89 has been selected for a second term to the nine-member Texas State University System Board of Regents by Gov. Greg Abbott. The board’s focus is to provide government relations and communications services to a network of higher education institutions.

UH Law Center Professor Kaufman says bystanders should be liable for not reporting certain crimes

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Aug. 26, 2021 - When it comes to witnessing serious crimes, University of Houston Law Center Associate Professor Zachary D. Kaufman believes that people not only have a moral duty but also should have a legal one to get involved.

UH Law Center students welcomed back for in-person courses as Fall 2021 semester underway

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Aug. 24, 2021 - For the first time in more than 17 months, the University of Houston Law Center opened its doors to students for instruction in a classroom setting this week.

Student Spotlight: UH Law Center 2L Ryan Cooper finds fulfilment serving fellow veterans during Public Interest Fellowship

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Aug. 24, 2021 - University of Houston Law Center student Ryan Cooper was unsure of his career path following his first year of law school. The veteran, who is now a 2L, said he saw his education come full circle this summer working with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Clinical Supervising Attorney Lucas Aisenberg joins UH Law Center’s Immigration Clinic

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Aug. 18, 2021 – The University of Houston Law Center’s clinical faculty has gained a new member with the addition of Lucas Aisenberg.

UH Law Center’s Criminal Justice Institute undergoes change in leadership

Aug. 18, 2021 – Professor Sandra Guerra Thompson is stepping down as director of the University of Houston Law Center’s Criminal Justice Institute. GuerraThompson has been succeeded by Associate Professor of Law and Political Science Zachary D. Kaufman and Associate Professor David Kwok, who serve as co-directors.

UH Law Center to offer COVID-19 vaccination opportunities; faculty and staff encourage safety measures

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Aug. 17, 2021 - The University of Houston Law Center will host two COVID-19 vaccination clinics from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Aug. 25 and Aug. 26 to protect. Health professionals will administer the first shot of the Pfizer vaccine as well as a flu shot. The second vaccination shot will be scheduled at a later date, or can be received at a local Walgreens pharmacy.

Resolve of UH Law Center Class of 2020 celebrated at in-person commencement ceremony

Aug. 17, 2021 - University of Houston Law Center J.D. and LL.M. graduates from the Class of 2020 finally got the moment they were waiting for - a chance to walk across the stage with family and friends applauding on Aug. 13 at the Fertitta Center.

UH Law Center Celebrates Seven Years of Pre-Law Pipeline Program and Strengthens Diversity, Racial Justice and Human Rights Initiative

The University of Houston Law Center is continuing its years-long commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion in the legal profession through numerous courses, initiatives and trainings.

Aug. 12, 2021 - The University of Houston Law Center’s Pre-Law Pipeline Program has now completed seven years of its multi-faceted approach to diversifying the legal profession. Because of ongoing concerns related to COVID-19, the Summer 2021 class marked the second online-only instruction in the program’s history.

UH Law Center graduate Jackson ’92 brings environmental justice to Guam following unanimous Supreme Court decision

UH Law Center alumnus Sandill ‘01 recognized for exceptional work on the bench by State Bar of Texas

Aug. 11, 2021 – After fighting for years to get the United States to pay its fair share of remediation costs of military waste left on Guam, University of Houston Law Center alumnus and former UH Law Alumni Association President Bill Jackson ’92 delivered for the U.S. territory in a U.S. Supreme Court case that was decided 9-0. 

UH Law Center students King and Ngunjiri receive Association of International Petroleum Negotiators scholarships

UH Law Center students King and Ngunjiri receive Association of International Petroleum Negotiators scholarshipsUH Law Center students King and Ngunjiri receive Association of International Petroleum Negotiators scholarships

Aug. 9, 2021 - The Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN) Board of Directors and Scholarship Committee has recently provided awards to two University of Houston Law Center students.

Journal recognizes Professor Knake Jefferson's book “Shortlisted” for outstanding legal writing

UH Law Center alumnus Sandill ‘01 recognized for exceptional work on the bench by State Bar of Texas

Aug. 9, 2021 - The Green Bag Almanac & Reader recently named a book co-authored by University of Houston Law Center Professor Renee Knake Jefferson as "Exemplary Legal Writing" among books published in 2020.” 

UH Law Center alumnus Sandill ‘01 recognized for exceptional work on the bench by State Bar of Texas

UH Law Center alumnus Sandill ‘01 recognized for exceptional work on the bench by State Bar of Texas

Aug. 4, 2021 - Judge Ravi K. Sandill of Houston’s 127th District Court was the recipient of the Distinguished Jurist Award from the African American Lawyers section of the State Bar of Texas. The 2001 alumnus of the University of Houston Law Center described the recent recognitions as a culmination of his longtime efforts “to build equity and understanding in the legal profession.” 

UH Law Center graduate Burke ’12 recognized by national legal publication for clean energy efforts

UH Law Center graduate Burke ’12 recognized by national legal publication for clean energy efforts

Aug. 2, 2021 – The National Law Journal has named University of Houston Law Center alumna Marcella Burke ’12 to its fifth annual Energy and Environmental Trailblazers list, recognizing her initiative and drive to creatively utilize the environment to meet the public’s need for affordable, clean energy.

July 2021

UH Law Center rising 3L Emamdjomeh receives one of the inaugural Women of the Law Scholarships

UH Law Center alumna Goldblatt ’17 shines throughout federal clerkship

July 29, 2021 – University of Houston Law Center student Nasim Emamdjomeh was awarded a scholarship and recognized by the Women of the Law organization for outstanding leadership and achievement during a recent virtual “Meet & Greet “event with Women of the Law members.

UH Law Center alumna Goldblatt ’17 shines throughout federal clerkship

UH Law Center alumna Goldblatt ’17 shines throughout federal clerkship

July 28, 2021 – Following stints as a law firm associate and a term law clerk in multiple U.S. District Courts, Shayna Goldblatt, a 2017 graduate of the University of Houston Law Center, is currently thriving as a clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

Hispanic Bar Association of Houston awards scholarships to UHLC students and an alum

Hispanic Bar Association of Houston

July 20, 2021 - Three current University of Houston Law Center students and a member of the Class of 2021 were recognized at the Hispanic Bar Association of Houston's 33rd Annual Gala.

UH Law Center alumna Patricia Hunt Holmes ‘83 pens legal thriller inspired by her career

Patricia Hunt Holmesy

July 19, 2021 - Patricia Hunt Holmes, a 1983 graduate of the University of Houston Law Center, has concluded her legal career, but is continuing one of her favorite aspects of it: writing. 

Houston Bar Association honors UH Law Center alumna Susan Bickley '84 with Justice Ruby Kless Sondock Award

 

Susan Bickley

July 16, 2021 - Susan Bickley, a 1984 graduate of the University of Houston Law Center, has been named the 2021 recipient of the Houston Bar Association's Justice Ruby Kless Sondock Award. The award recognizes a woman lawyer or judge for a record of exceptional achievement and leadership in the law.

UH Law Center Associate Professor Kaufman named Life Member of prominent international affairs think tank

Chelsea Ogan, a member of the University of Houston Law Center Class of 2023.

July 13, 2021 - University of Houston Law Center Associate Professor of Law and Political Science Zachary D. Kaufman was recently elected as a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).

UH Law Center alumnus Jacob Monty ’93 commended by national publication for winning immigration case

Chelsea Ogan, a member of the University of Houston Law Center Class of 2023.

July 13, 2021 – Nationally recognized on issues regarding employers with large Hispanic workforces, Jacob Monty, a 1993 graduate of the University of Houston Law Center, has been cited by Trade Press, Inc. for his recent success in a paramount immigration case.

UH Law Center alumni hiring partners share tips on how to make the best impression during OCI as part of the Career Development Office Summer Career Chat Series

Chelsea Ogan, a member of the University of Houston Law Center Class of 2023.

July 8, 2021 - Three members of the University of Houston Law Center Class of 2006 provided an employer's perspective on how law students can successfully navigate the On-Campus Interview Program. The virtual event, "How to Crush It During OCI - Insider Tips from Alumni Hiring Partners," was moderated by Assistant Dean for Career Development Tiffany J. Tucker. 

Student Spotlight: UH Law Center rising 2L Ogan embraces new roles with Association of Women in Law and Student Bar Association

Chelsea Ogan, a member of the University of Houston Law Center Class of 2023.

July 6, 2021 - As Chelsea Ogan enters her second year as a University of Houston Law Center student this fall, she will have two new added responsibilities as President of the Association of Women in Law student group and Chair of Diversity and Inclusion for the Student Bar Association.

Alumni Spotlight: UH Law Center alumna Quianta Moore ’09 awarded $4 million endowment to make improvements in child health policy

Quianta Moore, a 2009 alumna of the University of Houston Law Center

July 6, 2021 - Quianta Moore, a 2009 alumna of the University of Houston Law Center, recently received support for her work in child health policy to advance the health and wellbeing of children in the form of a $4 million endowment from the Huffington Foundation. Moore currently serves as a Huffington Fellow in Child Health Policy at Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy.

UH Law Center Professor Ronald Turner remembered as "Renaissance Man" and for his generous spirit

July 2, 2021 – The University of Houston Law Center community and colleagues throughout the legal profession shared their heartfelt memories of A.A. White Professor of Law Ronald Turner during a recent virtual memorial ceremony.

Center for U.S. and Mexican Law seminar discusses international trade, climate change and diversity

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July 2, 2021 - Mexican officials, some of whom are graduates from the University of Houston Law Center, discussed a wide range of topics during the "Houston Goes Global: A Profile of Mexican Diplomacy" conference presented by the University of Houston Law Center's Center for U.S. and Mexican Law.

O'Quinn Law Library workshop provides essential information and technology updates for Texas practitioners

O'Quinn Law Library workshop provides essential information and technology updates for Texas practitioners

July 1, 2021 - Law librarians at the University of Houston Law Center’s O’Quinn Law Library shared important insights on modern law practice in during a virtual seminar held last week.

June 2021

UH Law Center lands on Above the Law's Top 50 Law Schools list

UH Law Center lands on Above the Law's Top 50 Law Schools list

June 28, 2021 - The University of Houston Law Center placed in the top 50 law schools in the nation in rankings published by the legal website Above the Law last Friday. The Law Center came in at No. 47.

UH Law Center Professor Thompson outlines sentencing scenarios for murder of George Floyd

Professor Sandra Guerra Thompson

June 22, 2021 – Citing Minnesota criminal law, University of Houston Law Center Professor Sandra Guerra Thompson said that Hennepin County District Court Judge Peter Cahill could levy a prison sentence of up to 30 years against the former Minneapolis police officer convicted in the death of George Floyd.

Environmental justice scholar Lisa Benjamin discusses corporate social responsibility, climate litigation

Lewis & Clark Law School Assistant Professor of Law Lisa Benjamin was the latest speaker in the Environment, Energy & Natural Resources Center's Marie Sklodowska-Curie Transition Law and Governance webinar series.

June 22, 2021 - Professor Lisa Benjamin of the Lewis & Clark Law School described the need for an international approach to climate change, as businesses across the world are often more responsible for carbon emissions than states during a webinar last week held by University of Houston Law Center's Environment, Energy & Natural Resources Center.

UH Law Center Class of 2021 graduate Emily Hall receives memorial health law scholarship

Emily Hall, a 2021 alumna of the University of Houston Law Center.

June 22, 2021 - After obtaining her J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center in May, Emily Hall gained an added bonus as one of two recent alumni selected for the Mary K. Walker Memorial Scholarship.

UH Law Center receives $300,000 grant from Texas Access to Justice Foundation for clinical work on landlord and tenant issues

June 21, 2021 - The UH Law Foundation was recently awarded funding that will benefit the Consumer Law Clinic at the University of Houston Law Center.

UH Law Center Associate Professor Kaufman testifies before Belgian Parliament

Kaufman

June 17, 2021 - University of Houston Law Center Associate Professor of Law and Political Science Zachary D. Kaufman testified before the Belgian Parliament on Tuesday. Kaufman discussed and answered parliamentarians’ questions about the Islamic State's genocide of the Yezidi people in Iraq and Syria. Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nadia Murad, a survivor of the genocide, testified the following day.

Power of diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives celebrated during UH Law Center virtual forum

Nicholas Martinez and Matthew Rando

June 16, 2021 - Current students and alumni delivered testimonials on the profound impact scholarships made on their legal education at the University of Houston during a Diversity Equity and Inclusion Leadership Forum & Conversation hosted by Dean Leonard M. Baynes and Associate Professor Tony Chase.

University of Houston Law Center remembers Professor Ronald Turner

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June 7, 2021 - University of Houston Law Center Professor Ronald Turner has passed away. He was 66 years old.

Energy scholars describe pandemic's impact on energy transition at UH Law Center's 2nd Annual Global Energy Law and Policy webinar

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June 7, 2021 - Experts emphasized how the spread of the coronavirus exacerbated and magnified energy emergencies at the 2nd Annual Global Energy Law and Policy Symposium, "The Energy Transition in a COVID Altered World."

UH Law Center celebrates construction milestone with topping off ceremony for John M. O'Quinn Law Building

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June 4, 2021 - The last beams were placed on the University of Houston Law Center's new state-of-the-art John M. O'Quinn Law Building during a recent "topping off" ceremony.

Assortment of experts offer policy remedies for Biden administration during multi-disciplinary symposium presented by the UH Law Center, Hobby School of Public Affairs

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June 1, 2021 - To mark the passage of the first 100 days in office for President Joe Biden, a cross-section of national leaders provided analysis on topics such as budget, tax policy and the economy, energy and environmental law policy, health law and policy, immigration, voting and redistricting, racial justice in May during a virtual seminar. The full-day symposium, “Policy Prescriptions for the Biden Administration,” was co-hosted by the University of Houston Law Center and the Hobby School of Public Affairs.

May 2021

UH Law Center alumni and faculty celebrated at virtual 2020-2021 Law Alumni Association ceremony

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May 28, 2021 - University of Houston Law Center professors and graduates who bolstered the school's reputation in the business and legal communities were recognized during a virtual awards reception last week, hosted by the UH Law Alumni Association.

UH Law Center graduate Hasley '95 takes reigns as president of Houston Bar Association

Jennifer A. Hasley

May 27, 2021 - Jennifer A. Hasley, a 1995 LL.M. graduate of the University of Houston Law Center, is now leading the Houston Bar Association. With more than 10,000 members, HBA is one of the largest metropolitan bar associations in the country.

UH Law Center Dean Baynes moderates judicial panel hosted by American Bar Association's litigation section

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May 26, 2021 - University of Houston Law Center Dean Leonard M. Baynes led a discussion among several distinguished jurists during the American Bar Association's 2021 Virtual Litigation Section Annual Conference last week.

Roberts '06 succeeds Wright '98 as president of UH Law Alumni Association, 2021-2022 board of directors approved

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May 26, 2021 - The UH Law Alumni Association welcomed Alex B. Roberts '06 as its new president for the 2021-2022 term during a virtual meeting last week. Roberts, a partner at Beck Redden, replaces Victor Wright '98, director of global labor and employment at KBR.

Trio of UH Law Center graduates share their job hunt success strategies

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May 24, 2021 - Three University of Houston Law Center alumni guided students through different stages of a job search during a virtual "Lunch with a Lawyer" event hosted by the Career Development Office.

Environmental scholar explains “inevitable intersection” between energy, social and racial justice as part of EENR Center speaker series

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May 24, 2021 - Professor Rebecca Bratspies of the City University of New York School of Law said that underrepresented communities often face the negative outcomes from energy industry activity during a lecture last week hosted by the University of Houston Law Center's Environment, Energy & Natural Resources Center.

Alumni Spotlight: UH Law Center LL.M. alum Smith ’20 lands opportunity with international insurance organization

UH Law Center LL.M. alum Smith ’20 lands opportunity with international insurance organization

May 24, 2021 – With no shortage of educational and practical experience in his legal career, Stager Clay Smith faced a unique challenge in the job market shortly after obtaining an LL.M. with a focus in health law from the University of Houston Law Center in 2020.

May 24, 2021 – With no shortage of educational and practical experience in his legal career, Stager Clay Smith faced a unique challenge in the job market shortly after obtaining an LL.M. with a focus in health law from the University of Houston Law Center in 2020. 

UH Law Center Dean Baynes featured in virtual panel on advancing the rule of law

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May 21, 2021 - University of Houston Law Center Dean Leonard M. Baynes said that societies that have a strong rule of law have better outcomes, but more progress is needed in regards to equality during a recent continuing legal education talk.

UH Law Center alumnus Garrett, Jr. '05 describes alternative career path during "Dinner With a Lawyer" event

Charisma Ricksy Nguepdo

May 18, 2021 - Reginald W. Garrett, Jr.'s career thus far has been a testament to his entrepreneurial savvy. The 2005 graduate of the University of Houston Law Center has worked in a marketing role for six college athletics programs, established a consulting firm specializing and marketing and fiduciary services, and started a company that has become a delivery service partner with Amazon. 

UH Law Center rising 3L Nguepdo awarded Susman Godfrey Prize

Charisma Ricksy Nguepdo

May 18, 2021 – University of Houston Law Center student Charisma Ricksy Nguepdo has been selected as one of 12 Susman Godfrey Prize winners after multiple stages of application and a virtual interview with attorneys from the national boutique litigation firm.

UH Law Center 2021 J.D. and LL.M. graduates praised for their resolve amid unforeseen circumstances

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May 17, 2021 - The University of Houston Law Center Class of 2021 was celebrated for overcoming societal obstacles while in the pursuit of a legal career during a socially-distanced, in-person convocation ceremony on Sunday at TDECU stadium. The ceremony was also livestreamed to a crowd of approximately 500 people. Among the graduates were 218 J.D. recipients and 54 LL.M.s, with some receiving both degrees.

UH Law Center and Hobby School of Public Affairs Host Full-day Symposium Analyzing Biden Administration Policies

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May 17, 2021 - President Joe Biden only recently completed his first 100 days in office after a tumultuous election season and presidential transfer of power. The country’s attention is now on the 46th president’s administration and what the next four years hold for the U.S from a policy perspective. To shed light on several critical areas, the University of Houston Law Center and Hobby School of Public Affairs will host a full-day virtual symposium, “Policy Prescriptions for the Biden Administration,”on May 21, 2021.

UH Law Center alumnus Ruiz '18 encourages open-mindedness toward career during CDO webinar

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May 17, 2021 - Carlos Ruiz, a member of the University of Houston Law Center's class of 2018, described how his legal education has offered him professional versatility during a recent Lunch with a Lawyer event hosted by the Career Development Office. Associate Director for Career Development Chandria Jackson served as the moderator. The webinar was co-sponsored by the Intellectual Property Student Organization and the Latinx Law Students Association.

U.S. DOE official describes new energy justice initiative at UH Law Center’s 5th Annual North American Environment, Energy, & Natural Resources Conference

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May 14, 2021 - Shalanda Baker discussed aspects of the Biden administration’s approach to energy policy on Tuesday during a virtual University of Houston Law Center presentation. Baker, the first-ever Deputy Director for Energy Justice & Secretary's Advisor on Equity, was the
keynote speaker at the 5th Annual North American Environment, Energy, & Natural Resources Conference, "Energy, & Natural Resources Conference, Environmental Social Governance (ESG): Major Mover Towards Sustainable Energy Future."

Webinar hosted by UH Law Center’s Initiative on Global Law and Policy details how pandemic led to international expansions of executive power

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May 14, 2021 - International law scholars described how COVID-19 has challenged all political systems, discussing to what extent it has resulted in the sidelining of national legislatures, fostering more decision-making by presidential administrations in a recent discussion presented by the University of Houston Law Center's Initiative on Global Law and Policy and the University of Bologna Center for Latin American Studies.

Two UH Law Center 3Ls awarded National Association of Women Judges scholarships

May 14, 2021 - Emma Brockway and Chelsea Klumpp, two members of the University of Houston Law Center's Class of 2021, were the recent recipients of scholarships from the Houston chapter of the National Association of Women Judges. The scholarships were announced during a virtual ceremony, "Color of Justice: Enhancing Diversity in Houston's Legal Profession and Judiciary, One Student at a Time."

UH Law Center workshop addresses legal steps and responses following Winter Storm Uri

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May 14, 2021 – With an emphasis on issues such as landlord-tenant law, homeowners insurance, disaster remediation contracts, liens and FEMA, the University of Houston Law Center’s virtual continuing legal education seminar, “Winter Storm Uri: Legal Issues After the Thaw” gave insight and ideas on how to best prepare or recover from a severe winter weather event.

Alumni Spotlight: UH Law Center alumnus Sheldon ’97 realizing dream as U.S. magistrate judge

May 13, 2021 - Nearly three years into his role as a magistrate judge on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Sam Sheldon, a 1997 graduate of the University of Houston Law Center, said he still pauses to reflect on the trajectory of his legal career.

Nobel Peace Prize Winner Murad describes human rights needs for survivors of terrorism as Provost's Distinguished Speaker

UH Law Center commends academic excellence of students and faculty at virtual 2021 Dean's Awards

May 13, 2021 - Nadia Murad, a human rights activist and recipient of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize, said justice for survivors of genocide and sexual violence goes hand-in-hand with rebuilding war-torn communities. Murad was the keynote speaker in a virtual lecture hosted by the University of Houston Office of the Provost in April. The Law Center and the Graduate College of Social Work served as co-presenters. Dean Leonard M. Baynes moderated the question-and-answer session following Murad's presentation.

Initiative on Global Law and Policy webinar outlines impact of COVID-19 on human rights in Europe and Latin America

UH Law Center commends academic excellence of students and faculty at virtual 2021 Dean's Awards

May 13, 2021 - International legal scholars discussed how access to COVID-19 vaccines in Europe and in Latin America remains the top challenge to overcoming the pandemic in a virtual discussion hosted by the University of Houston Law Center's Initiative on Global Law and Policy (GLPA) and the University of Bologna Center for Latin American Studies.

U.S. Department of Energy official to discuss energy justice at conference hosted by UHLC's EENR Center

UH Law Center commends academic excellence of students and faculty at virtual 2021 Dean's Awards

May 10, 2021 - Shalanda H. Baker, the first-ever Deputy Director for Energy Justice at the U.S. Department of Energy, will serve as the keynote speaker at the Environment, Energy & Natural Resources Center's 5th Annual North American Environment, Energy, & Natural Resources Conference, which will be held virtually. The conference, "Environmental Social Governance (ESG): Major Mover Towards Sustainable Energy Future," will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

UH Law Center commends academic excellence of students and faculty at virtual 2021 Dean's Awards

UH Law Center commends academic excellence of students and faculty at virtual 2021 Dean's Awards

May 10, 2021 - The 2021 Dean's Award recognized standout students and faculty for their success in the classroom and community. The event was held virtually in April.

Three UH Law Center alumni among most exceptional performers on February and March bar exams

Nicholas Martinez and Matthew Rando

May 6, 2021 - Three University of Houston Law Center graduates were among the highest-scoring test takers when the bar exam was most recently administered.

Energy and environmental law expert highlights prevalence of energy insecurity during UH Law Center lecture

Professor Uma Outka

May 5, 2021 - Professor Uma Outka of the University of Kansas School of Law discussed energy law, COVID-19, and the overall energy burden that many Americans face in a presentation hosted last week by the University of Houston Law Center's Environment, Energy & Natural Resources Center.

Laura Gibson '84 elected president of State Bar of Texas

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May 4, 2021 - Laura Gibson, a 1984 graduate of the University of Houston Law Center, will soon become the next president of the State Bar of Texas.

April 2021

Alumni Spotlight: UH Law Center alumna Bonsu ’20 realizes lifelong aspiration seeking justice for clients at public defense firm in New York

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May 3, 2021 – Bethany Bonsu, a 2020 graduate of the University of Houston Law Center, recently secured employment as a trial lawyer with New York County Defender Services, one of the most competitive positions in the United States, by working with the Career Development Office.

UH Law Center recognizes first Hispanic graduate Bonilla '60 with Dean's Distinguished Award

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April 28, 2021 - Tony Bonilla, a 1960 alumnus of the University of Houston Law Center, and the school's first graduate of Hispanic descent, was presented with the Dean's Distinguished Award during a recent virtual event hosted by the Hispanic Law Alumni group and Latinx Student Association.

Universidad Anáhuac students win UH Law Center's first-ever Bilingual Dispute Resolution Competition

April 27, 2021 - Students from Mexico's Universidad Anáhuac secured a first-place finish in the University of Houston Law Center's inaugural inaugural Bilingual Dispute Resolution Competition. A team featuring students from the Law Center was the runner-up.

Sturn College of Law Professor Leong serves as last speaker in UH Law Center Spring 2021 External Workshop Series, “Race, Social Change, and the Law”

Professor Nancy Leong

April 26, 2021 - Professor Nancy Leong of the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver gathered virtually with University of Houston Law Center faculty and students last week to discuss her latest paper on the rare but notable uses of the phrase “white citizens” in federal law.

Colorful judicial writing style undermines legitimacy of opinions, law prof argues

April 23, 2021 - Upcoming Houston Law Review (Issue 1 of Volume 59) article by Professor Varsava is cited and discussed in ABA Journal.

Panelists discuss the need for Asian American representation in law during seminar led by UH Law Center’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee

April 21, 2021 - In response to an increase of assaults and fatal attacks against Asian Americans across the country, the University of Houston Law Center recently hosted a virtual event, "Combating Anti-Asian Violence."

Filling Federal Oversight Gaps

Nicholas Martinez and Matthew Rando

April 21, 2021 - The familiar murkiness of waters in the Gulf of Mexico can be off-putting for beachgoers visiting Galveston Island. Runoff from the Mississippi River makes its way to local beaches and causes downstream water to turn opaque and brown. Mud is one factor, and river runoff is another. However, concern tends to ratchet up a notch when pollution enters the river runoff discussion on a national scale, specifically when smaller, navigable intrastate bodies of water push pollution into larger interstate waters often involved in commerce (i.e. the Mississippi River, Great Lakes, Ohio River).

UHLC professors selected for Faculty Fellows Awards by UH's Hobby School of Public Affairs

Nicholas Martinez and Matthew Rando

April 20, 2021 - University of Houston Law Center faculty members Renee Knake Jefferson and David Kwok were announced as recipients of the Faculty Fellows Awards on Monday. The 2021-2022 Faculty Fellows Awards are presented by the Elizabeth D. Rockwell Center on Leadership and Ethics at the Hobby School of Public Affairs.

UH Law Center Clinical Professor Hoffman assesses future of immigration law during HJIL’s Skelton Lecture

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April 20, 2021 - Re-conceptualizing the field of immigration law and addressing its systemic problems were among the topics discussed in a presentation by Clinical Professor Geoffrey Hoffman in a presentation entitled, “What Should Immigration Law Become?". Hoffman, Director of the Law Center's Immigration Clinic, served as the keynote speaker at the Houston Journal of International Law’s annual Skelton Lecture Series that was held virtually on April 1.

UH Law Center Spring 2021 External Workshop Series: Stanford Law School’s Professor Richard Thompson Ford discusses relationship between dress code and race relations

April 19, 2021 - Visiting speaker Professor Richard Thompson Ford of the Stanford Law School gathered virtually with University of Houston Law Center faculty and students last week to discuss his book, “Dress Codes: How the Laws of Fashion Made History,” which offers a perspective on racial justice by discussing the history of dress codes and how they have worked to undermine personal dignity.

UH Law Center alumnus Cody '90 details his ascent to managing partner of global law firm

April 19, 2021 - After spending the majority of his career as a litigator, Jeff Cody, who now serves as a national managing partner at Norton Rose Fulbright, said his career transition happened organically. Cody, a 1990 alumnus of the University of Houston Law enter, was a recent speaker at a "Lunch with a Lawyer" event hosted by the Career Development Office. Dean Leonard M. Baynes moderated the discussion.

UH Law Center's inaugural English and Spanish ADR competition to crown winner Friday

April 14, 2021 - Students from the University of Houston Law Center and Mexico's Universidad Anáhuac will face off in a livestreamed championship round of the Bilingual Dispute Resolution Competition on Friday.

UH Law Center Spring 2021 External Workshop Series: Healthcare and race scholar from Saint Louis University School of Law discusses inequities and racism in the government’s pandemic response

Professor Ruqaiijah Yearby

April 14, 2021 - Professor Ruqaiijah Yearby of the Saint Louis University School of Law was the most recent speaker in the 2021 University of Houston Law Center Spring Workshop Series, “Race, Social Change, and the Law,” last week.

UH Law Center 2Ls Martinez and Rando successfully mediate case involving international parental child abduction

Nicholas Martinez and Matthew Rando

April 14, 2021 - Through the Hague Convention Mediation Program, second-year University of Houston Law Center students Nicholas Martinez and Matthew Rando recently resolved a case involving a parent who breached custody rights by illegally removing a child outside of their country of habitual residence.

UH Law Center’s Initiative on Global Law and Policy discussion analyzes pandemic’s impact on global commerce

CHAIR: Sabrina Ragone, University of Bologna
MODERATOR and DISCUSSANT: Frank Garcia, Boston College Law School
SPEAKER: Gabrielle Marceau, University of Geneva and WTO
DISCUSSANT: Elizabeth Trujillo, University of Houston

April 9, 2021 - International law scholars discussed how the COVID-19 crisis led to a decline in trade across the world and has emphasized the need for greater collaboration amongst regions and nations in future emergencies during a virtual presentation hosted by the University of Houston Law Center’s Initiative on Global Law and Policy and the University of Bologna Center for Latin American Studies.

Harris County health official describes need for multifaceted perspective at UHLC Health Law & Policy Institute event

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April 9, 2021- Karen Tseng, Senior Vice President & Chief Integration Officer for the Harris Health System, told attendees that care environments must go beyond medical treatment and utilize cross-disciplinary approaches to health at a recent University of Houston Law Center Health Law & Policy Institute lecture. Professor Jessica Mantel served as the moderator.

Faculty and staff commemorate UH Law Center's resilience, reflect on one-year mark of remote work

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April 8, 2021 - University of Houston Law Center administrators, staff and professors socialized and commemorated the school's accomplishments and versatility shifting to online operations throughout the COVID-19 pandemic during a recent gathering held on Zoom.

Student Spotlight: UH Law Center 2L Holloway adding celestial experience to his legal education

Joseph Holloway, a 2L at the University of Houston Law Center.

April 8, 2021 - As president of the Space Law Society, second-year University of Houston Law Center student Joe Holloway is able to combine multiple facets of the law in an evolving field.

Energy law and health law experts draw parallels between climate change and COVID-19 crises in discussion hosted by UHLC's Initiative on Global Law and Policy

CHAIR: Sabrina Ragone, University of Bologna
MODERATOR: Elizabeth Trujillo, University of Houston
SPEAKER: Daniel Farber, Sho Sato Professor of Law; Faculty Director, Center for Law, Energy, & the Environment, Berkeley University
DISCUSSANT: Pedro Villarreal, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg

April 8, 2021 – Speakers agreed that while responses to the COVID-19 pandemic can lead to a future that includes an increased usage in green energy, the acceleration of climate change may also create more pandemic threats, during a virtual discussion hosted by the University of Houston Law Center's Initiative on Global Law and Policy and the University of Bologna Center for Latin American Studies.

UH Law Center Spring 2021 External Workshop Series: Penn Law Professor Blackhawk discusses transformative potential of Indian law

University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School Assistant Professor Maggie Blackhawk addressed University of Houston Law Center faculty and students during a virtual presentation last week.

April 8, 2021 - The 2021 University of Houston Law Center Spring Workshop Series, “Race, Social Change, and the Law,” featured an in-depth with visiting speaker Professor Maggie Blackhawk of the University of Pennsylvania Carrey Law School on March 29.

Texas state senator says the Texas winter storm crisis cannot be a predictor of the future during UH Law Center's 3rd Annual Denney Wright Conference

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April 6, 2021 - Texas State Senator Paul Bettencourt said the impact of the severe winter weather across Texas in February was the result of poor preparation, and pointed to solutions that he believes will ensure such hardships never occur again.

Alumni Spotlight: UH Law Center alumnus Wilson ’77 enjoying rigors of appellate work after appointment to 14th Court of Appeals

Judge Wilson

April 6, 2021 – After spending several years as a partner at Susman Godfrey, Randy Wilson a 1977 graduate of the University of Houston Law Center, has returned to a familiar role as a judge.

UH Law Center’s marketing team wins three golds in national collegiate advertising competition

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April 5, 2021 - The University of Houston Law Center's communications and marketing department earned top honors in three categories as part of the 2020 Collegiate Advertising Awards, which honor excellence in marketing and advertising specific to the field of higher education.

UH Law Center Spring 2021 External Workshop Series: UC Davis Law professor speaks about threatened culture amid climate change

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April 5, 2021 - Professor Karima Bennoune of the University of California, Davis, School of Law joined the 2021 University of Houston Law Center Spring Workshop Series, “Race, Social Change, and the Law,” for an engaging discussion about threatened cultural rights in the time of climate change during a virtual presentation last week.

UH Law Center's One Book, One Community Project begins with analysis of "Just Mercy"

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April 1, 2021 - University of Houston Law Center faculty, students and staff examined "Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption" by Bryan Stevenson during a virtual discussion last week. The award-winning book tells the powerful story of Stevenson’s work as a lawyer representing death row clients in Alabama.

March 2021

UH Law Center Professor Thompson discusses racial and ethnic justice, pretrial reform as part of webinar series

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March 31, 2021 - University of Houston Law Center Professor Sandra Guerra Thompson spoke about why money bail is ineffective and how it disadvantages minorities during the third installment of “The Many Names of Slavery,” a course sponsored by The Houston Seminar.

UH Law Center Combines Forces with Center for Urban Transformation to Expand Pro Bono Juvenile Justice

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March 31, 2021 – The University of Houston Law Center’s Juvenile and Children’s Advocacy Project (JCAP) is collaborating with the Center for Urban Transformation’s juvenile diversion program (CUT) to expand CUT's capacity to represent and serve young people in Houston’s Fifth Ward, with a goal of breaking the school-to-prison pipeline.

UH Law Center Hosting Virtual Bilingual Dispute Resolution Competition Against Teams from Mexico

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March 31, 2021 - The University of Houston Law Center is launching an innovative online bilingual alternative dispute resolution competition to test law students’ skills in negotiation in both English and Spanish. Beginning in April, the competition will pit teams from the Law Center against teams from Mexico’s Universidad La Salle and Universidad Anahuac.

Eight UH Law Center specialty programs rank in Top 50 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report

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March 30, 2021 - The excellence of several University of Houston Law Center specialty programs are recognized among the best in the country in the U.S. News & World Report's annual survey released today.

Patent litigator shares his tips to career success with UH Law Center students

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March 30, 2021- Aden Allen, a senior associate attorney at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Austin advised students to be effective communicators and to take pride in their craft during a recent "Dinner with a Lawyer" event hosted by the University of Houston Law Center's Career Development Office. Associate Director for Career Development Chandria Jackson served as the moderator, and Allen was introduced by Dean Leonard M. Baynes.

UH Law Center alumnus Campbell '19 shares early-career journey during CDO's "Dinner with a Lawyer" event

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March 30, 2021- A recent graduate of the University of Houston Law Center told students and young alumni to go outside of their comfort zone when networking during a recent webinar hosted by the Career Development Office. Assistant Dean for Career Development Tiffany J. Tucker served as the moderator.

UH Law Center health law professors published in national COVID-19 policy playbook‬

Justice Walker and Judge Walker

March 24, 2021 - Faculty members from the University of Houston Law Center's Health Law & Policy Institute recently shared their expertise in the "COVID-19 Policy Playbook II: Legal Recommendations for a Safer, More Equitable Future."

The Joy of Clerking‪!‬

Justice Walker and Judge Walker

March 24, 2021 -Maryam Ghaffar '20 was featured on the Houston Young Lawyers Association's Hylights podcast on an episode titled "The Joy of Clerking." Ghaffar currently is a judicial law clerk for the Supreme Court of Texas.

Environmental scholar speaks about the common law and environmental policy during UHLC EENR lecture

Justice Walker and Judge Walker

March 22, 2021 - Professor Joshua Galperin of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law discussed the potential role of common law when it comes to environmental policy and decision-making, and argued it’s more important to focus on private claims versus public.

UH Law Center alumnus Walker ’03 discusses new role on Texas appeals court

Justice Walker and Judge Walker

March 22, 2021 - Throughout his career, Justice Brian Walker of the Second District Court of Appeals in Fort Worth, has shown a commitment to public service. From his experience in the Air Force, to managing a firm that handled Veterans Affairs benefits cases in addition to criminal and civil litigation, the 2003 graduate of the University of Houston Law Center now applies this commitment from behind the bench.

Nobel Peace Prize Winner Murad to serve as Provost's Distinguished Speaker in series co-sponsored by UH Law Center

Kwartler

March 22, 2021 - Human Rights Activist and Recipient of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Nadia Murad will serve as the keynote speaker in a virtual presentation hosted by the University of Houston Office of the Provost. The University of Houston Law Center and the UH Graduate College of Social Work are serving as co-presenters for the event at 5 p.m. on April 8.

Alumni Spotlight: UH Law Center graduate Kwartler ‘15 lands job in Brooklyn DA’s Office with help of CDO

Kwartler

March 22, 2021 – Bolstered by assistance and outreach from the University of Houston Law Center’s Career Development Office, alumnus Drew Kwartler recently began his new role as senior assistant district attorney for the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office in New York City.

Energy law scholar explains how eminent domain laws can promote clean energy projects during UHLC lecture

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March 12, 2021 - University of Minnesota Law School Professor Alexandra Klass said that increasing the amount of eminent domain authority given to some actors, and decreasing the amount given to others can help disincentive of the use of fossil fuels.

UH Law Center Immigration Clinic students help free Haitian man facing deportation

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March 12, 2021 – A Haitian man suffering mental illness was recently released from an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center by the diligence of Clinical Professor Geoffrey Hoffman, students from the University of Houston Law Center’s Immigration Clinic and attorneys from Baker Botts and American Gateways law firms.

UH Law Center welcomes Brena Baumann-Gonzalez '90 as Senior Director of Development

Brena Baumann Gonzalez

March 11, 2021 - University of Houston Law Center alumna Brena Baumann-Gonzalez ‘90 began her role as Senior Director of Development on Monday. She brings almost 28 years of high-level experience in philanthropy and development to the Law Center.

Professor Trina Jones discusses discrimination based on skin color, hair and broader implications

Professor Trina Junes

March 11, 2021 - The 2021 University of Houston Law Center Spring Workshop Series, “Race, Social Change, and the Law,” featured Professor Trina Jones of Duke Law School last week. Jones presented her project, “Racialized Appearance Norms: Testing Law’s Limits,” and discussed with Dean Leonard M. Baynes, students, and faculty the implications of and possible legal remedies for discrimination based on skin color and hair.

Psychology expert conveys essential elements of child trauma recovery in the juvenile justice system during UH Law Center webinar

JCAP

March 11, 2021 – Baylor College of Medicine Clinical Assistant Professor Megan A. Mooney relayed practical ways to support healing and recovery from the adverse effects of childhood trauma in her virtual presentation, “The Essential Elements of a Trauma-Informed Juvenile Justice System” hosted by the University of Houston Law Center’s Juvenile and Children's Advocacy Project (JCAP). The event included more than 120 attendees.

UH Law Center students and faculty meet with local federal judges during virtual meet-and-greet event

JCAP

March 11, 2021 - Members of the federal judiciary and University of Houston Law Center students and professors networked in small group settings during a Judicial Lunch-and-Learn program held on Zoom last week. The virtual gathering was hosted by the Law Center's Career Development Office.

UH Law Center students place second in healthcare compliance competition

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March 10, 2021 -Three University of Houston Law Center students finished second among 18 teams at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law's 10th Annual Health Law Regulatory and Compliance Competition. The competition was sponsored by the American Health Lawyers Association.

UH Law Center climbs in Law.com's latest "Go-To" law school rankings

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March 9, 2021 - The University of Houston Law Center is listed among the top "Go-To Law Schools" in the country, according to Law.com.

Alumni Spotlight:UHLC alumna Nigam '01 fights for human trafficking victims

Anjali Nigam

March 8, 2021 - When Anjali Nigam heard about an injunction brought against victims of human trafficking, she was shocked to discover the plaintiffs were the very governmental institutions that were supposed to protect them. 

Black History Month keynote speaker Burr traces roots of free Black people in America's antebellum period

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March 5, 2021 - University of New Mexico School of Law Professor Emerita Sherri L. Burr shared the elaborate ancestral history of Africans in America before the Civil War era in her presentation "Genealogical Research into America's Antebellum Past: The Challenges of Finding the Enslaved, the Free, and Enslavers." Burr served the keynote speaker at the University of Houston Law Center's annual Black History Month lecture, which was held virtually on Feb. 25. Dean Leonard M. Baynes served as a commentator.

Pandemic-related challenges can create positive transformation of international law, scholars say during webinar hosted by UHLC's Initiative on Global Law and Policy

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March 4, 2021 - Experts from Colombia and Italy discussed how the COVID-19 pandemic can potentially challenge international law experts to think beyond current normative parameters and serve as a standardizing force during a virtual discussion hosted by the University of Houston Law Center's Initiative on Global Law and Policy. "Constitutionalism, Trade, Social Justice, & Sustainability in the Americas: Lessons from the 2020 Global Pandemic," was the second event in a six-part series, co-sponsored by the University of Bologna Center for Latin American Studies and the American Society of International Law-Latin America Interest Group.

HIPLA applauds inclusion efforts of UH Law Center's Institute for Intellectual Property & Information Law

victor Wright

March 3, 2021 - The University of Houston Law Center's Institute for Intellectual Property & Information Law (IPIL) was the recipient of the inaugural 2021 Houston Intellectual Property Law Association's Excellence in Diversity Award. HIPLA created two inaugural awards, one for institutional efforts towards diversity and inclusion, and another to recognize an individual for their efforts in these areas.

Dean Baynes highlights rapid progress of new building during talk with students

victor Wright

March 2, 2021 - University of Houston Law Center Dean Leonard M. Baynes said The John M. O'Quinn Law Building is expected to be halfway completed by this summer while addressing students, faculty and staff during two spring semester "Discussion with the Dean" virtual sessions held last week.

Career Development Office offers strategies and tips to 1Ls seeking legal employment opportunities

victor Wright

March 2, 2021 – The Career Development Office’s (CDO) Passport to Success Professional Development Series recently provided fundamental career advising and professional training to first-year University of Houston Law Center students, giving direction on how to best seek out job opportunities and understand the employment process.

UH Law Center 3L Udave awarded prestigious scholarship to advance diversity in intellectual property law

victor Wright

March 2, 2021 - Cesar Udave, a third-year student at the University of Houston Law Center, was recently received the IPLI/IP Tech Camp scholarship from the Hispanic National Bar Association. The award is given to Hispanic law students around the nation to advance the HNBA’s mission of increasing representation in intellectual property and technology law.

UH Law Center graduate Perdue, Sr. ’63 honored by Texas Trial Lawyers Association for lifetime devotion and advancement to the legal field

victor Wright

March 2, 2021 – Jim Perdue, Sr., a trailblazer in plaintiff litigation and expert in personal injury and medical malpractice, recently received the 2020 Texas Trial Lawyers Association Lifetime Achievement Award, recognizing his 57 years of dedication and exemplary performance in the legal field.

February 2021

UHLC moot court team members excel in ABA competition, showcase advocacy skills

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Feb. 25, 2021 – University of Houston Law Center students Farhan Mohiuddin and Emory Powers competed in the recent 13th First Amendment and Media Diversity Law Competition, sponsored by the American Bar Association, reaching the semifinal and final round respectively.

UH Law Center alumnus Wright '98 featured in Modern Counsel magazine

victor Wright

Feb. 24, 2021 - Current UH Law Alumni Association President Victor Wright was the focus of a recent article in a national legal publication. The article, "Former JAG Lawyer Victor Wright Flies High at KBR," was published by Modern Counsel and discusses Wright's career trajectory.

Panelists examine inequity caused by the global pandemic and vaccination distribution during discussion hosted by UHLC's Initiative on Global Law and Policy

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Feb. 24, 2021 - In a recent webinar hosted by the University of Houston Law Center's Initiative on Global Law and Policy and co-organized by the University of Bologna Center for Latin American Studies, scholars from Germany and Mexico agreed that the COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted vulnerable groups around the world. "The COVID-19 Pandemic and its Impact on Social Justice," was the first event in a six-part series, sponsored by the American Society of International Law.

Black History Month Lecture speaker Burr to analyze pre-Civil War ancestral history

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Feb. 23, 2021 - In commemoration of Black History Month, the University of Houston Law Center will host a virtual discussion led by University of New Mexico School of Law Professor Emeritus Sherri L. Burr at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 25.

UH Law Center Spring 2021 External Workshop Series: Berkeley Law Professor López discusses dog whistle politics, race, and class

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Feb. 22, 2021 - The University of Houston Law Center recently welcomed Professor Ian Haney López of the University of Berkeley School of Law, as he discussed his book, "Merge Left: Fusing Race and Class, Winning Elections, and Saving America."

UH Law Center panel analyzes how customs can supersede legal methods in presidential transfers of power

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Feb. 22, 2021 - Experts from the University of Houston Law Center and a guest speaker from the UH Hobby School of Public Affairs discussed the presidential transfer of power in a recent continuing legal education session that was held virtually.

University of Houston Law Center Professor Linzer celebrated for his kindness, remembered as vigorous debater

Judge Cochran '84

Feb. 11, 2021 - Alumni, faculty, staff, former colleagues and friends remembered University of Houston Law Center Professor Peter S. Linzer for his love of life and ideas, his adamant support of younger colleagues and other fond recollections during a virtual memorial on Tuesday.

University of Miami School of Law Professor Osamudia James discusses risk in education, racial inequalities

Professor Osamudia James

Feb. 11, 2021 - The 2021 University of Houston Law Center Spring Workshop Series, "Race, Social Justice, and the Law," continued last week, featuring Professor Osamudia James of the University of Miami School of Law. James discussed her paper, “Risky Education” and sparked an engaging discussion with Dean Leonard M. Baynes and Law Center professors and students regarding parents’ roles in the education system, their choices, and how they affect society as a whole.

UH Law Center remembers former Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Cochran '84

Judge Cochran '84

Feb. 9, 2021 - Cathy Cochran, a 1984 graduate of the University of Houston Law Center, and a judge on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, died Sunday at the age of 76.

OU Law students win 2021 Hunton Andrews Kurth Moot Court National Championship, hosted by UHLC’s Blakely Institute

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Feb. 9, 2021 – University of Oklahoma College of Law students Tanner Herrmann and Morgan Vastag were the victors of the 2021 Hunton Andrews Kurth Moot Court National Championship held Jan. 28-30.

Initiative on Global Law and Policy at UH Law Center to host international speaker series

Feb. 8, 2021 - The Initiative on Global Law and Policy for the Americas, founded by University of Houston Law Center Professor Elizabeth Trujillo, will launch by hosting a webinar series in Spring 2021 in partnership with the University of Bologna Center for Latin American Studies.  The Latin America Interest Group from the American Society of International Law (ASIL-LAIG) will also co-sponsor the event.

UH Law Center 3L Klumpp argues before Fifth Circuit in immigration case

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Feb. 5, 2021 - University of Houston Law Center third-year student Chelsea Klumpp made her first appearance in court on Thursday in front of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals alongside Clinical Professor Geoffrey Hoffman. The case involved several issues, including ineffective assistance of counsel, political opinion asylum, PSG, nexus and others.

UHLC’s Vail Asylum Law Workshop keynote speaker says Biden administration's executive orders signal shift in immigration policy

Professor Peter Linzer

Feb. 3, 2021 - Ira J. Kurzban said he envisions the U.S. government taking a different approach to immigration under President Joe Biden in some instances, but the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to present unique challenges immigrants and their legal representation. 

UH Law Center to celebrate life and legacy of Professor Peter Linzer

Professor Peter Linzer

Feb. 2, 2021 - The University of Houston Law Center will host a memorial event at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 9 on Zoom for professor and legal scholar Peter Linzer. He passed away on Dec. 13 after a battle with a long-term illness.

Gift of gab helps UH Law Center graduate West ’20 land congressional fellowship

Cody West

Feb. 1, 2021 - Throughout his academic and professional career, Cody West has demonstrated a knack for making contacts. The 2020 graduate of the University of Houston Law Center said he likes to take an authentic approach when creating connections and forming new relationships.

Sondock Jurist-in-Resident Liu says more women than men are entering law school today

University of Houston Law Center Dean Leonard M. Baynes, left, welcomes Justice Goodwin Liu, right, as the keynote speaker at the virtual Sondock Jurist-in-Residence program last week.

Feb. 1, 2021 — Associate Justice Goodwin H. Liu of the California Supreme Court delivered the Justice Ruby Kless Sondock Jurist-in-Residence Lectureship in Legal on Tuesday, discussing shifts in law school population, and how the profession could look much different in years to come.

January 2021

Utah Law Professor Contreras discusses impact of COVID-19 on intellectual property rights during 27th Annual IPIL Lecture

Fordham Law School Professor Bennett Capers was the first speaker of the Spring 2021 External Workshop Series at the University of Houston Law Center, which is being held virtually this semester.

Jan. 29, 2021 - University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor Jorge L. Contreras provided his perspective on COVID-19’s effect on intellectual property rights sharing movements during a recent University of Houston Law Center lecture entitled, "Anatomy of an Intellectual Property Movement: The Open COVID Pledge."

Fordham Law School Professor Bennett Capers examines racial disparities, reshaping legal education

Fordham Law School Professor Bennett Capers was the first speaker of the Spring 2021 External Workshop Series at the University of Houston Law Center, which is being held virtually this semester.

Jan. 27, 2021 - The 2021 University of Houston Law Center Spring Workshop Series, "Racial Justice and the Law" began on Monday on Monday, with Professor Bennett Capers of Fordham Law School joining Dean Leonard M. Baynes and Law Center professors and students a virtual discussion of Capers’ work in progress, “The Law School as White Space?”

eBriefcase January 2021

Michael Olivas

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Sondock Jurist-in-Residence speaker Liu to deliver lecture on diversity and shift in law school enrollment

Jan. 25, 2021 — Associate Justice Goodwin H. Liu of the California Supreme Court will discuss diversity and trends in law school enrollment virtually on Jan. 26, highlighting how the demographic composition of law students has shifted since the Great Recession.

UH Law Center external speaker series to examine race, social change, and the law

UHLC Building

Jan. 25, 2021 - Law professors from across the country will discuss their research with University of Houston Law Center students as part of the 2021 UHLC Spring Workshop Series.

UH Law Center experts to examine presidential transfer of power

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Jan. 25, 2021 - Following the Jan. 2021 inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, University of Houston Law Center faculty will analyze the process of the presidential transfer of power during a virtual discussion at 5 p.m. on Feb. 3. held on Zoom.

UHLC graduate Juan Vasquez ’77 relays trials and accomplishments of first Hispanic tax court judge in new biography

UHLC graduate Juan Vasquez ’77 relays trials and accomplishments of first Hispanic tax court judge in new biography

Jan 25, 2021 – University of Houston Law Center alumnus and adjunct professor Juan F. Vasquez vividly conveys his trials of discrimination, poverty and manual labor in a new biography published by the American Bar Association scheduled for release in January.

UH Law Center Professor Thompson to analyze influence of graphic photos during trials at virtual CLE

Sandra Guerra Thompson

Jan. 21, 2021 - University of Houston Law Center Professor Sandra Guerra Thompson will participate in a continuing legal education discussion on the impact of gory imagery used in the courtroom at 10 a.m. on Feb. 19.

UH Law Center recognizes 2020 alumni bar exam success

Jessica Roberts is the Leonard H. Childs Chair in Law and Director of the Health Law & Policy Institute at the University of Houston Law Center.

Jan. 20, 2021 - Recent graduates of the University of Houston Law Center were welcomed into the legal profession at the virtual Pass the Bar celebration last week held on Zoom.

UH Law Center Professor Roberts’ research featured on acclaimed peer-review website

Jessica Roberts is the Leonard H. Childs Chair in Law and Director of the Health Law & Policy Institute at the University of Houston Law Center.

Jan. 14, 2021 - University of Houston Law Center Professor Jessica Roberts’ article, “GINA, Big Data, and the Future of Employee Privacy,” which was featured in the Yale Law Journal, was recently reviewed on the scholarship website JOTWELL. University of Tennessee College of Law Associate Professor Bradley Areheart co-wrote the article with Roberts.

UH Law Center 2L Nguepdo selected as first African-American editor-in-chief of Houston Law Review

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Jan. 13, 2021 – Second-year University of Houston Law Center student Charisma Ricksy Nguepdo has been named the Houston Law Review’s editor-in-chief, the first person of African descent to earn that position.

UH Law Center faculty to collaborate on George Floyd intersession course

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Jan. 12, 2021 - The University of Houston Law Center is launching a special topics course, "George Floyd and the Aftermath: Equal Justice and the Law," for the Spring 2021 semester.

UH Law Center Professor Emily Berman awarded for outstanding work on government oversight

Emily Berman

Jan 12, 2021 - University of Houston Law Center Professor Emily Berman was announced as the first annual winner of the Excellence in Oversight Research Award by the Levin Center at Wayne State University Law School. The accolade honors Berman’s Boston College Law Review article, “Weaponizing the Office of Legal Counsel,” as the year’s most outstanding work on government oversight.

UH Law Center hosts immigration workshop on January 29

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Jan. 8, 2021 – The University of Houston Law Center will present the Joseph A. Vail Asylum workshop on January 29 addressing recent changes in legal immigration policies and migrant protection laws amid the coronavirus pandemic.

UH Law Center remembers former Professor Peter Linzer

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Jan. 6, 2021 – University of Houston Law Center professor and legal scholar Peter S. Linzer passed in December after a battle with a long-term illness. He died on December 13. His keen powers of observation, analysis and languages informed a lifetime of scholarship, commentary and teaching. He is survived by a wife, a son and a grandson.  

December 2020

UH Law Center Professor Wells elected to American Law Institute

Bret Wells

Dec. 23, 2020 - Professor Bret Wells became the latest member of the University of Houston Law Center faculty to be named to the American Law Institute in December.

UH Law Center to Launch Course on the Transformation of the Legal Profession

Adjunct professor Rafael D.B. Figueiredo is adding to the University of Houston Law Center's curriculum with a unique new cl

Dec. 21, 2021 - In spring 2021, the University of Houston Law Center will offer its first-ever course on legal innovation, currently a hot topic in legal education. Designed to prepare students for the rapidly evolving legal industry, the course will survey and explore emerging legal business models, the rise of alternative legal service providers, increasing emphasis on legal entrepreneurship, ongoing regulatory reform initiatives, career path alternatives and the role and adoption of new technologies.

University of Houston Law Center Professor Koch Notes Significant Legal Concerns Surrounding COVID-19

University of Houston Law Center Assistant Professor Valerie Gutmann Koch

Dec. 21, 2020 -- The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on not only public health and the economy, but according to University of Houston Law Center Assistant Professor Valerie Gutmann Koch, it has also raised large legal and ethical issues.

UHLC's Center for U.S. and Mexican Law hosts fall webinar series

Dec. 18, 2020 — Throughout the Fall 2020 semester, the University of Houston Law Center’s Center for U.S. and Mexican Law led four events covering a wide range of topics from gender-based hate crimes, the COVID-19 pandemic, the recent USMCA and the North American Consortium of Legal Education (NACLE) annual workshop.

UH Law Center releases Pandemic, Protests and Progress edition of Briefcase

Dec. 17, 2020 - The University of Houston Law Center published its 2020 Year in Review edition of Briefcase magazine today.

"As 2020 draws to a close, it is important to recognize it will be remembered in the history books as being one of the most challenging years in our nation's history," said Dean Leonard M. Baynes in the magazine's introduction. "Amidst all the difficulties it is critical to highlight some of the bright spots."

UH Law Center Launches Global Law and Policy Program

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Dec. 16, 2020 – The University of Houston Law Center has established the Initiative on Global Law and Policy for the Americas (GLPA), aimed at uniting academics, practitioners and policy makers to develop research, coursework and collaboration in the areas of international and comparative law.

UH Law Center Professor Flatt provides analysis on the significance of clean water protection

Victor Flatt

Dec. 16, 2020 - University of Houston Law Center Professor Victor Flatt served as one of eight co-authors in a report published Tuesday that indicates that the EPA’s deregulation of water protection policies last this year was based on insubstantial scientific methodology. The report was released by the External Environmental Economics Advisory Committee.

The John M. O'Quinn Foundation Awarded University of Houston President's Medallion

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Dec. 14, 2020 - The John M. O'Quinn Foundation will be recipient of the President's Medallion, the highest honor personally bestowed by UH President and System Chancellor Renu Khator, on Dec. 17 at the University of Houston's virtual commencement ceremony.

UH Law Center celebrates the season through virtual holiday event

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Dec. 11, 2020 - Administrators, alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the University of Houston Law Center gathered virtually on Wednesday for a special edition of the annual Holiday Coffee event.

Chinquapin Preparatory students win top honors at 2020 UH Law Center Street Law mock trial tournament

Chinquapin Preparatory students win top honors at 2020 UH Law Center Street Law mock trial tournament

Dec. 7, 2020 - High school students from Chinquapin Preparatory School won the championship round of the University of Houston Law Center's recent virtual Street Law 2020 mock trial competition. Students from Alief Early College were the runners-up. The Honorable Gregg Costa of the Fifth Circuit of Appeals served as the judge of the final round.

Prospective law students gather for encouragement and opportunity at annual Diversity Pre-Law Symposium

Jonathan Beane, Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer for the NFL, provided career advice to students who attended the virtual 2020 Diversity Pre-Law Symposium & Law School Admissions Fair. Jamila Brinson, a partner at Jackson Walker LLP and 2010 graduate of the Law Center, encouraged attendees to overcome obstacles at the 2020 Diversity Pre-Law Symposium & Law School Admissions Fair.

Dec. 1, 2020 — Aspiring attorneys from around the country learned about the legal profession, law school application process, financial aid, joint degree programs, and professionalism in the legal industry among other topics at the recent 2020 Diversity Pre-Law Symposium & Law School Admissions Fair.