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May 2024

UH Law Centers hosts Spring Small and Midsize Firm Open House

CDO Event

May 22, 2024 — Law students and recent graduates connected with more than 40 law firms during the 2024 Spring Small and Midsize Firm Open House, hosted by the University of Houston Law Center Career Development Office.

UHLC student Billy Gillis-Harry secures approval for her immigration petition

Deborah Billy Gillis-Harry

May 21, 2024 — University of Houston Law Center student Deborah Billy Gillis-Harry (J.D. candidate ‘25) recently received approval for her EB-2 National Interest Waiver under the Exceptional Ability category.

UH Law Center graduates urged to seize opportunities and lead with compassion

Mike Engelhart (J.D. '95)

May 15, 2024 — University of Houston Law Center commencement speaker Lola Lin encouraged the Class of 2024, which included 262 J.D. graduates and 47 LL.M. graduates, to embrace possibilities, navigate challenges with sound judgment, and demonstrate empathy during Saturday’s ceremony at the Fertitta Center.

Alumni Spotlight: UHLC alumnus Mike Engelhart ‘95 wins 2024 Trial Judge of the Year Award

Mike Engelhart (J.D. '95)

May 14, 2024 — University of Houston Law Center alumnus and longstanding judge of the Harris County Civil District, Mike Engelhart (J.D. '95), has been recognized as the 2024 Trial Judge of the Year Award by the Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists (TACTAS).

UHLC alumni offer insights on litigation law

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May 9, 2024 — Law students learned about the intricacies of litigation from practicing attorneys during the “Disputes Over Dinner: A Litigation Learning Event” organized by the Career Development Office (CDO) at the University of Houston Law Center.

Justice Lehrmann says restoring society’s confidence in legal system is vital at UHLC’s Sondock ethics lecture

Supreme Court of Texas Senior Justice Debra H. Lehrmann, UHLC Dean Leonard M. Baynes and Justice Ruby Kless Sondock

May 08, 2024 – Debra H. Lehrmann, Supreme Court of Texas Senior Justice, advocated for a shift within the judiciary to improve the public’s faith in law and democracy during a lecture at the University of Houston Law Center.

Better writers make better lawyers say experts at Lone Star Legal Writing Conference held at UH Law Center

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May 06, 2024 — More than 50 legal writing faculty and teaching professionals from around the country attended the 2024 Lone Star Regional Legal Writing Conference this April at the University of Houston Law Center

Noah R. Feldman says constitutional questions are causing Israel to face a national identity crisis at UHLC’s annual Yale Rosenberg Lecture

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May 06, 2024 — Legal scholar and columnist Noah R. Feldman dissected Israel's constitutional challenges during this year's Yale L. Rosenberg Memorial Lecture in April at the University of Houston Law Center.

CSB Board Member Sandoval stressed the significance of chemical safety at UHLC EENR lecture

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May 03, 2024 – Catherine J.K. Sandoval, United States Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Agency Board Member, described the agency's work as akin to a "rolling disaster movie," underscoring the importance of preventing chemical incidents.

LGBTQ+ judicial trailblazers encourage students to be ‘authentic selves’ during OUTLaw Speaker Series

Connor Schlacks

May 1, 2024 – University of Houston Law Center students gain insights from judges about their experiences navigating legal careers while embracing their identity during an OUTLaw Speaker Series this spring.

UHLC guest Keys discusses strengthening law school applicant pool on HBA Behind the Lines podcast

Connor Schlacks

May 1, 2024 — Behind the Lines: The Houston Lawyer podcast featured Mariesha Keys (J.D. ’19), the new Director of the Pre-Law Pipeline Programs at the University of Houston Law Center who spoke about the representation within law schools and the wider legal profession.

April 2024

Student Spotlight: UHLC student Erin Kelly excels as health law legislative fellow

Connor Schlacks

April 30, 2024 – University of Houston Law Center student Erin Kelly found a dream opportunity working as a Health Law Legislative Fellow for the Texas Senate Health and Human Services Committee. Passionate about improving food regulations in the country, Kelly had the opportunity to contribute to the revision of several food laws during her fellowship.

Two law professors honored at 2024 UH Faculty Excellence Awards

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April 30, 2024 — The University of Houston recognized the achievements of its professors during the 2024 Faculty Awards. UH Law Center faculty Elizabeth Trujillo and Peter Salib were among those spotlighted at the April 25 event for excellence in teaching, research and service.

2024 Dean’s Awards honor accomplishments of UHLC students, faculty and staff

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April 25, 2024 — The University of Houston Law Center recognized the achievements of students, faculty and staff during its annual Dean’s Awards Ceremony. UH Law Center Dean Leonard M. Baynes and Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Monica Mensah co-hosted the event at the John M. O’Quinn Law Building on Friday, April 19.

Gala guests raise $630K for UH Law Center during ‘Bollywood Bling’ event

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The University of Houston Law Center Alumni Association recently dazzled attendees at the 47th Annual Law Gala & Auction, embracing the theme of "Bollywood Bling."  More than 540 alumni, faculty, and guests graced the gala at the Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston on April 6.

Student Spotlight: UH Law Center 2L Schlacks shares insights on working with Houston Law Review

Connor Schlacks

April 25, 2024 — Connor Schlacks, a second-year student at the University of Houston Law Center, has used a variety of different educational experiences to assist in his pursuit of a law degree.

UH Law Center 2024 commencement scheduled for May 11

2023 Graduation Photo

April 23, 2024 — The University of Houston Law Center will honor its 2024 J.D. and LL.M. graduates during a ceremony on Saturday, May 11 at the Fertitta Center.

Student Spotlight: UHLC student Grayem publishes wind rights article in Texas Lawyer

Hannah Grayem

April 23, 2024 — University of Houston Law Center student Hannah Grayem was featured in Texas Lawyer for an article on the severability of wind rights.

Experts address evolving asylum strategies and border policies at UH Law Center immigration law workshop

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April 18, 2024 — Immigration lawyers and advocates will discuss gender and family asylum claims in the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, along with Texas and U.S. border policies, during this year's Joseph A. Vail Asylum Law Workshop on Friday, April 19.

Academic, policy, and industry professionals explore energy transition business obstacles and opportunities at University of Houston Law Center event

Law Building

April 16, 2024 – Energy and legal experts will examine the challenges and prospects of carbon capture, infrastructure repurposing, and a resilient electricity grid during the University of Houston Law Center’s 8th Annual North American Environment, Energy and Natural Resources event on Thursday, April 18.

Tax knowledge pivotal for energy investment success, panelists note during annual conference at UHLC

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April 12, 2024 — Legal, tax and energy professionals from multiple countries convened to discuss international energy investments and tax implications at the 6th Annual University of Houston Law Center Denney L. Wright International Energy Tax Conference and 24th Annual Houston Business and Tax Law Journal Symposium.

UH Law Center specialty programs earn Top 10 recognition in U.S. News

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April 09, 2024 — University of Houston Law Center's intellectual property law, health care law, and part-time specialty programs rank in the Top 10 nationwide in the 2024 U.S. News & World Report of Best Law Schools.

Faculty Spotlight: University of Houston Law Center international crimes expert available for comment

Paust

In response to the seven aid workers being killed in an Israeli air strike, UHLC Professor Emeritus Jordan J. Paust says the attack on each car was deliberate.

Student Spotlight: UHLC 2L Sarah Douglas gains experience through TechnipFMC internship

Sarah Douglas

April 03, 2024 – Sarah Douglas, a first-generation law student, has been interning at the global technology company TechnipFMC where she has acquired invaluable skills.

Experts to examine how Supreme Court Affirmative Action decision impacts legal and medical education at upcoming University of Houston event

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April 03, 2024 — National leaders in healthcare, the legal profession and academia will delve into the aftermath and ramifications of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in SFFA v. Harvard at an upcoming conference titled "Justice and Health for All: The Future of Affirmative Action in Legal and Medical Education" taking place on Friday, April 12, 2024.

UH Law Center Professor Duncan honored for teaching excellence by local legal organization

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April 02, 2024 — The Houston Lawyers Association has named University of Houston Law Center (UHLC) Professor Meredith J. Duncan (J.D. ‘93) as the recipient of the 2024 Roberson L. King Excellence in Education Award.

March 2024

UH Law Center celebrates top 1L academic achievers

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March 29, 2024 – The University of Houston Law Center hosted its annual Student Academic Achievement Reception this spring to congratulate excelling students in the Top 30% of their 1L, first semester class.

Four UHLC alumni to serve on the 2024-2025 Houston Bar Foundation Board

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March, 29, 2024 — The Houston Bar Foundation introduced Linda Hester as the 2024 chair at the Foundation’s annual luncheon in March. Hester, an alumna of UHLC (LL.M ’11) is joined by three fellow Law Center graduates on the 2024-2025 HBF Board of Directors: incoming director and past HBA president Jennifer A. Hasley (LL.M. ‘95) of Hasley Scarano, L.L.P., director Andrew Gratz (J.D. ’02) of LyondellBasell, and treasurer Richard Whiteley (J.D. ’99).

It's Going to Have a Ripple Effect: Hanna Niner's Passion for Helping Others as a Lawyer

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Hanna Niner (J.D. ’23) has always had a passion for helping others. She dreamed of becoming an attorney, practicing public interest law and helping those who can’t afford quality legal services.

Faculty Spotlight: UH Law Center Ethics Expert Jefferson Available to Discuss Eastman and Clark Disciplinary Cases 

Renee Knake Jefferson
Professor of Law and the Joanne and Larry Doherty Chair in Legal Ethics
Director, Law Center Outcomes and Assessments

March 28, 2024 — Renee Knake Jefferson, a leading authority on legal ethics and professor at the University of Houston Law Center, is available for commentary on the recent John Charles Eastman disbarment opinion from the California State Bar Court and the Jeffrey Clark disciplinary trial before the D.C. Bar. Click here for bio

UHLC wins regional ABA Appellate Advocacy Competition, advances to nationals

UHLC Moot Court team Frank Chambers and Nathan Halaney, front row, coach  Cassandra Jeu. The regional champions secured a place to compete at the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition.

March 28, 2024 — University Houston Law Center (UHLC) students Frank Chambers and Nathan Halaney were named Regional Champions at the 2024 American Bar Association’s National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC) Regional Tournament in Boston, earning them a spot in the ABA nationals in April.

Skelton Lecture emphasizes the role of lawyers in upholding human rights

Students

March 27, 2024 – The 2024 Skelton Lecture Series featured John Vernon, who discussed the significance of The International Declaration of Human Rights at 75: The Role of Lawyers in Upholding the Rule of Law.

Local high school students explore pathways to legal education at UH Law Center

Students

March 27, 2024 — The University of Houston Law Center Office of Admissions, in partnership with Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas, hosted nearly 250 local area high school students during the University of Houston Law Center’s (UHLC) annual Diversity Matters: Opportunities and Communities Law Day.

Third-year UH Law Center student charts new course with maritime law internship

Brady Mills

March 26, 2024 – For the past year, University of Houston Law Center 3L Bailey Pruitt has been interning at Schouest, Bamdas, Soshea, BenMaier & Eastham PLLC, focusing on maritime law. Pruitt credits her passion for sailing for being the driving force in focusing on maritime law.

Building a Promising Future: Brady Mills (J.D. Candidate ’25) Ventures into Intellectual Property Law

Brady Mills

Brady Mills (J.D. Candidate ’25) didn’t always plan on becoming a lawyer. In fact, as an undergraduate, he studied chemical engineering. He changed his trajectory when he recognized law school as a path to a more fulfilling and promising future for him and his family.

UHLC student Sofia Winograd becomes first Latina Editor-in-Chief at the Houston Law Review

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March 19, 2024 — The Houston Law Review has elected Sofia Winograd as Editor-in-Chief. The Mexico City native will be the first Latina Editor-in-Chief in the publication’s 60-year history.

Noah R. Feldman to Discuss Complexities of Jewish Identity at University of Houston Law Center’s Rosenberg Lecture

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March 19, 2024 — Legal scholar and columnist Noah R. Feldman will explore evolving facets of Jewish identity at the University of Houston Law Center's annual Yale L. Rosenberg Memorial Lecture on Wednesday, April 3, 2024.

UH Law Center alumnus John Kazen ‘90 named Federal Judge

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March 15, 2024 — President Joe Biden appointed University of Houston Law Center alumnus John A. Kazen (J.D. ’90) to serve on the bench of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

UH Law Center hosts IP law scholars for national JIPSA workshop

UH Law Center Associate Dean Greg Vetter (center) welcomes the 2024 JISPA participants: (from left to right) Andrew Michaels, Nikolas Guggenberger, Nikola Datzov, Sari Mazzurco, Amy Motomura, Vetter, Xiyin Tang, Tabrez Ebrahim, Aman Gebru and Zvi Rosen. Participants not pictured: Tim Hsieh, Christa Laser and Anoo Vyas.

March 14, 2024 — Members of the Junior Intellectual Property Scholars' Association (JIPSA) convened for a two-day workshop at the University of Houston Law Center (UHLC).

UH Law Center among top 25 ‘Go-To Law Schools’ for Big Law jobs

The University of Houston Law Center is No. 23 on the Go-To Law School list, a ranking by Law.com based on J.D. graduates hired as associates at the Top 100 law firms in the country.

March 12, 2024 — The University of Houston Law Center has been selected by Law.com as a 2024 Go-To Law School, an annual ranking of the nation’s top 50 law schools based on the highest percentage of J.D. graduates hired as associates by Big Law. This year, UHLC advanced nine spots to No. 23 on the Go-To list.

Energy conference at UH sparks discussion on human rights, ESG and nuclear reliability

Awards

March 08, 2024 — The outlook for energy law and policy took center stage at the American Bar Association (ABA) 2024 Americas Conference last week at the University of Houston. Experts examined nuclear energy options, compliance in energy trade, and the intersection of environmental justice with human rights.

UHLC Black Law Students Association helps feed 350+ Houston families in need

Awards

March 07 2024 — The University of Houston Law Center’s Black Law Students Association (BLSA) collaborated with the Foundation for Black Heritage and Culture in the “We Are One” Food Distribution to prepare and distribute meals to more than 350 families lacking access to basic, healthy, and nutritious foods in the Houston area. The service day was held in February.

UH Law Alumni Association announces 2023-2024 award recipients

Awards

March 05, 2024 — The University of Houston Law Alumni Association has selected exceptional alumni and esteemed law faculty whose remarkable contributions continually elevate the standing of the Law Center in the business and legal community.

Student Spotlight: UHLC student Mackay shares journey from decorated Green Beret to law school

Roger Mackay

March 5, 2024 – Roger Mackay served in the army as a Green Beret for almost a decade and received the Bronze Star. After his military service, he decided to pursue a career as an attorney and enrolled in law school.  

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).

February 2024

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

GGPITT students

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

Winning Group

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

Celeste A. Acevedo

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

Berman

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

Delmont

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

Aprill Harmon

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

Wright

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

Lorick

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

Zimmerman

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

PreLaw Magazine Cover with our building on it

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

Deanna Mack

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.