June 05, 2023 — University of Houston Law Center 1L Nurain Ali has been awarded the prestigious 2023 Susman Godfrey Prize. Nominated by professors, Ali was recognized for her leadership capabilities of integrity, perseverance and diligence fashioned by unique trials.
June 01, 2023 – University of Houston Law Center professors joined experts in the field of technology and media to discuss the intersection of big tech and free speech as part of the Houston Bar Association President’s Speaker Series.
May 31, 2023 — The University of Houston Law Center’s John M. O’Quinn Law Building has received national recognition for being an environmentally-friendly structure. The U.S. Green Building Council awarded the Law Center with a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification, receiving 55 points.
May 31 , 2023 — The Juvenile and Children’s Advocacy Project (JCAP) was featured in the Houston Lawyer in the March/April issue for its work in juvenile justice reform. Recognized as a nonprofit making a difference in the community, JCAP was regaled for its representation of youth in the courtroom, community outreach and the sealing of juvenile court records.
May 23, 2023 — Environmental lawyer and University of Houston Law Center alumnus Jeff Mundy ’88, was named as one of the Top 100 in 2023 by the National Trial Lawyers, marking his third year among the ranks. His passion for environmental conservation has propelled him to the forefront of environmental and conservation efforts in Texas
May 23, 2023 — The University of Houston Law Center’s graduating class of 2023 marked one of the Law Center’s most diverse classes yet.
May 22, 2023 — Samuel Kuang, Lizzy Do, and Julia Tape, all 2Ls, Asian American, and first-generation law students at the University of Houston Law Center, share their unique academic paths to law school, the benefits of attending UH Law Center, goals as editors-in-chief, and advice to students.
May 19, 2023— The University of Houston Law Center and the University of Houston Law Center Alumni Association presented the 46th Annual Law Gala & Auction with the theme “Bold & Bright.” Nearly 400 UH Law Center alumni, faculty, and friends attended, adorned in vibrant colors from Cougar red, canary yellow, fierce fuchsia and lively lime.
May 18, 2023 — The Houston Bar Association recognized University of Houston Law Center Dean Leonard M. Baynes and his fellow HBA Law & Media Committee co-chairs with the President’s Award for outstanding committee leadership.
May 16, 2023 — The University of Houston Law Library is implementing innovative solutions such as a book vending machine, open periodical shelving and self-checkout machines.
May 12, 2023 — Several University of Houston Law Center specialty programs are among the best in the nation, according to results of the 2023-2024 U.S. News & World Report annual list of Best Law Schools released this week.
May 11, 2023 — The University of Houston Law Center is celebrating its upcoming 2023 commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 13 at the Fertitta Center.
May 11, 2023 —Judge Fortunato Pedro Benavides, often referred to as “Pete” by family and friends, died on May 5 in Austin, Texas.
May 08, 2023 — University of Houston Law Center Dean Leonard M. Baynes, alumna Ann Ryan Robertson and alumna Anne Chandler will be recognized for their achievements in the legal profession at the 2023 Houston Bar Association Annual Dinner on May 11.
May 08, 2023 – Olivia Fragoso-Moore (B.A.’13, J.D. ’17) is excited about her new role as Vice President and Counsel in Consumer and Digital Finance at Goldman Sachs.
May 04, 2023 — Zach Wawrzyniak, University of Houston Law Center 3L, was awarded first place by the State Bar of Texas in the Law Student Writing Competition in insurance law.
May 04, 2023 — The University of Houston Law Center hosted a ceremony this spring semester for the dedication of the Robert J. Talaska Advocacy Skills Lab.
May 03, 2023 — Government and legal experts stressed prevention and education as weapons to fight the increase in child trafficking. More than 350 attended the “Human Trafficking 101: Understanding Human Trafficking of Children,” online event organized by the University of Houston Law Center’s Immigration Clinic.
May 1, 2023 — The John M. O’Quinn Law Building recently received the Higher Education Award of Merit at the 2023 International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Southwest Chapter Design Awards ceremony on April 20.
April 28, 2023 — The University of Houston Law Center recently hosted its annual Dean’s Awards Ceremony recognizing the achievements of faculty, students and staff. 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 21.
April 20, 2023 — Industry and academic leaders will discuss the increasing political, climatic, and criminal risks to the North American energy supply during the University of Houston Law Center’s 7th Annual North American Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources Conference on Thursday, April 27.
April 19, 2023 — The University of Houston Law Center has been selected by Law.com as a 2023 Go-To Law School, an annual ranking of the nation’s top 50 law schools based on the percentage of J.D. graduates hired as associates by Big Law.
April 14, 2023 — Using color and collage, Rick Lowe explores the way that communities surrounding the University of Houston were made geographically and divided into wards in his new artwork, The Line.
April 14, 2023 — The University of Houston Law Center’s Communications and Marketing Department received six certificates, including four gold in the most recent Collegiate Advertising Awards.
April 11, 2023 — The future of the multiracial, multiethnic democracy of the United States remains an open question, said Janai S. Nelson, the keynote speaker at this year’s Yale L. Rosenberg Memorial Lecture.
April 10, 2023 — Family, friends, faculty, and students of University of Houston Law Center Professor Emeritus Stephen Zamora gathered to launch a new book, “Essays in Honor of Professor Stephen T. Zamora: A Life Between Mexico and the United States.” The book is a collection of 19 essays written by colleagues and friends reflecting on Zamora’s commitment to Mexican law, education, and the promotion of U.S. - Mexico cooperation.
April 07, 2023 — Growing up in California, Scott Stewart did not imagine a career as a lawyer nor working as the lead advocate for the state of Mississippi in the landmark case Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization before the U.S. Supreme Court.
April 06, 2023 — The University of Bologna is providing funding to the University of Houston Law Center to co-host "Sustainability Week" in Bologna, Italy.
April 4, 2023 — University of Houston Law Center Dean Leonard M. Baynes welcomed prospective students to campus during the spring Admitted Students Day reception
April 4, 2023 — Following more than 27 years of distinguished service as a federal judge, Hon. Vanessa Gilmore quickly acclimated to a new role where she is able to use a similar skill set.
March 31, 2023 — University of Houston Law Center Professor Emeritus Robert C. Palmer died earlier this month.
March 29, 2023 — The Federal Bar Association awarded University of Houston Law Center 1L Deborah Billy Gillis-Harry the $15,000 Diversity in the Legal Profession 2023 Scholarship. In her scholarship essay, Billy Gillis-Harry depicted the financial and emotional turmoil caused by battling the U.S. immigration system as she struggled to maintain her legal status.
March 28, 2023 — Quentin Brogdon ’89, partner at Crain Brogdon, LLP in Dallas, was named the 2023 Dan Rugeley Price Memorial Award recipient from the Texas Bar Foundation. Practicing law for over three decades, Brogdon is noted for an unreserved commitment to his clients and the legal practice.
March 14, 2023 — University of Houston Law Center Professor Gina Warren has been selected as the Vermont Law and Graduate School (VLGS) Distinguished Energy Law Scholar.
March 08, 2023 — When U.S. Representative Jasmine Crockett ’06 took her oath of office this year to represent Texas’ 30th Congressional District, she started a historic term in Congress. Crockett is the first African American University of Houston Law Center graduate in the school’s 75-year history to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives.
March 08, 2023 — The Houston Business Journal has named the University of Houston Law Center an Outstanding Diverse Organization as part of the publication’s annual Diversity in Business Awards. HBJ announced the 2023 honorees in February.
March 07, 2023 — Award-winning author, 2021 MacArthur Fellow and lawyer Reginald Dwayne Betts spoke about the transformative power of reading and explored the prison experience through poetry during his performance “Felon: An American Washi Tale” at the University of Houston Law Center during Black History Month.
March 6, 2023 — A group from the University of Houston Law Center went to Austin Thursday to support key legislative priorities that will help advance the university.
March 01, 2023 — The use of artificial intelligence platforms such as ChatGPT will have widespread implications on education and in professional settings, according to University of Houston Law Center Assistant Professor Peter Salib. While ChatGPT has the potential for abuse and inaccuracies, Salib added that when used properly, it can benefit students and professionals.
Feb. 21, 2023 — Mary Christina Wood, University of Oregon School of Law Philip H. Knight Professor and Faculty Director spoke about the emergency need for cleaning up the atmosphere with natural climate solutions at a University of Houston Law Center EENR lecture.
Feb. 20, 2023 — Pierre Schlaefli, University of Houston Law Center 2L, has been chosen as a summer associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York.
Feb. 16, 2023 – The University of Houston Law Center has earned two national rankings in the 2023 Winter issue of preLaw magazine.
Feb. 15, 2023 — Recognized for Excellence in Legal Writing by the Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation, alumna Kirsten Williams ’22 has vividly reshaped common racism and discrimination misperceptions in an article focused on environmental consequences suffered by minority communities.
Feb. 08, 2023 — Allie Soileau, University of Houston Law Center 3L, was chosen as a semi-finalist in the 2023 National Animal Law Competitions. Competing in the Legislative Drafting and Lobbying component, Soileau was selected from competitors across the United States and Canada.
Feb. 08, 2023 — Competing with law students from across the country, University of Houston Law Center 3L William Cowan won the invitation-only transactional law event, The Closer.
Feb. 07, 2023 — Real estate lawyer David Rusk ’14 was named partner at the multinational law firm Holland & Knight LLP effective this January. An alumnus of both the University of Houston Law Center and the University of Houston, Rusk gives guidance for preparing for the bar and how to pave a path to real estate law.
Feb. 06, 2023 — The intersection of ethics, economics and law in the evolution of a blue economy and offshore wind development was illustrated by Anastasia Telesetsky, Professor of Law at California Polytechnic State University.
Feb. 06, 2023 –– Award-winning author, poet and lawyer Reginald Dwayne Betts will give a solo performance on Thursday, Feb. 16, in celebration of Black History Month at the University of Houston Law Center.
Feb. 03, 2023 –– The 2023 Joseph A. Vail Asylum Law Workshop offered insights and strategies from top immigration law experts on the nuances of this ever-changing landscape, instructing hundreds of attendees and raising thousands of dollars to support the University of Houston Law Center’s Immigration Clinic.
Feb. 3, 2023 — Shearn Smith, a 1951 graduate of the University of Houston Law Center, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 17. He was 95.
Jan. 30, 2023 — Reem Hamaida, a two-time University of Houston Law Center Pre-Law Pipeline scholar, improved her score with a 27-point increase from low 140s on the initial diagnostic to high 160s on the official LSAT, a record first for the program that was established in 2016
Jan. 27, 2023 — Dr. Yusef Salaam, a member of the Exonerated Five shared his experience of being wrongfully convicted and ideas for improving the criminal justice system with attendees at the University of Houston’s 2023 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on Wednesday, Jan. 25.
Jan. 19, 2023 –– The University of Houston Law Center and Texas Tech University School of Law are accepting presentation proposals for the Lone Star Regional Legal Writing Conference. Deadline to submit proposals using this form is Friday, Feb. 10.
Jan. 18, 2023 — University of Houston Law Center Professor Emeritus G. Sidney Buchanan died Saturday, Jan. 7 at the age of 89 after a long illness.
Jan. 18, 2023 — University of Houston Law Center’s new video series focuses on the Bill of Rights, the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
Jan. 12, 2023 — University of Houston Law Center alumna Elina Doolabh ’22 could not be happier in her new role as in-house associate counsel for the Philadelphia baseball team, the Phillies.
Jan. 11, 2023 — The University of Houston Law Center was listed in the “Top 9 best value law schools 2022” by Bankrate, which evaluated law schools across the country in four key areas.
Dec. 19, 2022 — The Fermeen Fazal Student Organization Flex Room in the University of Houston Law Center’s new John M. O’Quinn Law Building is named for respected attorney and community advocate Fermeen Fazal ‘00.
Dec. 14, 2022 – The University of Houston Law Center’s Professor Darren Bush has been busy this year bringing antitrust and consumer protection law topics to the forefront through conference presentations and published academic research.
Dec. 14, 2022 – Beginning this spring semester, criminal appeals will be added to the University of Houston Law Center clinic program.
Dec. 09, 2022 –– What do the Second Amendment, school prayer, and abortion rights have in common? According to Melissa Murray, a leading scholar in family law, constitutional law, and reproductive rights and justice, read together, they point to the Supreme Court’s embrace of a jurisprudence of a masculinity.
Dec. 09, 2022 — An intellectual property law expert examined some consequences for trademark law dissociating the connection between reputation and quality during the 29th Annual Fall Lecture hosted by the University of Houston Law Center’s Institute for Intellectual Property & Information Law (IPIL) this November.
Dec. 6, 2022 — In an op-ed article published by The Austin Chronicle, UH Law Center student and Iranian-U.S. citizen Mahsa Monshizadegan spoke out about the unnecessary cruelty currently seen in Iranian leadership.
Dec. 06, 2022 – The University of Houston Law Center released a video tour highlighting the unique spaces that make up the five-story, 180,000-square-foot John M. O’Quinn Law Building.
Dec. 05, 2022 — The University of Houston Law Center marked the American Bar Association’s annual Pro Bono Week held recently, themed “Law in Everyday Life,” with a host of volunteer opportunities and educational events for students, faculty and staff.
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