Featured Faculty Experts
Briefcase Radio: Street Law Program
Law-related education is an effective way of engaging youth to become more productive citizens. Professor Ellen Marrus is a leader in this field and explains the benefits.
Briefcase Radio: Save Our Seas Act 2.0
Every minute, the equivalent of a garbage truck of plastic is dumped into the earth’s oceans. One way of addressing this problem is the Save Our Seas Act 2.0. Environmental Law Expert, Sarah J. Morath, explains what the act authorizes.
Briefcase Radio: Trade secrets
付费幸运飞艇中奖计划软件Professor Richard Dole explains the particulars of a subset of intellectual property law.
Briefcase Radio: Domestic violence and tenant law
付费幸运飞艇中奖计划软件Individuals in abusive relationships are afforded certain protections while renting a residence. Family law expert and clinical professor Janet Heppard explains the options.
Briefcase Radio: When can contractors file a lien against your home?
Almost every year in Houston, there seems to be a major storm that causes extensive property damage. Professor of Practice Ryan Marquez teaches in the consumer law clinic, and explains what homeowners should be aware of when having their home repaired.
Briefcase Radio: A Texas Oddity – One City, Two Appellate Districts
Texas is the only state in the nation in which trial judges answer to more than one intermediate appellate court. Professor Hilary Reed explains why this is a concern.
Briefcase Radio: Legal Literacy
付费幸运飞艇中奖计划软件Legal aid and pro bono are commonly used to provide legal help to low income individuals. However, demand for this assistance far exceeds supply. Professor Alissa Gomez discusses problems and solutions.
Briefcase Radio: Universities and Illegal Bribes
Many wealthy families make donations to colleges. However several famous parents have been accused of bribing college personnel to get their children admitted. Criminal Law expert, David Kwok, explains what makes some payments illegal.
Briefcase Radio: Attorney-Client Privilege
付费幸运飞艇中奖计划软件Michael Cohen testified before Congress about his legal representation of then-candidate and now-President Donald Trump. Professor Meredith J. Duncan, a legal ethics expert, explains why the attorney-client privilege did not apply.
Briefcase Radio: Climate in Court
5/29/2019 Climate change litigation has increased, and scholars say this is just the beginning. Environmental law professor Tracy Hester explains the nature of these suits.
The Uniqueness of Forests as a Natural Resource
Minimum Wage Laws
Chickens vs. Planes
USMCA and Autoworkers
The Green New Deal
Bail System Changes
Early Payday Apps
Paramedic Body Cams & HIPPA
Watergate vs. Mueller Investigation
Gender Mandates On Corporate Boards
Courts and Implicit Bias
Common Law Marriage
The Seventh Amendment
Corporate Compliance Programs
The Thanksgiving Day Parade
New York Times v. Sullivan
Collecting Delinquent Child Support
Paying Rent on Uninhabitable Property
Transfer on Death Deeds
Single Use Plastics
Trailblazer Raul A. Gonzalez, Jr.
Entertainers Dying without Wills
Hurricane Harvey Mediation
Asylum for Victims of Domestic Violence
Ratification of Equal Rights Amendment
Sealing Juvenile Records
EU’s Data Protection Act
Impact of Mega Sporting Events
Social Media Data Rights
Houston Calgary Connection
Self-Driving Car Liability
The First Chinese American Lawyer In Texas
Attorneys and New Businesses
Digitizing Discovery in Criminal Matters
The Sixth Amendment
Trailblazer Judge Ruby Kless Sondock
Fighting Government Corruption
Criminal Law – Proving Guilt
The 1st African-American Attorney in Texas
Generosity of Property & Happiness
Closely Held Companies
Gideon v. Wainwright
Pollinators and Wildscaping
Christmas as a Holiday
The Fifth Amendment
Land Use Planning After Harvey
Harvey and Hazardous Waste Sites
Spotting Fake News
City Council Salary Structures
The Fourth Amendment
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
Pro Bono for Civil Cases
Harvey Aftermath – Deceptive Practices Act
The Third Amendment
Off-Label Drug Prescriptions
Bill of Rights, The Second Amendment
Paris Accord Withdrawal
Natural Gas Flaring
The First Amendment
Clean Power And Houston
Federal Tax Reform
NFL Players And Health Laws
Houston’s Role In U.S. Mexico Relations
The Civil Rights Act And Sexual Orientation
Secret Detention and Torture
The Changing Senate Filibuster
Corporate Mergers and Competition
ISPs And Browser Histories
Common Law Marriage
Legal Definition of Race
Supreme Court Nominees: Advice & Consent
Juvenile Due Process
Partisan Internet Searches
Affordable Care Act
Tax Exempt Religious Schools
Property Acquisition And Happiness
Wells Fargo Whistleblowers
Access to Justice
Social Determinants to Health
Corporate Wellness Programs
Happy Birthday To You
Immigration Post Election
Contract as Evil
Texas Lawyer Tony Buzbee
Politicians as Fiduciaries
Independent Crime Labs
First Amendment Rights of Businesses
Public Health Emergencies
National Security and Personal Privacy
Credit Cards and College Students
Visiting Professor Arnold Rochvarg draws upon his Watergate experience to explain terms and issues in the ongoing Mueller probe more...
Evans – Gene research and White House visits
University of Houston Law Center Professor Barbara Evans returned to the White House in February to share her expertise on genomic research and related health care issues dealing with data collection and privacy. Evans, George Butler Research Professor and director of the Center for Biotechnology and Law at the Law Center, also attended an event on “precision medicine” at the White House in July. Click here and here to read articles about her research and White House visits.
Faculty Expert – Paust – El Chapo Extradition
Extradition of El Chapo for prosecution in US involves lengthy process more...
Faculty Expert – Kwok on Healthcare Fraud
On Dec 4, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in Universal Health Services v. United States ex rel. Escobar, a fraud case that may reshape the future of $1.9 billion of annual healthcare fraud recoveries in the United States. more...
Professors on SCOTUS rulings
UHLC professors find controversial issues far from settled despite recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings more…
UHLC’s Thompson argues for independent crime labs at reading of her latest book
A near-capacity crowd filled Brazos Bookstore, one of Houston’s premiere independent booksellers, earlier this month as University of Houston Law Center Professor Sandra Guerra Thompson discussed and signed copies of her new book, “Cops in Lab Coats.” more...
Olivas – SCOTUS and Rap Lyrics
The U.S. Supreme Court today reversed and remanded a lower court decision that had ruled profane and hateful rap lyrics directed at another person constituted a threat of violence. The court ordered the review under criminal law rather than civil law standards. University of Houston Law Center Professor Michael A. Olivas, William B. Bates Distinguished Chair of Law, director of the Institute of Higher Education Law & Governance, and renowned authority on popular music, explains the decision and the effect it may have on future free speech and social media issues. more...
Olivas/Hoffman – Obama’s immigration order
In a nationally televised address Thursday evening, President Obama outlined an executive order that will allow as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants to remain and work in the United States without fear of deportation. Obama also directed an increase in border security, stepped up prosecution and deportation of criminals, eased visa requirements for science and technology students, and expanded eligibility requirements for the so-called “Dreamers” program, which defers deportation for young immigrants who were brought into the U.S. at a young age. more...
UHLC’s Prof Roberts explains genetic law in congressional briefing
University of Houston Law Center Professor Jessica L. Roberts today participated in a wide-ranging congressional briefing on advances in genetic technology and its implications for the public. more...
Paust -- War?
Is the U.S. at war with ISIS in Syria and Iraq? Or is it something less? And, is it legal under the Constitution and international law? more...
Kwok – Perry indictment
A Travis County grand jury Friday indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry on two felony counts of abuse of power. more...
UT Fisher – 5th Circuit
A three-judge panel of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Tuesday upheld a summary judgment in favor of the University of Texas admissions policy in which race is one of many determining factors used in considering applications. more...
Bruhl – SCOTUS Hobby Lobby decision
The U.S. Supreme Court today ruled in a 5-4 decision that two family-owned corporations cannot be forced under terms of the Affordable Care Act to pay for insurance coverage of contraceptives for employees. more...
Lipton – Washington Redskin’s Trademark
The United States Patent and Trademark Office today canceled the Washington Redskin’s trademark registration. more...
Hester – EPA pollution proposal
The Environmental Protection Agency proposed regulations Monday to cut carbon pollution from power plants 30 percent from 2005 levels by the year 2030. more...
Dow – SCOTUS on Mental Disability
In a 5-4 decision the U.S. Supreme Court decided state laws that draw a line at 70 on IQ tests in order for a defendant to mount a claim of mental disability in capital cases are too rigid and unconstitutional. more...
Paust – Chinese ‘cyber espionage’
Does U.S. indictment of Chinese officials for alleged “cyber thievery” violate international law? more...
Olivas – SCOTUS upholds state ballot ban on race-based admissions
The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld a voter-approved amendment to the Michigan constitution that bans race-based preferences in admissions to the state’s universities. more...
Wells urges Senate panel to strengthen tax laws on multinational companies
Testifying before a Senate subcommittee, University of Houston Law Center tax Professor Bret Wells Tuesday called for stricter controls on multinational companies to prevent them from allocating taxable profits to “tax haven entrepreneurs” overseas. more...
Chandler -- Windstorm Insurance
A court’s decision about a proposed rewrite of legislation could affect future of thousands of Texas policyholders.
Bruhl – Same-Sex Marriage
A federal judge today ruled Texas’ ban on same-sex marriages unconstitutional, but issued an immediate stay pending further appeal. more...
Paust/Zamora – US-Mexico law
付费幸运飞艇中奖计划软件The arrest in Mexico of the infamous drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman raises a number of questions about U.S.-Mexico law, extradition, jurisdiction and other issues related to the drug trade. Two professors at the University of Houston Law Center – Jordan Paust and Stephen Zamora -- are noted authorities on international law and cross border relations.
Lipton – ‘Net Neutrality’
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia recently struck down a federal regulation requiring cable providers to adhere to “net neutrality,” offering the same level of service to all Internet companies. more...
Bruhl - on U.S. Senate Vote to Change Filibuster Rules
In a controversial and historic vote, the United States Senate has changed its rules in order to limit the minority’s ability to block presidential nominees from taking office. more...
Hester – on Supreme Court’s decision to review EPA’s greenhouse gas regulations
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review certain aspects of the EPA’s greenhouse gas program in response to a challenge from more than 80 parties, including 17 states, which claim the agency’s attempt to address climate change places an undue financial burden on them. more...
Paust – Syrian Intervention
Threatened U.S. military action in Syria is on hold, but there are legal justifications. more...
Gray – Drug Testing
Senate Bill 21, passed in the last regular legislative session and effective Sept 1, amends the Labor Code to require drug screening and testing for certain individuals before they can receive unemployment insurance (UI) compensation benefits. more...
Linzer – Voting Rights
The U.S. Department of Justice recently fired its first shot in the battle over voter rights in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in June blocking a major provision of the 1965 landmark Voting Rights Act. more...
Willis – Arbitration/Mediation
As the cost of litigation rises, parties are increasingly turning to alternate means of settling disputes in order to stay away from the cost of the courthouse. more...
Bruhl and Hoffman – Gay Rights
Two rulings will have major impact on gay rights. more…
Linzer – Voting Rights
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional a key provision of the landmark Voting Rights Act. more…
Olivas – Affirmative Action
U.S. Supreme Court sends UT race-based admissions case back to lower court for closer look. more…
Hoffman -- Voting Rights
The U.S. Supreme Court rules Arizona overstepped its bounds with proof of citizenship restrictions. more…
Evans & Kumar – Gene Patents
The U.S. Supreme Court today in a unanimous decision ruled that companies cannot patent human genes. more...
Hester Q&A – Climate Change
The Supreme Court’s refusal to hear a federal climate change case may send attorneys scrambling for new strategies in state courts. more...
Senators release sweeping immigration reform bill
Border security is cornerstone of detailed proposal for first revamp of policy in 26 years. more...
Lipton Q&A – Domains
For years, the non-profit organization that administers Internet domain names has been deliberating on how to expand the system to meet the voracious demands of cyber users. more...
UH Law Center professor to address global gas conference
Sakmar sees 'golden age' of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a foundation fuel for the future. more...
UH Law Center Experts Available to Comment on Supreme Court's Same-Sex Marriage Cases more...
Sapna Kumar – Genetic Testing Q&A
Scientists today are rapidly developing diagnostic tests to detect mutations in our genetic code that contribute to disease. more...
Zamora on the Center for U.S. and Mexican Law's research initiatives
University of Houston Law Center Professor Stephen Zamora was interviewed by the editor of The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel regarding the Center for U.S. and Mexican Law at the University of Houston Law Center. more...
Hoffman on Comprehensive Immigration Reform
President Obama recently outlined his proposal for overhauling the nation's immigration laws and for the first time providing a pathway to earned citizenship for more than 11 million undocumented persons. more...
Hester Q&A – BP
A federal judge on Jan. 29 approved an agreement between BP and the U.S. Department of Justice to settle criminal charges against the energy giant with payment of $4 billion in penalties for the 2010 oil rig explosion and spill that killed 11 workers and fouled hundreds of miles of Gulf shoreline. more...
Melissa Hamilton's Gun Control Q & A
On January 16th, President Obama unveiled a sweeping plan to curb gun violence. more...
Hawkins on fertility clinics
Infertility is big business in the United States. more…
Thompson on Tom DeLay appeal
The former U.S. House Majority Leader was convicted on campaign finance changes and faces time in prison. more…
Hester on climate change decision
Alaskan villagers lose appeal, but future tort lawsuits likely. more…
Janicke on Apple-Samsung verdict
Jury awards $1.05 billion in patent case, but it is still before the district court for post-trial motions. more…
UHLC health law experts on high court ruling
What did the Supreme Court rule and how will it affect you? more...
Hoffman on Arizona immigration ruling
High Court finds three provisions preempted, but leaves open question of “papers, please” law. more…
Bush on Southwest Airlines expansion
Under the new plan, Hobby will offer international service beginning in 2015. more…
Olivas on Plyler v. Doe
UHLC prof examines impact of 30-year-old U.S. Supreme Court ruling requiring public education of school-age children regardless of citizenship. more…
Hawkins on CARD Act’s effectiveness
New research shows students are still the targets of aggressive credit card marketing despite strict regulations. more…
Thompson on the Trayvon Martin shooting
Professor explains 2nd-degree murder charge and “Stand Your Ground” defense. more…
Gray on health care hearings
The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether to uphold or overturn Obama’s Affordable Care Act. more…
Gershowitz on the Stanford trial
The financier was found guilty on 13 of 14 counts of criminal conspiracy, fraud and other charges. more…
Roberts on new hiring policy
Texas employers are moving towards a ban on hiring smokers or anyone who tests positive for nicotine. more…
Paust on alleged maltreatment of Afghan bodies
Marines urinating on dead would constitute war crime. more…
Olivas on undocumented children’s rights
New book examines history of the landmark immigration case Plyler v. Doe. more…
Thompson on Occupy Wall Street Houston arrests
Houston authorities and Occupy protestors clash over demonstrations. more…
Zamora on the death of Mexico’s No. 2 official
How will the loss of Mexico’s top Cabinet secretary impact Mexico’s battle with drug cartels? more…
Ellen Marrus on child discipline
When does corporal punishment cross the line into abuse? more…
Thompson on wrongful convictions
New book offers legislatures guidance on statutory changes that could discover and prevent wrongful convictions. more…
Olivas on Alabama's new immigration law
University of Houston Law Center Professor Michael A. Olivas is participating in this week's Room for Debate, a weekly online debate hosted by the New York Times. more…
Paul M. Janicke on new patent act
With three goals in mind, the first overhaul of patent law since 1836 is a mixed bag of hit and miss. more…
Geoffrey A. Hoffman on new deportation rules
Backdoor amnesty or prioritizing proceedings? more…
Jessica L. Roberts on genetic information and the law
Genetic law will evolve and grow in importance as science advances further into this fascinating area with implications beyond medical into everyday lives. more…
Tracy Hester on climate change case before U.S. Supreme Court
付费幸运飞艇中奖计划软件Justices hear arguments on whether public nuisance laws give states the power to sue companies over emissions.
UPDATE: Tracy Hester on SCOTUS greenhouse gas ruling
Court turns down states’ efforts to sue under federal public nuisance laws.