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Faculty in the News

JUNE 2022

Professor Dru Stevenson’s comments on recent state laws requiring gun manufacturers to use microstamping technology appeared in an AP wire story picked up by multiple outlets. The article “New push in NY to force gunmakers to adopt microstamping” appeared in The Washington Post, ABC News, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Las Vegas Sun News, and others.

UNWatch.org reported that Professor Geoffrey Corn will participate in a side event discussion regarding the Pillay Report on June 13, 2022.

Assistant Professor Ryan Nelson provided his perspective on indexed state minimum wage laws in a Law360article titled “Inflation is Sending State Wage Floors Above $15 an Hour.”

An article in the Houston Chronicle titled “Hidalgo aides say Ogg is biased, DA’s office should be removed from vaccine contract case” includes comments from Professor Amanda Peters on the rarity of such an action by the court.

Professor Shelby Moore commented on the legal term “malingering” in a Houston Chronicle article about a defendant’s behavior in a recent criminal proceeding.

Comments from two STCL Houston faculty members were included in a recent New York Times article about DeShaun Watson’s legal issues. Professor Njeri Mathis Rutledge addressed the extent of the contact between the prosecutor in the criminal investigation and Watson’s defense attorney. Professor Amanda Peters shared her thoughts on the defense attorney’s decision to not present Watson to the Grand Jury in person.

Professor Josh Blackman shared his thoughts on how certain justices might vote in the LAW360 article titled “Dobbs Draft Hints At Bold Court With Harvard Case On Deck.”

Professor Josh Blackman commented on the possible impact of a decision to strike down New York’s “may issue” regime in an article titled “Supreme Court may expand gun rights in ruling over New York concealed carry law,” which was published in the Washington Examiner and picked up by The Denver Gazette and others.

Professor Ryan H. Nelson’s perspective on how to prevent a ruling that would overturn Roe v. Wade was examined in an AlterNet article about his suggestion regarding the possibility of judges denying a quorum, titled “Law professor explains how dissenting justices can save Roe.”

Comments from two STCL Houston faculty members were included in a recent New York Times article about DeShaun Watson’s legal issues. Professor Njeri Mathis Rutledge addressed the extent of the contact between the prosecutor in the criminal investigation and Watson’s defense attorney. Professor Amanda Peters shared her thoughts on the defense attorney’s decision to not present Watson to the Grand Jury in person.

May 2022

In The New York Times, STCL Houston Professor Dru Stevensonshared his perspective on a new law in Texas that bars state agencies from working with a firm that “discriminates” against companies or individuals in the gun industry. He called the law “bad public policy.”

KHOU News interviewed Professor Matt Festa about the neighboring property owners’ rights in their story titled “Houston-area residents furious about plans to cut down oak tree.”

In an Associated Press story focused on how “Posts misrepresent new Texas handgun laws,” Dru Stevenson, the STCL Houston Wayne Fisher Research Professor, said, “From what I read of the open carry statute, it is 21 and above” — not 18, as many are stating in social posts and news stories.

The Houston Chronicle quoted Professor Derek Fincham in an article titled “MFAH wins lawsuit over contested artwork bought by Hitler’s dealer.”

Professor Charles “Rocky” Rhodes was quoted in a Texas Tribune article about Texas abortion restrictions titled “Texas Republicans say if Roe falls, they’ll focus on adoptions and preventing women from seeking abortions elsewhere.”

Professor Josh Blackman and other constitutional law professors from Texas answered questions for KHOU 11 News about the SCOTUS draft leak in an article posted on the TV station’s website.

Community Impact Newspaper quoted Professor Matthew Festa in an article titled, “Texas Central’s high-speed rail development stalls.”

Law & Crime quoted Professor Josh Blackman in an article titled, “Mitch McConnell’s call for DOJ.”

Professor Charles “Rocky” Rhodes was quoted in a KHOU 11 news story titled “Gov. Abbott says immigration has created ‘extraordinary’ challenges to public school system.”

Professor Josh Blackman was quoted in articles about the leak of the Alito draft in the The Washington Times, the New York Post and Bloomberg Law.

LAW360: Employment Authority quoted Professor Josh Blackman in an article titled “Employers Weigh Risks, Benefits of Backing Abortion Access.”

April 2022

Professor Kenneth Williams was a panelist on KUHT/Houston Public Media’s show “Town Square” and discussed the Melissa Lucio death row case.

The Houston Chronicle  quoted Professor of Law and Dean Emeritus James Alfini in an article titled “Houston Police Union Spars with UT Professor over Texas Execution of Carl Buntion.”

LAW360  quoted Professor Jeff Rensberger in an article titled “Justices’ Jurisdiction Review Could Prove ‘Seismic’ to Cos.”

mrcTV – NFL Mired in Watson Scandal Professor Kenneth Williams gave his remarks on the NFL’s Deshaun Watson scandal and controversy as the annual draft nears.

Houston Public Media Professor Charles “Rocky” Rhodes was quoted in an article titled “Galveston County’s redistricting plan provides a serious test case for the weakened voting rights act.”

Reason.com Abstract of “The ‘Essential’ Second Amendment,” a recent article by Professor Josh Blackman, published by The Texas Review of Law & Politics.

March 2022

Professor Njeri Rutledge attended the first two days of confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. Here are other links to articles that featured Prof. Rutledge speaking about Judge Brown.

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January 2022

Professor Njeri Mathis Rutledge joined a panel discussion on Fox26 Friday morning to reflect on President Biden’s first year in office. 

December 2021

Law360.com interviewed and quoted Professor Bruce McGovern in an article titled “Top Federal Tax Cases Of 2021” discussing if a taxpayer has a seriously delinquent tax debt (as defined by statute), then the IRS is authorized to certify that fact to the State Department, which is then authorized to revoke or deny the individual’s U.S. passport.

Professor Charles “Rocky” Rhodes, the Charles Weigel II Research Professor of State and Federal Constitutional Law, explains what happened in a challenge to Roe v. Wade at the U.S. Supreme Court during an interview with Houston Public Media.

Dean J. Alfini, professor of law and dean emeritus, discussed ethical guidelines for judges on the Lawyer 2 Lawyer podcast.

November 2021

BET.com published an op-ed by Professor Njeri Rutledge titled “OPINION: Why The Kyle Rittenhouse Homicide Trial Was Little More Than A Controlled Circus”

October 2021

Houston Public Media quoted Professor Josh Blackman in a story titled “Texas asks federal appeals court to restore near-total abortion ban ‘as soon as possible’.”

The Houston Chronicle quoted Professor Josh Blackman in an article titled, “Abbott setting up another legal fight with Biden over vaccinations.”

Law360 published an article by Professor Rocky Rhodes titled, “How To Overcome Procedural Hurdles Of Texas Abortion Law.”

USA Today published an op-ed authored by Professor Njeri Rutledge Matthews titled, “Colin Powell and I were once Black Republicans. He taught me to put country over party.”

ABC 13 interviewed Professor Ken Williams in a story titled, “Teen claims he was asleep when he stabbed twin sister to death.”