UHLC Criminal Justice Institute Symposium

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The University of Houston Law Center Criminal Justice Institute was proud to host its annual symposium this year on November 14-15.  The symposium included commentary by many leading local federal practitioners, including two federal district court judges, as well as the Federal Public Defender, the Chief of the Criminal Division at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and the Chiefs of the Appellate Divisions of both of those offices.  The program fostered an exciting dialogue between academics, practitioners, and members of the judiciary.  Many students and federal practitioners were in attendance.

The symposium will produce an introductory article and five law review articles by five of the top federal sentencing academics and a former chair of the United States Sentencing Commission.  These pieces will be published in a special edition of the Houston Law Review this spring.

The following news story further discusses the symposium – http://www.law.uh.edu/news/fall2013/1122CJI.asp

If you would like to review the program for the symposium please visit – http://www.law.uh.edu/cji/symposium.asp

Early Decision vs. Applying Early

As you may know, the early decision deadline for both the part-time and full-time programs was November 15th.  While you may not have had the opportunity to apply by November 15th, you can still apply early!  UHLC accepts applications on a rolling basis.  This means we review and make decisions on applications in the order they are received.  For example, applicants who submit their application in December will receive their decision before those that submit their application in February.

There is no reason to wait until the regular decision deadline to submit your application.  In fact, it is to your advantage to submit your application as early as possible.  However, please take care to submit your strongest application.  Ensure that you follow the instructions and proofread for spelling and grammatical errors.  You will probably find you have some extra time over of the holidays to complete your applications.

Please note, the regular decision deadline is February 15th for the full-time program and May 15th for the part-time program.

Puppy Love

The Student Animal Defense Fund hosted their third Smooch-a-Pooch event today to raise funds for a local animal shelter. Students were able to pet and play with the puppies to de-stress in advance of finals, and the puppies received much-needed social … Continue reading

UHLC Students Win Negotiation Competition

This past weekend two UH Law Center students won the ABA Negotiation Competition for our region, which includes law schools in Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah.  Niki Roberts, a 4L in the part-time program, and Brandon Schrecengost, a 2L, will be traveling to Chicago in the spring to compete in the national competition.  The pair are part of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Interscholastic Competition Team, which is coached by five UHLC alumni–Kevin Hedges, Jim Lawrence, Tesha Peeples, Lucy Tyson, and Tamara Woods.

Congratulations to Niki, Brandon, and their coaches!

To learn more about the Blakely Advocacy Institute please visit www.law.uh.edu/blakely/homepage.asp.