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A podcast by the Houston Law Review about legal issues, prominent lawyers, and obscure Bluebook rules.

A podcast by the Houston Law Review about legal issues, prominent lawyers, and obscure Bluebook rules.


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A podcast by the Houston Law Review about legal issues, prominent lawyers, and obscure Bluebook rules.






Texas Death Row and the Decline of the Death Penalty with David R. Dow

On this month’s episode of Emphasis Added, I spoke with internationally renowned death penalty attorney David R. Dow just 24 hours after Virginia, the state with the second most executions over the past fifty years, outlawed the death penalty. David R. Dow is a professor at the University of Houston Law Center and the founder of the Texas Innocence Network—an organization that uses UH law students to investigate claims of actual innocence brought by Texas prisoners. Professor Dow is also the...


Gillian Hobson - Corporate Partner with Vinson & Elkins

Gillian Hobson is a partner at Vinson & Elkins in Houston, Texas. Her practice focuses on corporate finance and securities. Gillian has been recognized as a Minority Corporate Counsel Association “Rainmaker” and has been selected as a Texas Super Lawyer several years running. Gillian is not only a leader in her area of practice, she is also a champion of diversity and inclusion efforts at Vinson & Elkins and was the first woman of color elected to the Management Committee. We spoke with...


Travis Torrence - Shell Oil, Global Litigation Bankruptcy & Credit Team Lead

Travis Torrence serves as the Global Litigation Bankruptcy & Credit Team Lead for Shell Oil Company and manages a team handling bankruptcy and credit legal issues for all of Shell’s business units in the U.S. and Canada. Torrence has been recognized as a “Rising Star” in the area of bankruptcy and creditor/debtor rights by Texas Super Lawyers, and was a 2016 Houston Business Journal “40 Under 40” honoree and a finalist in the publication’s Best Corporate Counsel Awards. He was recently...


Professor John Tehranian

John Tehranian is the Paul W. Wildman Professor of Law at Southwestern Law School. A graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School, Professor Tehranian's scholarship focuses on the interface between law and culture, with an emphasis on issues of technology, entertainment, and race. In private practice, he has litigated numerous high-profile lawsuits, including copyright, trademark and right of publicity disputes involving Madonna, Don Henley, B.B. King, Bettie Page, Jimi Hendrix, and...


Special Episode - Houston Law Review Ask Me Anything

This week we share a special recording of an “Ask Me Anything” event held in October with members of the Houston Law Review. Our panel includes Houston Law Review editor in chief, Reagan Lutter, as well as members from both Board 58 (Priyanka Kasnavia, Caitlyn Fiebrich, and Fariha Jawed) and 59 (Charisma Nguepdo & Andy Guo). We discussed what the Law Review is, how students join, and what it's like to be a member of an academic journal. We also take some time to talk about winter OCI,...


Hillary Holmes - Corporate Partner with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Today we speak with Hillary Holmes. Hillary is a partner in the Houston office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and Co-Chair of the firm’s Capital Markets practice group. Her professional expertise has been widely recognized and she has received Band 1 Rankings for Capital Markets by Chambers USA for the past five years as well as awards from Texas Super Lawyers, the Association of Women Attorneys, and many more. Hillary is an incredibly thoughtful businesswoman and has been intentional in...


Raj Salhotra - Executive Director at Momentum Education

This week we speak with Raj Salhotra. Raj is the Executive Director of Momentum Education, a non-profit in Houston, Texas helping low-income and first-generation students achieve their higher education goals. Raj earned his bachelor’s at Rice University and his J.D. at Harvard Law School. Raj shared how he developed an early passion for education and policy and how his experience interning at the White House and working for Teach for America shaped his desire to give back to students in the...


Bluebook Update with Austin Turman - Houston Law Review Managing Editor

In this mini-episode, we speak with Austin Turman, a 3L and managing editor of the Houston Law Review. Austin talked with us about the 3 biggest changes to the 2020 Bluebook update and shares some of his writing tips and tricks. Austin will join Vinson & Elkins Houston office as a 2021 Associate. A special thanks to our sponsor, Gibson Dunn, a premier, full-service international law firm with nearly 1400 lawyers and 20 offices. Gibson Dunn recognizes that a law firm is, at its heart, a...


Paul Leitner - Senior Counsel for Hewlett Packard Enterprise

In this episode, we speak with Paul Leitner, a UHLC alum and Senior Counsel at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, responsible for their North America Channels and Ecosystem. Paul talked with us about his struggles with on-campus interviews as a law student, how he landed his first job through networking, preparation and luck, and how he positioned himself for a future role as an in-house attorney. A special thanks to our sponsor, Gibson Dunn, a premier, full-service international law firm with...


The Honorable Judge Jeff Brown

In this episode, we speak with Judge Jeff Brown, a UHLC alum and former Chairman of the Board for the Houston Law Review. Judge Brown was appointed to the federal bench for the Southern District of Texas in 2019. He has a long history of service to his community, starting at the age of 16 when he became an Eagle Scout and continuing into his legal career. Prior to his appointment to the federal bench, Judge Brown sat on the district court for the 55th district of Harris County, the...


Professor Sandra Guerra Thompson & Professor Nicole Bremner Casarez

In this episode, we speak with Professors Sandra Guerra Thompson and Nicole Bremner Casarez. We dive into their article, titled: Solving Daubert’s Dilemma for the Forensic Sciences through Blind Testing, published in Volume 57, Issue 3 of the Houston Law Review. Our discussion shed light on an important aspect of the criminal justice system that leads to wrongful convictions – forensic evidence and “junk science.” We explore how this evidence gets into the court and how the Houston Forensic...


Jordan Latham

In this episode, we speak with Jordan Latham, a UHLC alum and a Manager in the People Advisory Services practice at Ernst & Young. Her practice focuses primarily on compliance with tax laws and regulations related to executive compensation for clients across various industries. We discuss how Jordan’s unique experiences growing up shaped her outlook on life, the importance of relationships for career success and how her first job out of law school led her to a challenging and rewarding...


Megan Daic

In this episode, we speak with Megan Daic, the owner of Daic Law, a Texas-based civil litigation law firm. She is an alumnus at the University of Houston Law Center, where she now serves as an adjunct professor. Earlier this year, Ms. Daic was one of the youngest candidates running for judge in Harris County. We talk with Ms. Daic about her experiences as a first-generation college student and, subsequently, law student, what it’s been like starting her own practice, and what made her...


Professor Renee Knake

In this episode, Professor Renee Knake speaks by phone with Podcast Editors, Adri Langemeier and Robert Cunningham, to discuss her forthcoming book, Shortlisted: Women in the Shadows of the Supreme Court, which is available May 12th on Amazon. Shortlisted tells the incredible stories of nine women appearing on Presidential shortlists prior to Sandra Day O’Connor’s nomination. We discuss the research that went into writing the book, as well as some of the findings. Finally, Professor Knake...


Professor Carol M. Rose

In this episode, Professor Carol M. Rose speaks by phone with Editor in Chief Drew Padley to discuss her career and recent Houston Law Review article, which can be found at the link below: Carol M. Rose, Cold Corpses, Hot News, and Dead IP: The Reasons for and Consequences of a Legal Status of No-Property, 57 Hous. L. Rev. 377 (2019). The article was presented at the UHLC Institute for Intellectual Property and Information Law (IPIL) National Conference in Santa Fe, NM in May...


The Honorable Lee H. Rosenthal

We were honored that Chief United States District Judge Lee H. Rosenthal took time out of her busy schedule to speak with our Editor in Chief Drew Padley. Chief Judge Rosenthal is widely regarded by litigants as one of the best trial judges in the country. After making partner at Baker Botts, she was nominated to the federal bench by George H.W. Bush in 1992. In her time as a judge, she has played an invaluable role in the federal rules-making process, serving as Chair of both the Judicial...


Representative Armando Walle

Texas State Representative Armando Walle joins Editor in Chief Drew Padley for a wide-ranging conversation about his background, early brushes with politics, legislative accomplishments, and time as a student at the University of Houston, where he earned his undergraduate and law degrees. Rep. Walle grew up in the district he now represents and was elected to the Texas House when he was only thirty years old. In addition to serving in the legislature, he also operates a small solo law...


The Honorable Carolyn King

Judge King was nominated to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals by President Carter in 1979. Eventually, she would become Chief Judge of the Fifth Circuit and chair of the Judicial Conference's Executive Committee. In her conversation with our Editor in Chief, Drew Padley, Judge King shares the winding path she took to the judiciary and some of what she has been able to accomplish there so far. Special thanks to podcast sponsor, Vinson & Elkins. For more on the Houston Law Review, please...


The Honorable Vanessa Gilmore

U.S. District Court Judge Vanessa Gilmore discusses her life story with our Editor in Chief, Drew Padley. Judge Gilmore has dedicated her career to public service, most notably as a judge, but also as Chairperson for the Texas Department of Commerce Policy Board and as Chairperson for Texans for NAFTA. In this episode, she also details her role in the community, which has involved spreading awareness of implicit bias to her colleagues, sitting on the boards of nonprofit organizations, and...


Professor Orly Lobel (24th Annual Frankel Lecture)

Professor Orly Lobel, the Warren Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of the Program on Employment and Labor Law at the University of San Diego School of Law, delivered the Houston Law Review's 24th annual Frankel Lecture, entitled “Exit, Voice & Innovation: How Human Capital Law Impacts Equality (& How Inequality Hurts Growth).” Commentators for the lecture were: Lisa Larrimore Ouellette, Associate Professor of Law and Justin M. Roach Jr. Faculty Scholar at Stanford Law School, and...