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A podcast by the Houston Law Review about legal issues, prominent lawyers, and obscure Bluebook rules.
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Emphasis Added is a podcast by the Houston Law Review. Check out this episode in video on our YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/QXssG-XrY5E  On this month's episode of Emphasis Added, I spoke with NASA Attorney and University of Houston Law Center Professor Rebecca Bresnik about the privatization of space, and the legal issues surrounding the rising prominence of private companies in the space industry. Rebecca has worked for NASA for over 16 years, and is currently NASA's Associate Chief Counsel for International Matters and lead attorney for the International Space Station. We discussed the current state of space law as it applies to private actors in a variety of situations, and contemplated the possible shortcomings and various interpretations of current law as the private space industry continues to expand on both Earth and beyond.A special thanks to our sponsorVinson & Elkins, a global law firm with 11 offices and more than 700 lawyers, committed to excellence in serving and advising its sophisticated clients in industries such as energy, finance, technology, real estate, media, and beyond. V&E lawyers also are proud to support pro bono clients across their communities. To help clients navigate complex areas of law, V&E hires the best and brightest law students and lawyers, valuing diverse perspectives and backgrounds. Visit www.velaw.com to learn more about V&E’s summer associate program and hiring opportunities. Start your success story at Vinson & Elkins.For more on the Houston Law Review, please visit houstonlawreview.orgTwitter | @HoustonLRevInstagram | @HoustonLRevFacebook | @HoustonLRevLinkedIn | The Houston Law Review
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 author of seven books and numerous scholarly articles, to include his critically acclaimed book The Autobiography of an Executioner. Professor Dow’s areas of expertise include contracts, constitutional law and theory, and death penalty law. I spoke with Professor Dow about his 30 years of experience representing Texas Death Row inmates, and how the inaccuracies, inequalities, and expense of death row sentencing has led to a general decline of the death penalty over the past decade.A special thanks to our sponsorVinson & Elkins, a global law firm with 11 offices and more than 700 lawyers, committed to excellence in serving and advising its sophisticated clients in industries such as energy, finance, technology, real estate, media, and beyond. V&E lawyers also are proud to support pro bono clients across their communities. To help clients navigate complex areas of law, V&E hires the best and brightest law students and lawyers, valuing diverse perspectives and backgrounds. Visit www.velaw.com to learn more about V&E’s summer associate program and hiring opportunities. Start your success story at Vinson & ElkinsFor more on the Houston Law Review, please visit houstonlawreview.orgTwitter | @HoustonLRevInstagram | @HoustonLRevFacebook | @HoustonLRevLinkedIn | The Houston Law Review 
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 Gillian about her 20 year career with Vinson & Elkins and how she navigated growth during that time, her role on V&E’s management committee, and how to create your own doors in your career development. A special thanks to our sponsorVinson & Elkins, a global law firm with 11 offices and more than 700 lawyers, committed to excellence in serving and advising its sophisticated clients in industries such as energy, finance, technology, real estate, media, and beyond. V&E lawyers also are proud to support pro bono clients across their communities. To help clients navigate complex areas of law, V&E hires the best and brightest law students and lawyers, valuing diverse perspectives and backgrounds. Visit www.velaw.com to learn more about V&E’s summer associate program and hiring opportunities. Start your success story at Vinson & ElkinsFor more on the Houston Law Review, please visit houstonlawreview.orgTwitter | @HoustonLRevInstagram | @HoustonLRevFacebook | @HoustonLRevLinkedIn | The Houston Law Review Support the show 
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 appointed to serve on the Board of Directors for the Texas Access to Justice Foundation, a non-profit that provides grant funding for civil legal aid in Texas. Travis and I discuss his college experience and the mentor that encouraged him to reach higher than he thought possible, the time he met Maya Angelou and the words he carried with him from that meeting, and the lessons he carried from his experiences into his current leadership role. A special thanks to our sponsorVinson & Elkins, a global law firm with 11 offices and more than 700 lawyers, committed to excellence in serving and advising its sophisticated clients in industries such as energy, finance, technology, real estate, media, and beyond. V&E lawyers also are proud to support pro bono clients across their communities. To help clients navigate complex areas of law, V&E hires the best and brightest law students and lawyers, valuing diverse perspectives and backgrounds. Visit www.velaw.com to learn more about V&E’s summer associate program and hiring opportunities. Start your success story at Vinson & Elkins For more on the Houston Law Review, please visit houstonlawreview.orgTwitter | @HoustonLRevInstagram | @HoustonLRevFacebook | @HoustonLRevLinkedIn | The Houston Law Review 
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 Perez Hilton, among others. We spoke with John about his recent article, published in Volume 58, Issue 1 of the Houston Law Review, titled: Is Kim Kardashian White? (and Why Does It Matter Anyway?) Racial Fluidity, Identity Mutability & the Future of Civil Rights Jurisprudence. 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 collection of individual attorneys, so they strive to hire the highest-quality law students and attorneys, professionally and personally, and grant them autonomy in shaping their own career path. Gibson Dunn attorneys bring a unique, diverse perspective to the Firm’s community and the Firm values a culture of respect and professionalism that promotes dialogue with room for all viewpoints. Visit www.gibsondunn.com to learn more about Gibson Dunn’s Summer Associate Program and hiring opportunities. For more on the Houston Law Review, please visit houstonlawreview.orgTwitter | @HoustonLRevInstagram | @HoustonLRevFacebook | @HoustonLRevLinkedIn | The Houston Law Review 
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, networking, and what to do if you don’t land your dream summer job. We have a great lineup for the Spring season and look forward to sharing more with you after the New Year. Happy holidays!
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 developing her professional brand. We discuss how having a working mother had a positive impact on her career, how she developed mentor relationships and what it looks like to create your own opportunities as a woman in the legal field.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 collection of individual attorneys, so they strive to hire the highest-quality law students and attorneys, professionally and personally, and grant them autonomy in shaping their own career path. Gibson Dunn attorneys bring a unique, diverse perspective to the Firm’s community and the Firm values a culture of respect and professionalism that promotes dialogue with room for all viewpoints. Visit www.gibsondunn.com to learn more about Gibson Dunn’s Summer Associate Program and hiring opportunities. For more on the Houston Law Review, please visit houstonlawreview.orgTwitter | @HoustonLRevInstagram | @HoustonLRevFacebook | @HoustonLRevLinkedIn | The Houston Law Review 
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 Houston community. Raj had great advice for young professionals interested in politics, as well as encouragement for law students pursuing a non-traditional career path.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 collection of individual attorneys, so they strive to hire the highest-quality law students and attorneys, professionally and personally, and grant them autonomy in shaping their own career path. Gibson Dunn attorneys bring a unique, diverse perspective to the Firm’s community and the Firm values a culture of respect and professionalism that promotes dialogue with room for all viewpoints. Visit www.gibsondunn.com to learn more about Gibson Dunn’s Summer Associate Program and hiring opportunities. For more on the Houston Law Review, please visit houstonlawreview.orgTwitter | @HoustonLRevInstagram | @HoustonLRevFacebook | @HoustonLRevLinkedIn | The Houston Law Review 
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 collection of individual attorneys, so they strive to hire the highest-quality law students and attorneys, professionally and personally, and grant them autonomy in shaping their own career path. Gibson Dunn attorneys bring a unique, diverse perspective to the Firm’s community and the Firm values a culture of respect and professionalism that promotes dialogue with room for all viewpoints. Visit www.gibsondunn.com to learn more about Gibson Dunn’s Summer Associate Program and hiring opportunities. For more on the Houston Law Review, please visit houstonlawreview.orgTwitter | @HoustonLRevInstagram | @HoustonLRevFacebook | @HoustonLRevLinkedIn | The Houston Law Review 
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 nearly 1400 lawyers and 20 offices. Gibson Dunn recognizes that a law firm is, at its heart, a collection of individual attorneys, so they strive to hire the highest-quality law students and attorneys, professionally and personally, and grant them autonomy in shaping their own career path. Gibson Dunn attorneys bring a unique, diverse perspective to the Firm’s community and the Firm values a culture of respect and professionalism that promotes dialogue with room for all viewpoints. Visit www.gibsondunn.com to learn more about Gibson Dunn’s Summer Associate Program and hiring opportunities. For more on the Houston Law Review, please visit houstonlawreview.orgTwitter | @HoustonLRevInstagram | @HoustonLRevFacebook | @HoustonLRevLinkedIn | The Houston Law Review 
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 Fourteenth Court of Appeals and the Texas Supreme Court. We speak with Judge Brown about his early legal career, why he became a judge, and lessons he’s learned along the way.  For more on the Houston Law Review, please visit houstonlawreview.orgTwitter | @HoustonLRevInstagram | @HoustonLRevFacebook | @HoustonLRevLinkedIn | The Houston Law Review 
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 Science Center is making strides toward positive change.Read below to learn more about our guests:Sandra Guerra Thompson is the Newell H. Blakely Professor in Law and Director of the Criminal Justice Institute at the University of Houston Law Center. She is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Houston Forensic Science Center, Houston’s independent forensic laboratory. She has written on such subjects as wrongful convictions, eyewitness identifications, police interrogations, forensic science, and many more. Nicole Bremner Casarez is an attorney and professor of communication at the University of St. Thomas in Houston. Her investigative journalism students investigated many capital and noncapital cases, including the case of Texas death row inmate Anthony Graves. She speaks on media law, the first amendment, ethics, civil rights, and wrongful conviction.  For more on the Houston Law Review, please visit houstonlawreview.orgTwitter | @HoustonLRevInstagram | @HoustonLRevFacebook | @HoustonLRevLinkedIn | The Houston Law Review Support the show 
Jordan Latham

Jordan Latham

2020-06-1742:42

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 career path outside of a typical law practice. Special thanks to podcast sponsor, Vinson & Elkins. For more on the Houston Law Review, please visit houstonlawreview.orgTwitter | @HoustonLRevInstagram | @HoustonLRevFacebook | @HoustonLRevLinkedIn | The Houston Law Review Support the show 
Megan Daic

Megan Daic

2020-05-2759:23

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 decide to run for Judge of the 165th District. Though she did not win the primary, Ms. Daic shares valuable insights about the process of running in an election and lessons she learned along the way.Special thanks to podcast sponsor, Vinson & Elkins.For more on the Houston Law Review, please visit houstonlawreview.orgTwitter | @HoustonLRevInstagram | @HoustonLRevFacebook | @HoustonLRevLinkedIn | The Houston Law Review Support the show 
Professor Renee Knake

Professor Renee Knake

2020-05-0854:27

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 talks with us about how we can overcome the challenges still faced by women in the legal field today.Professor Knake is a law professor and an award-winning author whose work has been featured in BuzzFeed, CNN, National Public Radio, Slate, the Wall Street Journal, and other media. She holds the Doherty Chair in Legal Ethics at the University of Houston Law Center where she teaches ethics, constitutional law, and a writing seminar on gender, power, law, and leadership.Special thanks to podcast sponsor, Vinson & Elkins.For more on the Houston Law Review, please visit houstonlawreview.orgTwitter | @HoustonLRevInstagram | @HoustonLRevFacebook | @HoustonLRevLinkedIn | The Houston Law Review Support the show 
Professor Carol M. Rose

Professor Carol M. Rose

2020-04-1301:09:05

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 2019.Professor Rose is now retired but was most recently teaching at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. Previously, she was a professor at Yale, Northwestern, and Stanford. Professor Dave Fagundes (UHLC) writes, in the introduction to the symposium issue containing Professor Rose's article, that she is "part of the pantheon of great American property scholars."Special thanks to podcast sponsor, Vinson & Elkins.For more on the Houston Law Review, please visit houstonlawreview.orgTwitter | @HoustonLRevInstagram | @HoustonLRevFacebook | @HoustonLRevLinkedIn | The Houston Law Review 
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 Conference Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure and the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.In addition to all of that, she is also an incredibly warm, charismatic, and inspirational person.Special thanks to podcast sponsor, Vinson & Elkins.For more on the Houston Law Review, please visit houstonlawreview.orgTwitter | @HoustonLRevInstagram | @HoustonLRevFacebook | @HoustonLRevLinkedIn | The Houston Law Review 
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 practice.Special thanks to podcast sponsor, Vinson & Elkins.For more on the Houston Law Review, please visit houstonlawreview.orgTwitter | @HoustonLRevInstagram | @HoustonLRevFacebook | @HoustonLRevLinkedIn | The Houston Law Review 
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 visit houstonlawreview.orgTwitter | @HoustonLRevInstagram | @HoustonLRevFacebook | @HoustonLRevLinkedIn | The Houston Law Review 
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 creating tools to help the families of incarcerated parents.When President Clinton nominated Judge Gilmore to the federal bench in 1994, and when the Senate subsequently confirmed her, she became the youngest sitting federal judge in the country and the first University of Houston Law Center graduate to serve in that role.Special thanks to podcast sponsor, Vinson & Elkins.For more on the Houston Law Review, please visit houstonlawreview.orgTwitter | @HoustonLRevInstagram | @HoustonLRevFacebook | @HoustonLRevLinkedIn | The Houston Law Review 
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