Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Possible service interrruptions Friday, July 29th

We are having our Service Desks stained this Friday, July 29th. This means that both the Patron Services Desk and the Reference Desk will be out of commission starting Friday afternoon at 3:00 pm. While we will still have staff available to offer services, there may be fumes that will interfere with our normal operations.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

For your Information

The telephone system will be unavailable this evening (Tuesday, June 19) from approximately 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. for maintenance and repair.

 We apologize for any inconvenience.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Attention all members of the Houston College of Law community with Westlaw, LexisNexis, and Bloomberg Law access

Since our email domain has changed to, there are certain updates that will need to be made to your research database accounts. Please remember that emails will only be forwarded from email addresses for up to six months. After that, if you do not have a working email address in your account, you will not be able to do password resets, or get password assistance from technical support. If your account has your email address with the old domain, it will have to be updated.

Bloomberg Law and LexisNexis have agreed to do this update for us. Your Bloomberg Law account will be updated this Friday, July 15th. We expect that LexisNexis will be able to complete this update sometime over the next few weeks.

You will have to update your Westlaw account yourself. Emailed instructions on how to do this were sent to all community members on Wednesday, July 13th

If you have any questions, please email, or

Saturday, June 25, 2016

No Printing from Friday, June 24 through Sunday, June 26

Update Saturday, June 25, 2016: Thanks to the speedy work of our carpet installers, printing is now available for  students using webprint. A set of instructions for using webprint is available at the Patron Services Desk.

Carpet on the Library's 3rd floor will be replaced next week starting Friday, June 24th. The work will take three days, ending on Sunday, June 26th. This will prevent access to the Library's 3rd floor north.

While this work is going on, all of our printers will be inaccessible. Patrons will still be able to scan to email or USB, and make copies.

The Fred Parks Law Library apologizes for the inconvenience.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Name Change Edition

by Heather Kushnerick, Special Collections Librarian & College Archivist

South Texas School of Law Yearbook Catalog, 1927-1928.

It was announced Wednesday, June 22, 2016, that our name has officially changed to Houston College of Law. It's been a while, but this isn't the first time our name has changed. We started out as the South Texas School of Law in 1923. Our first dean, Judge Joseph C. Hutcheson, Jr., addressed the freshman class which consisted of 5 women and 24 men, telling them that, "we will promise nothing now as to what we will fulfill, for we believe that we can do much more than we can now promise." Now, two names later we find ourselves reflecting back on his sentiment. We began as a "high grade night school" located in the basement of the YMCA with a mission to make legal education accessible and to produce practice ready attorneys that would serve the community and the nation.

Three names and 93 years later, we still have the same mission. We produce some of the best judges, litigators, advocates, negotiators, and transactional lawyers in the country.  As the oldest law school in Houston, our name identifies us with our birth place, the legendary Houston area attorneys and judges who helped found our institution, and reflects our place in this international and diverse city. We're looking froward to the next 90 years!

Friday, June 10, 2016

Remember the administrative law judge who sued his dry cleaner for $65,000,000.00?

Roy Pearson, a member of the D.C. Bar, is back in the news. In 2005, he became famous for bringing a $65,000,000.00 lawsuit against his dry cleaner for losing his pants. Pearson lost at trial, lost at appeal, and lost at a hearing en banc. His conduct during the proceedings led to disciplinary action; and the D.C. Board on Professional Responsibility found that he committed two ethics violations.

For a good summary of Roy Pearson's legal struggles, you can read Kevin Underhill's "Lowering the Bar." The relevant post is here.