Albertus Accolades

December 2016

Editor, Katy Stein Badeaux • Access previous editions of Albertus Accolades here.

Albertus Accolades is a monthly publication documenting the activities, accomplishments, and honors of
the University of Houston Law Center faculty and staff.

Leonard Baynes gave a presentation on the Law Center at Blank Rome Firm LLP in Houston on November 2.That evening Dean Baynes attended the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston Red Mass and Dinner address by Most Rev. Jose’ Gomez, Archbishop of Los Angeles, CA. On November 3, Dean Baynes gave welcoming remarks at the Scholarship Donor Appreciation Dinner at the Petroleum Club of Houston. Dean Baynes gave welcoming remarks at celebration with our most recent Texas bar passers at Batanga Restaurant on November 10. On November 15, Dean Baynes gave welcoming remarks at the Dean’s Society Fall Reception hosted by Shawn and William Jackson (’92). Dean Baynes also gave welcoming remarks to approximately 300 students at the Anti-Defamation League Youth Summit held in Krost Hall at UHLC on November 18. Later that day Dean Baynes also gave welcoming remarks to professors visiting from China. On November 24, Dean Baynes hosted a Briefcase radio broadcast where he addressed how Thanksgiving became a national holiday

Janet Beck spoke on detention issues for children at the UHGSSW-sponsored conference “Children Displaced Across Borders.”

Kate Brem spoke about “Designing a Successful Experiential Learning Course for the Upper Level Legal Writing Classroom" at the Legal Writing Institute One-Day Workshop at the University of Texas School of Law on December 9. With fellow UHLC colleagues Whitney Heard and Sarah Morath, at the same conference, she also spoke about “Preparing Practice-Ready Millennials to Confront the Demands of Online Legal Research.”

Richard Dole’s article The Contours of American Trade Secret Law: What is and What Isn’t Protectable as a Trade Secret, was recently listed on SSRN's Top Ten download list for its Entrepreneurship & Economics eJournal's Intellectual Property Law & Policy section.

David R. Dow's article, Is the 'Arising Under' Jurisdictional Grant in Article III Self-Executing, appeared as the lead article in 25 William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal 1 (October 2016). 

Barbara Evans spoke about regulation of gene editing technology at Loyola Chicago’s October 28 Symposium on Health Care and Policy and will contribute an article to the Annals of Health Law symposium issue on innovation in life sciences. She participated in the kick-off meeting of the three-year NIH-funded LawSeqTM study at University of Minnesota on December 1 & 2. She participated in a kick-off conference for an FDA/Harvard Catalyst-funded research project starting in January 2017. She spoke about the challenges of developing a citizen-driven bioethics for citizen science as part of the Deinard Memorial Lecture, “How Patients are Creating the Future of Medicine: From Citizen Science to Precision Medicine” at the University of Minnesota on December 6. She participated in a working group meeting for a research project on payment of human research subjects at the Harvard Petrie-Flom Center on December 9. During December, she has been working with The National Academies’ Committee on Future Biotechnology Products and Opportunities to Enhance Capabilities of the Biotechnology Regulatory System to finalize a report for publication early in 2017. Her chapter in Nudging Health: Health Law and Behavioral Economics (I. Glenn Cohen, Holly Fernandez Lynch, and Christopher T. Robertson) was published earlier this month. Her article, The Evolving Ethics Challenge in Genomic Science, appears in a special synthetic biology-themed issue of ABA’s SciTech Lawyer this month. Her article, Power to the People: Data Citizens in the Age of Precision Medicine, will appear in this month's big data-themed symposium issue of The Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law. On November 9, the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics published recommendations on the HIPAA “minimum necessary” standard for data disclosures, on which Professor Evans was a co-author and sub-committee chair, available here. She is currently working on a study of HIPAA’s de-identification standard. She has been invited to co-edit a book on Transparency in Health Care and is starting work on that project.

Whitney Heard presented "Different [Key]strokes for Different Folks: Preparing Practice-Ready Millennials to Confront the Demands of Online Legal Research through Introductory Exercises" at the Legal Writing Institute (LWI) One-Day Workshop, at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, Texas (with Kate Brem and Sarah Morath).

Tracy Hester joined a meeting of EPA’s National Advisory Committee on NAFTA environmental issues in Washington, DC on November 16 (an interesting time for that discussion). On December 5, he chaired the planning meeting for the International Outreach and Pro Bono committee of the American College of Environmental Lawyers, which will sponsor environmental law pro bono work in China, Cuba, Haiti, east Africa and (hopefully) India.

Geoffrey Hoffman moderated a panel at the binational Children Displaced Across Borders conference. The panel was entitled, “Applying a Children’s Rights Framework in Texas: Placement and Detention” and other speakers at the conference included UHLC Clinical Assistant Professor Janet Beck and UHLC Staff Attorney Rosemary Vega. Professor Hoffman also spoke at an event sponsored by the UH Center for Immigration Research among other groups on post-election immigration issues entitled, “So What Now: A Q&A and Panel Discussion on the Impact of a Trump Administration on America's Immigrant, Minority, and Refugee Communities.” Professor Hoffman also spoke on legal issues post-election at the quarterly general meeting of the Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative. Professor Hoffman was asked to participate in a discussion as an immigration appellate expert regarding Special Immigrant Juvenile issues. He also represented UHLC at the executive committee meeting for The Houston Immigration Collaborative. Professor Hoffman spoke at UH Downtown at the request of President Olivas with Clinic Supervising Attorney Josephine Sorgwe. Professor Hoffman has also been invited to speak on a panel at the AILA Annual Conference this summer in New Orleans on Refugee and Asylum Law

Craig Joyce visited Philadelphia to attend the American Law Institute’s November meeting continuing the initial phase of drafting the Restatement of the Law, Copyright, and to meet with the American Society for Legal History’s President-Elect, Sarah Barringer Gordon of the University of Pennsylvania, about plans for the Society’s 2018 Annual Meeting in Houston. Joyce also was reappointed to the Editorial Board of the Journal of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. for his 29th consecutive year of service.

On November 12, Diane McManus conducted a name change workshop for Afghani refugees at Neighborhood Centers, Inc. assisted by law students enrolled in the Fall Civil Clinic. On November 15, Professor McManus attended the Annual  Award dinner for the Houston Bar Association Animal Law Section as an officer (Secretary) of the Section.

Sarah Morath presented “Quizzes in the Classroom” at the Legal Writing Institute (LWI) One-Day Workshop at Tulane University Law School in New Orleans, Louisiana. Professor Morath presented “Different [Key]strokes for Different Folks: Preparing Practice-Ready Millennials to Confront the Demands of Online Legal Research through Introductory Exercises” at the Legal Writing Institute (LWI) One-Day Workshop, at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, Texas (with Kate Brem and Whitney Heard).

Nathan Neely participated in the Jackalope Jam (a run) on 11/19 and placed 4th overall (3rd male) by running 32 laps in 6 hours.

James Nelson published Corporations, Unions, and the Illusion of Symmetry in the Virginia Law Review.

During Tom Oldham’s Fulbright visit to Australia in November and December 2015, he began conversations with Professor Patrick Parkinson at Sydney law school about the differences between Australian divorce law and US divorce law. They then began to write about their conclusion. This resulted in an article that was accepted in the Australian Journal of Family Law, a jury publication. The article will be published this month.

Michael A. Olivas published Contronym and Controversy, regarding campus “sanctuary” policies; he also briefed dozens of reporters, college presidents, DREAMer students, and immigration lawyers following the election. He also invited UHLC faculty and staff to UHD and participated in a workshop on these issues. Just in time for Christmas stocking stuffers and the AALS Annual Meeting, Carolina Academic Press has published Law Professor and Accidental Historian: The Scholarship of Michael A. Olivas, Ediberto Román, ed.

On December 3, D. Theodore Rave spoke on a panel at NYU School of Law on “Class Actions: Who are the Relevant Players?” as part of a conference on Rule 23@50 sponsored by the NYU Law Review and the NYU Center on Civil Justice. On November 21, Professor Rave spoke with 25 middle school students from Pilgrim Academy who were visiting the Law Center as part of the Pathways to Law Program sponsored by Jones Day and organized by two UHLC alumni, Nicole Perry (’06) and Diane Myers (’16). The Pathways to Law students will return to the Law Center in the spring to sit in on one of Professor Rave’s Constitutional Law classes.

On December 2, Jessica L. Roberts gave a talk called “Upstream Access Issues in Precision Medicine” at the University of Utah’s Frontiers in Precision Medicine Symposium. Nature Biotech published her correspondence “Should you profit from your genome?” co-authored with Amy McGuire and Stacey Pereira (Baylor College of Medicine), and the American Journal of Bioethics published her open peer commentary, The Legality of Tracking Professional Athletes through Biometric Screening with I. Glenn Cohen, Holly Lynch, and Chris Deubert (Harvard). At AALS, her co-author Elizabeth Sepper (Washington University) will present their paper, The Promise and Peril of the Affordable Care Act Antidiscrimination Rule, during the Section on Law, Medicine, and Health Care’s Works-in-Progress Program. In 2017, Jessica will serve as the Chair of the AALS Disability Law Section.

Bret Wells spoke in Austin on November 30th at the 64th Annual Taxation Conference at the University of Texas and in Houston on December 1st at the International Tax Forum of Houston. Professor Wells addressed the recently issued final Section 385 regulations and their impact on inbound US tax planning in both presentations.  

Allison Winnike was recently presented with two national awards. She received the National Center for State Courts' 2016 Distinguished Service Award, one of the highest awards presented by the organization, for significant contributions to the justice system as a result of her public health emergency preparedness legal scholarship and outreach on October 7. The award was presented during a ceremony at the Law Center by NCSC President Mary McQueen, Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan Hecht, and Texas Office of Court Administration Director David Slayton. On October 31, she received the American Public Health Association Law Section’s 2016 Early Career Award for Excellence in Public Health Law in Denver, Colorado at the APHA Annual Meeting. The award was presented by APHA Law Section officers Kerri McGowan Lowrey of the University of Maryland School of Law and Benjamin Mason Meier of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During the APHA Annual Meeting in Denver she moderated a panel on Methods to Improve Chronic Disease Health. She joined her fellow Leadership Texas class of 2016 colleagues for a leadership workshop and graduation ceremony on November 8 in Austin. On November 19, she participated in a panel discussion on the Future of Public Health at the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston. She gave a lecture on Public Health Law and Policy at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston on December 13.

Kellen Zale has been invited to contribute a chapter to the Cambridge Handbook of the Law of the Sharing Economy, to be published by Cambridge University Press in 2018.