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August, 1999

Richard Alderman and the Consumer Law Project have signed a Regional Audit Partnership Agreement with ValueStar, the largest internet rater of consumer providers in the country. Under the agreement, he will serve as a consultant to the company and the Consumer Law Project will conduct audits of the process by which ValueStar establishes its ratings. ValueStar which has long maintained an audit relationship with the Public Research Institute of San Francisco State University, has partnered with the University of Houston as part of its major geographic expansion. He also published the second edition of Texas Consumer Law-Cases and Materials.

Sandra Guerra returned from Mexico City where she co-directed with Sandy Gaines and taught a course in the Mexican Legal Studies Program.

Tom Oldham organized the symposium issue of the Family Law Quarterly on child support which includes his article on "Children's Inheritance Rights.

Jordan Paust's article "Customary International Law and Human Rights Treaties ARE Law of the United States" was published in 20 Mich.J.Int'l L.300-336 (1999). In June, he spoke on "The Applicability of Laws of Armed Conflict to the Territories Occupied by Israel" at a United Nations International Meeting on the Convening of the Conference held in Cairo, Egypt. The meeting was attended by representatives from most countries, the U.N. Secretariat, the International Committee of the Red Cross and other nongovernmental organizations.  Excerpts from his speech were printed in U.N. Press Release GA/PAL/806/(June 1999) and is likely to be reprinted elsewhere.

Ronald Turner's article "Physicians and Unions" will be published in the forthcoming Communiqué Newsletter, a publication distributed to 31,000 anesthesiologist nationwide.

Stephen Zamora in June was a lecturer in the Southwestern Legal Foundation's Academy of American and International Law. Each year the SLF, which is headquartered in Dallas, holds a six-week course for foreign lawyers, who attend lectures given by practicing lawyers and academics. The Academy attracts 70-80 lawyers from around the word. He lectured for two days on "International Civil Litigation in U.S. Courts" This is the tenth consecutive year he has been invited to lecture to this group. He also hosted a reception together with Sandra Guerra (Co-director of the Mexican Legal Studies Program (MLSP) and Ellen Farewell (Coordinator  of the program) for Law Center alumni who live and practice law in Mexico City and students attending the summer's MLSP. The reception was held in the historic San Angel Inn honoring Dr. Guillermo Floris Margadant for his thirty years of teaching in the MLSP. Dr. Margadant is one of Mexico's most renowned legal historians, and has been visiting professor at the Law Center, in addition to teaching in our summer programs. There Stephen Zamora announced the creation of an endowed scholarship, the Guillermo Floris Margadant Scholarship in Comparative Law.

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