Faculty Focus is a monthly publication documenting the activities, accomplishments, and honors of the University of Houston Law Center faculty. This publication is a service of the Faculty Services Department, O'Quinn Law Library, University of Houston Law Center.


July 2000

Rod Borlase has three new contributions to the Law Library and Research Guides:

Seth Chandler spoke this June at the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics meeting at Case Western Reserve University Law School, Cleveland, Ohio on a forthcoming paper provisionally titled "Visualizing Adverse Selection - And Understanding the Insurance/Genetic Testing Debate Too."  He was the featured speaker at this year's annual meeting of the Southwest Actuaries Club in Galveston where his topic was "What Actuaries Have to Contribute to the Southwest Actuaries Club," and at long last, the Encyclopedia of Law and Economics has appeared in paper form where his entry on "Insurance Regulation" appears in volume 3.  June continued to be a busy month.  He was named as the keynote speaker for the Fourth International Mathematica Symposium held biennially at the Chiba Campus of Tokyo Denki University, June 25-June27,  2001.  This is the leading international program on use of the Mathematica computer language in computer algebra, various fields of education, research, and art.  Closer to home he will be speaking before the Insurance Alliance of America's annual meeting in San Antonio  on "Impact of Genetic Testing on Small Health and Life Insurers."  Finally, he submitted his invited work, "Insurance Swordfish," to the Texas Lawyer.  The article begins with an associative database used to optimize market-based gathering of ingredients and contains a unique text-represented sequencing algorithm for preparation of a hearty caper-based comestible.

David Dow was quoted in an article by Frank Bruni with Jim Yardley After a Number of Delays, Inmate is Executed in Texas as 11th-Hour Appeals Fails, N.Y. Times, June 23, 2000 at  A18. His letter, "Death Penalty Debate" appeared in the N.Y.Times , July 8, 2000 at A14 and his essay The Death Penalty Debate's Degrees of Guilt, appeared in the Christian Science Monitor, June 26, 2000 at 9 and on the Christian Science Monitor Website, June23rd.

Sandra Guerra served on the planning committee and as moderator of a panel discussion, "Sentencing as a Driving Force in Criminal Justice," at the Criminal Justice Section Conference of the Association of American Law Schools in Washington, D.C. June 11-14th.   She attended her first annual meeting of the American Law Institute as a newly elected member in Washington, D.C., May 14-17th.  She also directed the Law Center's Mexican Legal Studies Program in Mexico City.

James Herget's book, Contemporary German Legal Philosophy, (1996) will be used at the University of Beijing as an introduction to German legal philosophy for Chinese students.

Ellen Marrus has been selected as outstanding faculty member by the University of Houston Alumni Association.

Jordan Paust's article in 24 Yale J. Int'l  L. 305 (1999) was quoted by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in United States v. Gatlin,  2000 U.S. App. Lexis 13970.  He was also asked to write a short editorial,  "Questions Concerning the Final Report to the Prosecutor Regarding NATO Bombings," which appeared in 34 United Nations Law Reports 132 (2000).  He spoke on National Public Radio and Radio Pacifica on "International Law Aspects of the Juvenile Death Penalty and Failure to Notify Consulate Officials in the Case of Foreign Accused."  He also joined Transnational Law Publishers Advisory Board for its International and Comparative Criminal Law Series.

Ronald Turner's article," 'Membership' Obligations Under NLRA Section 8(a)(3): A Proposal for Statutory Change," has been published at 17 Hofstra Lab. & Emp. L.J. 323 (2000).  He has also been appointed to the Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects, a University committee charged with the review of all research projects conducted by the University of Houston faculty, staff, and/or students that involve the use of human subjects or data originating from human subjects.

On submission from Stephen Zamora:  At last month's annual convention of the State Bar of Texas, Professor Bob Schuwerk received the President's Award.  This award is voted upon by the present and past Presidents of the State Bar, and recognizes the one lawyer who, in their judgement, has made the most outstanding contributions to the work of the Bar during the past year.  Professor Schuwerk  has been a leader in the field of professional responsibility in Texas for many years and this award is a fitting recognition of the work he continues to do on behalf of the profession.