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Janet Beck is the author
of an article titled “Immigration Law Myths and Realities” published in the
March/April 2009 issue of the Houston Lawyer.
an op-ed that was published in the March 18 Houston
Chronicle. The article explains how securities law may apply in the Madoff
and Stanford cases, with differing results.
Aaron Bruhl attended the
Fifth Circuit Judicial Conference in New
Orleans, Louisiana. A
shortened version of one of his articles was published on the recently launched
Legal Workshop website, an online
legal magazine jointly produced by several leading law reviews. To read the
Anne Chandler is a co-author
of a book to be published by Stanford Press. The book is provisionally titled Migration, Society and the State: The Social
Context of U.S.
Immigration Law. Prof. Chandler will
write the “law part” while her co-authors, Prof. Nestor Rodriguez (University of Texas),
Prof. Cecelia Menjivar (Arizona
and Charles Munnell (Center for Immigration Research) will address sociological
issues. Prof. Chandler spearheaded the Joseph Vail Immigration Workshop at the
University of Houston Law Center in April. The workshop involved 16 speakers in
issues in immigration law and brought in about 100 attorneys and potential
clients to learn in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Mandarin, about diverse
immigration subjects. On May 1, Prof. Chandler trained the Department of
Homeland Security’s Asylum Office on issues related to unaccompanied alien
children. During April, she spoke at the Earl Carl Symposium at Texas Southern
University, on “Myths and Realities of Immigration Reform”. On April 16, she
appeared on “Progressive Forum” on Pacifica Radio to discuss educating the
community on immigrant issues.
Seth Chandler led a
conference on Public Health Law and Swine Flu at the Health Law and Policy
Institute on Wednesday, April 29. Approximately 100 people joined the
conference in person and by teleconference. Participants included attorneys
representing area district and county attorney offices, local health
authorities, school districts, hospitals and hospital districts, and public
agencies involved in response to the disease outbreak. Research faculty members
Patricia Gray and Ron Scott from the institute gave brief presentations on
public health law and Dr. William Fitzgibbon, Dean of the College of Technology,
briefed the participants on the mathematics of tracking an epidemic.
testified before both a Texas Senate and Texas House committee as a resource
witness regarding a bill focused on state climate change policy.
Jim Hawkins will present a
paper on May 28 at the Law and Society Association Annual Meeting as part of a
panel on the “Commodification of Families and Home.”
Craig Joyce organized
three days of events in Austin
for retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, supporting enhanced
research for the cure of Alzheimer’s disease and the advancement of women in
law and leadership. Prof. Joyce’s class in the Justice O’Connor Seminar toured
the state capitol and attended proceedings in the Senate chambers. In addition,
Prof. Joyce was reappointed to the Board of Editors of the Journal of Supreme
Court History, sponsored by the Supreme Court of the United States.
Dean Nimmer completed the
fourth edition of his three-volume book, The
Law of Computer Technology, as well as a revised Teacher’s Manual for his
casebook on Modern Licensing Law.
Tom Oldham will be a
visiting lecturer at Australian
from May 6-12.
Michael Olivas published
“Undocumented College Students, Taxation, and Financial Aid: A Technical Note” 32 Review of Higher Education, 407 (2009). He
was invited to address the Council of the ABA Section on Legal Education and
Admissions to the Bar, at a council workshop in Indianapolis. He will speak on demographic
changes in legal education and accreditation standards. He was also re-elected
to the Board of Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), and
was reappointed to the American Association of University Professors (AAUP)
Legal Defense Fund. He consulted with the New Mexico State History Library on
the acquisition of an 1834 legal text in Spanish and Latin, printed by Padre
Antonio Martinez. He is in the early stages of a project to digitize and put
into public domain the books printed by Padre Martinez, who operated the first
printing press west of the Mississippi.
A story on the project and the printing press appeared in the May 1, 2009 Santa Fe New Mexican.
Jordan Paust’s article “The
Absolute Prohibition of Torture and Necessary and Appropriate Sanctions” is
published in 43 Valparaiso Law Review 1535-1575 (2009).
The article is based on Prof. Paust’s presentation at Valparaiso this spring. Prof. Paust was also
a member of a panel on Litigation Against United States Officials during the 22nd
Sokol Colloquium, Human Rights Litigation in U.S. Courts, at the University of
Virginia School of Law on April 2. His online essay at Jurist “The Second Bybee
Memo: A Smoking Gun” is available at:
op-ed “Rice, Waterboarding and Accountability” was published in Jurist on May 8 and is available at:
also drafted the Amicus Brief on behalf of the Human Rights Committee of the
American Branch of the International Law Association for the U.S. Supreme Court
in Republic of Iraq,
et al. v. Simon et al., March 25, 2009 (a case involving claims of former U.S. POWs
and others against Iraq
for unlawful treatment during the Gulf War era). He has drafted the Amicus
Brief on behalf of the Human Rights committee of the American Branch of the
International Law Association for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second
Circuit in Freund, et al. v. Societe Nationale des Chemins de fer France, May 1,
2009 (a case involving suits by Holocaust survivors and others against the
and moderated a program sponsored by the UH Law Center Leonard B. Rosenberg
Professorship in cooperation with Ambassador Carlos Gonzalez Magallon, Consul
General of Mexico in Houston,
and the U.S. Mexico Bar Association. The luncheon presentation was titled
“U.S.-Mexico Relations Under President Obama: Legal Challenges and Future
Prospects”. Speakers were Joel Hernandez and Miguel Angel Gonzalez Felix, the
current and former legal advisors to the Foreign Minister of Mexico. Gonzalez
Felix is a Law Center alum (LLM 1986).