Richard Alderman has kept busy since his retirement. He submitted manuscripts for 2015 -16 updates to Texas Consumer Law: Cases and Materials (Imprimatur Press) and The Lawyer’s Guide to the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act (LexisNexis) as well as the 2015–16 edition of the two volume, Consumer Protection and the Law (Thomson/Reuters). He also delivered his paper, Consumer Arbitration in the United States—A Good Thing Gone Bad –And Getting Worse. The Erosion of Faith, Fairness and the Enforcement of Consumer Rights, at the 15th International Association of Consumer Law Conference. The article is to be published in the International Journal on Consumer Law and Practice, National Law School of India, Bangalore. He also presented a DTPA and Warranty update at the State Bar Convention, and a DTPA and Arbitration Update at the Advanced Consumer and Commercial Law Conference. Professor Alderman was also honored by the Houston Lawyers Association, who awarded him the Francis Williams Advocacy Award, for demonstrating unrelenting and vigorous defense of significant issues of concern for the African American Community that vastly impact social change, and Interfaith Care Partners, who awarded him the Sustaining Presence Award, for exemplary community service and for enriching the lives of all.
Leonard Baynes welcomed and introduced Alumnus Tony Buzbee at the New Student Orientation on Friday, August 14 and along with Associate Dean Tennessee visited each Service Day Project on Saturday, August 15. On Tuesday, August 18, Dean Baynes attended the Reception to Welcome New Faculty to the University of Houston hosted by Provost Paula Short. Dean Baynes also welcomed first year students and attended the Orientation Dinner Ceremony of the Entering Class of 2015 on Wednesday, August 19. Dean Baynes attended a reception hosted by UH Regents and President Khator honoring the Class of 2015 and celebrating the terms of UH Regent Chairman Tilman Fertitta, Regent Jarvis Hollingsworth and Regent Beth Madison on Thursday, August 20. Also on August 20, Dean Baynes welcomed FLLM students and attended a FLLM Reception sponsored by Graduate Legal Studies and the Houston Bar Association. Dean Baynes attended a Fall Welcome Back Reception for the Faculty hosted by Provost Paula Short on Thursday, August 27. On Friday, August 28 Dean Baynes gave the welcoming remarks at the Texas Legal Scholars Workshop and attended the Texas Legal Scholars Dinner that evening.
Janet Beck participated in the Texas Legal Scholars Workshop wherein she submitted the first draft of an article titled Clinical Dialogues: Student and Client Empowerment in an Immigration Clinic. Her Board of Immigration Appeals precedent decision, Matter of M-A-M, was cited several times in the ABA Commission on Immigration's practice advisory, "Representing Detained Immigration Respondents of Diminished Capacity: Ethical Challenges and Best Practices." The ABA Commission also cited a practice advisory from the Legal Action Center of the American Immigration Counsel titled "Representing Clients with Mental Competency Issues under Matter of M-A-M" of which she was co-author. Clinical Professor Beck provided background material to ABC News in advance of their September 4 television program showing the Pope speaking to different groups of people including immigrants.
Erma Bonadero has been selected to co-chair the Mentorship and Scholarship Support sub-committee of the AALS Externship Section.
Ray Britton was honored by the National Academy of Arbitrators at its annual meeting in San Francisco this May. Professor Britton, a long-time member of the Academy who has actively participated in its meetings and programs and served on the Academy's Board of Governors for several terms, was fêted for his decades of service to the organization. The Academy was founded in 1947 as a not-for-profit honorary and professional organization of arbitrators in the United States and Canada. Members, selected through rigorous admission standards, are chosen by involved parties to hear and decide thousands of labor and employment arbitration cases each year in private industry, the public sector, and non-profits in both countries.
Jamie West Dillon attended the Southern Association of Prelaw Advisors Conference in Richmond, Virginia September 9-11 where she was a speaker in the hot topics session, “Professionalism for Applicants: You Catch More Flies with Honey- How Professionalism for Applicants Leads to Success in the Admissions Process and Beyond.” She was also a panelist in the session “You’re Not Going to Believe This,” discussing humorous and surprising experiences in the past application cycle.
Barbara Evans has been appointed to a four-year term on the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics, the statutory advisory committee under 42 U.S.C. § 242k(k) that advises the Secretary of Health and Human Services on health information policy. She has been invited to speak at the upcoming International Summit on Human Gene Editing hosted by the U.S. National Academy of Science, U.S. National Academy of Medicine, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the Royal Society to explore appropriate governance of promising but controversial new technologies that can change people’s genes. Professor Evans attended a committee meeting in Washington on September 11 to work on an Institute of Medicine study of access to hearing health care. She is serving as a reader and mentor for the 2015 ASLME Health Law Scholars weekend in St. Louis, which provides intensive mentoring for promising new scholars in the health law field. She will present her work on privacy, big data, and genomics at a meeting of The University of California System counsels in Santa Cruz on October 13, and will join two computer scientists from Princeton and Carnegie-Mellon to deliver a half-day symposium on privacy and data science on October 15 at the University of Wisconsin’s Center for Predictive Computational Phenotyping, which is an NIH Center of Excellence for Big Data Computing. She received an invitation to be on the BioLaw panel on Precision Medicine, Next Generation Sequencing, and the Future of Medicine at the AALS conference in January.
Jim Hawkins’s article Using Advertisements to Diagnose Behavioral Market Failure was accepted by the Wake Forest Law Review for publication in March 2016. He presented this paper at the Texas Legal Scholars Workshop at the end of August and will present it at the annual meeting of the Canadian Law and Economics Association in Toronto at the end of September.
Tracy Hester presented his article on revitalizing the NAFTA environmental enforcement submissions program at our own Texas Legal Scholars Workshop on August 29. He hosted two EENR Center speaker events at the Law Center: a panel discussion on how EPA’s new Clean Power Plan will affect Texas energy interests on September 11, and a presentation on August 27 by Dr. John Nielson-Gammon (the state climatologist for Texas) on how climate change will impact Texas. And on September 1, the UH Energy program invited Professor Hester to become one of the founding members of its new Energy Fellows program, which will include faculty members from each of UH’s nine energy-related colleges.
Geoffrey Hoffman was acknowledged in an announcement on the LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Immigration Law website regarding the UHLC Immigration Clinic’s recent victory in an asylum appeal remand involving an individual from Iraq.
Craig Joyce was reappointed to the Editorial Board of the Journal of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. for his 28th consecutive year of service.
David Kwok presented his paper, Retaliation Risk Allocation for Whistleblowers, at the Colloquium on Scholarship in Employment and Labor Law hosted by Indiana University Maurer School of Law. He also taught a class session on U.S. qui tam performance to top anti-corruption officials from Indonesia as part of training sponsored by USAID and the International Law Institute.
Jim Lawrence was the featured speaker at the September meeting of the Houston International Arbitration Club. The meeting was held downtown at Vinson & Elkins. The talk was titled “Mock Arbitration: Selecting Your Mock Arbitrators Using Case Theme As One Selection Criterion” and the initial research for the talk will be expanded into additional research this fall on the mock arbitrator selection process.
Rick McElvaney spoke on Consumer Law, Landlord and Tenant Law, and Bankruptcy at the Fundamentals of Good Credit seminar sponsored by the Credit Coalition on September 17. The O’Connor’s Property Code Plus 2015-2016 (Jones McClure), which Professor McElvaney co-authored, has been released. It is in its eleventh year of publication.
Gerry Moohr completed the second edition of The Criminal Law of Intellectual Property and Information with the help of co-authors Jacqui Lipton (UH Law Center) and Irina Manta (Hofstra). West will publish this hardback edition and teacher’s manual this autumn. Her article, White Collar Movies and Why they Matter, was recently published by the University of Texas Review of Entertainment and Sports Law.
Tom Oldham had a question submitted by him included in the California bar exam in July 2015. This was the fourth time a question submitted by Professor Oldham was included in the bar exam.
Michael A. Olivas delivered the Conference Luncheon Keynote Address: Random Thoughts on College Residency, International Students, and Postsecondary Finance, at the Symposium on Higher Education Access, held at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. His weekly radio show “The Law of Rock and Roll” has been picked up by KTJU, the radio station at the University of Virginia. He reviewed several recent books in a book review that appeared in Somos en Escrito magazine, entitled Mexican Movies, Music, Theaters, and Narco Corridos.
Jordan Paust’s article, Human Rights on the Battlefield, was published in 47 The George Washington International Law Review 509-561 (2015) and is available here. His book chapter, Armed Opposition Groups, is published in Non-State Actors in International Law 273-292 (Math Noortmann, August Reinisch & Cedric Ryngaert eds. 2015). On September 17, Professor Paust was a speaker during the Wiley Lecture Series at Texas A&M University on Constitution Day, “Justice for All?, Civil Rights at Guantanamo Bay.” Jordan Paust’s article Ten Types of Israeli and Palestinian Violations of the Laws of War and the ICC was accepted by the Connecticut Journal of International Law and will appear in vol. 31 (2016).
D. Theodore Rave presented his paper Fiduciary Voters? at the Texas Legal Scholars Workshop on August 28 and again at the 8th Annual Junior Faculty Federal Courts Workshop at U.C. Irvine on September 12.
Jessica L. Roberts presented her paper, Theories of Genetic Ownership, at the Texas Legal Scholars Workshop, the South Texas College of Law Faculty Enrichment Series, and the Petrie-Flom/Harvard Health Law, Bioethics, and Biotechnology Workshop. Also in September, she accepted an offer to publish her paper with Nicole Huberfeld, Health Care and the Myth of Self Reliance, from the Boston College Law Review and an offer to publish her paper with Elizabeth Weeks Leonard, What Is (& Isn’t) Healthism? from the Georgia Law Review. Professor Roberts is working with faculty members at the Washington University School of Law and the University of Minnesota School of Law and students at the Yale Law School to comment on the proposed regulations for Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act.
Ira B. Shepard spoke on September 9 on “Recent Developments in Federal Income Taxation” to the Houston Tax Roundtable, a group of tax lawyers formed by Tax LL.M. Director Paul Asofsky in 1991. In October, he is scheduled to speak on the same topic at the Fiftieth Annual Southern Federal Tax Institute in Atlanta – an organization with which he has been affiliated for 44 of its 50 years. Later in October, he will appear on a tax practice panel at Chamberlain Hrdlicka’s 38th Annual Tax and Business Planning Seminar, as well as speak on Recent Developments at the same seminar.
Sandra Guerra Thompson was interviewed by Houston Public Media (FM 88.7) on August 10, regarding the reforms to the Texas grand jury selection process that go into effect on September 1. On August 21, she was also quoted in a post of the Off the Kuff blog regarding the need for bail reform nationwide, and particularly in Houston. The quotes from Professor Thompson originally appeared in an August 20 Houston Chronicle article. On August 25, the Criminal Justice Institute which she directs hosted a luncheon in honor of visiting scholars from Selcuk University in Konya, Turkey. On August 27, she gave a lecture on her new book, Cops in Lab Coats: Curbing Wrongful Convictions through Independent Forensic Laboratories, at the Texas A&M International University in Laredo. She also presented at a CLE of the Webb County-Laredo Bar Association on August 28. An article about her lecture appeared in the Laredo Morning Times on August 29. Professor Thompson was quoted by the Houston Chronicle on August 28 in a news article on the unexpected resignation of Joe Kendall, the leading counsel of the first-term Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton during his arraignment at the Tarrant County courthouse. On September 2, Professor Thompson attended a meeting of the Texas Criminal Justice Integrity Unit, chaired by Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Linda Hervey, in Austin on the subject of how the legal system responds in cases of systemic forensic error or discoveries of forensic fraud. She also attended the meeting of the Board of Directors of the Houston Forensic Science Center on which she serves on September 11. She did a book signing at a symposium on forensic science at St. Thomas University sponsored by the Houston Forensic Science Center on September 17. On September 14, Professor Thompson attended a Community Stakeholders Luncheon sponsored by the Harris County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council to discuss reforms designed to reduce the rate of incarceration and the racial disparities in the incarceration rates.
Jacqueline Weaver presented a talk to the faculty on "The Future of Energy in a World of Globalization and Global Warming" at a Monday luncheon.
Kellen Zale has been invited to speak on urban planning and resiliency at the University of Utah’s Stegner Center Symposium on Green Infrastructure, Resilient Cities: New Challenges, New Solutions in March 2016. She presented her current work-in-progress, Scale in the Sharing Economy, at the Texas Legal Scholars Workshop at the University of Houston on August 29. Her forthcoming article in the University of Colorado Law Review, Sharing Property, available here, was listed on SSRN’s Top Ten download list for State & Local Government.