2001 - January 2002
By way of
apology to Professors Krause and Weaver for accidentally dropping them
from last month’s (November’s) Faculty Focus, we begin with
Professor Joan Krause spoke on November 29th
at the Third Annual National Institute on the Civil False Claims Act
& Qui Tam Enforcement in Washington, D.C., addressing recent
developments in materiality analysis. Prof. Krause presented her conference
paper, “Materiality, Causation, and the Quest for Fraud That ‘Counts’,”
and her article, "Health Care Providers and the Public Fisc:
Paradigms of Government Harm Under the Civil False Claims Act,"
was published in the Fall 2001 issue of the Georgia Law Review.
Professor Jacqueline L. Weaver spoke at the National
Association of Royalty Owners Annual Institute in Houston on November
5th, presenting a judicial and legislative update on issues
affecting royalty payments.
Association of Law Schools Annual Conference (A.A.L.S.),
Attendees & Participants (New Orleans, LA - First Week
of January 2002)
Richard Alderman, Director, Consumer Law Center, attended AALS
Sessions and represented the University of Houston at the AALS’ House
of Representatives’ Second Session.
Mary Anne Bobinski, Director, Health Law & Policy Institute,
attended AALS Sessions and chaired the meeting of the AALS Committee
on Curriculum & Research.
of Alumni Affairs Ann Chai attended AALS Sessions.
Seth Chandler attended AALS Sessions.
David Crump, Director, Continuing Legal Education, attended AALS
Sessions and made a presentation for the Federalist Society on
his new book, How to Reason.
Meredith Duncan attended AALS Sessions on Professional Responsibility
and Legal Ethics, plus various minority oriented meetings and sessions.
Sanford Gaines attended AALS Sessions and was elected Chair of the
Environmental Law Section.
Dean for External Affairs Deborah Hirsch attended AALS Sessions.
Lonny S. Hoffman attended AALS Sessions.
Craig Joyce, Co-Director, Intellectual Property & Information
Law Institute, attended AALS Sessions, a Law Center dinner and reception
for UHLC alums in New Orleans, and was honored by the AALS at a reception
for having won UH Teaching Awards.
Joan H. Krause attended AALS Sessions.
Peter Linzer attended AALS Sessions and became AALS’ Contracts
Section’s Chair, attending the Section's two programs on e-commerce
and the Breakfast Workshop for Section Leaders.
Douglas Moll attended AALS Sessions and headed (as co-founder) the
well-attended new AALS New Law Teacher Section. Prof. Moll’s
talk at this first annual conference was on “Why Do We Need a New
Law Professors Section?”
Geraldine S. Moohr attended AALS Sessions, organizing an AALS Session
on The Role of Criminal Law in Regulating Use of Information and Intellectual
Property. Prof. Moohr presented a paper at this session, "Two
Unintended Consequences of the Economic Espionage Act -- And Their Results,"
which builds upon an article that will be published this spring by the
University of North Carolina Law Review.
J. Thomas Oldham, Associate Dean for Faculty Development, attended
AALS Sessions on Family Law.
Michael A. Olivas, Director, Institute for Higher Education Law
& Governance - Prof. Olivas presented a paper on “Academic Freedom
and Employment in the Academy” at the AALS Annual Meeting sponsored
by the Labor Relations & Employment Law Section. Prof. Olivas
attended a meeting of the ABA Governmental Relations Committee,
on which he serves, and which was held in conjunction with the AALS meeting.
Prof. Olivas, along with Professors Sidney Buchanan and Craig Joyce were
also honored by the AALS at a reception for having won UH Teaching Awards.
Nancy B. Rapoport, Dean, University of Houston Law Center, attended
AALS Sessions, spoke to the AALS’ Student Services Section on
the changing face of deanship, and hosted a Law Center reception at Pascal
Manale's for alums, faculty and staff.
Dean for Law Advancement Greg Robertson attended AALS Sessions.
Joseph Sanders attended AALS Sessions.
Richard Saver attended AALS Sessions.
Jon S. Schultz, Associate Dean for Information Services attended
William P. Streng attended AALS Sessions on Tax Law and Estate Planning,
and a commemorative meeting remembering our former (Fall 1998) Tax Law
Visiting Professor Rebecca Rudnick.
Sandra Guerra Thompson, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs attended
AALS Sessions, Chaired the Criminal Justice Section’s sessions,
including four panel discussions and a luncheon, and spoke on a panel
entitled "Is the Drug War De-Escalating?" Prof. Guerra
Thompson’s remarks will be published this spring in the Federal
of Annual Giving Marilyn Watkins attended AALS Institutional
Jacqueline L. Weaver attended AALS Sessions on Natural Resources
Law & Environmental Law.
Stephen Zamora attended AALS Sessions and was elected Chair
of the AALS Section on North American Cooperation, was a panelist
on "Globalization," as part of the Workshop on The
Challenges of Connecting with 21st Century Students, spoke on "Legal
Education and Cooperative Programs as Factors in Economic & Social
Development” in the Workshop on “Continuing Progress in
Internationalizing Legal Education,” and gave a presentation about
our North American Consortium, NACLE, as a member of
a panel on “Boosting Cooperation Among Law Schools in North America.”
Professor Richard Alderman published the 2002 edition
of The Lawyer's Guide to the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act
and, at 38 Houston L. Rev. 101 (2002), published his article,
“Pre-Dispute Mandatory Arbitration in Consumer Contracts: A Call for
Reform.” Prof. Alderman also spoke to the National Association
of Consumer Advocates’ Annual Meeting, and to the National
Association of Legal Administrators, the Houston Association
of Legal Assistants, Money Management International, and
to the Fundamentals of Good Credit. Prof. Alderman appeared
several times on the nationally syndicated Tom Martino radio talk show,
and was quoted in the Houston Chronicle, the Texas
Lawyer, and the Associated Press regarding liabilities
of social hosts and tenants.
Professor Mary Anne Bobinski recently contracted
to produce a new edition of Health Care Law & Ethics
(Aspen Publishing) with her co-authors.
Rod Borlase added the following web essays to the
Law Library & Legal Research Guides: “West's New
Reporter: Federal Appendix" & “Using Proper Writing
Professor David R. Dow’s op-ed article, “The
Scandal of the State of Texas vs. Andrea Yates” (p. 21A) was
published in the Houston Chronicle on January 10th
Professor Meredith J. Duncan has been asked to
speak at the Civil & Criminal Investigation Course Seminar
presented by the Learning Center for Private Investigation on
the “Ethical Responsibilities of Lawyers in Exercising Jurisdiction
Over Privately Conducted Investigations.”
Professor Paul M. Janicke has accepted invitations
to teach a Master Class in Patent Law in March (2002) at John Marshall
Law School (Chicago) and, for Tulane University Law School,
a summer course in patent law in Amsterdam.
Professor Craig Joyce published two entries in
American National Biography (Oxford University Press, October
2001 Update), one each on William Cranch and Henry Wheaton.
Professor Peter Linzer’s work on revision of the
Corbin On Contracts volume on the parol evidence rule
is going into high gear.
Professor Douglas Moll’s interview on Fox Business
News about the Enron vrs. Dynergy dispute aired late December
4th & early December 5th on our local Fox
Professor Geraldine Moohr appeared on Channel 11
KHOU-TV to comment on the plight of Enron employees who have lost their
retirement funds, and discussed the same topic with reporters from Channel
Professor Raymond T. Nimmer has been listed in
the International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers and was
previously and remains listed in the International Who’s Who of
Internet Lawyers and in Who’s Who in America.
Professor J. Thomas Oldham will publish the 29th
Supplement next month for his book, Separation and the Distribution
of Property, New York Law Publishing.
Professor Jordan Paust was interviewed on CNN
Live on December 13th and on National Public Radio
on December 27th respecting the war on terrorism and international
law, and was featured among other law professors in a New York
Times December 26th op-ed by William Glaberson,
entitled “Critic’s Attack on Tribunals Turns to Law Among Nations”
(p. B1; Prof. Jordan’s photograph, B6). Other articles featuring
Prof. Paust’s comments were in the Los Angeles Times,
December 14th and U.S.A. Today, December 20th
Dean Nancy B. Rapoport’s article, “Of Cat-herders,
Conductors, Tour Guides, & Fearless Leaders,” was published
in 33 University of Toledo Law Review 161 (2001). Dean
Rapoport was interviewed on local TV Channel 2's January 7th
10 p.m. late news regarding the Enron bankruptcy and the New York hearing
to move proceedings to Houston.
Professor Richard Saver has been awarded funds
from the University of Houston's New Faculty Research Program
for an upcoming research project concerning legal restrictions on the
use of gain-sharing and other financial incentives between hospitals and
medical staff physicians.
Associate Dean Jon S. Schultz obtained new avenues
of expertise from Tropical Storm Allison. Dean Schultz addressed conferences
at Rice University and Yale University on emergency
preparedness and recovery. His two-hour presentation at Yale was sponsored
by the North East Document Conservation Center and the NELLCO
library consortium, following a presentation at Rice's Fondren
Library. Dean Schultz provided interviews for National Public
Radio, Texas Public Radio, and for various library associations,
bar association and industry publications and news media. On December
24th, Dean Schultz strapped on the requisite padding and spent
Christmas eve as Santa Claus for a local rehabilitation mission. Dean
Schultz has been appointed to the ABA team of visitors for the inspection
of the law school at UCLA.
Professor Ira B. Shepard spoke on "Current
Developments in Federal Taxation" to the Wednesday Tax Forum
and on "Circular 230: The Non-Tax Shelter Amendments"
to the Houston Tax Roundtable in early January 2002. In late
January, Prof. Shepard will speak at a Mini-Program of the American
Bar Association Tax Section’s Midwinter Meeting in New Orleans
on "Recent Federal Income Tax Developments" (with Professor
Martin J. McMahon, Jr. of the University of Florida Law School) and at
the South Carolina State Bar Meeting in Charleston on "The
2001 Tax Act" (again, with Professor McMahon). Prof. Shepard’s
paper on "Recent Oil & Gas Tax Developments" (co-authored
by Professor McMahon) was published in the Proceedings of the
Southwestern Legal Foundation Fifty-Second Annual Institute on Oil &
Gas Law & Taxation (Matthew Bender, 2001).
Professor William P. Streng was photographically
immortalized by the Bureau of National Affairs publishing house
as its December 2002 distinguished author in a calendar promoting BNA’s
Tax Management Portfolios, something short of a centerfold, but
quite dapper nonetheless. Prof. Streng has authored multiple portfolios
for BNA, most recently on Estate Planning (no.801-1st)
and Choice of Entity (no. 700-2nd).
Professor Ronald Turner’s review essay on Professor
Jeffrey Rosen's proposal to abolish the Title VII hostile-environment
sexual harassment cause of action has been published at 4 University
of Pennsylvania Journal of Labor & Employment Law 243 (Fall
2001). Prof. Turner’s essay, “When the Court Makes Law and Policy
(With Special Reference to the Employment Arbitration Issue),
will be published in a forthcoming issue of the Hofstra Labor
& Employment Law Journal. Prof. Turner’s article “Reactions
of the Regulated: A Federal Labor Law Example” will be published
in the next issue of The Labor Lawyer.
Clinical Professor Joseph Vail will speak on “Pro
Bono Representation of Asylum Seekers in Immigration Court Proceedings”
at the Houston Asylum Pro Bono Program here at
the Law Center on January 26th 2002.
Health Law Institute Director Barbara Williams
was interviewed by KTRH Radio on January 8th 2202 the rights
of employees after the U.S. Supreme Court decision on Toyota v.