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Aaron Bruhl was selected
to the Board of Governors of the Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit.
His article, “Return of the Line Item Veto? Legalities, Practicalities, and
Some Puzzles,” was recently published in 10 University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law
presented her work-in-progress, “The Emperor’s New Clothes: Exposing the Myths
Behind Ballot Box Land Use Regulation,” at a property law works-in-progress
conference at the University of Colorado Law School in Boulder, in June. She also presented this
work at the Lutie A. Lyle Black Women Law Faculty Writing Workshop in Denver, Colorado
later that month. At the workshop, she also served as a commentator on another
work-in-progress,” Protecting the Unsophisticated Tenant: A Call for a Cap on
Late Fees in Residential Leases.”
Joan Krause presented
Grand Rounds on “Current Issues in Medicare Fraud and Abuse,” at the University
of Texas-Houston Medical School Department of Orthopaedic Surgery on June 26.
On June 7, Professor Krause spoke on,” United States v. Krizek: Rough
Justice Under the Civil False Claims Act,” at the American Society of Law,
Medicine, and Ethics Health Law Professors Conference.
Malikah Marrus, Center for
Children, Law & Policy Research Fellow, was chosen by the Harris County
Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative to co-chair the self-inspection
committee. Malikah is also a PhD candidate, or ABD, as she has finished her course
work and passed her qualifying exam.
Douglas Moll’s article,”
Shareholder Oppression in Texas Close Corporations: Majority Rule (Still) Isn’t
What it Used to be,” has been accepted for publication in the Texas Journal of
Business Law (the official publication of the Business Law Section of the State
Bar of Texas) and the Houston Business and Tax Law Journal. Professor Moll
spoke on the subject at the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting in Houston on June 26. The
presentation was made to the Antitrust and Business Litigation Section. On July
17, Professor Moll also spoke in Austin on a
related subject,” Fiduciary Duties to Minority Interests: How Far Does the
Shareholder Oppression Rule Extend to LLC’s,” at the 2008 Partnership and
Limited Liability Companies program sponsored by the University of Texas.
Tom Oldham delivered two
papers at a conference at Sussex University in England in early July. He also
attended a reception for international lawyers in London at Staples Inn.
delivered a lecture at the New Mexico Hispanic Genealogical
on June 7 in Albuquerque,
“The Arc from Padre Martinez to Reies Lopez Tijerina: Reflections Upon Old
Books, Reading Rooms, and Making History.”
An article on the same subject will be published in the University of
Missouri-Kansas City Law Review in the fall. In June, he conducted a
publications workshop for junior scholars in the field of higher education,
with Ford Foundation support, in Santa
Fe, NM. His 10th annual Higher Education
Roundtable on Higher Education Finance, also supported by Ford, was held at the
UHLC in May.
Jordan Paust had a
discussion on human rights with the staff of the World Affairs Council of
Houston on July 9.
Richard Saver presented,
“Darling v. Charleston Community Hospital:
A Broken Leg and Institutional Liability Unbound,” at a plenary session of the
American Society of Law, Medicine, and Ethics Health Law Professors Conference
in June. The panel session focused on the back story of famous health law cases
and previewed Professor Saver’s forthcoming book, Health Law and Bioethics: Cases
in Context (Aspen Publishers 2009), co-edited with Professors Sandra Johnson,
Joan Krause, and Robin Fretwell Wilson.
Ben Sheppard has been
appointed to the Board of Editors of World Arbitration and Mediation Review. He
participated as a panelist at the Spring Meeting of the ABA Section of
International Law on April 2, 2008 in New
York City. The program, “What’s New in International
Arbitration and Litigation – Plus 50 Years of the New York Convention,”
included a mock oral argument in the context of a contested judicial action to
enforce a foreign arbitral award under the UN Convention on the Recognition and
Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards (“the New York Convention”). He
delivered an address on, “Arbitration Developments and Conflicts (Emerging
Trends, Practice Tips, and Other Information of Interest to the Commercial
Practitioner,” at the 2008 Conference on ADR sponsored by the Houston Bar
Association Alternative Dispute Resolution, May 16, 2008. He participated as a
panelist on a program dealing with, “Costs and Interest in International
Arbitration,” at the 3rd Annual Dallas Roundtable, sponsored by the
Institute for Transnational Arbitration, June 8, 2008.
recently completed work on an article for a symposium issue of the Texas Tech
Law Review. The article, “What Price Justice? The Importance of Costs to
Eyewitness Identification Reform,” will appear in the Fall 2008 issue. She was
invited to participate in the Marquette Law School Criminal Appeals Conference
next June and will write an article for the conference to be published in the
Marquette Law Review. On July 2, Professor Thompson appeared on the morning
talk show, Behind the Headlines, with Kim Davis on Houston’s
KPRC Channel 2, regarding the Pasadena
case of the man who shot two burglars and was not indicted by a grand jury. She
was also quoted in the July 11 Houston Chronicle in an article about the
intentional killing of a fetus. Professor Thompson was appointed to the
planning committee for the uh President/Chancellor’s Investiture Celebration
which is slated for September 2008. She now serves as the co-chair for the
Academic Programs subcommittee, which will organize programming for the week-long celebration.