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Gavin Clarkson is invited to present his research on tax-exempt bonds at the upcoming Native American Finance Officers Association conference. He is also invited to present research on tribal economic development at the annual meeting of the State Bar of Texas, Indian Law Section.
David Dow’s letter, “Obama’s Invocation Choice,” appeared in the New York Times on December 19, 2008. His op-ed,”Senate Lacks Authority to Reject Seating of Burris,” was published in the Houston Chronicle on January 7.
Barbara Evans was invited to serve as a member of a multi-stakeholder panel on issues related to the FDA Sentinel Initiative and she testified about privacy impacts of system architecture and financing alternatives at a December 16 public meeting (Docket 2008-N-0612) on the 100-million-person Sentinel health data network. Prof. Evans participated in external advisory committee activities for Duke’s clinical and translational science institute. The Government Accountability Office sought her input on privacy requirements in connection with an ongoing audit of certain federal database activities.
Victor Flatt was featured
on a panel speaking to the Houston Bar Association’s Environmental Law section
about ethics in the practice of environmental law. He will speak at the
Julie Hill presented her
work in progress “Bailouts of Government-Sponsored Enterprises: What We Can
Learn from the Farm Credit and Home Mortgage Crises” at the J. Reuben Clark
Society Conference in
Peter Hoffman is the editor of the recently published 2008-2009 Texas Rules of Evidence Handbook. He also participated in the following CLE programs:
Craig Joyce attended the Association of American Law Schools’ Annual Meeting and was reappointed to the LexisNexis Law School Publishing Advisory Board.
Joan Krause was interviewed on November 18, 2008, by Medical Newspapers about the ongoing controversy over the so-called “Stark Law” physician self-referral limitations.
Malikah Marrus spoke on “Mental Health and the Juvenile Justice System” at Intra-Care North on January 9. She also continues her work as co-chair of the task force on Self-Inspection with the Harris County Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative.
Tom Oldham’s article “Changes in the Economic Consequences of Divorce, 1958-2008” will appear in 42 Family Law Quarterly (Fall 2008) this month. One of his articles has been chosen for the Best of ABA Sections magazine.
Michael Olivas is the winner
of the inaugural William A. Kaplan Award for Excellence in Higher Education Law
and Policy Scholarship. The award, presented by the
Laura Oren is a co-editor
and contributor to the book, Children, Law, and Disasters, What We Have Learned
From Katrina and the Hurricanes of 2005 (2008) which has been jointly published
by the Center for Children, Law, and Policy at the University of Houston Law
Center and the ABA Center on Children and the Law. The book was organized and edited by
Professors Laura Oren and Ellen Marrus, together with Howard Davidson of the
Jordan Paust spoke on January 7, 2009, during the annual meeting of the Association of American Law Schools at a side panel session sponsored by the Society of American Law Teachers and the National Lawyers Guild. His topic was international criminal responsibility of President Bush, Vice President Cheney, and others for authorization of and complicity in the use of unlawful interrogation tactics and the duty of the Obama administration to prosecute or extradite those who are reasonably accused.
on a panel sponsored by the Criminal Justice Section on the topic of
“Crimmigration” at the AALS Annual Meeting in
Ronald Turner is a newly
elected member of Advocacy, Incorporated’s Protection and Advocacy for
Individuals with Mental Illness Advisory Council. Advocacy is a nonprofit
organization funded by the United States Congress to protect and advocate for
the legal rights of people with disabilities in
Diana Velardo presented at the Human Trafficking Conference sponsored by the Montgomery County Women’s Center in the Woodlands. Her topic was “Issues Surrounding Victims of Human Trafficking in the Sex Industry.” She was also a guest panelist at the Coalition Against Human Trafficking 5th Anniversary Event at the First Unitarian Universalist Church; Diana was invited together with Ruben Perez, Assistant U.S. Attorney, and ICE agents to discuss the Coalition and the local efforts made to eliminate human trafficking. Before Christmas, as part of the crime victims program at the Immigration Clinic, Diana co-hosted with the YMCA and Catholic Charities, the Second Annual Christmas Event for Victims of Human Trafficking. It is an event in which human trafficking victims and their children are given Christmas presents and an annual update on relevant laws for victims of human trafficking. Diana was also a presenter at the U/T Visa pro-bono CLE training hosted by the Immigration Clinic at the UH Law Center. She presented on U visas, special visas for victims of crimes, and on ethical issues that arise when representing immigrant victims.
Greg Vetter attended the
Association of American Law Schools annual meeting held in
“A Proposed North American Regional Development Fund: The Next Phase of North
American Integration Under NAFTA” was published in the December 2008 issue of
Loyola University Chicago Law Journal. The article was presented as the
Wing-Tat Lee Lecture in International and Comparative Law in
Helen Ehmann Boyce