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January 2000

David Dow's review, "Seeds of Upheaval," appeared in the December 20, 1999 issue of Texas Lawyer.  It summarized the most important developments in constitutional law in 1999.

Sandra Guerra's most recent article, "Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Accommodating the Fifth Amendment Privilege in Civil Forfeiture Cases," was published this month as part of a Symposium on Federal Criminal Discovery in the Georgia State Law Review. She was elected as a member of the American Law Institute where she will work on a Members Consultative Group drafting "The Principles of the Law of Sentencing." She also became the Chair-Elect of the Criminal Justice Section of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) for 2000-2001.  Her role will be to serve as liaison between the Criminal Justice Sections of the AALS and the ABA.

Steve Huber's former student Anthony G. Buzbee, published a paper originally written for Steve Huber's Arbitration class. The article is titled, "When Arbitrable Claims Are Mixed with Nonarbitrable Ones: What's A Court to Do?," 39 S. Texas L. Rev. 663 (1998). It is also included in a listing of leading dispute resolution articles in the Fall 1999 issue of Dispute Resolution Journal.

Tom Oldham submitted his manuscript for the 25th supplement to his book Divorce, Separation and the Distribution of Property.

Michael Olivas  was notified in December that IHELG officially received $330,000 from the Ford Foundation and $230,000 from Andrew Mellon Foundation for research on his forthcoming Johns Hopkins University Press book, Dollars, Scholars and Public Policy, a study of college debt financing.  The most recent Journal of Legal Education carries an article by him on this subject and will be the basis for Chapter 7 of his book.
He also spoke at two panels, one on the Future of the Law Professorate and the other on the recent AALS Study on Faculty Tenure. He stepped down as Chair of the AALS Section on Education Law, and was elected to the Executive Committee of the Section on Immigration Law. University of Houston President Arthur Smith appointed him to serve on the Committee on UH Honorary Degrees.

Jordan Paust's wait for a decision by the Texas Supreme Court in Dubai Petroleum Co., et al. v. Kazi came to an end on January 6, 2000. The vote was 8-0, with one Justice not participating.

Laura Rothstein recently published two books. They are Disabilities and the Law  (2d ed.) (Westgroup 1997) December 1999 Supplement and Special Education Law (Longman  3d ed. 1999). She has also had a chapter titled, "School Choice and Students with Disabilities" included in the book School Choice and Social Controversy, edited by Sugarman and Kemerer (Brookings Institute 1999). She has delivered several lectures including, "Affirmative Action--The Impact of Hopwood" at the American Council on Education Annual Meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico on October 29, 1999, "The Appropriate Use of the LSAT" (on behalf of the Law School Admissions Council) at the University of New Mexico Law School on November 19, 1999 (with several upcoming lectures on the same topic at Loyola, New Orleans, Vanderbilt, Memphis, DePaul, St. Louis, Texas Southern and South Texas) and a lecture on "Health Care Professionals with Disabilities" given at Baylor College of Medicine, January 14, 2000.

Ronald Turner's essay "Membership Obligations Under NLRA Section 8(a)(3): A Proposal for Statutory Change," has been accepted for publication in a forthcoming issue of the Hostra Labor and Employment Law Journal.

Stephen Zamora was a speaker at a panel of the AALS annual meeting in Washington. He spoke on "The Dean's Perspective of Balancing the Demands of Library Administration and Acquisitions with Information Technology Demands."

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