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Aaron Bruhl presented a
paper entitled, “The Unconscionability Game: Strategic Judging and the Federal
Arbitration Act,” at a conference at
Marcilynn A. Burke has been invited to serve as a founding member of the Environmental Law Reporter and ELI (Environmental Law Institute) Press Advisory Board.
Darren Bush testified on October 3 before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights concerning, “An Examination of S. 772, the Railroad Antitrust Enforcement Act.” In addition to providing written and oral testimony, he provided additional comments in response to questions submitted by members of the Subcommittee after the hearing. His testimony, along with a web cast of the hearing, can be found at:
Along with six other merger policy experts, he submitted a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission critiquing several facets of a recently issued policy statement on electricity merger review. The other signatories to the letter are Peter Carstensen, Harry First, Richard Gilbert, John Hilke, Diana Moss, and Joseph Tomain. The letter is available at:
He also penned an op-ed piece concerning the problems associated with airline mergers. The piece appeared in the Houston Chronicle on October 21. He also spoke at the American Public Power Association’s Legal Seminar in October on recent U.S. Supreme Court antitrust jurisprudence and its effect on electricity matters.
David R. Dow gave a
lecture entitled, “The Fatal Consequences of Being Incompletely Incompetent,”
at a death penalty symposium held at the
Leslie Griffin gave the
“Update on Legal Ethics,” at our 23rd Annual Institute on Intellectual Property
Lonny Hoffman delivered a “United States Supreme Court Update” as part of an audio-CLE organized by the ALI-ABA with Tom Goldstein (Akin Gump). The update focused primarily on the Court’s decision last term in Bell Atlantic v. Twombly and on some of the important business cases scheduled to be heard this term. Professor Hoffman also attended the monthly meeting of the Texas Supreme Court Advisory Committee, lectured on exam preparation at Baker & Botts for students in the Black Law Students Association, Hispanic Law Students Association and Asian Law Students Association, and participated in a Chairs Conference Call for the Litigation Council for the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas. As editor of The Advocate, the quarterly journal of the Litigation Section for the State Bar of Texas, he worked on the upcoming Winter 2007 symposium issue, which will be devoted to Jurisdiction and Venue.
Craig Joyce attended the
American Society for Legal History’s convention in
Rick McElvaney is co-author (with Adler, Drolla, Gray, Kennedy, Tompkins) of the O’Connor’s Texas Property Code Plus, which is now available in the new 2007-2008 edition. It was published in October 2007.
Brent Newton’s article,”
Lopez v. Gonzales: A Window on the Shortcomings of the Federal Appellate
Process,” will be published in the Journal of Appellate Practice & Process
Michael Olivas spoke at a number of venues in October: At SMU and University of Southern California (on local immigration ordinances), at the Weil, Gotshal & Manges law firm, Houston, (on Hernandez v. Texas), at the College Board Annual Meeting in NYC (on the DREAM Act and comprehensive immigration reform), and at the Southwestern Association of Pre Law Advisors (on establishing pre-law programs). He also served as Moderator for the UHLC Frankel Lecture.
Jordan Paust was a panelist on a panel,” Whither Reflaut Stercus?: Criminal Prosecution in U.S. Court of U.S. Officials for Violations of International Humanitarian Law and Criminal Law,” during the annual meeting of the American Branch of the International Law Association, New York City, Oct.27, 2007.
Richard Saver presented, “Understanding the Health Care Crisis: Benchmarks of Success and Failure,” at a Houston community forum on health care featuring Dr. Joycelyn Elders, former Surgeon General of the United States. The event was part of Congregation Emanu El’s distinguished speaker series, If not Now When…Five Critical Issues For All Time.
Sandra Guerra Thompson signed a contract to co-author a book with Prof. Susan R. Klein (UT Law) that will be published by Stanford University Press. The book will be titled, “Politics, Impartiality, and the U.S. Department of Justice: A Historical Account of the Role of the Justice Department in a Complex Federal System of Government.” It will be published in 2008.
Diana Velardo presented at
the Mountain West Regional Clinical Conference in
Greg Vetter submitted his
article, “Claiming Copyleft in Open Source Software: What if the Free Software
Foundation’s General Public License(GPL) Had Been Patented?” which is to be
published by the Michigan State Law Review in conjunction with a symposium
issue devoted to historical counterfactual analysis of intellectual property
and cyberlaw. He presented the topic, Software Intellectual Property Protection
in a Network Environment, on November 5 as part of the
Jacqueline Weaver spoke to the
Princeton Committee of Foreign Relations in
Stephen Zamora was a speaker on a panel of the International Law Weekend sponsored by the American Branch of the International Law Association, held at the City Bar of New York on October 27. The title of the panel was,” Is the IMF Just a Twin of the Much-Criticized World Bank or Does it Have New Direction and Functions?”