Faculty Focus is a monthly publication documenting the activities, accomplishments, and honors of the University of Houston Law Center Faculty.

January 2013

Editor, Katy Stein kastein@central.uh.edu

Previous editions of Faculty Focus can be accessed here.

 Janet Beck has been invited to join an American Bar Association expert Advisory Task Force to assist the ABA Commission on Immigration to develop its work on the issue of individuals with mental illnesses/disabilities facing immigration proceedings.


Aaron Bruhl presented a paper on judicial deference to administrative agencies at a program organized by the Administrative Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools at the organization’s 2013 annual meeting in New Orleans.


Meredith J. Duncan's article Lafler and Frye:  Strickland Revitalized? was published at 25 Federal Sentencing Reporter 144 (2012).  In January, Professor Duncan attended the AALS annual meeting in New Orleans and was elected to the executive boards of both the Professional Responsibility section (where she will serve as a member of the nominating committee) as well as the Balance in Legal Education section.  In addition, she has been re-elected to the Texas State Bar's Houston area disciplinary grievance committee. 


Tracy Hester’s proposed article on The Emerging Science of Climate Attribution and Its Effects on Environmental Law was accepted by the European Society on International Law for presentation at its annual conference in Amsterdam on May 23-24, 2013.  He also participated in an invitation-only symposium at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to discuss his research (in concert with Professor Glenn Sanford) on the potential legal uses of advanced remote sensing technology in environmental enforcement.  Professor Hester was also named to the Board of the Texas Environmental Research Consortium, which directs scientific and policy research projects that benefit air quality in the Houston-Galveston area.


Geoffrey Hoffman collaborated with the law firm McDermott Will & Emery LLP and the St. Mary’s law school’s Immigration and Human Rights Clinic to represent children in a case before the Fifth Circuit. Professor Hoffman was interviewed by the Houston Chronicle La Voz on the issue of deportations of parents of U.S. citizen children in Texas in late December. Professor Hoffman’s guest post, Using the Deportation Power to Threaten Free Speech, appeared on the Immigration Professor’s blog, available at:  http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/immigration/2013/01/geoffrey-a-hoffman-.html. Additionally, Professor Hoffman’s op-ed regarding the petition to deport CNN commentator Piers Morgan was published in the Houston Chronicle on Monday, January 14, 2013.


Craig Joyce was reappointed to the Editorial Board of the Journal of Supreme Court History, sponsored by the Supreme Court of the United States. Professor Joyce has served continuously for 25 years.


Sapna Kumar participated in a roundtable on genetic diagnostic testing at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. At the roundtable, she discussed why gene patents might violate the Fifth Amendment's Due Process Clause. Professor Kumar also presented her article Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Genetic Information at the AALS New Voices in Administrative Law panel.


Douglas Moll concluded his year as the Chair of the AALS Section on Agency and Unincorporated Business Associations.  He moderated the program on the scholarship of Professor Larry Ribstein.  Professor Moll also completed the revisions of his chapters for the 12th edition of his casebook -- Corporations, including Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies (with Jon Macey).  Professor Moll will speak in February on a panel with Chief Justice Steele of the Delaware Supreme Court.  They will be discussing minority owner rights in closely held businesses.


Tom Oldham announces that the world is now blessed with the seventh edition of Krause, Elrod and Oldham, Cases and Materials on Family Law.


Michael A. Olivas completed his term as AALS Immediate Past-President at the recent 2013 AALS Annual Meeting, and has been retired to pasture. He also introduced the Law and Film Series feature films, and was on a panel to discuss the new Association Recommendations for Good Practice in Faculty Hiring. He was interviewed by a number of newspaper reporters in English and Spanish on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy.


Jordan Paust submitted a chapter on Basic Forms of International Law and Monist, Dualist, and Realist Perspectives to the editor of a book, Basic Principles of International Law – Monism and Dualism, to be published later this year in Serbia. His essay Iran’s Nuclear Weapons Program and Lawful Israeli Self-Defense has been published at JURIST, http://www.jurist.org/forum/2013/01/jordan-paust-iran-israel.php.


Sandra Guerra Thompson was interviewed about the Gideon v. Wainwright case for a film produced by the State Bar of Texas for use in high school classrooms. A speech Professor Thompson gave in Turkey last May was recently published in a Turkish Criminal Law Journal: http://www.terazi.com.tr/makalegoster.aspx?id=1961.


Jacqueline Weaver served as Course Director and lecturer for a 5-day Advanced Legal Studies Program on specialized topics in oil and gas law presented to lawyers from Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. (Petrobras) at the University of Houston Law Center; Houston, Texas; December 10 – 14, 2012.  She also moderated two panels (“Women in Science” and “How to Benefit from Experience Abroad”) at the Schlumberger Foundation, Faculty for the Future Fellows Regional Forum, presented in collaboration with Rice University; Houston, Texas; December 19, 2012.


Bret Wells, on December 14th, taught a one-day tax course covering US inbound international tax issues as part of the Advanced Legal Training Program hosted by the Law Center for Petrobras attorneys.