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                                         WEAVER CITED FOR TEACHING EXCELLENCE

                                         Professor Jacqueline L. Weaver has been honored with the 2014
                                         Clyde O. Martz Teaching Award by the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law
                                         Foundation for excellence in natural resources law.

                                         Weaver, A.A. White Professor of Law and interim director of the
                                         Environment, Energy & Natural Resources Center, was presented the
                                         award at the Foundation’s 60th Annual Institute in Vail, CO.

The patent law system is in a state      Clinical Assistant Professor Tasha Willis was re-elected to a second term
of upheaval, caused by the many          on the Texas Mediator Credentialing Association board of directors.
questionable claims that evoke
uncertainty in the marketplace said a    “Serving as the educational representative has allowed me to help
leading scholar and blogger on U.S.      promote the need for regulation of ethical standards for mediators and in
patent law who spoke at the annual IPIL  turn incorporate those standards into the UHLC mediation trainings.”
Fall Lecture in November.
                                         Willis is director of the Law Center’s Alternative Dispute Resolution program and a
“A huge problem in our system is that    professor in the mediation clinic. She is currently the only law professor in Texas to serve
we have an incentive to write patent     on the TMCA board, the HBA ADR section board, and the State Bar of Texas ADR council.
claims that obscure the invention. When
you read a patent document, it’s almost  WELLS URGES SENATE TO STRENGTHEN TAX LAWS
impossible to identify what really was   Testifying before a Senate subcommittee hearing in April, UHLC tax Professor Bret
the invention. What was invented here;   Wells called for stricter controls on multinational companies to prevent them from
what’s novel? I don’t know, a technical  allocating taxable profits to “tax haven entrepreneurs” overseas.
expert doesn’t know, nobody knows,”
said Dennis Crouch, an associate         Wells, who specializes in federal income, corporate, and international taxation, was
professor at the University of Missouri  invited as an expert witness by Senators John McCain and Carl Levin.
School of Law.
                                         The hearing involved the offshore tax strategy of Caterpillar Inc. which restructured
The Institute for Intellectual Property  its spare parts supply chain in 1999 to allocate a greater percent of its profits to an
& Information Law Fall Lecture is        affiliated company in Switzerland. Although nothing else had changed in the design,
sponsored by the Ronald A. Katz          production, or management of Caterpillar’s lucrative spare parts business, Wells
Foundation.                              testified, the “dominate share” of taxable profits was shifted to the foreign company.


Texas Supreme Court Justice Jeff Brown, a graduate of the Law
Center in 1995, called upon members of the class of 2014 to serve
as ambassadors and statesmen of the law in their careers and
communities, and as zealous stewards of the law itself.

Brown delivered the commencement address to 351 graduates, 258
earning J.D. degrees and 93 L.L.M., who crossed the stage at Hofheinz
Pavilion in May.

In closing, the proceedings, then-Interim Dean Richard M.
Alderman offered one final thought to the new crop of lawyers: “I
encourage you to adopt excellence as your goal from day one, and for
every day that follows. I trust that path will allow you to do well.”
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