Faculty Focus is a monthly publication documenting the activities, accomplishments, and honors of the University of Houston Law Center faculty. This publication is a service of the Faculty Services Department, O'Quinn Law Library, University of Houston Law Center. 

April 1998

Richard Alderman published the Spring 1998 supplement to The Lawyers' Guide to the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act. He also signed a contract with Grail & Tucker Legal Publishing for a book entitled Texas Consumer Law: Cases and Materials. He has been elected to the Board of Directors of the "Be an Angel Foundation," an organization dedicated to helping children with multiple disabilities and has given speeches to the Houston Electrical League, the Houston Credit Coalition, Exxon Annuitants, St. Ignatious Seniors, Houston Society of Petroleum Engineers and the Mothers of Multiples.

Seth Chandler spoke on "Health Insurance" at the People's Law School on April 11th where he explained the matrix of federal laws including ERISA, COBRA, ADA and HIPAA, as well as pertinent provisions of the Texas Insurance Code and Civil Practice and Remedies Code. He also spoke on "Health Insurance Issues" at a free legal clinic on April 16th for persons living with HIV/AIDS sponsored by the AIDS Outreach Committee of the Houston Bar Association and the Houston Area Women's Center.

Sanford Gaines lectured on "NAFTA-related North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation" to the Annual Conference of the National Association of Environmental Law Societies in Houston on April 4th. He has also submitted a book review to the 1997 Yearbook of International Environmental Law and is in the final process of preparing a chapter on "Environmental Issues in the Free Trade Area of the Americas" for a forthcoming book, Trade-Environment Issues in Regional Trade Agreements edited by Professor Richard Steinberg of UCLA.

Sandra Guerra lectured in Mexico City by invitation of the United States Information Agency of the U.S. Embassy. She spoke in Spanish on "Current Issues in the American Criminal Justice System" giving a general overview of American criminal procedure at the Mexico City prosecutor's office (PGJ), at the offices of the Mexican equivalent of the DEA, at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), and for members of the Supreme Court of the state of Aguascalientes. She also spoke on "Cybernet Crimes" and was interviewed by the Mexican newspaper "Universal" for a feature on her visit to Mexico City.

Douglas Moll in his first year of teaching was selected Outstanding Professor of the Year by the Order of the Barons.

Ira Shepard spoke to the Houston Bar Association Tax Section on "Recent Developments in Federal Income Taxation" on March 19th. He will also speak on "Tax Law Developments Affecting Businesses and Their Owners" to the University of Houston Law Foundation CLE course on "Advising Small Business Owners" on April 16th and 23rd in Houston and Dallas. He will appear on an ethics panel at the University of Texas Health Law Conference on April 17th in Houston and will speak once again in Houston on "Current Developments in Oil and Gas Taxation" to the American Petroleum Institute Tax Course on April 21st where he will also be a panel member on April 22nd. He will speak on "Recent Developments in Federal Income Taxation," both to the Mississippi Bar Association on April 24th in Jackson and to the University of North Carolina Tax Institute on April 30th in Chapel Hill. Ira Shepard also spoke to the Wednesday Tax Forum in March and April, and attended a planning meeting for the University of Texas Tax Conference in March.

Ronald Turner's article "Same-Sex Sexual Harassment: A Call for Conduct-Based and Gender-Based Applications of Title VII," was published in 5 Virginia Journal of Social Policy & the Law 151 (1997).

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