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May, 1999

Seth Chandler was interviewed by the Austin-Statesman and the Houston Chronicle on the likely consequences of a bill that passed the Senate giving unaffiliated physicians the ability to bargain collectively with managed care entities without (they hope) running afoul of federal antitrust laws.

David Dow's book review of "No Equal Justice" by David Cole will be published in the Texas Observer. He was also quoted in the May 12th Wall Street Journal on the state of the parol evidence rule in Texas.

Steve Huber and Wendy Trachte-Huber's book was reviewed by the editor James B. Boskey, Seton Law School in the Alternative Newsletter. " Several themes strike me about developments in dispute resolution: One is the rediscovery of arbitration as a major form of dispute resolution. It had begun to look as if arbitration was losing its place in the dispute resolution continuum, but the recent publications of several outstanding texts on arbitration, especially Varady, Barcelo,  and von Meheren's  "International Commercial Arbitration" and Huber and Trachte-Huber' "Arbitration" demonstrate that the process has not lost its luster."

Ellen Marrus' article entitled "Where have you been Fran? The Right of Siblings to Seek Court Access to Override Parental Denial of Visitation" has been accepted for publication at the University of Tennessee, Summer 1999.

Tom Oldham has just published the 23rd update for his book "Divorce, Separation and the Distribution of Property."

Jordan Paust's article "Customary International Law and Human Rights Treaties are Law of the United States" was published in 20 Michigan Journal of International Law (1999). His short essay "NATO's Use of Force in Yugoslavia" was published in 33 UNLawReports #9 114 (May 1999). He  participated in a "Report on Proposed Guiding Principles for Combating Impunity for International Crimes" to be presented at a UN Subcommission on Human Rights and in the  'Creation of a Draft Provision for an International Protocol on Rights of Persons with Disabilities"  for the American branch of the International Law Association Human Rights Committee(based in part on the work of the UN Consultative Expert Group Report, at http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/disberk0.htm. In June he will participate at a UN Experts panel on "The Law of War in Cairo, Egypt." His Paper "Crimes Within the Limited Jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court" will be printed in "International Humanitarian Law: Origins and Prospects" (J. Carey & J. Pritchard eds. 1999.)

Laura Rothstein accepted the invitation to be a member to the Disability Issues Committee of the State Bar of Texas for a three year term. She has also been appointed Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Special Programs and been elected Professor of the Year by the Asian Law Students Association (1999) and the Black Students Association (1999). "Disabilities and the Law (2d ed) WestGroup Spring 1999 Cumulative Supplement has been published and she will give a lecture in May entitled "Current Issues for Disabled Persons on College and University Campuses" Houston Higher Education Legal Roundtable on May 25, 1999.

Mark Rothstein, Cullen Distinguished Professor and Director of the Health Law and Policy Institute was awarded the 1999 Esther Farfel Award. He is the first law professor to receive this award which is the highest distinction bestowed by the University of Houston on a professor at our university. The Award recognizes excellence in teaching, scholarship and community service.
Also in April and May Mark Rothstein gave several speeches. On April 6, he spoke to the American Liver Foundation in Chicago on "Legal Aspects of Screening for Hepatitis in the Workplace" and on April 13th in Salt Lake City at He lectured at the University of Utah School of Medicine on "Behavioral Genetics and Society." In New Orleans on April 17th at Xavier University of Louisiana, he lectured on "Genetics and Minorities" and at Mt Sinai School of Medicine, New York City on April 21st he gave the Richman Lecture entitled "Genetics and Medical Practice." On April 29-30th he was back in Texas talking on "Genetics and the Courts" Fifth Circuit Judicial Conference in Houston and "The Human Genome Project and the Future of Health Care" at the Baptist Health System in San Antonio May 15th. He spoke at Baylor College of Medicine  Houston on May 18th on "Pharmacogenetics and Gene Therapy" and on "Genetic Testing for Cancer Susceptibility (Valerie Fund Lecture), at Overlook and Morristown Hospitals, Morristown, New Jersey on May 20-21st. On May 28th he will talk in Memphis on "Ethical Boundaries in Cancer Genetics" at St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.

Ira B. Shepard spoke on "Recent Developments in Federal Taxation for Corporate Tax Practitioners" at both the Tax Executives Institute Education Program in Houston and the American Petroleum Institute Education Program (also in Houston). In addition, he prepared the materials for a panel of practitioners on "Ethics Aspects of Corporate Tax Minimization " at the American

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