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June, 1999

Richard Dole will be on leave during the Fall semester of 1999 having been awarded a teaching Fulbright at Tsinghua University Law School, Beijing, China. He will teach Commercial Law and Common Law.

John Jay Douglass served on an ethics panel for the Florida Bar in Key West.

Peter Linzer attended the1999 Meeting of the American Law Institute in San Francisco and took part in the debates over the proposed revision of Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code and the proposed Computer Information Transfer Act (UCITA), the successor to proposed Article 2B of the UCC, which has been withdrawn. Ray Nimmer is the Reporter for UCITA.

Tom Oldham was a visiting scholar at the University of Copenhagen in May.

Michael A. Olivas has been nominated to serve a three year term on the Council of the ABA Section on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar, the section that administers legal education, accreditation, and bar admissions policy. In addition, he was asked by the current Presidents of the ABA, the AALS, and the LSAC to chair the Conference Committee for Access 2002, a jointly-sponsored international conference on the future of legal education. The Committee includes three past presidents of each of the three leading legal education organizations. He also hosted the Houston Higher Education Law Roundtable, where senior education scholars served as mentors to six emerging scholars in the field. This has become an annual IHELG activity which will be alternated with a similar Roundtable on Higher Education Finance. The Institute recently added the 5000th volume to its reference library and published its 175th research monograph. Michael Olivas will be a speaker on June 29th at the National Association of College and University Attorneys on "Immigration Law Primer: INS at your Doorstep" which will be delivered in Nashville and concurrently via telephone.

Jordan Paust's article "Congress and Genocide: They're not going to get away with it" 11 Mich. J. Int'l L. 90 (1989), was quoted by an ad hoc Judge of the International Court of Justice in the recent decision concerning Yugoslavia's claims against NATO's use of force concerning Kosovo. He also spoke on "The Laws of Armed Conflict, Genocide and Kosovo" during International Red Cross day in Austin, May, 24th. His book chapter "Content and Contours of Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity, and War Crimes" will be included in "International Law in the Post-Cold War World: Essays in Memory of Judge Li Haopei" (2000) Sienho Yee & Judge Wang Tieya eds., Judge Li was on the International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia and was from the PRC.

Laura Rothstein spoke in St. Louis on June 4th at "The Health Law Teachers Conference" on "Barriers to Health Care Access and People with Disabilities." She will give the same talk in Houston on June 21st to the National Youth Leadership Forum. She also spoke on "Affirmative Action--The Impact of Hopwood" at the Department of Justice Conference on "Race, Ethnicity, and the Law: Challenges Facing the Legal Profession" at Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C. June 8th.

Mark Rothstein was quoted in the New York Times, Sunday, May 23, 1999 in an article entitled "Heard IT On the PC Grapevine" on the effect of online bulletin boards comparing them to the "bar across the street because it involves all kinds of people not just general company personnel.

Robert Schuwerk has been reappointed Chair of the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct Committee of the State Bar of Texas. Although Committee Chair positions normally rotate, this is the sixth consecutive year he has been appointed to this position.

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Editor: Harriet Richman