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November, 1999

Richard Alderman's 2nd edition of "The Lawyer's Guide to the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act." was published by Lexis Law Publishing .  He spoke on "The Ethics of Legal Commentary" at the annual meeting of the National Association of Consumer Advocates in Washington, DC and gave the keynote address to 400 high school students as part of the Houston Close-up Program.  He presented a half-day program on Article 2B at the Winter Meeting of the Commercial Law League of America in New York City and gave speeches to the Downtown Rotary, the Houston Legal Secretaries Association, WPO Executive Assistants, and the Fort Bend Dispute Resolution Center. In connection with the latest session of the "People's Law School" Mayor Brown declared October 16,1999 Professor Richard M. Alderman Day in honor of his contribution to the Houston community.

Sandra Guerra 's 1999 Supplement to her treatise, The Law of Asset Forfeiture, (co-authored with J. Gurule) was published in October by Lexis Law Publishing, at which time she was a panelist discussing the issue of "racial profiling" at a meeting of the Hispanic National Prosecutors Association, held in conjunction with the Hispanic National Bar Association Annual Meeting in Dallas.  She also attended the final session of Leadership Texas 1999 in Dallas on October 11-12 and graduated from that program. She has been appointed as liaison for the Criminal Justice Section of the American Association of Law Schools and the ABA.  She will assume this role in January at which time she will also become chair-elect for the Section.

Gerry Moohr has been invited by the Washington University Law Quarterly to write a short article in response to a paper advocating a return to the legal process theory by Professor Ronald Krotoszynski.  Her article will assess how - and whether -- arbitration is appropriate in light of the theory.

Tom Oldham was quoted extensively in November, 1999 ABA 30 in an article by Mark Hansen entitled "split-up Insurance" dealing with the enforceability of postnuptial agreements. He stated that most states have laws governing prenuptial agreements but not postnups. Further there are not as many cases dealing with the subject so "we are just beginning to see the establishment of some precedent."

Mark A. Rothstein was quoted in the October 18, 1999 Wall Street Journal R16 in an article by Rhonda L. Rundle entitled "What Should I Do?". He stated that some theorist believe that we cannot rise above our genes. "If genes control our destiny...then some might argue "we shouldn't waste money trying to educate people who are slow learners, but instead put them straight onto the fast-food-server track.""

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