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.


August 2000

Rod Borlase will speak on September 21st to Mr. James E. Brill's,  2000 recipient of the ABA Lifetime Achievement Award solo-practitioner mentoring network, "Solos Supporting Solos".

Seth Chandler's article on the Texas-Aetna settlement published on the Law Center's Health Law Perspectives web site has been cited favorably and quoted accurately by Texas Attorney General John Comyn in his letter of explanation of the settlement to the chair of the Texas House Insurance Committee.  Governor Bush's approval and others is contained in an appendix.

Stephen Huber spoke at the American Bar Association Convention in New York City on, "Arbitration in the 1990s:  The Top Ten Developments".

Christine Hurt authored a small piece in the May, 2000 edition of The Second Draft published by The Legal Writing Institute.  Her chapter is entitled, "A" is for Analysis, Application and Analogous Case Arguments" on teaching legal analysis using IRAC.

Peter Linzer spoke at the ABA Convention as part of a Business Law Section panel on the choice of law provisions in UCC 1-301, part of the proposed revision of Article One of the Code.  Later in the summer, he lectured at a conference on Transatlantic Labour [sic] and Employment Law Problems at the University College Dublin.  His topic was on the use of a contract to enable transnational corporations to raise labor standards in the third world, a concept that was discussed in his International Contracting course.

Michael Olivas received the Legal Service Award from MALDEF (Mexican-American Legal Defense Fund) for his significant contributions to the Latino Community.

Ira Shepard spoke on "Recent Developments in Federal Income Taxation" on July 27th at the 50th Denver Tax Institute, a presentation he has repeated each year since 1980.  He also spoke to the Wednesday Tax Forum on "Current Developments in Taxation" in July and August.

Ronald Turner's 1995 article, Thirty Years of Title VII's Regulatory Regime:  Rights, Theories, and Realities,  46 Alabama Law Review 375, has been selected for inclusion in an anthology to be published by the Carolina Academic Press in February 2001. The anthology (Timothy Davis, Kevin R. Johnson & George A. Martinez, A Reader On Race, Civil Rights, and American Law: A Multiracial Approach) will include an edited version of the article in a section on Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, along with articles by Chief Judge Richard Posner, Professor Linda Hamilton Krieger (Berkeley), Professor Mary Becker (DePaul), and Professor Maria Ontiveros (Golden Gate).

Jacqueline Weaver was quoted in the Texas Lawyer on July 17th regarding Indian land titles and the recent Alabama Coushatta Indian case.  She also spoke at the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute, attended by about 650 practitioners of natural resources law, on July 21 in Vancouver, Canada, analyzing recent trends in oil and gas cases, and was elected a trustee of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation. The new casebook titled, "Energy, Economics and the Environment" by Foundation Press,  co-authored with Fred Bosselman and Jim Rossi, should be published in late August, in time for the Fall semester.