October 2003

Richard Alderman participated in televised debates regarding Proposition 12 on Channels 2 and 8, as well as Access Houston.

David R. Dow's editorial, Innocent Until (sort of) Proven Guilty, which addressed Governor Mitt Romney's proposal to reestablish the death penalty in Massachusetts, was published in the Christian Science Monitor on October 7.

Victor Flatt has accepted an appointment to the Law School Admission Council's Test Development and Research Committee. He also contributed to the new Law School Admissions Council's publication, Reaching Out to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Law School Applicants. He joined the Center for Progressive Regulation, an organization made up of environmental professors from around the country who are attempting to provide the information needed for logical, clear, and progressive environmental regulation. Professor Flatt also agreed to co-author a new textbook that examines environmental law from an administrative view. The new book, to be published by West, will be available at the end of 2004.

Leslie Griffin will be speaking to the Texas Executive Women on October 14 about whistleblowers. On October 18, she will be presenting a paper in a panel discussion about Ninth Circuit Judge John T. Noonan at the inauguration of the St. Thomas Law School in Minneapolis and then she will be back in Houston to talk on the effects of corporate reform on legal ethics at the South Asian American Bar Association dinner meeting.

Craig Joyce published the sixth edition of Copyright Law (Lexis/Nexis) which remains the most widely adopted casebook in its field. Professor Joyce also chaired to conclusion the John M. O'Quinn Law Library Director Search.

Bryan Liang has been appointed to the manuscript review board of the journal, Law and Literature.  Professor Liang was selected to present his work, Legal Issues for Surgeons in Patient Safety Work in American College of Surgeons Patient Safety Manual (Steve Small, ed. Chicago, IL: American College of Surgeons, forthcoming 2003) at the 89th Clinical Congress, American College of Surgeons Annual Meeting in Chicago. Professor Liang is one of only five persons chosen from over thirty in the volume. He also presented The Law & Audiology: Conflict of Interest and Issues for the Weary, and The Provisions of HIPAA: Outlining the Fuzzy Borders at Missouri Academy of Audiology, 11th Annual Scope of Practice Convention, St. Louis, MO, September 13. Earlier in the month on September 3, Professor Liang spoke in Denver, CO at the University of Denver School of Law on Health Law and Institutional Coordination and on September 4, he spoke at the University of Houston Health Law Organization on It Ain't Just Medical Malpractice Anymore: Education, Opportunities, and Health Law & Policy in the 21st Century.

 Professor Liang published Mediation and Confidentiality: Uneasy Riders on the Road to Conflict Resolution (Washington, D.C.: National Legal Center for the Public Interest, 2003) and Who can be an Expert in Anesthesia Malpractice Suits? A Case of General Anesthesia, Cardiopulmonary Risk, and Patient Death, 15 Journal of Clinical Anesthesia 395 (2003). Professor Liang published with Priya Batra and Diane M. Harper, Recognizing and Treating Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, 39(8) Hospital Physician 45 (2003);

John Mixon and Tony Chase co-authored CERCLA: Convey to a Pauper and Avoid Cost Recovery under Section 107(a)(1)?, 33 Environmental Law 293 (2003).

Douglas Moll's article, Shareholder Oppression and Dividend Policy in the Close Corporation (forthcoming in the Washington & Lee Law Review) was listed on SSRN's Top Ten download list for "Corporate Law: Corporate & Takeover Law: Recent Hits." Professor Moll also accepted an invitation to speak at a law and public policy faculty colloquium at the University of North Carolina Law School in November. Finally, he  spoke to the Law Center's Corporate and Tax Law Society on September 18th about "tips" for taking law school examinations.

Michael Olivas published a Review Essay on Steven Poskanzer's book, Higher Education Law: The Faculty (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000) in The Journal of College and University Law, a refereed journal/law review published at the University of Notre Dame. He also is on the editorial board of the Journal and is editing its forthcoming issue on the subject of "Campus Terrorism-Immigration and National Security Law after 9/11." Professor Olivas debated UT law professor Lino Graglia on the Grutter decision at a UHLC Federalist Society-sponsored debate, and gave an invited address to the University of Houston's new faculty orientation, on the subject of the laws affecting the classroom.

Jordan Paust was a panelist during the International Conference on the United Nations and Taiwan, September 5 in New York where he presented a paper entitled U.N. Principles in Theory and Practice: Time for Taiwanese Self-Determination to Ripen into More Widely Recognized Statehood Status and Membership in the U.N.? On September 29th, he was a panel member at the UH Federalist Society sponsored panel on Civil Liberties vs. National Security: Have We Struck the Right Balance?

Nancy Rapoport has been named the Court's fee expert in In re Mirant, a case involving large, jointly administered series of energy company bankruptcies being tried in Fort Worth. She is also serving as an expert in an Enron-related matter.

Irene Rosenberg has published an essay entitled The Ten Commandments: The Prohibition Against Coveting and the Problem of No Actus Reus, 39 Criminal Law Bulletin 313 (2003).

Ira B. Shepard spoke on "Recent Developments in Federal Income Taxation" (with Martin J. McMahon of the University of Florida Law School) on September 15 at the Southern Federal Tax Institute in Atlanta. That date also marked his thirtieth year as Special Advisor to the SFTI Board and editor of the SFTI program materials (which are now available on CD-ROM). He also spoke on the same recent developments topic to the Houston Tax Roundtable on September 10, to the Wednesday Tax Forum in Houston on September 9, to the Tennessee Federal Tax Institute in Nashville on September 26, and (with Professor McMahon) to the University of Texas Tax Conference in Austin on October 1. His outline was used by Victoria Sherlock for a presentation at the State Bar of Texas Advanced Tax Course in September. He also published an article(co-authored with Professor McMahon) entitled Recent Developments in Federal Income Taxation: The Year 2002 in Special Issue 6 Florida Tax Review 81-184.

Tobi Tabor and Kate Brem presented "Incorporating Community Service into the Legal Writing Curriculum," and Amy Jaasma and Kate Brem presented "Research Application Exercises" at the Central Region LRW/Lawyering Skills Conference at Washington University School of Law on September 13.