Faculty Focus is a monthly publication documenting the activities, accomplishments, and honors of the University of Houston Law Center Faculty.

JULY, 2005

Darren Bush submitted a letter to the Federal Trade Commission concerning the category management issues potentially arising out of Procter & Gamble’s proposed acquisition of Gillette.  The letter is available at http://www.antitrustinstitute.org/recent2/420.pdf.  His article, Rethinking the Potential Competition Doctrine, received “Distinguished Honorable Mention” from the Jerry S. Cohen Writing Award for Antitrust Scholarship Committee.  The Cohen Award very deservedly went to Andrew I. Gavil for his excellent article entitled Exclusionary Distribution Strategies By Dominant Firms: Striking A Better Balance, 72 Antitrust L.J. 3 (2004).

David R. Dow was a guest on Air America on May 25th, discussing his book, Executed on a Technicality.  He also discussed the book at the General Assembly of the Unitarian Universality Association, in Fort Worth, on June 25th.  His op-ed, Falsification of Evidence can Only be Called Corruption, co-authored with Barry Scheck, appeared in The Houston Chronicle, on July, 2005.  His essay,  A Justice to keep America from Straying, addressing what type of judge President Bush should nominate to replace Justice O'Connor, appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, on July 8, 2005.  A second essay Is the Death Penalty Constitutional? Does it Matter? appeared in the summer 2005 issue of New Politics.

Craig Joyce published A Curious Chapter in the History of Judicature: Wheaton v. Peters and the Rest of the Story (of Copyright in the New Republic) 42 Hous. L. Rev.  325 (2005).

Joan Krause joined other health law professors in submitting an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in support of the State of Oregon in the Gonzales v. Oregon litigation concerning the use of controlled substances under the Oregon Death With Dignity Act.

Tom Oldham was invited to be on the UT CLE Houston panel on June 29th discussing the changes in the Texas Family Code by the 79th legislature.

Michael A.Olivas’ proposal to write Education Law Stories was approved by Foundation Press Editorial Board. EDUCATION LAW STORIES, the newest volume in the Foundation Press Stories series, discusses, reports and analyzes the story behind important cases. His co-author is Professor Ronna Greff Schneider. He also has a chapter in the forthcoming IMMIGRATION LAW STORY edition in the series, on Plyler v. Doe, the case of undocumented schoolchildren in public schools.

Jordan Paust’s article Executive Plans and Authorizations to Violate International Law Concerning Treatment and Interrogation of Detainees was published in 43 Columbia Journal of Transnational Law 811-863 (2005).

Richard Saver moderated a panel discussion on “Current Topics in Medical Research” at the American Society of Law, Medicine, and Ethics annual Health Law Teachers Conference on June 3rd.  Professor Saver also served on the faculty planning committee for the conference, which was hosted by the UH Health Law and Policy Institute and the Baylor College of Medicine.  He presented “Advance Directives and the Cancer Patient” to the American Cancer Society on June 17th. Professor Saver also appeared on Channel 11 KHOU on June 27th as part of a feature news story on controversies over rising health care costs alongside increasing compensation for health insurance company executives.

Joseph Vail was interviewed by Channel 2 and the Houston Chronicle about an immigration case involving a Chinese minor on June 8th and on June 9th he trained lawyers on the representation of juveniles at Dorsey and Whitney, LLP in Minneapolis. On July 20th he will make a presentation on immigration consequences of criminal conduct at the State Bar Advanced Criminal Law Conference in Corpus Christi.

On June 25th he received the AILA’s 2005 Elmer Fried Excellence in Teaching Award. One of his friends writes, ”Professor Vail represents everything that the Elmer Fried Award symbolizes. He is an excellent professor and scholar; his experience and incessant work in the area of immigration law have had an enormous effect on individuals he and his students represent, as well as on other practitioners in the Houston area and beyond. He continues to be a mentor to a new generation of students, as well as his former students who now practice immigration, and other teachers and attorneys. He also continues to improve and build on the community of immigration law educators.”

Greg Vetter was appointed as a year 2005 to 2006 member of the Executive Committee of the Law and Computers Section of the American Association of Law Schools.