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

September 2005

Christine L. Agnew was elected Secretary of the American Bar Association Section of Taxation at the ABA's annual meeting held in August. She also published Recent Developments and Observations in the Journal of Pass through Entities (CCH).


Darren Bush's article, co-authored with Professor Betsy Gelb of the C.T. Bauer College of Business, titled Marketing Meets Antitrust: Cautions for Dominant Companies was published in the peer-reviewed MIT Sloan Management Review's summer 2005 issue.  Professors Gelb and Bush recently completed another article, titled The Marketing Consequences of Competitor Lawsuits.  This article will appear in the fall or winter issue of the same publication.   Professor Bush also completed a Bar piece for the Institute for Intellectual Property and Information Law's October Galveston Conference, titled Cutting Edge Issues at the Nexus of Intellectual Property and Antitrust: They Came From The 20th Century.  He has also been invited to present an article at the American Antitrust Institute's Conference in November on Competition in the Residential Real Estate Brokerage Industry.  He also helped draft the Comments of the American Antitrust Institute's Working Group on Exemptions and Immunities that were submitted to the Antitrust Modernization Commission, available at  http://www.antitrustinstitute.org/recent2/433.pdf


Victor Flatt co-taught a class in Alaska Natives and Environmental Law for Seattle University this summer on the campus of the University of Alaska, Anchorage.  While there he advised the Alaska legislature on issues of subsistence and the environment.

Professor Flatt's textbook, Legal Protection of the Environment, (with Funk and Johnston) was just published by West.


Gidi published a comparative civil procedure article in an Italian Law Review (in Italian) and presented a paper at the University of Arizona College of Law


Laura D. Hermer, Research Professor, Health Law & Policy Institute has an article, titled EMTALA and the Private Market in Health Care, which has been accepted for publication in the Spring, 2006 volume of the Journal of Law and Policy.


Peter T. Hoffman's Clinical Programs have been awarded a grant of $45,000 by Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA) to create a domestic violence clinic.  The new clinic will begin operations in January, 2006.


Craig Joyce published the 2005 Supplement to his Copyright casebook.  In addition to recent developments, the Supplement contains the only detailed current bibliography of scholarship in the field.


Douglas Moll was invited by Western New England School of Law to speak as part of the inaugural speaker series of the Law and Business Center for Advancing Entrepreneurship.  The audience will be comprised of law faculty, business faculty, and local entrepreneurs.  Professor Moll will speak on minority oppression issues in the limited liability company.


Gerry Moohr's article, Defining Over-Criminalization Through Cost-Benefit Analysis:  The Example of Criminal Copyright Laws was published at 54 Am. U. L. Rev.783 (2005).  She also presented the paper at the American University's symposium on Over-Criminalization.


Tom Oldham has submitted an article co-authored by colleagues in Canada and Mexico about our NACLE-generated course. An article co-authored by colleagues in England and Canada will be published later this year in the Iowa Journal of Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems.  He also submitted a chapter to the editor of the International Survey of Family Law, 2005 edition, regarding developments in US family law.  


Michael A. Olivas published Law School Admissions After Grutter: Student Bodies, Pipeline Theory, and the River, 55 Journal of Legal Education, 16-28 (Nos. 1 and 2, March/June 2005) and a chapter, PLYLER v. DOE, the Education of Undocumented Children, and the Polity in IMMIGRATION STORIES 197-220 (D. Martin and P. Schuck, eds. 2005).


Laura Oren's latest Fifth Circuit annual survey (on Civil Rights) was published in 37 Texas Tech Law Review 707 (2005).  In addition she and the other members of the Faculty Senate Commission on University Governance, will be submitting their Final Report to the Faculty Senate on September 30, 2005.


Robert Schuwerk participated in a panel discussion, sponsored by the Institute of International Education, for delegations from India and Eastern Europe on the collapse of Enron and the regulation of financial markets.


Ira B. Shepard will speak in September on "Current Developments in Taxation" for the Wednesday Tax Forum and on "Recent Developments in Federal Income Taxation" for the Houston Tax Roundtable and for the Southern Federal Tax Institute.


Joseph A. Vail spoke at a LULAC press conference and meeting on Congressman Tom De Lay's immigration proposals on August 18th. He will be speaking on immigration court proceedings at the American Immigration Lawyers Association litigation conference in Seattle on September 16th. He will also speak and present a paper on appellate procedures at the University of Texas immigration conference in San Antonio on September 23rd.