Faculty Focus

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

January, 2006

David R. Dow was elected to membership in the American Law Institute.  His op-ed ­­Is Judge Alito a Prophet?, appeared in the Houston Chronicle on Sunday, January 8th.  His letter, Unjust Deportation, appeared in the New York Times on December 12th.  Three of his poems -- The Night Before the Morning, Euclidean Mergings, and Mourning in Carolina -- will appear in the Legal Studies Forum in an issue devoted to poetry written by lawyers. 


Craig Joyce was reappointed to the Board of Editors of the Journal of Supreme Court History, sponsored by the Supreme Court of the United States.  Professor Joyce joined other leading national authorities in copyright law in judging ASCAP's Annual Nathan Burkan Student Paper Competition.


Joan H. Krause served as Program Chair for the AALS Section on Aging & the Law panel entitled “Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research:  The Promises, the Perils and the Politics,” cosponsored at the 2006 Annual Meeting with the Section on Law, Medicine & Health Care. Professor Krause also wrote the latest Ethical Health Lawyer column for the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, entitled, Ethical Lawyering in the Gray Areas:  Health Care Fraud and Abuse and she completed her invited article, A Patient-Centered Approach to Health Care Fraud Recovery, for the Northwestern University Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology 2006 Symposium issue on white collar crime.


Chenglin Liu, Foreign & International Law Librarian, has published an article, Informal Rules, Transaction Costs, and the Failure of the “Takings” Law in China, 29 Hastings Int’l & Comp. L. Rev. 1 (2005). Also Mr. Liu was invited to present this paper at the 9th Annual Conference of the International Society of the New Institutional Economics (ISNIE) which was held at Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona, Spain on September 22nd. He will also speak at the American Library Association Mid-Winter Conference in San Antonio on the new changes in the International health regulations on January 21st.


Mon Yin Lung,  has co-authored with Robert A. Mead & Joseph A. Custer chapter 17 entitled, The Law in “Bleeding Kansas”: A Selected Bibliography of Legal Documents from Prestatehood Kansas, 1803-1861, in Prestatehood legal materials, a fifty-state research guide, including new york city and the district of columbia  405  (Michael Chiorazzi & Marguerite Most eds., 2005). The table of contents can be found at



Douglas Moll spoke at the New Law Professors section meeting at the AALS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.  The section's program was entitled "Getting Involved:  The Law Professor and Service to the Community and the Profession," and Professor Moll spoke about the creation of the New Law Professors section and lessons that could be drawn from the experience.  Professor Moll also delivered his inaugural lecture as the Beirne, Maynard & Parsons, L.L.P. Law Center Professor of Law.  His topic was "Minority Oppression and the Limited Liability Company:  Learning (or Not) from Close Corporation History."  Professor Moll was also invited by the University of Arizona College of Law to give a talk on a similar topic next year.


Raymond T. Nimmer been awarded a position in the Fulbright Distinguished Chairs program as the Fulbright-FLADD in International Trade and Business Law for 2006-2007, in Lisbon, Portugal.  His article on “Licensing and Fair Use” was published in Computer Law Review International (Frankfort, Germany) and his speech “Modern Frameworks for Commercial Leasing” was published in the DePaul Journal of Business and Commercial Law.  He delivered a speech at the Annual Intellectual Property and Technology Program in Seattle, Washington, on “Antitrust and Licensing Law.”


Michael A. Olivas delivered the Rice University Presidential Lecture on “Terrorism Legislation and its Effect Upon Colleges,” postponed by Hurricane Rita from the original date; the original paper was published in the Journal of College & University Law. At the AALS Annual Meeting, he spoke on “Higher Education and Place,” in a joint session sponsored with the American Association of Geographers; this paper was published in the Cornell Law Review. At UCLA, he spoke on the litigation history of Hernandez v. Texas and on the laws concerning undocumented college students; these materials will be published in a book by the Harvard Civil Rights Project.


Jordan Paust published two on-line essays, “We Do Not Torture”: Lies and Quarter-Truths,  http://www.jurist.law.pitt.edu/forumy/2005/12/we-do-not-torture-lies-and-quarter.php  (Jan. 12, 2005) and Not Authorized By Law: Domestic Spying and Congressional Consent, http://www.jurist.law.pitt.edu/forumy/2005/12/not-authorized-by-law-domestic-spying.php (Jan.12, 2005) (last visited Jan. 12, 2006). He was also a panel member and delivered a paper on “Customary International Law: A Rich and Intricate Part of the Law of the United States” at the 8th Annual Federalist Society Faculty Conference, Washington, D.C. on January 6th.  Professor Paust was reelected to the Board of Editors of the Journal of National Security Law and Policy.


Richard Saver’s article, What Institutional Review Boards Could Learn From Corporate Boards, was published in the Sept./Oct. 2005 issue of IRB: Ethics and Research, a peer-reviewed medical journal edited by the Hastings Center.  His book chapter, The Costs of Avoiding Physician Conflicts of Interest: A Cautionary Tale of Gainsharing Regulation, appeared in Just Medicare: What’s In, What’s Out, How We Decide (University of Toronto Press 2005).  His latest article, Medical Research and Intangible Harm, will be published in Spring 2006 in the University of Cincinnati Law Review.  Professor Saver is also on the faculty planning committee for the Spring 2006 Texas Medical Center Health Care Competition, an interdisciplinary competition that will involve students from University of Texas schools of medicine, public health, nursing, dentistry, and health information sciences, as well as health law and pharmacy students from the University of Houston.


Ronald Turner has accepted an offer to become a named co-author of the next edition of Smith, Craver and Clark, Employment Discrimination Law: Cases and Materials, LexisNexis Publishing.  His article, On Palatable, Palliative, and Paralytic Affirmative Action, Grutter-Style, will be published in the next issue of Africana Studies


Greg Vetter attended the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) annual meeting held in Washington D.C. on January 3rd-8th.  At the meeting he was elected the 2007 Chair-elect of the Law and Computers Section of the AALS.


Steve Zamora organized a visit to Mexico City in the first week of January for a group of University of Houston law students, some of whom had just taken his Introduction to Mexican Law class.  The trip included a visit to the Mexican Supreme Court, where a question-and-answer session with Supreme Court lawyers was arranged, then a private luncheon in the Supreme Court dining room, hosted by Supreme Court Justice José Ramón Cossío.  They also visited the Mexican Foreign Ministry, where they attended a private lunch hosted by UH Master of Laws alumnus Arturo Dáger, Legal Adviser to the Mexican Foreign Minister.  Two other UH Masters alumni, Maria Cortina and Victor Uribe, also attended the lunch, in which a discussion ensued on current bilateral and multilateral legal issues facing Mexico.  Finally, they visited the law offices of Haynes and Boone, where Agustin Portal, UH’s first Master of Laws graduate and head of the firm’s Mexico City office, hosted a meeting that allowed the students to meet young lawyers working with the firm.