Focus is a monthly publication documenting the activities, accomplishments,
and honors of the University
of Houston Law Center Faculty.
nomination to membership on the City of Houston
Ethics Commission has been approved by the Houston
R. Dow’s three
poems “The Night Before the Morning,” “Euclidean
Mergings,” and “Mourning in Carolina,” were reprinted in volume 30 of the
Legal Studies Forum. Professor Dow also spoke on “Innocence and
the Death Penalty” at the National Innocence Conference, held at the University
of Washington School of Law. He also gave a lecture entitled “The Worst
of the Worst, and Other Myths of Delusion” at the University of
Denver College of Law.
B. Flatt spoke
on regulation of air toxics at Seattle University School of Law on Feb. 27th.
Along with Professors Marcilynn Burke,
Darren Bush, Jacqueline Weaver, and Sandy Gaines, he hosted
Judge Danny J. Boggs, faculty and attorneys from around the country at the
Environmental & Energy Law & Policy Journal's second annual symposium
on Liquified Natural Gas.
completed his work as Associate Reporter to the American Law Institute project
on international litigation and arbitration. The book, Principles of Transnational Civil Procedure,
was published by Cambridge University Press.
Joyce moderated, and presented the principal paper at American University’s symposium on Gender, Social
Policy & the Law: Jurists and Gender. He also was reappointed to
the Board of Editors of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A.
H. Krause was
interviewed by the Houston Chronicle on February 24th on abortion laws.
Linzer gave the
opening paper at the Second International Contracts Conference, held in Fort Worth at Texas
School. It was
entitled “E. Allan Farnsworth’s Theory (Non-theory? Anti-theory?
Mega-theory?) of Contracts.”
The panel commenting on the paper was made up of Joseph Perillo, of Fordham; Randy Barnett of Boston University (on
his way to Georgetown); David Campbell, head of the Law Department at the
University of Durham, United Kingdom; and Hila Keren, of the Hebrew University, Jerusalem and Boalt Hall, Berkeley.
Mixon’s article co-authored with Kathleen
McGlynn, A New Zoning and Planning Metaphor: Chaos
and Complexity Theory was published in 42 Hous. L. Rev. 1221 (2006).
A. Olivas delivered
the St. Thomas University
School Distinguished Lecture in February, entitled, “College Responses to
Terrorism Legislation.” He also taught a demonstration class to pre-law college
students for CLEO, which held its regional pre-law seminar in Houston. The third edition of his casebook,
The Law and Higher Education: Case
and Materials on Colleges in Court, was published by Carolina Academic
Press; the Teachers Manual will be available for adoption in Summer,
Paust published an on-line essay, Political Discrimination and Academic
Freedom available at http://jurist.law.pitt.edu/forumy/2006/02/political-discrimination-and-academic.php.
His op-ed, War on the Constitution was published in the National Law
Journal, Jan. 30, 2006 at 30.
B. Shepard spoke on “Recent Developments in Federal Income Taxation” (with Professor
Martin McMahon of the University of Florida Law School)
at the American Bar Association Tax Section Midwinter Meeting in San Diego on February 4th.
He spoke on the same topic to the Wednesday Tax Forum [that meets on Tuesdays]
on February 14th, to the Houston Bar Association Tax Section on February 15th,
and at a program in Atlanta
sponsored by the State Bar of Georgia Tax Section and the Georgia Society
of CPAs called “Hot Topics for Tax Attorneys and CPAs” on February 17th. He
will speak on the same topic to the Houston IRS CPA Society on March 15th.
On February 23rd, he spoke on an ethics panel for the International Fiscal
Association U.S. Regional Meeting in San
Antonio on the subject of tax practitioner privilege.
He is also teaching a Federal Income Tax class at the Law Center this Spring
Semester which meets on Sundays from 4:00 to 6:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. –
a time slot suggested by former Vice Dean Seth Chandler that is being received
with great approval by both teacher and students.
helped to organize a “Restorative Justice Forum,” which was held on February
10th in Krost Hall at the Law
Center. The event
featured two panel discussions which both addressed ways in which community
organizations can partner with government agencies in assisting offenders
to be rehabilitated and returned to the community. The speakers included
two Harris County Criminal Court judges, the Director of the Institutional
Division of TDCJ, the Director of the Texas Parole Department, the Director
of Chaplaincy for TDCJ, the Director of the Harris County Juvenile Probation
Department, and others. Approximately 150 people, including many community
leaders, attended the event. The forum was co-sponsored by the Criminal
Justice Institute and the Community Partnership Council. Professor Thompson
also organized police “ride-alongs” for her criminal
procedure students who will spend time with Houston Police Department officers
during a weekend shift.
to the Texas Justices of the Peace Association in Galveston on February 8th. The title of his
talk was “Media Law and Media Relations.” On February 25th, he spoke to the
Texas Aggie Bar Association in College
Station on “What Every
Lawyer Should Know About the New Texas Business Organizations Code.” On March
3th, he spoke to the Intellectual Property Section of the
State Bar of Texas in San Antonio
on “Copyright Update: Technology Breeding Litigation.”
Vail was interviewed
by Texas Lawyer on January 28th concerning the UHCL immigration clinic and
one of its asylum cases. On February 8th he was interviewed by NPR on the
Victoria alien smuggling case and on February 17th he conducted
a training for pro bono lawyers for ProBAR, an ABA sponsored legal
aid program in Harlingen.
Weaver spoke at
a conference on “Biofuels and the New Energy Economy”
at the Cumberland School of Law on February 10th. Her article titled
The Traditional Petroleum-Based Economy: An ‘Eventful’ Future
will be published in a symposium issue on this subject. The article
covers the issues of Peak Oil, Big Oil, Chinese Oil and a “flags” versus “open
doors” future for global economic and energy growth.