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

March 2007


Christine Agnew completed work on her article titled “Come Hell and High Water: Can the Tax Code Solve the Post-Katrina Insurance Crisis.” She has been invited to present this article at the Joint Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association and the Research Committee on Sociology of the Law on July 25, 2007 at Humboldt University in Berlin Germany. Professor Agnew also published a column in the Journal of Passthrough Entities on recent developments in partnership taxation. In addition,

she was invited to serve as a member of the Executive Planning Board for the Texas Junior Legal Scholars Conference.


Marcilyn A. Burke participated in the William and Mary Environmental Law and Policy Review’s symposium entitled Mission Impossible?: The Compatibility of Military and Environmental Goals, at the William and Mary Marshall-Wyeth School of Law, in February 2007. Professor Burke spoke about post 9/11 changes to natural resources law and their implications for military readiness and conservation. An article will be forthcoming in that journal. Professor Burke also made two presentations at Stetson University College of Law. The first presentation was a biodiversity lecture for the Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy. The second presentation was for the (junior) faculty scholarship exchange between Stetson University College of Law and the UH Law Center. Her Presentation was entitled “Green Peace? Protecting Our National Treasures While Providing for Our National Security.”


Darren Bush commented on an article by Warren Grimes and Larry Sullivan at the Southwestern Law School in a program titled Antitrust and Intellectual Property in Global Context: Symposium in Celebration of the Work of Lawrence A. Sullivan  on February 23rd. His comments will be published in the Southwestern Journal of Law and Trade in the Americas. On March 5, he presented his paper titled Electricity Merger Analysis: Market Screens, Market Definition, and Other Lemmings at the American Antitrust Institute’s seventh Annual Energy Roundtable Workshop. The paper will be submitted for peer review to the Journal of Industrial Organization as part of the Symposium. He, along with counsel representing the American Antitrust Institute, prepared and submitted an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in the matter of Credit Suisse Securities v. Billing. The amicus brief was filed February 26 and is available at:


On March 8, 2007, he testified at a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Technical Conference on the Commission’s Merger and Acquisition Review Standards under FPA Section 203 (AD07-2-000). The webcast of the conference is available for 90 days from the date of this conference at:


A copy of his written testimony is available at:



Aaron Bruhls article “Return of the Line Item Veto?” was accepted for publication in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law. He recently received a New Faculty Research Grant from the University of Houston to support research on strategic interactions between state and federal courts in interpreting the Federal Arbitration Act. In February, Prof. Bruhl attended a conference in Philadelphia on Positive Political Theory and Constitutional Law.


Anne Chandler served as Program Chair and Moderator for the American Bar Association’s national program, Child Clients are Different: Best Practices for Representing Unaccompanied Minors, available at:


Over 300 attorneys participated in this program. She also was interviewed in February on Pacifica Radio’s “Open Forum” show discussing proposed Texas legislation governing human slavery. She recently developed the curriculum for a national program sponsored by the Vera Institute of Justice and the Department of Justice on best practices in delivering “Know Your Rights” presentations to detained immigrant minors. Ms. Chandler guided University of Houston law students in presentation of some of the materials. As part of her grant-funded clinical program working with University of Houston law students to advise detained juveniles in the Corpus Christi Bokenkamp facility regarding their rights, Ms. Chandler met with representatives of the Department of Justice Executive Office of Immigration Review to discuss issues that have arisen in legal representation of these individuals.


Seth J. Chandler had his peer-reviewed paper “Restricted Non-Cooperative Game Theory” accepted for publication in Lecture Notes in Computer Science (Springer) and for presentation this May in Beijing at the International Conference on Computational Science. He also joined an ABA inspection of the University of Missouri, Kansas City, Law School.


Victor Flatt remote broadcast a presentation on the likelihood of mandatory carbon dioxides cuts in the United States at the International Carbon Trading Conference in January. The British Government, the City of Houston, and the Greater Houston Partnership sponsored the conference. Professor Flatt will also present a university wide lecture at Seattle University on possible federal legislation dealing with climate change. In February, Professor Flatt published an op-ed in the Houston Chronicle on the City of Houston’s use of its nuisance ordinance to control air toxins.


Paul Janicke spoke at the State Bar of Texas Intellectual Property Conference in Dallas on March 1. His topic was current case-law developments in patent litigation.  Prof. Janicke will speak in Washington, on March 27, to a meeting of the Intellectual Property Owners organization. His topic will be remedies statistics in recent patent infringement suits and whether recent Supreme Court decisions have changed the landscape.


Joan Krause gave a presentation on “The Ethics of Influence: Pharmaceutical Companies and Medical Practice” on March 1 at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law Health Law and Policy Workshop.


Tom Oldham and Profs. Elrod and Garrison announce, with exhaustion and pride, the completion of the sixth edition of the Krause et al Family Law text, to be published by West in summer 2007. This is the third edition that Elrod, Garrison, and Oldham have updated on behalf of Prof. Krause.


Michael A. Olivas continued on the Hernandez circuit, giving the Presidential Distinguished Lecture at Texas A&M, the 6th Annual Commemorative Lecture in Mexican American History at the University of North Texas, the Ft. Bend Public Library, Thurgood Marshall Law School, and Texas Southern University, and the Gillis Long Distinguished Lecture at Loyola-New Orleans, March 15, 2007.


Laura Oren delivered a paper in Columbus, Ohio, entitled, “Abandonment, Termination of Parental Rights, and the Constitutional Contrast Between the Rights of Married and Unmarried Fathers.” This was for a symposium on No Parent Left Behind: Father’s Rights in Adoption held on February 15 and sponsored by the Capital University Law Review in collaboration with Capitol University Law School and the National Center for Adoption Law and Policy. On February 16, she judged a round in the Second Annual Moot Court Competition in the Area of Child Welfare and Adoption Law. On April 20, she will be delivering a paper at Children and the Law After Katrina: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Young Evacuees, organized by the Center for Children, Law, and Policy at the University of Houston Law Center in collaboration with the ABA Center on Children and the Law. Her article, “Thwarted Fathers or Pop-Up Pops? How to Determine When Putative Fathers Can Block the Adoption of Their Newborn Children,” appeared in the Family Law Quarterly (published by the ABA Section on Family Law). Her article on, “Some Thoughts on the State-Created Danger Doctrine: DeShaney is Still Wrong and Castle Rock is Still More of the Same,” is to be published shortly in the Temple Political and Civil Rights Law Review.


Jordan Paust was a panel member on a panel addressing Executive Power, International Law, and the Bush Administration at the University of Virginia School of Law and Miller Center of Public Affairs Symposium on International Law at a Crossroads, February 23, 2007. He was also a panel member on a panel addressing Cybercrime and the Domestication of International Criminal Law, during the American Branch of the International Law Association-West meeting at Santa Clara University, February 3, 2007; and he spoke briefly at the UH BALSA meeting on Darfur, Sudan, on February 10, 2007. He recently spoke on Channel 11’s discussion of a pending prosecution of a person accused of providing material assistance to a foreign terrorist organization and spoke on KTRH radio concerning possible extradition of Manuel Noriega to France after completion of his sentence in a U.S. federal prison for drug trafficking. Professor Pause will be a keynote speaker at the NY City Law Review Symposium, Guantanamo Bay: The Global effects of Wrongful Detention, Torture, and Unchecked Executive Power, at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, March 23rd. He has also signed a contract to produce a book with Cambridge University Press entitled: Common Plan: The Bush Administration’s Unlawful Responses in the “War” on Terror.


Nancy Rapoport will give the keynote address at Capital University Law School’s symposium, What’s Wrong With Legal Education on March 16. She is teaching a short course, Enron and Other Corporate Fiascos, to Bankruptcy LL.M students at St. John’s during March and April and is speaking on a panel at Jurist’s 10th anniversary conference. She placed second in the Vegas Showdown Open Ladies’ B Latin Scholarship and came close to taking first, which is even nicer.


Richard Saver and Joan Krause received a contract from Aspen Publishers to develop and edit a book project tentatively titled, Case Studies in Health Law and Bioethics. This is not a traditional casebook. Instead, the book will provide the detailed narratives and back stories of 12-14 leading cases in health law and bioethics, as well as comprehensive analysis of each case’s continuing impact. The book is intended for use in law school classes as well as for medical schools, schools of public health, etc. Chapter contributors will include prominent health law professors in the field.


Sandra Guerra Thompson gave a speech entitled, “Latinas and Their Families in Detention” at a symposium at William and Mary Law School in Williamsburg, Virginia, on February 23, 2007. She has also written a law commentary entitled, “Immigration Law and Long Term Residents: A Missing Chapter in American Criminal Law,” which will appear in the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law.


Diana Velardo, Clinical Supervisor in the Immigration Clinic and Crime Victims Coordinator, was the guest speaker at the Mayor’s Interagency Victim’s Council. Her presentation, Immigration Remedies for Victims of Crime, focused on remedies for victims of trafficking, domestic violence, abused and neglected children, and victims of violent crimes. This type of presentation is part of the community outreach component of the Crime Victims grants that the Immigration Clinic has received for several years.


Greg Vetter presented, “Some Perspectives on Patent Licensing Language Appearing in Free and Open Source Licenses” at the 8th Annual Intellectual Property symposium sponsored by the Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law, held on February 9, 2007. At that same symposium, he also moderated the Patent Law reform Panel.


Jacqueline Weaver spoke at the Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law’s conference on Emerging Energy Technologies on February 15, 2007, in Austin, Texas. She also spoke on the future of the petroleum-based economy at the University of Houston Law Center’s Advanced Oil, Gas, and Energy conference in Houston on February 2, 2007.

Harriet Richman, Editor