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

September 2008

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Aaron Bruhl’s article “The Supreme Court’s Controversial GVR’s – and an Alternative” was accepted for publication in the Michigan Law Review.


Seth Chandler has established a blog on Life and Health Insurance Law available at:



His article “Title I of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008: Impending Issues” has been published on Lexis and the Lexis Insurance Law Center and is best found by using “get document” and inputting “2008 Emerging Issues 471”. His paper, “Two Dimensional Interactive Timelines: Application to Law” has been accepted for presentation at the International Mathematica User’s Conference to be held in October in Champaign, Illinois. He has also submitted for publication a Demonstration provisionally titled “Insurance Disclosures” that explores the impact of the law of fraud, misrepresentation and warranty when the insurer may have imperfect information on the risk associated with various risks as disclosed by the insured. The revised edition of his demonstration “Adverse Selection” has been published and is available at



Richard Dole’s article “The Effect of UCP 600 Upon U.C.C. Article 5 With Respect to Negotiation Credits and the Immunity of Negotiating Banks from Letter-of-Credit Fraud” will be published in 54 Wayne Law Review.


Meredith Duncan participated as part of a Houston Bar Association panel on August 11, 2008, regarding current ethical issues in labor and employment law. The panel was part of the Houston Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section’s Continuing Legal Education series.   


Victor Flatt will be honored at a reception of the Southern Environmental Law Center in Chapel Hill for his work on the Clean Air Act New Source Review cases. Professor Flatt has been asked to present at the Duke Environmental Law & Policy Forum’s October symposium and at the inaugural San Diego Environmental and Energy Journal symposium in February.


Joan Krause submitted a solicited entry on “Health Care Fraud” to the Encyclopedia of Victimology and Crime Prevention. Professor Krause and Prof. Saver submitted the final manuscript of their co-edited book, Cases in Context: Health Law and Bioethics, to Aspen Publishing.


Douglas Moll’s article “Shareholder Oppression in Texas Close Corporations: Majority Rule (Still) Isn’t What it Used to Be” has been accepted for Publication by the Houston Business and Tax Law Journal and the Texas Journal of Business Law. In addition, Thomson/West published “A Student’s Guide to Article 9”, a book co-authored by Professor Moll.


Gerry Moohr wrote and West published the Teacher’s Manual for her book, The Criminal Law of Intellectual Property and Information. She coauthored, with Roger Sherman, a review of Monica Miller’s book, Religion in Criminal Justice, which will appear in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of Law and Religion. Two of her articles on honest services mail fraud were cited by two federal district courts, albeit in unpublished decisions.


Tom Oldham’s article on conflicts of law and divorcing mobile spouses was published this month by the Family Law Quarterly. His article about the ways in which divorce results have changed in the past half century is in the editorial process at the Family Law Quarterly. His article, “Divorce and Dissipation in Non-Community Property States” (better known as “Romance Without Finance Ain’t Got No Chance”) is in the editorial process at the Journal of the Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.


Michael A. Olivas was awarded $84,000 from the TG Foundation (the philanthropic arm of the Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation) for prelaw activities, including the 6-hour prelaw course that will be offered in June 2009. The support will be used to pay teacher stipends and scholarships for the 30+ college sophomores who complete the course, and to underwrite LSAT preparation for these students. Several law firms have also donated financial support for the programs. In addition, the project will sponsor Saturday Academies consisting of prelaw activities for students to introduce them to the law school application process.


Sandra Guerra Thompson has been invited to participate in a program on wrongful convictions at a symposium called, “Criminal Law Discussions” at Emory Law School in Atlanta in December. She will present a talk at the Criminal Justice Section program on “Crimmigration” at the AALS annual meeting in San Diego in January. Finally, she will present a paper at an Appellate Criminal Courts Symposium at Marquette Law School in June 2009.


Greg Vetter gave a presentation to the Postdoctoral Association at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center titled, “Career Trajectories: Intellectual Property Law and Practice” on August 26, 2008. In late July, he presented “The Law and Economics of Intellectual Property” for the Master of Business Law Program at Friends University. On September 5, he presented to the UH Law Center student body on the topic of Law School Course and Exam Preparation.


Jacqueline Weaver submitted a chapter on “Sustainable Development: Indigenous Title, Human Rights and the Environment” to be included in the third edition of the widely used casebook on International Petroleum Transactions to the editor. The chapter includes sections on aboriginal rights in Australia, First Nations consultation and accommodation in Canada, the Alien Tort Claims Act, international oil spill conventions, decommissioning offshore platforms, transboundary pollution and global warming. (This is the only casebook on the topic!) She also finished editing and proofing a 450-page treatise on International Petroleum Agreements to which she contributed three chapters and revised three others. She taught in the Bauer School of Business Executive MBA program in Beijing for one week in September; she taught managers at CNPC and Sinopec about international petroleum contracts, oil industry best practices in human rights and the environment, and anti-corruption laws.