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accomplishments, and honors of the University of Houston Law
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Richard Alderman was named by President
Khator to serve on an eight person “Strategic Action Group” charged with
developing the methods of implementing and measuring the university’s six
performance goals. At the first meeting, he was elected co-chair. Dean Alderman
spoke on the Deceptive Trade Practices Act at the 32nd Annual Page
Keeton Civil Litigation Conference and at the State Bar Advanced Commercial and
Consumer Law program. His book, the 2008-09 edition of Consumer Credit and the
Law was published by Thomson/West.
Marcilynn Burke’s latest article, entitled
“The Emperor’s New Clothes: Exposing the Failures of Regulating Land Use
Through the Ballot Box,” will be published in the Notre Dame Law Review. She
also presented her latest work-in-progress, “The Public Nature of Private Solar
Development on Federal Public Lands,” at Georgetown University
on Nov. 14, 2008. Professor Burke has
been invited to participate in the first annual symposium of the Washington and Lee
University School of Law Journal of Energy, Climate, and Environment (JECE) and
the Environmental Law Society (ELS) entitled: Climate Policy for the Obama
Administration. The symposium will be held in February 2009.
Anne Chandler received an invitation in
August to sit on the Advisory Board of the VERA Institute of Justice. On October 29, she delivered comments in Washington D.C.
on the Office of Resettlement plan to ensure that qualified independent legal
counsel is provided to unaccompanied immigrant children. On October 30, she
delivered a presentation,” Working with Immigrant Families in Neglect and Abuse
Cases”, to practitioners enrolled in AdvoCourt training.
Seth Chandler has published eight new
interactive Demonstrations, many relating to insurance against catastrophes.
- Estimating Loss
Functions Using Exceedance Data and the Method of Moments: http://demonstrations.wolfram.com/EstimatingLossFunctionUsingExceedanceDataAndTheMethodOfMome/
- Estimating Insurance
Premiums Using Exceedance Data and the Method of Moments: http://demonstrations.wolfram.com/EstimatingInsurance
- Premium Ratios with
Capital Costs Included: http://demonstrations.wolfram.com/PremiumRatiosWithCapitol
- Lawsuit Settlement
- Insurer Ruin: http://demonstrations.wolfram.com/InsurerRuin
- Subrogation: http://demonstrations.wolfram.com/Subrogation/
- Insurance Disclosures:
- Risk Aversion, Load
and Optimal Insurance: http://RiskAversionLoadAndOptimalInsurance/
October, Professor Chandler spoke at the International Mathematics User
Conference in Champaign Illinois on “The Hurricane Suite: Insurance
Regulation and Finance in the Face of Catastrophic Loss.” He also participated (actively) in a meeting
of the Texas Health Care Policy Council, Office of the Governor, in Austin, Texas.
Frank Devlin spoke at the Petroleum
Marketing Roundtable in Austin, Texas, which was sponsored by the ABA Section on
Environment, Energy, and Resources, in conjunction with the ABA’s Annual Forum on Franchising Meeting.
The subject was “Politics of Petroleum Marketing” an analysis of legislative
and administrative activities affecting petroleum marketing. Also in October,
Professor Devlin spoke at a program sponsored by the Center for International
Legal Studies in Montreal
on “Franchisor Vertical Price Fixing on a Global Scale: Neither Convergence nor
Divergence; Simply Chaos and Confusion.” His presentation was part of a program
on “Legal Dimensions of International Sales and Services.”
Linda Fentiman spoke at Columbia University
on October 20 on
New Fetal Protection: Comparative Legal and Social Analysis,” at a program on
New Scholarship in Reproductive Rights, jointly sponsored by the law school and
the Center for Reproductive Rights.
Leslie Griffin spoke about the history of
law and religion studies at the Journal of Law and Religion 25th
Anniversary Conference at Hamline
University, on October
Rick McElvaney spoke at the 2008 Real
Estate Institute about Landlord and Tenant Law on October 31. The program was
sponsored by the Houston Bar Association. He also spoke at the Credit
Coalition’s “Fundamentals of Good Credit” program on consumer law issues on
Ellen Marrus presented at the ABA sponsored “A Call to Action for Juvenile Justice: The
First 100 Days of the New Administration” in Washington D.C.
on November 6. The roundtable discussion was moderated by Prof. Charles
Ogletree of Harvard
and juvenile justice leaders from around the country presented suggestions on
juvenile justice programs and solutions that the new administration could focus
on for the first 100 days. Prof. Marrus was also named chair of the Collateral Consequences
Committee of the ABA Juvenile Justice Section.
Douglas Moll will speak in January at
the UH Law Center’s Mid-Market Firms CLE program.
His topic will be “Shareholder Oppression in Texas Close Corporations: Majority
Rule (Still) Isn’t What it Used to Be.”
Dean Raymond Nimmer drafted and filed an
amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in the Cablevision case. The brief was
joined in by eight other faculty members nationally. He conducted CLE
presentations in Houston and Dallas in August on database and data protections.
He co-chaired a licensing law conference in Seattle
and spoke on “Technology Acquisitions and Transactions Involving Open Source
Software” in August at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center.
In addition, he spoke at the 41st Annual Institute on Intellectual
Property Law for PLI in San Francisco and spoke on “Fair Use: Big Markets or
Small Victories?” at the University of San Francisco. He attended a Valley Alumni Reception and
spoke to the Cameron County Bar Association in Brownsville on “Reflections on Law Teaching,
Ethics, and Professionalism.” In October, he spoke to the AIPLA Annual meeting
in Washington, D.C. on “Quanta Case: Impact on First Sale
Tom Oldham’s article surveying the
changes in U.S.
society over the past 50 years that have affected divorce is in printers’
proofs with the Family Law Quarterly. Another article,” Romance Without Finance
Ain’t Got No Chance,” is also in printer’s proofs with the Journal of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
Michael Olivas spoke on Utah’s
restrictionist immigration statutes at BYU
and on Hernandez v. Texas at Notre Dame University.
He spoke at the Arte Publico Press Recovery Project Conference on the Macario
Garcia Café incident and the resultant “trial” in 1945, in Richmond, Texas.
The 1945 incident was featured in his recent article, “The ‘Trial of the
Century’ That Never Was: Staff Sgt. Macario Garcia, The Congressional Medal of
Honor, and the Oasis Café,” 83 Indiana
Law Journal 1391 (2008). Prof. Olivas received a grant from the TG Foundation
for $83,000 and from the Texas Bar Foundation for $20,000 for prelaw programs.
At the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) annual meeting, he
gave a dinner talk, “Why Write,” to doctoral students from higher education
programs across the country.
Jordan Paust was a member of a panel on
International Crime and National Courts during the annual meeting of the
American Branch of the International Law Association on October 18 in New York City. His online essay, “The Case Against a
National Security Court,” published by JURIST is available at:
essay,” The Need for New U.S. Legislation for Prosecution of Genocide and Other
Crimes Against Humanity” has been accepted for publication in the Vermont Law
Review symposium on genocide. On November 14, Prof. Paust was a panelist on”
The Imperial Presidency: Citizens and the Growth of Executive Power” at the Wayne Morse
Center for Law and
Politics at the University of Oregon Law School.
Ira Shepard spoke on “Recent
Developments in Federal Income Tax” at the Houston Bar Association Tax Section,
the American Petroleum Institute Federal Tax Forum, the University of North
Carolina Tax Institute(April), the Dallas Bar Association, the Tax Executives
Institute Tax School (May), the State Bar of Michigan Tax Section, the Tax
Alliance Conference in Plano, the American Institute on Federal Taxation in
Birmingham, the CBIZ Tax Conference in Las Vegas (June), the Denver Tax
Institute (July), the Fort Worth CPA Society (August), the Houston Tax
Roundtable, the Southern Federal Tax Institute in Atlanta (September), the
University of Houston CLE Program for Corporate Counsel (October), the
University of Texas Tax Conference in Austin (November), and the Wednesday Tax
Forum in Houston (monthly). He will be
speaking on the recent developments topic at the William and Mary Tax
Conference (November), the Tennessee Tax Conference and the Austin CPA Society
Tax Program (December). In addition, he spoke on an ethics panel at the CBIZ
Tax Conference in Las Vegas and on an expert
witness panel at the ABA Tax Section meeting in San Francisco. The Florida Tax Review
published his “Recent Developments in Federal Income Taxation: The Year 2007,”
co-authored with Martin J. McMahon, Jr. of the University of Florida and Daniel L. Simmons of the
University of California, Davis, earlier this year.
Ronald Turner has been elected to
membership in the American Law Institute. His article,”Pliable Precedents,
Plausible Policies, and Lilly Ledbetter’s Loss” will be published in volume 30
of the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law. He has accepted the SMU
Law Review’s invitation to publish an article on labor and employment law in
that review’s forthcoming annual survey of Texas Law. His recent publications
include the 2008 Cumulative Supplement to Smith, Craver & Turner,
Employment Discrimination Law: Cases and Materials (LexisNexis Publishing);
“Gonzales v. Carhart and the Court’s ‘Women’s Regret’ Rationale, 43 Wake Forest
Law Review 1 (2008); “The Voluntary School Integration Cases and the Contextual
Equal Protection Clause,” 51 Howard Law Journal 251 (2008); and a book review
of a work on religion and the civil rights movement in 23 Journal of Law and
Religion 799 (2007-2008).
Diana Velardo was a guest host on NPR
News, discussing human trafficking and the beginnings of the first human
trafficking coalition in Houston, CAHT. Diana was also invited to be a speaker
at the Fort Bend County Domestic Violence Workshop, presenting on immigration
relief for undocumented victims of crimes. The workshop was sponsored by the
Fort Bend District Attorney’s office and the Missouri City Police Department.
As part of the Crime Victims Program in the Immigration Clinic, Diana also
hosted a U.S. State Department delegation of international journalists and
legal scholars interested in asylum and human trafficking issues. The clinic
guests were from several countries including Iraq,
Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Lebanon,
Oman, and Syria.
Greg Vetter presented “Commercial Free
and Open Source Software” at the Fordham Law Review Symposium for Fall 2008, “When
Worlds Collide: Intellectual Property Laws at the Interface Between Systems of
Knowledge Creation.” The symposium, sponsored by the Fordham University School
of Law, was held October 31- November 1. He presented” Software Intellectual
Property Protection in a Network Environment,” on November 6 as part of the
University of Texas at Austin’s hosting of the University of St. Gallen
Postgraduate Program Executive M.B.L. – HSG. The Executive Masters in European
and Business Law (M.B.L. - HSG) is a postgraduate law course of study at the University of St. Gallen
one of the top European universities for the study of European and
international business law. Finally, as a member of the appointments committee,
Prof. Vetter attended the AALS Faculty Recruiting Conference November 7-8, in Washington D.C.
Steve Zamora attended the annual
Curriculum Development Workshop of the North American Consortium on Legal
Education (NACLE), held in Ottawa,
3-5, and hosted by the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law. Professors Tom
Oldham and Greg Vetter were among the fifty professors from NACLE’s
thirteen member law schools who attended the workshop. Prof. Vetter led a
discussion of NACLE intellectual property professors on free and open source
software. Prof. Oldham led the family law professors in planning a new comparative
family law course. Prof. Zamora spoke to international trade experts about the
NAFTA Labor Side Agreement. The three-day meeting included presentations by
student winners of the NACLE research paper competition, which included UH Law Center
student Joe Griffin (2L), who presented a paper comparing U.S. and Mexican implementation of
rulings by the International Court of Justice. The University of Houston Law
Center serves as the Secretariat of NACLE (see www.nacle.org)
and our UH Law Center student coordinators for NACLE,
Natalie Kurz (3L) and Astrid Sumac (3L) also attended the meeting that they
Helen Ehmann Boyce