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Richard Alderman spoke at the University of Cantabria in Santander Spain, as part of the 10th anniversary of their consumer arbitration program. The Center for Consumer Law has entered into an international consortium with the university and several other schools with consumer law programs. He also gave two presentations on consumer myths and attorney’s fees at the State Bar Commercial and Consumer Law Program. The teacher’s manual for his consumer law casebook was published by Imprimatur Press.


Aaron Bruhl presented a paper entitled “Burying the Continuing Body Theory of the Senate” at the University of Texas School of Law.


Seth Chandler chaired an American Bar Association site visit to Oklahoma University Law School on November 2-5. As a member of the Texas Health Care Policy Council, a statutory body under chapter 113 of the Texas Health and Safety Code, he has submitted a written dissent – the first in the history of the council – to the report “Optimizing Pharmaceutical Purchasing in Texas.” He has published a Demonstration titled “Post-Event Bonding” at


Victor Flatt hosted an Environmental, Energy, and Natural Resources Workshop on Carbon Trading systems in the U.S. and EU at American University Washington College of Law on November 14. Participants included the House Energy & Commerce Committee, the British Embassy, the Pew Center, and academics from several schools. Professor Flatt was mentioned in a Houston Chronicle editorial as someone that the Obama Administration needs to talk to concerning energy policy in the new administration. On December 8, Professor Flatt spoke to the CO2 Sixth Annual EOR carbon management workshop on carbon sequestration and climate change legislation. He will be a keynote speaker (discussing climate change) for the Texas Changing Economic Climate in Austin on January 29, 2009.


Craig Joyce attended the American Society for Legal History Annual Meeting in Ottawa as Chair of the Society’s Committee on Conferences and the Annual Meeting, where he announced the selection of Dallas as the site of the 2009 meeting. Professor Joyce also spoke on copyright to the Greater Houston Heights Bar Association and, with other leading national authorities in copyright law, judged ASCAPS’s annual Nathan Burkan Student Paper Competition.


Joan Krause was interviewed on November 18 by Medical Newspapers about the ongoing controversy over the “Stark Law” and physician self-referral limitations.


Dean Raymond Nimmer contributed an article to a book, Defis du Droit a la Protection de la Vie Privee – Challenges of Privacy and Data Protection Law, which has been published by Bruylat, Belgium.


Michael Olivas was appointed to one new editorial advisory board and re-appointed to three of the 20 on which he has served – the new SSRN Educational Law Journal and the Sage Publications, Inc., Handbook of Higher Education, 4th edition; the Review of Higher Education; and the Journal of College and University Law. In addition, he served as the Chair of the Advisory Board for the PBS project on A Class Apart: Hernandez v. Texas, which will appear on public television (and in fine bookstores and video stores everywhere), in February. Professor Olivas appears in the documentary, speaking of the 1954 case on which his 2006 book, Colored Men and Hombres Aqui, was based.


Jordan Paust, with Professor Tony D’Amato, published an Op Ed entitled “Obama Has Duty to Go After War Criminals” in the Chicago Sun-Times, December 3, at page 26. A similar Op Ed by Professors Paust and D’Amato appeared in the December 7 Philadelphia Inquirer, page C5, and is available at:

Professor Paust was also cited in a December 10 editorial by Nat Hentoff in The editorial, discussing possible presidential pardons, is at:


Spencer Simons’ article “What Interests are Served When Academic Law Library Directors are Tenured Law Faculty? An Analysis and Proposal” was published in the June 2008 issue of the Journal of Legal Education.


Jacqueline Weaver guest-lectured in an energy seminar class at the University of Texas Law School on November 11. She spoke on the future of the petroleum industry in a time of global warming and global markets.


Stephen Zamora was appointed to the AALS Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure, a nine-person, quasi-adjudicatory body that considers complaints from faculty members that allege either discrimination in a manner prohibited by AALS bylaws, or a violation of academic freedom rights.



Helen Ehmann Boyce