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

January 2010

Editor, Dan Baker djbaker2@central.uh.edu

Previous editions of Faculty Focus can be accessed here.


Darren Bush has been busy the past few months. On January 9, he presented at the American Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting in New Orleans for the Antitrust and Economic Regulation section. The title of his talk was “Too Big to Bail: Antitrust as Applied to Failing and Flailing Industries.” The papers presented on that panel are slated for publication in the Antitrust Law Journal. In early January, he also submitted comments to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights related to rail carrier legislation. In November, he presented on a panel at the Federal Trade Commission Federal-State Workshop on Competition and Energy regarding antitrust immunities and exemptions in the electricity industry. His book chapter, “Why ERCOT Only Has One Regulator,” is now published in The Prospect of Electricity Restructuring: The Texas Model (Andrew Kleit and Lynne Kiesling eds., 2009). He was also the signatory of the Amicus Brief of Antitrust Law and Economics Professors in Support of Settlement, Authors Guild, Inc. v. Google, Inc., Case No. 05 CV 8136-JES (SDNY). In addition, he has given numerous talks in Houston regarding compliance with the antitrust laws in the energy industry. He also served on the Faculty Appointments Committee, which according to previous faculty focus postings took “nearly one million hours.”


Seth Chandler has published five new Demonstrations: (1) Individual Insurance Decisions Under HR350 and HR3962; (2) Premium Assistance Calculator for HR3590 and HR3962; (3) Retiree Stop Loss Insurance; (4) A Theory of Insurance Lapses; and (5) Approximating a Judge. His article, “Long Term Care Insurance: The Next Frontier,” has been submitted to the Annals of Health Law for publication in its spring 2010 issue. The American Association of Law Schools has included Professor Chandler in its list of honorees for work done during Hurricane Katrina.


Leslie Griffin testified before the Wisconsin Senate on Jan. 12, defending the constitutionality of SB139, which revives civil sexual abuse lawsuits previously barred by the statute of limitations for a three-year period.


Julie Hill presented her paper “Bailouts and Credit Cycles: Fannie, Freddie, and the Farm Credit System” before the Financial Institutions and Consumer Financial Services section at the AALS annual conference. A draft of the paper, which will be published in the Wisconsin Law Review, may be downloaded at http://ssrn.com/abstract=1524300. Julie also participated in a panel discussion on legal scholarship sponsored by the J. Reuben Clark Law Society.


Craig Joyce attended the Association of American Law Schools’ Annual Meeting in New Orleans and was reappointed to the LexisNexis Publishing Advisory Board. Joyce presented to the board and to LexisNexis management the results of his survey of 650 LexisNexis authors regarding challenges and opportunities in the law school marketplace presented by changes both in legal education itself and by new media for the dissemination of information.


Tom Oldham has been designated the issue editor for the spring 2011 issue of the ABA Family Law Quarterly. The issue’s topics are new ideas in child support and spousal support.


When the hoped-for floor fight did not occur, and the call for the quorum motion failed, Michael A. Olivas was nominated to become President-elect of the Association for American Law Schools, effective January 10, 2010. At the end of the 2011 Annual Meeting, he will become President of the Association. While the nomination was unanimous, several onlookers noted that the Mayan calendar predicts 2012 will be the end of the world.


Jordan Paust has an essay on-line with the Harvard International Law Journal Online that was requested in connection with a forthcoming article by another author. The essay “The U.N. Is Bound By Human Rights: Understanding the Full Reach of Human Rights, Remedies, and Nonimmunity” is forthcoming at www.harvardilj.org/online. Professor Paust’s article “Civil Liability of Bush, Cheney, et al. for Torture, Cruel, Inhumane, and Degrading Treatment and Forced Disappearance” has been published at 42 Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law 359-388 (2009), and is available at http://ssrn.com/abstract=1458638. Professor Paust will present the Richard B. Lillich Lecture on International Law as Florida State University in March. A draft of a forthcoming article for that event entitled “Self-Defense Targetings of Non-State Actors and Permissibility of U.S. Use of Drones in Pakistan,” will be printed later in 19 Journal of Transnational Law and Policy ([No. 2] 2010), and is available at http://ssrn.com/abstract=1520717.


Robert Schuwerk was featured in the lead article in v. 25, no. 26 of the Lawyers' Manual on Professional Conduct, commenting on the process by which pending revisions to the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct were created, and the process by which they will be placed before the members of the bar for adoption.


Stephen Zamora gave a lecture at the law school of the Universidad Católica in Lima, Peru in November on the institutional deficiencies in NAFTA and their effects on North American integration. He also met at the Peruvian Central Bank with 6 University of Houston Law Center alumni who received their LLMs with us, including the General Counsel of the Central Bank, Manuel Monteagudo. Also, as a member of the Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure (CAFT) of the AALS, he co-authored a report to the CAFT concerning allegations of the denial of academic freedom and tenure by a faculty member of an AALS – accredited law school.