Focus is a monthly publication documenting the activities, accomplishments, and
honors of the University of Houston Law Center Faculty.
Editor, Dan Baker firstname.lastname@example.org
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was appointed a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the International
Journal on Consumer Law and Practice, a publication of the National Law
School of India University. He spoke at a Loyola Law School Conference on The
Continuing Effects of the Mortgage Crisis on Consumers. As part of the
Conference, he submitted an article to the Loyola Journal of Consumer Law
entitled, The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act Meets Arbitration:
Non-parties and Arbitration. Dean Alderman also spoke to the Mt. Carmel
School, Lone Star College, and the Shriners, and served as MC for the Houston
Interfaith Charities 25th Anniversary Gala.
attended Externships 6, Preparing Lawyers: the Role of Field Placement
-- a conference held earlier this month in Boston, MA. The four-day event
focused on issues in clinical legal education, with special emphasis on placing
students in the most beneficial field externships possible. It covered teaching
models for field placement, international programs, the clinician s work with
students and supervisors, the impact of field placement programs on career
opportunities, and more. The conference, co-sponsored by Harvard Law School
and Northeastern School of Law, featured over 200 attendees from both the U.S.
and abroad. Prof. Bonadero also attended the Morning STAR Breakfast held on
Feb. 28 -- an event sponsored by the Harris County Drug Court Foundation.
Established in 2003 and granted tax exempt status in 2006, the Foundation s
mission is to provide financial support to the Harris County STAR (Success
Through Addiction Recovery) felony drug court program and to raise community
awareness about the life-saving, fiscally responsible activities of the STAR
Program. The event featured a keynote address by Texas Sen. John Whitmire, as
well as testimonials from several of the program s graduates who have gone on
to lead productive, sober lives since successful completion of the program. The
STAR Drug Court s dockets occur at 3:00 p.m. each Monday through Thursday on
the 14th floor of the Criminal Courthouse in downtown Houston. Each fall and
spring semester, Prof. Bonadero brings her internship/externship students on a
field trip to the Court to observe these dockets and learn about the
existence and value of these types of alternative, problem-solving courts. The
students usually find the experience both interesting and inspiring, and the
visits are well-received by the judges, the court staff, and the program s
latest article, Elected Judges and Statutory Interpretation, was accepted for
publication in the University of Chicago Law Review. The article is
co-authored with Ethan Leib of Fordham Law School.
has been invited to give a keynote address at the Genetic Programming, Theory
and Practice Workshop at the University of Michigan in May, 2012. His talk is
provisionally titled, "Evolving Binary Decision Trees That Sound Like
has been elected to the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. He gave two lectures to
the Florida Bar Association on Mar. 16 in Orlando. One was titled "Do
Batson Claims Have Any Teeth in the Eleventh Circuit?", and the other was
called "The Variety of Race-Based Claims in Capital Litigation."
spoke about data access for 21st-century biomedical discovery on Feb. 23 at the
New York University School of Law s Colloquium on Innovation Policy. In
February, her article Much Ado about Data Ownership appeared in the Harvard
Journal of Law & Technology, and her article A Policy Framework for
Public Health Uses of Electronic Health Data (with co-authors Deven McGraw and
Kristin Rosati) appeared in Pharmacoepidemiology & Drug Safety. Her
article The Ethics of Postmarketing Observational Studies of Drug Safety Under
Section 505(o)(3) of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act will be published in the
American Journal of Law & Medicine.
will present his article "The CARD Act on Campus" at a faculty
workshop at the University of South Carolina School of Law on Mar. 22.
article A New Front Blowing In: State Law and the Future of Climate Change
Nuisance Litigation was published in the Spring 2012 issue of the Stanford
Environmental Law Journal. On Feb. 22-23, he co-chaired the second annual
Energy & Environmental Law Institute sponsored by UHLC and the Practicing
Law Institute. Prof. Hester also moderated a symposium on Criminal Enforcement
of Environmental Law: What s the Current Climate? on Jan. 26 as part of
the Andrews Kurth National Moot Court Competition hosted by the Blakely
Advocacy Institute. And on Jan. 19, he moderated a mock U.S. Supreme Court
argument hosted by the EENR Center which featured a bench consisting of the Honorable
Ken Starr, former Texas Supreme Court Justice Tom Phillips, and Environmental
Law Institute President John Cruden.
attended the Community Based Organizations (CBO) meeting at U.S. Citizenship
and Immigration Services in Houston in February. Represented at the meeting
were various pro bono legal aid organizations, such as Catholic Charities and
YMCA, as well as immigration officials. Prof. Hoffman raised issues affecting
immigrants in Houston. The government addressed continuing issues such as
humanitarian parole, court procedures, and problem cases.
organized and hosted a three-day series of events culminating in the Ninth
Annual Baker Botts Lecture, featuring principal remarks by R. Anthony Reese,
Chancellor s Professor of Law at the University of California-Irvine, on What
Does Copyright Law Owe the Future? .
has accepted an offer to publish her article The Accidental Agency? in the Florida
has begun planning the section meeting for the AALS Agency and Unincorporated
Business Associations section. Prof. Moll became the chair of the section this
year. The topic will be The Scholarship of Professor Larry Ribstein. Prof.
Moll has also been asked by West Publishing to take over as editor on Corporations
and Other Business Associations: Statutes, Rules, and Forms.
delivered the keynote lecture for the law review symposium on immigration at St
Mary s Law School, San Antonio. He also served as a respondent for a panel on
early Texas lawyers at the Texas State Historical Society annual conference. In
addition, Prof. Olivas and UHLC adjunct Yocel Alonso conducted a
two-hour CLE on the Law and Business of Rock and Roll, at the Armadillo
Palace, for 100 UHLC alumni and local entertainment lawyers. He raised serious
concerns about the 2011 election of ABBA to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. On
Mar. 8, Prof. Olivas lectured at Harvard Law School on immigration reform
issues, and the next day, spoke in Providence, RI to a legislative study group
about in-state tuition litigation and legislation.
gave a keynote address Feb. 17 at Cornell during the Journal of
International Law s symposium on Forces Without Borders: Non-State Actors
in a Changing Middle East. His paper on International Law, Dignity,
Democracy, and the Arab Spring will be published in vol. 46 of the Journal
and the draft is available at http://ssrn.com/abstract=1991432. Prof. Paust
presented a paper on The Bush-Cheney Legacy: Serial Torture and Forced
Disappearance in Manifest Violation of Global Human Rights Law on Feb. 24 at
Barry University School of Law, which will be published later in vol. 18 of the
Barry Law Review. His Jurist Op-Ed on Supreme Court Precedent
and Corporate Liability for Torture is online at http://www.jurist.org/forum/2012/03/jordan-paust-kiobel.php.
presented her paper "Health Law as Disability Rights Law" to the
faculties of the Cumberland School of Law and the Loyola Law School (New
Orleans) on Feb. 10 and Mar. 8, respectively.
spoke on Recent Developments in Federal Income Taxation at the American Bar
Association Tax Section Mid-winter Meeting in San Diego (held at the under new
management Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel) in February, as well as to an ABA
teleconference on the same topic later that month. He will speak to the Houston
Bar Association Tax Section in March, and to the Houston IRS CPA Society and
the University of North Carolina Tax Institute in April. In July, Prof. Shepard
will speak at the Denver Tax Institute for the 33rd consecutive year. He has
been speaking to the tax departments of various Houston law and CPA firms, but
was not invited to speak at a couple of tax programs in Houston because their
sponsors mistakenly thought his retirement from classroom teaching also meant
his retirement from CLE speaking. This has been balanced by his being invited
to speak at the Oregon Tax Institute and the Idaho State Tax Institute, each
for the first time, later this year. Prof. Shepard continues his monthly talks
to the (Houston) Wednesday Tax Institute, for which he will celebrate his 30th
anniversary this December.
co-presented to the Intellectual Property Student Organization on February 29
on the topic of patent law as it impacts biomedical research. His co presenter
was Professor Jessica Roberts.
completed the 2012 updates to 8 chapters in the treatise: Smith & Weaver, Texas
Law of Oil and Gas. The clash between the Drill, Baby, Drill advocates
and the protect private property rights proponents (over condemnation of land
for pipelines carrying the large quantities of new oil and gas production from
the shale plays in Texas) played out many times in both case law and the 2011
spoke on a webinar for Thomson Reuters ONESOURCE entitled The Obama
Administration and Transfer Pricing Evolutions: Part Three on Feb. 15 and 16.
This webinar was the final in a three-part series of webinars on international
tax reform, and this third webinar specifically addressed the planning
considerations for taxpayers in the current environment. On Feb. 28, Prof.
Wells and Craig Bergez (an adjunct professor with the Law Center)
co-presented their paper entitled Disposable Personal Goodwill, Frosty the
Snowman, and Martin Ice Cream All Melt Away in the Bright Sunlight of Analysis
to the Wednesday Tax Forum. This paper will be published in a forthcoming
edition of the Nebraska Law Review.