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


Editor, Katy Stein Badeaux, kastein@central.uh.edu


Previous editions of Faculty Focus can be accessed here.


December 2013



Julian Cardenas conducted a workshop on International Investment Treaties and Transnational Petroleum Law at Weatherford International, Houston, on December 6. The program included training on applicable law in transnational petroleum contracts and the review of arbitral jurisprudence in the petroleum industry, in light of the existence of a transnational legal order of the petroleum sector, the lex petrolea.

Barbara Evans’ article on minimizing liability risks under the recent American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics guidelines for return of results from genome and exome sequencing is featured in the December print issue of Nature’s Genetics in Medicine. Her article, Seven Pillars of a New Evidentiary Paradigm, 85 Notre Dame Law Review 419 (2010) was cited in a brief that former FDA Commissioners Donald Kennedy and David A. Kessler filed with the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this year as Amici Curiae in support of the respondent in Mutual Pharmaceutical Co. v. Bartlett.  In December, Professor Evans completed a White Paper (with co-authors Deven McGraw and Kristen Rosati) examining privacy compliance in randomization studies using a large health data network, and she is contributing sections to the report of the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Ethics Principles and Guidelines for Health Standards for Long Duration and Exploration Spaceflight. On December 3 she attended a meeting with leadership of the Harris Health System/Harris County Hospital District hosted by the UH Division of Research.  On December 7, Professor Evans and co-authors Wylie Burke and Gail Jarvik submitted revisions of their article, Return of Results: Research vs. Clinical Care, to the American Journal of Medical Genetics.  Professor Evans’ forthcoming article, Mining the Human Genome after Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, is scheduled to appear online ahead of print in Genetics in Medicine by mid-December, and she has been invited to prepare an article on a related topic for a special issue on next-generation sequencing to appear in the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics.

Tracy Hester’s article, A Matter of Scale: Regional Climate Engineering and the Shortfalls of Multinational Governance, was published in Carbon & Climate Law Review. He was also voted chair of the Texas Environmental Research Consortium for 2014 and attended the Fall meeting in Baltimore as a member of the Council of the ABA’s Section on Environment, Energy & Resources.

Geoffrey Hoffman was interviewed by KUHF’s Houston Matters. The audio clip is available at http://www.houstonmatters.org/segments/segment-a/2013/12/04/how-immigration-policy-affects-houston. 

Professor Hoffman’s work on a BIA appeal which resulted in a remand based on particular social group was recognized by Lexis Nexis – Legal Newsroom: http://www.lexisnexis.com/legalnewsroom/immigration/b/insidenews/archive/2013/11/21/bia-on-social-group-ghana-unpub.aspx. Professor Hoffman was also quoted in article available on CNBC.com regarding comprehensive immigration reform: http://www.cnbc.com/id/101215012. 


Craig Joyce and Douglas Moll prepared the once-every-seven-years ABA Reaccreditation Self-Study Report, which was approved by the faculty unanimously. 


Ray Nimmer made a presentation to the Faculty at the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville on November 14 on the “Future of Legal Education.”  He also delivered the Stallings Lecture, open to the bar, the faculty and students in Louisville, on “Intersection of Commercial and Intellectual Property Law and Practice”.  The paper on which this speech was based will be published by the Louisville Law Review. Former Dean Nimmer also participated in drafting an amicus brief filed in the Second Circuit in Viacom International, Inc. v. YouTube, Inc., with three other academics.  His 80 page update to his Information Law book was completed and submitted to the publisher.  He participated in a meeting of the Academic Advisory Committee (of which he is member) of the Motion Picture Association of America on November 1. 


Michael A. Olivas presented “A Primer on Latino Civil Rights Litigation in Texas, Post WWII” at a UH/Houston Metropolitan Research Center Conference, President John F. Kennedy, LULAC, and the Mexican American Vote on November 20.


Jordan Paust submitted the Teachers’ Manual for Paust, Bassiouni, Scharf, Sadat, Gurule, Zagaris, International Criminal Law (4th ed. 2013) to Carolina Academic Press.


Barbara Stalder and Janet Heppard presented at the AFCC regional meeting in Kansas City, Missouri on the effects of parental prescription drug abuse on child custody matters.


Sandra Guerra Thompson, in her capacity as Director of the Criminal Justice Institute, organized a federal sentencing symposium at the Law Center on November 14-15.  The symposium will produce an introductory article and five law review articles by five of the top federal sentencing academics and a former chair of the United States Sentencing Commission.  These pieces will be published in the spring in a special edition of the Houston Law Review, which co-sponsored the event.  The program included commentary by many leading local federal practitioners including two federal district court judges, as well as the Federal Public Defender and the Chief of the Criminal Division at the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Chiefs of the Appellate Divisions of both of those offices.  On December 3rd, Professor Thompson was quoted in an article on the FOX Business website on the practice of using shaming punishments to deter bad driving.