Albertus Accolades

June 2018

Editor, Robert N. Clark, Reference/Research Librarian

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Albertus Accolades is a monthly publication documenting the activities, accomplishments, and honors of the University of Houston Law Center faculty and staff.

Leonard Baynes gave a presentation on June 3 at the Bar Prep Workshop class organized by Clinical Assistant Professor Lisa Tilton-McCarthy. On June 5, Dean Baynes taught “Race and the Law” as part of the Law Center’s Pre-Law Pipeline Program. He attended the LL.M. Admitted Student Reception hosted by Graduate Legal Studies on June 8 in the Hendricks Heritage Room. On June 18, he facilitated a panel session at the Inaugural HEED Award Summit titled, “Recruiting and Retaining Diverse Students.” The two-day event was held at the Hilton University of Houston. On June 21, Dean Baynes hosted an Alumni & Friends Reception where over 110 Texas-area alumni and guests gathered at The Grove in Houston to network and hear an update about the Law Center. The event took place during the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting. On June 27, Dean Baynes and UH Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Paula M. Short listened as Pipeline students discussed their interest in law school during a meet-and-greet in the Hendricks Heritage room. Dean Baynes and Provost Short offered words of encouragement to the undergrads as they consider their future educational opportunities in the Pre-Law Pipeline Program at the University of Houston Law Center.

Katherine Brem was appointed to serve on the Legal Writing Institute’s Global Legal Skills Committee. The appointment comes as Brem is slated to participate in a panel discussion on behalf of the committee at the LWI Biennial Conference in July. Brem and the panelists will discuss best practices in teaching international LLM students. These students often have extensive practice experience and already “think like lawyers” – but not necessarily like U.S. lawyers. In fact, they frequently work primarily with codes and prefer abstract reasoning and indirect rhetorical styles. The panel has been invited to discuss strategies for developing syllabi and research and writing exercises uniquely suited to the cohort.

David R. Dow's most recent book, Confessions of an Innocent Man, is slated to be published by Dutton in April 2019. He was the guest on a French podcast, hosted by Olivier Larvor and Keith Clarke, and discussed the death penalty in America. The podcast is available here.

Barbara Evans addressed the opening plenary session of the Curating the Clinical Genome conference at Cambridge University late in May, and she spoke about financial, legal, and ethical challenges with patient data ownership before the National Academy of Medicine’s Digital Learning Collaborative in Washington on June 28. She participated in the annual meeting of the NSF-funded BRAIN Industry/University Collaborative Research Consortium, hosted by the UH Cullen College of Engineering. On July 5, her reply letter to a group of researchers who oppose genomic civil rights will be published in the American Journal of Human Genetics. Her co-edited book volume, Transparency in Health and Health Care in the United States, goes to press at Cambridge University Press on July 6. During June, she participated in conference calls of the privacy and data quality working groups of the NIH-funded LawSeq project. 

Victor Flatt presented his paper “Costs of Commodification” (with Michael Pappas) at the tenth annual meeting of the Society for Environmental Law and Economics on June 16. He will also be teaching Administrative Law during July at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland.

Christopher Heard presented at the Teaching Transactional Law and Skills Sixth Biennial Conference at Emory University School of Law on the topic “Teaching Law Practice Management in a Transactional Clinic Using Student-Led Projects.” He also served as a panelist on “Essential Resources for Entrepreneurs” at the Next GEN ENERGY X Innovation & Entrepreneurship Program for University of Houston and Texas Southern University students.

Geoffrey Hoffman was recognized by the Opinion/Analysis on Immigration Law blog as being among the counsel for the respondents in the recently decided case in Matter of W-Y-C- & H-O-B-. Professor Hoffman was interviewed by Houston Public Media regarding the recent action of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who overruled a Board of Immigration Appeals decision. As a result of the action, applicants will face a much narrower path to proving their cases for asylum. Professor Hoffman was interviewed by KHOU regarding family separations under the Trump administration and how the policy is different from policies under the Obama administration. He appeared on WBUR’s Here & Now to discuss the U.S. asylum system. He appeared on KPRC-TV’s Houston Newsmakers to discuss immigration law and the separation of families entering the United States. He appeared on KPRC-TV to discuss the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Trump v. Hawaii, which upheld President Trump’s executive order restricting travel to the U.S. from seven majority Muslim countries. Professor Hoffman was interviewed on Houston Public Media’s Houston Matters to discuss Trump v. Hawaii and other immigration issues. He was quoted in a Houston Chronicle article regarding a judicial ruling ordering the government to restore contact between immigrant parents and children in its custody. He was also quoted in an article available on CNBC’s website discussing problems with immigration reform efforts in Congress.

Renee Knake spoke about her book Shortlisted: Women, Diversity and the Supreme Court (forthcoming NYU Press) at the Law & Society Annual Meeting in Toronto, June 9. Her new casebook Legal Ethics for the Real World: Building Skills Through Case Study was published by Foundation Press. Her essay “Abolishing Death” was published by the Duke Journal of Constitutional Law and Public Policy.

Sapna Kumar was a panelist for an American Bar Association webinar on "How to Leverage Administrative Law Principles for More Effective Advocacy Before the USPTO." She discussed how administrative law principles apply in patent proceedings.

David Kwok’s article “The Public Wrong of Whistleblower Retaliation” was published in the Hastings Law Journal last month. He presented a forthcoming paper, “Is Vagueness Choking the White Collar Statute,” at the National Business Law Scholars Conference, which was held at the University of Georgia School of Law.

Ryan Marquez gave a presentation on identity theft and consumer fraud at Blueridge Baptist Church’s Senior Citizen Workshop on June 30. The presentation focused on how to prevent identity theft, what to do if you are an identity theft victim, and how to protect against consumer fraud using contractor issues arising from Hurricane Harvey as an example.

Ellen Marrus spent the Spring 2018 semester teaching at Swansea University’s Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law. She assisted with the start of the first academically accredited Street Law program in Wales and a newly formed course on research with children. The time in Wales helped further a children’s rights research agenda. In May Professor Marrus’ book Rights, Race, and Reform: 50 Years of Child Advocacy in the Juvenile Justice System was published by Routledge Publishing and released in the United States and Europe. In June she was able to present to the World Congress on Justice for Children. Her presentation was entitled "The Role of the Lawyer for Children in Conflict With the Law; Holistic Representation: Better Outcomes for Youth." There were almost 1,000 participants from over 90 countries attending the Congress. Following the World Congress there was a meeting of North American countries to discuss the rights of children in North America and collaboration efforts to improve representation and outcomes for children. Also, in June Professor Marrus attended the Inaugural Texas Children’s Rights Summit held in Houston and sponsored by Baker & McKenzie and presented at the Arizona Public Defender Association’s Annual conference on Juvenile Defense Ethics. The Center for Children, Law & Policy is sponsoring two events this summer – Train the Trainer for Juvenile Training Immersion Program (by invitation only) and the annual Zealous Advocacy Program for juvenile defense attorneys which is scheduled for August 9-10 at the University of Houston Law Center. Professor Marrus will also be presenting at the upcoming National Association of Counsel for Children’s annual conference on August 22-25 in San Antonio.

Rick McElvaney appeared on Fox 26 Television’s The Isiah Factor to discuss a recent SCOTUS decision on sports gambling. He also appeared on Houston Public Media’s Houston Matters to discuss sports gambling.

Michael A. Olivas participated in the IHELG Houston Higher Education Finance Roundtable, an annual seminar for six pre-tenured faculty with research interests in college finance. The program alternates with the Law Roundtable. He also taught a sample class for the UTEP Prelaw Program.

The O’Quinn Law Library presented a four-hour CLE program, “Specialized Legal Research for the Generalist,” at the Law Center on June 1. The program, which drew over 70 attendees, consisted of four training sessions: “Using Legal Research to Fulfill your Ethical Obligations,” presented by Amanda Watson; “Tax Law Research,” presented by Chris Dykes; “Immigration Law Research,” presented by Dan Donahue; and “Health Law Research,” presented by Emily Lawson and Robert Clark. The librarians also presented guest lectures to students in the Law Center’s Pre-Law Pipeline Program. Chris Dykes provided an introduction to “Legal Research Methods” on June 1; Emily Lawson lectured on “American Legal Research Practice” on June 4; and Chris Dykes, Katy Badeaux, and UHLC alumna Brittany Morris-Easley co-taught a two hour in-depth training session on “Research Methods” on June 28.

Teddy Rave’s paper “It’s Good to Have the ‘Haves’ on Your Side: A Defense of Repeat Players in Aggregate Litigation” (with Andrew Bradt) was selected for presentation at the Fourth Annual Civil Procedure Workshop at Stanford Law School in November and at the Tenth Annual Junior Faculty Federal Courts Workshop at the University of Oklahoma College of Law in September. And he posted a draft of his book chapter “Two Problems of Fiduciary Governance,” forthcoming in Fiduciary Government (Evan J. Criddle, Evan Fox-Decent, Andrew S. Gold, Sung Hui Kim & Paul B. Miller eds., Cambridge University Press), to SSRN.

Lauren Simpson continues her community service in support of pollinator conservation and urban wildscaping. At the June 2 Planting for Pollinators workshop, co-sponsored by the Katy Prairie Conservancy and the Houston Audubon Society, Glenn Olsen and Simpson discussed why native plants matter for pollinators and how to create beneficial and beautiful home gardens using natives. A recording of Simpson’s presentation may be accessed on the Katy Prairie Conservancy’s Facebook community. On June 9, Simpson spoke briefly to volunteers at the Heights Hike and Bike Trail Cleanup about pollinator conservation. On June 11, Simpson taught tweens about saving pollinators by gardening with native plants during a presentation at the Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library. And on June 21, Simpson gave a presentation entitled “A Love Affair with Pollinators: Confessions of a Citizen Scientist” at the Native Plant Society of Texas–Houston Chapter’s monthly meeting, the recording for which will soon be available here. And finally, Simpson has accepted an invitation to speak on wildscaping with native plants at the May 2019 meeting of the Native Plant Society of Texas–Clear Lake Chapter.

William Streng participated as an invited Associate Member (i.e., non-European) of the European Association of Tax Law Professors at its annual conference in Zurich, Switzerland during the period June 7-9.

Greg Vetter represented the Law Center and IPIL at the Tuesday evening, May 1, dinner of the Honorable Nancy F. Atlas Intellectual Property American Inn of Court in Houston. In his capacity as Associate Dean he represented the Law Center at the event honoring former Dean Ray Nimmer on Wednesday evening, May 2, providing remarks for the attendees at that event. He attended the Law Center’s reception honoring Star Jones on Thursday evening, May 10. Ms. Jones delivered the address to graduates at the Law Center’s commencement on May 11, where Associate Dean Vetter attended and participated as a replacement hooder. As part of the Law Center’s new building effort, he attended new building focus groups on May 8 and May 29. He represented the Law Center and IPIL at the May 15 lunch held by the Minority Intellectual Property Law Association (MIPLA), a recently formed Houston-area group. In his capacity as Associate Dean he represented the Law Center by traveling to Austin for an event on Wednesday evening, May 23, the event being a dinner held by the United States Federal Court for the Southern District of Texas in conjunction with the Fifth Circuit Judicial Conference being held in Austin. He traveled to Santa Fe, New Mexico to attend IPIL’s national conference, held on Saturday, June 2, with a focus on trademark law. Returning to Houston, he taught in the Law Center’s pipeline program on Wednesday, June 13, covering a number of topics in the area of intellectual property law. He attended the pipeline program’s guest speaker lunch on Wednesday, June 20. In his capacity as Associate Dean he represented the Law Center at the alumni event on Thursday evening, June 21, providing remarks for the attendees at that event which was held in association with the State Bar of Texas (SBOT) Annual Meeting in Houston. Finally, he represented the Law Center and IPIL at the lunch event on June 22, held by the intellectual property law section of the SBOT in conjunction with the annual meeting in Houston.

Amanda Watson delivered a presentation on “Using Legal Research to Fulfill your Ethical Obligations” at a CLE program for the Harris County Attorney General’s office at the Harris County Law Library on June 21. She also spoke on this topic at the O’Quinn Law Library’s CLE program (see O’Quinn above) on June 1.

Bret Wells presented his work-in-process entitled “Reforming Section 355” to the Texas Tax Faculty Workshop on June 1. The workshop was hosted this year by the Texas Tech University School of Law. Professor Wells lectured on Federal Income Taxation and Oil & Gas Law at the UHLC Pre-Law Pipeline Program on June 11. 

Kellen Zale delivered a presentation on “Sustainability Implications of Local Government Formation and Boundary Change” at the 9th Annual Meeting of the Association of Law, Property, and Society (ALPS) at Maastricht University in the Netherlands on May 31. The following week, she presented her article “Compensating City Councils” at the Midwest Public Affairs Conference at the University of Illinois at Chicago on June 8. She was also quoted in a May 2018 Pew Charitable Trusts article about state and local regulation of short-term rentals.