November 2019


Denney Wright, Oil and Gas Tax: A Comprehensive Study (2019).


Barbara J. Evans & Susan M. Wolf, A Faustian Bargain That Imperils People�s Rights to See Their Own Personal Information, 71 Fla. L. Rev. 1281 (2019). 
Victor Flatt, Will the Means Justify the Ends of Environmental Law?: Environmental Law Must Undergo Reasoned Legislative Debate, 9 Ariz. J. Envtl. L. & Pol�y 125 (2019). 
Victor Flatt & Richard O. Zerbe, Climate Change Common Law Nuisance Suits: A Legal Efficiency Analysis, 49 Envtl. L. 683 (2019).
Alissa Rubin Gomez, Learning to Love Pro Bono: A Practical Recipe for Engaging Law Students, Second Draft, Fall 2019, at 14. 
Geoffrey A. Hoffman, Litigation Post-Pereira: Where Are We Now?, 1 AILA L.J. 135 (2019). 
Lonny Hoffman, Pereira's Aftershocks, 61 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 1 (2019).
D. Theodore Rave & Andrew D. Bradt, It's Good to Have the Haves on Your Side: A Defense of Repeat Players in Multidistrict Litigation, 108 Geo. L.J. 73 (2019).

Short Form & Online Publications

Tracy Hester & Elizabeth George, " The Top Five Legal Barriers To Carbon Capture And Sequestration In Texas," Forbes Blog (November 19, 2019).
Geoffrey Hoffman, �Reliance Interests and Future DACA Litigation,� Immig. Prof Blog (Nov. 2019).

Sarah Morath, How an Old Law Is Helping Fight New Plastic Problems, The Revelator (November 18, 2019).


Our colleagues shared the following offers for publication:

Leah FowlerReadability and Accessibility of Terms of Service and Privacy Policies for Menstruation-Tracking Smartphone Applications (with Stephanie Morain and Charlotte Gillard) Health Promotion Prac. (forthcoming).

Barbara J. Evans, The Perils of Parity: Should Citizen Science and Traditional Research Follow the Same Ethical and Privacy Principles?, forthcoming in J.L. Med. & Ethics, 48(Supp. 1), 2020, available at

Mark A. Rothstein, John Wilbanks, Laura Beskow, Kathleen Brelsford, Kyle Brothers, Megan Doerr, Barbara J. Evans, Catherine Hammack, Michelle McGowan & Stacey A. Tovino, Unregulated Health Research Using Mobile Devices: Ethical Considerations and Policy Recommendations, forthcoming in J.L. Med & Ethics, 48(Supp. 1), 2020, available at

Albertus Accolades

Leonard Baynes gave welcoming remarks at the November 1 Prospective Law Student Symposium and Law School Fair. He attended the 51st Anniversary CLEO Honors Award Reception in Washington, DC on November 7 where he was recognized as a CLEO EDGE Education Honoree. On November 8, Dean Baynes was presented with the John Mercer Langston Legal Education Leadership Award during the 15th Annual National Black Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair, held at Columbia Law School. He also attended the Spouses of Houston Barrister�s Scholarship Gala on November 9 and was recognized as an Honoree for his contributions to the local bar and legal education. On November 12 Dean Baynes gave welcoming remarks and introduced alumna Mercedes K. Meyer, JD, PhD, Partner at Drinker Biddle in Washington, DC, who was the third and final guest speaker for the 2019 Fall Diversity & Inclusion Lecture Series. Dean Baynes attended the November 14 UH Board of Regents meeting to present the Law Center�s admissions standards modification proposal and participated in the Reunion Weekend Kick-off activities November 15 attending the Golden Anniversary Reunion luncheon for classes 1950-1969 at Backstreet Caf� and later that evening the all class reunion and alumni reception at Le Colonial. On November 19, Law Center faculty, staff, and students joined Dean Baynes in a taping of Stand Against Hate video: Peace. The video was coordinated by Carrie Criado and the Law Center Communications and Marketing Department.

Emily Berman presented �The Secondary Effects of Executive Branch Legal Opinions� at the Loyola-Chicago Annual Constitutional Law Colloquium on November 8, and at the Duke University Faculty Workshop Series on November 18. She also appeared on Houston�s KHOU to discuss the possibility of an obstruction charge based on a tweet by President Trump during the impeachment hearings.
David Dow was the keynote speaker at the �Local Literati� event during the Jewish Book and Arts Festival in Houston, where he discussed his debut novel, �Confessions of an Innocent Man.� He also discussed the book at CommonPoint Queens in New York on November 12.
Barbara Evans and Arti K. Rai�s abstract on �Product Liability Risks and Defenses for FDA-Regulated AI/ML Software� has been accepted for the 2020 Annual Conference of the Petrie-Flom Center at Harvard Law School. Professor Evans participated in various teleconferences to develop public comments regarding the FDA�s proposed guidance on clinical decision support and genomic bioinformatics software.
Victor Flatt gave a presentation entitled �Offshore Wind, LNG, and Renewable Energy� at the Blank Rome Energy Industry Update in Pittsburgh on November 7. He also presented �Climate Change and its Impact on Houston: Legal and Policy Drivers� to Stanford alumni in Houston on November 11.

Janet Heppard participated in a panel discussion entitled �How to Be a Pro Bono Ad Litem� at the Unaccompanied Children Immigration CLE for the Harris County Attorney�s office and sponsored by the Children�s Immigration Law Academy. In addition, Professor Heppard continued her work with Girl Scout leaders at their Fall Volunteer Conference, where she taught leaders about Daisy/Brownie Ecology Badges, the fundamentals of archery, and how to use a map and compass. At the end of the month she co-managed the archery range for one of the local Boy Scout troops at their Thanksgiving campout.
Tracy Hester gave a presentation entitled "Climate Liability and Environmental Insurance" at the Annual Joint Conference of the American College of Coverage Counsel and the American College of Environmental Lawyers in Fort Lauderdale on November 1. He participated in �Perspectives on Incident Response and Crisis Management,� sponsored by King & Spalding in Houston on November 5. He gave a guest lecture on "Orientation to Climate Intervention Law� at Texas A&M University on November 7. He presented "The Environmental Rule of Law in International Claims" and "Climate Liability Litigation and the Indian Public Interest Litigation Model" at the Global Law Conference on Environmental Law at Chandigarh University in India on November 16-17. He joined the UH Energy Symposium on the Future of Plastics presentation and speakers dinner. He also took his Environmental Law class for an on-site visit to the Valero Energy refinery in Houston with its in-house corporate environmental legal team on November 8.
Geoffrey Hoffman appeared on Texas Standard to discuss the U.S. Supreme Court case of Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California, regarding the Trump administration�s attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Professor Hoffman was also quoted in a Houston Chronicle article about the case. He attended a reception at the Holocaust Museum Houston, and gave a lecture on naturalization at the University of Houston Honors College.

Zachary Kaufman presented his article �Legislating Atrocity Prevention� to the American Bar Association (ABA)-Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Criminal Justice Sections in Washington, DC on November 7, to the Federal Bureau of Investigation on November 12, at the Boston University Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies on November 13, at the International Studies Association Midwest Annual Conference in St. Louis on November 23, and at Monash University Law School in Melbourne, Australia on November 27. He presented his article �Protectors of Predators or Prey: Bystanders and Upstanders amid Sexual Crimes� at South Texas College of Law Houston on November 15. He presented his article �Lessons from Rwanda: Post-Genocide Law and Policy� at the Harvard University Department of Government on November 13, and at the University of Houston Department of Political Science on November 14. He was cited in an NBC News article about a Boston College student charged with involuntary manslaughter in the suicide of her boyfriend. Professor Kaufman appeared on Houston Public Media�s Briefcase with Dean Leonard Baynes on November 19 to discuss bad Samaritan laws. On November 7, University of Houston Provost Paula Myrick Short awarded Professor Kaufman one of the provost's competitive, $5,000 "50-in-5 Awards" to support his research on bystanders and upstanders.
Andrew Michaels participated in a panel discussion entitled �No Limit! The Extraterritorial Reach of Patent Damages� at the California Lawyers Association�s 44th Annual Intellectual Property Section Institute in Las Vegas.
Thomas Oldham�s work was cited repeatedly in the reporter's notes in the current draft of the Restatement (Third) of Conflict of Laws.

Irene Ten Cate gave a presentation entitled �Arbitral Judging� at the American Society of International Law (ASIL) Research Forum in New York, where she also participated in a panel on �New Techniques in International Litigation and Adjudication.�
Elizabeth Trujillo was invited to be a discussant and moderator for a panel on �Regulatory Systems and International Law� at the American Society of International Law (ASIL) Research Forum, held at Brooklyn Law School on November 7-9.
Gina Warren was appointed by Provost Short to serve on the University of Houston�s Institute for Sustainable Energy and Energy Security Committee. The University received a landmark $50 million gift from an anonymous donor to hire distinguished faculty to establish and support four new institutes that will address crucial challenges in the areas of energy, infrastructure, population health, and global engagement.
Amanda Watson was named the chair of the Re-branding Task Force for the Computing Services Special Interest Section of the American Association of Law Libraries.
Jacqueline Weaver was awarded a Fulbright Specialist grant to teach at the National Law Center of Jodhpur in Rajasthan, India in February 2020.
Bret Wells participated in a panel on �International Implications of the TCJA for the Oil and Gas Industry� at the Parker Fielder Oil and Gas Taxation Conference on November 21.
Kellen Zale gave a presentation entitled "Does Aldermanic Privilege Undermine Zoning Reforms?" on November 16 at Suffolk University Law School, as part of the Zoning Reform Roundtable.

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