December 2020


Ellen Marrus, Children and Juvenile Justice (3d ed. 2021).

Ellen Marrus, Teacher’s Manual: Children and Juvenile Justice (3d ed. 2021).


Seth J. Chandler, Foreword, Medicare For All: The Need for a Long Approach, 20 Hous. J. Health L. & Pol'y 1 (2020).
Lonny Hoffman & Erin Horan Mendez, Wrongful Removals, 71 Fla. L. Rev. F. 220 (2020). 
Trina Jones & Jessica L. Roberts, Genetic Race? DNA Ancestry Tests, Racial Identity, and the Law, 120 Colum. L. Rev. 1929 (2020).

Short Form & Online

Megan Davis et al., Collected Wisdom: Teaching During the Time of COVID, Teaching Methods Section AALS Newsl., Dec. 2020, at 4.

Victor Flatt & Joel Mintz, Trump Damaged the EPA. Here's How Michael Regan Can Rebuild It and Advance Equitable Environmental Protections, CPR Blog (Dec. 18, 2020).

Victor Flatt et al., Report on the Repeal of the Clean Water Rule and its Replacement with the Navigable Waters Protection Rule to Define Waters of the United States (WOTUS), External Env’t Econ. Advisory Comm. (2020).


Our colleagues shared the following offers for publication:

Renee Knake Jefferson & Anthony Johnstone, Conversations in Constitutional Law (forthcoming).   

Renee Knake Jefferson & Hannah Brenner Johnson, Shortlisted: Women in the Shadows of the Supreme Court (2d ed. forthcoming March 2022). 

Albertus Accolades

Leonard M. Baynes hosted the Law Center’s annual holiday coffee on December 9. Baynes offered holiday greetings and words of encouragement via video to Law Center faculty, staff, and alumni who gathered virtually, due to COVID-19, to network and celebrate the holidays. 

Megan Davis presented “Crash and Burn? The Meeting of Practice and Academia,” with Jonathan Brush at the Legal Writing Institute One Day Conference, hosted by the Mitchell Hamline School of Law on December 4. 

Victor Flatt moderated the Transition in Law and Governance Webinar – Greening the Supply Chain panel on December 17. Professor Flatt was honored with the University of Houston 50-in-5 Faculty Scholarship Award for National Recognition. 
Whitney Heard presented "An Effective Strategy for Transforming First-Year Students into Effective Writers," at the Legal Writing Institute One-Day Workshop hosted by the University of South Dakota Knudson School of Law on December 9.
Geoffrey A. Hoffman spoke at the Sam Williamson Fellowship Family Overview organized by Dean Sondra Tennessee along with other clinic professors and students about updates to the immigration clinic and current cases. Hoffman also participated in article selection and edited an article for the AILA Law Journal as a member of their board of editors. Professor Hoffman coauthored a brief to the US Supreme Court on an emergency stay application. 
Lonny Hoffman co-authored amicus briefs for two United States Supreme Court cases, BP, P.L.C., et al. v. Mayor and City Council of Baltimore and Boeing v. Wood.

Renee Knake Jefferson signed a contract with West Academic Publishing for a new casebook, tentatively titled Conversations in Constitutional Law, co-authored with University of Montana law professor Anthony Johnstone. She was honored with the University of Houston 50-in-5 Faculty Scholarship Award for National Recognition. She spoke at the Counsel for In-House Intellectual Property Association Annual Meeting about her book Shortlisted: Women in the Shadows of the Supreme Court, which was named a top book on the Supreme Court for 2020 by the National Law Journal. Her op-ed on Ruth Bader Ginsburg was recognized by CNN as one of fifty op-eds that told the story of 2020. Finally, NYU Press secured a second edition of Shortlisted, with a new introduction, out in paperback March 2022.

Sapna Kumar was honored with the University of Houston 50-in-5 Faculty Scholarship Award for National Recognition. 
David Kwok joined a group of criminal law professors in filing an amicus brief in the case of Crystal Mason v. State of Texas concerning the criminalization of illegible voting.
Andrew Michaels authored an amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court case of United States v. Arthrex, Inc.

James Nelson was honored with the University of Houston 50-in-5 Faculty Scholarship Award for National Recognition. 
Laura Oren was a panelist for the “May Her Memory Be a Revolution:  The Life and Legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” lecture, sponsored by the Rice Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Rice University Jewish Studies, University of Houston Jewish Studies, and the Jewish Community Center (Rabbi Samantha Safran) on December 8.

D. Theodore Rave was honored with the University of Houston 50-in-5 Faculty Scholarship Award for National Recognition.  

Jessica L. Roberts was honored with the University of Houston 50-in-5 Faculty Scholarship Award for her Book “Healthism: Health-Status Discrimination and the Law.” 

Lauren Simpson presented "Onward and Upward: Applying 2020’s Design and Delivery Innovations to Strengthen Future Courses" at the Legal Writing Institute One-Day Workshop hosted by the Appalachian School of Law on December 11.  In this talk, Professor Simpson discussed some of the innovative changes she adopted for her 1L Lawyering Skills and Strategies course during the fall 2020 semester and explained how those innovations could be used to strengthen future courses.

Amanda Watson was a guest speaker at the University of Washington iSchool where she discussed Controlled Digital Lending. She was also part of a panel at the University of Maryland Law Library about Law Library Management.
Bret Wells was elected a member of the American Law Institute effective as of December 17.

In Memoriam


"Particularly in this day and age, his fidelity to what he believed, irrespective of what others thought, is how I will remember him." - Professor David Dow

Selected scholarship of Professor Peter Linzer: 

6 Peter Linzer, Corbin on Contracts (Joseph M. Perillo rev. ed. 2010)
Peter Linzer, A Contracts Anthology (2d ed. 1995)
4 Peter Linzer, State Bar of Texas Pattern Jury Charges (1990, 1992, 1993)
Peter Linzer, Dissenting Opinions, in Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court (David Spinoza Tanenhaus, 2008)
Peter Linzer, Validity, in Contratación Internacional — Comentarios a los Principios sobre los Contratos Comerciales Internacionales del UNIDROIT (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and Universidad Panamericana 1998)
Peter Linzer, Precise Meaning and Open Texture in Legal Writing and Reading, in Computing Power and Legal Language (Charles Walter 1988)
Adam J. Levitin, Nancy S. Kim, Christina L. Kunz, Peter Linzer, Patricia A. McCoy, Juliet M. Moringiello, Elizabeth A. Renuart & Lauren E. Willis, The Faulty Foundation of the Draft Restatement of Consumer Contracts, 36 Yale J. on Reg. 447 (2019)
Peter Linzer, Compulsory Arbitration and Adhesion Contracts in the Age of Donald Trump, 48 St. Mary's L. Rev. 277 (2016)
Peter Linzer, Contract As Evil, 66 Hastings LJ. 971 (2015)
Peter Linzer & Donna L. Huffman, Unjust Impoverishment: Using Restitution Reasoning in Today’s Mortgage Crisis, 68 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 949 (2011)
Deborah Burand, Kojo Yelpaala & Peter Linzer, Teaching Transactional Skills and Law in an International Context, 12 Transactions: Tenn. J. of Bus. L. 275 (2011) 
Peter Linzer, “Implied,” “Inferred,” and “Imposed”: Default Rules and Adhesion Contracts – the Need for Radical Surgery, 28 Pace L. Rev. 195 (2008)
Peter Linzer, From the Gutenberg Bible to Internet Neutrality – How Technology Makes Law and Why English Majors Need to Understand It, 39 McGeorge L. Rev. 1 (2008)
Larry Garvin, Peter Linzer, Hila Keren, Randy Barnett, Joseph Perillo, David Campbell & Wayne Barnes, Theory and Anti-Theory in the Work of Allen Farnsworth, 13 Tex. Wesleyan L. Rev. 1 (2006)
Peter Linzer, Hadley v. Baxendale and the Seamless Web of Law, 11 Tex. Wesleyan L. Rev. 225 (2005) 
Peter Linzer, Teaching Contracts Transactionally – Introduction, 14 U. Tol. L. Rev. 685 (2003)
Peter Linzer, The Comfort of Certainty: Plain Meaning and the Parol Evidence Rule, 71 Fordham L. Rev. 799 (2002)
Peter Linzer, Rough Justice: A Theory of Restitution and Reliance, Contracts and Torts, 2001 Wis. L. Rev. 695 (2001)
Peter Linzer, Consider Consideration, 44 St. Louis L.J.1317 (2000)
Peter Linzer, Non-[“Un-”?]American Law and the Core Curriculum, 72 Tulane L. Rev. 2031 (1998)
Peter Linzer, The UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts: Should American Lawyers Pull Their Hair Out Over Them?, 13 Tex. Transnat’l L.Q. 2 (1997)
Peter Linzer, Law's Unity—An Essay for the Master Contortionist, 90 Nw. U. L. Rev. 183 (1995)
Peter Linzer, The Carolene Products Footnote and the Preferred Position of Individual Rights: Louis Lusky and John Hart Ely vs. Harlan Fiske Stone, 12 Const. Comment. 277 (1995)
Peter Linzer, Who Owns the Company?: Rethinking Capitalism for the Twenty-First Century, 3 Res. in L. and Pol’y Stud. 217 (1995)
Peter Linzer, White Liberal Looks at Racist Speech, 65 St. John's L. Rev. 187 (1991), reprinted in Speaking Freely -pages- (H. M. Holzer, ed. 1994))
Patricia A. Tidwell & Peter Linzer, The Flesh Colored Band-Aid: Contracts, Feminism, Dialogue and Norms, 28 Hous. L. Rev. 791 (1991) 
Peter Linzer & Patricia A. Tidwell, Letter to David Dow—Friendly Critic and Critical Friend, 28 Hous. L. Rev. 861 (1991)
Peter Linzer, Is the First Amendment a Middle-Class Luxury?, 29 Hous. Law. 18 (Nov.-Dec. 1991)
Peter Linzer, Why Bother With State Bills of Rights?, 68 Tex. L. Rev. 1573 (1990)
Peter Linzer, Uncontracts: Contorts, Context and the Relational Approach, 1988 Ann. Surv. Am. L. 139 (1988)
Peter Linzer, Is Consent the Essence of Contract?—Replying to Four Critics, 1988 Ann. Surv. Am. L. 213 (1988)
Peter Linzer, The Decline of Assent: At-Will Employment as a Case Study of the Breakdown of Private Law Theory, 20 Ga. L. Rev. 323 (1986), excerpted in Problems in Contract Law 551-53 (Charles L. Knapp & Nathan M. Crystal 3d ed. 1993)
Peter Linzer, On the Amorality of Contract Remedies—Efficiency, Equity, and the Second Restatement, 81 Colum. L. Rev. 111 (1981), reprinted in International Library of Essays in Law & Legal Theory, Contracts Vol. II (L. Alexander, ed. 1991)
Peter Linzer, The Meaning of Certiorari Denials, 79 Colum. L. Rev. 1227 (1979), excerpted in The Federal Courts and the Federal System 1860-63 (Henry M. Hart Jr. & Herbert Wechsler 3d ed. 1988)
Peter Linzer, Law for Them and Medicine for Us—A "Counterdisciplinary" Approach to Learning, 55 U. Det. J. Urb. L. 113 (1977)
Short Form
Amicus Curiae Brief in the United States Supreme Court
Brief of Professor Peter Linzer as Amicus Curiae in Support of Respondents in suggesting that the Court dismiss the writ of certiorari as improvidently granted, in DIRECTV, Inc. v. Amy Imburgia, et al., No. 14-462 (Cal. Ct. App. July 24, 2015).

Book Reviews
Peter Linzer, The Court Years 1939-1975 by William O. Douglas, 58 U. Det. J. Urb. L. 561 (1981)
Peter Linzer, The Supreme Court and the Future of American Democracy by Walter Berns, 55 U. Det. J. Urb. L. 225 (1977)

Blog Entries
Peter Linzer, That Was No Contract. That Was My Lunch, Law Professor Blog (May, 2013)
Peter Linzer, A Historical Introduction to the Law of Obligations by David Ibbetson, JURIST (2000)
Peter Linzer, The Modern Law of Estoppel by Elizabeth Cooke, JURIST (2000)
Peter Linzer, Corbin, Crosskey & Erie v. Tompkins, JURIST  

Service to the profession
Peter Linzer served as the Editorial Reviser for the Restatement Second of Contracts in 1981.
Linzer was a member of the State Bar of Texas Pattern Jury Charge Committee for Business Torts, Consumer and Employment Contracts from 1986 to 1994.
He joined the American Law Institute as an Elected Member in 1991 and became a Life Member in 2016.
Linzer was as a Member of the Members Consultative Group on the American Law Institute Restatement Third of Restitution and Unjust Enrichment from 1999 to 2010.
He served as the Chair of the Contracts Section of the Association of American Law Schools from 2002 to 2003.
At the lime of his passing, he was a member of the Members Consultative Groups for the ALI Restatement Third of the Law of Consumer Contracts, ALI Principles of Data Privacy Law, ALI Restatement Third of The U.S. Law of International Commercial Arbitration, and ALI Project on Election Law.
Linzer also served as a Faculty Senator at the University of Houston over several periods, 1999-2000, 2001-04, 2005-08, and 2012-Present.  

Read more about the life and legacy of Professor Linzer.

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