October 2021


Renee Knake Jefferson, Lawyer Lies and Political Speech, 131 Yale L.J.F. 114 (2021).  
Kenneth Swift, Five Truths Learned After a Dozen Years of Asynchronous Online Teaching, 65 St. Louis U.L.J. 691 (2021).

Short Form & Online

Ashley Arrington, ‘Learning Styles’ as (Absolute) Neuromyth?, Rsch. Instruction & Patron Servs. Special Int. Section L. Libr. Blog (Oct. 21, 2021). 

Michael A. Olivas, Book Review, 125 Sw. Hist. Q. 217 (2021) (Reviewing Alison Peck, The Accidental History of the US Immigration Courts: War, Fear, and the Roots of Dysfunction (2021)).   

Kellen Zale, Preemption by Executive Order, St. & Loc. Gov’t L. Blog (Sept. 7, 2021).  

Albertus Accolades

Dean Leonard M. Baynes delivered welcoming remarks at the Hispanic Law Alumni virtual Hispanic History Celebration on October 5, 2021. The event was sponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations and Community Engagement and featured Chief Justice Dori Contreras of the Texas 13th Court of Appeals and retired Justice Linda Yanez who also served on that Court. On October 6, Dean Baynes and Professor Tony Chase co-hosted the inaugural Dean’s Diversity Dinner Dialogue, an invitation only meeting that brought together legal leaders to discuss issues that may enhance or stall diversity. On October 8, Dean Baynes presented “Ways to Increase Racial/Ethnic Diversity in the Legal Profession” at the 37th Annual Institute on Intellectual Property Law (IPIL) Meeting. On October 11, Dean Baynes met virtually with students at a lunchtime "Discussion with the Dean" session. He provided updates about student and faculty accomplishments, and other Law Center awards and recognitions, including an update about the new building. On October 15, Dean Baynes was an opening speaker and moderated a panel discussion for the Black Lawyers Matter Conference entitled, “Who is Educating and Supporting Tomorrow’s Lawyers? A Roundtable Discussion on Hiring and Developing a Diverse and Culturally Competent Faculty.” The all-day virtual event continued building on the diversity, equity, and inclusion dialogue started at the inaugural conference in 2020 and was co-convened by the UH Law Center, SMU Dedman School of Law, and the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). Approximately 2,000 registered in advance of the event. On October 16, Dean Baynes gave welcoming remarks at a Diversity Pre-Law Symposium and Law School Admissions Fair. The free symposium was designed to educate and introduce diverse college students to law schools across the country. On October 19, Dean Baynes was invited by the Red Mass Committee of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston to attend the 2021 Red Mass and Dinner. On October 25, Dean Baynes provided opening remarks at the Fuel the Future Initiative Launch and Celebration, an event to raise scholarship dollars for Law Center students and celebrate the power of a legal education. The initiative was sponsored by the Law Center Development Office. On October 29, Dean Baynes moderated a panel entitled “Where and How: Succeeding in the Selection Process” hosted by the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law in partnership with Seattle University School of Law. The panel discussion covered a range of topics, including how to position yourself as a qualified dean candidate. The event was sponsored by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). On October 30, while in Philadelphia, Dean Baynes had brunch with a small group of alumni to network and share updates about the Law Center.
David Crump was interviewed on the podcast “Excited Utterance” about his law review article “Why Do We Admit Criminal Confessions Into Evidence?” which discusses rationales for introducing confessions into evidence.
Megan Davis served on a panel entitled “Global Reach: No Travel Required” at the Central States Legal Writing Conference on October 22.
Victor Flatt presented “The Role of Private Governance in the Energy Transition in the United States,” as part of the Aberdeen University (Scotland) Centre for Energy Law Energy Webinar Seminar Series on October 13. Flatt was invited to present “Carbon Management and Legal Issues,” as a CCUS special lecture for the University of Houston Carbon Management Center on October 18. Flatt’s article “Disclosing the Danger,” was cited in a Law 360 opinion piece about attorney responsibilities relating to climate change.  
Tracy Hester moderated a panel entitled “NEPA Regulatory Process in Biden Administration” during the American College of Environmental Lawyers (ACOEL) annual conference on October 2. He was also a principal speaker on an EarthX televised program which discussed how environmental transnational liability might apply to climate change lawsuits.
Geoffrey A. Hoffman was interviewed by the Houston Chronicle for a DACA story, and by the USA network for a story on the State of Texas' 10-point plan for border security. Hoffman, with the Baker Botts law firm, filed a supplemental brief in the Fifth Circuit.
Zachary D. Kaufman presented “Police Policing Police” at the Virtual Crim Workshop on October 13, and the University of Houston Law Center Faculty Workshop on October 29. Kaufman was appointed co-organizer of the Law and Society Association’s Collaborative Research Network on Transitional justice.
Renee Knake Jefferson spoke at Stanford Law School at the memorial of her mentor and friend Deborah Rhode, “Deborah Rhode and the Past and the Future of Feminism” on October 15. She also delivered the keynote address on her book Shortlisted: Women in the Shadows of the Supreme Court during the Washington Women Lawyers annual meeting in Seattle on October 16. Knake Jefferson testified on Capitol Hill before the US House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary about judicial ethics reform on October 26. She was quoted twice in the Wall Street Journal and in other news outlets about her testimony. Finally, she was quoted by The 19th on the confirmation of Solicitor General Elizabeth Pregolar, the second woman to hold the role.
Valerie Gutmann Koch presented “Legal Updates 2021: Top 10 Legal Developments in Bioethics” at the annual conference of the American Society for Bioethics and the Humanities on October 13.
Sapna Kumar spoke on a panel entitled “Revisiting the USPTO’s Rulemaking Authority after Cuozzo and City of Arlington” for the Naples Roundtable Policy Workshop on September 10. Kumar presented her paper "Centralizing Patent Innovation" at the 2021 IP Mosaic Conference: IP as Protest, Change, and Empowerment, hosted by Michell Hamline Law School on October 23.  

Jessica Mantel presented “Allocating Scarce Medical Resources During a Public Health Crisis: Should Age Matter?” during Aging, Health, Equity and The Law, a virtual conference hosted by Touro College on September 13.
Michael A. Olivas was awarded the Derrick Bell Legacy Award by the Critical Race Studies in Education Association during its annual conference on October 28.
Robert Schuwerk delivered an initial round of supplemental materials to the publisher for his portion of his coauthored treatise on Texas lawyer and judicial ethics. His coauthor, Ms. Lillian B. Hardwick, is a graduate of the Law Center. The forthcoming edition will be the twentieth one for this work.
Lauren Simpson presented on effective persuasion techniques for motion and brief writing during the Houston Young Lawyers Association CLE entitled, “Standing Out From the Pack: Persuading the Court Through Your Writing” on October 12.
Elizabeth Trujillo was invited to present on the Plenary Panel for the American Society for Comparative Law Conference “Internationalizing Comparative Law,” hosted virtually by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School on October 21.
Gina Warren was invited to present “Climate and Wine” at the Twelfth Annual Colloquium on Environmental Scholarship hosted by Vermont Law School on September 25. Warren spoke on a panel entitled “Energy & Climate Impacts of Indoor Marijuana Cultivation,” during the UC Berkeley Cannabis Research Center’s Fall 2021 Webinar Series on October 20.
Bret Wells presented on Mineral Deed Conveyance Ambiguities at the Oil and Gas Law Conference hosted by the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation on October 21.

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