November 2021


Sapna Kumar, Promoting Public Health Through State Sovereign Immunity, 4 J. L. & Innov. 1 (2021).  
Amanda Watson, “The Report of My Death Was an Exaggeration” – The Legal Treatise, 50 J. L. & Educ. 257 (2021).   

Short Form & Online

Ashley Arrington, Foundations for Practice to Build the “Whole Lawyer”, Rsch. Instruction & Patron Servs. Special Int. Section L. Libr. Blog (Nov. 23, 2021).   

Gina Warren & Shreya Patel, Urban Restorative Environmental Justice Through City Climate Action Plans, Nat. Res. & Env’t, Fall 2021, at 32.  


Our colleagues shared the following offers for publication:

Katherine Brem, West Academic Module, Adaptable Modular Legal Research & Writing (Sandra Simpson ed., forthcoming 2022). 

Peter Salib, Complex Algorithmic Law, U. Chi. L. Rev. Online (forthcoming).  

Albertus Accolades

Ashley Arrington moderated "Contracts Administration & Vendor Negotiation Issues in the Academic Setting" for a Houston Area Law Librarians Vendor Relations Series Panel Discussion on November 10, 2021.
Dean Leonard M. Baynes held a virtual brown bag lunch with faculty on November 1 to discuss the recent US News and World Report Rankings. On November 3, Dean Baynes attended the “Red Talks,” a new UH series debuted at the UH College of Medicine Exclusive Building Preview designed to connected donors to our academic enterprise. On November 4, Dean Baynes delivered welcoming remarks at the IPIL Fall Lecture. On November 8, Dean Baynes welcomed Fifth Circuit Judge and UHLC alumnus Fortunato Benavides (’72) and his former law clerk Natasha Breaux (’13) back to the Law Center for a virtual lunchtime judicial talk to students about the judge’s career and the benefits of clerkship. The event was co-sponsored by the Career Development Office and the Latinx Law Student Association. On November 10, President Renu Khator hosted an exclusive preview event of the new John M. O’Quinn Law Building, which included among the invited guests elected officials, UHS Board of Regents, Cornerstone Club members, other alumni donors, faculty, students, and staff. Dean Baynes served as moderator of the panel discussion and introduced Professor Dave Fagundes who provided a brief insider’s look into life rights deals with a Red Talk entitled, “How Much is Your Life Story Worth?”  On November 11, Dean Baynes and Professor Tony Chase co-hosted a second gathering of legal leaders for a Dean’s Diversity Dialogue, which discussed the Jeopardy! guest host and hiring process.  On November 12, Dean Baynes was quoted in the Houston Business Journal discussing progress on the new John M. O’Quinn Law Building. On November 15, he attended the State Bar of Texas Virtual New Lawyers Induction Ceremony for those that took the July bar exam. That afternoon Austin Commercial presented a 3-D model of the new law building to him and Associate Dean Greg Vetter. On November 16, Dean Baynes provided opening remarks and served as panel moderator for the “Path to the Judiciary” webinar which included alumni judges Jeffrey Brown (’95), District Judge of the Southern District of Texas, Vanessa Gilmore (’82), District Judge of the Southern District of Texas, Mark Lane (’87), Magistrate Judge Western District of Texas, and Michelle Slaughter (’04), Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. On November 19, Dean Baynes shared opening remarks for the 26th Annual Frankel Lecture.
Dave Fagundes gave the second installment in the new UH "Red Talks" series on November 10, entitled "What Is Your Life Story Worth?" as part of the Law Premiere Reception for the new O'Quinn Law Building. On November 17, he also gave a talk sponsored by the UH Library system for UH faculty, "Copyright 101," on the basics of copyright law for academics. On November 19, Fagundes moderated the 26th annual Frankel Lecture, which featured Jeannie Suk's keynote address, "Academic Freedom in Polarizing Times," with commentary by Khiara Bridges and Keith Whittington.
Victor Flatt presented “Evolving Climate Policy,” at the Baker Institute Climate Policy Event Student Forum on November 2. Flatt was quoted in several news articles, including a Pro Publica article about air pollution and cancer, a Houston Public Media  story about air pollution and environmental justice, and a Bloomberg Law piece about the EPA air pollution waiver possibilities for the state of Utah.
Geoffrey A. Hoffman represented UH and spoke at DHS's Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (DHS-CRCL) Community Engagement Houston Roundtable held November 3. Hoffman also presented a lecture on Niz-Chavez v. Garland and Jurisdictional Claims by invitation for the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild - Immigration Committee.
Valerie Gutmann Koch was invited to speak on a panel entitled "Liability Protections: Legal Issues around Making Triage Decisions" for the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, November 8. On November 12, Koch presented "Harm Without Negligence" at the Rocky Mountain Junior Scholars Forum, hosted by BYU Law. On November 12, she presented "Previvors" at the annual conference of the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics, University of Chicago.
Sapna Kumar presented “New Licensing Avenues to Promote Public Health,” with her co-author Ana Santos Rutschman, for the symposium Intellectual Property, COVID-19, and the Next Pandemic: Diagnosing Problems, Developing Cures conference, co-hosted by Hong Kong U. Law & Georgetown Law and held November 5-6. On November 10, Kumar spoke on the panel "Recent Trends in Granting Compulsory Licenses" during South Korea's 2021 International Intellectual Property Court Conference.

Amanda Watson spoke on the panel "Contracts Administration & Vendor Negotiation Issues in the Academic Setting" for a Houston Area Law Librarians Vendor Relations Series Panel Discussion on November 10, 2021.
Jacqueline Weaver presented two lectures on the nature and duration of the oil and gas lease at the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute’s Oil and Gas Short Course held in Denver Colorado on October 21-25.
Bret Wells submitted final page proofs that represented major revisions to 60 chapters to the 2021 revision of Joseph Isenbergh & Bret Wells, International Taxation: U.S. Taxation of Foreign Persons and Foreign Income (Wolters Kluwer 6th Ed. 2021).

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