March 2021


David R. Dow & Sanat Mehta, Does Eliminating Life Tenure for Article III Judges Require A Constitutional Amendment?, 16 Duke J. Const. L & Pub. Pol’y 89 (2021).
Dave Fagundes & Darrell A. H. Miller, The City’s Second Amendment, 106 Cornell L. Rev. 677 (2021).
Renee Knake Jefferson, Judicial Ethics in the #MeToo World, 89 Fordham L. Rev. 1197 (2021).
Sapna Kumar, Judging Patents, 62 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 871 (2021).
Kellen Zale & Sarah Schindler, The Harms of Liminal Housing Tenure: Installment Land Contracts and Tenancies in Common, 29 J. Affordable Hous. & Cmty. Dev. L. 523 (2021).

Short Form & Online

Ashley Arrington, What and How Might a Better Bar Test?: A Brief Look at IAALS’ “Building a Better Bar” Project, Rsch. Instruction & Patron Servs. Special Int. Section L. Libr. Blog (Mar. 2, 2021).

Renee Knake Jefferson & Hannah Brenner Johnson, The Women Shortlisted for the Supreme Court Before Sandra Day O’Connor, The Hill (Mar. 22, 2021).

Tiffany J. Tucker, 5 Top Job Search Tips for 2Ls & 3Ls, The Leap J., Mar. 2021, at 39.

Amanda Watson, Amanda Runyon & Leslie A. Street, U.S. News Ranking Metrics Stifle Law Libraries, Tie Hands of Law Schools, TaxProf Blog (Mar. 30, 2021). 


Our colleagues shared the following offers for publication:

Meredith J. Duncan, The Digital Ecosystem of Accountability, 59 Am. Crim. L. Rev. (forthcoming Fall 2021). 

Dave Fagundes, Copyright's Administrative Law, J. Copyright Soc'y U.S.A. (forthcoming 2022).

Victor Flatt, A Water Rule That Turns a Blind Eye to Transboundary Pollution, Sci. Mag. (forthcoming). 

Leah Fowler, Jim Hawkins, & Jessica Roberts, Uncertain Terms, Notre Dame L Rev. (forthcoming).   

Alissa Gomez, Demand-Side Justice, 28 Geo. Poverty L. & Pol’y J. (forthcoming Spring 2021). 

Valerie Gutmann Koch, Previvors, 49 Fla. St. U. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2022).

Tracy Hester, Saving Climate With Silence:  Reading Treaty Lacunae in the USMCA, Vt. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2022).

Renee Knake Jefferson, Unethical Lawyering as Political Speech, Yale L.J.F. (forthcoming).

Sapna Kumar, Compulsory Licensing and the Pandemic, Conn. L. Rev. (forthcoming). 

Colin P. Marks & Douglas K. Moll, The Law of Business Torts & Unfair Competition:  Cases, Materials, and Problems (2d ed. forthcoming 2022). 

Douglas K. Moll, Contracting Out of Partnership, J. Corp. L. (forthcoming 2021).

Jessica L. Roberts, Introduction to the 2020 Frankel Lecture, 58 Hous. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2021).

Jessica L. Roberts, Response to Macro-Medical Regulation, 81 Ohio St. L.J. (forthcoming 2021).

Jessica L. Roberts & Govind Persad, Age and Disability Discrimination in the Pandemic, in COVID-19 and the Law: Disruption, Impact, and Legacy (I. Glenn Cohen, Nita Farahany, Henry T. Greely & Carmel Shachar eds., forthcoming 2021). 

Jessica L. Roberts, Lack of Racial Diversity in Genetic Research as a Contributor to Health Disparities, in Race and Research: Perspectives on Minority Participation in Health Studies (Bettina M. Beech & Elizabeth Heitman eds., 2d ed. forthcoming 2021).

Amanda Watson, “The Report of My Death Was an Exaggeration” – The Legal Treatise, J. L. & Educ. (forthcoming). 

Kellen Zale, Inholdings, 46 Harv. Env’t L. Rev. (forthcoming 2022).

Albertus Accolades

Dean Leonard M. Baynes and alumnus Marvin D. Nathan (’66) conducted virtual interviews with students competing to participate in a Summer Fellowship Program at the Anti-Defamation League, Houston Regional Office on March 1. On March 4, Dean Baynes delivered welcoming remarks at a judicial lunch-and-learn event, hosted by Career Development. The virtual get-to-know-you event provided law students, faculty, and staff an opportunity to talk to judges in small group settings with breakout rooms in Zoom. On March 12, Dean Baynes was a distinguished keynote panelist at a Webex conference entitled “Teaching Multicultural Lawyering: Insights from Those Who Have Led the Way,” hosted by WMU-Cooley Law School. On March 22, he provided welcoming remarks at the virtual 1L Top 30% Academic Reception. On March 23, Dean Baynes served as moderator during a Lunch With A Lawyer noontime event featuring alumnus Jeff Cody (’90), national managing partner at Norton Rose Fulbright in Austin, TX. On March 25, he attended the “One Book, One Community” virtual event which examined the book, “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption” by Bryan Stevenson. On March 30, Dean Baynes hosted a commemorative virtual event reflecting on the Law Center’s one-year milestone of remote work from home throughout COVID-19 and highlighting the faculty, staff, student, and Law Center accomplishments, versatility, and resilience, while adapting to online operations. The event began with a moment of silence to honor and reflect on the lives lost and impacted by the pandemic, followed by faculty accomplishments and a video showcasing how faculty and staff spent the past year at home.

Emily Berman was interviewed by KHOU on March 9 to discuss the legality of store and restaurant mask policies now that the Texas statewide mask mandate has been lifted.  Video is available here.  

Seth Chandler has posted 44 YouTube videos, spanning 32 hours, on the topic “Analytic Methods for Lawyers.” These videos cover statistics, data visualization, and machine learning, and can be found here. Additionally, Chandler published 44 computational essays and exercises on Wolfram Cloud which accompany the videos and collectively cover over 1000 pages. He also authored 45 ResourceFunctions that are published in the Wolfram Research Function Repository after peer review. These functions have been collectively examined over 140,000 times and have been downloaded for close review over 400 times. A directory of function can be found here.

Victor Flatt was interviewed for a news story by the Texas Standard entitled, “After Deadly Winter Storm, Families File Wrongful Death Lawsuits Against Utilities.” The audio of the interview is available here. He was also selected as a guest speaker for UH Energy’s Environment, Social, Governance (ESG) certification class on March 22. Flatt was quoted in a Texas Observer article “Who’s Going to Take Responsibility for Air Pollution in Texas?” on March 3, and a Bloomberg Law article, “Liability Elusive for Air Pollution Released During Texas Storms” on March 8.
Alissa Rubin Gomez was the inaugural speaker for the Association of American Law School’s Pro Bono and Public Service Opportunities Section, where she presented “Demand-Side Justice” on March 11.

Tracy Hester presented a draft paper on applying the USMCA Trade Agreement's environmental submissions process and dispute resolution mechanisms to climate change claims, at a virtual workshop, After NAFTA:  The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement and Sustainability, sponsored by Vermont Law School on March 20.

Geoffrey A. Hoffman participated in the Diversity and Inclusion Committee-sponsored “One Book One Community” event, along with co-chair Professor Meredith J. Duncan and others, on March 25. He attended the Texas Impact Litigation working group meeting as part of a coalition of litigators across Texas working on high impact cases. Hoffman also appeared on KTRK, ABC-13 Houston, and Boston University’s WTBU Radio, to discuss the situation at the U.S.-Mexico border. Hoffman and Professor Emeritus Michael A. Olivas were among immigration law professors who signed an Amici Curiae Motion for Leave to File Memorandum of Law in Support of Petitioners’ Emergency Motion for Temporary Restraining Order, in the case, Oldaker v. Giles, Case No. 7:20-cv-00224-WLS-MSH, (M.D. Ga.).

Zachary Kaufman served as moderator for a panel entitled “Black Lives Matter and International Human Rights Law: The Challenge of Systemic Racism” at the annual meeting of the American Society of International Law on March 26.

Renee Knake Jefferson was interviewed on Reimagining Justice Podcast, “What the First Female Lawyers Can Teach Us About Innovation Today,” on March 1. Knake was also quoted in The State News article “Women in Leadership Pave Way for Future Generations,” on March 9, The National Law Journal article, “Can’t Have It Both Ways: Sidney Powell's Defamation Defense Could Put Her in Ethical Bind, Experts Say,” on March 23, and the Lansing State Journal article “Pressure Mounts as Legislators Ask MSU to Release Documents,” published on March 25.

Sapna Kumar participated in a panel entitled, “Innovation and the Pandemic” at the Health Law Conference: Medical/Legal Lessons Learned from the Pandemic, hosted by the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law on March 19.

Jessica Mantel presented “Medical-Legal Partnerships: A Legal Prescription for Improving Health” at the Greater Houston Society for Healthcare Risk Management’s GHSHRM Education Day 2021, which took place on March 5.

Ryan Marquez was interviewed by KTRK (ABC-13, Houston) on March 5 to discuss the actions consumers who received a forbearance on their mortgage payments can take to protect their credit. Video of the interview is available here.

Andrew Michaels presented “Rehearings and Retroactivity in Arthrex” to the Intellectual Property Students Organization (IPSO) at the University of Houston Law Center. He also presented ”Retroactivity and Appointments” at the virtual Notre Dame Patent Colloquium, hosted by the University of Notre Dame.

Douglas Moll was awarded Professor of the Year by the Order of the Barons.

James Nelson was a panelist in a panel entitled “Conscience Clauses, Religious Hospitals, and Religion Clause Values” during the George Washington University Law School’s First Amendment Values in Health Care Symposium on March 12.

Michael A. Olivas will receive an AAHHE American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) Distinguished Author Award during the AAHHE Annual Conference on March 4. Olivas was also among a group of immigration law professors who signed an amicus brief filed in support of Petitioners in the case, Sanchez v. Mayorkas, No. 20-315, currently pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Sandra Guerra Thompson was interviewed on KHOU on March 28 to discuss the trial against Derek Chauvin, the former officer who is charged in the death of George Floyd last spring. Video is available here

Kellen Zale presented “The Promise of Homesharing and the Reality of Short-Term Rental” during the Regulation at Scale Roundtable, hosted by the Nebraska Governance & Technology Center at the University of Nebraska College of Law on March 18. Zale was interviewed by KVEO (NBC-32, Brownsville) on March 4, to discuss SpaceX creator, Elon Musk’s, announcement that he wants to incorporate Boca Chica Village into a city called “Starbase.”  Video is available here.

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