May 2021


Valerie Gutmann Koch & Diane E. Hoffmann, Reciprocity and Liability Protections During the Covid-19 Pandemic, Hastings Ctr Rep., May-June 2021, at 5. 
Tracy Hester, Consent Decrees as Emergent Environmental Law, 85 Mo. L. Rev. 687 (2020).  

Short Form & Online

Leonard M. Baynes & Stephen J. Spann, Opinion: Why Racial Disparities Threaten Biden's Coronavirus Goal, Austin American-Statesman (May 13, 2021).

Ass'n Am. L. Sch. Legal Writing, Reasoning and Rsch. Newsl. (Katherine Brem ed., May 2021).

Seth J. Chandler, Opinion: Texas Heartbeat Act Will Fail for Reasons Having Nothing to Do with Abortion (May 24, 2021). 

Geoffrey Hoffman, Niz-Chavez and Jurisdiction?, LexisNexis Immigr. Legal Newsroom (May 2, 2021), reprinted in ImmigrationProf Blog (May 2, 2021). 

Geoffrey Hoffman, Another Twist on Niz-Chavez, ImmigrationProf Blog (May 14, 2021). 

Zachary D. Kaufman, Opinion: Prod Bystanders to be “Upstanders” like Darnella Frazier, Hous. Chron. (May 6, 2021). 

Andrew Michaels, Functionality’s Role in Oracle Copyright Ruling Isn’t So Novel, Law360 (May 7, 2021). 

Elizabeth Sepper & James D. Nelson, Why Corporate Religious Exemptions Are Not Corporate Social Responsibility, Canopy F. (May 18, 2021). 


Our colleagues shared the following offers for publication:

Katherine Brem, From Ground to Cloud: Tips and Tricks to Improve Your Teaching No Matter the Mode of Delivery, in Law Teaching Strategies for a New Era: Beyond the Physical Classroom (Tessa Dysart & Tracy L.M. Norton, eds. forthcoming 2021). 

Katherine Brem, Module on Objective Writing, West Academic Modular Legal Research & Writing Project (forthcoming).   

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

Dave Fagundes, Peter Gerhart and Property Theory, Case Western Res. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2022).

Daniel I. Morales, National Identity, Post-Modernity, and the Structure of Immigration Control, in Theorizing Local Migration Law and Governance (forthcoming).  

Albertus Accolades

Ashley Arrington taught “Taming Texas: The Rule of Law and the History of Texas Law” and “Taming Texas: The Texas Courts” to Landrum Middle School students on May 19 and 20, as part of the Houston Bar Association’s Teach Texas classroom program. 
Dean Leonard M. Baynes and Development Officer Rachel Wardzinski hosted the 2021 100% Challenge Virtual Kickoff on May 4 with partner law firms in Houston to increase alumni engagement and cultivate donor sponsorship of scholarships, programs, and other law center initiatives. Dean Baynes was the moderator at the 2021 ABA Litigation Section virtual Conference panel entitled “Judicial Philosophy and Divining Rods: Predicting How a Judge Will Rule” on May 5. The panel discussed how a judge’s judicial philosophy might affect their decision making. The panelists included Judge Gregg Costa (5th Circuit), Judge Brasher (11th Circuit) and Judge R. Guy Cole, Jr.  (6th Circuit). Later that evening he attended the 2020 virtual Faculty Excellence Award virtual ceremony to recognize and celebrate faculty for outstanding achievement at UH.  On May 6, Dean Baynes attended a virtual program that featured author and historian Dr. Dwight Watson to discuss his book, Race and the Houston Police Department 1930-1990. The event was held in conjunction with the exhibit Withstand: Latinx Art During Times of Conflict and was sponsored by the Holocaust Museum of Houston. On May 7, Dean Baynes was a panelist at a CLE luncheon co-sponsored by the Houston Bar Association, Houston Young Lawyers Association, and Houston Young Lawyers Foundation in recognition of Law Day. The theme, set by the American Bar Association, was Advancing the Rule of Law Now. Other panelists included: Justice Brett Busby of the Texas Supreme Court and Lynne Liberato, Senior Counsel at Haynes & Boone LLP.  Later that evening Dean Baynes attended the 2021 virtual Faculty Excellence Award virtual ceremony to recognize faculty for excellence at UH. On May 10, he participated in a virtual induction ceremony of new lawyers which was sponsored by The State Bar of Texas. On May 11, Dean Baynes facilitated a panel discussion with senior business executives at the 5th Annual North American EENR Conference. Panelists included alumni Kason Kerr ’09, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary at PureWest Energy, LLC; Nikko Lorentzatos ‘95, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Oasis Petroleum; Kay McCall ‘81, Executive Director, Renewable Energy Alliance and former President, CEO and Board Member, Noble Environment Power; and William Turcotte, ’89, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Nobel Corporation.  On May 16, he joined Associate Dean Greg Vetter; Karen Jones, Executive Director, Global & Graduate Programs; Tiffany Tucker, Assistant Dean, Career Development; Chandria Jackson, Associate Director, Career Development; and Paul Klinger, Assistant Director, Career Development at the Law Center’s 2021 Commencement Ceremony. The outdoor event was held at TDECU Stadium. On May 19, Dean Baynes attended another virtual program sponsored by the Holocaust Museum of Houston entitled “An Evening with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi.” Dr. Ibram X. Kendi is the Director of the Center for Antiracist Research at Boston University and the author of How to Be an Antiracist. On May 21, the UH Law Center, along with the Hobby School of Public Affairs, hosted an all-day streaming symposium that discussed policy prescriptions for the Biden Administration. Expert panelists shared their perspective on topics related to voting, budget/taxes, health, racial justice/immigration, and energy and the environment. Dean Baynes and then-Hobby School Dean Kirk Watson moderated the panel of UH experts which included UHLC Professor Seth Chandler, Professor Emeritus Michael A. Olivas, Hobby School of Public Affairs Professor Richard Murray, and the then-Hobby School Associate Dean Jim Granato. On May 25, Dean Baynes attended a discussion entitled, “Profiles in Excellence” with alumnus Judge Juan Vasquez ’77, the first Hispanic judge on the U.S. tax court. The virtual event was sponsored by Chamberlain Hrdlicka, its Diversity & Attorney Development Committee, as well as the Hispanic National Bar Association, State Bar of Texas Hispanic Issues Section, Hispanic Bar Association of Houston, Dallas Hispanic Bar Association, MABA Dallas, Hidalgo County Bar Association, El Paso Bar Association, MABA San Antonio, San Antonio Bar Association, and Texas Latinx Judges. On May 26, Dean Baynes gave concluding remarks at the Mexican Foreign Ministry alumni virtual event entitled “Houston Goes Global: Profile of Mexican Diplomacy.” The event was organized by Alfonso Lopez de La Osa Escribano, Director, Center for U.S. and Mexican Law.  On May 28, Dean Baynes joined executives of Austin Commercial Construction at a celebratory gathering to “top out” the new John M. O’Quinn Law Building. He stated that a highlight of the event was signing the last beam placed atop the building.
Kate Brem and Professor Irene Ten Cate presented “Growing Pains: Grades and the First Semester Legal Writing Course” during the 2021 Biennial Empire State Legal Writing Conference on May 14.
Megan Davis presented “The Classroom Knows No Bounds” during the 2021 Biennial Empire State Legal Writing Conference on May 14.
Dave Fagundes presented "The Other Tragedy of the Commons" with Professor Jessica Roberts at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Law, Property & Society (ALPS), May 28-29.  
Victor Flatt, along with Professor Gina Warren, moderated UHLC EENR’s Fifth North American conference on Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources on May 11. On May 14, Professors Flatt, Gina Warren and Tracy Hester presented at a panel entitled “Decarbonization and the Future of Energy Sustainability” during the Arizona State University Law and Sustainability Conference. He also served as moderator for “Energy Transition in a Post COVID World,” during the 2nd Annual Global Energy Transition Law and Policy Conference, hosted by UH EENR Center on May 25.
Whitney Heard presented "Dear Client: Exploring Empathy Through Client Communication" at the Biennial Empire State Legal Writing Conference hosted by the New York School of Law on May 13. Heard also profiled Professor Melissa Bezanson Shultz for the April edition of LWI Lives.
Tracy Hester moderated on webinar “Fracking:  Facts, Fallacies, and Futures”, hosted by the American College of Environmental Lawyers on April 15. The panel discussed the environmental legal impacts and liabilities of hydrocarbon fracking and flaring. On April 21, Hester spoke on “Legal Frameworks for Climate Intervention Research” at Colorado State University. On April 23, he participated in a workshop session at the University of Hamburg on International Liability for Corporate Harm, where he acted as the primary commenter on a draft assessment of international responsibility for climate intervention damage claims.  On May 14, Hester joined a panel discussion with Professors Victor Flatt and Gina Warren during the Arizona State University Sustainability Law Conference on May 14.  During the panel, Hester reviewed the need to coordinate incentives for net zero and negative emission targets in climate policy.  On May 19, Hester moderated a discussion with Professor Rebecca Bratspies of CUNY School of Law on “Renewable Rikers:  Making a Just Energy Transition” as part of the continuing EENR Center Speaker Series. He also spoke remotely at the plenary panel on emerging energy technologies and environmental protection at the Energy Innovation Conference, Las Vegas, on May 20.
Geoffrey A. Hoffman spoke at the Texas Impact Litigation Working Group meeting hosted by the Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative. He was interviewed by the Texas Standard radio program about how Title 42 is being used to exclude most asylum seekers. The interview was later featured on

Renee Knake Jefferson spoke on the plenary panel "Respect for the Profession: Defending the Unpopular Client" at the American Bar Association Section on Litigation Annual Meeting on May 5. On May 6, she delivered a keynote address to the Fulbright Australia Scholars Orientation Program.
Zachary Kaufman presented “Legislating Atrocity Prevention” at Company A on May 19. On May 30, he presented “Police (Mis)Policing Police” at the 2021 Law & Society Association annual meeting.
Valerie Gutmann Koch presented "Harm Without Negligence" at the Regulation and Innovation in the Biosciences (RIBS) Workshop on May 26.
David Kwok received a Faculty Fellow Award from the Elizabeth D. Rockwell Center on Leadership and Ethics at the University of Houston Hobby School of Public Affairs for his research and writing related to a project on fraud classifications.
Douglas Moll was invited to Chile by the Antofagasta School of Law of the Universidad Católica del Norte to give several lectures on the U.S. model of involuntary dissolution for closely held companies, with a particular focus on the oppression doctrine.  He will be giving multiple lectures to PhD students, lawyers, undergraduate students, professors, and judges with the Chilean Court of Appeals. 
D. Theodore Rave moderated a debate at Harvard Law School between Michael Klarman (Harvard) and Dan McLaughlin (National Review) on Court Packing and Judicial Reform on April 20.
Jessica L. Roberts presented “The Other Tragedy of the Commons” with Professor Dave Fagundes during the 2021 Association of Law, Society, & Property Annual Meeting, May 28-29. Roberts was also invited to present on the Health Justice Potential of Macromedical Regulation during the Symposium on Macromedical Regulation hosted by Duke University School of Law School.
Lauren Simpson was voted Student Bar Association Professor of the Year for faculty teaching in the part-time program. Simpson was also awarded the James M. Roach Law Fund Volunteer Award by the UH Law Alumni Association for demonstrating "extraordinary commitment to raising funds for the UH Law Center."
Irene Ten Cate and Professor Kate Brem presented “Growing Pains: Grades and the First-Semester Legal Writing Course” at the Biennial Empire State Legal Writing Conference on May 14.
Gina Warren was the co-coordinator and speaker at the 5th Annual North American Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources Conference. The webinar entitled “Environmental Social Governance (ESG): Major Mover Towards Sustainable Energy Future” was hosted on May 11. On May 14, she presented “The Continued Role of Hydropower for a Decarbonized Future” during the 6h Annual Sustainability Conference of American Legal Educators, hosted by Arizona State University. On May 25, Warren was the co-chair and moderator of the 2nd Annual Global Energy Law and Policy Symposium: The Energy Transition in a COVID Altered World, hosted by the University of Houston Law Center.

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