Dean Leonard M. Baynes participated in a virtual panel entitled “Black Excellence: Trailblazers, Standouts, and Icons in the Legal Profession” on July 21. The event was hosted by Norton Rose Fulbright’s Racial Equity Council (REC) as part of its speaker series, the Forum. On July 23, Dean Baynes was the keynote speaker at a virtual Summit of key leaders in South Carolina. Attendees included representatives from USC School of Law and Charleston School of Law, pre-law advisors, K-12 leaders, mock trial and other programs at the South Carolina State Bar, along with law firm leaders. Dean Baynes shared his experience and advice on how to build a coordinated, statewide pipeline program that includes not only access to law school but continues through law school to graduation, the bar exam, and placement with employers in South Carolina. On July 30, he delivered remarks to students, faculty, and staff that attended the PreLaw Pipeline Closing Ceremony.
Emily Berman was appointed the Royce R. Till Professor.
Seth J. Chandler presented “The Costs of Equality” to the Wolfram Summer School on July 6. On July 21, Chandler presented a CLE entitled “The Coming Abortion Cases” to the Woodlands Bar Association.
Meredith J. Duncan was appointed the Alumnae College Professor.
Victor Flatt presented his paper “Looking Under the Hood: Administrative Law Must Examine Scientific and Economic Evidence in challenging federal administrative Rulemaking,” as part of the Southern Environmental Law Scholars Annual Works in Progress on July 15. Flatt has also been selected by the Environmental Law Institute and the National Judicial Conference as one of 3 speakers to re-inaugurate judicial training in Environmental Law for state judges. During his speech he intends to focus on the Clean Air Act and climate related litigation.
Whitney Heard co-presented "Pandemic Pivot: Our Experience Creating a Virtual Legal Writing Center" with Professor Lauren Simpson for the asynchronous portion of the June 2021 Association of Legal Writing Directors Biennial Conference hosted by the University of Michigan Law School.
Tracy Hester participated in a meeting of the ACOEL’s Board of Trustees on July 6. On July 15, Hester moderated a panel for the American College of Environmental Lawyers on current and pending developments on protecting waters of the United States. He also joined the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation’s Board meeting as a Trustee on July 16.
Geoffrey A. Hoffman was interviewed by KTRK ABC 13 on DACA in July. In addition, Professor Hoffman attended and spoke at the Texas Impact Litigation Working Group Meeting.
Zachary Kaufman presented “Combatting Genocide Incitement and Denial” at Brandeis University on July 2. On July 7, he presented “Digital Age Samaritans” to the Association of Marshall Scholars. On July 9, Kaufman presented “Police Policing Police” during the University of Houston Law Center Faculty Workshop. On July 19, he presented “Police Policing Police” at the CrimFest Conference. Kaufman participated a panelist in a panel entitled “National Security Law: Recent Trends and Developments” on July 27 and presented “Police Policing Police” on July 30 during the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) conference. Kaufman also appeared on the Ipse Dixit Podcast in an episode entitled “Zachary Kaufman on Digital Bad Samaritans,” which was published on July 24.
Renee Knake Jefferson’s book Shortlisted: Women in the Shadows of the Supreme Court received a review by The Law and Society Review on July 30, calling it "timely and provocative... well written, logically organized, and thoroughly researched." Additionally, she was quoted at length by the National Law Journal in a July 20 article about ethics discipline for lawyers involved in the election fraud litigation.
Valerie Gutmann Koch presented two lectures at the Summer Intensive Program at the University of Chicago MacLean Center, “Judges and Lawyers as Medical Decision-Makers” on July 13 and “Informed Consent in Treatment and Research – What’s the Difference?” on July 23.
Sapna Kumar moderated a panel "Proposed TRIPS Waiver for IP Rights Associated with COVID Vaccines and Treatments" for the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property on July 15. On July 22, she presented "COVID-19 Vaccine Shortages: Are Intellectual Property Waivers the Answer?" to the Dallas Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Section. Kumar was appointed the John Mixon Chair.
David Kwok presented his paper, “The Common Criminal Defense in Public Corruption,” at the annual Crimfest Conference held online on July 19. Kwok was also appointed the George Butler Research Professor.
Ellen Marrus presented “Teaching Street Law to Youth in Conflict With the Law” at the Southwest Juvenile Defender Center and National Juvenile Defender Center webinar on July 23.
Douglas Moll presented his paper “Case Law Update: A Survey of Recent Texas Partnership and LLC Cases” (with Professor Elizabeth Miller at Baylor Law School) for the 2021 LLCs, Limited Partnerships, and Partnerships Conference sponsored by the University of Texas School of Law on July 7.
James D. Nelson was appointed the Vinson & Elkins Professor.
Michael A. Olivas has been reappointed to the Editorial Board of the refereed Journal of College and University Law, housed at Rutgers University Law School, Newark. The Journal of College and University Law, a refereed journal published by the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), is the only law review in the United States dedicated exclusively to the law of higher education. It is in its 46th year of publication. He has served on the Editorial Board for over 35 years, and his last term was two years ago.
Gina Warren was the Organizer and moderator of the panel “Where is the Biden Administration heading on key natural resources issues?” during the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, 2021 Virtual Natural Resources Law Teachers Institute held on June 3, 2021. Warren was appointed the A.L. O’Quinn Chair in Environmental Studies. She was also elected by the 2020 student body as the faculty graduation speaker.
Amanda Watson was recognized in the 2021 Awards Ceremony of the American Association for Law Libraries (AALL) for her article "'The Report of my Death Was an Exaggeration' – The Legal Treatise" as the recipient of the open division call for papers award. This is the first time a UH librarian has been awarded the open division prize. She was also awarded a grant from Lexis and AALL to continue her work on measuring library services. On July 22, Professor Watson was a panelist in "Prescient Privacy at Play: A Spectrum of Terminology and Tools for Administering and Teaching Legal Technology" during the 2021 American Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting. She also coordinated and moderated the panel "Cool Tools Cafe'" during the meeting reviewing technology advancements in law libraries this year. Professor Watson was appointed to the Law Libraries section of the International Federation of Library Association where she will serve a five-year term.
Kellen Zale was appointed the George Butler Research Professor.