October 2022


Peter Salib & Guha Krishnamurthi, Jury Nullification in Abortion Prosecutions: An Equilibrium Theory, 72 Duke L.J. Online 41 (2022).

Short Form and Online

Valerie Gutmann Koch, Baker Inst. for Pub. Pol’y, A New Weapon in the Anti-Vaccine Arsenal: Claiming the Unvaccinated as Protected Class (Oct. 3, 2022).

Valerie Gutmann Koch & Chloe Reichel, The Impossibility of Legal Accountability for COVID-19 Torts, Harv. L. Petrie-Flom Ctr.: Bill of Health (Oct. 11, 2022).


Our colleagues shared the following offers for publication:

Amanda Watson, Amanda Karel, Amanda Runyon, & Leslie Street, A Case for Mission-Centered Assessment in Law Libraries, Law Library Journal (forthcoming 2023).

Bret Wells, Reform of Section 367(a) and Section 367(b) for a Post-TCJA Era, 23 Hou. Bus. & Tax L.J. (forthcoming 2023).

Albertus Accolades

Dean Leonard M. Baynes: On October 3, Dean Leonard M. Baynes welcomed and introduced alumna Carrie Clark ‘07, Senior Vice President, Land & Legal at Blackstone Minerals as the first speaker of the academic year in the “Lunch with a Lawyer” series. Dean Baynes moderated the program to help guide student questions and feedback. On October 5, Dean Baynes conducted a tour of the John M. O’Quinn Law Building for the Board of Directors of Shepley Bullfinch, the women-owned architectural firm that designed the new building. Dean Baynes attended the Mexican American Bar Association of Houston (MABAH) 50th Anniversary Gala on October 7 at the Royal Sonesta Houston. The Law Center supports the important work the Association does on behalf of the Hispanic community in Houston and sponsors a table each year for their annual event. This year’s table attendees included Dean Baynes, Professors Ryan Marquez and Dan Morales, Associate Dean Sondra Tennessee, and law students Shelby Velasquez (LLSA, President), Santiago Soulayrac, Emily Martinez, Benigno Solis, Cesar Rivera, and Paul Escamilla. On October 21, Dean Baynes provided welcoming remarks during the Professional Mentoring Virtual Kickoff event on the importance of mentoring and networking. Students, faculty, and staff joined Dean Baynes for two Discussion with the Dean sessions on October 24. The dean provided an overview of recent and upcoming events, including faculty and staff new hires, and answered student questions about the functionality of the new building and next steps. On October 25, Dean Baynes moderated an expert panel of guests during a virtual Law and Religion CLE program. Speakers included Professors Seth Chandler (UHLC), Marc DeGirolami (St. John’s School of Law), Emran El-Badawi (UH Middle Eastern Studies), Sam Levine (Touro Law Center), and Valorie Vojdik (University of Tennessee School of Law). On October 28, Dean Baynes helped organize the HBA President’s Speaker Series event titled “Voting Laws.” The event was held at South Texas College of Law and included the participation of UH Law’s former faculty member, Teddy Rave.

Darren Bush was a panelist on “The Goals of Antitrust” at the Lee E. Teitelbaum Utah Law Review Symposium.

Megan Davis presented “Academic Success and Legal Writing: A Tale of Two Sisters” at the Western States Legal Writing Conference at U of Oregon, Eugene, OR on October 8.

Dave Fagundes presented “The Life Story Rights Puzzle” at the inaugural Penn/Harvard/NYU Roundtable on Trademark and Unfair Competition Law hosted by the University of Pennsylvania Law School on October 7.

On October 27, Victor Flatt appeared on a panel entitled “Shifting Sands: What is an Ethical Lawyer in the 21st Century” at the annual meeting of the International Conference of Legal Regulators in Chicago, IL. On November 1, Professor Flatt participated in a webinar for the book launch of “Our Plastic Problem and How to Solve It,” by Professor Sarah Morath at Wake Forest University Law School. Professor Flatt’s quotations in the BBC’s future series on limitless green energy from early October appeared in multiple articles, tweets, and highlights around the world.

Aman Gebru presented on a panel about “Scaling Authorship” at the Suffolk University School of Law Fourth Annual Intellectual Property and Innovation Conference on October 1.

Valerie Gutmann Koch presented “A New Weapon in the Anti-Vaccine Arsenal: Claiming the Unvaccinated as Protected Class” at the Baker Institute for Public Policy’s 2022 Vaccine Policy Symposium, at Rice University on October 14. She also presented “Legal Updates 2022: Top 10 Legal Developments in Bioethics” at the annual meeting of the American Society for Bioethics and the Humanities on October 27. Professor Gutman Koch was also the guest editor for the symposium “COVID-19 and Tort Liability,” for the Harvard Law Petrie-Flom Center’s blog, Bill of Health.

Tracy Hester spoke at the American College of Environmental Lawyer’s annual meeting in Santa Fe, NM, on October 7 about the growing use of environmental criminal laws to respond to climate change risks and damages. On October 13-15, he participated in an invitational writer’s workshop by Loyola University School of Law in Chicago, IL to discuss his upcoming article on the use of carbon spinoffs and climate bankruptcies by energy corporations. And on Oct. 20, Hester moderated and spoke on a panel on legal barriers to renewable energy projects as part of the EarthX midyear conference in Dallas, TX.

Zachary D. Kaufman presented his article, “The Prospects, Problems, and Proliferation of Recent UN Investigations,” on October 13 at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law.

Renee Knake Jefferson was invited to speak at Fordham Law School for a memorial honoring Deborah Rhode on October 21. She delivered a plenary talk at the Fulbright Annual Meeting on October 7, discussing her book Shortlisted: Women in the Shadows of the Supreme Court.

Sapna Kumar delivered a lecture titled “Access to Medicine During Pandemics: Is Compulsory Licensing the Answer?” as part of the Institute for Information Law Lecture Series at the University of Amsterdam. She gave a seminar on her paper “Centralizing Pharmaceutical Innovation” at the University of Copenhagen’s Center for Advanced Studies in Biomedical Innovation.

Teresa Messer was appointed to UHLC Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. She was also appointed to the AALS Clinician Crew.

Andrew Michaels presented “Trademarks, NFTs, and The First Amendment” at the Patent Trademark Office Society Continuing Legal Education Program on October 26.

Lauren Simpson presented “Demanding Attention: Teaching Persuasive Writing through the Demand Letter” at the October 2022 Western Regional Legal Writing Conference at the University of Oregon School of Law. Her presentation explained why the demand letter, a powerful device for moving a client’s goals toward expedient resolution, also presents a short, effective vehicle for teaching persuasive-writing techniques.

On October 16, Elizabeth Trujillo was an invited speaker for a panel on the USMCA at the Center for the United States and Mexico at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. This presentation entitled “The USMCA and the Environment: Setting Trends for Global and Regional Trade,” was part of a Trade Forum entitled “The Future of Trade: A North American Perspective,” Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy Center for US and Mexico, as part of a grant-funded project funded by Rice University Baker Institute for Public Law and Policy and the Charles Koch Foundation, Rice University. Academics, members of the private and public sectors, students, and trade policy makers from the U.S., Mexico, and Canada were in attendance, and C.J. Mahoney, the former deputy U.S. trade representative and chief negotiator for the USMCA, was the keynote speaker. The event was live-streamed and the resulting papers will also be part of policy briefs for recommendations for the future of USCMA on North American trade. Professor Trujillo was invited to be a plenary speaker at Texas A&M University School of Law for a plenary panel on “Sustainable Development and the Multiple Aims of International Economic Law” as part of the American Society of International Law International Economic Interest Group’s Biennial Conference on Energy, Sustainability, and International Economic Law. Professor Trujillo was invited to be a panelist for the 11th Annual U.S. Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) Awards and Symposium, an invitation-only event recognizing women in clean energy. The U.S. C3E Initiative is a collaborative effort between the Department of Energy, Texas A&M Energy Institute, MIT Energy Initiative, and Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy.   Professor Trujillo will serve on the 2022-2023 Planning Committee for the 2nd GOLILA Annual Workshop for Latinas in the Academy (Graciela Olivárez Latinas in the Legal Academy) being hosted by Stanford University Law School in May 2023.

Jacqueline Weaver gave two lectures on the “Nature of the Oil and Gas Lease” at the Foundation for Natural Resources and Energy Law’s Oil and Gas Law Short Course in Houston.

Bret Wells presented “Mineral Deed Conveyance Ambiguities” at the Oil and Gas Law Conference hosted by the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation on October 20.

Kellen Zale presented on “Diversity and Representation in Local Legislatures” at the 2022 Cooper-Walsh Colloquium (“Local Government Structure Through a Legal Lens: Conversations on Law and Local Governance”) at Fordham University School of Law. She also presented “How Race and Class Impact Inequalities in Access to Housing and Financing: The Anti-Tenancy Doctrine” at the ClassCrits XIII Conference at Thurgood Marshall School of Law. Her forthcoming article “The Anti-Tenancy Doctrine,” was reviewed by Prof. Serena M. Williams for Jotwell on October 21.

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