March 2022


Sapna Kumar, Compulsory Licensing of Patents During Pandemics, 54 Conn. L. Rev. 57 (2022).  
Sapna Kumar & Ana Santos Rutschman, Contractual Solutions to Overcome Drug Scarcity During Pandemics and Epidemics, 40 Nature Biotech. 301 (2022).  
Jacqueline Weaver, The Railroad Commission's New Duties to Keep Texans Warm: Winter Storm Uri Forces Change, 46 Oil, Gas and Energy Resources L. Sec. St. Bar Tex. Rep. 15 (2022).

Short Form and Online

Zachary D. Kaufman, BLM and International Human Rights Law: The Challenge of Systemic Racism, 115 Proc. Am. Soc. Int’l L. Ann. Meeting 277 (2021).

Renee Knake Jefferson, Michigan Women Helped Pave the Way to the Supreme Court for Ketanji Brown Jackson, Lansing St. J. (March 26, 2022).

Renee Knake Jefferson & Hannah Brenner Johnson, Judging Women for the Supreme Court: As Ketanji Brown Jackson Hearings Begin, America Has a Long Way to Go, NY Daily News (March 20, 2022).

Valerie Gutmann Koch, Liability Shields in the Covid-19 Pandemic, Litig. Sec. St. Bar Tex. (Winter 2022).

Sapna Kumar & Ana Santos Rutschman, Using Contracts to Lessen Inequities in Access to Medicines in Pandemics and Epidemics, Bill of Health (March 24, 2022).

Sapna Kumar & Ana Santos Rutschman, Reducing Drug Scarcity During Pandemics and Epidemics Through Contracts, Nature Health Community (March 18, 2022).


Our colleagues shared the following offers for publication:

Emily Berman, Reimagining Surveillance Enforcement, U. Ill. L. Rev. (forthcoming).

Jessica Mantel, Age is More Than Just a Number, Ky. L.J. (forthcoming 2022).

Jessica Mantel and Jasmine Singh, Why a Sustainable Public Health System Needs Community-Based Integrated Health Teams, Belmont Health L.J. (forthcoming 2022).

Daniel I. Morales, An Immigration Law for Abolitionists (and Reactionaries), 13 U.C. Irvine L. Rev. (forthcoming 2023).

Daniel I. Morales, A First Amendment Law for Migrant Emancipation, 56 Ga. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2022).

Daniel I. Morales, How Immigration Law Manufactures Crisis, Hous. J. Int'l Law (forthcoming).

Elizabeth Trujillo & Sabrina Ragone, Global Challenges and Local Solutions: New Perspectives for International and Comparative Law, Hous. J. Int'l Law (forthcoming Fall 2022).  

Kellen Zale & Sarah Schindler, The Anti-Tenancy Doctrine, 171 U. Pa. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2022-23).

Albertus Accolades

On March 2, Dean Leonard M. Baynes along with alumni Marvin Nathan ‘66, and the Jean & Jerry Moore Southwest Regional Counsel of the ADL, conducted interviews with Law Center students interested in a paid five-week summer fellowship at the Anti-Defamation League, Houston Regional Office. The successful student will be embedded in ADL’s day-to-day legal work and regional office work. On March 3, Dean Baynes, Professor Meredith Duncan, Associate Dean Sondra Tennessee, Assistant Dean Tiffany Tucker, Assistant Dean Monica Mensah, and Executive Director Karen Jones attended a Black Law Student Association dinner to connect with students of color and address questions and concerns. Later that evening Dean Baynes was the guest of alumna Regina Rogers ’70 at the Inaugural Bauer College Gala to honor Marvy Finger with a Lifetime Achievement Award and other recognitions.  Dean Baynes attended the March 9 Lunch with a Lawyer where he introduced guest speaker Harris County Attorney Christian Menafee who talked with students about his career and working in the County Attorney’s Office. That evening Dean Baynes attended a Dinner with a Lawyer meeting where he introduced guest speaker and alumna U.S. Attorney Charmaine Aarons Holden ’87 who talked with students about her career. Both virtual events were hosted by the Career Development Office. On March 17, Dean Baynes met with alumni, including Star Jones ’86, in the Chicago-area to network and share updates about the new law building. On March 18, Dean Baynes attended the ABA Dean’s Workshop in Chicago, IL to network, discuss several relevant issues, and collaborate on anti-racism, mental health and wellness, admissions testing, and student issues in legal education to name a few. Dean Baynes provided opening remarks at the 1L Academic Achievement Ceremony for 1L Top 30% students on March 24. On March 31, Dean Baynes gave a presentation about a life of service at the Anti-Defamation League Coalition for Mutual Respect (CMR) Program Leadership virtual event.

Seth Chandler provided a guest lecture to the University of Pennsylvania Law School's Remedies and Litigation class on SB8 and similar statutes on March 2.  

Victor Flatt presented “The Regulatory and Policy Issues in Getting to Net Zero in 2050,” as the keynote speaker for the Gutierrez Energy Management Institute, UH Bauer College of Business, via Zoom on March 3. Professor Flatt is serving again as the final level reviewer for the Land Use and Environmental Law Year End selection of the best articles of 2021.

On March 1, Tracy Hester represented the American Bar Association at a planning session for a new coalition of national bar associations that will coordinate actions on climate change.  The coalition includes the ABA, the International Bar Association, and the national bars of England, Scotland, India, Brazil, Japan, Canada, Ireland, the Netherlands, the European Council of Bars, Italy, the International Law Institute, and other groups.  It plans to participate actively in the upcoming UN climate conference in Sharm el Sheik, Egypt, in November 2022.  On March 22, Hester moderated a webinar with Professor Michael Vandenbergh from Vanderbilt University Law School to discuss his paper on Governance by Contract:  The Growth of Environmental Supply Chain Contracting, as part of the EENR virtual lecture series on Energy Transition and Climate Governance issues.  Dr. Aubin Nzaou continues to organize and host the series.

On March 3, Zachary D. Kaufman spoke at Washington University in St. Louis School of Law at an event on “Putin Brings War to Europe: What’s Next for Ukraine?"

Renee Knake Jefferson was appointed as a Fulbright Alumni Ambassador for 2022-24. She made numerous media appearances regarding the nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson to the US Supreme Court, including the Washington Post, CNN, Houston's ABC TV affiliate, and the Texas Standard. Professor Jefferson also published three op-eds in The Hill, the NY Daily News and the Lansing State Journal about the Jackson nomination. She was featured on C-SPAN's Q&A Show discussing her book Shortlisted: Women in the Shadows of the Supreme Court. The Yale Law Journal released a podcast interview with Professor Jefferson discussing her YLJ Forum essay Lawyer Lies and Political Speech. Finally, she delivered commentary about the book Civil Rights Queen: Constance Baker Motley and the Struggle for Equality as part of the Yale L. Rosenberg Annual Lecture.

Sapna Kumar presented "Trial Court Specialization for Patent Cases" at Estop and Stay Awhile: The Interaction of Administrative and Article III Courts in Intellectual Property, Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal Symposium.

On March 30, Douglas Moll was the guest for the Houston Law Review's podcast series entitled "Emphasis Added." The podcast subject was "Theranos, Fraud, and Closely Held Corporations with Douglas Moll."

Michael A. Olivas was named to the Editorial Board of Federal History: The Journal of the Society for History in the Federal Government. Although he has stepped down from several editorial boards, he continues to serve on more than 20, as well as on book publisher editorial boards and boards for scholarly book series, such as NYU Press’ Citizenship and Migration in the Americas

Sandra Guerra Thompson presented her forthcoming paper, De-Biasing Criminal Justice, at the William and Mary Bill of Rights Journal symposium on March 4 with Nicole Casarez.

On March 10, Elizabeth Trujillo organized, hosted, and chaired a roundtable on "Supply Chains, Trade, Climate Change, and Public Health" as part of a Webinar entitled "Global Challenges, Local Solutions: Supply Chains, Sustainability, and Governance." The webinar was co-sponsored by the Initiative on Global Law and Policy for the Americas, for which Professor Trujillo is founding director, as well as the Houston Journal of International Law, and the University of Bologna Center for Latin American Studies.  It consisted of two Roundtable discussions: one on "Supply Chains, Trade, Climate Change, and Public Health," and the other on "Governance, Comparative Constitutionalism, and Social Justice," with experts from the US, Europe, Mexico, and Latin America. HJIL will publish a Symposium issue this Fall with the papers presented. Professor Trujillo was an invited speaker for the UH Honors College largest fundraising event, Great Conversations, held at the UH Fertitta Center on March 26. She joined founding Dean of the Honors College, Dr. Ted Estess, to host a table that explored the various dimensions of the student-teacher/mentor relationship, and discussed, from personal experience, its important transformative moments.

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