September 2022

Books and Chapters

Daniel I. Morales, Postmodern Identity and the Structure of Immigration Control, in Theorizing Local Migration Law and Governance (Moritz Baumgärtel & Sara Miellet eds., 2022).
Tracy Hester & Kirsten Williams, The Law of Greenhouse Gas Removal, in Research Handbook on Climate Change Mitigation Law (Leonie Reins & Jonathan Verschuuren eds., 2022).

Short Form and Online

Sandra Guerra Thompson et al., Monitoring Pretrial Reform in Harris County: Fifth Report of the Court-Appointed Monitor (2022).


Our colleagues shared the following offers for publication:

David Crump, In Favor of Settlement, Charleston L. Rev. (forthcoming 2023).

David Crump, How Should Sexual Assault Laws Be Written in the Twenty-First Century?, Creighton L. Rev. (forthcoming 2023).

Victor B. Flatt & Inara Scott, Smart Regulation to Enhance Wealth Creation & Sustainable Capitalism, in Sustainable Capitalism: A Contradiction in Terms or Essential Work for the Anthropocene? (Inara Scott ed., forthcoming 2023).

Victor B. Flatt & Nicholas Bryner, Rotting Under the Bridge – How False Data is Polluting Administrative Rulemaking, 48 Colum. J. Env’t L. (forthcoming 2023).

Bret Wells, Foreign Tax Credit Redux, 26 Chapman L. Rev. (forthcoming 2023)


Albertus Accolades

Dean Leonard M. Baynes spoke and gave a Law Center update to judicial alumni at the 2022 Annual Judicial Education Conference Breakfast in Grapevine, TX on September 7, 2022. Dean Baynes and Professor David Kwok hosted a virtual diversity dialogue with TX big law partners and corporate counsel of Asian/Pacific Islander descent on September 13, 2022. Participants included alums Lola Lin ‘99, Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary at Howmet Aerospace, Alison Chen ‘03, Managing Partner at Akin Gump, and Zeshan Mohiuddin (3L). President Renu Khator and Dean Baynes presided over ribbon-cutting activities for the John M. O’Quinn Law Building on September 22. Remarks were made by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, Texas State Senators Royce West ’79 and John Whitmire ‘80, Texas State Representatives, Jolanda Jones ’95 and Armando Walle ’14 (by video), and UH Law Foundation President Tom Hetherington ’98, Partner, McDowell Hetherington LLP. On September 23, Dean Baynes hosted a day-long conference to dedicate the John M. O’Quinn Law Building. Conference speakers from across the nation convened at the new building and via Zoom to take part in the dedication. They included national and local bar association leadership, national and local members of the judiciary, and managing partners at leading law firms and other legal leaders in Houston. Dean Baynes, along with Professor Meredith Duncan, met with 1L students on September 26 and gave a presentation about tools for success. On September 27, Dean Baynes presented the UH Law Pipeline Program at a webinar hosted by the National Diversity Council titled “2022 Texas Legal Diversity Summit - On the Docket: Creating a Diverse Pipeline.” On September 28, Dean Baynes and Professor Sandra Guerra Thompson, hosted a virtual diversity dialogue with Latinx/a/o TX big law firm partners and corporate counsel. Speakers included Roland Garcia, Founding Partner, Greenberg Traurig (Houston), Mishell Parreno Taylor ’03, Partner, Akerman, Rene Casares, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Academy Sports + Outdoors, Karina Sanchez (3L), D&I Editor, Houston Law Review, and Fernando Villarreal (2L). During September, Dean Baynes and Senior Director of Development Brena Baumann-Gonzalez ’90, conducted tours of the new John M. O’Quinn Law Building with Judge Ravi Sandill ‘01, 127th Civil Court and Kelli Sandill ’91, Partner at Hunton Andrews Kurth, and Niko Lorentzatos ’95, Former Executive Vice President and General Counsel at Oasis Petroleum. Guest tours were also provided to TDECU CEO, Isaac Johnson and his cabinet.

Alyson Drake presented on "The Evolving Role of Law Librarians as Educational Experts" at the 2022 Chinese and American Forum on Legal Information and Law Librarians 2022 Conference on Tuesday, September 27.

Victor B. Flatt was a speaker in UHLC's Supreme Court webinar CLE on W. Virginia v. EPA on September 30. At Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Professor Flatt did a presentation entitled “Greenhouse Gas Regulation in the Clean Air Act.”

Nikolas Guggenberger moderated a panel on Quantum Sensors at the Transatlantic Quantum Forum in UCLA on September 16-17, a conference he co-organized with the Yale Information Society Project, the Technical University of Munich, and the Institute for Technology, Law & Policy at UCLA on the social impact of Quantum Technology.

Whitney Werich Heard is actively involved in several committees for the national legal writing community. In addition to co-chairing the Award Committee for the AALS Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research Section, she is co-chairing the Teaching Grants Committee for the Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD) and serving on the One-Day Workshops Committee for the Legal Writing Institute (LWI).

Tracy Hester, with professors Victor Flatt & Gina Warren, hosted an Environmental Justice Listening session for the U.S. Department of Justice at UH Law Center on August 29. The attending convenors included Assistant Attorney General Todd Kim (for Environment and Natural Resources Division), Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke (Civil Rights Division), U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Texas Jennifer Lowery, and Regional Counsel for EPA Region 6 James McGuire. Professor Hester spoke to the U.S. Energy Association's annual conference on Sept. 22 about financial and operational risks facing the energy sector due to climate change. Professor Hester then presented a draft article on climate bankruptcy and corporate carbon zombies at Vermont Law School's Environmental Law Colloquium on Sept. 24, and he joined a panel discussion on potential legal challenges to greenhouse gas removal projects at the Second Annual Carbon Dioxide Removal Law conference at Northwestern University Law School on September 27. On September 30, Professor Hester joined Professor Victor Flatt and Bill Jackson, national co-head of Kelley Drye's environmental law practice, to discuss the impact of the West Virginia v. EPA decision on climate change regulatory options as part of UH Law Center's annual Supreme Court Update webinar series.

Renee Knake Jefferson moderated the panel "Judicial Perspectives of Legal Education and the Legal Profession in Promoting Democracy and Community the 21st Century" at the John M. O’Quinn Law Building Celebration and Dedication Conference on September 23. C-SPAN Classroom turned Renee Knake Jefferson's interview on her book Shortlisted: Women in the Shadows of the Supreme Court into a 13-part lesson plan for high school and university classes, including videos, background information, and assessments.

The Houston Chronicle interviewed Zachary D. Kaufman for its September 19 article, “Her Son’s Death at Harris County Jail Led to 11 Firings. Years Later, She Still Waits for Justice.” The Houston Chronicle also interviewed Professor Kaufman for its September 16 article, “Heights High’s Hoax Active Shooter is a New Trend. Here’s Why the Threats Shouldn’t be Taken Lightly.” On September 2, Professor Kaufman presented his article, “Police Policing Police,” virtually at the First Friday Ideas Salon in Los Angeles.

Valerie Gutmann Koch was recognized as a 2022 Health Law Scholar by the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics/Saint Louis University. She also presented her work-in-progress, “Reimagining Informed Consent: From Disclosure to Comprehension,” at the Health Law Scholars conference in Saint Louis on September 30.

Sapna Kumar presented "Planning for Pandemic and Epidemic-Related Drug Scarcity" at the 2022 European Policy for Intellectual Property conference at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom.

Andrew Michaels moderated a panel called “Public Interests and Private Intellectual Property Rights in Vaccines,” at the National Vaccine Law Conference in Washington DC on September 16.

Douglas Moll spoke on "King Lear and Family Businesses" at the Business Law Prof Blog Symposium held at the University of Tennessee on September 30.

Lauren Simpson will chair the Bylaws Committee of the Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD) for the next two years.

Gina Warren was an invited presenter for “Where We Live Matters: Energy and Environmental Justice,” at the 13th Annual Colloquium on Environmental Scholarship at Vermont Law School on September 24.

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