December 2023


Elizabeth Trujillo, The USMCA and the Environment: Setting Trends for Global and Regional Trade, in The Future of Trade: A North American Perspective (David A. Gantz & Tony Panyan eds., 2023).


Peter Salib, The Goose and the Gander: How Conservative Precedents Will Save Campus Affirmative Action, 102 Tex. L. Rev. 124 (2023) (with Guha Krishnamurthi).

Short Form and Online

Dave Fagundes, Who Is the Bad Art Judge? Aesthetic Nondiscrimination in Andy Warhol Foundation v. Goldsmith, N.Y.U. L. Rev. Forum (Dec. 28, 2023). 

Nikolas Guggenberger, Seven Reactions to Biden’s Executive Order on Artificial Intelligence, Law & Political Econ. Project (Dec. 4, 2023) (with John Mark Newman, Veena Dubal, Salomé Viljoen, Ifeoma Ajunwa, Elettra Bietti, Jason Jackson & JS Tan).

Renee Knake Jefferson, Legal Ethics Roundup Bonus Content No. 7 - RIP Sandra Day O'Connor, Legal Ethics Roundup (Dec. 2, 2023).

Renee Knake Jefferson, Legal Ethics Roundup No. 19 - “Here Lies a Good Judge” + the Latest Ethics Headlines, Reading Rec’s, History, Jobs, Events & More, Legal Ethics Roundup (Dec. 4, 2023).

Renee Knake Jefferson, Legal Ethics Roundup No. 20 - A Holiday Gift Guide, Legal Ethics Roundup (Dec. 11, 2023).

Renee Knake Jefferson, Legal Ethics Roundup No. 21 - Rhode Award, Ethics Orgs Accountability, More ‘Hallucitations,’ Fallout from University Presidents at Congress, Mental Health, “Lowest Fees” Ad Sanctioned, Jobs, Events + More, Legal Ethics Roundup (Dec. 18, 2023).

Renee Knake Jefferson, Legal Ethics Roundup Bonus Content No. 8 - The O'Connor Funeral, Legal Ethics Roundup (Dec. 19, 2023).

Renee Knake Jefferson, Legal Ethics Roundup No. 22 - More Law Democratized, Legal Ethics Roundup (Dec. 25, 2023).

Jessica Lind Mantel, Safeguarding the Healthcare System from Private Equity’s Potential Abuses, Jotwell (Dec. 8, 2023) (reviewing Erin C. Fuse Brown & Mark A. Hall, Private Equity and the Corporatization of Health Care, 76 Stan. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2024)). 

Bret Wells, Year-End Update on the Foreign Tax CreditCCH AnswerConnect (Dec. 2023).


Our colleague shared the following offer for publication:

Peter Salib, Justices on Yachts: A Value Over Replacement Theory, S. Cal. L. Rev. Postscript (forthcoming 2024) (with Guha Krishnamurthi).

Albertus Accolades

Dean Leonard M. Baynes and the Office of Alumni Relations hosted the annual Law Center Faculty and Staff Holiday Party on December 1. Great food, good fun, and lots of dancing were experienced by all. Dean Baynes shared welcoming remarks at the Law Center’s Annual Holiday Coffee on December 2. Holiday cheer and laughter filled the Foundation Room, Danny M. Sheena Classroom A, and Bill Swenson Family Lobby, where alumni, faculty, and staff gathered to enjoy food, face painting, and other activities. On December 15, Lenore Pearlstein, co-publisher of Insight Into Diversity magazine, visited the Law Center and met briefly with Dean Baynes before he gave her a personal tour of the John M. O’Quinn Law Building. Dean Baynes welcomed Steven Paletz (J.D. '14) and his wife, Laura Mitzner Paletz, back to Houston on December 19 for a personal tour of the John M. O'Quinn Law Building. Steven was a student representative during the dean’s interview process ten years ago. On December 21, Dean Baynes and Global and Graduate Programs Executive Director Karen Jones and Director Maria Sanchez held a virtual signing agreement recognizing the MOU between Universidad de Los Andes and UH Law. 

Emily Berman was a guest on the University of Houston Hobby School of Public Affairs Hobby Hour on YouTube on December 13, where they discussed the U.S. Supreme Court and 2024 elections. On December 18, Berman was a guest on KUHF show Houston Matters, discussing the CROWN Act and discrimination on the basis of hairstyle.

Seth J. Chandler presented the webinar Using the Query Function to Write Elegant and Efficient Programs: An Author Talk with Seth Chandler on December 8.

Megan Davis presented on December 1 at the Legal Writing Institute's One-Day Workshop on Improving Legal Writing Faculty Status co-hosted by LWI’s Professional Status Committee: Advice & Support and The Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law at Arizona State University with Irene Ten Cate & Brittany Persson (both from Brooklyn Law School) on status and the intra-skills divide.

Tracy Hester remotely participated as a delegate in the UN Climate Conference of Parties in Dubai as an observer representing the American Bar Association.

Renee Knake Jefferson’s forthcoming book “Law Democratized: A Blueprint for Solving the Justice Crisis” was reviewed by the Library Journal as “measurably advanc[ing] the conversation about ways to meet people’s legal needs,” and “demand[ing] the attention of readers interested in making the legal system work for everyone, regardless of their resources.” 

Amanda Watson and Rob Brownell joined in signing a brief in the Second Circuit for former and current law library directors, professors, and academics as amici curiae in support of defendant-appellant Internet Archive.

Denney Wright presented an update on US Oil and Gas Tax. This presentation was sponsored by the Texas Society of CPAs in their Continuing Professional Education program. This was an 8-hour event held in Odessa, Texas that attracted participants from the West Texas area. This program is the second TXCPA program Professor Wright has presented this Fall, the first being presented by Professor Wright in Tyler, Texas in November 2023. Combined attendance between the two programs was over twenty with the positive outreach across East and West Texas.

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