February 2023


Renee Knake Jefferson, Mentored: On Legacies, Leaders, and Legal Ethics, 91 Fordham L. Rev. 1285 (2023).
Amanda Bolles Watson, The Unintended Consequences of Unintentional Datasets, 114 Law Lib. J. 455 (2023).
Daniel I. Morales, A First Amendment Law for Migrant Emancipation, 56 Ga. L. Rev. 1401 (2022) (printed Feb. 2023).

Short Form and Online

Brief of Amicus Curiae Professor Andrew C. Michaels in Support of Respondent, Jack Daniel's v. VIP Products, No. 22-148 (U.S. Feb. 22, 2023).
Darren Bush & Mark Glick, The FTC’s Proposed Rule Banning Non-Competes Will Protect Workers: A Reply to Commissioner Wilson’s Dissent, The Sling, Jan. 16, 2023.
Darren Bush, The Commissioner Didn’t Just Spill Water on the Way Out of the FTC, The Sling, Feb. 20, 2023.
Seth J. Chandler, MultinormalKLDivergence, Wolfram Function Repository, Feb. 22, 2023 (function to compute the Kullback–Leibler divergence between two multinormal distributions; useful in machine learning, including distributional embeddings of text).
Seth J. Chandler, NonNegativeExcessDistribution, Wolfram Function Repository, Feb. 8, 2023 (function to compute the distribution of the amount in excess of a specific value drawn from an underlying distribution; useful in understanding insurer obligations).
Tracy Hester, John Dernbach & Amy Edwards, ABA Encourages Climate-Conscious Lawyering at COP27, Trends at pp. 16-19 (March/April 2023).

Tiffany Tucker, HLRE Career Column: Mentorship, 13 Hous. L. Rev. Online 48 (2023).


Our colleagues shared the following offers for publication:

Darren Bush & Mark Glick, The Chicago School, The Post Chicago School and The Neo Brandeisian Schools of Antitrust in Light of Modern Economics, Geo. Mason L. Rev. (forthcoming 2023).
Tracy Hester, Governing Ecoworship Under Federal Environmental Law, Columbia J. Envt'l Law (forthcoming 2023).
Tracy Hester, Spinning Off Carbon: Corporate Restructuring in a Climate Bankrupt World, N.Y.U. Envt'l L. Journal (forthcoming 2023).

Tracy Hester, John Dernbach & Amy Edwards, The Role of Lawyers, Bar Associations, and Law Societies in Getting to Net Zero, Nat. Res. & Env't (forthcoming 2023).
Jessica Roberts, Panes/Pains of Privilege, 16 FIU L. Rev. (forthcoming 2023) (invited contribution).
Jessica Roberts, Paul S. Appelbaum, Sara M. Berger, Wylie Burke, Erik Parens, & Wendy K. Chung, Cases in Precision Medicine: Is There an Obligation to Return Reinterpreted Genetic Results to Former Patients?, Annals Inter. Med. (forthcoming 2023).
Peter Salib & Guha Krishnamurthi, The Goose and the Gander: How Conservative Precedents Will Save Campus Affirmative Action, Tex. L. Rev. (forthcoming).

Albertus Accolades

Dean Leonard M. Baynes, Associate Dean Greg Vetter, and members of the Law senior management team greeted members of the ABA site visit team and hosted a dinner for them in the Foundation Room, on February 5. The four-day site visit, required by the ABA Standards for Approval of Law Schools and the Rules of Procedure for the Approval of Law School, is organized by the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar and occurs every ten years. Dean Baynes was pleased to introduce and welcome Reginald Dwayne Betts, the 2023 Bracewell LLP Distinguished Lecture in Racial and Social Justice as the guest speaker for the Law Center’s Black History Month event on February 16. Mr. Betts was incarcerated as a youth and now has become a Yale Law School educated American poet, legal scholar, educator, and prison reform advocate. He performed one of his latest pieces of work titled, “Felon: An American Washi Tale.” On February 21, Dean Baynes greeted and welcomed alumni members of AZA law firm, Ward Goolsby ‘14, Partner, Colin Phillips ’14, Associate, and other members to the Law Center for a tour.  On February 24, Dean Baynes welcomed and met with Thasunda Duckett, President and CEO of TIAA prior to her tour of the Law Center. He also gave brief welcoming remarks at the lunchtime judicial event and later met Judge Gray and Mrs. Miller prior to their tour of the new building. Dean Baynes met with alum and US Attorney Alamdar Hamdani ‘99 on February 27. After the meeting, he gave Attorney Hamdani a personal tour of the new law building.
Emily Berman participated in the panel discussion “The Implications of Dobbs for Texas Doctors,” at the Houston Bar Association Gender Fairness Committee CLE on Feb.16. She also participated in the panel discussion “How Courts are Shaping Congress’ Power to Investigate,” at the Levin Center for Oversight and Democracy Webinar on Feb. 8.
Daren Bush was a panelist for the discussion "Wu, Kanter, and Khan: Grading the Biden Administration's Antitrust Agenda" at the George Mason Law Review Symposium. The panel was moderated by Senior Circuit Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg, with co-panelists David Wales, Noah Joshua Phillips, and Maureen Ohlhausen. Professor Bush was also a panelist in episodes two and three of the Slingshot. In episode two, featuring Sanjukta Paul, the panelists discussed the pending Microsoft-Activision merger, the FTC’s proposed ban on non-competes, and Elon Musk’s “libertarian antics” on Twitter. Episode three featured Evan Starr whose work was cited often in the FTC's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on non-compete agreements, and the group also discussed the FTC budget, and airline mergers.
Megan Davis presented, "You, Me, and the Other Lawyer in the Room: a Look at 4 Co-Teaching Relationships" at the Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference on Feb 24 at UNLV.
Victor B. Flatt presented “ESG: What Does it Mean,” at the Case Western Reserve University Public Affairs Discussion Group in Cleveland, OH, on February 23. He also presented “Introduction to ESG,” in a panel discussion with Lisa Jackson for Rice University Environmental Studies on February 7.
Aman Gebru presented the draft article "Communal Authorship" at the 2023 Works-In-Progress in IP Annual Conference hosted by Suffolk University and at the Chicago-Kent Intellectual Property Colloquium.
Nikolas Guggenberger presented his paper in progress “Allocating Network Effects” at the Faculty Workshop at UNC on February 16, and at Yale Law School's Law and Political Economy of Technology conference on February 18.
Renee Knake Jefferson was featured in an interview by Duke Law’s Judicature with Seventh Circuit Judge Diane Wood on Jefferson’s book Shortlisted: Women in the Shadows of the Supreme Court.
Valerie Koch was awarded an Elizabeth D. Rockwell Faculty Fellows Award from the Elizabeth D. Rockwell Center on Ethics and Leadership at the Hobby School of Public Affairs to pursue her project, "Reimagining Informed Consent."
Sapna Kumar presented her article "Centralizing Pharmaceutical Innovation" at Cardozo Law School's Intellectual Property Colloquium and at the Works-in-Progress-in-IP Conference at Suffolk Law School.
Andrew Michaels presented his work in progress, “NFTs Trademarks and the First Amendment” at the Works in Progress in Intellectual Property Law (WIPIP) Conference at Suffolk University.
Tracy Hester was appointed as a Senior Fellow in the Global Council on Science & Environment on Feb. 27, and he will represent GCSE as a delegate in negotiations for an international plastics treaty in Paris in Summer 2023.  He will also represent the American Bar Association as one of its delegates at the mid-term work session in Bonn in June 2023 to prepare for UN climate change conference in Dubai on December 2023.  On Feb. 23, Hester moderated a panel discussion for the American College of Environmental Lawyers on the application of the Inflation Reduction Act and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to large-scale climate mitigation projects.  He also spoke to the ABA Environmental Law Societies Network on Feb. 28 during a workshop with the ABA Climate Change Task Force, which he co-chairs. On March 3, Hester spoke on the ethical implications of climate conscious lawyering at the annual conference for South Texas Law School's law review.  He also briefed U.S. House congressional staff on developments in climate engineering law that same day.
Teresa Messer became a member of Houston Leads, a diverse, non-partisan coalition of immigrant organizations committed to enhancing the protection, safety, dignity, inclusion and freedom of all immigrants living in the Houston area. Professor Messer was also nominated as the UHLC SBA Professor of the Year.
Douglas Moll spoke as part of a panel presentation on shareholder oppression and breach of fiduciary duty at the 5th Annual State Bar of Michigan Business Law Section Symposium. The second edition of his casebook on The Law of Business Torts and Unfair Competition was also published by West Academic Publishing.
Amanda Watson gave a talk about her paper “The Unintended Consequences of Unintentional Datasets” at the University of Pennsylvania on February 8.
Kellen Zale and co-author Prof. Sarah Schindler presented their forthcoming article, “The Anti-Tenancy Doctrine,” at a colloquium hosted by the editors of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School on February 24. Prof. Zale also appeared on the Houston Law Review Emphasis Added audio podcast and video podcast on February 24 for a discussion of "Affordable Housing, Eminent Domain, and Other Land Use Issues.”

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