March 2023

Books & Chapters

Douglas K. Moll & Colin P. Marks, The Law of Business Torts and Unfair Competition (2d ed. 2023).


Victor B. Flatt & Nicholas S. Bryner, Rotting Under the Bridge: How False Data is Polluting Administrative Rulemaking, 48 Colum. J. Env't L. 216 (2023).
David Kwok, Trends in Prosecution of Federal and State Public Corruption, 2 Stetson Bus. L. Rev. 30 (2023) (symposium on white collar crime)
Sandra Guerra Thompson & Nicole Bremner Cásarez, Debiasing Criminal Justice, 31 Wm. & Mary Bill Rts. J. 591 (2023).
Amanda Watson, Amanda Karel, Amanda Runyon, & Leslie Street, Demonstrating Law Library Value Through Mission-Centered Assessment, 115 L. Libr. J. 5 (2023).

Short Form and Online

Zachary D. Kaufman, Policing the Police: Congress and States Should Enact Duty to Intervene Laws, Dallas Morning News (Mar. 2, 2023).


Our colleagues shared the following offers for publication:

Dave Fagundes, Private Ownership of Public Facts, U.C. Davis L. Rev. (forthcoming 2024).

Aman Gebru, Communal Authorship, U. Rich. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2024).

Valerie Gutmann Koch, Reimagining Informed Consent: From Disclosure to Comprehension, 14(3) U.C. Irvine L. Rev. (forthcoming 2024).

Sapna Kumar, Centralizing Pharmaceutical Innovation, Md. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2024).

Sandra Guerra Thompson, Liberty, Safety, and Misdemeanor Bail, Fla. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2024) (with B. Garrett, S. Kang, D. Carmichael & I. Islam).

Douglas Moll & Ben Means, Against Contractual Formalism in Shareholder Oppression Law, U.C. Davis L. Rev. (forthcoming 2024).

Amanda Watson, Beyond Titles: Curating Relevant Law Library Collections, L. Libr. J., (forthcoming Winter 2023).

Albertus Accolades

Dean Leonard M. Baynes visited with several alumni in Austin, TX on March 1 before participating in UH Day at the Capitol events on March 2. He joined President Khator and other UH leadership, including Law Center students and alumni in meetings with select elected representatives. On March 3, Dean Baynes delivered welcoming remarks at the Admitted Students Day reception that was held in the John M. O’Quinn Law Building lobby.  On March 8, Dean Baynes provided brief introductory comments at the presentation of the Festschrift honoring Professor Zamora’s legacy, “Essays in Honor of Professor Stephen T. Zamora: A Life Between Mexico and the United States.” While visiting NY March 9-20, Dean Baynes met with alumni and NY law firm partners to network and exchange ideas about law student fellowships and hiring. On March 21, Dean Baynes gave welcoming remarks at the 1L Academic Achievement Reception. Dean Baynes welcomed and introduced Ms. Janai Nelson, President and Director-Counsel, Legal Defense Fund (LDF) on March 22 as the 2023 Yale L. Rosenberg Memorial Lecture Keynote Speaker. The title of her talk, “The Future of Our Multi-Racial, Multi-Ethnic Democracy” was moderated by Professor Emily Berman and included Jeronimo Cortina, Associate Professor and Director of Faculty Research Initiatives at Population Health and CLASS Distinguished Professor and Chair of the African American Studies Department, Tara Green, as interdisciplinary commentators. On March 27, Dean Baynes gave a guided tour of the John M. O’Quinn Law Building to Jim Granato, Dean of the Hobby School of Public Affairs, former UH Board of Regents members, Carroll Ray and Beth Robertson, Janet Hobby, Alice Aanstoos, Chairman of the Board, Hobby School of Public Affairs, and Ambassador Chase Untermeyer. On March 29, Dean Baynes hosted a virtual brown bag gathering for law faculty and staff to hear an update regarding various Texas legislative bills that are under consideration which may impact higher education institutions. Jason Smith, UH Vice Chancellor/Vice President of Government Relations and Dona Cornell, Vice President and General Counsel, were invited speakers.
Emily Berman presented her paper, “Judicial Review and the Pathologies of Gridlock,” at the National Conference of Constitutional Law Scholars in Tucson, AZ on March 24. She also participated in a CLE panel organized by the Houston Bar Association’s President’s Speaker Series called “Dobbs & The Federal Constitutional Standard of the Right To Abortion” via Zoom on March 31.
Jessica Bregant won the Hugh L. Carey Center’s 2023 Dispute Resolution Advancement Award.
Rob Brownell presented “Appealing to Future Advocates” at the Southwestern Association of Law Libraries’ annual conference in Tucson, Arizona.
Diana Dulek and Shay Everline presented “Making Moves: Transitioning to Law Librarianship” at the Southwestern Association of Law Libraries’ annual conference in Tucson, Arizona.

Victor Flatt presented “ESG: Framing and Political Backlash,” at the Ohio State University Law symposium on Conscious Capitalism, in Columbus, OH, on March 9. He also presented “The ESG Explosion and the Law,” which was the keynote at the Houston Area Law Librarians' Annual Meeting, “The Future of ESG,” on March 23. On March 28, Professor Flatt presented “Corporate Accountability and the East Palestine Train Derailment,” for the Case Western Law and Political Economy Society. Finally, he presented "Attorney Ethics meets Climate Change,” at the Northwestern University Climate Colloquium, in Chicago, IL, on March 30.

Aman Gebru presented his forthcoming article "Communal Authorship" at the faculty colloquium of South Texas College of Law on March 3.
Nikolas Guggenberger participated in the Georgetown University panel “AI Governance Series: Perspectives on Algorithmic Accountability” on March 3.
Tracy Hester spoke at the South Texas College of Law’s Annual Symposium on Ethics and Renewable Energy about the rise of climate conscious lawyering and the inclusion of lawyers in disclosure obligations for greenhouse gas emissions on March 3. He visited on March 3 with Congressional staff as part of a Wilson Center briefing session on potential legislative approaches to regulate climate engineering. On March 28, he guest lectured at Rice University on pending environmental cases before the U.S. Supreme Court in 2023. Professor Hester participated in a Council on Foreign Relations roundtable discussion on March 29 about potential approaches to repair the Arctic climate. And on March 31, he spoke at the University of Iowa Law School on the human rights implications of climate engineering proposals.
Zachary D. Kaufman presented his article, “Police Policing Police,” at George Washington University Law School on March 27. He also co-hosted a Texas Criminal Law Scholars Workshop at the Law Center on March 30-31 with his Criminal Justice Institute Co-Director David Kwok.

Sapna Kumar presented Centralizing Pharmaceutical Innovation at the University of Minnesota Law School, as part of its Faculty Works-in-Progress Series. She also presented "Pandemic-Driven Local Innovation in Pharmaceutical R&D" at the Texas A&M "Creativity and Innovation is Local" Symposium.
David Kwok presented a paper, “The Dominant Firm Threat to Legal Stability” at the Texas Criminal Scholars Workshop, hosted at UHLC on March 31.
Andrew Michaels was a panelist in “Supreme Court Oral Argument Preview - Jack Daniel's Properties v. VIP Products,” online for the Washington Legal Foundation. He was also a Mock Argument Judge for Jack Daniel's v. VIP Products, hosted by Harvard Law School’s chapter of the American Constitutional Society.
Lauren Simpson was voted 2022-2023 SBA Professor of the Year for faculty teaching in the part-time program. This is the sixth time Professor Simpson has received this recognition.
Katy Stein presented "Chat GPT Wrote this Presentation" at the Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Association of Law Libraries on March 31.
Elizabeth Trujillo was quoted in the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) News Political Analysis article entitled, “Trudeau Stakes Canada’s Trade Policy on NAFTA’s Resiliency."  As Director of Global Law and Policy Initiative for the Americas, Professor Trujillo hosted Gabriel Cavazos, arbitrator and Senior Legal Advisor with the consulting firm Monarch Global Strategies, with offices in Washington, Los Angeles, Mexico City and Monterrey, as the first GLPA speaker for Spring 2023 who presented on March 9th at UHLC on “A New Generation of Trade Disputes: The USMCA and Energy.” On February 9, Professor Trujillo was invited to be a guest lecturer at Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business where she presented on her recent trade policy research, USMCA Setting Trends for Regionalism. Professor Trujillo received a research grant, along with Professors Gina Warren and Victor Flatt, from the University of Bologna Department of Political and Social Sciences, to participate in a Sustainability Week workshop that will bring together scholars in the fields of environment, trade, finance, sociology, constitutional law, international law, and comparative law in Bologna, Italy in Fall 2024 to discuss research on legal methodologies and policies for addressing sustainability goals. The research grant was also facilitated by a Memorandum of Agreement between the University of Houston Law Center and the University of Bologna Department of Political and Social Sciences.
Gina Warren moderated the discussion on, “Transnational Energy Law Regimes and Systems Dynamics: Calibrating Finance Mechanisms of the International Renewable Energy Agency and the Energy Charter Treaty” by Nadia Ahmad, as part of the UHLC Marie Sklodowska-Curie speaker series on March 23.

Amanda Watson was the closing speaker at the Yale Law Library symposium on the Legal Treatise where she presented her recent paper "Beyond Titles: Curating Relevant Law Library Collections." Her earlier article, "'The Report of My Death Was an Exaggeration' – The Legal Treatise," 50 Journal of Law & Education 257 (2021), was, in part, the inspiration for the symposium.

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