April 2023

Books & Chapters

Renee Knake Jefferson et al., Professional Responsibility: A Contemporary Approach (5th ed. 2023).


Johnny Rex Buckles, Constitutional Law and Tax Expenditures: A Prelude, 76 Ark. L. Rev. 1 (2023).
Valerie Gutmann Koch, Two-Physician Consent in Surgery, 277 Annals Surgery (2023) (with Peter Angelos and Abigail Sneider).
James Nelson, Government's Religious Hospitals, 109 Va. L. Rev. 61 (2023) (with Elizabeth Sepper).

Short Form and Online

James Nelson, How the Court is Pitting Workers Against Each Other, LPE Blog (April 10, 2023) (with Elizabeth Sepper & Kate Redburn).

Albertus Accolades

Dean Leonard M. Baynes provided welcoming remarks at the Ninth Annual Advocacy Banquet and Dinner held at Maggiano’s on April 7. He acknowledged that this year has been the “winningest.” Dean Baynes attended the 10th Annual Premier Women in Law Luncheon on April 11 where three of the award winners were UH Law alumnae, Nicole DeBorde Hochglaube, Partner at Hochglaube & Deborde PC, Courtney Ervin, Partner at Hicks Thomas LLP, and Mia Lorick, Partner at Locke Lord LLP. The event was sponsored by the Houston Association of Women Attorneys and was held at the Hilton Americas-Houston. Dean Baynes attended the Admitted Student Day Reception on April 14, and delivered welcoming remarks to the admitted students. On April 17, Dean Baynes provided a guided tour of the John M. O’Quinn Law Building to Jeff Dodd ‘79, Partner at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP. Dean Baynes attended the UH Law Women of the Law lunch and program titled, “Leadership Skills for Managing Your Law Practice” on April 18 at Crowe LLP and provided welcoming remarks to the UH Law alumnae group. On April 20, Dean Baynes gave a private mini tour of the law building to Andy Waters ’86 before attending a dedication of the Robert J. Talaska ’99 Advocacy Skills Lab by Mr. Talaska’s wife and sons where he provided welcoming remarks. Later that evening, Dean Byanes also attended the Houston Law Review Banquet at the Petroleum Club. The Law Center held its annual Dean’s Award Ceremony on April 21, in the Sheena Courtroom where Dean Baynes gave welcoming remarks and Assistant Dean Monica Mensah served as MC. A reception followed in the Foundation Room. Dean Baynes participated in the 7th Annual North American Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources Conference: “Increasing Risks to Energy Security: Taking on political, climatic, and criminal risks to North American Energy Supply” on April 27, and moderated a dean’s general counsel panel focused on diversity that included six corporate general counsel from the private sector. On April 28, Dean Baynes delivered remarks at the LL.M. End of Semester Reception that was held in the Foundation Room.

Kate Brem, Alissa Gomez, Whitney Heard, Hilary Reed, Lauren Simpson, and Ken Swift were honored to be named recipients of the University of Houston Group Teaching Excellence Award for their work with the Law Center's innovative Legal Writing Fellows program.

Kate Brem was recently elected to serve a three-year term on the board of the Association of Legal Writing Directors. This comes as Brem wraps her year as Chair of the AALS Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research.

Rob BrownellAlyson Drake, Amanda WatsonKate Brem, Whitney Werich Heard, and Lauren Simpson, presented "Addressing NextGen Bar(riers) with a Collaborative Approach to Teaching Legal Research" at the Lone Star Regional Legal Writing Conference at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. The Conference was co-hosted by the UH Law Center.
Dave Fagundes presented "Truth, Lies & Copyright" at the Cardozo Law School Copyright Roundtable on April 21. He was also selected as a winner of the 2023 University of Houston Teaching Excellence Award.
Victor B. Flatt presented “Risks to the Energy Supply: Climate Impacts,” in the 7th annual North American Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources Conference, in Houston, TX, on April 27. He also presented "The Evolving Role of Citizen Lawyers: In an Environmental Crisis, Is it Time for a New Take on the (Old) Rules of Professional Conduct?” at the ABA SEER 52nd Spring Conference on Environmental Law, in Denver, CO, on April 28.
Aman Gebru presented as a panelist at Texas A&M University School of Law’s Innovation is Local Symposium and at the University of Pittsburgh’s Race, and Intellectual Property Law Conference.
Nikolas Guggenberger moderated the discussion “Increasing Risks to Energy Security” at the 7th Annual North American Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources Conference at the University of Houston Law Center.
Tracy Hester hosted Professor Katy Kuh’s presentation on climate liability frameworks as part of the EENR Center’s ongoing Marie Curie Sklodowska-Curie environmental law lectures with Dr. Aubin Nzaou on April 13. Hester guest lectured on environmental governance issues to Colorado State University’s climate engineering advanced geosciences program on April 17, and he also participated in a day-long workshop hosted at the UH Energy Research Campus on repurposing offshore platforms for renewable energy and desalinization on April 18.  Hester convened the final Board meeting as Chair of the Texas Environmental Research Consortium on April 25 to approve its dissolution with the outstanding assistance of Professor Chris Heard and students with UHLC’s Entrepreneur and Community Development Clinic.  Professor Hester then moderated two panels and participated in the annual North American Energy Law Conference on April 27 with Professors Gina Warren, Victor Flatt, Elizabeth Trujillo, Nik Guggenberger and an outstanding panel of energy general counsels assembled by Dean Leonard Baynes. On that same day, Professor Hester moderated a webinar with the American College of Environmental Lawyers on the legal implications of the growing water crisis along the Colorado River and the western United States.  Last, he joined a meeting on April 29 of the ABA’s Section on Environment, Energy & Resources Council to report (with ABA Climate Task Force Co-Chair Amy Edwards) on his actions as the ABA’s delegate to the UN Climate Conference in Sharm El Sheik, Egypt in 2022 and preparations for the next conferences in Bonn in June 2023 and Dubai in December 2023.
Renee Knake Jefferson was invited to join the Handbook of Texas Lawyer and Judicial Ethics as a co-author for the next edition. She was quoted in Newsweek as well as Voice of America about US Supreme Court ethics issues. She spoke about her book “Shortlisted: Women in the Shadows of the Supreme Court” at the Bodman law firm and at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.
Jessica Mantel was an invited sole presenter of “Why Our Multi-Payer System Frustrates Delivery System Reform and What to Do About It” at Indiana University’s Robert H. McKinney School of Law’s Virtual Grand Rounds.
Douglas Moll spoke as an invited participant on the Privately Held Corporations panel at UCLA School of Law's Conference on the ALI's Restatement of Corporate Governance.
Sandra G. Thompson received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hispanic Bar Association of Houston.
Gina Warren moderated the panel “Geo Political Risks,” at the 7th Annual North American Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources Conference, “Increasing Risks to Energy Security,” at the University of Houston Law Center, on April 27.
Jacqueline Weaver spoke at the Houston Bars' Oil, Gas, & Energy Law Section on April 27 on the topic of "45+ Years in the Oil & Gas Industry: Lesson and Legacies."

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