Faculty Focus is a monthly publication documenting the activities, accomplishments, and honors of the University of Houston Law Center faculty. This publication is a service of the Faculty Services Department, O'Quinn Law Library, University of Houston Law Center. 

  May 1998

Mary Anne Bobinski co-authored Health Care Law and Ethics with William J. Curran, Mark A. Hall and David Orentlicher, "a sophisticated examination of health care law…made student friendly…" and described by a University of Houston Law Center student as "one of the best casebooks I've had in law school." Mary Anne Bobinski's article "Patients and Providers in the Courts: Fractures in the Americans with Disabilities Act" has been published in 61 Albany Law Review 785 (1998).
Seth Chandler has been sentenced by Dean Zamora, to deter others from misbehaving at faculty meetings, to an unspecified term on the Graduate and Professional Studies Council. This action liberates Tom Newhouse.
Richard Dole attended the Annual Meeting of the American Law Institute on May 12th-14th and will also speak at the Texas State Bar Association Annual Meeting in Corpus Christi on "Revised Article 5: Letters of Credit" on June 11th.
David Dow's review of Michael Mello's book Dead Wrong appeared in the Texas Observer on April 24th entitled "Never Say Die: The Line between Wisdom and Surrender." Also in the recently published Law in Literature he had ten entries, including Music of Chance, Before and After, Body & Soul, Lesson before Dying, Jernigan, the Second Coming, a Thousand Acres, Death of Ivan Ilych, Oresteia, and Antigone.
Gary Hartman presented an in-house CLE seminar for attorneys at the Houston office of Baker & Hostetler on April 9, 1998. A web version of his presentation, "Introduction to Legal Resources on the Web," is available on the UHLC site at: http://www.law.uh.edu/faculty/Ghartman/webtalk/index.htm.
Paul Janicke received tenure and on May 6th President Smith conferred on him academic regalia marking the event.
Ellen Marrus was a group leader at the 1998 AALS Clinical Conference "Integrating Our Values in Our Teaching and in Our Lives." She also gave a presentation at the University of Houston Graduate School of Social entitled "The Juvenile Justice System: Is It New and Improved?"
Gerry Moohr's article, "Mail Fraud Meets Criminal Theory" will be the lead article in the Fall issue of the Cincinnati Law Review.
J. Thomas Oldham's work was recognized and extensively quoted in the decision of Wendt v. Wendt, 1998 WL 161165 (Conn. Super., 1998). His law review article "Putting Asunder in the 1990's," 80 Cal.L.Rev. 1091 (1992), was used to substantiate problems of a fifty-fifty division of marital property in divorce with such exceptions for marriages with children, duration of the marriage and skills of each spouse. His treatise, Divorce, Separation and the Distribution of Property s7.10 (1991) was quoted as saying that retirement benefits are divisible on divorce.
Michael A. Olivas spoke in Chicago to the Council of Graduate Schools on "Legal Issues in Graduate Admissions and Financial Aid." He also shared his data from a faculty study at a faculty group conference in Miami and was reappointed to the ABA's Section on Legal Education to serve on a committee recommending alternative admissions criteria which was discussed in a recent ABA Journal article. Finally he reviewed four books on higher education legal issues, 24 J. Coll. & Univ. L. 123 (1997).
Jordan Paust presented a paper (to be published in the fall issue of the New York Law Review) on May 1st entitled "The Permissibility of Affirmative Action in Higher Education Under Human Rights Law" at the City University of New York Conference "Bringing it Home: Building Human Rights Law, Advocacy and Culture." He also chaired the International Criminal Law Interest Group networking session and judged part of the rounds and quarterfinals of the Jessup International Moot Court competition while attending the American Society of International Law Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. He filed affidavits in U.S. v. Corey (D., Hawaii) and U.S. v. Haywood (S.D., Fla.) addressing jurisdiction under U.S. statutes and international law. On April 9th, he moderated the Law Review's Frankel Lecture panel on "Obedience to International Law."
Laura Rothstein was the recipient on March 25, 1998 of the Ethel M. Baker Faculty Award for Outreach to the Community. She also had an article published in Chronicles of Higher Education "Guidelines Emerge for Accommodating Students Who Have Learning Disabilities" (April 24, 1998, B6), and spoke on "Legal Issues Regarding Students with Disabilities" on April 17, 1998 at University of California at Berkeley School of Law. Laura Rothstein has been appointed to the Board of the Southwest Region of the Anti-Defamation League to begin June 24th.
Robert P. Schuwerk was reappointed chair of the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct Committee of the State Bar of Texas for the 1998-1999 Bar year. He has held this position since 1994.

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