Prof. MEREDITH DUNCAN spoke on "The (So-Called)Liability of Criminal Defense Attorneys: Our Ineffective, Illogical, and Inadequate System of Monitoring Criminal Defense Lawyering" at the meeting of the Southeastern Conference of the Association of American Law Schools on Tuesday, July 17th 2001 in Hilton Head, South Carolina.
Prof. SANFORD GAINES feels fortunate to have been away from Houston (and Alison) for the summer. He worked on three piece: 1) a chapter on U.S. trade policy and sustainable development for a book on sustainable development to be published by the Environmental Law Institute; 2) a chapter on investor claims for compensation under NAFTA for a book on NAFTA and the environment; and 3) further research into reflexive law and its (mis)application to environmental regulation, for a paper to be presented at a conference in October at Buffalo.
Prof. Gaines’ major article on the shrimp-turtle decision in the World Trade Organization was accepted by the University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Economic Law, and a chapter on trade and the environment in the Free Trade Area of the Americas written two years ago will finally appear in a book on trade and environment this fall.
Prof. Gaines will be leading discussion on two separate topics related to public participation in international environmental law at the Nordic Research Course on "The New Procedural and Informative Instruments in Environmental Law" in Espoo, Finland, from August 19-23. He'll be back at the Law Center on August 27.
Prof. LONNIE HOFFMAN was quoted in the most recent issue of the Texas Lawyer regarding the Fifth Circuit's July 23 decision in State of Texas v. Real Parties in Interest. The Fifth Circuit's decision in this case concerned use of the All Writs Act as an independent statutory basis for removal, a topic on which Professor Hoffman previously has written an article that appeared in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review in 1999.
Prof. CHRISTINE HURT was appointed as a Member of the Pattern Jury Charge - Family Committee of the State Bar of Texas for a 3_year term beginning June 1, 2001.
Prof. Hurt spoke twice at a conference sponsored by the Association of Legal Writing Directors entitled “Erasing Lines: Integrating the Law School Curriculum.” On Friday, July 27, 2001, Prof. Hurt was a commentator in a session on “Do best pedagogical practices in legal education include a curriculum that integrates theory, skill, and doctrine,” responding to Dean Byron Cooper, Associate Dean of University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. Both Dean Cooper’s presentation and Christine’s response will be published in a symposium monograph by West. Prof. Hurt also lead a roundtable discussion on Sunday, July 29, 2001 on the status of Legal Writing Directors.
Prof. Hurt also presented a seminar entitled “Legal Drafting” to summer associates at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in Houston, Texas on July 24, 2001. Prof. Hurt is a Skadden alumna.
Prof. CRAIG JOYCE chaired the Facilities Committee during this summer’s recovery from Tropical Storm Allison and wishes to acknowledge the Law Center’s special debt of gratitude for the extraordinary efforts of committee members Messrs. Robert Gonzalez and Jon Schultz. Besides helping to restore the school to operation by the fall semester, the committee, under the direction of Dean Nancy Rapoport and CFO Teresa Watts, will oversee the build_back of 75,000 sq. ft. of damaged space for the spring semester, including a renovation of the former library basement to more than triple the area previously allocated to student organizations and publications.
In addition, Prof. Joyce published “Welcome and Introduction: The Fifth Annual Houston Law Review Frankel Lecture, Copyright and the Dead Sea Scrolls,” in 38 Houston Law Review xi (2001). With the editors of the Houston Law Review, Prof. Joyce organized the highly successful Lecture (and commentaries) presented at the Law Center last November and now published in Houston Law Review (vol. 38, no. 1), and has assisted the Review in putting together a series of replies to the Lecture, to be published shortly.
Prof. Joyce also organized the Institute for Intellectual Property & Information Law’s highly successful summer conference in Santa Fe, superbly moderated by fellow IPIL Co_Director Raymond T. Nimmer, on “E_Commerce and Privacy” (with proceedings also to be published in Houston Law Review), and judged the American Bar Association’s John R. Brown Competition for Excellence in Legal Writing (open to all current and graduating students at AALS_accredited law schools). In the latter capacity, Prof. Joyce succeeds the late Charles Alan Wright of the University of Texas.
Prof. PETER LINZER’s article, “Rough Justice: A Theory of Restitution and Reliance, Contracts and Torts,” 2001 Wisconsin Law Review 695, was published in July as part of a symposium on contracts. It is followed by a commentary, Caroline N. Brown, Peter Linzer's "Rough Justice", 2001 Wisconsin Law Review 777. Copies of the symposium issue are being distributed to all members of the AALS Contracts List Serve. Prof. Linzer will attend the ALI Members' Consultative Group meeting on the Restatement Third of Restitution in Scottsdale, Arizona in early September, so the timing of the publication of the article is more than convenient.
Prof. DOUGLAS MOLL’s articles, "Shareholder Oppression v. Employment at Will in the Close Corporation: The Investment Model Solution," 1999 University of Illinois Law Review 517, & "Shareholder Oppression in Close Corporations: The Unanswered Question of Perspective," 53 Vanderbilt Law Review 749, were favorably cited in a recent Minnesota Court of Appeals decision (Gunderson v. Alliance of Computer Professionals, Inc., 628 N.W.2d 173 (Minn. Ct. App. 2001)).
Prof. LAURA OREN published “Righting Child Custody Wrongs: The Children of the ‘‘Disappeared” in Argentina,” 14 Harvard Human Rights Journal 123 (2001).
Prof. JOE VAIL fulfilled the following speaking engagements, or was quoted respecting same, since Faculty Focus’ last publication:
Prof. Vail has also accepted a presentation request for October 12th to speak to the University of Texas Immigration Law Conference, San Antonio, Texas on waivers of inadmissability and defenses against deportability.
Rod Borlase, Editor