Faculty Focus is a monthly publication documenting the activities, accomplishments, and honors of the University of Houston Law Center Faculty.

Editor, Katy Stein Badeaux, kastein@central.uh.edu

Previous editions of Faculty Focus can be accessed here.

July 2013


Barbara Evans has been appointed to an Institute of Medicine committee that is conducting a NASA-sponsored study of crew health standards for spaceflights in interplanetary space and is attending meetings in Washington this summer in connection with that study. On July 18, she received notice of award for an FDA-sponsored study of randomization techniques in large-scale databases that is being led by Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare Institute and the FDA/Duke Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative. Professor Evans’ Greenwall-sponsored research project on health database privacy is being extended for a fourth year through 2014, and she continues work under an NIH-funded cancer genetics project with University of Washington. In June and July, she completed two new articles entitled Mining the Human Genome after Association for Molecular Pathologists v. Myriad Genetics and Minimizing Liability Risks under the ACMG Recommendations for Reporting Incidental Findings in Clinical Exome and Genome Sequencing, which are now undergoing scientific peer review. Three law articles and book chapters presented at Spring law symposia are in final edits or in press, and she is working on a study of FDA’s authority to enter collaborative agreements with private-sector entities under the FDAAA statute. Professor Evans is representing the UH Health Law and Policy Institute in discussions to explore creation of a Texas Medical Center Health Policy Institute that would facilitate cross-disciplinary studies of health policy questions. She is developing a new course on infrastructure project financing and public-private partnerships to debut in Spring 2014 and is working with practitioners and lenders all throughout the world to develop case studies and materials for the course.


Geoffrey Hoffman’s comments on the effect of the Supreme Court’s U.S. v. Windsor DOMA decision were published on the Immigration Professors’ blog, available at http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/immigration/2013/06/comments-on-the-impact-of-windsor-v-united-states-on-immigration-law.html. Professor Hoffman was interviewed by KUHF about immigration reform, http://app1.kuhf.org/articles/1372439434-Whats-Next-For-Immigration-Reform.html. Professor Hoffman was also interviewed about immigration reform for an appearance on ABC Channel 13, http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/video?id=9156523&pid=null&syndicate=syndicate&section=.

Also this month, Professor Hoffman served as a panel expert on Special Immigrant Juvenile status in a CLE telephone conference for the Federal Bar Association’s Immigration Law section. Professor Hoffman additionally published commentary in the Immigration Prof blog regarding the Border Security amendment to the immigration reform bill currently moving through Congress, available at


 Sapna Kumar was interviewed on KUHF regarding the Supreme Court's Myriad decision. She will give a talk about her article "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Genetic Information" as part of the Cardozo IP & Information Law Program's Fall Speaker Series.


Jacqueline Lipton published "Cyberlaw 2.0" in The Law of the Future and the Future of Law, Volume II (Muller et al eds., 2012).


Douglas Moll’s scholarship on shareholder oppression was cited by the Iowa Supreme Court in the recent decision Baur v. Baur Farms, Inc., 2013 WL 2710449 (Iowa June 14, 2013).


Raymond Nimmer was selected for inclusion in the 20th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the practice areas of: Copyright Law, Information Technology Law, Litigation - Intellectual Property, Litigation - Patent, Patent Law and Trademark Law.


Michael A. Olivas has written "The Accidental Historian or, How I Found My Groove in Legal History," for a forthcoming University of Texas Press volume that will publish papers by historians from a Texas A&M book conference, to be held at the Glasscock Center for Humanities Research, September 27. His paper is the conference Keynote Address: http://calendar.tamu.edu/?calendar_id=175&y=2013&m=09&d=27&eventdatetime_id=14003& (conference information). He has also completed the 2013 Supplement to his casebook, The Law and Higher Education: Cases and Materials on Colleges in Court (3d ed. Carolina Academic Press); beginning with this supplement, he has added a co-author, Tulane Law Professor Amy Gajda. He also conducted several briefings for reporters on the SCOTUS affirmative action and Voting Rights Act cases.


Jordan Paust’s chapter, "Basic Forms of International Law and Monist, Dualist, and Realist Perspectives" was published in Basic Concepts of Public International Law: Monism & Dualism 244-265 (Belgrade 2013). His article, "International Law, Dignity, Democracy, and the Arab Spring" was also published in 46 Cornell International Law Journal 1-19 (2013).


Jessica L. Roberts’s article, “'Healthism': A Critique of the Antidiscrimination Approach to Health Insurance and Health-Care Reform" was reviewed by Elizabeth Weeks Leonard in the online journal JOTWELL (Journal of Things We Like {Lots)).  http://health.jotwell.com


Susan Sakmar presented “Shale Gas and National Security: Should the United States Export Its Shale Gas?” at the Institute for Energy Law, 4th Law of Shale Plays Conference, June 6-7, 2013, Fort Worth, TX., available at http://www.cailaw.org/institute-for-energy-law/events/2013/4th-law-of-shale-plays-conference.html. Professor Sakmar was also invited to speak on the “Natural Gas Panel” at the DMV Kema 6th Annual Utility of the Future Leadership Forum, June 17–19, 2013, Washington, D.C., available at



Sandra Guerra Thompson attended the meeting of the Board of Directors of the Houston Forensic LGC of which she is a member on July 10, 2013. On July 11, she attended the roundtable workshops of the Texas Forensic Science Commission in Austin.