Albertus Accolades

October 2015

Editor, Katy Stein Badeaux • Access previous editions of Albertus Accolades here.

Albertus Accolades is a monthly publication documenting the activities, accomplishments, and honors of
the University of Houston Law Center faculty and staff.

Leonard Baynes hosted and gave the welcome at the 2016 Gala Host Committee Luncheon on September 11 to kick off Gala 2016. Dean Baynes was a guest of Baker Hughes General Counsel Alan Crain at a World Affairs Council of Houston luncheon on September 16 featuring Nicholas Kristof presenting “Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunities.” Dean Baynes additionally attended a reception for World Affairs Council speaker and former Senate majority leader George Mitchell. On September 17, Dean Baynes participated in the Strasburger LLP “Future of Law” forum. Dean Baynes moderated a panel on racial healing at the CLE program “Race and the Law – Hate Crimes, Confederate Symbols, and Healing the Racial Divide” at the Law Center on September 18. On September 19, Dean Baynes attended the Class of 2005 Class Reunion at Sambuca. Dean Baynes gave the welcoming remarks and introduced Judge Darlene Byrne and state Representatives Gene Wu and Armando Walle at the Zealous Advocacy Conference hosted by the Center for Children, Law & Policy at the Law Center on September 25. On September 28, Dean Baynes attended a reception hosted by University of Houston Chancellor and President Renu Khator in Calgary and visited with, and spoke to, Calgary Dean Ian Holloway and the law faculty.

Janet Beck spoke on “Children’s Asylum Claims” at the University of Texas Annual Immigration Law Conference. She also answered phone calls from the community on U.S. citizenship for Univision’s LegalLine. As part of the Houston Bar Association Speakers Bureau, she made a presentation to parents at Collins Elementary School about immigration issues. She also represented the Immigration Clinic at two meetings with USCIS, one at the Asylum office and one at the main office.

Emily Berman accepted an offer to publish her paper, The Two Faces of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, from the Indiana Law Journal. Professor Berman also conducted, with Michael Price of the Brennan Center for Justice, a webinar on “Trends in Case Law” regarding issues related to use of technology and data. The webinar was put on by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties as part of a series of training sessions for privacy officers working at “Fusion Centers” -- information sharing centers involving federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies -- around the country.

Jamie West Dillon attended the Southwest Association of Prelaw Advisors/ Western Association of Prelaw Advisors Joint Conference in Las Vegas October 1-3 where she presented the session “Their Ace in the Hole…Helping Students to Better Communicate with Admissions Offices” in which participants discussed best practices for navigating the admissions process. She was also on the conference planning committee. At the SWAPLA business meeting, Assistant Dean Dillon was confirmed for another two-year term as Law School Representative to the Executive Board.

Barbara Evans has been invited to address the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's ad hoc study committee on Federal Research Regulations and Reporting Requirements, which will meet at Rice University on October 29. She will present a paper on First Amendment issues with FDA oversight of genomic testing at the FDLI/Georgetown Law Symposium on October 30. She submitted a chapter calling for a public benefit standard for nonconsensual commercial "takings" of people's biospecimens, to be presented at Harvard Law School's Petrie-Flom Center on November 16 and included in a book, Specimen Science (forthcoming MIT press). She attended the Greenwall Foundation's Fall Meeting in Philadelphia and the ASLME Health Law Scholars weekend in St. Louis earlier this month. She was on the genomics panel for DataLex: Privacy, Big Data, and the Law, held at UC Santa Cruz on October 13 and looped by Palo Alto to visit a Silicon Valley health IT company where a 2014 graduate of her biotech & law class is working. She was one of three speakers at the Symposium entitled, Big Data: Policy Meets Data Science, hosted by the University of Wisconsin's Center for Predictive Computational Phenotyping on October 15. On October 20, she participated in orientation by the Centers for Disease Control in relation to her recent appointment to a federal advisory committee dealing with health IT policy and data privacy. On October 16, she attended the excellent Symposium hosted by UH's Health Law & Policy Institute.

Tracy Hester was inducted into the American College of Environmental Lawyers at its annual meeting on October 16 in New York City. He also met with various Congressional staffers and members in Washington, D.C. during the week of October 6 during briefing sessions as chairman of the ABA environmental section’s committee on congressional relations. Professor Hester also hosted Peter Van Tuyn at the Law Center on September 24 for a guest lecture and EENR speaking event about the legal and policy consequences of oil and gas drilling in the Arctic.

Geoffrey Hoffman and students in the UHLC immigration clinic won a remand in a Fifth Circuit appellate case involving a transgendered client whose case had been pending for several years. Clinical Supervising Fellow Veronica Bernal worked tirelessly on the case as well, previously as a student and then as a supervising fellow. Professor Hoffman attended the annual gala for the Tahirih Justice Center in Houston, Texas and was honored as a “Goodfella” during the night’s event. Also in attendance was Professor Susham Modi, who was also honored. Professor Hoffman’s piece, The Immigration Consequences of Obergefell v. Hodges,” ImmigrationProf Blog (June 30, 2015), was cited in Substantive Due Process for Noncitizens: Lessons from Obergefell by Anthony O’Rourke (available here). Professor Hoffman was cited by the LexisNexis Legal Newsroom regarding the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit's remand of a Mexican transgender withholding case back to the BIA (available here). Professor Hoffman’s article Immigration Appellate Litigation Post-Deportation: A Humanitarian Conundrum (co-authored) was cited in the NYU practice advisory entitled “Return to U.S. After Prevailing on a Petition for Review or Motion to Reopen or Reconsider.” The practice advisory is available here. Professor Hoffman commented on the denial of an emergency injunction by a federal judge regarding U.S.-born children and their denial of birth certificates to Univision national news.

Craig Joyce hosted the latest iteration of the Law Center’s Annual “Here We Go Again” Party for faculty and staff and submitted to LexisNexis the manuscript for the 10th Edition of his nationally leading Copyright Law casebook. Both are now 30 years young.

Sapna Kumar presented research on digital trade regulation at the 34th Annual Congress of the International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property (ATRIP) in Cape Town, South Africa.

David Kwok presented his paper, Fair Competition and False Claims in Off-Label Reimbursement, at the Midwestern Law & Economics Association’s annual meeting at the University of Kansas, on October 2.

Jessica Mantel’s article, Taking Aim at the Social Determinants of Health: A Central Role for Providers, has been selected by the AALS Section on Law, Medicine, and Health Care for its new scholar workshop, which will take place at the 2016 AALS Annual Meeting in New York. Professor Mantel also spoke about the issues discussed in this article on the podcast This Week in Health Law.

Douglas Moll has submitted the manuscript for his new casebook, The Law of Business Torts and Unfair Competition, to West Academic Publishing. He will now turn his attention to the statutory supplement and teacher’s manual. Professor Moll spoke at the Business Valuation, Forensic & Litigation Services Conference in Houston on October 23. His topic was “Brave New World: Life for Minority Shareholders After the Texas Supreme Court Ruling in Ritchie v. Rupe.” Professor Moll has also agreed to speak at the LLC Institute in Arlington, Virginia in November. He will speak on issues related to the dissolution of LLCs. Finally, Professor Moll has agreed to present at the University of Texas School of Law’s 38th Annual Conference on Securities and Business Law in February. He will present on fiduciary duties in the corporate context.

Tom Oldham’s Texas Marital Property Rights text, now in its 6th edition, will be published by Carolina Academic Press this month.

Michael A. Olivas serves on the Editorial Board of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in Contemporary Politics Law and Social Movements, a two volume reference book project. In September, he briefed a number of reporters and media outlets on recent developments in immigration, higher education law, and entertainment law. He also published “New Insights into Latino Film History – and the Future,” SOMOS En (September 2015); it is also posted as a PDF.

D. Theodore Rave presented a draft of his article Fiduciary Voters? at the South Texas College of Law Faculty Workshop on October 9. Professor Rave also participated in a PILO Table Talk on "The Impact of Obergefell" on October 20, here at the Law Center with Professors Berman and Oldham.

Jessica L. Roberts received an offer to publish her book with Elizabeth Weeks Leonard Healthism: Health Status Discrimination & the Law from Cambridge University Press. Also in October, she presented her work-in-progress, Theories of Genetic Ownership, at the Greenwall Faculty Scholars Meeting in Philadelphia and did her annual lecture on Disability Law for Health-Care Professionals in conjunction with the Lonestar LEND Grant. Lastly, the Health Law & Policy Institute had its annual symposium on October 16, hosting prominent health law scholars from around the nation.

Spencer Simons edited and contributed to the publication in the Law Library Journal of the edited remarks presented at ’Nowhere to Run, Nowhere to Hide’: The Reality of Being a Law Library Director in Times of Great Opportunity and Significant Challenges, at the 2015 AALS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. The all-day workshop for newer directors was proposed and organized by Professor Simons as 2013 Chair of the AALS Committee on Libraries and Technology. The program was developed with Professor Joan S. Howland, University of Minnesota, and Professor Penelope A. Hazelton, University of Washington, and brought together ten of the foremost commentators on law librarianship and legal education, including Professor Michael A. Olivas as keynote speaker. In other matters, Professor Simons is preparing the second edition of Texas Legal Research for publication by Carolina Academic Press in 2016.

Sondra Tennessee has been appointed to a two-year term on the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) Diversity Committee where she will have the opportunity to work with law school professionals from around the country developing programs to increase access to law school admission and success. She will also chair the 2016 LSAC Diversity Pipeline Conference Planning Work Group. The goal of the work group will be to design a conference that will provide information to assist other law schools with creating, funding and maintaining successful pipeline programs. Associate Dean Tennessee also had the opportunity to speak at two conferences. First, she spoke at the Association of Donor Relation Professionals Conference on the topic, “There’s a New Sheriff in Town: Adjusting to a New Boss.” She then presented at the Texas Diversity Council’s 2015 Woman’s Conference, speaking on the topic "Achieving Maximum Happiness by Mitigating Stress, Depression, and Anxiety." And lastly, she won first place in the Toastmasters Division P Table Topics Contest, next stop – the District Contest.

Sandra Guerra Thompson attended a symposium called, “When the Gavel Falls: The Limits of Scientific Testimony,” co-sponsored by the Houston Forensic Science Center (HFSC) and the University of St. Thomas on September 17. She also attended the October 9 meeting of the Board of Directors of the HFSC, of which she is a member. On September 25, she spoke at a symposium at the Northeastern University School of Law entitled, “Wrongful Convictions and the DNA Revolution,” where she and her co-author Bob Wicoff presented a book chapter that they have written. On October 2, she gave a talk on “State Civil Forfeiture Law and Racial Profiling” at William and Mary School of Law as part of the Brigham Kanner Property Law Symposium. On October 14, she attended a meeting of the Harris County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council.

Greg Vetter was an invited participant for a workshop in Boston on October 9-10 covering theoretical perspectives relating to Private Law and Intellectual Property, by the Project on the Foundations of Private Law at Harvard Law School.

Bret Wells presented his article entitled The Foreign Tax Credit War to the Houston International Tax Forum on October 1. On October 9, Professor Wells presented the same article to ExxonMobil in a webcast that was attended by ExxonMobil personnel in multiple locations.

Kellen Zale spoke to the University of Florida's LL.M. program in Environmental and Land Use Law on October 20 about her recent article, The Government's Right to Destroy (47 Ariz. St. L.J. 269). She discussed legal issues raised by the sharing economy on the October 5 edition of the Houston Matters radio show (available here), and she has been invited to publish an essay on the sharing economy in the Ohio State Law Journal Furthermore.