September Faculty News

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Gary Allison – Vice dean and professor of law
Lectures and Addresses
•    Was a featured speaker at the Oklahoma Water Resources Board’s Seminar on basic water law and gave the presentation “Federal Agencies and Oklahoma Water.”

Carrie Basas – Associate professor of law
Publications
•    “Back Rooms, Board Rooms: Reasonable Accommodation and Resistance Under the ADA” will be published in Volume 29 of the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law.
Affiliations
•    Appointed a commissioner of the ABA Commissions on Physical and Mental Disability.

Janet Levit – Dean and professor of law
Publications
•    “Bottom-Up Lawmaking Through a Pluralist Lends: The ICC Banking Commission and the Transnational Regulation of Letters of Credit,” appears in the Emory Law Journal, Volume 57:5.

Vicki Limas – Dean of students and professor of law
Affiliations
•    Appointed to a three-person arbitration panel in a proceeding concerning a dispute arising under a tribal – state tobacco tax compact in Oklahoma.
•    Received and accepted an invitation to assist the American Indian Law Review in becoming a peer-reviewed journal by serving on its 2008-2009 peer review board.

Tamara Piety – Professor of law
Publications
•    “Against Freedom of Commercial Expression” has been published in the Cardozo Law Review, volume 29 issue 6, May 2008.
•    “Market Failure in the Marketplace of Ideas: Commercial Speech and the Problem That Won’t Go Away” was published in the Loyala of Los Angeles Law Review.

G. William Rice – Professor of law
Affiliations
•    Appointed to a three-person arbitration panel in a proceeding concerning a dispute arising under a tribal – state tobacco tax compact in Oklahoma.
•    Received and accepted an invitation to assist the American Indian Law Review in becoming a peer-reviewed journal by serving on its 2008-2009 peer review board.

Judith Royster - Professor of law
Lectures and Addresses
•    Participated on two panels at the Oklahoma Tribal Water Summit, cosponsored by the Sac and Fox Nation and the Native American Rights Fund.
•    Participated on the panel “The Winters Centennial: Will its Commitment to Justice Endure?” and was on the planning committee for the Trust Responsibility Symposium cosponsored by the University of New Mexico School of Law Utton Transboundary Resources Center and the American Indian Law Center.
•    Participated in the Indian Law Works in Progress conference cohosted by the University of Denver and University of Colorado. She presented a paper on tribal development as economic development that is forthcoming in the Lewis and Clark Law Review and served as a commenter on a paper by University of Denver’s Professor Kristen Carpenter.
Publications
•    The Smithsonian Institution has just published the Handbook of North American Indians, Vol. 2: Indians in Contemporary Society, which includes her chapter on “Indian Land Claims.”
Affiliations
•    Received and accepted an invitation to assist the American Indian Law Review in becoming a peer-reviewed journal by serving on its 2008-2009 peer review board.

Irma Russell – Professor of law
Lectures and Addresses
•    Served as a presenter for the panel “Environmental Litigation and Climate Change,” as a moderator for “Contracts and Antitrust Law” and as a mentor for the Young Scholars Program at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools Conference in Florida.
Affiliations
•    Appointed as chair of the Professionalism Committee of the ABA Section of Legal Education.

Melissa Tatum – Professor of law
Lectures and Addresses
•    Taught at the National Tribal Judicial Center, part of the National Judicial College in Reno, Nev., on Aug. 11, 2008. She taught three classes – criminal jurisdiction, civil jurisdiction, and full faith and credit – in the course for tribal judges on how to handle domestic violence cases.
•    Commented on two papers at the Indian Law Scholarship Conference held at the University of Colorado: “Re-examining ICRA’s Punishment Limitations” by Professor Elizabeth Kronk of the University of Montana and “Indians, Race & Immigration: The Curious Case of Free Passage Rights for Canadian Indians of One-Half or More Blood” by Paul Spruhan, judicial clerk for the Navajo Nation Supreme Court.
Publications
•    Invited to write her 12th entry in the Encyclopedia of American Indian Law and Policy, which will focus on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in U.S. v. Sioux Nation.
Affiliations
•    Received and accepted an invitation to assist the American Indian Law Review in becoming a peer-reviewed journal by serving on its 2008-2009 peer review board.

Kate Waits – Professor of law
Lectures and Addresses
•    Addressed a plenary session of the annual conference on the Oklahoma Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault with the speech “Social Norms and Community Response to Victims.”

Rex Zedalis – Professor of law
Publications
•    “Distributions of Oil and Gas Earnings Under the Proposed Iraqi Revenue Sharing Law: Legal Complications and the Kurdistan Region,” was published in the electronic journal Oil, Gas and Energy Law Intelligence, edited by Prof. Tom Walde of Dundee University, Scotland.
•    “Foundations of Baghdad’s Argument that Regions Lack Constitutional Authority Over Oil and Gas Development Agreements,” which appears in the International Bar Association’s Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law, volume 26.
Affiliations
•    Received and accepted an invitation to serve on the Scottish peer-reviewed Journal of International Trade Law and Policy.