Faculty News - May 2011

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Charles Adams, Professor of Law, has written an article, "Spoliation of Evidence: Sanctions versus Advocacy," that will be published in Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review.

Russell Christopher, Professor of Law, has co-authored with his wife, Kathryn Christopher, an article, "The Paradox of Statutory Rape," that will be published in the Indiana Law Journal. In April, Christopher presented his paper, "Targeted Killing and the Imminence Requirement," at a conference (Using Targeted Killing to Fight the War on Terror: Philosophical, Moral and Legal Challenges) at The Institute for Law and Philosophy of the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Christopher also presented this paper in April at a research colloquy at TU.

Lyn Entzeroth, Professor of Law, presented her research colloquy, "Legislative Changes in Capital Punishment," in April at TU.

Sam Halabi, Assistant Professor of Law, wrote an article, "The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act: Regulatory Successes and Market Failures," that was published in the May/June 2011 issue of The Food and Drug Law Institute’s magazine, Update.

Elizabeth McCormick, Associate Clinical Professor of Law, testified in March to the Joint Immigration Subcommittee of the Oklahoma Legislature about the impact of pending immigration-related state legislation on the immigrant community and implementation of federal immigration law. Also in March, McCormick presented "U Visas for Victims of Human Trafficking" at an Oklahoma Bar Association Program titled "How Human Trafficking May Affect Your Practice." And also in March, McCormick presented "Best Practices for Representing Immigrant Victims of Human Trafficking" at a two-day conference in Tulsa and Oklahoma City of the Oklahoma Human Trafficking Task Force.

Tamara Piety, Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Professor of Law, participates in the "Marketing to Children Learning Community" of NPlan (the National Policy & Legal Analysis Network to Prevent Childhood Obesity). In April, Piety attended a meeting in Washington, D.C., of a group of lawyers working on food marketing issues. Invited participants included several lawyers from government, academia and public interest groups, including representatives from Yale University’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity and from Public Citizen, a national nonprofit organization that represents consumer interests.

Piety was also invited to join an amicus brief filed by a distinguished group of law professors in the case of Business Roundtable and the Chamber of Commerce of the United States v. the Securities and Exchange Commission in the Circuit Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. The brief argues in favor of a proposed regulation, opposed by the Business Roundtable and the Chamber of Commerce, requiring publicly traded companies to include in their proxy statements to shareholders, nominees for positions on the board of directors proposed by shareholders with a specified threshold stake in the company. Other signatories include, among others, Professors John Coates and Victor Brudney of Harvard, William Bratton of Penn, Hillary Sale of Washington University and Adam Winkler of UCLA.

In addition, Piety participated in the following panel discussion, "Campaign Finance Case: Citizens United – Point and Counterpoint," in Austin, Texas, at the 5th Annual Bill of Rights Course, a CLE program for the Texas Bar.

G. William Rice, Associate Professor of Law, spoke in April at Wake Forest University’s "American Indian Land Rights and Religious Freedom: A Community Symposium." Rice opened the event by addressing the topic, "The Scope of American Indian Land Rights."

Judith Royster, Chapman Professor in Law, wrote an article, "Conjunctive Management of Reservation Water Resources: Legal Issues Facing Indian Tribes," that was published at 47 Idaho Law Review 255 (2011) as part of a two-volume symposium on conjunctive water management. She presented this article in April at the University of Idaho Law Review Symposium titled "One Source: Evolution of the Policies Surrounding Ground & Surface Water Management in the West." In May, Royster presented "Tribal Water Marketing" at the 3rd Annual Oklahoma Water Law Conference in Tulsa.

Robert Spoo, Associate Professor of Law, was one of three winners of the TU Outstanding Teacher Award. This is one of the highest forms of recognition that TU can bestow upon a member of the faculty. Initiated in 1980, it is limited to no more than three faculty members per year—fewer than 1% of the resident faculty. The winners are nominated by students, and the selection is made by the elected Faculty Affairs Committee of the Faculty Senate. Spoo was honored at the spring commencement with a monetary award and a medallion. Spoo has been promoted to full professor effective this upcoming fall semester.

Hannah Wiseman, Assistant Professor of Law, presented her research colloquy in April at TU. The title of her presentation was "Regional Renewable Energy Governance." In April, she was a panelist at the American Planning Association’s National Planning Conference in Boston.

Samuel Wiseman, Assistant Professor of Law, presented his research colloquy in April at TU. The title of his presentation was "Waiving Innocence." His article, "Waiving Innocence," will be published in Volume 96 of the Minnesota Law Review. This article addresses criminal defendants giving up the right to the testing, and possibly preservation, of DNA evidence. It explores the validity of these waivers, their consequences, and the justifications behind their use.

Ray Yasser, Professor of Law, was one of 21 law and economic professors and antitrust experts who sent a joint letter in April to the United States Department of Justice requesting that the DOJ launch an investigation of college football’s Bowl Championship Series (BCS). The signatories to the letter allege that the BCS violates the Sherman Antitrust Act. The letter explains how the BCS harms competition by restraining output, fixing prices, reducing quality, and cartelizing previously independent bowl games as a means of blocking the emergence of rival post-season systems, such as a playoff. As a result of these anti-competitive aspects of the BCS, consumers receive a lower quality, more expensive college football post-season.

Yasser appeared as a guest on Tulsa radio station 97.1 FM The Sports Animal to discuss the BCS and the letter. Shortly after the letter was sent, the DOJ’s antitrust chief, Christine Varney, sent a letter to National Collegiate Athletic Association President Mark Emmert questioning him about why a playoff system is not used in college football, as it is in other sports, and whether there are aspects of the BCS system that don’t serve the interest of fans, schools, and players. Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff is planning an antitrust lawsuit against the BCS.

Scott Been