Faculty News - September/October 2011

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Gary Allison, Vice Dean and Professor of Law, Tamara Piety, Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Professor of Law, and Sam Halabi, Assistant Professor of Law, were invited by the Public Health Law & Policy organization to join nearly 40 other legal scholars in signing a letter sent to officials at the FTC, CDC, FDA, USDA and the White House urging law makers to reject the proposition that the Interagency Working Group Principles on marketing junk food to children violate the First Amendment. According to PHLP, the letter was intended to counter "a full-scale industry effort aimed at thwarting new federal nutrition recommendations for food and beverages marketed directly to children."

Brad Carson, Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Business Law, was nominated by President Barack Obama to be general counsel to the United States Army. The general counsel is the chief lawyer of the Army, ultimately responsible for determining the Army’s position on any legal question. The general counsel also exercises technical supervision over the Office of the Judge Advocate General, the Office of the Command Counsel, Army Materiel Command, and the Office of the Chief Counsel, Corps of Engineers. Carson has a joint appointment to the TU Colleges of Law and Business and is also the director of the National Energy Policy Institute, a joint project of TU and the George Kaiser Family Foundation, which researches all aspects of energy policy and disseminates that research to policymakers and the public.

Lyn Entzeroth, Professor of Law, was a panelist on the OETA's "Oklahoma Forum" on September 18, 2011, discussing the United States Supreme Court.

Sam Halabi, Assistant Professor of Law, wrote the article, "Balancing Property and Regulatory Interests in Trademarks," which will be published in Volume 61 of the Catholic University Law Review.

Vicki Limas, Professor of Law, was recognized in the May 2011 Tulsa People magazine as one of Tulsa's Top Lawyers in the area of employment discrimination, as determined by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell's Peer Review Rankings of "lawyers who have reached the highest levels of ethical standards and professional excellence."

Elizabeth McCormick, Associate Clinical Professor of Law, recently appeared on OETA’s "Oklahoma News Report" for a story about immigration reform.

Tamara Piety, Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Professor of Law, will present "Marketing and the Commercial Speech Doctrine" at the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity on September 28, 2011.

Piety was also invited to co-author a chapter on the First Amendment implications of attempting to address childhood obesity through restrictions on marketing in a book tentatively titled, Advances in Communication Research to Reduce Childhood Obesity, to be published by Springer. In August she attended a conference for all of the invited authors held at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation offices in Princeton, N.J.

Piety will participate as a panelist at the symposium, "Constitutional Constraints on State Health Care & Privacy Regulation after Sorrell v. IMS," at the University of New Hampshire School of Law on Oct 14. The conference is jointly sponsored by the University of New Hampshire and the University of Vermont law schools, and papers from the proceedings will be published in the University of Vermont Law Review.

Judith Royster, Chapman Distinguished Professor of Law, had her 1995 article, "The Legacy of Allotment," noted as the 14th most cited Indian Law/Tribal Law article by the prominent Indian Law blog, Turtle Talk. The Arizona State Law Journal published the article.

Royster has accepted an offer from the Stanford Environmental Law Review to publish her article, "Tribal Energy Development: Renewables and the Problem of the Current Statutory Structures."

Royster spoke about tribal land acquisitions at the 9th Annual Muscogee (Creek) Nation "Doing Business in Indian Country" CLE on August 19, 2011.

Robert Spoo, Professor of Law, drafted proposed copyright legislation for the Republic of Ireland, in concert with attorneys for the Irish government. The proposed legislation, if adopted, would particularly benefit Irish cultural institutions such as the National Library of Ireland, of which Spoo is a board member.

Spoo will present a paper at the April 2012 James Joyce Research Colloquium at University College Dublin. The topic will be "Joyce, Copyright, and Piracy."

Spoo will give a plenary address on Irish copyright law and literature, "Who Owns Joyce Now?", at the June 2012 James Joyce Symposium in Dublin, sponsored by University College Dublin and Trinity College.

Ray Yasser, Professor of Law, had his book, Sports Law: Cases and Materials, adopted for use by 130 institutions, including Vanderbilt, Michigan State, Iowa, and Texas Tech.

Pearson Custom Publishing asked permission to reprint Yasser’s article, "A Comprehensive Blueprint for the Reform of Intercollegiate Athletics," Marquette Sports Law Journal, Volume 3, 1993 (reprinted in Sports Law and Regulation [Hylton and Anderson] [Marquette University Press, 1999]).

Yasser's article, "The Case for Reviving the Four Year Deal," was accepted for publication in the Tulane Law Review and is forthcoming in 2012.

Rex Zedalis, Phyllis Hurley Frey Professor of Law, is now under contract with Routledge Press, a United Kingdom publisher, to publish his book, Oil and Gas in the Disputed Kurdish Territories: Jurisprudence, Regional Minorities and Natural Resources in a Federal System. The book is scheduled for publication in 2012.

Scott Been