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Dean Ray Nimmer interviewed in Houston Chronicle

Ray Nimmer, our acting Dean at the University of Houston Law Center, was interviewed by Mary Flood for an article in the Houston Chronicle today. He outlines a few of the reasons for high expectations at the law center currently and why so many students, like myself, hope that the search committee and UH Board of Regents will recognize a good thing when they’ve got it.

“Within the next year and a half, we’ll be transformed from a largely commuter law school to a residential one. A 900-unit professional building and graduate student dorm with retail shops and restaurants is going up between the law school and the graduate school of business. That changes the dynamic. It will be part of what’s going to boost us up. We will be the best urban law school in the Southwest.”

Houston Chronicle: Moneymakers: FIVE QUESTIONS WITH RAY NIMMER, He expects big things for UH’s law school

As always we were pleased to see the Center for Children, Law & Policy got a shout out -

we’ve got a child law and policy center started — focusing on children as part of the legal system, not just as defendants, but on how the legal system interacts generally with kids.

Prophylactic Legislation

I wish the Supreme Court would stop using the phrase “prophylactic legislation.” Not only is it vaguely ambiguous and hard to spell, but it conjures up disturbing mental images. Might I suggest “anticipatory” or “preventative” legislation. Just a suggestion to any sitting Justices who happen to come across this blog.

State Bar of Texas, Texans on Justice Video Contest

State Bar of Texas: Lone Star Stories: Texans on Justice

Who are you and what have you done with the State Bar of Texas? Let’s just say this fit of tech-savvy-ness is um… uncharacteristic, at least of the smoke-filled basement of the capitol building in Austin that I always imagine when I think about the State Bar of Texas. I can only assume that one of the interns has locked herself in the control room and no one can find the keys. Upload a video and post it to the contest page by Dec. 15, 2007 and you could win $2500 cash and an all expenses trip to ….. well, Grapevine, but still, $2,500.

Houston Law Review Latest Issue (Fall 2007)

I would be remiss if I didn’t point out the latest publication of the Houston Law Review. I found Patel’s MySpace or Yours: The Abridgment of the Blogosphere at the Hands of At-Will Employment fascinating for more than intellectual curiosities sake. I’ll be unpacking some of these in future posts.

Alderman on the Effects of the Vanishing Jury in Consumer Disputes

Richard Alderman, a professor at the University of Houston Law Center has recently published The Future of Consumer Law in the United States – Hello Arbitration, Bye-Bye Courts, So-Long Consumer Protection

Arbitration of consumer disputes has become the norm rather than the exception. Although attempts to dispute the enforceability of arbitration are occasionally successful, it is clear that until Congress takes action the use arbitration will become more and more widespread. It is possible that all consumer disputes may soon be “privatized” and removed from our judicial system. Many have written about the ills of arbitration and the legal basis for attacking arbitration clauses. This article does not attempt to review all of that literature. Instead, it suggests that arbitration of consumer disputes must be prohibited for one simple reason – our system of government needs the judicial branch and in the consumer arena it is slowly disappearing. The vanishing jury trial is a “hot topic” generally, but when it comes to consumer disputes the vanishing jury trial, accompanied by the disappearing appellate decision, threatens to undermine our system of regulating the consumer market place. The article concludes that enactment of the recently proposed Arbitration Fairness Act is the only way to reverse this trend and let our courts play the role their proper role.

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