June 2019 Law Faculty Publications & News

Throughout the month of June, the Law Library received alerts for full-time TTU Law Faculty publications and news. Below is a compilation of those daily alerts for June 1st to June 30th, 2019.


1. Gerry W. Beyer, What Estate Planners Need to Know About Cryptocurrency, 46 Est. Plan. 24 (June 2019).

2. M. Alexander Pearl, The (Next) Big Short and The End of the Anthropocene, 2019 Utah L. Rev. 383 (2019).

3. Marin Dell, Fake News, Alternative Facts, and Disinformation: The Importance of Teaching Media Literacy to Law Students, 35 Touro L. Rev. 619 (2019).

4. Gerry W. Beyer, Recent Developments From the Texas Courts, Est. Plan. Dev. For Tex. Prof., at 1, (June 2019).

5. Bryan Camp, The Sharp Corners of ACA Premium Tax Credit Provisions, 2019 TNT 6-24.


1. Prof. Metze is quoted in the following article: Gabriel Monte, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals agrees to review Lubbock DA’s appeal on Dixon conviction reversal, Lubbock Avalanche-J. (June 5, 2019 at 3:49 P.M.), available at https://www.lubbockonline.com/news/20190605/texas-court-of-crimal-appeals-agrees-to-review-lubbock-das-appeal-on-dixon-conviction-reversal.


1.  Prof. Murphy’s article Can They Do That? The Due Process and Article III Problems of Proposed Findings of Criminal Contempt in Bankruptcy Courts is cited in the following manual: § 2:23. Equitable Jurisdiction—Contempt Powers, 1 Bankruptcy Law Manual § 2:23 (5th ed.) (June 2019).

2. Prof. Beyer’s article Pay to the Order of Whom?-The Case of Ambiguous Multiple Payee Designation is cited in the following practice series: Daniel R. Murray & Carter H. Klein, § 5/3-110. Identification of Person to Whom Instrument is Payable, 2A Ill. Prac., UCC with Illinois Code Comments § 5/3-110 (June 2019).

3. Prof. Beyer’s article Digital Wills: Has the Time Come for Wills to Join the Digital Revolution?, is cited in the following article: Bridget J. Crawford, Wills Formalities in the Twenty-First Century, 2019 Wis. L. Rev. 269 (2019).

4. Prof. Beyer’s article Will Contests—Prediction and Prevention is cited in the following article: Karen J. Sneddon, Voice, Strength, and No-Contest Clause, 2019 Wis. L. Rev. 239 (2019).

5. Prof. Batra’s article Improving the Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act is cited in the following article: Carla Spivack, Broken Links: A Critique of Formal Equality in Inheritance Law, 2019 Wis. L. Rev. 191 (2019).

6. Prof. Spain’s article The Opportunities and Challenges of Providing Equal Access to Justice in Rural Communities is cited in the following article: Maybell Romero, Viewing Access to Justice for Rural Mainers of Color Through a Prosecution Lens, 71 Me. L. Rev. 227 (2019).

7. Prof. Watts’ article Differences without Distinctions: Boyle’s Government Contractor Defense Fails to Recognize the Critical Differences Between Civilian and Military Plaintiffs and Between Military and Non-Military Procurement is cited in the following: Dan B. Dobbs, Paul T. Hayden, & Ellen M. Bublick, § 352.Liability and immunity of government contractors, Dobbs’ Law of Torts (June 2019).

8. Prof. Sutton’s article Asynchronous, E-Learning Education: A Comparative Study 6-12 is cited in the following article: Yvonne M. Dutton, Margaret Ryznar & Kayleigh Long, Assessing Online Learning in Law Schools: Students Say Online Classes Deliver, 96 Denv. L. Rev. 493 (2019).

9. Prof. Gonzalez’s article Employment Law Remedies for Illegal Immigrants is cited in the following article: Shaakirrah R. Sanders, Ag-Gag Free Nation, 54 Wake Forest L. Rev. 491 (2019).

10. Prof. Benham’s article Beyond Congress’s Reach: Constitutional Aspects of Inherent Power is cited in the following article: Francis J. Aul, Statutory Rules of Constitutional Interpretation and the Original Understanding of Judicial Power and Independence, 17 Geo. J.L. & Pub. Pol’y 287 (2019).

11. Prof. Alex Pearl’s article How to Be an Authentic Indian is cited in the following article: Carl Tobias, President Donald Trump’s War on Federal Judicial Diversity, 54 Wake Forest L. Rev. 531 (2019).

12. Prof. Tracy Pearl’s article Fast and Furious: The Misregulation of Driverless Cars is cited in the following article: M. Alexander Pearl, The (Next) Big Short and The End of the Anthropocene, 2019 Utah L. Rev. 383 (2019).

13. Prof. Brie Sherwin’s article Pride and Prejudice and Administrative Zombies: How Economic Woes, Outdated Environmental Regulations, and State Exceptionalism Failed Flint, Michigan is cited in the following article: Kayla Wesier-Burton, Clean Drinking Water: A Stream of Success and Opportunity For Reform, 2019 Utah L. Rev. 503 (2019).

14. Prof. Murphy’s article Judicial Deference, Agency Commitment, and Force of Law is cited in the following article: John B. Meisel, Auer Deference Should Be Dead; Long Live Seminole Rock Deference, 27 Cath. U.J. L. & Tech. 73 (2019).

15. Prof. Beyer’s work on Texas Law of Wills is cited in the following article: J. Ellen Bennett, Mark R. Caldwell, Donovan Campbell, Jr., You Settled It, Right? Family Settlement Agreement in Probate, Trust, and Guardianship Disputes, 11 Est. Plan. & Community Prop. L.J. 213 (2019).

16. Prof. Shannon’s article The Revised NCAA Division I Governance Structure After Three Years: A Scorecard in the following article: Grant Newton, The NCAA on Notice: How Utilizing Principles of Federalism Could Relieve Antitrust Pressure, 21 Vand. J. Ent. & Tech. L. 1091 (2019).

17. Prof. Benham’s article Proportionality, Pretrial Confidentiality, and Discovery Sharing is cited in the following article: Jeffrey W. Sheehan, Confidences Worth Keeping: Rebalancing Legitimate Interests in Litigant’s Private Information in an Era of Open-Access Courts, 21 Vand. J. Ent. & Tech. L. 905 (2019).

18. Prof. Outenreath’s article Cheers! Ending Quill… What can be Learned from the Wine Industry is cited in the following article: Frederick N. Hanna, Annual Survey of South Carolina Law: Administrative & Regulatory Law: Don’t Feel Like Going to the Store? I’ll Drink to That! How to Govern the Direct Shipment of Alcohol in South Carolina, 70 S.C. L. Rev. 1087 (2019).

19. Prof. Beyer’s article Ante-Mortem Probate: A Viable Alternative is cited in the following article: Charles E. Cantú, An Oral History of St. Mary’s University School of Law (1961-2018), 50 St. Mary’s L.J. 209 (2019).

20. Prof. Beyer’s article Statutory Fill-in-Will Forms: The First Decade—Theoretical Constructs and Empirical Findings is cited in the following article: Andrew L. Lawson, Body Building: Expanding Arkansas’s Standards for Holographic Wills, 71 Ark. L. Rev. 917 (2019).

21. Prof. Beyer’s article When You Pass On: Don’t Leave the Passwords Behind: Planning for Digital Assets is cited in the following article: Nora Hood, Domestic Asset Protection Trusts: A Debtor’s Friend and Creditor’s Foe, 13 Brook. J. Corp. Fin. & Com. L. 443 (2019).


1. On June 7, Professor Beyer was honored to be one of the invited speakers at the 46th Annual Midwest Estate, Tax, and Business Planning Institute held in Indianapolis, Indiana. His presentation focused on the cutting edge issues addressing cyber estate planning and administration including discussions of the Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act and planning for clients who own cryptocurrency.

2. Professor Beyer has been asked to serve on the Decedent’s Estates Committee of Real Estate, Probate, and Trust Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. Prof. Beyer will work with other committee members to draft legislation for introduction into the 2021 Texas Legislature.

3. Professor Beyer will participate in the ACTEC/ALI-CLE Webinar on Electronic Wills.

4. On June 18, Professor Beyer was the lead off speaker at a three-day program, the 43rd Annual Advanced Estate Planning & Probate Course, sponsored by the State Bar of Texas. His presentation and accompanying paper were entitled Case Law Update and gave attendees insights into recent judicial developments relating to the Texas law of intestacy, wills, estate administration, trusts, and other estate planning matters.

5. On June 18, Professor Tracy Pearl presented her paper: Hands Off the Wheel: The Role of Law in the Coming Extinction of Human-Driven Vehicles, at the 30th Annual European Conference of the International Telecommunications Society in Helsinki, Finland.

6. Professor Tracy Pearl appeared on two episodes of the Human-Robot Interaction podcast. Episode 1: Autonomous Vehicles—The Future of Transportation, and Episode 2: Autonomous Vehicles—Legal Concerns. Listen to Episode 1 here: https://www.human-robot-interaction.org/2019/03/07/autonomous-vehicles-the-future-of-transportation/. Listen to Episode 2 here: https://www.human-robot-interaction.org/2019/03/12/autonomous-vehicles-legal-concerns/.

7. Professor Beck argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in United States v. Davis on April 17, 2019. You can listen to the oral argument here, or read a written transcript here. On June 24th, the Court concurred with Professor Beck’s argument that 18 U.S.C. § 924(c)(3)(B) was unconstitutionally vague and invalidated the statute. Justice Gorsuch penned the majority opinion, available here: https://casetext.com/case/united-states-v-davis-2053.

8. Professor Drake’s recent talk on cognitive science and legal research was highlighted in the latest RIPS-SIS blog. You can read it here.

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