October 2021 Law Faculty Publications & News

Throughout the month of October, the Law Library received alerts for full-time TTU Law Faculty publications and news. Below is a compilation of those daily alerts for October 1st to October 31st, 2021.

Articles, Essays, and Reviews

1. Gerry W. Beyer, Estate Planning Highlights of the 2021 Texas Legislature, Est. Plan Dev. for Tex. Prof., Sept. 2021, at 1.

2. Wendy Ross, Protecting the Child Bride: Following Texas’ Middleground Approach, 44 U. Ark. Little Rock L. Rev. 99 (2021).


1. Prof. Rosen, It’s Debatable: Should Federal Government Have Oversight of Social Media Giants?, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (Oct. 24, 2021; 8:47a) available at: https://www.lubbockonline.com/story/opinion/2021/10/24/its-debatable-should-government-oversee-social-media-giants/6121830001/


1. Prof. Gerry W. Beyer is quoted in the following article: Stephanie H. Murray, My Dad Is Dead. His Landlord Just Evicted Him., The Atlantic (Sept. 29, 2021), available at: https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2021/09/all-things-you-have-do-when-loved-one-dies/620240/v

2. Prof. Rosen is quoted in the following article: Bill McCarthy, Biden hasn’t ordered dishonorable discharges for vaccine refusers in military, as viral post claimed, Politifact (Ovt. 1, 2021), available at: https://www.politifact.com/factchecks/2021/oct/01/instagram-posts/biden-hasnt-ordered-dishonorable-discharges-vaccin/


1. Prof. Beyer’s articles Statutory Fill-In Will Forms- The First Decade: Theoretical Constructs and Empirical Findings and Statutory Will Methodologies- Incorporated Forms vs. Fill-In Forms: Rivalry or Peaceful Coexistence? is cited in the following update: Restatement of the Law of Property: Wills and Other Donative Transfers, (October 2021 Update).

2. Prof. Casto’s article The Tort Liability of Insane Persons for Negligence: A Critique is cited in the following update: Restatement of the Law of Torts: Liability for Physical Harm, (October 2021 Update).

3. Prof. Christopher’s article Normalizing Struggle is cited in the following article: Sarah J. Schendel, Listen! Amplifying the Experiences of Black Law School Graduates in 2020, 100 Neb. L. Rev. 73 (2021).

4. Prof. Murphy’s article Abandon Chevron and Modernize Stare Decisis for the Administrative State is cited in the following article: Ronald A. Cass, The Umpire Strikes Back: Expanding Judicial Discretion for Review of Administrative Actions, 73 Admin. L. Rev. 553 (2021).

5. Prof. Murphy’s book Federal Practice and Procedure is cited in the following article: Zachary Sizemore, Trending Towards Leniency: What Millenium Laboratories & In Re Plavix Marketing Teach About the Future of the False Claims Act’s First-To-File Rule, 106 Cornell L. Rev. 1367 (2021).

6. Prof. Murphy’s article Arbitrariness Review Made Reasonable: Structural and Conceptual Reform of the “Hard Look” is cited in the following article: Todd Phillips, A Change of Policy: Promoting Agency Policymaking by Adjudication, 73 Admin. L. Rev. 495 (2021).

7. Prof. Benham’s article Proportionality, Pretrial Confidentiality, and Discovery Sharing is cited in the following article: Deborah Won, The Missing Algorithm: Safeguarding Brady Against the Rise of Trade Secrecy Policy, 120 Mich. L. Rev. 157 (2021).

8. Prof. Camp’s article The Unhappy Marriage of Law and Equality in Joint Return Liability is cited in the following article: Orli Oren-Kolbinger, The Error Cost of Marriage, 23 N.Y.U. J. Legis. & Pub. Pol’y 643 (2021).

9. Prof. Sutton’s article Biodiplomacy: A Better Approach to Dual Use Concerns is cited in the following article: Lena Raxter, A Dangerous Loophole: The Biological Weapons Convention’s New Interpretation that Better Addresses Potentially Deadly Biological Research, 49 Int’l J. Legal Info. 102 (2021).

10. Prof. Casto’s article Advising Presidents: Robert Jackson and the Destroyers-For-Bases Deal is cited in the following article: Hon. M. Margaret McKeown, Politics and Judicial Ethics: A Historical Perspective, 131 Yale L.J. F. 190 (2021).


1. Prof. Shannon was a speaker at the national NCAA Faculty Athletics Representatives conference on September 30, 2021. Shannon was part of a panel entitled, “Government Affairs and Legal  Potpourri – SCOTUS, NIL, and More,” that also included the General Counsel of the NCAA and the NCAA’s Director of Governmental Affairs.

2. Prof. Shannon was a panelist at the national NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative conference on October 1, 2021. The panel focused on recent state legislation and NCAA bylaw revisions relating to the ability of student-athletes to monetize their name, image, and likeness.

3. Prof. Gerry W. Beyer was the Opening Keynote Speaker for the 17th Annual Jerry A. Kasner Estate Planning Virtual Symposium on October 7, 2021. His presentation was entitled Professor Beyer’s Top Ten from Wills, Trusts, & Estates Prof Blog.

4. Prof. Gerry W. Beyer was an invited speaker at the October 9, 2021 virtual Fall Meeting of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel’s Legal Education Committee to discuss non-fungible tokens. To an audience of law professors, both full-time and adjunct, and attorneys with an interest in law teaching, Prof. Beyer explained the basics of non-fungible tokens and conducted a demonstration during which he created a unique NFT.

5. Prof. Sutton and Prof. Rosen were interviewed for an article by George Watson in the TTU Communications Office, about vaccination law and how it applies to the military and civilians.

6. On October 21, 2021, Prof. Gerry W. Beyer was an in-person speaker in Dallas at the 32nd Annual Estate Planning & Probate Drafting Course for TexasBar CLE. His presentation and accompanying article were entitled Pet Trusts: Providing for Non-Human Family Members. This topic is of enhanced importance because of the increase in pet ownership during the COVID-19 pandemic.

7. On October 22, 2021, Prof. Gerry W. Beyer was a virtual speaker for the 47th Annual Notre Dame Tax & Estate Planning Institute. His presentation was entitled Community Property: Tips and Traps for Lawyers in Common Law States.

8. On October 25, 2021, Prof. Gerry W. Beyer was a speaker for the Twenty-Ninth Annual Institute on Estate Planning sponsored by the Amarillo Area Estate Planning Council. During this virtual program, Prof. Beyer presented two papers entitled Electronic Wills and Technology: The Changing Future of the Estate Practice and Fundamentals of Texas Multiple-Party Accounts.

9. On October 27, 2021, Prof. Gerry W. Beyer was virtual speaker for the Tax & Estate Planning Forum.  He presented his paper entitled Don’t Get Lost in Cyberspace: How to Plan for and Administer Digital Assets and co-presented his paper entitled Electronic Wills: The Changing Future of the Estate Practice with Robert Fleming, a top-ranked Elder Law attorney who practices in Tucson, Arizona.

10. Prof. Sutton’s book, Halloween Law, will be featured in the criminal law podcast, https://thisiscriminal.com/about/ , with an interview of Prof. Sutton about the scary crimes that make up the unique area of “Halloween Criminal Law.”

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