December 2017 Law Faculty Publications & News

Throughout December, the Law Library received alerts for full-time TTU Law Faculty publications and news. Below is a compilation of those daily alerts for December 1 to December 31, 2017.


1. Gerry W. Beyer, PROBATE AND DECEDENT’S ESTATES (17 & 18 Tex. Prac. 2017-2018 Supp.).

2. Gerry W. Beyer, MARITAL PROPERTY AND HOMESTEADS (38 & 39 Tex. Prac. 2017-2018 Supp.).


1. Arnold Loewy & Charles Moster, It’s Debatable: Are college football coaches overpaid?, LUBBOCK AVALANCHE-J. (Dec. 1, 2017 08:15 pm),

2. Arnold Loewy & Charles Moster, It’s Debatable: Should death penalty be used more often?, LUBBOCK AVALANCHE-J. (Dec. 15, 2017 09:12 pm),

3. Arnold Loewy & Charles Moster, It’s Debatable: Should there be a law against sexual preference discrimination?, LUBBOCK AVALANCHE-J. (Dec. 29, 2017 07:55 pm),


1. Prof. Robert Sherwin’s article Ambiguity in Anti-SLAPP Law and Frivolous Litigation is cited in the following article: James M. Redwine, Does It Hurt to Get Slapped? A Study of the Perils of Citizen Involvement, 32 NAT. RESOURCES & ENV’T 15 (2017).

2. 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 Brie Sherwin’s article Pride and Prejudice and Administrative Zombies: How Economic Woes, Outdated Environmental Regulations, and State Exceptionalism Failed Flint, Michigan is cited in the following article: Toni M. Massaro and Ellen Elizabeth Brooks, Flint of Outrage, 93 NOTRE DAME L. REV. 155 (2017).

3. Prof. Humphrey’s article “But I’m Brain-Dead and Pregnant”: Advance Directive Pregnancy Exclusions and End-of-Life Wishes is cited in the following article: Carol Sanger, The Lopsided Harms of Reproductive Negligence, 118 COLUM. L. REV. ONLINE 29 (2017).

4. Prof. Batra and Wesley MacNeil Oliver’s article Standards of Legitimacy in Criminal Negotiations is cited in the following article: Anna Roberts, Dismissals as Justice, 69 ALA. L. REV. 327 (2017).

5. Prof. Casto’s article The Federal Courts’ Protective Jurisdiction over Torts Committed in Violation of the Law of Nations is cited in the following article: Chris Thomale, Sovereign Wealth and Social Responsibility, 52 WAKE FOREST L. REV. 981 (2017).

6. Prof. Huffman’s article Margin of Error: Potential Pitfalls of the Ruling in The Prosecutor v. Ante Gotovina is cited in the following article: Stephen Townley, Indiscriminate Attacks and the Past, Present, and Future of the Rules/Standards and Objective/Subjective Debates in International Humanitarian Law, 50 VAND. J. TRANSNAT’L L. 1223 (2017).

7. Prof. Camp’s article Initial Take on the Kuretski Language in the PATH Law is quoted in the following article: Michael D. Kummer and James G. Steele III, What Other Courts Can Learn from Tax Court Exceptionalism, 2017 TXN 48-26.


1. Prof. Bryan Camp is quoted in the following article: Kate Davidson, Tax Overhaul Leaves Little Time for Adapting to the Changes; Many provisions in the rewrite of the tax code take effect in days, leaving scant time for government agencies, businesses and individuals to adjust, WALL ST. J. ONLINE (Dec. 20, 2017 04:54 pm),


1. Associate Dean Humphrey has been selected as a recipient of the 2017 Chancellor’s Council Distinguished Teaching Award for Texas Tech University. This award is the highest honor given by the Texas Tech University System to faculty members.

2. Associate Dean Humphrey was appointed by President Schovanec to the search committee for the Texas Tech University Vice President of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.

3. Associate Dean Humphrey presented “Uncovering the Mystery of the Texas Grievance System” at the November luncheon of the Amarillo Area Bar Association.

4. On Thursday December 14th, a point-counterpoint discussion was held at St. John’s United Methodist Church between Texas Tech Law Professor Arnold Loewy and attorney Charles Moster over the topic “Good or Bad Idea: Allowing Women to Determine to Carry a Pregnancy to Full Term or Abort Earlier?” as a part of the Lubbock Interfaith Dialogue meeting.

5. The President-Elect of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), Skip Fox, appointed Professor Gerry W. Beyer to the following committees for the 2018-2019 academic year:
• State Laws Committee
• Academic Membership Committee
• Digital Property Committee
• Legal Education Committee
• Program Committee

The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel is a national organization of approximately 2,600 lawyers elected to membership by demonstrating the highest level of integrity, commitment to the profession, competence, and experience as trust and estate counselors.

November 2016 Law Faculty Publications & News

Throughout November 2016, the Law Library’s Faculty Services & Scholarly Communications Department received alerts for full-time TTU Law Faculty publications and news. Below is the compilation of daily alerts for November 1, 2016 to November 30, 2016.


  1. Vaughn James, Texas Elder Law 2017 (2017).
  2. Alexander Pearl, Redskins: The Property Right to Racism, 38 Cardozo L. Rev. 231 (2016).
  3. Bryan T. Camp Collecting Tax Liabilities From Third Parties, 152 TaxNotes 11, 1549 (2016)
  4. Gerry W. Beyer, Transfer of Death Deeds: A Texas Primer, Est. Plan. Dev. for Tex. Prof., (Oct. 2016),


  1. Professor Murphy’s book Administrative Law and Practice was cited in the following article: Aaron Saiger, Agencies’ Obligation to Interpret the Statute 69, Vand. L. Rev. 1231 (2016).
  1. Professor Murphy’s book Punitive Damages, Explanatory Verdicts, and the Hard Look, was cited in the following November 2016 updated Litigation Guide: Lawrence G. Cetrulo, 1 Toxic Torts Litigation Guide § 4:32 (Nov. 2016).
  1. Professor Weninger’s article Electronic Discovery and Sanctions for Spoliation: Perspectives from the Classroom, was cited in the following article: Clare Kealey, Discovering Flaws: An Analysis of the Amended Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e) and Its Impact on the Spoliation of Electronically Stored Evidence, 14 Rutgers J.L. & Pub. Pol’y 140 (2016)
  1. Professor Chiappinelli’s, Red October: Its Origins, Consequences, and the Need to Revive the National Market System, was cited in the following treatises: Thomas Lee Hazen, 4 Law Sec. Reg. § 14:18 (Nov. 2016); Thomas Lee \ Hazen, 1 Law Sec. Reg. § 1:76 (Nov. 2016).
  1. Dean Dickerson’s Contractual Jury Waiver Provisions: A Striking Idea, was cited in the following updated West’s Legal Forms: Frederick H. Miller, 12 West’s Legal Forms, Commercial Transactions 6:39 (2016). Frederick H. Miller, 12A West’s Legal Forms, Commercial Transactions 23:22 (2016)
  1. Professor Beyer’s articles, Avoid Being a Defendant: Estate Planning Malpractice and Ethical Concerns and Web Meets the Will: Estate Planning for Digital Assets were cited in the following treatise: Henry J. Lischer et al., 16 West’s Legal Forms, Estate Planning Pt. I Introduction (Nov. 2016).
  1. Professor Beyer and Kerri Griffen’s article, Lady Bird Deeds: A Primer for the Texas Practitioner, Estate Planning Developments for Texas Professionals, was cited in the following updated treatise: Mary F. Radford, 1 Ga. Wills & Administration § 2:3 (Nov. 2016).
  1. Professor Beyer and Naomi Cahn’s article, When You Pass On Don’t Leave the Passwords Behind: Planning for Digital Assets, was cited in the following article: Suzanne Brown Walsh & Catherine Anne Seal, The Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act: Striking a Balance Between Privacy Expectations and the Need for Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets, 12 NAELA J. 101 (2016).
  1. Professor Krahmer’s article, Commercial Transactions, was cited in the following updated treatise: Mike Baggett, 15 Tex. Prac., Texas Foreclosure Law & Prac. § 6.11 (Nov. 2016).
  1. Professor Christopher’s article, “Whack-a-Mole: Why Prosecuting Digital Currency Exchanges Won’t Stop Online Money Laundering” was cited in the following: Timothy Bierer, Hashing It Out: Problems and Solutions Concerning Cryptocurrency Used As Article 9 Collateral, 7 Case W. Reserve J.L. Tech. & Internet 79 (2016).
  1. Professor Camp’s article How the IRS Can Regulate Return Preparers without New Law was cited in the following articles: 75 Tax Prac. 843 (Nov. 2016). 2016 TNT 223-31 (Nov. 2016)


  1. Professor Benham’s, Proportionality, Pretrial Confidentiality, and Discovery Sharing was quoted in: Michael Thomas Murphy, Occam’s Phaser: Making Proportional Discovery (Finally) Work in Litigation by Requiring Phased Discovery, 4 Stan. J. Complex Litig. 89 (2016).
  1. Professor Murphy and Sid Shapiro’s Eight Things Americans Can’t Figure out about Controlling Administrative Power was quoted in: Cary Coglianese & Kristin Firth Separation of Powers Legitimacy: An Empirical Inquiry into Norms about Executive Power 164 U. Pa. L. Rev. 1869 (2016).
  1. Dean Torres’s MacCrate Goes to Law School: An Annotated Bibliography of Methods for Teaching Lawyering Skills in the Classroom was quoted in: Jules Epstein, The “Ohlbaum Paper” and Advocacy Scholarship – Why Now?, 88 Temp. L. Rev. 507 (2016).


  1. Professor T. Pearl was invited as a Guest Blogger on PrawfsBlawg for the month of November, she contributed 5 blog posts. Her blog post Two Roads to the Future on PrawfsBlawg was quoted in Scott H. Greenfield’s Simple Justice Criminal Defense Blog Post Baby You Can Drive my Car.
  1. On November 2, 2016, Professor Beyer presented a one hour webinar entitled Cyber Estate Planning and Administration which was sponsored by the CPA academy. The webinar was viewed by approximately 300 CPAs, attorneys, and other professionals across the nation and even internationally.
  1. On November 7, 2016 Professor Casto spoke at the Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law about Advising Presidents: Private Advice and Public Advocacy.
  1. On November 8, 2016, Professor Beyer was the invited speaker at the monthly meeting of the Midland Odessa Business & Estate Council in Midland, Texas. His topic and accompanying article were entitled Cyber Estate Planning and Administration.
  1. On November 10, 2016, Professor Beyer was the featured speaker at a program hosted by the Communities Foundation of Texas in Dallas. The topic of his presentation and accompanying article was Cyber Estate Planning and Administration.
  1. On November 15, 2016, Professor. Beyer was the guest speaker at a meeting of the Houston Chapter of the Society of Financial Services Professionals, a more than 80-year old organization which provides lay individuals with expert assistance for estate, retirement and financial planning; employee benefits; business and compensation planning; and life, health, disability, and long-term care insurance. His presentation and accompanying paper were entitled Cyber Estate Planning and Administration.
  1. On November 17, 2016, Professor Beyer was the featured speaker for the Tarrant County Bar Association’s Fort Worth Business and Estate Section’s November meeting. His topic and accompanying article were entitled Cyber Estate Planning and Administration.
  1. On November 21, 2016, Professor Beyer presented a one hour synchronous webinar entitled Estate Planning Essentials: Avoiding Costly Mistakes which was sponsored by the CPA academy, the largest provider of free CPE webinars in the CPA profession. The webinar was viewed by over 825 CPAs and other professionals from coast to coast.
  1. On November 29, 2016 Professor Beyer taught a class titled Estate Planning– “I Didn’t Know That!” for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.
  2. Professor Baker’s blog “The Ginger (Law) Librarian” was chosen as one of The ABA Journal’s Blawg 100. Editors of the ABA Journal announced they have selected The Ginger (Law) Librarian as one of the top 100 best blogs for a legal audience.“For 10 years, the Blawg 100 has helped shine a light on the stunning breadth of legal topics and voices to found in the legal blogosphere,” Acting Editor-Publisher Molly McDonough said.
  3. Professor Chiappinelli was listed as part of the Members Consultative Group for the following updated group: Principles of the Law, Election Administration: Non-Precinct Voting and Resolution of Ballot-Counting Disputes.
  4. Dean Huffman was selected to be a part of the U.S. Senator Ted Cruz’s Service Academy Nomination Board where he will review application and make recommendations of who Sen. Cruz should nominate to the U.S. Service Academies.
  5. Professor Shannon was quoted in Targeted News Service article The National Football Foundation, Fidelity Investments (R) Highlight 2016 Faculty Athletics Representative Honorees.
  6. Dean Dickerson was quoted in the Fort-Worth Star-Telegram newspaper article The Texas Law Hawk is flying high for the holidays. The article was on a Tech Law Grad, the Texas Law Hawk- Bryan E. Wilson.