Faculty Forum: January 2018

Faculty Forum is a monthly feature written by Teri Baxter highlighting the achievements of faculty at UT Law including publications in academia and the media, speaking engagements, interviews, awards, and other accomplishments.

Professor Zack Buck was the guest of This Week in Health Law (TWIHL) podcast episode. The conversation included some compelling “lightning” stories, including wellness plans, Maryland’s potential state mandate, the Health Affairs retirement of Tim Jost, and Medicaid work requirements. According to TWIH.com, Professor Buck  “demonstrated his true mettle, answering questions about MACRA/MIPS, value bundle reimbursement models, and state law attempts to reel in drug costs.”

In January, Professor Lucy Jewel received the inaugural Phelps Award for scholarship in legal communication.  She received the award at AALS, at the annual Blackwell Reception, co-sponsored by the AALS Section on Legal Writing and Research, the Legal Writing Institute, and the Association of Legal Writing Directors.  At the reception, she was honored along with Professor Teresa Phelps of American University College of Law, the namesake for the award.

Professor Jewel was appointed to the inaugural Board of Directors of ClassCrits, which was recently organized as a non-profit.  ClassCrits is an organization comprised of academics and community members with the mission of bringing a critical perspective to the intersections between economics, legal rules, institutions, and state power and the impact that these intersections have on race, sex, and class. Since its inception in 2008, ClassCrits has flourished as a community and as an intellectual movement, putting on annual conferences drawing legal academics from around the United States as well as academics from other disciplines, including economics and sociology.

Professor Glenn Reynolds’ article, “Congressional Control of Presidential Pardons,” was recently published online by the University of Nevada Law Journal.   The article asks: “To what extent may Congress, via legislation, regulate the president’s pardon power? Though it is well established that the power is plenary, does that insulate the pardon power from any Congressional regulation or oversight at all? And if the answer to this question is ‘no’ (and it likely is), then what sort of Congressional regulations and oversight are permissible?”