Faculty Highlights

April - May 2015

Associate Professor Cynthia Alkon presented during a panel on Teaching Practical Negotiations at the ABA Dispute Resolution Conference on April 18, in Seattle, WA.

Professor Stephen Alton moderated the “Title Issues in Oil & Gas” panel at the Annual Oil & Gas Law Symposium at Texas A&M University School of Law, Fort Worth, TX, on April 2.

Professor Susan Ayres’ article on Domestic Violence, “Teaching Empathy:  Using Dramatic Narrative to Understand Domestic Violence,” was picked up by the peer-reviewed journal, Family & Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly.

Associate Professor Sahar Aziz was awarded the 2014-2015 Stephen Alton Service Award by the Texas A&M Law Review.

  • Presented:

    • "Coercive Assimilationism: The Perils of Muslim Women’s Identity Performance in the Workplace,” Sixth Annual Islamophobia Conference, University of California at Berkeley, April 23-25.
    • "Independence without Accountability: The Judicial Paradox of Egypt’s Failed Transition,” Young Comparativists Conference, Florida State University School of Law, April 17.  She was also the moderator for the Constitutional Design panel.
    • "Militating Terrorism in Sinai” in the panel “Continuing Illogic and the Lack of Accountability in the War on Terrorism,” Law and Society Conference, Seattle, WA, May 29-31.
    • Faculty Colloquium, “Independence without Accountability: The Judicial Paradox of Egypt’s Failed Transition,” McGeorge School of Law, April 2.
  • Invited to serve as a member of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s National Anti-Harassment Task Force for 2015-2016.

  • Invited to participate in a roundtable of experts hosted by the U.S. Census Bureau in a Forum on Ethnic Groups from the Middle East and North Africa, Wash., D.C., May 29.

  • Invited participant on “Convening on Religious Exemptions and Racial Justice,” panel, Columbia Law School, May 11.

  • Plenary panel speaker at "Future Generations in Economic Development in Egypt and the Arab World," The American University In Cairo, May 20-21.
  • Published:

    • "Religious Liberty, Free Speech Necessary Pre-Conditions for Great American Experiment," Huffington Post, May 20 (co-authored with Annette Lamoreaux).
    • "Coercive Assimilationism: The Perils of Muslim Women’s Identity Performance in the Workplace," Michigan Journal of Race and Law
    • "From Cairo to Baltimore – of Revolutions and Riots," Austin American Statesman, May 6.
    • Solicited to write “Morsi Sentence Latest Sign of Politicized Justice in Egypt” for the World Politics Review published on May 12.
    • Accepted an offer to publish “Independence without Accountability: The Judicial Paradox of Egypt’s Failed Transition to Democracy” in the Penn State Law Review.
  • Media Appearances:

    • “Egyptian Court Sentences Ousted President Morsi to Death,” New York Times, May 16.
    • "Egypt’s Judiciary – Repressing a Revolution," The Business Section (Indonesia Radio), May 15
    • "Dallas-area Muslim leaders denounce violence at Garland cartoon exhibit," Dallas Morning News, May 4.
    • "Muslim Community Responds to Garland Shootings," KERA Texas Public Radio, May 5.

Professor Megan Carpenter, co-director of the Center for Law and Intellectual Property (CLIP), spoke at a panel on legal tips for musicians at the music conference 35 Denton on March 13.  Professor Carpenter led a discussion that focused on legal issues that musicians commonly encounter (including when to call a lawyer!).

  • Carpenter took eight students to the United States Patent and Trademark Office for "Day at the USPTO" in Alexandria, Va., on April 15. More Texas A&M students attended than any other law school. The students heard from USPTO officials, participated in roundtable discussions, and witnessed a live TTAB hearing.

  • At the International Trademark Association (INTA) in San Diego, Calif., May 2-3:

    • Presented “Introduction to the International Course on Trademark Law and Practice”
    • Presented on the panel "Taking the Ball and Running with a Pro Bono Case like the Redskins Trademark Cancellation Action"
    • Organized and moderated a debate between leading practitioners and top scholars in trademark law
    • Moderated the discussion "The Times They Are A-Changin': Developments in Education and Teaching," a panel discussion focused on changes in legal education that reflect and emphasize experiential learning.
  • Coordinated and presented a workshop on Legal Issues for Entrepreneurs at the Midwest Symposium on Technology Entrepreneurship on May 18-19. The event was sponsored by the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE), the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, and the University of Missouri Kansas City, and was part of the Technology Certificate offered by USASBE.

  • Participated in a panel discussion and webinar at the United States Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Va., on May 21, entitled "Pro Se, Pro Bono, and Law School Clinic Programs."

Professor Gabriel Eckstein hosted Dr. Rogelio Montemayor Seguy – former governor of the Mexican State of Coahuila, former president of PEMEX, and current president of the Mining and Energy Cluster of the State of Coahuila – for the 2nd annual Water Lecture Series. The series, which was coordinated with the TAMU Water Program, was held April 27 & 28 at the law school and in College Station.

  • Presented on “Transboundary Aquifers under Uncertainty: A Case Study from the Mexico-United States Border” at the Law, Environment and Development Centre and School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, May 29-30.

  • At the International Water Resources Association XVth World Water Congress, Edinburgh, Scotland, May 25-29, Eckstein made the following presentations:

    • “Bulk Water Transfers: Panacea or Temporary Patch?” (with Renee Martin-Nagle, University of Strathclyde, Scotland)
    • “Agreements & Adaptation,” special session on Governance of Shared Waters: Adaptation to Climate Change
    • “Ratification of the UN Watercourses Convention: Perspectives from Around the World,” special session on Getting the Best Our of the Global Water Conventions
    • “Best Practices in International Water Law,” special session on In search of best practices for Water Resource Management: Has Anyone Reached the Top?
    • “Emerging Issues in International Water Law,” plenary session on Emerging Issues
  • He also chaired the following panels:

    • “Water law: Law and Governance for Managing Groundwater Resources at the Domestic Level”
    • “Transboundary Water Resources: Aquifers”

  • Gave the keynote lecture, “Transboundary Aquifers: An Interdisciplinary Conversation and Foundations for Cooperation,” Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance, University of Strathclyde, Scotland.

  • Presented “Implications for Nations of the Commodification of Water,” First Annual Sustainability Conference of American Legal Educators, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, May 8.

  • Attended the Executive Board meeting of the International Water Resources Association on which he serves as Treasurer (Edinburgh, Scotland, May 24).

Professor Susan Saab Fortney moderated a panel, “The Role of Ethics Audits in Managing Law Firm Risks," at the 41st ABA National Conference of Professional Responsibility (May 28-29, 2015).

Professor Michael Z. Green assisted in the planning of a special symposium offered by the Emory Law Journal on “The National Labor Relations Board After Eighty Years” (Emory Law School, April 10).  During that symposium, Green presented his paper, “The NLRB as an Überagency for the Evolving Workplace.” His paper is also listed on SSRN's Top Ten Download List for Recent Papers in the Employment Discrimination Topic on April 24.

  • Presented a paper on “The NLRB and Undocumented Workers: Be Careful What You Don’t Ask For and When You Do” for the National Employment Law Council’s 20th Annual Conference. His presentation was part of a panel on “The Intersection of the NLRB, Employment Law, and Immigration” held on April 23, in Chicago, Ill.

  • Moderated a panel on “Ethical Considerations in Oil and Gas” held on April 2 at the Texas A&M Law School’s Seventh Annual Energy Symposium.

  • Green’s 2006 paper, “Tackling Employment Discrimination with ADR: Does Mediation Offer a Shield for the Haves or Real Opportunity for the Have-Nots?,” was listed on SSRN’s Top Ten Download List for All Time Top Papers for the Negotiation & Conflict Resolution Topic as of April 9 with over 300 downloads.

  • Invited to speak on “What Non-Union Employers Need to Know About Their Policies and the National Labor Relations Board” at the Fort Worth Human Resources Management Association (FWHRMA) June Legal Hour and Luncheon (Fort Worth, June 18).

  • Published two articles: “The NLRB as an Überagency for the Evolving Workplace,” 64 Emory Law Journal 1621 (2015) and “Unusual Unanimity and the Ongoing Debate on the Meaning of Words: The Labor and Employment Decisions from the Supreme Court’s 2013-14 Term,” 30 ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law 175 (2015).

  • Presented a paper, “Black Workers and Their Dispute Resolution Obstacles,” at the Law and Society Annual Meeting Program as part of a panel on “Cutting Edge Issues in Discrimination and Workers’ Rights” (Seattle, Washington, May 29).

  • Presented “The Negotiation of Collective Bargaining Agreements” at the 52nd Annual Course on Labor Law and Labor Arbitration at the Center for American and International Law in Plano, Texas, on May 6.

Professor Gary Lucas accepted an offer to publish “Behavioral Public Choice and the Law,” co-authored with Slavisa Tasic, in the West Virginia Law Review. Download the article from SSRN.

Milan Markovic, associate professor of law, will serve as the principal investigator for the Texas Lawyers Study for which Texas A&M received a $370,000 research grant from the Access Group. The Texas Lawyers Study will examine the professional satisfaction and income levels of nearly 88,000 members of the State Bar of Texas. Learn more.

  • Accepted a publication offer from the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics for his new article, “Juking Access to Justice.” Download the article from SSRN.

  • In addition, Markovic appeared on Huffington Post Live to discuss the Glenn Ford case, “Man Denied Restitution After 30 Years On Death Row.”

Dean and Anthony G. Buzbee Dean's Endowed Chairholder Andrew Morriss will be the featured keynote speaker at the Mourant Ozannes annual New York seminar on June 11. The topic of Morriss' keynote presentation will be "Why all Americans should embrace International Financial Centres." Mourant Ozannes is one of the leading offshore law firms, advising on the laws of the BVI, Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey. Learn more.

Professor Timothy Mulvaney accepted an offer to publish his article, “Legislative Exactions and Progressive Property,” in the Harvard Environmental Law Review.  He also accepted an offer to publish his article, “About Bargaining for Development,” in the Florida Law Review Forum.

  • Presented his work-in-progress, “Takings in the ‘Sharing Economy,’ ”

    • at the University of Oklahoma College of Law in Norman, Okla., on April 20, as part of a faculty exchange program.
    • Sharing City, Sharing Economy: Urban Law and the New Economy” conference at Fordham Law School in New York, NY, on April 24th
    • at the Sixth Annual Meeting of the Association for Law, Property and Society at the University of Georgia School of Law in Athens, Ga., on May 2.

Associate Professor John F. Murphy was honored at the Board of Advocates' annual advocacy dinner on April 24, with a plaque recognizing his "mentorship and support of advocacy at Texas A&M University School of Law"

Associate Professor Carol Pauli presented her research on “Other People’s Stories: Narrative Mediation and Immigration News,” at the annual meeting of the Law and Society Association in Seattle, Wash., on May 31.

  • Also served as chair of an “Author Meets Readers” salon discussing Prof. Tom Kleven’s book, Equitable Sharing: Distributing the Benefits and Detriments of Democratic Society at the Law and Society meeting, May 29.

Professor Meg Penrose’s paper, “To Say What the Law Is,” was accepted by the Sixth Annual Loyola Constitutional Law Colloquium (Chicago, Nov. 6-7).

Associate Professor Tanya Pierce accepted an offer from the George Mason Law Review to publish her paper, "Class Action Tolling: Evaluating Outer-Limits While Avoiding Bright Lines.”

Professor and Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development Huyen Pham accepted an offer from the University of Hawaii Law Review to publish her paper, “State-Created Immigration Climates:  the Influence of Domestic Migrants” (co-authored with Professor Pham Hoang Van, Baylor University).

Associate Professor Peter Reilly was a presenter on a panel entitled “Strategies to Increase Practice Readiness of Negotiation Students” at the ABA Dispute Resolution Section Conference in Seattle, Wash., April 15-18.

  • Interviewed for and quoted in “The Multimillion Dollar Question: When to Self-Report?,” Compliance Week, April 28.

Associate Professor Lisa A. Rich received one of only three 2015 ALWD Teaching Grants to support her work on a new project entitled "Legal Drafting & Public Policy: Effective Written Communication in Policy Making."  Materials developed with this grant will support Texas A&M School of Law's new public policy drafting class and its Washington, D.C. & Austin, Texas, Residency Externship Programs.

Neil L. Sobol, associate professor of law and director of legal analysis, research, and writing,  accepted an offer from the Maryland Law Review to publish his article “Charging the Poor: Criminal Justice Debt & Modern Day Debtors’ Prisons.”  He also presented his paper at the annual meeting of the Law and Society Association held in Seattle, Wash., on May 30.

Associate Professor Gina S. Warren presented her article, “Regulating Pot to Save the Polar Bear: Energy and Climate Impacts of the Marijuana Industry,” at the 2015 Climate Change Symposium, Columbia University School of Law, New York City, NY, April 2.

  • Presented the article to the Dallas Bar Association Environmental Law Section in Dallas, Texas, April 23.

  • Presented, “Increasing the Potential of Small Hydropower Generation,” IWRA XVth World Water Congress, Edinburgh, Scotland, May 25-29.