Faculty Highlights

​Ju​ly 2016

Professor Cynthia Alkon participated, at the request of the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative, in a workshop in Bahrain organized by the Attorney General of Bahrain to discuss alternative sentencing and restorative justice (July 20-21, 2016).

Professor Mark Edwin Burge presented “Contracts as Thinking Like a Transactional Lawyer” at the 2016 Legal Writing Institute Biennial Conference in Portland, Ore., as part of a panel “Legal Writing Without Borders” (July 11, 2016).

Executive Professor William Byrnes was #13 on Social Science Research Network’s top tax professor rankings for paper downloads for the previous year, August 2015-July 2016 (posted July 27, 2016).

  • Invited to deliver a paper abstract selected for panel presentation and discussions that includes Steven Hamilton, University of Michigan; Dina Pomeranz, Harvard; and Niels Johannesen, University of Copenhagen; moderated by Dr. John Guyton, IRS, RAS, Office of Research, at the National Tax Association’s 109th Annual Congress on Nov. 10 –12, 2016.

  • Published supplements in the following books:
    • Money Laundering, Asset Forfeiture and Recovery, and Compliance- A Global Guide 16 (with Dr. Robert J. Munro) (with Katherine Grawl Kim ed., LexisNexis July 2016).
    • Tax Havens of the World (release 155) (with Dr. Robert J Munro) (LexisNexis Matthew Bender, New York July 2016).
    • Foreign Trade Briefs 2nd Ed. (release 517) (with Dr. Robert J Munro) (with Jason Carr, ed., LexisNexis Matthew Bender, New York, July 2016).
    • Foreign Trade Briefs- International Withholding Tax Treaty Guide (release 145) (with Dr. Robert J. Munro) (LexisNexis July 2016).
    • International Trust Laws & Analysis & Company Laws (with Dr. Robert J. Munro) (with Cameron Frysinger, ed., Wolters Kluwer July 2016).
  • ​Published the following media articles:

Professor Irene Calboli presented her paper "Public and Private Aspects of Sui Generis Protection of Geographical Indications: Focus on Registration and Quality Control" at the Public-Private Partnership, Global Intellectual Property Governance and Sustainable Development Workshop at the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development in Geneva, Switzerland (July 1, 2016).

  • Published the chapter "Reconciling Tradition and Innovation: Geographical Indications of Origin as Incentives for Local Development and Expressions of a Good Quality Life" in “The Internet and The Emerging Importance of New Forms of Intellectual Property” volume, Kluwer Law International Journal, 2016 (Susy Frankel & Daniel Gervais eds.).

  • Taught "Art and Cultural Heritage Law", which included a two week field trip to Italy, at the Santa Chiara Study Centre in Castiglion Fiorentino, with Professor Megan Carpenter.

  • Presented her work in progress "Fair But Confusingly Similar? The Potential Impact of Trademark Law on Copyright Exceptions and Limitations" at the Comparative Dimensions of Limitations & Exceptions I Copyright Law Conference to Faculty of Law at National University of Singapore (July 21-22, 2016).

  • Invited as a guest lecturer on the topic "Intellectual Property, Freedom of Expression, and Disruptive Technologies" by the Faculty of Law at Bocconi University Campus Abroad Program hosted by National University of Singapore Business School (July 12, 2016).

Professor Megan Carpenter, Co-Director of the Center for Law and Intellectual Property (CLIP), led a group of students on a field trip to Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy, to study art and cultural heritage law. The group visited sites that enhanced their classroom experience and engaged in an on-site project relevant to their research (July 16-31, 2016).

Professor Gabriel Eckstein was interviewed in the article “Texas’ dispute with New Mexico over Rio Grande recommended to proceed” by San Antonio Express News about a case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court in which Texas sued New Mexico and Colorado over water allocations from the Rio Grande (July 12, 2016).

Professor Susan Fortney made two presentations, “Using Proactive Measures to Advance Ethical Conduct and Public Protection” (based on an empirical study she conducted in Australia) and “Ethical Conduct and Organizational Structures, Systems, and Culture in Law Firms,” at the Seventh International Legal Ethics Conference at Fordham University School of Law in New York City (July 15-16, 2016).

Professor Paul George was invited to speak at the annual meeting of the Sedona Conference’s Data Privacy group, to be held August 10-11 at the Microsoft Campus in Redmond, Wash.

  • George had 404 downloads of 26 articles in 26 countries over the past 30 days, according to Berkeley Electronic Press.

Professor Michael Z. Green presented “The Toxic Incivility of Protecting Racist Workplace Speech” at the John Mercer Langston Writing Workshop at the University of Miami School of Law in Miami, Florida (July 9, 2016).

Professor Bill Henning a Life Member of the Uniform Law Commission (ULC), attended the 2016 Annual Meeting in Stowe, Vermont (July 7-14, 2016).

  • Serves on several ULC committees that were active at the annual meeting:
    • Member of the ULC’s Executive Committee, which is responsible for developing and implementing the organization’s policies. The committee met twice during the annual meeting.
    • Chair of the Committee to Draft a Uniform Wage Garnishment Act (UWGA). The committee presented its final draft and, after much discussion and a few changes, it was given final approval. The UWGA will be ready for introduction in the various states beginning with their 2017 legislative sessions, and he will chair a committee that will develop an enactment strategy.
    • Member (and on occasion served as temporary chair) of the Committee to Draft a Uniform Employee and Student Online Privacy Protection Act. This act was also given final approval at the annual meeting and enactment efforts will begin in 2017.
    • ​Member of the Committee to Prepare Amendments to the Model Tribal Secured Transactions Act. This act does not require formal presentation and approval but the committee held information sessions for commissioners interested in the project. It is anticipated that the drafting work will conclude this fall.
  • ​Serves on the Texas State Bar Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) Committee, which prepares and publishes Texas-specific comments on various provisions of the UCC. He completed a review of the comments related to Article 9 and presented a set of recommendations during a telephonic meeting of the committee (July 28, 2016).

Professor Fatma Marouf moderated the panel “Is Placebo Use, Surgery or Drugs Ethically Justifiable in Psychogenic Disorders?” and displayed an e-poster, “Neuroethics and Human Rights” at the Neuroethics Network Conference at Brain and Spine Institute, Hôpital Pitié Salpêtrière in Paris, France (June 27-July 1, 2016).

Professor Thomas Mitchell served as the principal drafter for the Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act, a uniform act promulgated by the Uniform Law Commission, that was signed into state law by the governor of Hawaii (July 13, 2016).

  • The book Mitchell co-edited, New Legal Realism: Translating Law-and-Society for Today’s Legal Practice, was highlighted by the American Bar Foundation (July 16, 2016).

Professor Timothy Mulvaney has been invited to speak at the 19th Annual Conference on Litigating Takings Challenges to Land Use and Environmental Regulations at Tulane University Law School in New Orleans, La. on November 4, 2016.

Associate Professor John Murphy presented “Teaching Remedial Analysis: One Technique” at the 2016 Legal Writing Institute Biennial Conference in Portland, Ore. (July 11, 2016).

Associate Professor Carol Pauli presented “Legal Writing: Launchpad to Professionalism and Career” at the 2016 Legal Writing Institute Biennial Conference in Portland, Ore. (July 12, 2016).

  • Her panel proposal, “Immigration: Bridging Ethnic Divides,” has been accepted as part of the Society of Professional Journalists’ 2016 Excellence in Journalism conference in New Orleans, La. on Sept. 18, 2016.

  • Invited to speak on “Cairo, Illinois: A Civil Rights Remembrance” at Southern Illinois University School of Law in Carbondale, Ill., during the spring semester.

Associate Professor Tanya Pierce presented “Intangibles and Controlling Your Narrative” at the 2016 Legal Writing Institute Biennial Conference as part of the “Insiders Tips and Stories from the Trenches” panel in Portland, Ore. (July 12, 2016).

Associate Professor Lisa A. Rich participated in the 2016 Legal Writing Institute Biennial Conference Continuing Legal Education presentation to the Oregon State Bar, during which she worked with bar members on their writing skills in Portland, Ore. (July 8, 2016

  • Participated in the “Workshop for Professional Formation” sponsored by St. Thomas School of Law in Minnesota (July 2016).

  • Her proposal, “One-Pagers, Testimony, and Rulemaking Comments, Oh My! Teaching Public Policy Drafting Techniques in a Law School Setting” was accepted for presentation at the Fifth Colonial Frontier Legal Writing Conference: Drafting Statutes and Rules: Pedagogy, Practice, and Politics at Duquesne School of Law in December 2016.

Associate Professor Neil L. Sobol presented “Adding your Scholarly Interests into your Legal Writing Classes” as part of the panel “Legal Writing Without Borders: How to Cultivate Your Second Teaching and Scholarship Subject” at the 2016 Legal Writing Institute Biennial Conference in Portland, Ore​. (July 11, 2016).

Professor Elizabeth Trujillo is currently at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law as a Humboldt Foundation Research Fellow, a prestigious award sponsored by the German government to work on her book on international trade and sustainable development.

Associate Professor Saurabh Vishnubhakat presented his work in progress “The Non-Doctrine of Redundancy” at the University of Oklahoma College of Law Junior Scholars Conference (July 28–29, 2016).

  • Delivered the opening talk at a two-day conference on intersections of IP and economic policy at Renmin University in Beijing, China. His visit was sponsored by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the U.S. Commercial Service and the Embassy of the United States in China and included advisory meetings with senior officials from the regional IP offices in Guangzhou and Nanjing as well as with judges from the High Court of Guangdong Province (July 10–16, 2016).

  • Presented “Patent Error-Correction and Incentives to Innovate” on the “Innovation Issues in the Americas” panel of the 2016 Global Innovation Law Summit, hosted by the University of Washington School of Law’s Center for Advanced Study & Research on Innovation Policy (July 22, 2016).

Professor Peter Yu, Co-Director, Center for Law and Intellectual Property (CLIP), published "Enforcement: A Neglected Child of the Intellectual Property Family" in The Internet and the Emerging Importance of New Forms of Intellectual Property (Susy Frankel & Daniel Gervais eds., Kluwer Law International 2016).