Faculty Highlights

​November 2016

Professor Stephen Alton's paper, "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll's Will: A Tale of Testamentary Capacity,” was among the top 10 downloaded recently posted SSRN papers for the following ejournals and networks:  (1) English & American Literature Research Network (#1 download); (2) English & Commonwealth Literature eJournal (#1 download); (3) LIT Subject Matter eJournals (#1 download); (4) Victorian Literature (#1 download); (5) Personal Property Rights (#1 download); (6) Law & Society Private Law Property eJournal (#3 downloaded); (7) Wills, Trusts, & Estates Law eJournal (#8 downloaded—tied); (8) Property, Land Use, & Real Estate Law eJournal (#5 downloaded); and (9) Humanities Network (#3 downloaded).

Professor Sahar Aziz participated on the panel "Religious Freedom and Countering Terrorism" at the Religious Freedom and the Common Good: A Capstone Symposium of the Religious Freedom Project at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. (Nov. 15, 2016).

  • Invited to give a presentation about the disparate impact of the Syrian refugee crisis on women at the Women, Peace, and Security Conference hosted by the Texas A&M University Bush School of Government (Nov. 18, 2016).

  • Published "Trump has created a toxic environment for Muslims – Americans who oppose bigotry must act” in the International Business Times (Nov. 9, 2016).

  • Interviewed by the BBC World News about the impact of Trump’s victory on civil rights (Nov. 11, 2016).

  • She was among a select group of experts invited to contribute to an article to the Boston Review as part of a forthcoming special issue on the state of civil rights of Muslims in America.

Associate Professor Mark Edwin Burge was elected Treasurer of the Central States Law Schools Association and will serve in that position through Fall 2017.

Professor William Byrnes ​was the #10 SSRN-ranked tax professor for the year through Nov. 15, 2016.

Professor Irene Calboli was an expert for the World Intellectual Property Organization. She delivered a series of lectures on “Sources and Main Principles of International Intellectual Property Law” to the Faculty of Law at the University of Padjadjaran in Bandung, Indonesia (Nov. 21-25, 2016).

  • Presented her work in progress "Geographical Indications of Origin and the Public Interest: Good Match or Mismatch?” at the Intellectual Property and the Public Interest: Toward a Festschrif for Peter A. Jaszi Conference at the American University College of Law in Washington D.C. (Nov. 18, 2016).

  • Introduced and discussed the topic of "Broaden Functionality Doctrine: From Shapes to Product Characteristics in General" at the Annual Trademark Law Institute Selected Problems of the EU Trademark Law Reform Conference at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in The Netherlands (Nov. 4-5, 2016).

  • Delivered the keynote lecture "When Works Become Brands, and the Problems with It" at the ASK Seminar at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy, (Nov. 3, 2016).

Professor Megan Carpenter led academic programming at the International Trademark Association (INTA) Leadership Meeting in Orlando, Florida. Programming activities included a panel of adjunct professors who discussed legal education around the world (Nov. 15-18, 2016).

  • Selected by the incoming INTA President, Joe Ferretti, Vice-President and Chief Counsel, Global Trademarks for PepsiCo., Inc., to be on a Presidential Task Force focused on plain packaging and the future of branding throughout the 2017 term.

  • Invited by SCOTUSblog to participate in a symposium on Lee v. Tam, a case to be argued in the United States Supreme Court on January 18, 2017. In this case, the Court will consider whether the registration bar for "disparaging" trademarks is constitutional.

Professor Gabriel Eckstein was interviewed by Western Water magazine for the Fall issue article “Two Countries, One River: Crafting a New Agreement," on managing and allocating Colorado River water resources between Mexico and the United States.

Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development Susan Fortney was appointed to serve as a member of the newly created Task Force to Implement Multidisciplinary Solutions at Texas A&M University.

Professor Randy Gordon authored “Politics and the AT&T-Time Warner Merger” in Law360 (Nov. 7, 2016).

Professor Michael Z. Green presented his paper, “The Audacity of Protecting Racist Speech Under the National Labor Relations Act,” at an assembly of national workplace law scholars gathered pursuant to the University of Chicago Legal Forum Symposium: Law and the Disruptive Workplace as part of a panel, “Legislation and Regulation,” held at the University of Chicago Law School in Chicago, Illinois (Nov. 4, 2016).

  • Presented his paper, “After Pyett: The Protocol and Not Much Hope for Employees Getting into the Courts Unless Further Tweaks are Attempted?,” which follows up his prior paper, “A Post-Pyett Collective Bargaining Agreement to Arbitrate Statutory Employment Discrimination Claims: What is it Good For—Could It Be Absolutely Nothing or Really Something?,” which is Chapter 12 of his book, The Challenge for Collective Bargaining: Proceedings of the New York University 65th Annual Conference on Labor (Michael Z. Green Ed. Matthew Bender/LexisNexis 2013), as part of a panel presentation on “Arbitration of Statutory Discrimination Claims” at the American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section 10th Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois (Nov. 11, 2016).

  • Presented “Negotiating While Black in the Workplace with Mediator Competency” which draws from his prior paper, “Negotiating While Black,” as part of a panel on “Failures in Existing Conceptions of the Field” at the 6th International Biennial Conference on Negotiation program at the Novancia Business School in Paris, France (Nov. 16, 2016).

  • Participated in a one-day symposium by the IESEG School of Management that assembled an international group of more than 30 prominent scholars and practitioners in the negotiation and conflict management field to focus on the difficulties this field encounters in influencing the most intractable conflicts of our times (following the Novancia 6th International Biennial Conference on Negotiation in Paris) and held at the IESEG premises in the la Défense business district in Paris, France (Nov. 19, 2016).

  • Invited to speak on the panel “What I’m Reading, 5” at the 19th Annual American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution Spring Conference program in San Francisco, California, on April 21, 2017.

Professor Gary Lucas presented “Psychological Barriers to an Efficient Carbon Tax” at George Mason University as part of its Public Choice Seminar Series hosted by the Center for Study of Public Choice (Nov. 9, 2016).

Professor Thomas W. Mitchell made a presentation about the link between his interdisciplinary scholarship and successful property law reform efforts for the American Bar Foundation to the American Bar Endowment’s Board of Directors at its annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas (Nov. 3, 2016).

  • He was one of two presenters on a panel, “The ‘Legalized’ Theft of Native American and African American Lands,” at the American Bar Association’s Section of State and Local Government Law’s Fall Conference in Phoenix, Arizona (Nov. 18, 2016).

Professor Timothy Mulvaney presented his working paper, “Non-Enforcement Takings,” at the 19th Annual Conference on Litigating Takings Challenges to Land Use and Environmental Regulations at Tulane University Law School in New Orleans, Louisiana (Nov. 4, 2016).

  • Invited to present this paper at a faculty seminar at Vermont Law School in South Royalton, Vermont, on Jan. 26, 2017.

  • Invited to participate in the “Progressive Property Workshop” at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law in New Orleans, Louisiana, April 22-23, 2017.

  • Participated at the Takings and Coastal Management a Quarter-Century After Lucas Symposium at the University of South Carolina Law School in Columbia, South Carolina (Nov. 2-3, 2016).

Associate Professor Carol Pauli published her article, "Whole Other Story: Applying Narrative Mediation to the Immigration Beat," in the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution.

  • Her proposal, “Fostering Resilience and Belonging in Marginalized Law Students,” was accepted for presentation at the Legal Writing Institute One-Day Workshop at Brooklyn Law School in December.

  • Her proposal, “A Civil Rights Remembrance,” was accepted for presentation at the National Association of African American Studies 25th Anniversary Conference in Dallas on Feb. 13-18, 2017.

Professor Lynne Rambo co-hosted (with Dr. Alex del Carmen of Tarleton State University) the conference, Implementation of Policing Consent Decrees: Working Together Toward Institutional Change, at Texas A&M University School of Law (Nov. 4-5, 2016).

Associate Professor Peter Reilly spoke on the topic of “Negotiating Salaries” for one of the Law School’s lunchtime P.A.W.S. (Professional & Academic Workshop Series) events, sponsored by the Law School Office of Career Services (Nov. 15, 2016).

Associate Professor Lisa A. Rich presented “Improving Your Legal Writing Skills” at the Texas State Guard Judge Advocate training held at the Texas A&M University School of Law (Nov. 5, 2016).

Clinic ​Attorneys Lynn Rodriguez and Karon Rowden presented “A Holistic Approach to Helping Veterans in One of the Counties with the Largest Concentration of Veterans in the United States at Pepperdine University School of Law’s conference, Access to Justice for Veterans: Coordinated Responses of a Grateful Nation, in Malibu, California (Nov. 3, 2016).

Clinic ​Attorney Karon Rowden published an article, “Ethical Issues in Handling Special Immigrant Juvenile Cases for the Family Lawyer” in the Texas Bar College's ​The College Bulletin (Fall 2016).

Professor Saurabh Vishnubhakat was a featured speaker at the Biotechnology Innovation Organization’s 2016 IP Counsels Committee Conference. The panel was covered by Bloomberg BNA and focused on the findings and implications of his paper, “Strategic Decision Making in Dual PTAB and District Court Proceedings,” which was recently cited by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The panel included biotechnology patent attorneys from the firm of Proskauer Rose LLP as well as corporate counsel from Ariad Pharmaceuticals and Shire (Nov. 16, 2016).

Professor Peter Yu delivered an opening keynote address on "The RCEP and Trans-Pacific Copyright Norms" at the 2016 Meeting of the Asian Pacific Copyright Association at the Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong (Nov. 21-22, 2016).

  • Presented "The Pathways of Multinational Intellectual Property Dispute Settlement" at the 16th Intellectual Property Seminar of the Institute of European Studies of Macau (Nov. 28-29, 2016).

  • Chaired the panel, "Essential Patents and Standards," at the 7th Asia-Pacific Innovation Network Conference at Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Japan (Nov. 18-20, 2016).

  • Participated in the annual board meeting of the Asia-Pacific Innovation Network, of which the Center for Law and Intellectual Property at Texas A&M Law is a part and for which he served as a member of the founding management committee (Nov. 18, 2016).

  • Spoke on "The Complexities of Counterfeits" at the 5th Annual U.S.-China Intellectual Property Summit in Shenzhen, China, organized by the Intellectual Property Academy of Renmin University of China in Beijing, U.C. Berkeley School of Law and Loyola Law School in Los Angeles (Nov. 14-15, 2016).

  • Published two book chapters: