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July 2014 Faculty Highlights

Associate Professor Sahar Aziz's works were recently cited in Illusions of Justice: Human Rights Abuses in US Terrorism Prosecutions, a human rights report issued by Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute and Human Rights Watch. They are:

  • “Protecting Rights as a Counterterrorism Tool: The Case of American Muslims,” Institute for Near East & Gulf Military Analysis (INEGMA) report Countering Violent Extremism (October 2012) [download the paper from SSRN]
  • Testimony before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, "Federal Civil Rights Engagement with Muslims and Arabs," Washington, D.C., Nov. 9, 2012 [download the testimony from SSRN]

Aziz was profiled in the online newsletter TAMU Times. The article was the most read news article on the Texas A&M School of Law website in July with more than 400 page views. Read the article here.

Aziz published “The New Generation of Muslim American Leaders” in Al Jazeera English, July 24, 2014.

Aziz’s paper “Revolution without Reform? A Critique of Egypt’s Election Laws,” was recently listed on SSRN's Top Ten download list for PSN: Electoral Institutions (Topic). [download the paper from SSRN]

Professor of law and director of the Center for Law and Intellectual Property Megan Carpenter was elected to the Board of Directors for Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts (TALA). For the last 35 years, TALA has been the primary supporter of pro bono legal services for artists and arts organizations in the state of Texas. TALA’s pro bono legal and accounting services are offered to artists from all creative disciplines, including visual artists, musicians, actors, dancers, film makers and writers.

Carpenter will speak at the Governor's Small Business Forum in College Station, Texas, on Aug. 15, 2014. She will talk about intellectual property and entrepreneurship. The Governor's Small Business Forums, sponsored by the Texas Governor’s Office, the Texas Workforce Commission, and local partners, are designed to give entrepreneurs and small businesses valuable tools, skills, and knowledge needed to thrive in today’s fast-paced economy. A student and former student will join Carpenter in this "Need To Know" presentation -- Braxton Bragg ('14), and Ali Horton (3L).

Carpenter also attended a meeting of Texas A&M University System Partners to discuss collaborations and opportunities to expand the TAMU System's impact on entrepreneurship in the state. The group included representatives from across the System, including College Station, Prairie View and Corpus Christi.

Professor Gabriel Eckstein was invited to serve as an Associate Editor for Brill Research Perspectives: International Water Law, a forthcoming hybrid journal and reference publication for research output on shared freshwater resources. Learn more.

Dean Emeritus and professor of law Frank Elliott’s paper “The 'Vanishing' Civil Jury Trial” was published in the State Bar of Texas ADR Section newsletter, Alternative Resolutions - Volume 23, No. 4. View the newsletter online.

Professor Michael Z. Green was quoted in the Westlaw Journal Employment published by Thomson Reuters, in an article about the Supreme Court’s decision to review the interpretative rule process used by the Department of Labor. The article was republished in the blog, The Knowledge Effect, July 8. Read the post here.

  • His recent article “How the NLRB’s Light Still Shines on Anti-Discrimination Law Fifty Years After Title VII,” was published in 14 Nevada Law Journal 754 (2014) [download the paper from SSRN].

  • His recent article “Retaliatory Employment Arbitration,” 35 UC-Berkeley Journal of Employment & Labor Law 201 (2014) [download the paper from SSRN].

  • Green was a commentator at the John Mercer Langston Black Male Law Faculty Writing Workshop held at the University of Nevada Boyd School of Law in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 11, 2014.

  • Green was quoted in an article published by the legal news service, Law360, entitled, “High Court’s Recent Term Leaves Employers Sitting Pretty,” (July 2, 2014).

  • Green has been invited to participate as a speaker on an American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment webinar program entitled "Multijurisdictional Labor & Employment Practice: Understanding the Ethical Rules of the Road." This program will be held from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. central time on Tuesday, September 30, 2014.

Wendy Law, associate professor and Dee J. Kelly Law Library head of collection development, has been re-appointed chair for the Special Handbook Committee of the Southwestern Association of Law Libraries. She has also been re-appointed to the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Price Index for Legal Publications Committee, through which she contributed to the publication of the AALL Price Index for Legal Publications 2013. Law has also been appointed to the Membership Committee of the AALL Academic Law Libraries Special Interest Section.

Associate Professor of Law Milan Markovic was quoted in “Latest Legal Victory Has Legal Zoom Poised for Growth” in the ABA Journal.

Markovic also presented his research, “Subprime Scriveners” [download the paper from SSRN] and “Disruption Rhetoric and the Future of the Legal Market” at the International Legal Ethics Conference in London, July 10-12, 2014. Read more.

Dean Andrew P. Morriss was invited to speak at the 2014 Montana Property Rights Conference Aug. 14-15 in Billings, Mont. The conference will educate Montanans about the important issues impacting private property rights across the state.

Professor Timothy M. Mulvaney is organizing the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Property Section’s program for the 2015 AALS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 2-5, 2015. As the Section’s Chair, he will moderate this broadly-themed program, which is entitled “The Place and Scope of Economic Analysis within Competing Conceptions of Property.”  Confirmed speakers include Eric Claeys (George Mason); Daniel Cole (Indiana); Henry Smith (Harvard); Laura Underkuffler (Cornell); and Lua Yuille (Kansas).

John F. Murphy, associate professor of law, has been invited to present a paper (working title: “Bottom Up: Teaching Remedial Critical Thinking and Problem Solving to a Law School's Worst Students.”) at the SALT Teaching Conference at the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law on Oct. 10-11, 2014. The conference theme is “Legal Education in a Time of Change: Challenges and Opportunities.”

Huyen Pham, professor of law and associate dean for faculty research and development, has had her paper, “Explaining the Divergence in State-Created Immigration Climates,” accepted for presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Law and Economics Association (University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, Sept. 19-20, 2014).

Associate professor Peter R. Reilly has been invited to present his recent article, “Ralph Lauren, Transnational Bribery, and Voluntary Disclosure Under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act:  When is it Strategically Wise (or Not) to Self-Report FCPA Violations to the SEC?” (forthcoming in the Harvard Business Law Review), [download the paper from SSRN] at a business law breakfast hosted by UCLA Law School’s Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law and Policy. The Institute is committed to hosting programs for the professional, academic and student communities in the areas of business and business law.

Professor Frank Snyder's paper, “The Death of Contracts,” which was published in the Duquesne Law Review, [download the paper from SSRN], made the SSRN Top 10 Downloads List in the following categories:

  • Contract Law eJournal
  • Conflict, Negotiation, & Organizational Behavior eJournal
  • Interorganizational Networks & Organizational Behavior eJournal
  • Management Professional & Practitioner Paper Series
  • ORG: Dimensions of Conflict
  • ORG: Network Formation, Development, & Dissolution
  • ORG: Regulations
  • Power, Politics, & Organizational Behavior eJournal

Neil Sobol, associate professor of law and director of legal analysis, research, and writing, published “Protecting Consumers from Zombie-Debt Collectors,” in volume 44 of the New Mexico Law Review [download the paper from SSRN]. The article has been cited by the American Legislative and Issue Campaign Exchange’s Model Fair Debt Buying Practices Act.

Sobol was also part of an “Ask the Experts” panel discussing the bankruptcy process in a posting by CardHub.com. CardHub is a website that assists people in searching for, comparing and applying for credit cards for individual needs. Read the article here.

Associate Professor and Head of Technical and Electronic Services for the Dee J. Kelly Law Library Joan Stringfellow was re-appointed to the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Price Index for Legal Publications Committee. As a member of this committee, she contributed to the publication of the AALL Price Index for Legal Publications 2013. She has also been re-appointed to the Special Handbook Committee of the Southwestern Association of Law Libraries.

Associate professor Gina S. Warren presented her research on sustainable energy development to academics and practitioners in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in late July. She presented at the law firm of Perez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martinez. A full write-up on her visit will be featured in the Aug. 19 edition of the TAMU Times.

Professor Frederic White served as the American Bar Association's site evaluator for the Foreign Summer Program in International Comparative Law, July 27-30, 2014.  The program, co-sponsored by Marquette University Law School and the University of Wisconsin Law School, was held in Giessen, Germany.