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February 2015 Faculty Highlights

Associate Professor Cynthia Alkon presented her paper, “What’s Law Got to Do With It?  Plea Bargaining Reform after Lafler and Frye” at the Penn State Dickinson Schools of Law Yearbook on Arbitration and Mediation 2015 Symposium, "What's Left of the Law in the Wake of ADR?" on Feb. 6.

Associate Professor Sahar Aziz was among a select group of experts invited to serve on the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's Task Force to Combat Harassment in the Workplace.


  • “Bringing Down an Uprising: Egypt’s Stillborn Revolution,” 30 CONN. J. INT'L L. 1 (2014). Download the article from SSRN.
  • “Lone Wolf Terrorism and Anti-Minority Legislation” in The Islamic Monthly, Feb. 26 [link]


  • “Rise in Violence in the Middle East and Hate Crimes against American Muslim,” Arab Voices Pacifica Radio, Feb. 24 [link]
  • “‘We Are All One’: North Texan Muslims Remember Chapel Hill Victims,” KERA News (local PBS affiliate), Feb. 16 [link]

Professor Wayne Barnes moderated a panel regarding Performance and Enforcement at the 10th Annual International Conference on Contracts held at the University of Nevada – Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law, Feb. 27-28.

Barnes was recently appointed as an editor of the annual survey of the Uniform Commercial Code, traditionally featured in The Business Lawyer, the premier periodical of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association (ABA).

Barnes was also interviewed for two stories in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:

  • "Radio Shack gets OK to begin closing stores," Feb. 7 [link]
  • "Severance at risk for recently laid-off Radio Shack employees," Feb. 12 [link]

Associate Professor Mark Burge's article "Too Clever By Half: Reflections on Perception, Legitimacy, and Choice of Law Under Revised Article 1 of the Uniform Commercial Code," was listed on the following SSRN top ten download lists during Feb. 2015: Legal Scholarship Network –  Enforcement of Consumer Laws, and Political Science Network – Political Philosophy. Download the article from SSRN.

Burge also presented “Thinking Outside the Four Corners of Contract Doctrine in the Legal Education Crisis” at the Tenth International Conference on Contracts, held at the University of Nevada – Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law on Feb. 27.

Professor of law and director of the Center for Law and Intellectual Property (CLIP), Megan Carpenter, presented her work, "Behind the Music: An Empirical Analysis of the Lanham Act's Bar to Registration for Scandalous and Immoral Trademarks" at the Works in Progress in Intellectual Property (WIPIP) in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 6.

Professor Gabriel Eckstein served as judge in the championship round of the 2015 Niagara International Law Moot Court Competition, Feb. 21, in Washington, D.C.


  • “Texas Border-Water Conflicts,” in course material for the State Bar of Texas: 16th Annual Changing Face of Water Rights Course (co-authored with Nathan Williams)

  • The international peer-reviewed professional journal, Water Policy, published the second part of an essay series that was originally published on Eckstein’s International Water Law Project Blog ( Eckstein solicited and editted the essay series, “Specially Invited Opinions and Research Report of the International Water Law Project: Global Perspectives on the Entry into Force of the UN Watercourses Convention,” Vol. 17(1), Feb. (available at doi: 10.2166/wp.2014.009). He also wrote an introduction to the series, authored the essay on “Implications of the UN Watercourses Convention for Groundwater Resources,” and co-authored the essay on “Concluding Thoughts on the Implications of the Entry into Force of the United Nations Watercourses Convention.” Professor Eckstein served as guest editor for this edition of Water Policy.


  • “Texas Border Water Disputes,” 16th Annual Changing Face of Water Rights Course, State Bar of Texas, San Antonio, Texas, Feb. 26.

  • “The Global Legal Framework for Transboundary Water Governance,” The World Bank, Washington, D.C., Feb. 20.

Professor Michael Z. Green has been invited to speak on “The NLRA and the Evolving Workplace: Technological and Legal Issues” at the University of Louisville Law School’s Thirty-Second Annual Warns-Render Labor & Employment Law Institute Program: The Changing Landscape of Modern Employment, to be held in Louisville, Ky., on June 11.

Green has also been invited to participate in the Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual meeting in Boca Raton, Fla., from July 27–Aug. 2 as:

  • Presenter, “The 2014-15 Labor and Employment Supreme Court Decisions” in “Workshop on Constitutional Law–Supreme Court Update: Individual Rights,” July 28, 2015
  • Discussant, discussion group: “ADR in Faculty Governance and Change: What Works – If Anything–and What Doesn’t?” July 28
  • Discussant, discussion group: “Can Employees Be “Too Hot?” and (Re)emerging Issues of Appearance Discrimination in the Workplace,” July 30
  • Moderator and Administrator, discussion group: “SEALS 2015 New Voices in Labor and Employment Law,” July 31
  • Elected Member of the SEALS Board of Trustees, attending Board Member meetings on July 27 and Aug. 2

Green also recently participated as the AALS (Association of American Law Schools) reporter and a member of an ABA accreditation site team that conducted a sabbatical accreditation and membership review of an east coast law school (Feb. 28-March 4).

Professor Timothy Mulvaney has been invited to participate in a conference titled “Sharing City, Sharing Economy: Urban Law and the New Economy” at Fordham Law School in New York, N.Y., on April 24.

Associate Professor Peter Reilly has served as a judge for the James B. Boskey Law Student Essay Competition on Alternative Dispute Resolution for the past several years, sponsored annually by the ABA’s Section on Dispute Resolution.  Starting this year, Reilly will serve as Competition Chair, which involves recruiting other law professor judges around the country and coordinating the review process to select each year’s winner.

Professor Frank Snyder was quoted in U.S. News & World Report [view the article] and USA Today [view the article] stories about marijuana legalization in the District of Columbia and Washington state.

Associate Professor Gina S. Warren participated in “Roundtable on Environmentalism and Animal Advocacy,” co-sponsored by University of Illinois Program in Law and Philosophy and by the Texas A&M School of Law held in Tucson, Ariz., Feb. 6-7.

Warren was interviewed for and quoted in the article “Barton’s Bill Presses for Allowing Crude Oil Exports,” Texas Lawyer, Feb. 11. View the article.