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Faculty Highlights

December 2014 - January 2015 Faculty Highlights

Associate Professor Cynthia Alkon spoke about the development of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in the United States with lawyers at the law firm of Stepanovski, Papukul & Partners in Minsk, Belarus, on Dec. 11.

Alkon was also invited to speak on Feb. 6 at the Penn State University School of Law Yearbook on Arbitration and Mediation Symposium entitled "What's Left of the Law in the Wake of ADR."

Alkon was named Chair-elect of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) ADR Section on Jan. 4.

Professor Susan Ayres has been invited to present her research at the following conferences:

  • "Paternity Fraud and Family Secrets," Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities, Washington, D.C., March 2015;
  • "Paternity Fraud: Regulation of Women’s Sexuality and Family Relationships," Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, Seattle, Wash., May 2015;
  • "Pregnancy Denied, Pregnancy Rejected" [SSRN link], Therapeutic Jurisprudence Track, International Congress on Law and Mental Health, Vienna, Austria, July 2015.

Associate Professor Sahar Aziz was selected as an Emerging Scholar Class of 2015 by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine. Learn more.

  • Elected Chair of the AALS Islamic Law Section.

  • Presented “Theater or Transitional Justice: Reforming Egypt’s Judiciary” at the AALS Annual Conference, International Human Rights Section, Washington, D.C., Jan. 3.

  • By invitation, presented at the international conference “Borders in Transition: Rethinking Sovereignty, Domestic Politics and International Relations in the MENA Region” at The European University Institute in Florence, Italy, Dec. 11-12.


  • “Women Facing Anti-Muslim Backlash,”, Jan. 25 [link]
  • “How to prevent another Paris? Experts debate issues that divide, unite,”, Jan. 15 (solicited) [link]
  • “Corruption Hobbles El-Sissi’s Economic Recovery Plans for Egypt,” World Politics Review, Dec. 24 (solicited) [link]


  • “Fourth Anniversary of Egypt’s Revolution,” Al Jazeera English, Inside Story, Jan. 25 [link]
  • “Muslim and Arab Civil Rights in the US,” Yahallah Voice Arab American Radio, Jan. 20
  • “Terrorist Attack in Paris,” CBS-DFW, Mitch Carr Radio Show, Jan. 19
  • “Prosecutions of AJE Journalists in Egypt,” Al Jazeera America, Inside Story, Dec. 29.

Professor of law and director of the Center for Law and Intellectual Property (CLIP), Megan Carpenter, was selected as an Entrepreneurial Fellow for Startup Aggieland at Texas A&M University. Carpenter had seven proposals accepted through the Entrepreneurial Fellowship program; the proposals will facilitate the delivery of practical legal education to Startup Aggieland students in business, engineering, and architecture.

  • Served as the legal expert for a workshop at the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) Annual Conference in Tampa, Florida, on Jan. 23. The workshop, entitled "Legal Issues for Artist-Entrepreneurs," won the Best Workshop Award at the conference.

  • Elected Chair of the Law and Entrepreneurship Special Interest Group of USASBE for 2015.

  • Elected to the Executive Board of the AALS Art Law Section.

  • Presented at the AALS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 3. The panel, called "Thinking Outside the Book," focused on innovative teaching approaches in the area of Intellectual Property.

Professor Gabriel Eckstein was invited by UN Development Program to advise UNDP and the government of Azerbaijan in their effort to reform Azerbaijan’s national water law regime in relation to flooding and climate change, Dec. 8-18. Read more.

  • The international peer-reviewed professional journal, Water Policy, Vol. 16(6), Dec. 2014, published the first of a two-part essay entitled “Specially Invited Opinions and Research Report of the International Water Law Project: Global Perspectives on the Entry into Force of the UN Watercourses Convention.” The essays were originally compiled and published on Eckstein’s International Water Law Project Blog (
    • Part one includes an introductory essay by Eckstein, and he is listed as Guest Editor for the series.
    • Part two will appear in the Journal in Feb. 2015. Available at doi:10.2166/wp.2014.008

  • Published “Water Law: A Linchpin for Sound Water Management,” IWRA Update: Newsletter of the International Water Resources Association, Vol. 27(4) (Dec. 2014) (co-authored with Renee Martin-Nagle), available at

  • Presented “Drugs on Tap: Managing Pharmaceuticals in Our Nation’s Waters,” Southern University Law Center, Baton Rouge, La., Jan. 22.

  • Presented “Developments in International Law Applicable to Transboundary Groundwater Resources: The Draft Articles on the Law of Transboundary Aquifers,” webinar on “Moving With the Momentum: Reviewing Lessons for Groundwater from 2014 and Looking Ahead to 2015” on Jan. 15 (co-presented with Dr. Francesco Sindico, Strathclyde Faculty of Law, Scotland).

  • Presented “Water as an Economic Good: Implications for Nations’ Freshwater Resources,” Department of Geography and Environment at Khazar University, Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 16. Read more.

  • Invited to present “Rethinking Transboundary Ground Water Resources Management: A Local Approach along the Mexico-U.S. Border,” The World Bank, Washington, D.C., Feb. 20.

  • Invited to give two presentations for the First Annual Sustainability Conference of American Legal Educators, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, Tempe, Ariz., May 8:
    • “Implications for Nations of the Commodification of Water”
    • “Implications of the Coming Into Force of the UN Watercourses Convention”

Professor Michael Z. Green presented an excerpt from his paper, “Just Another Little Black Boy from the Southside of Chicago:  A Personal Narrative on Overcoming Obstacles and Breaking Down Barriers to Improve Diversity in the Law Professoriate,” which is scheduled to be published in the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law as part of an “Open-Mic” panel at the AALS Cross-Cutting Program, “The More Things Change...: Exploring Solutions to Persistent Discrimination in Legal Academia” at the AALS Annual Conference that was held on Jan. 4 in Washington, D.C.

Green was selected as 2015 Chair-Elect of the AALS Section on Labor Relations and Employment Law.

Green has been invited to speak at the 53rd Annual Course on Labor Law and Labor Arbitration at the Center for American and International Law in Plano, Texas, May 6-8. He will be speaking on:

  • “The Negotiation of Collective Bargaining Agreements”
  • “Recent Developments in Labor Law for Non-Union Employers”
  • “Closing Faculty Panel Questions and Answers Session”

Professor Terri Lynn Helge presented “Rejecting Charity: Why the IRS Denies Tax Exemption to Section 501(c)(3) Applicants” at the AALS 2015 Annual Meeting Program in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 3.

  • Invited to present her research in response to a call for proposals for the Section on Nonprofit and Philanthropy Law's Annual Meeting Program, “IRS Oversight of Charitable and Other Exempt Organizations – Broken? Fixable?”  Her forthcoming article will be published in the Pittsburgh Tax Review.

  • Presented “Commercializing and Protecting Intellectual Property in an Increasingly Open and Fluid World” at the 2015 Nonprofit Organizations Institute in Austin, Texas on Jan. 16. Her article will be published in the winter edition of the Texas Tax Lawyer.

  • Serving for a third consecutive term as Chair of the Tax-Exempt Organizations Section of the State Bar of Texas Tax Section.

  • Became a member of the Gulf Coast Area Tax Exempt/Government Entities Council.

  • Serves as a member of the State Bar of Texas Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law (REPTL) Decedent’s Estate Committee.

Milan Markovic, associate professor of law, was interviewed for and quoted extensively in the article "North Texas Leads the Way in Big-Ticket Verdicts" in the Dallas Business Journal. View the article.

Professor James McGrath was elected to the Executive Board of the AALS Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Section.

Associate Professor John F. Murphy presented “What Legal-Writing Professors Can Learn from Teaching Underperforming Law Students” at a Legal Writing Institute One-Day Workshop on Dec. 5, at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.

Professor Carol Pauli's paper, “News Media and Information Poverty,” has been accepted for inclusion at the annual meeting of the Law and Society Association annual meeting in May. Pauli has also accepted an invitation to chair an “Author Meets Reader” Salon Session at the meeting. The session will focus on a new book by Prof. Thomas Kleven of the Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Equitable Sharing: Distributing the Benefits and Detriments of Democratic Society..

Pauli’s work has also been accepted as part of a panel entitled “Responding to Inequality” to be presented at the 2015 Southeastern Association of Law Schools conference in July.

Professor Mary Margaret "Meg" Penrose was elected to the Executive Board of the AALS Sports Law Section.

Associate Dean Huyen Pham was elected Chair-Elect of the AALS Immigration Law Section.

Associate Professor Tanya Pierce presented “Hot Topics in Legal Writing Curricular Development” at the Legal Writing Institute One-Day Workshop, held at the University of Cincinnati School of Law on Dec. 12.

Professor Lynne Rambo published an essay, “State’s Lawsuit Against Executive Action More Politics Than Substance,” at, American Immigration Council, Jan. 13. Download the article from SSRN.

Rambo made the SSRN top ten downloads for two lists, Migration and Politics of Immigration, Jan. 23-30.

Rambo interviewed and appeared on the local Fox affiliate KDFW-TV to discuss the Fifth Circuit Court argument on same-sex marriage bans, Jan. 8. [link]

Vice Dean Aric K. Short was elected Chair-Elect of the AALS Post-Graduate Legal Education Section.

Neil L. Sobol, associate professor of law and director of legal analysis, research, and writing, has been invited to present his work-in-progress “Charging the Poor: Criminal Justice Debt & Modern Day Debtors’ Prisons,” at the annual meeting of the Law and Society Association to be held in Seattle, Wash., May 28 – 31.

Professor Frank Snyder's article “The Death of Contracts,” 52 Duquesne Law Review 345 (2014), has been selected for republication in the Defense Law Journal, published by Matthew Bender. Download the article from SSRN.

Associate Professor Gina S. Warren was Program Chair for the 2015 AALS Annual Meeting, Natural Resources and Energy Law Section Program “Seismic Shifts in Energy: The Repercussions of Local Solar and Distributed Generation,” Jan. 3.

  • Elected to the Executive Board of the AALS Natural Resources and Energy Law Section.

  • Invited to present her research on "Increasing the Potential of Small Hydropower Generation" at the International Water Resources Association XVth World Water Congress, Edinburgh, Scotland, May 25-29.

  • Invited to teach multiple energy and climate-related topics for a study abroad program "Contemporary Issues in Water Resources: U.S. Mexico Water, Food and Energy Nexus," in Guanajuato, Mexico, August 16-29. The study abroad program is co-coordinated by the TAMU Water Management and Hydrological Sciences Program and the University of Guanajuato.