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March 2014 Faculty Highlights

Cynthia Alkon, associate professor of law, was the lead drafter of a research memorandum for the International Network to Promote the Rule of Law entitled “Introducing Plea Bargaining into Post-Conflict Legal Systems.” She was invited by the United States Institute for Peace to participate; the memorandum is available to view online.

Stephen Alton, professor of law, moderated the “Title Issues” panel at the Texas A&M Law Review 6th Annual Energy Symposium held at Texas A&M School of Law in Fort Worth, Texas, March 20-21, 2014.

Susan Ayres, professor of law’s book chapter “When Women Kill Newborns:  The Rhetoric of Vulnerability” was published in the book Feminist Challenges, Feminist Rhetorics:  Locations, Scholarship, and Discourse (Kirsti Cole ed., Cambridge Scholars Press, March 1, 2014).

Sahar Aziz, associate professor of law, accepted an offer to publish “Veiled Discrimination: Coercive Assimilation in the Workplace” in the Michigan Journal of Race and Law forthcoming in the fall of 2014. The article has been featured in the Workplace Prof Law Blog on March 9, 2014, and the Immigration Prof Law Blog on March 6, 2014. The article was also recently listed on SSRN's Top Ten download list for: Law & Psychology eJournal and Law & Religion eJournal.

  • Interviewed on Al-Jazeera English, “Prosecution of Journalists and Judicial Reform,” on March 31, 2014 (link).

  • Published “Mass Death Sentences in Egypt Highlight Need for Judicial Reform” in The Cairo Review of Global Affairs, March 31, 2014.

  • Moderated “Government Spying and the Threat to Democracy” presentation at Texas A&M School of Law. Fort Worth, Texas, on March 26, 2014.

  • Interviewed on Al-Jazeera English, “Court Sentences 529 Egyptian Protesters to Death” on March 24, 2014 (link).

  • Professor Aziz, as the keynote speaker, presented “Learning from the Past:  Civil Rights in the Post-9/11 Era” at the Enhancing Diversity Speaker Series at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, March 21, 2014.

Wayne Barnes, professor of law, moderated the “Energy Investment” panel at the Texas A&M Law Review 6th Annual Energy Symposium held at Texas A&M School of Law in Fort Worth, Texas, March 20-21, 2014.

Mark Burge, associate professor of law, moderated the “Ethical Considerations in Energy Transactions” panel at the Texas A&M Law Review 6th Annual Energy Symposium held in Fort Worth, Texas, March 20-21, 2014.

Gabriel Eckstein, professor of law, co-authored the article “Minute 319: A Cooperative Approach to Mexico-U.S. Hydro-Relations on the Colorado River” with Regina M. Buono, which has been accepted for publication in the peer-reviewed journal Water International.

  • Served as a panel moderator for the session “International Trade Perspectives in Energy Law” at the Texas A&M Law Review 6th Annual Energy Symposium held in Fort Worth, Texas, March 20-21, 2014.

  • Professor Eckstein was interviewed for and quoted in The New York Times article “West’s Drought and Growth Intensify Conflict Over Water Rights” by Michael Wines published March 16, 2014. (link)

  • Lectured on “TX v. NM and the Rio Grande Compact” at the Texas A&M University Water Program Lecture Series in College Station, Texas, March 6, 2014.

Michael Z. Green, professor of law, presented a paper, “Is Retaliation a Viable Challenge to Employer-Mandated Arbitration?” at the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Section’s National Conference on Equal Employment Opportunity Law program on “Arbitration: A Universal Remedy” in Rancho Mirage, California, on March 27, 2014.

  • Presented on the panel “Lawyers Without Borders: The Ethical Implications of the Multijurisdictional Practice of Law” at the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Section’s Employment Rights and Employment Responsibilities Committee midwinter meeting in Los Cabos, Mexico, on March 22, 2014.

  • Presented the paper “Zealousness Versus Civility: Some Ethical Challenges for Settlement Negotiations,” as part of a panel on “Let’s Make a Deal (Part I): Ethics of Settling Individual Employment Disputes” at the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Section’s Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee midwinter meeting in Los Cabos, Mexico, on March 21, 2014.

  • Presented a version of his forthcoming published paper “Retaliatory Employment Arbitration” as part of a scholarly faculty exchange program for the Faculty Speaker Series at the University of Oklahoma College of Law in Norman, Oklahoma on March 5, 2014.

  • Invited to speak on “The NLRB’s Protection of Non-Union Employees and Employer Policy Concerns” at the Tarrant County Bar Association Labor and Employment Section’s monthly program at City Club, Fort Worth, Texas, on April 22, 2014 at noon.

  • Professor Green has been invited to be the keynote speaker at the 2014 National Labor Relations Board Judges Conference in Chicago, Illinois, on August 20, 2014.

Timothy M. Mulvaney, associate professor of law, has been invited to present his forthcoming paper on progressive conceptions of property at the Fifth Annual Meeting of the Association for Law, Property and Society at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada on May 2-3, 2014.

Mary Penrose, professor of law, gave the keynote address for the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food, Nutrition and Consumer Sciences national staff training as part of Women’s History Month, on March 20, 2014. Her presentation “Women’s History: Character, Commitment and Courage” took place at the Earle Cabell Federal Building and Courthouse in Dallas, Texas, and was broadcast to the USDA FNCS regional offices.

Professor Penrose presented “Shut up and Play: A Constitutional Analysis of First Amendment Rights of College Athletes to Use Social Media” at the Pace Law Review Social Media and Social Justice Symposium at the New York State Judicial Institute in White Plains, New York, March 28, 2014. Her paper on the subject will be published in the Pace Law Review summer 2014 symposium edition.

Tanya Pierce, associate professor of law, presented “How Expanded Pretrial Consolidation Can Discourage Duplicative Litigation and Facilitate Global Settlements in Mass Torts” at Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on March 21, 2014. The presentation was part of a faculty exchange through the Southern Central Association of Law Schools.

Lynne Rambo, professor of law, presented “The Supreme Court’s 2012 and 2013 Terms” at the Texas Aggie Bar Association Conference in College Station, Texas, on March 1, 2014.

Professor Rambo presented “Same-Sex Marriage, Constitutional Rights and Human Freedom” at the Dr. Kenneth Street Law Symposium, at Austin College, in Sherman, Texas.

Peter R. Reilly, associate professor of law, accepted an offer to publish his 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?” in the Harvard Business Law Review (forthcoming, 2014).

Professor Reilly taught a course in Negotiations within Georgetown University’s Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership, specifically, the Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate program, on March 8, 2014. Since 2005, Professor Reilly has traveled to Washington, D.C., twice each year in March and June, in order to teach in this program.

By invitation, Professor Reilly posted a blog on Columbia Law School’s Blue Sky Blog on Corporations and the Capital Markets discussing 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?”

Joan Stringfellow, associate professor and law librarian, co-presented “Tales From The Trenches: Customer Service: From The Mundane To The Bizarre” at the 2014 Southwestern Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas, on March 21, 2014.

Gina S. Warren, associate professor of law, moderated the “Environmental Concerns with Fracking” panel at the Texas A&M Law Review 6th Annual Energy Symposium held in Fort Worth, Texas, March 20-21, 2014.

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