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August 2014 Faculty Highlights

Professor Cynthia Alkon presented a paper “Plea Bargaining: The Enabler of Mass Incarceration?” as part of a panel on Mass Incarceration: The Criminal Justice That Got Us Here at the South Eastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) conference on Aug. 5, 2014, at Amelia Island, Fla. She also served as a mentor through the SEALS New Scholar program.

Associate Professor Sahar Aziz moderated a webinar titled “Exploring the Current Media Landscape in Egypt” hosted by the Egyptian American Dialogue Initiative. The featured speaker was Dr. Abdel Monem Said Aly, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Al Masry Al Youm.

  • Invited to present a paper on “International Counterterrorism Law and Policy: A Focus on Sinai” at the Borders in Transition: Rethinking Sovereignty, Domestic Politics and International Relations in the MENA Region Conference at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy on Dec. 11-12.

  • Her article “Bringing Down an Uprising: Egypt’s Stillborn Revolution” was recently listed on SSRN's Top Ten download list for: PSN: Regime Transitions (Topic) and Political Institutions: Non-Democratic Regimes eJournal. It was also listed as a Top Ten Download for PSN: Protest/Social Movements (Topic), African Law eJournal, Democratization: Building States & Democratic Processes eJournal, Islamic Law & Law of the Muslim World eJournal, LSN: Comparative Law & Analysis (Topic), LSN: Other Public International Law: Human Rights (Topic), LSN: Other Public International Law: Human Rights (Topic) and PSN: Protest/Social Movements (Topic). Download the article from SSRN.

  • Recently published an editorial piece “Egypt's Judiciary, Co-opted” on the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s website Sada. The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is a think tank dedicated to advance the cause of peace through analysis and development of fresh policy ideas and direct engagement and collaboration with decision makers in government, business and civil society, according to the organization’s website. Read the article.

  • Aziz was interviewed by the Associated Press on her expertise on security and use of police cameras related to excessive force cases. Aziz was also interviewed by English International (TV broadcast based out of London) about police excessive force cases. View the broadcast.

Professor Wayne Barnes's latest article, “Correcting a False Step: Rethinking Overhead for the ‘Actual Expense’ Affirmative Defense to the Texas Construction Trust Fund Actwas accepted by the Baylor Law Review for publication in its winter edition of the journal.

Professor Gabriel Eckstein co-authored an article with Erin Bullard '14, “Seeking Sustainability: Water Risks and Private Solutions,” that has been accepted for publication in The Environmental Forum, published by the Environmental Law Institute.

  • Invited to re-publish a series of essays, authored by himself and various experts from around the world for his International Water Law Project Blog, as a compendium in the international peer-reviewed journal, Water Policy.

  • Pharmaceutical Compliance Monitor, an industry journal, invited Eckstein to write an essay for the upcoming issue on managing pharmaceuticals in the environment based on his forthcoming article “Drugs on Tap: Managing Pharmaceuticals in Our Nation’s Waters” in the New York University Environmental Law Journal.

  • Invited to present “A New Era for Transboundary Water Management: Implications of the Coming into Force of the UN Watercourses Convention,” Texas A&M University Program on Water Management and Hydrological Sciences, Sept. 11, 2014.

  • Invited to present “Managing Water Across the Frontier: A Legal and Policy Perspective of Mexico-U.S. Hydro Relations” at Texas A&M University at Galveston, Oct. 9, 2014.

  • Invited to serve as a judge in the final round of the Niagara International Law Moot Court Competition in Washington, D.C., Feb. 21, 2015.

Professor Michael Z. Green gave a keynote speech, “How the NLRB’s Light Must Continue,” at a national conference for National Labor Relations Board Administrative Law Judges held in Chicago, Ill. on Aug. 20, 2014. Read more.

  • On Aug. 9, 2014, Green began serving as the Secretary for the American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section for 2014-15.

  • Quoted in an article on Aug. 4, 2014, by Mark Huffman on CardHub.com, “Ask the Experts: ‘Can Employers Screen Job Applicant Based on Criminal Records?’” where several prominent law professors were asked to give their opinion about the impact of a recent EEOC guidance on screening job applicants’ criminal records. Read the article.

  • Selected to be a speaker at the open-mic portion of the Association of American Law Schools Cross-Cutting Program, “The More Things Change...: Exploring Solutions to Persisting Discrimination in Legal Academia,” Jan. 4, 2015, in Washington, D.C., with an opportunity to publish presented materials in a symposium issue of the Columbia Journal of Gender and the Law

  • Elected to be a trustee of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) at its annual meeting held in Amelia Island, Fla. on Aug. 5, 2014.  At this SEALS conference, Professor Green also participated in:
    • Discussion Group: Title VII at 50: What Needs to Change where he discussed his paper, “Stifling Employee Access to Agency Relief as Retaliation,” on Aug. 3, 2014.
    • Panel: Perspectives on Tenure at Law Schools from Professors Who Teach Employment Related Classes where he discussed his paper, “With the Great Power of Tenure Comes the Great Responsibility to Adhere to High Performance Standards,” on Aug. 4, 2014.
    • Discussion Group: “New Voices in Labor and Employment Law” where he coordinated and moderated a discussion on Aug. 4, 2014, among several senior labor and employment professors of works-in-progress papers from three junior labor and employment law professors.

Associate Professor of Law Milan Markovic accepted an invitation to contribute to the Fordham Law Review's 2015 Symposium entitled Lawyering in the Regulatory State.

Markovic also accepted an invitation from Criminal Justice Ethics to write a book review of David Luban's Torture, Power, and Law.

Associate Professor John F. Murphy's paper, “The Case Grid: A Tool for Analogical Reasoning,” was recently listed on several SSRN Top Ten Download lists, including LSN: Information-Seeking Behaviors & Use - Practitioners (Sub-Topic); LSN: Law Firms/Legal Practice (Topic); LSN: Legal Information Practices (Sub-Topic); LSN: Legal Information Scholarship (Topic); Law & Society: The Legal Profession eJournal Top Ten and Legal Writing eJournal; and The Legal Information & Technology eJournal. Download the paper from SSRN.

Associate professor Peter R. Reilly made a presentation to the Texas A&M University Law Review on how to approach the Note/Comment topic selection and writing processes, Aug. 21.

Associate Professor Lisa A. Rich was acknowledged in and contributed to the recently published report “Falling Further Behind: Combatting Racial Discrimination in America.” The report was submitted to the U.N.’s Committee to End All Forms of Racial Discrimination for review of United States’ Compliance with the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination 85th Session of the Committee to End All Forms of Racial Discrimination held in Geneva, Switzerland, Aug. 11 to Aug. 29. View the report.

Neil Sobol, associate professor of law and director of legal analysis, research and writing, made a presentation to the Texas A&M University Law Review on editing, Aug. 22.

Associate Professor Gina S. Warren's international work in Argentina was featured in “IMPACTS: Professor Warren Values International Energy Perspectives,” TAMU Times on Aug. 19, 2014. View the article.