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March 2015 Faculty Highlights

Associate Professor Cynthia Alkon accepted an offer from the American Criminal Law Review (Georgetown University Law Center) to publish her article, “Plea Bargain Negotiations: Defining Competence Beyond Lafler and Frye.”

Professor Susan Ayres was invited to present her work on “Paternity Fraud and Family Secrets,” at the Women’s Research on Women Symposium, March 30, Texas A&M University, College Station (with Professor Charlotte Hughart).

Ayres presented her research on “Paternity Fraud and Family Secrets,” at the Conference of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities, in Washington, D.C., March 7.

Professor Gabriel Eckstein served as a panelist in the March 17 "AquaNOW Audiences" program, a series of web-streamed seminars designed to engage global audiences with critical water-related challenges. The series is produced by OOSKAnews, the world’s leading provider of water-related news. A news summary is available here.

Eckstein was interviewed Voice of America for two news segments:

  • "Problemi i ujërave ndërkufitare" (“The Problems of Transboundary Waters”), VOA Albania, March 19, available here.
  • "Trans-boundary Water Resources and Ways to Manage Disputes," March 20, available here.

Professor Michael Z. Green was invited to present his research, “The NLRB and Undocumented Workers: Be Careful What You Don’t Ask for and When You Do,” at the 20th Annual Employment Law Council. He will speak on a panel discussing the intersection of the NLRA, employment law, and immigration law on April 23 in Chicago, Ill.

Green also presented “Linking In, Grouping On, and Chatting Up as Cyberspace Client Development for Attorneys in Multiple Jurisdictions” at the American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section Employee Rights Midwinter Meeting in Naples, Fla., held March 28, as part of a panel on “Making it Rain: The Ethical implications and Best Practices for Client Solicitation.”

Green’s published article, “Ethical Incentives for Employers in Adopting Legal Service Plans to Handle Employment Disputes,” 44 Brandeis Law Journal 395 (2006), has been excerpted and will be updated as a chapter, “Adopting Legal Service Plans to Handle Employment Disputes,” to be published in Beyond Elite Law: Access to Civil Justice for Americans of Average Means (editors Joy Radice & Sam Estreicher, Cambridge University Press forthcoming 2015).

Professor Charlotte Hughart along with Professor Ayres, participated in the Gallery Tour poster presentation at the Women’s Research on Women 2015 Symposium at the Texas A&M College Station campus on March 30. The presentation was entitled “Paternity Fraud and How Laws Regulate Women’s Sexuality.”

Professor Gary Lucas accepted an offer from the West Virginia Law Review to publish his paper, “Behavioral Public Choice and the Law,” which he co-authored with Slavisa Tasic, Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Mary (Bismarck, ND). Download the article on SSRN.

Associate Professor John F. Murphy presented “Developing a Targeted Class to Improve Academic Performance and Bar Passage” at the Southwest Consortium of Academic Support Professionals Annual Conference at Texas A&M School of Law on March 6.

Murphy also accepted an offer to publish his article, "Teaching Remedial Problem-Solving Skills to Underperforming Law Students," in the Nevada Law Journal. Download the article on SSRN.

Associate Professor Tanya Pierce presented her paper, "Class Action Tolling: Evaluating Outer-Limits While Avoiding Bright Lines," at the ASU Legal Scholars Conference held at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, March 14.

Professor Lynne Rambo was interviewed by the Associated Press on March 27 about Walker v. Texas Division of Confederate Veterans, the license plate case recently argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. The interview appeared in many media outlets, including a New York Times article. She was also interviewed by The Tommy Tucker Show (WWL-AM/FM in New Orleans) about the same case on March 24.

Rambo was also interviewed on the National Public Radio show, The Texas Standard, on Texas v. United States, the suit filed challenging the President’s executive action on immigration, March 20.

Associate Professor Peter Reilly taught a Negotiations class for the Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate program of the Georgetown University Center for Public and Non-Profit Leadership. The class took place in Washington, D.C., on March 7.

Associate Professor Gina S. Warren was interviewed by The Washington Post for her research on the energy and climate impact of the marijuana industry: “One Surprising Downside of Marijuana Legalization: Major Energy Use; Meet the Scholar Who Wants to Turn Weed Green,” (March 23). View the article.

Warren also wrote an OpEd Talking Points Memo, “When It Comes To Energy, Indoor Marijuana Isn’t Green” (March 19), available here.