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June 2014 Faculty Highlights

Professor Susan Ayres was invited to present a paper at ClassCrits VII – “Poverty, Precarity, and Work: Struggle and Solidarity in an Era of Permanent(?) Crisis,” Nov. 14-15, 2014, at King Hall, UC Davis School of Law.

Upon invitation, Associate Professor Sahar Aziz presented “Latest Developments in U.S. Civil Rights Law” to faculty and students at the Alexandria University College of Law, Alexandria, Egypt, June 28, 2014. Read more.

Also in Alexandria, Aziz conducted a training workshop for Egyptian lawyers and civil society leaders on "Freedom of Information Laws and Anti-Corruption," June 27, 2014. Read more.

On June 19, the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, a student organization that Aziz advises, received Rising Chapter of the Year honors from the National ACS Convention in Washington, D.C. Read more.

Aziz had the following media appearances:

  • Index on Censorship: The Voice of Free Expression’s article “Egypt’s message to journalists: ‘Adhere to the official narrative or risk severe punishment,'" June 24, 2014. Read the article.

  • Interview with Radio France International aired about the arrest of Muslim Brotherhood leaders. She provided her analysis of the current political situation in Egypt after Abdel Fatah Al Sisi's election to the presidency, June 14, 2014.

  •  Al Jazeera America, “Sexual Assault Growing Problem in Egypt” June 9, 2014.

Professor Wayne Barnes published his article “Render Unto Rawls: Law, Gospel and the Evangelical Fallacy,” in Volume 24 of the University of Florida Journal of Law and Public Policy. View the article on SSRN.

Professor Gabriel Eckstein's article “Drugs on Tap: Managing Pharmaceuticals in Our Nation’s Waters” was accepted for publication in the New York University Environmental Law Journal (forthcoming 2015).

Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group) will publish Eckstein's proposed book: The International Law of Transboundary Ground Water Resources. Publication is tentatively planned for late 2016.

Eckstein co-organized and presented a training workshop on “International Water Law, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution” sponsored by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD-INWRMP) in Kampala, Uganda, June 25-27, 2014. Read more.

Eckstein was featured in two Texas A&M University online publications:

  • TAMU Times: “Texas A&M Explores Collaboration Between Texas and Mexico to Fight Effects of Drought,” June 16, 2014. [link]
  • The Battalion Online: “Professor Q&A: Shared Waters,” June 10, 2014. [link]

Professor Michael Z. Green, was elected into The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers as a Fellow. This is the highest recognition by ones colleagues of sustained outstanding performance in the profession, exemplifying integrity, dedication and excellence. Read more.

  • His article “Retaliatory Employment Arbitration,” published in the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law was listed June 25, 2014 on SSRN’s Top Ten download list in several discrimination, employment, labor, and dispute resolution categories. View the article on SSRN.

  • Green presented at the Thirty-First Annual Carl Warns, Jr. and Edward Render Labor and Employment Law Institute sponsored by the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law on “A Review of Labor and Employment Cases from the Supreme Court’s 2013-2014 Term” held in Louisville, Ky., on June 12, 2014.

  • He was quoted on June 9, 2014, in a Fort Worth Star-Telegram article by Ryan Osborne, “Player's unionization talks concern TCU's Del Conte,” regarding potential implications from the Northwestern University National Labor Relations Board decision allowing their football players to organize and form a union. Read the article.

  • Green presented “Stifling Future Employee Activity With the EEOC:  Retaliation Through Severance in EEOC v. CVS” as part of a panel on Anticipatory Retaliation at Title VII of the Civil Rights Act After Fifty Years–The New York University 67th Annual Conference on Labor, at NYU Law School in New York, NY, on June 5, 2014.

Professor Gary Lucas Jr.'s paper “Out of Sight, Out of Mind: How Opportunity Cost Neglect Undermines Democracy” [SSRN] was tweeted by Harvard law professor Cass Sunstein (read the tweet). It was also featured by Paul Caron of TaxProf Blog (link).

Professor Timothy M. Mulvaney's article “Foreground Principles,” published in 20 George Mason Law Review 837 (2013), was selected for re-publication in the 2014 edition of the Zoning and Planning Law Handbook. Published by Thomson Reuters, the handbook includes a small collection of articles from the previous academic year that “represent important contributions to the literature of zoning and land use law.” [SSRN]

Associate Professor John Murphy is the editor and Associate Professor H. Dennis Kelly is the assistant editor of the Tarrant County Bar Bulletin, the monthly newsletter of the Tarrant County Bar Association. In June, the State Bar of Texas selected the Bulletin for the "Best Overall Newsletter" and "Best Series of Articles--Feature or General Interest" awards in the State Bar's Division 4. The awards are statewide, and the divisions are based on the size of the local bar association.

Neal Newman, professor of law, presented his work in progress “Regulation A+ and the Question of State Blue Sky Law Preemption Under the J.O.B.S. Act” at the National Business Law Scholars Conference at the University of Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, Calif., June 19-20.

Mary Margaret “Meg” Penrose, professor of law, was an invited panelist at the Association of American Law Schools Workshop in Washington D.C. from June 5 to 7, 2014. She discussed family formation and divorce, as well as marriage and the fundamental right to divorce. The event was part of the AALS mid-year meeting. Read more.

Penrose was invited to participate in Southern Methodist University's forthcoming symposium on social media and the law. The symposium, “Current Issues in Social Media and the Law,” will be sponsored by the SMU Science & Technology Law Review and will be held at the SMU campus in Dallas in October.

Penrose was also invited to present her research, “College Athletes, Social Media and the First Amendment” at Marquette Law School's Work-in-Progress Conference in Milwaukee, Wis., during the fall semester.

Huyen Pham, associate dean for faculty and research and professor of law, traveled to Vietnam at the end of June to teach and present her research. She taught a condensed course on administrative law at the University of Economics and Law in Ho Chi Minh City, part of the prestigious Vietnam National University system. Read more.

Pham and her co-author, Van Pham (associate professor of economics at Baylor University) also presented, “Domestic Migration and the Divergence in State-Created Immigration Climate,” at the Vietnam Economist Annual Meeting in Ho Chi Minh City, June 24-25. Read more.

Their chapter, “Measuring the Climate for Immigrants: A State-by-State Analysis,” has been published in the book, Neighbors: The Role of States in Immigration Policy (edited by G. Jack Chin and Carissa Hessick), NYU Press.  

Associate Professor Peter R. Reilly taught the course “Negotiations” within Georgetown University’s Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership (specifically, the Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate program) on June 12, 2014. Since 2005, Professor Reilly has traveled to Washington, D.C., twice each year (in March and again in June) to teach in this program.

Professor Malinda Seymore’s article “Sixteen and Pregnant: Minors’ Consent in Abortion and Adoption,” published in the Yale Journal of Law & Feminism, (Vol, 25, No. 1, 2013) was listed on SSRN’s Top Ten download list in June for Reproductive Justice, Law & Policy, and Women, Law, & Human Rights. View the article.

Neil Sobol, associate professor of law and director of legal analysis, research, and writing, was invited to present a paper at ClassCrits VII – “Poverty, Precarity, and Work: Struggle and Solidarity in an Era of Permanent(?) Crisis,” Nov. 14-15, 2014 at King Hall, UC Davis School of Law.

Frank Snyder, professor of law, published “The Death of Contracts,” 52 Duquesne Law Review 345 (2014). Read the article on SSRN.

Gina S. Warren, associate professor of law,  was invited to present her research, “Marijuana, Energy, and the Climate” at both the:

  • TAMU Energy Club in College Station on Nov. 5, 2014 and
  • 5th Annual Colloquium on Environmental Scholarship at Vermont Law School on Oct. 4, 2014.

Warren published her article “Vanishing Power Lines and Emerging Distributed Generation," in 4 Wake Forest Journal of Law & Policy 347 (2014). View the article on SSRN.

Warren also accepted the role of faculty adviser for the new TAMU Law Energy Law Student Association.

Professor Frederic White, as a member of the American Bar Association Accreditation Committee, attended a regular meeting of the Committee, June 26-28, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minn.

Thomson West published White’s 2013-2014 edition of Ohio Landlord Tenant Law, the 19th edition of the book.