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October 2014 Faculty Highlights

Associate Professor Cynthia Alkon will present her paper, “Towards Defining Competence in Negotiating Plea Bargains: Beyond Lafler & Frye," at the Association of American Law Schools Alternative Dispute Resolution Section’s Eighth Annual Works-in-Progress Conference on Nov. 7, at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles.

She was also invited to participate on the panel “Reversing Mass Incarceration: What Reforms are Working (or Could Work) and Why?” at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Conference July 27-Aug. 2, 2015, in Boca Raton, Fla.

Professor Susan Ayres was invited to participate on a panel about "Critical Reading in Law School Education" and present a paper at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Conference to be held in Florida, July 27 to Aug. 2.

Associate Professor Sahar Aziz accepted an offer to publish “Bringing Down an Uprising: Egypt’s Stillborn Revolution in the Connecticut Journal International, forthcoming fall 2014. The paper was recently listed on SSRN’s Top Ten Download List for Public International Law: Human Rights eJournal. Download the article from SSRN.

  • Published a chapter, “Terror(izing) the Veil,” in The Rule of Law And the Rule of God, edited by Simeon Ilesanmi (Palsgraf Press), fall 2014.

  • Featured in the University of Florida Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations newsletter, fall 2014, available here.

  • Presented “Emerging Topics: The Rise of ISIS and its Effect on Domestic Counterterrorism” at the Texas A&M Law Review symposium “New Technology and Old Law: Rethinking National Security” on Oct. 17. The Battalion also interviewed her on the topic (link). Learn more about the symposium.

  • Presented “Networking and Professional Development Strategies for Junior Faculty” at Society of American Law Teachers Annual Conference at the University of Las Vegas Boyd School of Law, Oct. 9-11.

  • Discussed “The Legal and Regulatory Challenges Facing Egypt’s Press” at the Egypt Media Forum at George Washington University, Washington, D.C., Oct. 1-3.

  • Wrote “White House Announces Countering Violent Extremism Program: Is it Pretext for Spying on Muslims?” for the Huffington Post, Oct. 1. Read the article.

  • Featured on Radio Voice of Russia in “The FBI’s Search for ISIS Recruits in the U.S.” Oct. 9.

  • Aziz is a co-chair for the civil rights symposium “Global Citizens and Equality Fifty Years After the 1964 Civil Rights Act,” at College Station, Nov. 7. The symposium was featured on more than 100 media outlet websites, including: TAMU Times, YourHoustonNews.com, The Eagle, The International Business Times, The Boston Globe, and Wall Street Select.

  • Interviewed by RT International (Russia Today, a global news channel broadcast from Moscow and Washington) about Guantanamo detainees' protests against the employment of female security guards. The detainees allege that the employment of female security guards violates their religious beliefs because it puts them into close contact with unrelated females. View the clip.

  • Served as a panelist on “Academic Forum on ISIS” at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Oct. 23. After the discussion, she interviewed with Iraqi Television. Watch the video.

Professor of law and director of the Center for Law and Intellectual Property (CLIP), Megan Carpenter, presented CLIP Need to Know Workshops at the College of Engineering and Startup Aggieland at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, on Oct. 1 and 2. Startup Aggieland is among the nation's first student-designed, student-operated business accelerators to serve student startups.

Law Clinic Professor Celestina Contreras moderated a panel of district attorneys and private practice attorneys on domestic violence awareness for the Family Law Student Association, Oct. 16. The event attracted numerous students, staff and faculty, filling the conference center to capacity. Professor Contreras has practiced family law for more than 24 years during which she has represented victims of family violence. Learn more.

Contreras participated as a panelist for the Texas A&M American Constitution Society for Law and Policy event, “Preserving Access to the Civil Legal Aid – It’s Not Justice If It’s Not Equal.” Other panelists included Joel Winful, CEO of Legal Aid of Northwest Texas (LANWT); Tom Stutz, director of litigation of LANWT; and Merrit Klapperich, managing attorney of the Fort Worth LANWT office.

At the request of the Texas Access to Justice Foundation, Contreras attended “Luncheon with the Supreme Court of Texas” at The University of Texas at Austin, Oct. 20. Various individuals and organizations were recognized for their work on helping provide legal services to the indigent. She gave a presentation to the Texas Access to Justice Foundation Board of Directors regarding the Law Clinic program at the Texas A&M University School of Law.

Professor Gabriel Eckstein has been invited to serve as a judge for the Texas A&M Water Program’s Poster Competition at the annual “Water Daze” event, Nov. 12, in College Station.

Eckstein presented “Managing Water Across the Frontier: A Legal and Policy Perspective of Mexico-US Hydro Relations” at Texas A&M University at Galveston, Oct. 9. View the presentation here.

He was also invited to present the following:

  • On the topic of the interaction of law, policy and science at “Achieving Success in Science” through the Undergraduate Research and Engagement Program, University of Texas Arlington, Nov. 21.
  • “Texas Border Water Disputes” at the 16th Annual Changing Face of Water Rights Course, Texas State Bar Association, San Antonio, Feb. 26, 2015.
  • On the topic of international water law at the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance, University of Strathclyde, Scotland, May 22, 2015.
  • On the topic of international water law and ground water resources at the Law, Environment and Development Centre and School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, May 29, 2015.

Professor Michael Z. Green was invited by the Emory Law Journal to publish “The National Labor Relations Board as Super-Agency for the Changing Workplace.” He will present the paper at a symposium on "The National Labor Relations Board after Eighty Years," April 10, 2015, at the Emory Law School in Atlanta. 

Green was invited to participate on a proposed panel on “Cutting Edge Issues in Discrimination and Workers’ Rights” and present a paper on “Black Workers and Their Dispute Resolution Obstacles” at the Annual Law and Society program to be held in Seattle, May 28-31, 2015. 

Additionally, Green has been invited to present on the topic “Where are We Going with Race and ADR” at the Association of American Law Schools Alternative Dispute Resolution Section’s Eighth Annual Works-in-Progress Conference on Nov. 7 at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles.

Professor Timothy Mulvaney is one of eight property scholars invited to participate in the Tulane Property Scholarship Roundtable at Tulane University Law School in New Orleans on March 27, 2015.  Other participants include Professors Lee Fennell (Chicago), Eric Freyfogle (Illinois) and Abraham Bell (San Diego).

Associate Professor John F. Murphy, presented “Bottom Up: Teaching Remedial Problem Solving-Skills to Underperforming Students” at the Society of American Law Teachers conference at University of Nevada, Las Vegas on Oct. 11. The related paper was an SSRN top-ten download for the week of Oct. 28. Download the article from SSRN. His paper was also cited on TaxProf Blog’s Weekly Round Up.

Professor Neal Newman will present to the Corporate Counsel section of the Tarrant County Bar Association, Nov. 5. He will discuss crowd funding and other new provisions under the new Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) act, signed into law in April 2012.

His paper “One Worldwide Set of Global Accounting Standards? – Hmm” was recently listed on SSRN’s Top Ten Download list for: Corporate Governance Practice Series eJournal and INTL: Economic & Financial Issues (Topic). Download the article from SSRN.

Newman moonlights as the home game announcer for the Arlington Martin Warriors high school football team. On Oct. 24, he called the Warriors' homecoming game played against the Fort Worth Paschal Panthers at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, home of the Dallas Cowboys.

Professor Mary Margaret “Meg” Penrose published an editorial “Worth the Cost? An Economic Assessment of the Death Penalty” which was published in more than 30 media outlets, including: GazetteXtra, The News Tribune and GoUpstate.com. Read the original submission.

  • Presented her paper, “Sharing Stupid Sh*$ with Friends and Followers: The First Amendment Rights of College Athletes to Use Social Media” at SMU’s Journal of Science and Technology Law Review’s Social Media Symposium. Read the paper here.

  • Also presented this same paper at Marquette Law School's Sports Law Works-in-Progress program in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Other participants included Nathanial Grow from University of Georgia, Adam Epstein from Central Michigan, Dionne Koller from the University of Baltimore, Geoff Rapp from Toledo, Erin Buzuvis from Western New England School of Law and Marc Edleman of Baruch College. Professor Matt Parlow of Marquette ran the program.

  • Received an offer to publish and participate in Elon Law Review’s College Sports Law Symposium and journal. The article is forthcoming in 2015.

  • Appointed by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to represent the defendant and present the oral argument in the death penalty case Escamilla v. Stephens.

  • Participated in TAMU Law’s Federalist Society presentation “What the Heller Was the Supreme Court Thinking? Second Amendment Rights Following the Heller Decision” with Professor Nelson Lund from George Mason University School of Law.

Associate Professor Tanya Pierce presented her work-in-progress, “A Call for Cross-Jurisdictional Tolling,” at the Central States Law Schools Association Annual Scholarship Conference at the Louisiana State University Paul M. Herbert Law Center on Oct. 10.

Pierce was selected by the University of Connecticut School of Law to speak at its Legal Writing Institute Workshop, Dec. 12. The workshop’s theme is “Reaching, Teaching, and Employing Today’s Evolving Law Student.”

Associate Professor Lisa A. Rich gave the introductory remarks at the Texas A&M Law Review’s Fall 2014 Symposium, “New Technology and Old Law:  Rethinking National Security” on Oct. 17. She also moderated the panel “Emerging Issues in National Security” during the symposium. Learn more about the symposium.

Rich will participate in a conference with other scholars and advocates at Yale University in December about Clemency Project 2014. Scholars and advocates began the Project in January 2014 after Deputy Attorney General James Cole asked the legal profession to provide pro bono assistance to federal offenders who would likely have received a shorter sentence if they had been sentenced today.  Project members recruit and train lawyers to screen federal offenders, identify those who meet the criteria for possible clemency articulated by the Deputy Attorney General, and assist them with filing the necessary materials to seek clemency from the president.

Professor Malinda Seymore’s article “Openness in International Adoption,” will be published in the Columbia Human Rights Law Review and was recently listed on SSRN’s Top Ten download list for AARN: Kinship & Gender and LSN: Children’s Best Interests. Download the article from SSRN.

Vice Dean Aric Short spoke on a deans panel at the Legal Netlink Alliance 2014 Annual Meeting in Dallas on Oct. 17. Dean Short, along with deans from University of North Texas and Southern Methodist University law schools, discussed current trends in legal education, as well as how law schools are reacting to changes in the legal marketplace.

Professor Frank Snyder will be a panelist at the 2015 Southeastern Association of Law Schools conference. Snyder, who writes about marijuana legalization and regulation at his Cannabis Law Prof Blog, will be a panelist on “Teaching and Studying Vice.” The panel will explore criminal and other regulation of vice-related businesses including: drugs, prostitution and illegal gambling.

Neil L. Sobol, associate professor and director of legal analysis, research, and writing, presented “Writing Persuasively for Paralegals” at the 2014 National Federation of Paralegal Association’s Annual Convention in Dallas, Oct 9.

He also presented his work-in-progress, “Charging the Poor: Modern Day Debtors’ Prisons,” at the Central States Law Schools Association Annual Scholarship Conference at the Louisiana State University Paul M. Herbert Law Center, Oct. 11.

Sobol contributed a blog entry for CardHub.com and WalletHub.com based off his paper “Protecting Consumers from Zombie-Debt Collectors” published in New Mexico Law Review. Download the article from SSRN. View the blog post.

Associate Professor Gina S. Warren's article, “Hydropower: It’s a Small World After All,” 91 Neb. L. Rev. 925 (2013), available for download here, was excerpted in the new textbook, “Energy Law and Policy,” published by West Academic Publishing (2014).

She presented her article, “Regulating Pot to Save the Polar Bear: Energy and Climate Impacts of the Marijuana Industry” at the Colloquium on Environmental Scholarship at Vermont Law School on Oct. 4. Warren’s article will be published with the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law in the spring. Download the article from SSRN.

Warren presented “Oil & Gas Pooling” at the State Bar of Texas “Oil, Gas & Energy Resources Law 101” in Houston, Oct. 1.

Professor of Law Frederic White served as a panelist and presenter at the University of California, Irvine School of Law Summit program, “Renewing the Search for the Faces  at the Bottom of the Well--De-Mystifying the Myth” on Oct. 5. He presented, “Why Law School Admissions Committees Need to Go to LSAT School.”

White served as a member of the American Bar Association Accreditation Committee in San Antonio, Texas, Oct. 29 to Nov. 1.