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James P. George

Professor of Law
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Courses: Agency & Partnership, Civil Procedure, Federal Courts, International Law, Conflict of Laws, and International Litigation

Professor George has been with the law school since 1990. During that time, he has taught civil procedure, federal courts, conflict of laws, international law, international litigation, complex litigation, and agency & partnership. Professor George has also served as associate dean of the law school, from 1994 through 1997 and again in 1999, and he is a past recipient of the alumni association’s Zabel Award for Outstanding Professor. The author of numerous books and articles, Professor George’s writing is generally focused on litigation but has recently explored access-to-justice issues, including court funding and effective remedies for consumer scams.

Early in his career, Professor George clerked for Chief Judge Dale Cook in the Northern District of Oklahoma and then worked for a year as a legal aid attorney in rural Oklahoma. After earning his graduate law degree from Columbia Law School, Professor George spent four years representing rural Texans in civil rights, consumer, and family law cases, while also teaching Conflict of Laws as an adjunct at Southern Methodist University. He then joined the law firm of Johnson Bromberg & Leeds, where he litigated a wide variety of commercial disputes until he joined the new faculty at the Dallas-Fort Worth School of Law, the predecessor to Texas Wesleyan University School of Law and Texas A&M University School of Law.

Professor George is active in the American Law Institute and is a board member of both the American Society of Comparative Law and the International and Comparative Law Institute of the Center for American and International Law in Dallas. He is also a long-time member of the Dallas Bar and the Tarrant County Bar, where he founded the Speakers Forum and is a Master Emeritus in the Mahon Inn of Court.  Professor George is licensed in Oklahoma and Texas and is Of Counsel at Whitaker Chalk Swindle & Sawyer, L.L.P. in Fort Worth.

Professor George earned his B.A. in political science from Oklahoma State University and his J.D. from the University of Tulsa, where he served on law review, was a member of the Jessup Moot Court team, and had an honors appointment with the justice department. Professor George also has an LL.M. from Columbia Law School, where he served as a first-year legal method instructor and worked with the Center for Constitutional Rights on the landmark Filártiga case.

Selected Publications

"Annual Survey of Texas Law: Conflict of Laws," 65 Southern Methodist University Law Review 391 (2012) (with Stephanie K. Marshall and Lisa A. Goodman). [LexisNexis] [Westlaw]

THE FEDERAL COURTHOUSE DOOR: A FEDERAL JURISDICTION AND VENUE GUIDE (Carolina Academic Press, August, 2001) (foreword by Michael Tigar)

Contributor, The Anti-Injunction Act and the definition of English common law in MAJOR ACTS OF CONGRESS (Macmillan Reference USA, 2003).

"Parallel Litigation," 51 Baylor Law Review 769-986 (1999). [SSRN]

"International Parallel Litigation—A Survey of Current Conventions and Model Laws," 37 Texas International Law Journal 499-540 (2002) (listed in the American Law Institute’s Select Bibliography—2003). [SSRN]

"False Conflicts and Faulty Analysis: Judicial Misapplication of the Most Significant Relationship Test," 23 Review of Litigation 489-606 (2004) (listed in the American Law Institute’s Select Bibliography—2005).  [SSRN]

"Jurisdictional Implications in the Reduced Funding of Lower Federal Courts," 25 Review of Litigation 1 (2005). [SSRN]

"Access to Justice," 54 American Journal of Comparative Law 101-124 (2006). [SSRN]

"Reimposable Discounts and Medieval Contract Penalties," 20 Loyola Consumer Law Review 50 (2007). [SSRN]

Selected Presentations

Columbia University School of Law, organized and moderated The Filártiga Case and International Torture Remedies, with the Filártiga family, their attorneys and commentators, May, 1982.

Estado de Mexico Justice Center, Toluca, Mexico, address on Federalism in United States Courts, March 28, 2000.

North American International Trade Corridor Partnership, organized and moderated half day business law program with ten speakers at NAFTA trade convention in Fort Worth, May 10, 2001.

American Society of Comparative Law Anniversary Meeting, address on International Parallel Litigation, October 5, 2001.

Association of American Law Schools Annual Convention, address on International Parallel Litigation —A Survey of Conventions and Model Laws, January 4, 2002, New Orleans.

Texas Wesleyan University School of Law—Wiley Lecture Series, moderator and speaker for International Justice (discussing the International Criminal Court), November 20, 2002.

University of Oklahoma College of Law—creator, organizer and moderator for Winning the Federal Case Before Trial, Oklahoma City, December 19, 2003; Dallas, Texas, January 14, 2005; Oklahoma City, December 13, 2005, Oklahoma City, December 15, 2006.

Texas Wesleyan University School of Law—co-organizer and moderator for Doing Business in the European Union, Dallas, March 25, 2004.

Association of American Law Schools Annual Convention, address on Access to Justice, January 4, 2008, New York