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Malinda L. Seymore
Professor of Law
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Courses: Adoption Law, Criminal Procedure, Criminal Procedure Trial Rights, Evidence, Feminist Jurisprudence Seminar, Women & the Law. 

Professor Malinda Seymore has been on the faculty since 1990. She teaches adoption law, criminal law, criminal procedure, evidence, feminist jurisprudence, and women & the law. Professor Seymore has written articles on an eclectic range of interesting legal topics, including the Presidency and the meaning of citizenship, state recognition of foreign adoption decrees, bans on attorney-client sex, and the intersection of domestic violence and evidence doctrine. Her teaching and scholarly focus is motivated by an interest in the interaction of individuals with their governments.

In 2007, Professor Seymore was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to teach American law at Xiamen University in Xiamen, China. She taught American Constitutional Law, American Criminal Procedure, and Women in American Law. She maintained a blog of that experience (http://xiamenadventure.blogspot.com), and co-authored an article with other Fulbright scholars about legal education in China. She also hosts a group blog (http://texweswomenlaw.blogspot.com) where her students in Women & the Law post.

Before joining the faculty at the law school, Professor Seymore worked as a staff attorney, research attorney and briefing assistant for the 5th District Court of Appeals in Dallas. Her primary focus in those positions was criminal cases. In that position, she also co-authored a number of articles and papers used in judicial training.

Professor Seymore earned her J.D. cum laude from Baylor University School of Law, where she was an editor of the law review. She also served as a teaching assistant for the first-year legal research and writing class. Her undergraduate education was at Rice University, where she majored in Political Science and History.

Selected Publications

"China’s Future Lawyers: Some Differences in Education and Outlook", 7 Asper Review of International Business and Trade Law 293 (2007) (co-author). [SSRN]

"The Presidency & the Meaning of Citizenship," 2005 B.Y.U. L. REV. 927. [SSRN]

"International Adoption & International Comity: When is Adoption 'Repugnant'?" 10 Texas Wesleyan Law Review 381 (2004). [SSRN]

"International Adoption and Cultural Transformation: Symposium Introduction", 10 Texas Wesleyan Law Review (non-paginated) (2004)  (Symposium Introduction).

"Attorney-Client Sex: A Feminist Critique of the Failure to Regulate," 15 YALE J. LAW & FEM. 175 (2003).  [SSRN]

"Isn't It a Crime: Feminist Perspectives on Spousal Immunity and Spousal Violence," 90 NW. U. L. REV. 1032 (1996).  [SSRN]

"Against the Peace and Dignity of the State: Spousal Violence and Spousal Privilege," 2 Texas Wesleyan Law Review 239 (1995).  [SSRN]

Selected Presentations

Dialogue on Chinese and American Legal Education, Panel Member, Fulbright Mid-Year Meeting, Guangzhou, China, March 2, 2007.

The Case of the Crooked Convictions: Erle Stanley Gardner, Perry Mason, and the Court of Last Resort, Faculty Colloquium, Texas A&M University School of Law, October 9, 2007.

International Comity & International Adoption: When is International Adoption “Repugnant?” International Adoption & Cultural Transformation Conference, Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, November 6, 2003.