The Distinguished Practitioner Speaker Series initiative, an institutional effort to bring legal experts to Texas A&M School of Law, is lead by Huyen Pham, Associate Dean for Faculty Research & Development and Professor of Law, and Casey Oliver, Director of Marketing and External Affairs. The initial event was generously underwritten by Nancy Fish and Dr. Gary Edd Fish, J.D. ’95.
Our latest installment in the Distinguished Practitioner Speaker Series brought Harold McElhinny, a partner in the San Francisco office of Morrison Foerster, to present “Don’t Bother Me About Patents – I Have More Important Things to Think About” to Texas A&M School of Law on September 26, 2013. Read more here.
Mr. McElhinny is a trial lawyer who handles complex civil litigation on behalf of some of the world’s leading companies and was recently named one of the most influential lawyers in America. In 2012, Mr. McElhinny served as lead trial counsel in Apple’s billion-dollar victory over Samsung Electronics in both the Northern District of California and in the U.S. International Trade Commission.
Events included a luncheon and the keynote address for the greater DFW legal community at Ashton Depot on the topic listed above. Mr. McElhinny also made a morning presentation to Texas A&M University School of Law students entitled “Big Case Issues that Don't Make the Papers” at the law school. See the complete event wrap-up here.
The inaugural keynote speaker for the Distinguished Practitioner Speaker Series was Maureen Mahoney, a founding member of the Supreme Court and appellate practice in the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins. The keynote presentation, attended by alumni, faculty, students, and leaders in the DFW legal community, was held at the Fort Worth Club on Thursday, April 18, 2013. Other sessions included a breakfast reception and presentation with students as well as an evening faculty reception at the law school.
Ms. Mahoney represented the University of Michigan before the Supreme Court and won the landmark case upholding the constitutionality of the admissions programs that consider race as one of the many factors in order to attain the educational benefits of a diverse student body.
Ms. Mahoney has handled a broad range of constitutional and appellate litigation in the Supreme Court and other courts throughout the country, representing clients as varied as the United States House of Representatives, Union Pacific Railroad Company and the Government of Saudi Arabia. Ms. Mahoney was recognized in 2010 by The National Law Journal as one of the “Decade’s Most Influential Lawyers,” which described her as “[a]mong the decade’s top appellate litigators.” The same publication also named her one of the 50 Most Influential Women Lawyers in America, noting her “stellar career in high court advocacy.”
Lecture Series Inaugural Luncheon: Casey Oliver, Huyen Pham,
Maureen Mahoney and Dean Aric Short.