Paul George

Professor of Law

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“I’m proud to be a lawyer and fortunate to be a teacher. Law is a lifelong learning process, and my teaching and practice reinforce each other.”

Get to Know Paul George

What drew you to the law?

My original interest was human rights law, which came from undergraduate study of the Nuremberg trials and the international law that came out of that. I was fortunate in graduate school at Columbia to study with people like Louis Henkin, who had a firsthand perspective, and then to work with the plaintiff’s lawyers on the damages phase of the Filártiga case.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

I enjoy most aspects of teaching, but I especially like when a current or former student teaches me about the law by raising a point I’ve not considered, or by seeing something in a different light. It happens several times a year.

What do you hope students gain from your courses?

The goals vary with the courses. Civil Procedure is an introductory survey of a vast area ranging from Middle English common law writs to state procedure to federal procedure, covering everything from jurisdiction to judgments. There, I hope students get a basic foundation on which to build in later classes and practice, and the ability to see problem solving as a blend of substantive law and procedure. This contrasts significantly with federal courts, where we do an in-depth and focused study of federal jurisdiction under the Constitution and federal statutes. My goal here is to prepare federal litigators for areas like employment law, intellectual property, environmental law, civil rights, criminal defense and complex litigation. In all my courses, I hope the students learn to see the law both for its formal structure and its tactical use in solving clients’ problems.

What did you do prior to entering academia?

I spent ten years as a full-time lawyer in Oklahoma and Texas before entering full-time teaching. I’ve represented clients in the state courts of 18 Oklahoma counties and all three Oklahoma federal districts. My Texas practice runs deeper. I’ve litigated in 31 Texas counties, including cases in the state and federal courts of every metropolitan area in Texas. The case resolutions ranged from quick dismissals to jury trials for clients both urban and rural, rich and poor.

What are you passionate about outside the law?

These days I’m immersed in my work and do little on the side. I still ride my Gary Fisher mountain bike occasionally, and I used to ride a Raleigh Professional road bike. I also had an ’89 Harley Softtail and a BMW R80, but now my transportation interests are focused on the Texas A&M Transportation Institute.

What are your research interests?

My current research interests are conflict of laws, international practice, trade regulation and the use of narrative.

Publications

My publications are available on BePress SelectedWorks™.

Presentations

I’ve done a number of Continuing Legal Education programs in Texas and Oklahoma, along with public presentations to business groups. Listed below are the most notable academic presentations.

  • “The Filártiga Case and International Torture Remedies”; co-organizer and moderator with the Filártiga family, their attorneys and commentators; Columbia University School of Law (May 1982)
  • “Federalism in United States Courts,” Estado de Mexico Justice Center, Toluca, Mexico (March 28, 2000)
  • North American International Trade Corridor Partnership, organized and moderated half-day business law program with 10 speakers at NAFTA trade convention in Fort Worth (May 10, 2001)
  • “International Parallel Litigation,” American Society of Comparative Law 50th Anniversary Meeting (Oct. 5, 2001)
  • “International Parallel Litigation – A Survey of Conventions and Model Laws,” Association of American Law Schools Annual Convention (Jan. 4, 2002)
  • “International Justice,” moderator and speaker(discussing the International Criminal Court), Texas A&M University Wiley Lecture Series (Nov. 20, 2002)
  • “Doing Business in the European Union,” co-organizer and moderator, Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, City Place Conference Center, Dallas (March 25, 2004)
  • “Access to Justice,” Association of American Law Schools Annual Convention, New York (Jan. 4, 2008)
  • Oklahoma State University, graduation speaker (May 4, 2012)

Expertise

  • Agency
  • Civil litigation in federal and state courts
  • Federal jurisdiction
  • International litigation and conflict of laws
  • Public international law

Courses

  • Agency & Partnership
  • Civil Procedure
  • Federal Courts
  • International Litigation

Academic Experience

  • Professor of Law
    Texas A&M University School of Law (2013-present)
  • Professor of Law
    Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, including terms as assistant and associate professor, and including Texas Wesleyan’s predecessor, Dallas-Fort Worth School of Law (1990-2013)
  • Adjunct Instructor
    Southern Methodist University School of Law (1984-1989)
  • Associate in Law
    Columbia University School of Law (1981-1983)

Education

  • LL.M., Columbia University
    • Full scholarship, concentration in international law and conflict of laws
    • Lawrence Wien research fellow
    • Parker School of Foreign & Comparative Law (post-LL.M. summer program focusing on European community law)
  • J.D., University of Tulsa
    • Oklahoma Bar Association scholarship
    • Jessup Moot Court team
    • Tulsa Law Journal
    • Justice Department Honors Program, U.S. Attorney’s office, Tulsa
    • Legal Services of Eastern Oklahoma, intern; Rogers & Bell, law clerk)
  • B.A. in political science (international relations, minor in Spanish), Oklahoma State University

Awards / Honors

  • Shirley Zabel Outstanding Law Professor Award (May 2007)
  • Political Science Alumnus of the Year, Oklahoma State University (2012)

Other Professional Activities

  • American Law Institute, 2000-present
  • American Society of Comparative Law, board member, 1999-present
  • Mahon Inn of Court, Fort Worth, Texas (Master Emeritus)
  • Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans, pro bono volunteer