Timothy M. Mulvaney

Professor of Law


“Studying law presents an intellectually stimulating opportunity to explore the inevitable tension between the forces of stability and justice-inspired change.”

Get to Know Timothy M. Mulvaney

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

The privilege of teaching property law allows me to generate student discussions on the meaning of ownership, which really are discussions about the type of world we want to live in and the human relationships we want the law to foster. Students bring a variety of perspectives and life experiences to these discussions, providing an environment in which we all learn a great deal about ourselves and each other.

What do you hope students gain from your courses?

In addition to understanding the substance of property laws, I hope my students will contemplate the values — productivity, security, stability, dignity, social relationships, ecosystem functionality, etc.—that underlie those laws. This exercise will prompt continuing open conversations about the reasons for preferring one set of rules or standards over the alternatives and, in turn, improve students’ critical thinking and advocacy skills.

What did you do prior to entering academia?

I worked at an environmental law research institute associated with NOAA’s Sea Grant program at the University of Mississippi School of Law. Before that, I served as a Deputy Attorney General in the environmental and land use practice group of the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office.

What are you passionate about outside of the law?

My wife and I enjoy spending time with our young boys, be it reading, painting or shooting hoops at home in Texas or traveling to California, Wisconsin, New Jersey and beyond to visit friends and family. When conditions align on our travels, I hop in the water for some surfing.

What are your research interests?

My scholarship explores the many conflicts at the intersection of property, land use and environmental law. My recent projects concentrate on (1) the Constitutional prohibition against the government’s taking private property “for public use, without just compensation,” and (2) the increasingly bullish “sharing economy.”


Link to my publications.


  • “On Property Theory: Uber, Lyft, and the ’Sharing Economy’ Myth,”Association for Law, Property and Society, University of Georgia School of Law, Athens, GA (May 2015)
  • “On Property Theory: Uber, Lyft, and the ‘Sharing Economy’ Myth,” Conference on Urban Law and the New Economy,Fordham Law School, New York, NY (April 2015)
  • “On Property Theory: Uber, Lyft, and the ‘Sharing Economy’ Myth,” faculty seminar, University of Oklahoma College of Law, Norman, OK (April 2015)
  • “Exactions and Progressive Property,” Tulane Property Scholarship Roundtable, Tulane University Law School, New Orleans, LA (March 2015)
  • “Exactions and Progressive Property,” faculty seminar, Louisiana State University Law Center, Baton Rouge, LA (March 2015)
  • “Secondary Effects of the Legislation-Adjudication Distinction in Exaction Takings Law,” 17th Annual Litigating Takings Conference, U.C. Davis School of Law, Sacramento, CA (September 2014)
  • “Progressive Property Moving Forward,” Association for Law, Property and Society, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada (May 2014)
  • “Progressive Property Moving Forward,” faculty seminar, University of Idaho College of Law, Moscow, ID (February 2014)
  • “Exactions and Perceptions,” local government works-in-progress conference, Chapman University, Fowler School of Law, Orange, CA (October 2013)
  • “Property, Ecology, and Change,” junior faculty works-in-progress conference, Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee, WI (September 2013)
  • “An Introduction to Progressive Property,” Young Academic Alumni Lecture Series, Haverford College, Haverford, PA (April 2013)
  • “Takings Law and the Matter of Koontz v. St. Johns,” Environmental Law Lecture Series, Mercer University School of Law, Macon, GA (April 2013)
  • “Foreground Principles,” Association of American Law Schools annual meeting, New Orleans, LA (January 2013)
  • “Exactions for the Future,” faculty seminar, Stetson University College of Law, Tampa, FL (March 2012)
  • “Exactions for the Future,”Association for Law, Property and Society, Georgetown University Law School, Washington, D.C. (March 2012)
  • “Judicial Givings,”Symposium on Judicial Takings, Widener University School of Law, Harrisburg, PA (February 2012)
  • “Delayed Cure,”Colloquium on Environmental Scholarship, Vermont Law School, Montpelier, VT (September 2011)


  • Property
  • Eminent domain
  • Land use planning


  • Property Law
  • Land Use Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Property Theory Seminar

Academic Experience

  • Professor of Law
    Texas A&M University School of Law (2014-present)
  • Associate Professor of Law
    Texas A&M University School of Law (2013-2014)
  • Associate Professor of Law
    Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (2009-2013)


  • J.D., Villanova University School of Law
  • B.A. in Economics, Haverford College

Awards / Honors

  • Dean's Scholarship Award as the law school's most outstanding tenured scholar (2015)
  • 1L “Professor of the Year” (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
  • Frederic White Scholarship Award as the law school’s most outstanding tenure-track scholar (2012)

Other Professional Activities

  • Chair, Association of American Law Schools Section on Property Law (2014)
  • Board of Editors, Environmental Law Prof Blog (2011-2013)
  • Outreach Committee member, Association for Law, Property and Society (2013-present)
  • Chair, Texas A&M University School of Law, Faculty Appointments Committee (2014-present)
  • Faculty Advisor, Texas A&M Environmental Law Society (2009-present)