Faculty Highlights

February 2016

Professor Cynthia Alkon presented her paper, “Hard Bargaining in Plea Bargaining: When do Prosecutors Cross the Line?” at the Yale-Quinnipiac Dispute Resolution Workshop at Quinnipiac University School of Law, North Haven, Conn. (Feb. 26, 2016).

  • At the request of the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative, Alkon participated in a Round Table on Restorative Justice in Manama, Bahrain (Feb. 23, 2016). Alkon gave a presentation on different models of restorative justice and the underlying goals for introducing restorative justice processes into a criminal justice system.

  • Her article, “What’s Law Got to Do With It?  Plea Bargaining Reform after Lafler and Frye,” was published by the Penn State Yearbook on Arbitration and Mediation.

Professor Susan Ayres' article (co-authored with Prema Manjunath), “Pregnancy Denied, Pregnancy Rejected in Stephanie Daley,” was published in the Vol. 12 Issue 1 print edition of Law, Culture and the Humanities.

Associate Professor Sahar Aziz attended a meeting of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Task Force for the Study of Harassment, on which she serves (Feb. 25, 2016).

  • ​Invited presenter on “War on Terror(izing) Muslims: Hate Speech and Hate Crimes Post-9/11,” Free Speech Under Fire: The Future of Free Speech Symposium, Brooklyn Law School (Feb. 26, 2016).

  • Invited presenter, “(De) Essentializing Terrorism: A Typology of Terrorists,” Redefined National Security Threats: Tensions and Legal Implications Symposium, Emory Law School (Feb. 10, 2016).

  • Presenter and Conference Organizer, “Resisting From the Margins: Muslim Women at the Intersection of Racism, Sexism, and Empire,” Institutionalizing Islamophobia: Critiquing the Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Framework and Emerging Programs, University of California-Berkeley (Feb. 6, 2016).

  • Invited speaker, “Failing States, Failed Paradigms: Security and Development in Sinai,” Faculty Workshop Colloquium, Case Western Reserve School of Law (Feb. 4, 2016).

  • Published the following op-eds:
    • “In calling on Muslims to oppose terrorism, Obama ignores its root causes,” Brookings Institution (Feb. 16, 2016).
    • “Sanders, Trump Stun America,” CNN.com (Feb. 10, 2016).
  • Made the following media appearances and interviews:
    • “Egypt shuts down NGO that helps torture victims,” Al Jazeera English (Feb. 17, 2016).
    • “Congressional Debate over Replacing Justice Scalia,” CBS-DFW, Mitch Carr Radio Show (Feb. 17, 2016).
    • “Obama Makes First Visit to U.S. Mosque,” Wall Street Journal (Feb. 3, 2016).
  • Participated in a faculty panel hosted by the Dallas Young Lawyers Association for 1Ls, advising them on tips to succeed in the second semester (Feb. 27, 2016).

Professor Wayne Barnes presented his forthcoming article, “Arrested Development: Rethinking the Contract Age of Majority for the 21st-Century Adolescent,” at the 11th Annual International Conference on Contracts at St. Mary’s University School of Law, San Antonio (Feb. 27, 2016).

  • The article was recently accepted for publication in the Maryland Law Review.
  • The article was also recently listed in the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) Top Ten download list for Life Stage Studies in the Legal Scholarship Network.

Associate Professor Mark Edwin Burge published “Emerging Payment Systems and the Primacy of Private Law” as an invited contributor to The CLS Blue Sky Blog, Columbia Law School’s Blog on Corporations and the Capital Markets (Feb. 11, 2016).

  • Presented “The Narrow Path Forward for Public Regulation of Electronic Payments” at the Eleventh International Conference on Contracts, held in San Antonio at St. Mary’s University School of Law (Feb. 26, 2016).
    • Also moderated “What You Thought You Knew About Remedies in Sales Transactions May Not Be True: Highlights in UCC Article 2 Remedies and Contracting for Limitations.”
    • Moderated “International Contract Law: Avoidance and Cure Under the CISG, Chinese Consumer Protection Law, and Israeli Land Contracts,” (Feb. 27, 2016).
  • His forthcoming article, "Apple Pay, Bitcoin, and Consumers: The ABCs of Future Public Payments Law," was listed in the Social Science Research Network  February 2016 Top Ten download lists for the following topics in the Legal Scholarship Network: Electronic Transfers, Warranties, the Comparative Law eJournal, and the Consumer Law eJournal.

Executive Professor and Associate Dean of Special Projects William Byrnes ​authored and co-authored the following media articles:

  • ​Quoted by the following major news outlets:
    • “Should you consider short-term care insurance?” by Robert Powell, Dow Jones’ Market Watch (Feb. 19, 2016).
    • “El FinCEN actuó contra BPA como si fuera un banco africano,” by Josep Maria Casas, Economia Digital (Barcelona) (Feb. 16, 2016).

Professor Irene Calboli published the book, The Law and Practice of Trademark Transactions: A Global and Local Outlook, Edward Elgar, 2016, 680 pages (edited with Jacques de Werra).

  • Published the chapter "Trademark Transactions: in the United States: Towards De Facto Trading in Gross?" in The Law and Practice of Trademark Transactions: A Global and Local Outlook, Edward Elgar, 2016, 439 (Irene Calboli & Jacques de Werra eds).

  • Delivered a presentation on "3D Printing, Disruptive Technologies, and Luxury Goods" at the “Thinking Ahead" Series to the Faculty of Law at McGill University in Montreal, Canada (Feb. 23, 2016).

  • Presented her work in progress "Non-Traditional Trademark Unplugged" at the Faculty Workshop, Centre for Intellectual Property Policy, at McGill University in Montreal, Canada (Feb. 22, 2016).

  • Presented her work in progress, "Trademark Proliferation," at the 2016 Works-In-Progress in Intellectual Property Colloquium at the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle (Feb. 19-20, 2016).

  • Delivered a presentation on "Recent Developments in Trademark Law in Singapore" at the 2016 Asia Pacific IP Forum, East Meets West, at University of Washington School of Law in Seattle (Feb. 18, 2016).

  • Presented the paper "Geographical Indications in the Global Arena: Issues and Trends" at the Geographical Indications: Global and Local Perspectives conference at the Faculty of Law, University of Geneva, Switzerland (Feb. 11, 2016).

  • Participated in the Texas A&M University School of Law Intellectual Property Faculty Retreat in Hacienda Santa Clara in Mexico (Feb. 25-26, 2016).

Professor Megan Carpenter, Co-Director, Center for Law and Intellectual Property (CLIP), presented a CLIP Need to Know Workshop, which focused on Intellectual Property Issues for Entrepreneurs, with 3L Niki Mirshams at Aggie Entrepreneurship Saturday in Dallas (Feb. 6, 2016).

  • Invited speaker at the Asia Pacific Intellectual Property Forum at the University of Washington in Seattle (Feb. 18, 2016). She presented her work "Design Thinking: Human Centered Design and Functionality in Trade Dress."

  • Her article "NSFW: An Empirical Study of Scandalous Trademarks," co-authored with Texas A&M Law School 3L Mary Garner, was listed on the Social Science Research Network Top Ten for Empirical Works in Intellectual Property.

  • Participated in the Texas A&M University School of Law Intellectual Property Faculty Retreat in Hacienda Santa Clara in Mexico (Feb. 25-26, 2016).

Professor Susan Fortney spoke at the Mid-year Meeting of the National Organization of Bar Counsel on “Imaging a New Model of Regulation: Proactive Management-Based Regulation” (Feb. 4, 2016).

  • Moderated the Legal Ethics Scholar’s Roundtable, a group that she founded, that provides opportunities for scholars to present their works in progress (Feb. 26, 2016).

  • Appointed to serve as a member of the Texas A&M University Institutional Review Board, which is tasked with ensuring the safety and security of human subjects in research (Feb. 15, 2016). Her term will run from April 15, 2016 to August 31, 2019.

  • Appointed as a 2016-2017 member of the Texas Women Lawyers (Feb. 19, 2016).

Professor Paul George participated in Texas A&M University’s Connected & Automated Transportation Symposium in College Station, which included people from various A&M components reporting on their work on automated transportation (Feb. 26, 2016).

  • George is working with the Texas A&M Transportation Institute on several projects including privacy policy and truck platooning.
  • Invited to deliver the address for the Texas A&M University Spring 2016 Wiley Lecture Series on the topic of Supreme Court appointments. The March 3rd program in the Memorial Student Center will be sponsored jointly with Texas A&M’s newly-created Aggie Agora, whose mission is to facilitate public discourse and civic engagement.

Professor Michael Z. Green presented “A Post-Pyett Collective Bargaining Agreement to Arbitrate Statutory Employment Discrimination Claims: What is it Good For—Could It Be Absolutely Nothing or Really Something?” which is Chapter 12 in his book, The Challenge for Collective Bargaining: Proceedings of the New York University 65th Annual Conference on Labor (M. Green Ed. Matthew Bender/LexisNexis 2013), as part of the panel, “Post-Pyett Arbitration of Statutory Discrimination Claims under CBAs” held at the American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law ADR in the Labor and Employment Law Committee 2016 Midwinter Meeting in St. Pete Beach, Florida (Feb. 13, 2016).

  • During that program, Green participated with attorneys for the clients involved in the Supreme Court’s 2009 decision 14 Penn Plaza v. Pyett and discussed how the parties have developed their own private protocol ​to resolve similar disputes in mediation and arbitration after Pyett.

Executive Professor William Henning attended a meeting in Washington D.C. of the U.S. delegation to Working Group VI of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law, of which he is a member, to develop a model secured transactions act for developing countries (Feb. 8-12, 201​6). The World Bank has identified a modern secured transactions law as the single most important commercial law for countries seeking to attract capital.

  • He, along with Texas A&M Law Prof. Charlotte Ku, and Prof. Jeryl Mumpower of the Bush School in College Station, took a group of law school students and Bush School students to San Miguel de Allende as part of a year-long capstone course being jointly taught by Henning and Mumpower (Feb. 2-7, 2016). Learn more.
    • The group stayed at Hacienda Santa Clara, an A&M affiliated study abroad center. During their stay, the students met with business and government leaders in furtherance of their research.
  • Attended a meeting of the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) drafting committee, of which he is Chair, that is developing a Uniform Wage Garnishment Act in Washington D.C. (Feb. 19-20, 2016). The act is expected to be approved by the ULC at its annual meeting this summer and will then be sent to the states for consideration and, hopefully, adoption. The act will radically simplify – indeed, revolutionize – wage garnishment and provide benefits for employees, employers, and creditors alike.

  • Served as a temporary chair for the first day of another ULC drafting committee meeting, which is developing a Uniform Employees’ and Students’ Online Privacy Protection Act, at the Fairmont Hotel in Dallas (Feb. 26-27, 2016).

Professor and Associate Dean of International Programs Charlotte Ku was invited to join the Research Committee of the Asian Society of International Law (Feb. 3, 2016). In this capacity, she will be establishing and creating an interest group to focus on a particular area of international law scholarship and practice.

Professor Gary Lucas' article, "Behavioral Public Choice and the Carbon Tax," was accepted for publication in the Utah Law Review.

Professor Glynn Lunney presented preliminary results for his forthcoming book, Copyright’s Excess, to the plenary session of the 13th Annual Works-in-Progress Intellectual Property Colloquium at the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle (Feb. 19-20, 2016), and at Penn State University Law School (Feb. 4, 2016).

  • Participated in the Texas A&M University School of Law Intellectual Property Faculty Retreat in Hacienda Santa Clara in Mexico (Feb. 25-26, 2016).

  • Moderated a panel at the Copyright Society of the USA Mid- Winter Meeting in New Orleans (Feb. 12, 2016).

Director of Program Development Jack Manhire published “Tax Compliance as a Wicked System” in the Florida Tax Review (18 Fla. Tax Rev. 235) (Feb. 12, 2016).

  • Presented “Why Lawyers Eat Last” as part of the Texas A&M University School of Law Professionalism and Leadership Program (Feb. 18, 2016), which was highlighted in TaxProf Blog.

  • Ranked #14 on Social Science Research Network’s Tax Professor Rankings (Feb. 29, 2016).

Professor James McGrath, Director of Academic Support and Bar Services, was invited to present “Putting Highly Effective Learning Techniques to Work: Convincing Your Administration and Faculty” at the 2016 Association of Academic Support Educators Annual Conference on May 26, 2016 at the City University of New York (CUNY) in Long Island City, New York.

Professor Timothy Mulvaney has been invited to present his work in progress, “Human Stories in Property,” at the Seventh Annual Meeting of the Association for Law, Property and Society at Queens University in Belfast, Ireland, on May 20-21, 2016.

Professor Srividhya Ragavan participated in the Texas A&M University School of Law Intellectual Property Faculty Retreat in Hacienda Santa Clara in Mexico (Feb. 25-26, 2016).

Professor Lynne Rambo presented “Reproductive Rights Cases in the Supreme Court’s Term” to the Women Lawyers Section of the Tarrant County Bar Association (Feb. 20, 2016).

  • Presented “Inaction on the Second Amendment” to American Constitution Society, TAMU Law chapter (Feb. 11, 2016).

  • Appeared on Al Jazeera English to discuss the Texas abortion case before the Supreme Court (Feb. 29, 2016).

  • Interviewed and quoted in the Austin-American Statesman on the impact of Justice Antonin Scalia’s death on pending Supreme Court cases (Feb. 15, 2016).

Associate Professor Peter Reilly presented a program entitled “How to Negotiate Better than Donald Trump” at the Women’s Attorney Retreat for the Tarrant County Bar Association (Feb. 20, 2016).

Professor Saurabh Vishnubhakat’s forthcoming paper, “Strategic Decision Making in Dual PTAB and District Court Proceedings,” (with Duke Law professor Arti Rai and Illinois Law professor Jay Kesan) was featured on the leading PatentlyO blog (Feb. 11) and Written Description blog (Feb. 25), was the subject of a special report on Law360 (Feb. 12), and was cited before the Supreme Court by the petitioner and four amici curiae in the Cuozzo v. Lee case (Feb. 22–29, 2016).

  • Featured panelist at the University of Akron’s Fourth Annual Naples Patent Experts Conference, where he moderated a discussion on the evolution of the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board (Feb. 8–9, 2016).

  • Presented his latest research on the growing application of jurisprudential tools from antitrust law to the patent system at the Thirteenth Annual Works-in-Progress Intellectual Property Colloquium at the University of Washington School of Law (Feb. 19–20, 2016).

  • Participated in the Texas A&M University School of Law Intellectual Property Faculty Retreat in Hacienda Santa Clara in Mexico (Feb. 25-26, 2016).

Professor Peter Yu, Co-Director, Center for Law and Intellectual Property (CLIP), published "The Comparative Economics of International Intellectual Property Agreements" in Comparative Law and Economics (Theodore Eisenberg & Giovanni B. Ramello eds., Edward Elgar Publishing 2016).