Faculty Highlights

​June 2016

Professor Cynthia Alkon was a guest professor for a course on Arbitration at Royal University of Law and Economics in Phnom Penh, Cambodia (June 6, 2016).

Professor and Associate Dean Stephen Alton directed Texas A&M University School of Law’s inaugural Borderlands Law class at Texas A&M International University in Laredo, Texas (May 22 – June 3, 2016). The course featured guest speakers on the discussion of various legal issues affecting the U.S.-Mexico border area. Learn more.

Associate Professor Sahar Aziz served as the panel chair for "Ways Forward: How to Empower Formal Institutions to Counter Violent Extremism," at the Exploring the Relationship Between Rule of Law and Countering Violent Extremism in the Middle East international conference hosted by the U.S. Department of Justice and the University of South Carolina School of Law. The conference was in in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (June 1-3, 2016).

  • ​Participated in an invitation-only meeting hosted by the Democracy and Security Dialogue, co-chaired by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright in Washington, D.C. (June 30, 2016).

  • Authored the following op-eds:
    • “Breaking the Ultimate Glass Ceiling,” CNN.com, invited to contribute comments along with Gloria Steinem, Barbara Ehrenreich, Donna Brazile, Terry O’Neill, and Anne-Marie Slaughter (June 9, 2016).
    • “Don't Let Terror Divide LGBTQ, Muslim Communities,” CNN.com (June 14, 2016).
    • “Countering Violent Extremism Programs Are Not Solution to Orlando Mass Shooting,” Huffington Post and Brookings Institution (June 29, 2016).
  • Conducted the following media interviews:
    • “U.S. Silent as Egyptian Journalists Sentenced to Death,” Al Jazeera English (June 18, 2016).
    • “Why Extra Security Might Not Be Enough at ‘Soft Targets’,” KERA Public Radio Newshour (June 13, 2016).
    • “After Orlando,” KPFA Public Radio (June 23, 2016).

Executive Professor William Byrnes was #13 on Social Science Research Network’s top tax professor paper downloads for the past year (posted June 14, 2016).

Professor Irene Calboli edited the book Research Handbook on Intellectual Property Exhaustion and Parallel Imports with Edward Elgar Publishing (edited with Edward Lee).

  • Contributed the chapter "Trademark Exhaustion and Free Movement of Goods: A Comparative Analysis of the EU/EEA, NAFTA and ASEAN" in the book Research Handbook on Intellectual Property Exhaustion and Parallel Imports with Edward Elgar Publishing, 2016, (pp. 367-389) (Irene Calboli & Edward Lee eds.).
  • Presented her research on the topic of "Trademark Exhaustion" at the 35th Annual Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property Congress: Intellectual Property as Functional Pluralism to the faculty of law at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland (June 27-29, 2016).

  • Invited as guest lecturer on the topic "Intellectual property Education, Research, and Publication" at the World Intellectual Property Organization and World Trade Organization Colloquium for Teachers of Intellectual Property in Geneva, Switzerland (June 22-24, 2016).

  • Participated as a commentator in the First Geneva Internet L@w Research Colloquium in Geneva, Switzerland (June 24, 2016).​

  • Presented her research on the topic of "Trademark Transactions" at the Trademark Transactions: A Global and Local Outlook Workshop at the School of Law, Singapore Management University, Singapore (June 2, 2016).

Professor Gabriel Eckstein served as the Vermont Law School 2016 International Environmental Law Scholar-in-Residence (June 12-26, 2016).

  • Presented on the upcoming XVIth World Water Congress at the International Cooperation Organizations Forum of the 10th General Assembly of the International Network of Basin Organizations in Merida, Mexico (June 1-4, 2016). Learn more.

  • Presented “From Science to Law – Transboundary Ground Water Resources and Emerging International Law” at the Summer Lecture Series at Vermont Law School in South Royalton, Vt. (June 14, 2016).

  • Invited to speak on international bulk water transfers and international trade at the 16th World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden, from Aug. 28 to Sept. 2, 2016.

  • Interviewed by Law360 for the article “3 Water Rights Clashes Raining Down On Texas,” about major ongoing Texas water concerns (June 10, 2016).

  • Interviewed by Medill National Security Zone news service for the article “Global action needed to prevent water-fueled conflicts,” on global tensions over fresh water resources and the potential for conflict (June 6, 2016).

Professor Susan Fortney spoke at the 42nd American Bar Association National Conference on Professional Responsibility in Philadelphia, Pa. (June 3, 2016). She moderated a panel discussion of Proactive, Management-Based Regulation of Lawyers. The panel featured regulators from the U.S., Australia and Canada.

  • Moderated the 2nd Regulators Workshop on Proactive, Management-Based Regulation of Lawyer which was co-sponsored by the ABA National Conference on Professional Responsibility and Texas A&M University School of Law (June 4, 2016). Attending the workshop were regulators from a number of Canadian and U.S. jurisdictions. Fortney has served on the planning committee for the Regulators’ Workshop since she spearheaded the first workshop.

  • Conducted a webinar, “Navigating the Ethical Maelstroms When the Law Firm Ship is Going Down,” for the ABA Business Law Section. Over 500 lawyers from around the country participated as audience members (June 9, 2016).

Professor Michael Z. Green presented “What Employers Need to Know: Accommodating Bipolar Disorder and Other Psychiatric Disabilities” at the Fort Worth Human Resources Management Association Monthly Legal Hour and Luncheon in Fort Worth (June 16, 2016).

Professor Bill Henning serves as a member of the U.S. Delegation to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law, Working Group VI, which is preparing a model law on secured transactions for developing countries. He attended a week-long meeting of the Commission at U.N. headquarters in New York City (June 27, 2016).

Professor Neal Newman presented his current work in progress, “Regulation A+- New and Improved After the J.O.B.S. Act or a Failed Revival?” at the Business Law Scholars Conference, hosted by The University of Chicago Law School (June 23, 2016).

Associate Professor Carol Pauli presented her work-in-progress, “Shocks the Conscience: A Legal Test from the Margin?” at the Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, At the Delta: Belonging, Place and Visions of Law and Social Change in New Orleans (June 2, 2016).

Professor Srividhya Ragavan published an op-ed, co-authored with K. Subramanian, titled “National Intellectual Property Suffers from a Lack of Conceptual Clarity” in The Indian Express (June 11, 2016).

  • Delivered a presentation “Developments in Biotechnology Patents,” at a conference at Cochin University Law School in India (June 18, 2016).

  • Delivered a lunch presentation on Texas A&M’s interest in India to Indian law professors teaching intellectual property at Cochin University Law School.

Associate Professor Peter Reilly presented research on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act at the Law and Society Association’s Annual Meeting, At the Delta: Belonging, Place and Visions of Law and Social Change, in New Orleans. The topic of the panel was “Corporate Law Enforcement and Dispute Resolution” (June 2, 2016).

  • Taught a Negotiations course within Georgetown University’s Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership in Washington D.C. The program is geared toward directors, managers, board members, and other leaders of nonprofit and philanthropic organizations worldwide (June 16, 2016).

Professor Malinda Seymore presented “Grasping Fatherhood: How Adoption Law Ignores Fathers,” at the Adoption Initiative Conference at Montclair State University in Montclair, N.J. (June 11, 2016).

Professor Peter Yu, Co-Director, Center for Law and Intellectual Property (CLIP), published "The Copy in Copyright" in Intellectual Property and Access to IM/Material Goods (Jessica C. Lai and Antoinette Maget Dominicé eds., Edward Elgar Publishing 2016).

  • His remarks on intellectual property developments in China at the National and International Intellectual Property Practices and Policies Workshop at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. are available here.

  • Chaired the panel "Coercive Power or Political Possibilities?: Intellectual Property and Statecraft" and served as the discussant for the panel "Intellectual Belongings: Intellectual Property, Community & Society" at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association in New Orleans, La. (June 2-5, 2016).

  • Attended the Intellectual Property Law Section Awards Luncheon of the Annual Meeting of the State Bar of Texas in support of Texas A&M University School of Law student Hector Leal-Brol ('17) who received one of the section's two Women and Minority Scholarships (June 17, 2016). Read more.

  • Delivered a presentation on the basic principles of copyright law and the emerging issues in the area for librarians and archivists from the Caribbean region as part of the “Librarians and Archivists as Defenders of Intellectual Property Rights” professional exchange program, organized by Global North Texas under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program (June 18, 2016).​

  • Participated in the annual meeting of the executive committee of the International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property (ATRIP), on which he has served since 2013 (June 26, 2016).

  • Chaired the panel on "Innovation Frameworks and the Governance of Research" at the ATRIP Congress 2016 at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland (June 26-29, 2016).

  • His views on intellectual property protection in China were covered by the following media: