Faculty Highlights

March 2017

Professor Lisa T. Alexander presented her work-in-progress, “Bringing Home the Right to Housing,” at Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, Mass. (Mar. 27, 2017).

Professor Sahar Aziz was awarded a $15,000 grant by the Hollings Center to bring law students to research the Syrian refugee crisis in Jordan (Mar. 2017).

  • Invited to present “Racialization of Religion in the Post-9/11 Era” at the Islamophobia and Race Symposium at the University of Louisville, Louisville, Ky. (Mar. 28, 2017).

  • Presented her research on a panel titled “Homeland Security and Civil Liberties” at the Federal Bar Association Mid-Year Annual Conference, Washington, D.C. (Mar. 18, 2017).

  • Invited by CNN to comment on “Trump’s Speech: How’d He Do?” (Mar. 1, 2017).

  • Published an op-ed titled “Opposing the Rise of State-Sponsored Islamophobia in The Progressive (Mar. 27, 2017).

  • Quoted in “Even Muslim-American Citizens Have Been Caught in the Net of Trump’s Travel Ban,” in The Nation (Mar. 23, 2017).

  • ​Participated at the following conferences at Texas A&M University:
    • Panelist on “Uncertainty in the Middle East: Development, Security and Great Power Politics” at the Texas A&M University Bush School of Government and Public Policy (Mar. 30, 2017).
    • Moderated “The Role of Judges in Enforcing International and Regional Agreements” at the International Law Weekend—South conference, The Global Future of International Trade, Human Rights, and Development, Texas A&M School of Law (Mar. 2-3, 2017).
    • Taught a Torts class to over 80 high school students at the Discover Law Program for Minority Prospective Law Students at Texas A&M University School of Law (Mar. 10, 2017).

Associate Dean William Byrnes was noted as a “pioneer of online legal education” in “How distance learning is changing legal education,” National Jurist (Spring 2017).

Professor Irene Calboli was elected as Member of the Council, International Law Association, Singapore Branch (Mar. 2017).

  • Served as a member of the scientific committee organizing the International Law Weekend—South conference: The Global Future of International Trade, Human Rights, and Development at Texas A&M University School of Law, Fort Worth, Texas. Calboli also served as chair and moderator for the panel "Intellectual Property and Trade Agreements" at the same conference (Mar. 2-3, 2017).

  • Published "A Call for Strengthening the Role of Comparative Legal Analysis in the United States" in St. John’s Law Review for the symposium Values, Questions, and Methods in Intellectual Property.

  • Presented "Copyright Reforms in Singapore: What Future for Fair Dealing?" at the Globalizing Fair Use conference at American University College of Law, Washington, D.C. (Mar. 29, 2017).

  • Served as discussant at the roundtable “Copyright Balance in International Trade Law,” American University College of Law, Washington, D.C. (Mar. 28, 2017).

  • Presented "The Protection of GIs in Asia-Pacific" at the 5th Asia Pacific Forum Challenges and Opportunities for IP Protection, Kanazawa University, Kanazawa, Japan (Mar. 17-19, 2017).

Professor Megan Carpenter gave the lunchtime presentation at the Michigan Bar Association's IP Spring Seminar, where she spoke on scandalous and disparaging trademarks and the Lee v. Tam case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court (Mar. 13, 2017).

  • Presented on "Legal Issues to Consider When Naming Your Business" at Startup Aggieland at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas (Mar. 22, 2017).

  • Presented on intellectual property and entrepreneurship for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas (Mar. 22, 2017).

Professor Gabriel Eckstein co-authored the essay “America First and the Harmon Doctrine’s Demise – A History Lesson” in The New Jurist (with Professor Paul Kibel, Golden Gate University School of Law) (Mar. 1, 2017).

Susan Fortney, Professor and Associate Dean for Research, was awarded a grant from the National Legal Aid and Defender Association. The U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance provided the funding to support the development and evaluation of mentoring programs for defense counsel providing representation in criminal matters in three jurisdictions around the United States (Mar. 2017).

Professor Paul George had 681 full downloads, according to bepress (Mar. 2017).

Professor Michael Z. Green moderated a panel titled “Employment Law Practitioners in the DFW Metroplex,” sponsored by the Texas A&M Law School Career Services Program held in Fort Worth, Texas (Mar. 6, 2017).

Professor Bill Henning served as member of the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) committee charged with drafting amendments to UCC Articles 1, 3, and 9 to create a statutory framework for electronic promissory notes backed by residential mortgages. The notes and mortgages would be held in a registry created by federal legislation being developed by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in conjunction with the ULC drafting committee, and transfers of interests in the notes and mortgages would be accomplished by notification to the registry administrator.

Associate Dean and Professor Luz Herrera hosted over 100 participants from around the world at Texas A&M University School of Law for the 4th Annual Conference on Access to Justice: Incubators, Residencies, Apprenticeships, and Non-profit Law. Speakers included Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan Hecht, Texas State Bar President Frank Stevenson, New York City Courts Judge Fern Fisher and Professor Rebecca Sandefur. Herrera also served as the law school chair of the Conference Planning Committee (Mar. 17, 2017).

Associate Dean Charlotte Ku organized and opened the International Law Weekend—South program, The Global Future of International Trade, Human Rights, and Development, at Texas A&M University School of Law (Mar. 2-3, 2017).

  • Presented “1917: Laying the Foundation for Global Order” at 1917: A Global Turning Point in History and Memory organized by the Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas (Mar. 1, 2017).

Professor Gary Lucas’s article, “Measuring Scholarly Impact: A Guide for Law School Administrators and Legal Scholars,” was published in the Pennsylvania Law Review Online (Mar. 2017).

Professor Glynn Lunney presented a talk on his forthcoming book, Copyright’s Excess, at the University of Oklahoma School of Law (Mar. 27, 2017).

Director of Program Development and Senior Lecturer Jack Manhire presented “Understanding Implicit Bias” to the faculty and staff of McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, as part of their Distinguished Speaker Series (Mar. 31, 2017).

  • Invited to present his recent paper on “The Action Principle in Market Mechanics” at the 13th Annual Econophysics Colloquium at the University of Warsaw, Poland, on July 6, 2017.

Associate Dean and Professor James McGrath presented "Planning Your Class to Maximize Your Students’ Use of Highly Effective Learning Techniques” at the symposium The Impact of Formative Assessment: Emphasizing Outcome Measures in Legal Education held at University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, Detroit, Mich. (Mar. 3, 2017).

  • His article presented at the above symposium was selected for an accompanying symposium issue of the University of Detroit Mercy Law Review to be published later this year.

Professor Thomas W. Mitchell advised the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) on a possible amendment to the Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act (UPHPA) in Arkansas, and worked with the ULC to organize and prepare the Mar. 28 testimony for S.B. 499 (the UPHPA) in the Texas Senate Committee on State Affairs.

  • Served as a panelist on a panel titled “In the Clear: Barriers to Recovery, Restoration and Relocation” at the Res/Con 2017 Conference in New Orleans, La. (Mar. 9, 2017).

  • Served as the keynote speaker at the Black Folks Land Legacy Conference on St. Helena Island, S.C. (Mar. 11, 2017).

  • Presented “The Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act: Commonsense Reform Stabilizing Ownership for Many Vulnerable Families” for the ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law’s monthly Professor's Corner webinar (Mar. 14, 2017).

  • Presented “African-Americans Quest for Full Citizenship Through Property Ownership Repeatedly Undermined” at Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, Mass. (Mar. 28, 2017).

Professor Timothy Mulvaney accepted an offer to publish “Move Along to Where? Property in Service of Democracy,” in Festschrift in Honor of AJ van der Walt (G Muller, B Slade, R Brits & J van Wyk, eds., Cape Town: Juta) (co-authored with Joseph W. Singer) (forthcoming 2017).

  • Accepted offer to publish “Non-Enforcement Takings” in the Boston College Law Review, which will be released in 2018.

  • Invited to present the following articles at the following conferences and workshops:
    • “Move Along to Where? Property in Service of Democracy,” Progressive Property Workshop, at Loyola University-New Orleans College of Law, New Orleans, La. in April 2017.
    • “Move Along to Where? Property in Service of Democracy,” Association for Law, Property and Society, at University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Mich. in May 2017.
    • “Takings and Dissent,” Takings and Coastal Management a Quarter-Century After “Lucas” Conference, at University of South Carolina Law School, Columbia, S.C. in November 2017.

Professor Srividhya Ragavan published “The Significance of the Data Exclusivity and its Impact on Generic Drugs” in Journal of Intellectual Property Studies (Mar. 2017).

Associate Professor Neil L. Sobol testified about his forthcoming article, “Fighting Fines & Fees: Borrowing from Consumer Law to Combat Criminal Justice Debt Abuses,” at a hearing on Targeted Fines and Fees against Low-Income Minorities: Civil Rights and Constitutional Implications before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in Washington, D.C. (Mar. 17, 2017).

Professor Elizabeth Trujillo served on the organizing committee for the International Law Weekend—South: The Global Future of International Trade, Human Rights, and Development conference held at Texas A&M University School of Law (Mar. 2-3, 2017). For this event, she:

  • Introduced the plenary speaker, Professor David Gantz from the University of Arizona, who spoke on the implications for North America in renegotiating NAFTA.
  • Organized and moderated the panel “Making Trade Work for Sustainable Development: Possibilities and Challenges."

Associate Professor Saurabh Vishnubhakat helped organize Texas A&M Law’s 8th Energy Symposium: The Future of Energy. The two-day symposium, spearheaded by Professor Gabriel Eckstein, marked the launch of Texas A&M Law’s Program in Natural Resources Systems. The symposium was also co-located with the 2017 Hartrick Symposium: Career Paths for Young Attorneys in the Energy Sector in partnership with the Institute for Energy Law at the Center for American and International Law (Mar. 23–25, 2017).

Professor Peter Yu joined the five-member External Advisory Board of the European Intellectual Property Institutes Network Innovation Society, which is funded by the European Commission (Mar. 2017).

  • Published "The Copyright Holdout Problem and New Internet-Based Services" in Remuneration of Copyright Owners—Regulatory Challenges of New Business Models (Liu Kung-Chung & Reto M. Hilty eds., Springer 2017) (with Professor John Cross of Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville).

  • Co-chaired International Law Weekend—South: The Global Future of International Trade, Human Rights, and Development, the South regional meeting of the American Branch of the International Law Association, at Texas A&M University School of Law (Mar. 2-3, 2017).

  • Served as a discussant at the 7th Annual Internet Law Works-in-Progress Conference at Santa Clara University School of Law (Mar. 4, 2017).

  • Presented his forthcoming book chapter, “Biobanking, Scientific Productions and Human Rights,” at Global Genes, Local Concerns: A Symposium on Legal, Ethical and Scientific Challenges in International Biobanking, organized by the Centre for Information and Innovation Law at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark (Mar. 16, 2017). 

  • Delivered a public lecture on "Intellectual Property in Free Trade Agreements: Conflict, Coexistence or Convergence?" at the School of Law at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy (Mar. 20, 2017).

  • Spoke on "Primary and Secondary Liability of Intermediaries in U.S. Law" at the International Symposium, Online Platforms and Intermediaries in Copyright Law, organized by Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, Germany (Mar. 23-24, 2017).

  • Participated in the "Copyright Balance in International Trade Law" roundtable organized by the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property at American University Washington College of Law and the American University International Law Review (Mar. 28, 2017).

  • Provided his views on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership negotiations in "The Rise of RCEP," Asia IP (Mar. 31, 2017).

  • Organized the Intellectual Property and Global Development: Fifty Years After Stockholm Symposium at Texas A&M University School of Law in Fort Worth (Mar. 31-Apr. 1, 2017).