Faculty Highlights

May 2016

Professor Cynthia Alkon presented her paper, “Is Plea Bargaining Inevitable in an Age of Globalization?” and was part of a panel on Public Law at the 13th Asian Law Institute Conference, Asian Perspective on Legal Globalization, at the Peking University School of Law in Beijing, China (May 19, 2016).

Associate Professor Sahar Aziz was invited to publish her article, “Military Electoral Authoritarianism in Egypt,” in the peer-reviewed Election Law Journal.

  • ​Published “Independence without Accountability: The Judicial Paradox of Egypt's Failed Transition to Democracy” in the Penn State Law Review.

  • Published the commentary “Egypt's Unsustainable Military Regime” in The New Arab (May 19, 2106).

  • Conducted the following radio and television interviews:

Executive Professor William Byrnes had the #1 downloaded SSRN Tax Paper for March-May, "Lexisnexis® Guide to FATCA Compliance: Chapter 1," co-authored with Robert J. Munro, per TaxProfBlog (May 8, 2016). 

Professor Irene Calboli joined the Law and Regulations Committee of the International Trademark Association.

  • Organized the "Professors Panel," as part of the Academic Activities of the International Trademark Association’s 138th Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla. (May 21, 2016).

  • Presented her paper "Trademark Exhaustion in ASEAN: The ‘ASEAB Way’ and the Case for International Exhaustion," at the 13th Asian Law Institute Conference, Asian Perspective on Legal Globalization, at Peking University School of Law in Beijing, China (May 19-20, 2016).

  • Attended the American Law Institute’s 93rd Annual Meeting in Washington D.C. as a new member (May 16-18, 2016).

  • Delivered a public lecture,"3D Printing, Trademark Protection and the Luxury Economy," at Centre of International Intellectual Property Studies at the University of Strasbourg in Strasburg, France (May 9, 2016).​

  • She was a Visiting Professor at the Centre of International Intellectual Property Studies at University of Strasbourg in Strasbourg, France, where she conducted seminars on non-traditional trademarks, geographical indications of origin, and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Economic Community (May 8-13, 2016).

Professor Megan Carpenter, Co-Director, Center for Law and Intellectual Property (CLIP), published an op-ed in The New York Times, “Trademark Law Promotes Fair Competition, Not Morality," which argued that the Lanham Act should not (and cannot effectively) ban trademarks that are deemed offensive (May 4, 2016).

  • Led the International Trademark Association’s 138th Annual Meeting’s Academic Committee programming, which included four panel presentations, a scholarship symposium, an international course on trademark law, and a day of programming and networking opportunities for law students and young practitioners, in Orlando, Fla. (May 21-25, 2016).
    • She also presented "Introduction to International Trademark Law" at the meeting.
  • Quoted in the article "Government Should Not Deny Offensive Trademarks," published in Opposing Views (May 16, 2016).

Professor Celestina Contreras was the working group facilitator for the Family Law/Domestic Violence Working Session at the Association of American Law Schools’ 39th Annual Conference on Clinical Legal Education Clinics and Communities: Exploring Community Engagement Through Clinical Education in Baltimore, Md. (April 30 – May 3, 2016).

  • She was a presenter for Career Day at Rosemont Middle School in Fort Worth (May 19, 2016).

Professor Gabriel Eckstein was invited by the Consulate General of Israel in Houston to give a series of lectures on Israel’s water technology, management and regulation in September 2016.

Professor Paul George presented “The State as Data Collector and Privacy Protector” at Arizona State University’s Fourth Annual Conference on Governance of Emerging Technologies: Law, Policy & Ethics in Tempe, Ariz. (May 24-26, 2016).

  • Attended the American Law Institute’s 93rd Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. (May 15-18, 2016).

  • Had 33​4 downloads of ​24 articles in ​20 countries over the past thirty days, according to Bepress.

Professor Michael Z. Green presented “Negotiation of Collective Bargaining Agreements” at the 54th Annual Course on Labor Law and Labor Arbitration at the Center for American and International Law in Plano, Texas (May 10, 2016).

  • Authored a paper, “Employer-Provided Legal Services for Employment Claims,” which was recently published as chapter 20 in the book Beyond Elite Law: Access to Civil Justice in America (Samuel Estreicher & Joy Radice Eds. Cambridge University Press 2016).

  • Invited to discuss his paper, “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 (Michael Z. Green Ed. Matthew Bender/LexisNexis 2013), as part of a panel presentation on “Arbitration of Statutory Discrimination Claims” at the American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section Tenth Annual Conference in Chicago, Ill. on November 9-12, 2016.

  • Invited to present a paper on “Where is Work in Our Modern Economy?” at the State Bar of Texas Labor and Employment Section’s 27th Annual Labor and Employment Institute in Houston on August 19, 2016.

Professor Bill Henning, a member of the American Law Institute, attended the ALI 93rd Annual Meeting in Washington D.C. (May 16-18, 2016).

Professor Glynn Lunney presented an early draft of his paper, “Copyright and Intermediary Market Structure,” at the 8th Annual Conference on Innovation and Communications Law at the University of Eastern Finland in Joensuu, Finland (May 26, 2016).

  • Participated in the annual "Professor vs. Practitioner Debate" at the International Trademark Association’s 138th Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fl​a. (May 22, 2016).
    • He argued in favor of the proposition “Resolved: Tarnishment Law is Just a Tool to Suppress Free Speech.” At the end of the debate, a vote was taken and the moderator declared Lunney the winner of the debate over his opponent, Antoine Gautier-Sauvagnac, a partner at a Paris law firm.

Professor Timothy Mulvaney participated in the seminar The Dynamics of Enduring Property Relationships in Land at the University of Oxford in Oxford, England (May 18, 2016).

Professor Malinda Seymore, with Cynthia Hawkins DeBose of Stetson University College of Law, started the Adoption Law Prof Blog as part of the Law Prof Blog Network (May 16, 2016).

Associate Professor Neil L. Sobol presented “Starting Millennials Out Right: Consumer Law for 1Ls” at the biennial Teaching Consumer Law Conference in Santa Fe, N.M. (May 20, 2016).

Professor Saurabh Vishnubhakat presented his new project, “Emerging Technologies and Patent Data: Foundations for Policy Development,” at the 8th Annual Conference on Innovation and Communications Law at the University of Eastern Finland in Joensuu, Finland (May 25-26, 2016).

  • Served as an invited discussant at the Philosophical Approaches to IP symposium organized by the George Mason University Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property (May 19–20, 2016).

  • Delivered a guest lecture, “Legal Doctrine and Institutional Detail at the Patent Office,” in the intellectual property survey course at the University of Washington School of Law (May 11, 2016).

Professor Peter Yu, Co-Director, Center for Law and Intellectual Property (CLIP), published "The Anatomy of the Human Rights Framework for Intellectual Property" with the SMU Law Review.

  • His remarks at the moral rights symposium at the Library of Congress are forthcoming from the George Mason Journal of International Commercial Law.

  • Chaired panels on "Innovation Law" and "Global Challenges to IP Protection" at the 8th Annual Conference on Innovation and Communications Law at the University of Eastern Finland Law School in Joensuu, Finland (May 25-26, 2016).

  • Delivered a presentation on "Big Data, Intellectual Property and Global Pandemics" at the Legal Dimensions of Big Data in the Health and Life Sciences seminar organized by the Centre for Information and Innovation Law at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark (May 20, 2016).

  • Spoke on "The Investment-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights" at a faculty seminar in the Faculty of Law at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark (May 19, 2016).​