Faculty Highlights

September 2015

Professor Stephen Alton, Associate Dean for Evening Division Programs, received the Distinguished Achievement Award (College Level) from The Association of Former Students of Texas A&M University “in recognition and appreciation of dedication, interest, enthusiasm, and attitude in accomplishing the assigned mission in teaching.” (Sept. 9, 2015)

Associate Professor Sahar Aziz was a panelist for “Race and Policing: Legal and Policy Considerations” at the International Association of Law Enforcement Planners in Austin (Sept. 22, 2015).

  • She participated in media interviews with:
    • Al Jazeera America “Egyptian President Pardon’s Al Jazeera Journalists” (Sept. 23, 2015).
    • “Fahmy’s Pardon a Bright Spot in Egypt’s Murky System,” The Toronto Star (Sept. 23, 2015).
    • CBS-DFW, Mitch Carr Radio Show, Fourteenth Anniversary of 9/11, (Sept. 11, 2015).

Associate Professor Mark Edwin Burge accepted an offer from the Hastings Law Journal at the University of California Hastings College of the Law to publish his article “Apple Pay, Bitcoin, and Consumers: The ABCs of Future Public Payments Law.”

Professor Gabriel Eckstein was invited to:

  • Contribute a chapter on the international law of transboundary aquifers to the Handbook of Water Law and Policy to be published by Routledge in 2016.
  • Participate in the webinar “Look But Don't Touch: How Water Quality Regulation Affects Water Availability” organized by the American Bar Association (Jan. 26, 2016).
  • Serve on the ​organizing ​Committee and as Water Law/Policy session leader for the symposium "Resource Nexus: Water Forum" that is being organized by the Texas A&M University System in San Antonio, Tex. (Nov. 17-18, 2015).

Professor Susan Fortney moderated a Legal Ethics Scholars' Roundtable session in New York City (Sept. 29, 2015). She founded the Legal Ethics Scholars' Roundtable in 2012 and has been organizing the sessions since.

  • Fortney spoke at the Hofstra University Memorial Tribute for Monroe Freedman (Sept. 30, 2015). The Institute for the Study of Legal Ethics that Professor Fortney directed has been renamed the Monroe Freedman Institute for the Study of Legal Ethics.

  • The Theodore Roosevelt American Inn of Court awarded the Kathleen Beckett Memorial Award to the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University for the contributions made by the law school’s representatives supervised by Professor Susan Fortney. Fortney chaired a pupilage group composed of a state judge, lawyers and law students. The group presented an interactive CLE program on the Ethics of Diversity in the Legal Profession. The award for contributions to the Inn chapter was presented at its annual dinner on Sept. 29, 2015, at the Nassau County Bar Association in Long Island, N.Y.

Professor Michael Z. Green received the Paul Steven Miller Memorial Award at the Tenth Annual Colloquium on Labor and Employment Scholarship held at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law in Bloomington, Ind. (Sept. 11, 2015). Read the article.

  • Also presented his work-in-progress paper, “Protecting Vulgarity, Epithets, and Offensive Workplace Speech?” at the same program (Sept. 12, 2015).

  • Discussed the implication of a recent National Labor Relations Board decision regarding the definition of joint employers and how that decision may affect outsourcing relationships between clients and vendors as part of a podcast series for Nearshore Americas by Bianca Wright, “Outsourcing Clients May Be Joint Employers Under NLRB Ruling” (Sept. 24, 2015).

Professor Brian Holland spoke to technology sector leaders at the Privacy and Technology Conference in Austin. Holland presented “NSA Surveillance: Challenging the Global Reach of U.S. Tech.”

Professor Charlotte Hughart, Director of the Family Law and Benefits Clinic, was awarded a new grant from the Texas Access to Justice Foundation (TAJF) of $108,000 for a Veterans Project and two renewal grants from TAJF of $90,000 and $5,000, for total grant awards of $203,000 for 2015-17.

Professor Timothy Mulvaney has been invited to present his working paper, “Takings in the ‘Sharing Economy,’” to the faculty of the Villanova University School of Law in Villanova, Penn. on January 29, 2016.

Professor Saurabh Vishnubhakat hosted the first TAMU Law FilmCLIPS (Center for Law and Intellectual Property) of the academic year on September 23. Students and faculty gathered to watch and discuss the Coen brothers’ 1994 ​film The Hudsucker Proxy.

  • Served as an invited panelist at the annual Supreme Court IP Review of the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law on September 25, where he discussed the Court’s recent decision in Commil USA v. Cisco.

  • Filed an amicus brief in that case and his forthcoming article on the theory of tortious intent in patent law was separately cited by the Electronic Frontier Foundations’ brief in the same case.

Professor Peter Yu published a new casebook, Intellectual Property Law with Lexis-Nexis. The casebook was co-authored with Professors John Cross (Louisville), Doris Long (John Marshall in Chicago) and Greg Vetter (Houston).