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Texas A&M School of Law Business Speaker Series

Please join us for the Texas A&M University School of Law San Antonio ​Business ​Speaker Series, usually on Tuesdays, ​during​ your lunch hour.
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Next Event

Tuesday, ​June 19, 2018

Angela MorrisonRETALIATION AND WHISTLEBLOWERS: BEST PRACTICES TO AVOID LEGAL LIABILITY
Presented by Angela Morrison,
Associate Professor of Law,
Texas A&M University School of Law

Angela Morrison, an expert in workplace law, will present “Retaliation and Whistleblowers: Best Practices to Avoid Legal Liability.” Businesses may inadvertently open themselves up to legal liability by taking action against employees who report discrimination or employer violations of federal and state laws. Even if the underlying report turns out to be unfounded, many anti-retaliation laws and whistleblower laws prohibit employers from taking action against the reporting employee. Professor Morrison will provide an overview of the laws and the conduct they prohibit. The discussion will conclude with a review of employer best practices to avoid potential legal pitfalls.

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Time:  12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: ​
​Aggie Park

6205 West Ave., San Antonio, TX 78214
210-​341-1393
www.aggiepark.com

Continuing Legal Education credit (0.5 hours) will be offered for Texas attorneys who attend the event.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, ​July 24, 2018

James BradburyTHE TAKING:  EMINENT DOMAIN AND THE INTERSECTION OF ECONOMIC PROGRESS AND PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS
Presented by James D. Bradbury,
Adjunct Professor of Law and Program in Natural Resources ​Systems Faculty,
Texas A&M University School of Law

Eminent domain has increasingly become a topic for discussion in the realms of politics, government, and business in Texas. The state has enjoyed unparalleled economic success over the last decade. Cities are growing larger, new Texans have arrived and more are on the way. The development of hydraulic fracturing has unlocked massive oil and gas reserves across the state. All these activities require increasing amounts of water. Every aspect of this success requires infrastructure in the forms of roads, pipelines, transmission lines, water lines and reservoirs. And infrastructure requires permanent access over and across private property. How do governmental and private corporations exercise the power of eminent domain to take private property for these projects? And what legal protections exist in favor of landowners? This presentation by Professor Jim Bradbury, an expert in Texas eminent domain law, will show how it interrelates with various aspects of economic projects across the state and will include a discussion of key topics related to eminent domain in Texas.

Time:  12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: TBD
Registration opens June 20.

Continuing Legal Education credit (0.5 hours) will be offered for Texas attorneys who attend the event.

Save the Dates:

     • Tuesday, ​​September 11, 2018
     • Tuesday, ​​October 9, 2018
     • Tuesday, ​​November 13, 2018

Past ​Speakers

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

George_Paul1FIVE THINGS BUSINESS PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PRINCIPAL-AGENT LAW
Presented by Paul George,
Professor of Law, Texas A&M University School of Law

Professor Paul George, an expert in civil litigation and agency law, discussed key areas in which businesses can (sometimes unwittingly) become liable for contract breaches and torts committed by their employees and persons beyond. Drawing upon both legal history and recent developments, Professor George described areas where businesses face legal risks from the acts of others and will provide perspectives on legal risk avoidance. ​Attendees learned some of the most important keys to who can sue whom—and why—in this presentation full of practical information for both business professionals and the lawyers who advise them.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Peter ReillyBUSINESS PEOPLE MUST BE GREAT NEGOTIATORS
Presented by Peter Reilly,
Associate Professor of Law,
Texas A&M University School of Law

Professor Peter Reilly, an expert in negotiation, influence, and persuasion, discussed how specific tools can immediately increase one’s negotiation effectiveness. Reilly believes the best negotiators have a clear understanding of both the theory and practice of negotiation – and he conveyed important elements of both during his presentation. Negotiation is a crucial skill for everyone in business, no matter the person’s position or role. It’s a business skill, and life skill, that can always be improved, no matter the person’s background or level of experience. Even one good insight in the field of negotiation can mean dramatic improvements in negotiation outcomes – and it is those valuable insights that Professor Reilly delivered.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Jeff SlatteryTRADEMARK ​& THE BUSINESS OF BUILDING YOUR BRAND
Presented by Jeff Slattery, Instructional Associate Professor and Director of Intellectual Property & Technology Clinics, Texas A&M School of Law

Professor Jeff Slattery, an expert in trademark law, took a practical approach to the fundamentals of selecting and protecting a brand. Attendees learned how trademark rights in words, phrases, logos, and other source indicators are established, strengthened, registered, and maintained. The principles and strategies introduced by Professor Slattery will help business and legal professionals understand how to build a brand identity and core intellectual property asset in any industry.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Tom UlenLAW AND ECONOMICS:
BETTER PUBLIC POLICY FOR YOU AND YOUR BUSINESS

Presented by Thomas Ulen
- Texas A&M University Hagler Institute for Advanced Study 2016-17 Faculty Fellow
- Visiting Professor, Texas A&M University School of Law

"Law and economics" is one of the most significant scholarly innovations in the law of the past 100 years. It has brought the tools and insights of economics (and other social and behavioral sciences) and empirical techniques to the study of law. Professor Thomas Ulen, an expert in the field, ​shared examples of law and economics in contracts, torts, and other areas of the law and show what is novel about that analysis. His presentation also addressed how these insights are shaping legal and public policy debates about important issues that impact the practice of law and the national and international business environments.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Lynne RamboWHAT IS HAPPENING AT THE SUPREME COURT?
Presented by Lynne Rambo, Professor of Law, Texas A&M University School of Law

Professor Lynne Rambo, an expert on Constitutional Law and the First Amendment, discussed the Supreme Court’s current Term. After a 2016 Term muted somewhat by the absence of a ninth justice, this Term promises a number of blockbuster opinions. Partisan gerrymandering, police gathering of cellphone data, religious claims to reject same-sex marriage, and the indefinite detention of immigrants, are just some of the controversial issues on the Court’s agenda. Professor Rambo ​provided insight into the legal issues before the Court and the potential impact of the Court’s rulings long-term.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

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HOW COMPARATIVE LAW MATTERS FOR BUSINESS IN A GLOBAL AGE
Presented by ​Nuno Garoupa, Professor of Law, Texas A&M School of Law

Professor Nuno Garoupa, an expert on law and economics, comparative law and comparative judicial politics, uses the traditional distinction between common law systems (prevailing in the Anglo-American world) and civil law systems (with significant variations across Europe, Asia and Latin America) to highlight different lawyering and business practices across the world. Topics include the impact of legal traditions on the structure of legal professions, billing practices, organization of law firms, regulation of lawyering and business, the influence of lawyers and business interests in lawmaking. Professor Garoupa also addresses how globalization (a flat world) has reshaped lawyering and business outside of the United States.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Susan Saab Fortney

THE ETHICS AND BUSINESS OF BILLABLE HOUR PRACTICE BY ATTORNEYS
Presented by ​Susan Fortney, Professor of Law, Texas A&M School of Law

Professor Susan Fortney, an expert on legal ethics and malpractice, ​uses an interactive approach to tackling professional responsibility and business issues related to hourly billing by attorneys. Attendees examined concerns related to use of hourly billing and how attorneys and clients can avoid traps and misunderstandings related to fees based on billable hours. Professor Fortney draws on her empirical work to help attendees consider the cultural and organizational factors that influence ethical conduct related to billing and compensation.

Tuesday, ​October 10, 2017

Glynn Lunney

THE BUSINESS OF MUSIC: A STUDY OF COPYRIGHT, MUSIC REVENUE, AND MUSIC OUTPUT
Presented by ​Glynn Lunney '84, Professor, Texas A&M School of Law & Professor, Texas A&M College of Engineering

Professor Glynn Lunney (’84), an expert in intellectual property and the economic analysis of the law, discussed how the copyright system does not necessarily accomplish the goals that business and society expect. Using the recording industry since the 1960s as a decades-long case study, Professor Lunney showed how changes in copyright law, technology, and markets affected industry revenues in surprising ways, raising questions of how businesses today should create and monetize their intellectual property. Did copyright achieved its stated goal, where more revenue led to more and better music? Attendees gained insight into the real-world operation of the copyright system and its implications for business.

Tuesday, ​September 19, 2017

Saurabh-VishnubhakatPATENT EXPOSURE IN BUSINESS
Presented by Saurabh Vishnubhakat, Associate Professor, Texas A&M School of Law & Associate Professor, Texas A&M College of Engineering

Professor Saurabh Vishnubhakat, an expert in patent and administrative law and a former Patent Office advisor, discussed how businesses should think strategically about patents—their own as well as those of their competitors. ​Attendees explored the changing landscape of patent law, litigation, and intellectual asset management.

Tuesday, ​August 22, 2017

Randy GordonTHE BUSINESS OF MANAGING LEGAL RELATIONSHIPS
Presented by Randy D. Gordon, Professor of Law
Texas A&M School of Law

Professor Randy D. Gordon brings some three decades of experience in representing business clients when he speaks on how legal issues are a reality of modern business practice. Accomplishing business goals often turns on the effective management of relationships with lawyers across multiple dimensions: economic, temporal, and pragmatic. Attendees learned about both the challenges of legal relationships in a business setting and also how business professionals can set and manage the related expectations to achieve better outcomes where law and business intersect.

Tuesday, ​August 1, 2017

Angela MorrisonIMMIGRATION COMPLIANCE IN BUSINESS
Presented by ​Angela Morrison, Associate Professor of Law, Texas A&M School of Law

Professor Angela D. Morrison, an expert in immigration and workplace law, will address the timely topic what employers should do in light of existing and expected changes in immigration policy and law. Come learn what every business and legal professional should know about best practices regarding challenges to businesses’ staffing strategies, shifting international travel policies, and potential increases in worksite raids.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Michael GreenBUSINESS COMPLIANCE IN VALUING HUMAN RESOURCES
Presented by ​Michael Z. Green, Professor of Law
Texas A&M School of Law

Professor Michael Z. Green, an expert in labor and employment law, address​ed concerns for businesses in managing their most valuable asset—their human resources. Employers and employees both stand to gain when businesses seek proactive compliance with legal requirements and resolve disputes in an environment where employees perceive their value. Every business and legal professional can benefit from an improved understanding of workplace law.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Holland_Brian1THE BUSINESS OF DATA AND PRIVACY
Presented by H. Brian Holland, Professor of Law
Texas A&M School of Law

Professor Brian Holland, an expert in internet and technology law, discussed trends in innovation of the use of data and toward the erosion of privacy—matters about which every business and legal professional should be aware. Attendees learned about exposure and risks that exist in today’s business environment, along with first steps toward their minimization.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Byrnes-William-2016THE BUSINESS OF RISK MANAGEMENT
Presented by William H. Byrnes, Executive Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Special Projects
Texas A&M School of Law
     
Our session on May 23 featured William Byrnes, a professor and former member of a major accounting firm, who spoke on trends in risk management that every professional should know, addressing the need to manage risks and leverage opportunities in the current legal and political environment.