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November 2014 Faculty Highlights

Associate Professor Cynthia Alkon presented her paper, “Towards Defining Competence in Negotiating Plea Bargains: Beyond Lafler & Frye," at the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Alternative Dispute Resolution Section’s Eighth Annual Works-in-Progress (WIP) Conference at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles on Nov. 7.

Associate Professor Sahar Aziz was selected by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine as an Emerging Scholar for 2015. The publication will interview her in December for a piece to run in 2015.

  • Invited to present at an international conference “Borders in Transition: Rethinking Sovereignty, Domestic Politics and International Relations in the MENA Region” at The European University Institute in Florence, Italy, Dec. 11-12.

  • Professor Aziz's testimony was published in the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights report “Federal Civil Rights Engagement with Arab and Muslim American Communities Post 9/11.” Learn more.

  • She was a symposium chair and presented “Global Citizenship: Constructing a Broader Civil Rights Agenda” at the interdisciplinary national civil rights conference “Global Citizens and Equality: Fifty Years After the Civil Rights Act” at Texas A&M University, College Station, Nov. 7. Read the full story on the conference. Aziz was quoted in Texas A&M's student newspaper, The Battalion, in "1964 Civil Rights Act Turns 50," available online.

  • Authored the editorial, “Right past wrongs to prepare for a globalized future” in The Texas Tribune’s publication Trib Talk: Perspectives on Texas, Nov. 24. View the article.

Professor Wayne Barnes, presented his article, “Correcting a False Step: Rethinking Overhead for the 'Actual Expenses' Affirmative Defense to the Texas Construction Trust Fund Act,” to the faculty of Texas Tech University School of Law, Nov. 11. The presentation was part of an ongoing faculty exchange between Texas Tech and Texas A&M University School of Law. Download the article from SSRN.

Professor Mark Burge organized and will moderate a panel at the 2015 Southeastern Association of Law Schools conference. The panel is entitled “Thinking Outside the Four Corners of Contract Doctrine” and will address a collection of problems arising in and around the law of contracts, but where creative solutions lie elsewhere. Speakers will engage areas ranging from the environment and climate change to bankruptcy law, transactional legal ethics and the ongoing "crisis" in the legal education and employment marketplaces.

Professor of law and director of the Center for Law and Intellectual Property (CLIP), Megan Carpenter, was one of three professors among the Texas A&M University System honored for their work in entrepreneurship and economic development on Kyle Field during the Texas A&M game against Ole Miss, Oct. 11. Professor Carpenter was honored along with Dick Lester, Director of the Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship at the Mays Business School and Dr. Thomas Saving, Director of the Private Enterprise Research Center in the Department of Economics.

Professor Gabriel Eckstein's co-authored article “Fresh Water, Fresh Approaches” was listed in SSRN’s Top Ten download list for: AARN: Political Ecology (Topic), Environmental Anthropology eJournal, Environmental Justice & Sustainability eJournal, Water Sustainability eJournal and Sustainability Law & Policy eJournal. Download the article from SSRN.

  • Published “Seeking Sustainability: Water Risks and Private Solutions” as “Fresh Water, Fresh Approaches” in The Environmental Forum (Nov/Dec 2014). The piece was co-authored with Erin Bullard ’14. View the article.

  • Led a joint class via teleconference on International Water Law between his Water Law course and Professor Renee Martin-Nagle’s International Environmental Law seminar at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Nov. 10.

  • Presented on “The Interaction of Science, Policy, and Law” for Achieving Success in Science through the Undergraduate Research and Engagement Program, University of Texas Arlington, on Nov. 21.

  • Participated as a judge for the Texas A&M Water Program’s Poster Competition at the annual “Water Daze” event hosted by the TAMU Water Management and Hydrological Science Program in College Station, Nov. 12. Learn more.

  • Invited as a legal expert to participate in a project organized by the UN Development Programme in Baku, Azerbaijan, advising on water law and policy related to flooding and climate change, Dec. 6 to 18.

  • Professor Eckstein was interviewed by The Associated Press for an article “Texas Officials Approve Water Funding Rules” published Nov. 6. The story had over 120,000 unique views online among Midland Reporter-Telegram, Jacksonville Daily Progress, Mount Pleasant Daily Tribune and Killeen Daily Herald. View the news item.

Professor Michael Z. Green gave the keynote speech on Nov. 7 as Secretary of the American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment at a plenary session for the Eighth Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference held in Los Angeles. With more than 600 labor and employment lawyers present, Professor Green presented his paper, “Labor and Employment Decisions from the Supreme Court 2013-14 Term: Unusual Unanimity While Navigating an Ongoing Debate on Interpreting the Meaning of Words,” which will be published in volume 30 of the ABA Journal of Labor and Employment Law.

  • Presented “Where are We Going With Race and ADR?” at the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Alternative Dispute Resolution Section’s Eighth Annual Works-in-Progress (WIP) Conference at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles, Nov. 7.

  • Green’s accomplishments over the last twenty years as a labor and employment lawyer, professor, and arbitrator and mediator were acknowledged as he was inducted as a new Fellow into the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers at a formal ceremony held at the Biltmore Millennium Hotel in Los Angeles, Nov. 8. Learn more.

  • Quoted in an article published Nov. 18 in the Westlaw Journal Aviation blog by Katie Pasek, “Supreme Court considers fired TSA air marshal’s whistleblower status.” This article discusses a case pending before the Supreme Court, Department of Homeland Security v. MacLean. In this case, a U.S. air marshal filed a federal whistleblower claim after he was terminated for talking to the media about his concerns regarding reduced marshal staffing on airplanes. Professor Green and other employment law experts were asked about the likely outcome of the case, after the court held oral arguments on Nov. 4. Read the article.

  • Co-chaired the ABA Section of Labor and Employment’s Dallas Regional Trial Advocacy Student Competition for the eighth consecutive year in which he worked with a management co-chair and a union co-chair to obtain attorneys to evaluate law student advocacy during a trial and helped to supervise the overall coordination of the competition held at the federal courthouse in Dallas on Nov. 1 and 2.

Professor Timothy Mulvaney's article, “Progressive Property Moving Forward,” was published in the online edition of the California Law Review. The article recently appeared on SSRN's Top Ten download list for Property, Land Use & Real Estate Law. Download the article from SSRN.

Associate Professor John F. Murphy's paper “Bottom Up: Teaching Remedial Problem Solving-Skills to Underperforming Students” was an SSRN top-ten download for six consecutive weeks. Download the article from SSRN.

Professor Carol Pauli presented “War Stories: Narrative Mediation and the News” to the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Alternative Dispute Resolution Section 8th Annual Works-in-Progress (WIP) Conference at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles.

Her article, “Transforming News: How Mediation Principles Can Depolarize Public Talk,” was listed on SSRN's Top Ten download list for Conflict Studies: Prevention, Management & Resolution eJournal for two weeks in November. Download the article from SSRN.

Pauli gave six half-hour classroom presentations at Career Day at Manual Jara Elementary School, introducing fourth-grade students to the work of a lawyer.

Associate Dean Huyen Pham organized and will participate in a workshop at the 2015 Southeastern Association of Law Schools conference. The panel is entitled “Immigration Reform without Congress” and will address ways to fix our immigration system's problems, in light of Congressional gridlock on this issue. Possible paths include executive action, agency action, state or local government action, litigation, international agreements and grass roots action that may influence the previously mentioned paths.

Pham was interviewed by The Dallas Business Journal for an article “Obama immigration order looks legal, should be good for business, lawyer says” published Nov. 21. The story had more than 452,421unique views online among The Dallas Business Journal and The San Antonio Business Journal. View the article.

Professor Lynne Rambo gave a media comment on a Duncanville teacher suspended over a racist tweet. Some of the appearances include CNN; ABC; NBC; KHOU; and Shreveport Times.

Associate Professor Peter Reilly presented his article, “Justice Deferred is Justice Denied:  We Must End Our Failed Experiment in Deferring Corporate Criminal Prosecution” at a Business Law Breakfast hosted by UCLA Law School’s Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law and Policy, Nov. 7. Learn more. He presented the same article at the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Eight Annual Works-in-Progress (WIP) Conference at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles, Nov. 7 and 8. Download the article from SSRN.

Reilly was also quoted in an article appearing in The Guardian newspaper entitled, “In Market-Rigging Case, U.S. Justice Department Treats Corporate Criminals Like Juvenile Offenders." View the article.

Neil L. Sobol, associate professor and director of legal analysis, research, and writing, presented his work-in-progress, “Charging the Poor: Criminal Justice Debt and Modern Day Debtors’ Prisons,” at ClassCrits VII – “Poverty, Precarity, and Work: Struggle and Solidarity in an Era of Permanent(?) Crisis,” at UC Davis School of Law on Nov. 15.

He has also been invited to be a participant in a discussion panel “Reversing Mass Incarceration: What Reforms are Working (or Could Work) and Why?” at the 2015 Southeastern Association of Law Schools conference to be held in Boca Raton, Fla., July 27 to Aug. 2.

Associate Professor and head of technical and electronic services for the Dee J. Kelly Law Library, Joan Stringfellow, coordinated and moderated the Southwestern Association of Law Libraries workshop “2014 Basic Legal Research for the Non-Law Librarian” on Nov. 19 in the Dee J. Kelly Law Library.  The purpose of the workshop is to teach non-law librarians about the legal system of the conference state, which was Texas this year.  The program speakers covered the reference interview, the state court system, the state statutes and how to find the law on the Internet.  The purpose is to enable librarians without a background in law to feel comfortable responding to patrons’ requests for legal materials in their libraries.

Gina S. Warren, associate professor of law, presented her article, “Regulating Pot to Save the Polar Bear: Energy and Climate Impacts of the Marijuana Industry” to the Texas A&M University Energy Club, College Station, Nov. 5. Download the article from SSRN.

Warren presented her research on Argentine energy law to the Texas A&M University Department of Agricultural Economics in College Station, Nov. 14.

Professor Frederic White's book The 2014-2015 Ohio Landlord Tenant Law (19th edition) was published by Thomson West, Eagen, Minn. It is 511 pages, plus appendices, and this is its 20th consecutive year of publication.