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February 2014 Faculty Highlights

Cynthia Alkon, associate professor of law, presented a talk on Rule of Law development at the Center for Global Justice, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law’s symposium, "Advancing the Rule of Law in East Africa," at Regent University School of Law in Virginia Beach, Va., Feb. 21-22, 2014.

Sahar Aziz, associate professor of law, was the featured speaker on the American Bar Association’s teleconference, “The Impact of the National Security Debate on Women and Youth,” Feb. 27, 2014.

  • Presented “The Role of Law in Revolution: Political & Legal Developments in Egypt’s Transition” moderated by David D. Kirkpatrick, The New York Times Cairo Bureau Chief, at Yale Law School in New Haven, Conn., on Feb. 24, 2014.
  • Published “Political Stability Remains Elusive for Egypt” on Ahram Online, Feb. 23, 2014.
  • Professor Aziz was an invited presenter at the Global Strategy Group Middle East meeting held in Kuwait City, Kuwait, Feb. 10-11, 2014.
  • Presented “The Role of Access to Information in Freedom of the Press” at the Future Generations in Economic Development in Egypt and the Arab Region program at the American University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt, Feb. 9, 2014.
  • Moderated “Voting Rights in Texas” at Texas A&M School of Law, Fort Worth, Texas, Feb. 3, 2014.
  • Invited to be the keynote speaker on the topic “Learning from the Past: Civil Rights in the Post-9/11 Era,” part of the Enhancing Diversity Seminar Series at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, on March 20, 2014.
  • Professor Aziz has been invited to be a panelist for “Coercive Assimilationism in the Workplace: Muslim Women of Color,” at the Title VII at 50 symposium, hosted by St. John’s University School of Law and New York University School of Law in New York, N.Y., April 4-5, 2014. Professor Aziz’s paper submission is to be published in the St. John’s Law Review.

Wayne Barnes, professor of law, presented his paper, “Render Unto Rawls: Law, Gospel and the Evangelical Fallacy,” at the Love and Law Conference sponsored by the Herbert and Elinor Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion and Ethics, held at Pepperdine University School of Law, in Malibu, Calif., on Feb. 7-8, 2014.

Professor Barnes participated in an invited panel discussion of Nancy Kim’s new book, Wrap Contracts at the 9th International Conference on Contracts, held at St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Feb. 21-22, 2014.

Megan Carpenter, professor of law, presented at the Center for Law and Intellectual Property's 2014 Innovation Summit at Texas A&M School of Law, Fort Worth, Texas, on Feb. 28, 2014. The CLIP Innovation Summit, co-sponsored by Startup Aggieland, featured over 20 scholars and experts from the private sector, who converged to discuss the university as a platform for innovation and entrepreneurship.

  • Professor Carpenter's Innovation Summit presentation, "Legal Representation of Student Entrepreneurs," is part of a larger research project she is working on in conjunction with Anthony Luppino of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and William Kell of the University of California Berkeley School of Law.
  • Professor Carpenter and three Texas A&M School of Law students, 3L Alison Schwartzstein, 3L Braxton Bragg, and 2L Alexandra Horton, presented a Center for Law and Intellectual Property (CLIP) Need to Know workshop on February 13, 2014, at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. The group presented "Intellectual Property 101" to an interdisciplinary class comprised of engineering, architecture, and business students focused on Innovative Product Development.
  • Professor Carpenter was invited to speak at the Transactional Clinical Conference to be held at DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, Ill., on April 26, 2014, as part of a session on the “Challenges and Upsides of Working with Student Entrepreneurs.”

Gabriel Eckstein, professor of law, co-authored the article “The Law of Transboundary Aquifers: Many Ways of Going Forward, but Only One Way of Standing Still” with Dr. Francesco Sindico, University of Strathclyde, which has been accepted in the peer-reviewed publication Review of European, Comparative & International Environmental Law.

Professor Eckstein was invited to serve on the Editorial Board of the peer-reviewed Journal of Water Law.

Michael Z. Green, professor of law, presented his article, “Retaliatory Employment Arbitration” at the Forced Arbitration in the Workplace Symposium held at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, Berkeley, Calif., on Feb. 27, 2014. Professor Green’s presented article will be published in Volume 35 of the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law, spring 2014.

Professor Green was invited to speak to the University of Oklahoma College of Law faculty on March 5, 2014, as part of a new law school faculty speaker exchange program between Texas A&M University and the University of Oklahoma.

Maxine Harrington, professor of law and associate dean for academic affairs, was a panelist at "Health Care in a Civil Society: Who's Accountable For Your Health?" program sponsored by the Tarrant County Medical Society in Fort Worth, Texas, on Feb. 8, 2014.

H. Dennis Kelly, associate professor of law, presented “Fun with Patent Law: Inventions in 3-D” connecting engineering, art, and patent law at “The Curious World of Patent Models” exhibit on display at the Stark Galleries in the Memorial Student Center at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. The exhibit is a part of a traveling collection of more than 50 patent models from the Rothschild Patent Museum in New York.

Gary Lucas, Jr., professor of law, recently accepted an offer to publish his article “Out of Sight, Out of Mind: How Opportunity Cost Neglect Undermines Democracy” in volume 9 of the New York University Journal of Law & Liberty forthcoming in 2014.

Milan Markovic, associate professor of law’s work “Advising Clients After Critical Legal Studies and the Torture Memos” (2011-12) 114 W Va L Rev 109 at 152, was cited by Alice Woolley in her column post “Approval of Trinity Western University’s Law School? It’s Complicated,” on SLaw, the premier online source for Canadian law news on Feb. 21, 2014.

Timothy M. Mulvaney, associate professor of law, presented his forthcoming paper on progressive conceptions of property at a faculty colloquium at the University of Idaho College of Law in Moscow, Idaho, on Feb. 6, 2014.

Lynne Rambo, professor of law, appeared on the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, Fox affiliate’s “Good Day” morning program and the evening news to discuss media access to a controversial probation terms hearing on Feb. 5, 2014. Professor Rambo also appeared in studio on the “Good Day” morning program and was interviewed in her law school office for the evening news, both on the same local Fox affiliate, on the topic of the Texas Attorney General's plan to appeal the ruling lifting the ban on gay marriage, on Feb. 27, 2014

Lisa A. Rich, associate professor of law, was acknowledged by the Leadership Conference Education Fund in its report entitled “A Second Chance: Charting a New Course for Re-Entry and Criminal Justice Reform” for her assistance with the report. View the acknowledgements section of the report.

Neil L. Sobol, associate professor of law and director of legal analysis, research, and writing, presented his article, “Protecting Consumers from Zombie-Debt Collectors,” at St. Mary’s School of Law in San Antonio, Texas, on Feb. 18, 2014. The presentation was part of a faculty exchange through the Southern Central Association of Law Schools (SACS). Texas A&M University School of Law is a founding member.

Professor Sobol also presented “Legal Research – Then and Now,” at the 32nd Annual Texas Forum at the Cityplace Conference Center in Dallas, Texas, on Feb. 28, 2014. The event, sponsored by the State Bar of Texas Standing Committee on Paralegals, was part of a program entitled “Back to the Future: The Foundation of the Legal Profession.”

Gina S. Warren, associate professor of law, presented “The New Look of Sustainable Energy” at the North Texas chapter of the Women’s Energy Network luncheon at the Fort Worth Petroleum Club, Fort Worth, Texas, on Feb. 13, 2014.  

Frederic White, professor of law, presented “Moving from Faculty to Administration," at the 2014 Southeast/Southwest People of Color Conference hosted by the Thurgood Marshall College of Law, Texas Southern University, in Houston, Texas, on Feb. 27, 2014.

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