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November 2011

Sahar Aziz, associate professor of law, published two op-eds in The Huffington Post: “Time to Address Violence Against Muslim Women,” Nov. 2, 2011, and “Rule of Law, Not Rule By Law For Egypt,” Nov. 26, 2011. She also presented her forthcoming law review article, “From the Oppressed to the Terrorist: American Muslim Women Caught in the Crosshairs of Intersectionality,” at a faculty workshop at Samford University Cumberland School of Law, Birmingham, Ala., Nov. 11, 2011. Her forthcoming article, “Terror(izing) the Muslim Veil,” was highlighted on the Center for Law and Religion at St. John’s University School of Law’s website.

Megan Carpenter, associate professor of law, presented with Frank Snyder, professor of law, and students 3L Hope Catterton, 2L Jordan Hix and 3L Maya Koyfman at the Arts Council of Fort Worth on Nov. 15, 2011. The group presented a CLIP Need-to-Know workshop on the intersection of IP and contracts “Putting It All Down on (Legal) Paper.” Carpenter was also invited to participate in the IP Scholars Roundtable at Drake University on March 30-31, 2012. She is organizing the All-Professor Panel for the International Trademark Association Annual Meeting, which will be held in Washington, DC, in May 2012. The panel will focus on “Exploring the Outer Limits of Trademark Law,” and will be moderated by Carpenter and involve Professors Rebecca Tushnet of Georgetown Law, Christine Farley of American University Washington College of Law, and Robert Burrell of the TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland.

Gabriel Eckstein, professor of law, presented on “UNESCO’s International Shared Aquifers Resources Management (ISARM) Programme Session on Transboundary Aquifers – Linkages and Interactions with Lakes and Rivers” at the 14th World Lakes Conference, Austin, Texas, Nov. 3, 2011. He was recently appointed to serve on the Executive Council of the International Association for Water Law, whose goal “is to foster the evolution, study, understanding and application of water law, national and international, with a view to raising awareness, and the knowledge and practice, of this field of the law of natural resources.” Finally, he has been invited to speak on Texas Public Water Law Institutions in the Context of Hydraulic Fracking at the Conference on Environmental Impacts of Oil and Gas, Houston, Texas, Jan. 13, 2012, and on Water Law and Water Rights in Oil and Gas Production for the Council of Petroleum Accountants Societies’ 2012 Winter Meeting, Houston, Texas, Jan. 26, 2012.

Lisa Goodman, head of public services and assistant professor, with Laura McKinnon, public services librarian and assistant professor, presented an educational program, “At the Ballot Box and Beyond: Researching Election Law” at the joint annual meeting of the Southwestern Association of Law Libraries and the Mid-America Association of Law Libraries, Lawrence, Kan., Nov. 3, 2011.

Michael Green, associate dean for faculty research & development and professor of law, spoke on “Preserving Attorney-Client Privilege and Work Product Protection Via E-mail: Merging Federal Evidence Rule 502 With Discovery and Ethics Rules” at the 5th Annual ABA Labor & Employment Law Conference held in Seattle, Wash., Nov. 5, 2011. He also served as co-chair of the ABA labor and employment section’s regional student mock trial competition held in Dallas, Texas, Nov. 12-13, 2011. Green was also invited to speak on “Black Worker Voice in Times of Joblessness and Anti-Racism Backlash” at a conference on Democracy in the Workplace to be held at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law on Feb. 24-25, 2012. Green will also be featured in the Spotlight on Diversity section of the December 2011 Tarrant County Bar Association Bulletin.

Gary Lucas, associate professor of law, posted his article, “Saving Smokers from Themselves: The Paternalistic Use of Cigarette Taxes,” on SSRN. The article has made several SSRN Top Ten Lists. The article has been accepted for publication in Volume 80 of the University of Cincinnati Law Review.

Laura McKinnon, public services librarian, with Lisa Goodman, head of public services and assistant professor, presented an educational program, “At the Ballot Box and Beyond: Researching Election Law” at the joint annual meeting of the Southwestern Association of Law Libraries and the Mid-America Association of Law Libraries, Lawrence, Kan., Nov. 3, 2011.

Timothy Mulvaney, associate professor of law, has have been invited to present his forthcoming article, “Exactions for the Future,” at the Planning Law and Property Rights Conference at the University of Ulster in Belfast, Ireland, Feb. 7-10, 2012.

Meg Penrose, professor of law, spoke on the topic of college athletes’ use of social media at the 2nd Annual Conference on Sports and Entertainment Law, held at Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Tempe, Ariz., Nov. 5, 2011. She also spoke about the same topic at a symposium on sports law hosted by the Mississippi Sports Law Review and held at the University of Mississippi School of Law, Oxford, Miss., Nov. 11, 2011. The Law Review will publish her written work that served as the basis for both talks.

Lynne Rambo, professor of law, presented “The Technology Frontier: Tendering Evidence from Social Networking Sites” to the Family Law Section of the Tarrant County Bar Association, Tarrant County Family Law Center, Fort Worth, Texas, Nov. 3, 2011. She also participated in a debate with Professor Lino Graglia of The University of Texas Law School, “What Does Constitutional Law Have To Do with the Constitution?” Texas A&M University School of Law, Nov. 10, 2011.

Michelle Rigual, law library director and associate professor of law, spoke on the topic of career management at the joint annual meeting of the Southwestern Association of Law Libraries and the Mid-America Association of Law Libraries in Lawrence, Kan., Nov. 4, 2011. She also spoke on the topic of Quick Response (QR) Codes to the Dallas Association of Law Librarians at Vinson & Elkins in Dallas, Texas, Nov 30, 2011. She has been invited to present an educational program, “Collaborative Collection Development: A Necessary Innovation for Law Libraries?” at the Southwestern Association of Law Libraries 54th annual conference, San Antonio, Texas, March 2012.

Frank Snyder, professor of law, presented with Megan Carpenter, associate professor of law, and students 3L Hope Catterton, 2L Jordan Hix and 3L Maya Koyfman at the Arts Council of Fort Worth on Nov. 15, 2011. The group presented a CLIP Need-to-Know workshop on the intersection of IP and contracts “Putting It All Down on (Legal) Paper.”

Joe Spurlock II, professor of law and director of the Asian Judicial Institute, presented a paper, “A Perspective on the Status of Mongolian Legal Reform,” to the International Forum on Mongolian Legal Reform and Asian-Pacific Legal Developments and Trends under sponsorship of the Shihihutag Law School at the National University of Mongolian’s School of Law in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, Nov. 10, 2011. The paper will be published as part of the report of the Forum and by the National Legal Institute of Mongolia (formerly National Legal Training and Research Center) in its annual review of Mongolian law under auspices of the Minister of Justice.

October 2011

Cynthia Alkon, associate professor of law, has been selected by the executive committee of the Legal Education, ADR, and Problem-Solving (LEAPS) Task Force of the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution’s Law School Committee to convene and join a panel of national experts in criminal law who will serve as consultants and advisors to other colleagues on how to incorporate practical problem-solving skills into their criminal law-related classes. The goal of LEAPS is to increase the instruction of practical problem-solving in all law school courses.

Susan Ayres, professor of law, presented a paper, “The Rhetoric of Vulnerability and Agency When Women Kill Newborns,” at the Feminisms and Rhetorics conference, Minnesota State University, Mankato, Minn., Oct. 13, 2011.

Sahar Aziz, associate professor of law, spoke at a conference sponsored by the Department of Justice; the conference and Professor Aziz received media coverage via the AP in the Washington Post, Seattle Post Intelligencer, and Newsday, among other outlets. She presented on a panel discussion at SMU Dedman School of Law on Nov. 4, 2011, focusing on civil rights and racial and religious profiling. She will also present a forthcoming paper, “From the Oppressed to the Terrorist: American Muslim Women Caught in the Crosshairs of Intersectionality,” at Cumberland School of Law on Nov. 11, 2011.

Gabriel Eckstein, professor of law, gave a keynote address, “Water Scarcity, Conflict, and Security in a Climate Change World: Challenges and Opportunities for International Law and Policy,” at the International Symposium on Impacts of Climate Change on Water Resources in Arid and Semi-arid Regions, held in Xi’an, China, Oct. 21-23, 2011. Eckstein also gave a lecture, “Alternative Strategies for Managing Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Products in Water Resources,” for the Sullivan & Worcester seminar and webinar in Washington, D.C., Oct. 6, 2011.

Michael Green, professor of law and associate dean for faculty research & development, presented “The Toxicity and Incivility of Freedom-based Defenses to Racial Harassment” on the panel The Role of Race in IP, Freedom of Speech, and Law School at the LatCrit XVI conference, San Diego, Calif., Oct. 8, 2011. He has also been invited to speak at the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law on Feb. 17, 2012, as part of a symposium on Labor-Management Impasses in an Atmosphere of Budget-Cutting sponsored by the Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution. The executive committee of the Legal Education, ADR, and Problem-Solving (LEAPS) Task Force of the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution’s Law School Committee has selected Green to convene and join a panel of national experts in labor and employment discrimination law who will serve as consultants and advisors to other colleagues on how to incorporate practical problem-solving skills into their labor and employment-related classes. The goal of LEAPS is to increase the instruction of practical problem-solving in all law school courses.

Terri Helge, professor of law, presented “The 411 on Representing Charitable Organizations” for the Dallas Volunteer Attorneys Program Pro Bono Week Celebration on Oct. 25, 2011, in Dallas, Texas. The event was hosted by the Dallas Bar Association and Texas C-BAR, a nonprofit organization which provides referrals for pro bono business law services to Texas community-based nonprofits developing affordable housing and providing other charitable services in low-income communities.

Brian Holland, associate professor of law, presented “A Social Semiotic Approach to Copyright Law” as part of the law school’s scholar exchange with Drexel University School of Law, Oct. 12, 2011.

Dennis Kelly, associate professor of law, participated in a panel discussion on patent reform legislation at the Alumni All-Star CLE event, Texas A&M University School of Law, Oct. 14, 2011.

Timothy Mulvaney, associate professor of law, accepted an offer to publish his article, “Exactions for the Future,” in the Baylor Law Review. He will present his research on exactions to the faculty of Stetson University College of Law on March 5, 2012. Mulvaney also aided the new Texas Wesleyan Real Property Journal in organizing a symposium on the federal and state law and policy issues that surround wildfires. The symposium is scheduled for March 23, 2012. Several noted property and environmental scholars have agreed to participate, including Professors John Echeverria (Vermont), Robert Keiter (Utah), Frederico Cheever (Denver), Jamison Colburn (Penn State), and Rachael Salcido (McGeorge).

Meg Penrose, professor of law, was quoted in an Associated Press article about the legal consequences for colleges in helping NYPD police spy on Muslim college students.

Peter Reilly, associate professor of law, spoke on persuasion and negotiation at the Tarrant County Bar Association Women’s Legal Section, Oct. 7, 2011.

Neil Sobol, associate professor of law and director of Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing Program, presented “Persuasive Writing: What to do if you represent Charlie Sheen” as part of the Texas Advanced Paralegal Seminar Program held at the Marriott Hotel, Fort Worth, Texas, Oct. 5, 2011.

Joe Spurlock II, professor of law and director of the Asian Judicial Institute, and three 3L Texas Wesleyan students (Scott Phillips, Spencer Nilsson, and Justin Lewis) traveled to Mongolia to meet with government officials there working on judicial and prosecutorial reform projects. While there, Spurlock conducted a family law class via Skype from the National University of Mongolia back to the family law class at the law school, assisted by Judges Tsogt and Ganzorig of Mongolia and a professor from the local university. The three Texas Wesleyan Law students taught a two-hour class on American law to an audience of about 120 Mongolian law students at the Ikh Zasag University Law School in Ulaanbaatar on Oct. 21, 2011.

Late August/September 2011

Susan Ayres, professor of law, has accepted an offer to publish her paper, “Denial and Concealment of Unwanted Pregnancy,” (co-authored with Prema Manunath) in the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development’s 26.2 winter issue.

Sahar Aziz, associate professor of law, accepted an offer to publish her article, “From the Oppressed to the Terrorist: American Muslim Women Caught in the Crosshairs of Intersectionality,” in the Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal, to be published in spring 2012. She has been invited to speak at a conference, Confronting Discrimination in the Post-9/11 Era: Challenges and Opportunities Ten Years Later, to be held on Oct. 19, 2011, in Washington, D.C. and sponsored by the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice and the George Washington University Law School. Aziz also spoke at several conferences during the month of September, including Then and Now: Civil Liberties and Interfaith Relations Ten Years After 9/11 (Sept. 11, Omaha, Neb.); Navigating a Post-9/11 World (Sept. 15, Washington University in St. Louis); Race and Criminal Justice in the West, (Sept. 24, Gonzaga School of Law); and Muslim American Citizenship: A Decade Since 9/11 (Oct. 7, Columbia University).

Wayne Barnes, professor of law, accepted an offer to publish his article, “Social Media and the Rise in Consumer Bargaining Power,” in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law.

Megan Carpenter, associate professor of law, published her piece, “‘Will Work’: The Role of Intellectual Property in Transitional Economies,” in the book Creativity, Law, and Entrepreneurship, edited by Shubha Ghosh and Robin Paul Malloy and published by Edward Elgar Publishing. Creativity, Law, and Entrepreneurship addresses the relationship between law (institutions and regulations) and entrepreneurship (human activity with the aim of creating something new).

Celestina Contreras, law clinic professor, gave a presentation on Aug. 19, 2011, to local Child Protective Services caseworkers regarding problems faced by non-parents when they try to obtain custody of children abandoned by the parents or placed in the non-parent’s care by CPS. The presentation included an explanation of Texas Family Code requirements for these non-parents in order to file custody suits and the heavy burden they face when trying to convince a court to grant them full managing conservatorship of these children.

Gabriel Eckstein, professor of law, served as guest editor of a special issue [Volume 36(5)] of the peer-reviewed journal, Water International, on “Strengthening Cooperation on Transboundary Groundwater Resources,” published in September 2011. Eckstein published two peer-reviewed articles in the special issue, “Managing Buried Treasure Across Frontiers: The International Law of Transboundary Aquifers” and “Strengthening Cooperation on Transboundary Groundwater Resources” (co-authored with Alice Aureli, UNESCO-IHP). He also published “The Silala/Siloli Watershed in Bolivia/Chile: Lessons From the Most Vulnerable Basin in South America” (co-authored with Brendan Mulligan, University of Calgary) in the peer-reviewed International Journal of Water Resources Development.

Eckstein participated in the International Water Resources Association XIVth World Water Congress in Porto de Galinhas, Brazil, September 25-29, 2011, where he:

  • Gave the following presentations:
    • Greening Water Law: Managing Freshwater Resources for People and the Environment
    • Managing Hidden Treasures Across Frontiers: Developing Customary International Law for Transboundary Aquifers
    • The U.N. Watercourses Convention: Meeting The Challenges of Transboundary Water Management
  • Moderated the plenary session on Knowledge Systems featuring Dr. Richard Norgaard
  • Participated in the executive board meeting of the International Water Resources Association
  • Represented the International Water Resources Association at the meeting of the International Water Law Association

Michael Z. Green, professor of law and associate dean for faculty research & development, presented his paper “Racial Workplace Harassment and the Toxic Incivility of Unchecked Freedom-Based Defenses” at the Sixth Annual Labor and Employment Law Scholarship Colloquium held at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles, Calif., on Sept. 16, 2011. Green was also invited to speak at the ABA Labor and Employment Section Committee on Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee Midwinter Meeting in Las Vegas, Nev. on March 28, 2012 and was separately invited to speak at the ABA Labor and Employment Section Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee Midwinter Meeting in San Francisco, Calif. on March 23, 2012.

Kris Helge, public services librarian and assistant professor, Texas Wesleyan University, accepted offers to publish two papers: “The Success of a Nation’s Soccer Team: A Bellwether Regarding a Nation’s Electronic Information Infrastructure, the Legal Regulations that Govern the Infrastructure, the Resulting Citizen Trust in its Government and its E-Readiness in Nigeria, the DPRK, China, Japan, South Korea, the Netherlands and the United States,” (Northern Kentucky Law Review, June 2012); and “Sexual Misconduct of Clergypersons with Congregants or Parishioners-Civil and Criminal Liabilities and Responsibilities, and a Proposed Model Statute,” (co-authored with Bradley Toben, British Journal of American Legal Studies, May 2012).

Terri Helge, professor of law, was selected to be chairperson of the Tax-Exempt Organizations Committee of the State Bar of Texas Tax Section, serving from July 2011 to June 2012. She has also been invited to give the following presentations:
  • A primer on representing nonprofit organizations to the Dallas Bar Association for the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program Pro Bono Celebration Week, in Dallas, Texas, on Oct. 25, 2011
  • “Overview of Nonprofit Organizations: The Basic Framework” and “Public Charities: A Practical Guide to Key Issues, Choices and Risks” at the 29th Annual Nonprofit Organizations Institute, hosted by the University of Texas School of Law, in Austin, Texas, on Jan. 18, 2012
  • Keynote speaker for The Terry Simmons Distinguished Speaker Series, hosted by The Partnership for Philanthropic Planning – Lone Star Council in Fort Worth, Texas, on February 21, 2012. Helge will discuss tax and legislative updates affecting charitable gift planning.

Gary Lucas, associate professor of law, has accepted an offer to publish his article, “Saving Smokers from Themselves: The Paternalistic Use of Cigarette Taxes,” in Volume 80 of the University of Cincinnati Law Review.

Timothy Mulvaney, associate professor of law, spoke at the Colloquium on Environmental Scholarship, held at Vermont Law School on Sept. 23, 2011. He also spoke at the Aspiring Law Professors Conference, held at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law on Sept. 10, 2011.

Meg Penrose, professor of law, spoke at the Conference on the Constitutional Convention (Con-Con-Con), held at Harvard Law School on Sept. 24 and 25, 2011. Penrose debated Michael Stern during the session “Afraid of a Runaway Constitutional Convention.”

Tanya Pierce, associate professor of law, presented a workshop, “Critical Reading & Writing Skills: Undergraduate Work and the LSAT Exam,” as part of the Council on Legal Education Opportunity’s Road to Law School event on Sept. 24, 2011 at Texas A&M University School of Law.

John F. Murphy, associate professor of law, presented “Busted: Top Ten Legal Writing Myths” to the Tarrant County Bar Association’s Transition to Practice mentoring group on Sept. 21, 2011.

Peter Reilly, associate professor of law, lectured on the topic of persuasion in negotiation to the participants of Community Dialogue and Dispute Resolution of China, (a group of lawyers from throughout China who were touring the United States under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program), at Texas A&M University School of Law, Aug. 29, 2011. Reilly also presented a draft of his law review article, “Resistance and Persuasion in Negotiation,” at Gonzaga School of Law, Sept. 15, 2011.

Summer 2011


July/Early August 2011

Stephen Alton was quoted in an article by P.A. Humphrey, “Lawsuits continue over condo construction,” in the Fort Worth Business Press (p.1) about the Montgomery Plaza condo project.

Susan Ayres paper, “The Rhetoric of Vulnerability and Agency When Women Kill Newborns,” was accepted for presentation at the Biennial Conference of the Canadian Initiative in Law, Culture & the Humanities to take place in Ottawa in October 2011.

Sahar Aziz, associate professor of law, has accepted an offer to publish her paper, “Caught in a Preventive Dragnet Ten Years Later: Selective Counterterrorism Against Muslims, Arabs, and South Asians,” in Vol. 47 of the Gonzaga Law Review. She has been invited to be the keynote speaker on Sept. 11, 2011, at Then and Now: Civil Liberties and Interfaith Relations Ten Years After 9/11, co-sponsored by the University of Nebraska and a coalition of interfaith groups in Omaha, Neb. Aziz has also been invited to speak at a conference, Navigating a Post-9/11 World, at Washington University in St. Louis on Sept. 15, 2011. The conference is cosponsored by the John C. Danforth Center on Religion & Politics and the Gephardt Institute for Public Service, in partnership with the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding. Aziz will also be presenting her paper at the conference Race and Criminal Justice in the West, to be held at the Gonzaga School of Law on Sept. 24, 2011.

Mark Edwin Burge, associate professor of law, was featured on the 6 p.m. news of KDFW Fox4, July 20, 2011. Burge discussed the unusual footnote in a recent opinion from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, which addressed the poor grammar and spelling in a motion.

Gabriel Eckstein, professor of law, will participate in the International Water Resources Association (IWRA) executive board meeting, in his role as treasurer, at the association’s XIVth World Water Congress in Porto de Galinhas, Brazil, Sept. 25-29, 2011. He has been invited to present the following three lectures at the XIVth World Water Congress.
  • “Greening Water Law: Managing Freshwater Resources for People and the Environment”
  • “Managing Buried Treasures Across Frontiers: Developing Customary International Law for Transboundary Aquifers”
  • “The U.N. Watercourses Convention: Meeting The Challenges of Transboundary Water Management”
Eckstein’s paper, “Buried Treasure or Buried Hope? The Status of Mexico-U.S. Transboundary Aquifers under International Law” has been published in the International Community Law Review (Vol. 13, p. 273, 2011) and available here.

Eckstein has also been invited to present “Climate Change and International Water Law” at the International Symposium on Impacts of Climate Change on Water Resources in Arid and Semi-arid Regions in Xi’an, China, Oct. 21-23, 2011.

Michael Z. Green, professor of law and associate dean for faculty research & development, was invited to a research symposium, Government Unions in the United States, to be held at Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, Ill, Oct. 13-14, 2011.He has also been invited to speak on a panel, “8-Track Players, Dot Matrix Printers, Dial-Up Internet and Flip Phones: Ethical Dilemmas in the World of Rapidly Changing Technology,” at the Fifth Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, Nov. 5, 2011, Seattle, Wash.

Green will also present his paper, “The Divide and Conquer Scheme to Eradicate Public Sector Unions,” at the Association of American Law Schools annual meeting Section on Labor Relations and Employment Law program on Public Employees: Legal, Political, Economic, and Social Issues to be held Jan. 5, 2012, in Washington, D.C. Papers presented will be published in the Employee Rights and Employment Policy Journal.

Finally, Green was recently appointed to serve on the Finance and Legal Affairs Committee of the Law School Admissions Council.

James McGrath, professor of law, is the recipient a Fulbright scholarship and will be teaching in Beijing for the 2011-12 school year. This news was featured in Texas Lawyer, the Fort Worth Business Press, and the Dallas Business Journal.

Meg Penrose, professor of law, has been invited to participate in a debate with Michael Stern at the Harvard Law School’s Constitutional Convention Conference, Sept. 24-25, 2011. Stern and Penrose will debate papers they prepared last year for the Tennessee Law Review discussing the wisdom of holding an Article V Constitutional Convention. Penrose has also been invited by the University of Mississippi’s Sports Law Review to participate in a Sports Law Symposium discussing the implications of college athletic departments controlling its athletes’ release of information. The symposium is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 21, 2011. Penrose also argued a federal death penalty case before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on June 9.

An article by Huyen Pham, professor of law, and co-authored with Pham Hoang Van, has been selected for republication Immigration and Nationality Law Review, an internationally-recognized journal that serves as an anthology of the most seminal law review articles on immigration and nationality. The article, “The Economic Impact of Local Immigration Regulation: An Empirical Analysis,” was previously published in the Cardozo Law Review. Pham’s book chapter, “Measuring the Climate for Immigrants: A State-by-State Analysis,” also co-authored with Pham Hoang Van, has been accepted by NYU Press in a forthcoming book about subfederal immigration regulation. Pham has also been invited to speak at the plenary session of the ClassCritsIV workshop, to be held Sept. 23-24, 2011, at American University, Washington College of Law, in Washington, D.C.

Susan Phillips, professor of law, has published a research book, Legal Research Exercises: Following the Bluebook (11th Ed. West 2011) and Instructor’s Manual Legal Research Exercises: Following the Bluebook (11th Ed. West 2011).

Lynne Rambo, professor of law, appeared on the 9 p.m. news of KDFW Fox4 (Dallas/Fort Worth) and KFXK (Tyler), on July 26, 2011. Rambo spoke about the ramifications of videotaping executions.

Michelle Rigual, law library director and associate professor of law, recently became chair of the Latino Law Librarians Caucus of the American Association of Law Libraries after serving the previous year as vice chair. She has also accepted invitations to speak at the following conferences and meetings: 
  • Dallas Association of Law Librarians, Aug. 17, 2011, at Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, on the topic of lessons learned from the annual meeting of the American Association of Law Libraries.
  • 53rd annual conference of the Southwestern Association of Law Libraries, Lawrence, Kan., Nov. 2-5, 2011.
  • Dallas Association of Law Librarians, Nov. 30, 2011, on the topic of Quick Response (QR) Codes.

 

Frank Snyder, professor of law, has signed a contract with the Center for Computer Assisted Legal Education (CALI), a consortium of more than 150 U.S. law schools, to create an online, open-source Contract Law casebook that is designed to be accessible by students on a wide variety of technology platforms, including iPods, iPhones, and next-generation communications technology. The book is part of CALI's “eLangdell” project, which is designed to use technology to increase the teaching options available to professors and to bring up-to-date, easily accessible materials to law students at little or no cost.

Joe Spurlock II, professor of law, was the July featured speaker at the Khan Lecture Series at the Irving Arts Center, which is currently hosting a traveling exhibition about Genghis Khan. Spurlock, who is director of the Asian Judicial Institute at Texas Wesleyan, spoke on “Developing Life and Democracy in Modern Mongolia.”

Frederic White, dean and professor of law, has been selected to serve a two-year term as a member of the American Bar Association Accreditation Committee.

 

 

Texas Wesleyan at SEALS

Several professors participated in the Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting, held on Hilton Head Island, SC, July 24-30, 2011.

Cynthia Alkon, associate professor of law, presented on the panel Legal Education and the Emotional Lives of Law Students: Preparing Our Students for Happy Professional Lives, July 24. Alkon also moderated the panel Cultural Economy, Representation, and the Law, July 25.

Stephen Alton, professor of law and associate dean for evening division programs, presented his paper, “The Game Is Afoot!: The Significance of Donative Transfers in the Sherlock Holmes Canon,” on the panel Images of Law in Popular Culture, July 26.

Susan Ayres, professor of law, presented on the panel Contemporary Issues in Law and Literature, July 24.

Wayne Barnes, professor of law, moderated the panel Law of Disaster Response, July 27.

Michael Z. Green, professor of law and associate dean for faculty research & development, presented “Dismantling the Labor and Employment Arbitration Merger” at the discussion group Should Employment Claims Continue to Be Arbitrated? July 29.

Terri Helge, associate professor of law, presented “Of Slayers, Sex Offenders, and Swindlers: Conduct-Based Disinheritance Statutes and a Paradigm for New Legislation” at the New Scholars Workshop, July 29.

Brian Holland, associate professor of law, presented his work in progress: “Social Semiotics in the Infringement Analysis: Excluding Unprotected Elements,” at the New Scholars Workshop, July 25.

James McGrath, professor of law, presented on the panel Building Bridges: Realizing Our Common Goals Across Faculty Roles While Understanding Our Differences, July 25.

Timothy Mulvaney, associate professor of law, presented a work-in-progress, tentatively titled “Delayed Cure,” on the Land Use Law panel, July 28.  

 

June 2011

Cynthia Alkon, associate professor of law, presented two papers and chaired two panels at the Law and Society Association Annual Meeting in San Francisco on June 2-3, 2011. She chaired the session Alternatives to Litigation: Theory and Practice and presented “Lost in Translation: Can Exporting ADR harm Rule of Law Development?” during the panel. She also chaired the session Confronting Changes in Law and Development and, during that panel, presented “Rearranging Deck Chairs on the Titanic: Rule of Law Development Assistance to Weak, Warring and Troubled Countries.” Alkon presented on a panel about teaching multi-party negotiation at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution Conference on Teaching Law School ADR Courses: Mediation, Negotiation, Arbitration, and the ADR Overview Course at Pepperdine School of Law in Malibu, Calif., June 21, 2011.

Susan Ayres, professor of law, acted as a reviewer for a law and literature book manuscript under consideration at Ashgate Press. She also presented a paper, “Monster in the House: Vulnerability and Agency When Women Kill Newborns” at the AALS mid-year Workshop on Women Rethinking Equality held in Washington, D.C., June 21, 2011. She was also invited to write a chapter for a proposed book on the works of Ernest Gaines to be published by the Modern Language Association and edited by John Lowe.

Megan Carpenter, associate professor of law, published her article, “Drawing a Line in the Sand: Copyright Law and New Museums,” in the Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law. The piece analyzes the copyright implications of recent efforts by museums and galleries to enhance user experience (and increase attendance) by using technology to create interactive and engaging exhibitions. Carpenter also published an article, “Calling Bulls**t on the Lanham Act: The 2(a) Bar for Immoral, Scandalous, and Disparaging Marks,” in the University of Louisville Law Review. The article co-authored with Kathryn Murphy ’11, examines the effectiveness of the Lanham Act’s prohibition on federal registration for trademarks that are scandalous, immoral, or disparaging. 
 
Gabriel Eckstein, professor of law, co-authored a report, “Alternative Strategies for Managing Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Products in Water Resources,” that was featured in the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal and on a number of blogs, including WaterWired. The report was prepared under a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Michael Green, professor of law and associate dean for faculty research & development, gave three presentations during the month of June. He presented “Employee Expectations of Privacy Under the Lens of Attorney-Client Privilege” at the Second Annual John Mercer Langston Scholarly Writing Workshop held at DePaul College of Law, Chicago, Illinois, June 25, 2011; “Choice and Balance in Arbitration Courses” at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution Conference on Teaching Law School ADR Courses: Mediation, Negotiation, Arbitration, and the ADR Overview Course,  held at Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, Calif., June 22, 2011; and “Employer-Provided Mobile Communication Devices: Keeping the Employees’ Expectation of Privacy Realistic?” on the panel Looming Crises in U.S. Employment Law at the Law and Society Association Annual Meeting held in San Francisco, Calif., June 4, 2011.

Brian Holland, associate professor of law, published “Social Semiotics in the Fair Use Analysis,” in the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology [24 Harvard J. L & Tech. 335 (2011)].

Gary Lucas, associate professor of law, presented his working paper, “The Paternalistic Use of Cigarette Taxes,” at the 2011 Law and Society Association Annual Meeting in San Francisco, Calif., June 2, 2011.

Timothy Mulvaney, associate professor of law, published his article, “Proposed Exactions” in Florida State’s Journal of Land Use and Environmental Law. The article recently appeared on several SSRN Top Ten download lists, including the list for Property, Land Use & Real Estate Law. Mulvaney’s article, “Uncertainties Remain for Judicial Takings Theory,” ABA’s Probate & Property magazine, has been selected for republication in the September 2011 “Best of ABA Sections” issue of GPSolo magazine. Mulvaney has also been invited to present a work-in-progress, tentatively entitled “Delayed Cure,” at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) annual meeting in Hilton Head, S.C. July 24-30, 2011, as part of a panel exploring the evolving nature of land use law in the United States.

John Murphy, legal writing professor, presented “YouTube Pedagogy: A Practical Guide” at the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning summer conference at New York Law School, June 3, 2011.

Neal Newman, professor of law, presented his current work in progress, “One Worldwide Set of Global Accounting Standards? – hmmm,” at the Midwest Corporate Law Scholars Conference held at the Moritz School of Law at The Ohio State University, June 15, 2011.

Meg Penrose, professor of law, published an article, “Entertaining Education: Teaching Lawyers in the Digital Era” in Texas Lawyer. She also argued a federal death penalty case before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans.

Huyen Pham, professor of law, presented an overview of the Vietnamese judicial system and legal education at the Fulbright Enrichment Seminar in Dong Hoi, Vietnam, June 1, 2011. She also presented a seminar, How to Publish in International Journals, to the faculty at the University of Economics and Law, Vietnam National University, June 23, 2011. Finally, she presented seminars on U.S. administrative law and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act to the Academy of Public Administration in Ho Chi Minh City, June 28, 2011. The Academy is the institution that trains government workers in Vietnam.

Peter Reilly, associate professor of law, taught a negotiation class in Washington, D.C., for the Georgetown University Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership Management Executive Certificate program, June 16, 2011. The fifty students were made up of nonprofit executives from around the nation.


Spring 2011

May 2011

Professor Cynthia Alkon presented on "Dispute Resolution in Criminal Cases" to a group of visitors from Pakistan who came to the law school on May 18, 2011 under the sponsorship of the State Department for the United States afnd the North Texas Council for International Visitors.

Professor Susan Ayres has agreed to serve as a peer-reviewer for a book proposal submitted to Ashgate Press on a topic involving women and the law.

Professor Megan Carpenter presented her research on scandalous, immoral, and disparaging trademarks at the third annual international conference on Innovation and Communications Law, which was co-sponsored by La Trobe University and Drake Law School, and held at the University of Melbourne, Australia on May 31, 2011. Professor Carpenter was selected to co-lead the Professor Membership Project Team of the Academic Committee of the International Trademark Association (INTA) for the next leadership term of two years.

Professor Gabriel Eckstein participated as a member of the Executive Board at a meeting of the International Water Resources Association (IWRA) held in Montpellier, France, May 24-25, 2011 Professor Eckstein currently serves as IWRA treasurer. Professor Eckstein presented "The Greening of Water Law" and participated in the "Roundtable on Water Governance" at the conference, Hydrogaia: International Water Exhibition, held in Montpellier, France, May 25, 2011. Professor Eckstein presented "Cooperation Over Transboundary Waters and the 1997 UN Watercourses Convention" at the International Conference: Towards the 6th World Water Forum – Cooperative Actions for Water Security, held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, May 13, 2011. Professor Eckstein was the inaugural recipient of the annual Frederic White Scholarship Award for tenured faculty members announced at the law school graduation on May 13, 2011.

Professor Frank Elliott presented on "A Short History of ADR in Texas" to a group of visitors from Pakistan who came to the law school on May 18, 2011 under the sponsorship of the State Department for the United States and the North Texas Council for International Visitors.

Professor Michael Green presented "The Negotiation of Collective Bargaining Agreements" at the Center for American and International Law, 49th Annual Course on Labor Law and Labor Arbitration, in Plano, Texas on May 4, 2011.

Professor Terri Helge presented "Executive Compensation" to the Dallas Bar Association Nonprofit Study Group on May 18, 2011 in Dallas, Texas with co-presenter David M. Rosenberg. Professor Helge discussed the federal tax and state law requirements governing compensation of nonprofit executives and best practices for achieving these requirements. Professor Helge published the accompanying article from this presentation, "Nonprofit Executive Compensation," in the Spring 2011 issue of the Texas Tax Lawyer. Professor Helge was the inaugural recipient of the annual Frederic White Scholarship Award for tenure-track faculty members announced at the law school graduation on May 13, 2011.

Professor Timothy Mulvaney’s article, "Proposed Exactions," forthcoming in Florida State’s Journal of Land Use and Environmental Law, recently appeared in May 2011 on Social Science Research Network's Top Ten download list for Environmental Law & Policy scholarship. In addition, his article, "The Remnants of Exactions Takings," published at 33 University of California Davis Environmental Law and Policy Journal 189 (2010), has been re-published in the 2011 edition of Thomson Reuters’s Zoning and Planning Law Handbook.

Professor Peter Reilly presented on "Persuasion: The Art of Getting What You Want" to a group of visitors from Pakistan who came to the law school on May 18, 2011 under the sponsorship of the State Department for the United States and the North Texas Council for International Visitors.

Professor Malinda Seymore was the invited keynote speaker at a Naturalization Ceremony sponsored by Catholic Charities in Fort Worth, Texas on May 11, 2011. Professor Seymore’s remarks drew on her article, "The Presidency & the Meaning of Citizenship," 2005 B.Y.U. Law Review. 927.

Professor Neil Sobol presented "Introduction to Legal Writing" as part of the Diversity University program sponsored by the Dallas Area Paralegal Association and the North Texas Paralegal Association at the Belo Mansion in Dallas, Texas on May 6, 2011. Additionally, the Paralegal Division of the State Bar of Texas has invited Professor Sobol to make a presentation at its Texas Advanced Paralegal Seminar program held in Fort Worth, Texas on October 5-7, 2011.

Professor Joe Spurlock presented on "Democracy and the Judiciary/Rule of Law- ADR Concerns" to a group of visitors from Central Asia who came to the law school on May 18, 2011 under the sponsorship of the State Department for the United States and the North Texas Council for International Visitors.

April 2011

Professor Stephen Alton chaired an annual symposium presented by the Center for Advancement & Study of Early Texas Art, held in Dallas, Texas on April 16 and 17, 2011. Professor Alton is also the chair of the Board of Trustees for this Center. Professor Alton was also selected to receive the Texas Wesleyan University Board of Trustees Faculty Service Award.

Professor Megan Carpenter planned and administered a conference on behalf of the Center for Law and Intellectual Property at Texas A&M University School of Law on April 1, 2011. The conference was called "Evolving Economies: The Role of Law in Entrepreneurship and Innovation," and participants from nine law schools presented research that will eventually contribute a book to be edited by Professor Carpenter and published by Edward Elgar Publishing. Professor Carpenter also accepted an offer from the National University of Ireland, Galway, to publish her paper "Intellectual Property Rights as Human Rights" in the book Forgotten Rights, Forgotten Concepts. Professor Carpenter was invited by the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Art Law Section to present her work, "Drawing a Line in the Sand: Museums and Copyright Law" at the AALS Annual Meeting which will be held from Jan. 4-8, 2012, in Washington, D.C. Finally, Professor Carpenter's piece "Space Age Love Song: The Mix Tape in a Digital Universe" was published by the Nevada Law Journal.

Professor Gabriel Eckstein accepted for publication his paper, "Buried Treasure or Buried Hopes?: The Status of Mexico-U.S. Transboundary Aquifiers and International Law," in a forthcoming issue of the peer-reviewed publication, International Community Law Review. Professor Eckstein was also invited to give a presentation on "Managing and Regulating PPCPs in Our Fresh Water Systems: A Legal Remedy?," Conference: Disruption – New Pollutants in the Potomac and Beyond, Potomac Conservancy, Silver Spring, Maryland, on June 3, 2011 (via Skype).

Professor Paul George presented a one-hour Continuing Legal Education on Treaties to the Dallas Bar Association in Dallas, Texas on April 19, 2011.

Law Library Professor Lisa Goodman was unanimously approved by the Texas Wesleyan University Board of Trustees for tenure starting with the 2011-12 school year.

Professor Michael Green presented "Employee Expectations of Privacy in Electronically Stored Information on Employer-Provided Equipment" in response to the reader, Wisconsin Law Professor Brad Snyder, during the Honoring Jim Jones: A Hastie Fellow Reunion and Workshop held April 15, 2011 at the University of Wisconsin School of Law in Madison, Wisconsin. Professor Green also spoke at the ABA Labor and Employment Section’s Technology Committee Midwinter Meeting to be held at NYU Law School on Friday, April 29, 2011 as part of a panel on "Technology Tools and Ethics." Professor Green has also confirmed to present "Debunking the Myth of No Employee Expectations of Privacy in Employer-Provided Technology Equipment Under the Lens of Attorney-Client Privilege Analysis" at the Second Annual John Mercer Langston Writing Workshop to be held at DePaul College of Law on June 24 and 25, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Langston Writing Workshop is a program designed to address the shortage of African American male law professors in the country and to discuss unique issues in mentoring, writing and teaching for African American male law professors. Professor Green was also invited to speak on a panel," 8-Track Players, Dot-Matrix Printers, Dial-Up Internet, Flip Phones and the 20/20 Commission: Responding to a World of Rapidly-Changing Technology," at the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Annual Meeting to be held November 2-5, 2011 in Seattle, Washington.

Professor Jim Hambleton received an award as the Outstanding Legal Writing Professor of the year at the annual Barrister’s Ball held on April 8, 2011. Professor Hambleton shared this award with Professor John Murphy.

Professor Terri Helge presented "Executive Compensation" to the Dallas Chapter of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants Not-For-Profit Study Group on April 21, 2011 in Dallas, Texas with co-presenter David M. Rosenberg. Professor Helge discussed the federal tax and state law requirements governing compensation of nonprofit executives and best practices for achieving these requirements. Professor Helge was also invited to publish the accompanying article from this presentation in the upcoming issue of the Texas Tax Lawyer. The Texas Wesleyan University Board of Trustees unanimously approved the recommendation that Professor Helge receive tenure and be promoted from associate professor to professor starting with the 2011-12 school year.

Law Library Professor Wendy Law was unanimously approved by the Texas Wesleyan University Board of Trustees for promotion in rank from assistant to associate professor and received a concurrent library promotion from Acquisitions and Collection Development Librarian to Head of Collection Department effective June 1, 2011.

Professor Gary Lucas presented his working paper, "The Paternalistic Use of Cigarette Taxes," as part of the Faculty Enrichment Series at the Florida State College of Law on April 8, 2011, in Tallahassee, Florida.

Professor James McGrath has been awarded a Fulbright scholar grant to lecture in China during the 2011-12 academic year.

Professor Timothy Mulvaney’s article, "Waterlocked: Public Access to New Jersey’s Coastline," 34 U.C. Berkeley Ecology L.Q. 579 (2007), is cited in the new Seventh Edition of Property by Dukeminier, Krier, Alexander & Schill. Professor Mulvaney also has been invited to present his work-in-progress, "Time and Takings," at the Second Annual Colloquium on Environmental Scholarship at Vermont Law School in South Royalton, Vermont on September 23, 2011.

Professor John Murphy presented "YouTube Pedagogy: A Practical Guide" at Mercer University School of Law on April 15, 2011. Professor Murphy received an award as the Outstanding Legal Writing Professor of the year at the annual Barrister’s Ball held on April 8, 2011. Professor Murphy shared this award with Professor Jim Hambleton.

Professor Meg Penrose received an award as the Outstanding First Year Law Professor of the year at the annual Barrister’s Ball held on April 8, 2011.

Professor Huyen Pham presented her research, "Empirical Analysis of Subfederal Immigration Regulation in the United States," at Newcastle School of Law in Newcastle, Australia on April 4, 2011.

Professor Lynne Rambo received an award as the Outstanding Upper Level Professor of the year at the annual Barrister’s Ball held on April 8, 2011.

Professor Michelle Rigual organized the Legal Reference Skills for Non-law Librarians Workshop held at Texas A&M University School of Law on April 8, 2011. The Workshop brought together librarians from throughout north Texas, providing them with a basic overview of the legal system as well as training on the use of legal materials and strategies for dealing with patrons seeking assistance with legal issues.

Professor Joe Spurlock led a group of Law and Legislation students and guests to Austin (many rode the AMTRAK train down and back) to visit the Legislature and the Supreme Court. They went onto the House floor for lectures and hands-on exercise of the process of debate, etc., then to the Senate for a like tour, then the Supreme Court for a lecture-tour in the court room by Justice Phil Johnson of the court and then in the Conference room of the court. The trip ended in a simulated Lobby party at Scholz’s BeirGarten.

Dean Frederic White gave the keynote address based on his new book, Tenure Blues: A Soap Opera, at the Southeast/Southwest and the Midwest People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference held at the Nova Southeastern Law Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on April 2, 2011.

March 2011

Professor Cynthia Alkon will be presenting her paper, "Rearranging Deck Chairs on the Titanic: Rule of Law Development Assistance to Weak, Warring and Troubled Countries," at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Law and Society. Professor Alkon’s presentation will be part of a panel discussion, which she will also chair, on "Confronting Changes in Law and Development" to be held in San Francisco, California on June 3, 2011. Professor Alkon will also act as the Chair/Discussant for a panel on "Alternatives to Litigation: Theory and Practice" at the Law and Society 2011Annual Meeting to be held in San Francisco, California on June 2, 2011. Professor Alkon will be presenting on a panel on multi-party negotiation at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution Conference on Teaching Law School ADR Courses: Mediation, Negotiation, Arbitration, and the ADR Overview Course to be held at Pepperdine School of Law in Malibu, California on June 21-22, 2011.

Professor Stephen Alton presented "The Game is Afoot!: The Significance of Donative Transfers in the Sherlock Holmes Canon" at the 14th Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and Humanities at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas on March 12, 2011. Professor Alton’s presentation was part of a panel which he also moderated called "Law and Literature Across the Big Pond." Professor Mark Burge also presented on this panel.

Professor Susan Ayres has been invited to present at the upcoming Vulnerability and the Human Condition Initiative & Feminism and Legal Theory Workshop entitled Beyond Rights: Vulnerability & Human Justice at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts on May 6-7, 2011. Professor Ayres presented her paper, "The Monster in the House: Vulnerability and Agency When Women Kill Newborns," at the Creating Change Conference held at the University College Dublin in Dublin, Ireland on March 12, 2011. Professor Ayres’ poem, "The Beauty Bar," has been selected for inclusion in an anthology entitled When Lawyer Poets Talk About the Legal World, edited by James R. Elkins, that will be published in the summer 2011. Professor Ayres has also been invited to present at the Texas Wesleyan "University Day" and will present with two students on "An International Comparative Approach: Responding to the Global Problem of Neonaticide."

Professor Wayne Barnes' article, "The Objective Theory of Contracts," 76 University of Cincinnati Law Review 1119 (2008), was cited in the new Third Edition of David G. Epstein, Bruce A. Markell, and Lawrence Ponoroff, Contracts: Making and Doing Deals.

Professor Mark Burge presented "We the Muggles: On Wizardry and Legislative Process" at the 14th Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and Humanities at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas on March 12, 2011. Professor Burge’s presentation was part of a panel called "Law and Literature Across the Big Pond." Professor Stephen Alton also presented on this panel.

Professor Megan Carpenter presented on content ownership and intellectual property at the 2011 music conference, NX35, held in Denton, Texas, on March 10, 2011. Professor Carpenter also presented her paper, "Drawing a Line in the Sand: When a Curator Becomes a Creator," at the 14th Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and Humanities Conference at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas on March 12, 2011. Professor Carpenter was invited to attend as an Invited Speaker at the 3rd Annual Conference on Innovation and Communications Law. The conference is being held from May 29-31, 2011 at the Melbourne Business School in Melbourne, Australia.

Professor Gabriel Eckstein has been invited to present papers at the Toward the 6th World Water Forum – Cooperative Actions for Water Security, in Tashkent, Republic of Uzbekistan, May 12-13, 2011, the Hydrogaia in Montpellier, France, on May 25-27, 2011, and the XIVth IWRA World Water Congress in Porto de Galinhas, Brazil, on September 25-29, 2011. Professor Eckstein has also been invited to serve on the Scientific Program Committee for the Second International Conference on Groundwater Resources Management: Adaptation Measures to Water Scarcity – Science and Policy Responses, which will take place November 30 – December 3, 2011, in Irvine, California.

Professor Michael Green presented as part of a panel on "Ethical Issues in Cyberspace: Using Social Networking Sites Without Getting Disbarred" at the ABA Labor and Employment Law Section’s Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility Midwinter Meeting held in San Juan, Puerto Rico on March 25, 2011. Professor Green will speak at the Honoring Jim Jones: A Hastie Fellow Reunion and Workshop to be held April 15-16, 2011 at the University of Wisconsin School of Law in Madison, Wisconsin. Professor Green also spoke at the ABA Labor and Employment Section’s Technology Committee Midwinter Meeting held at NYU Law School on Friday, April 29, 2011 as part of a panel on "Technology Tools and Ethics." Professor Green will also present "The Negotiation of Collective Bargaining Agreements" at the Center for American and International Law, 49th Annual Course on Labor Law and Labor Arbitration, in Plano, Texas on May 4, 2011. Professor Green will also present "Employer-provided Mobile Communication Devices: Keeping the Employees’ Expectation of Privacy Realistic?" at the Law and Society 2011Annual Meeting to be held in San Francisco, California on June 2, 2011. Professor Green will also be presenting on a panel on teaching arbitration at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution Conference on Teaching Law School ADR Courses: Mediation, Negotiation, Arbitration, and the ADR Overview Course to be held at Pepperdine School of Law in Malibu, California on June 21-22, 2011.

Professor Terri Helge presented "Conduct Based Disinheritance Statutes: Lessons Learned From the Past and a Paradigm for Future Legislation" at the Southwest/West Junior Law Faculty Scholars Conference hosted by Arizona State University’s O’Connor College of Law in Tempe, Arizona on March 14, 2011.

Professor Dennis Kelly gave a presentation on March 30, 2011 to the Intellectual Property Law Association at Texas A&M University School of Law in Fort Worth, Texas on "Patents and Copyrights in the Republic of Texas."

Professor Gary Lucas will be presenting his working paper, "The Paternalistic Use of Cigarette Taxes," as part of the Faculty Enrichment Series at the Florida State College of Law on April 8, 2011, in Tallahassee, Florida. Professor Lucas will be presenting the same paper at the Law and Society 2011 Annual Meeting as part of a panel on Incentives to Change Behavior to be held on Thursday, June 2, 2011, in San Francisco, California.

Professor Timothy Mulvaney received a grant from the Northern Gulf Institute for a proposal entitled "Surveying the Impact of Exaction Takings Jurisprudence on Development Approvals." Professor Mulvaney will serve as the Principal Investigator for this grant project, and he will work in collaboration with Professor Daniel Jorgensen at Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi. Professor Mulvaney also presented his manuscript, "Proposed Exactions," which is forthcoming in the Florida State Journal of Land Use and Environmental Law, at the Association for Law, Property, and Society Conference at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. on March 4-5, 2011 and at the Southwest/West Junior Law Faculty Scholars Conference hosted by Arizona State University’s O’Connor College of Law in Tempe, Arizona on March 14, 2011. Further, Professor Mulvaney organized and moderated a timely panel of distinguished speakers at Texas A&M University School of Law on March 25, 2011. The panelists discussed the Texas Supreme Court’s recent and heavily-debated decision in Severance v. Patterson. The case, which involves conflicts between public and private rights along coastal boundaries, is scheduled for re-hearing before the Texas Supreme Court on April 19, 2011 in Austin, Texas.

Professor John Murphy will be speaking at the South East Regional Conference of the Legal Writing Institute at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia on April 15, 2011 and the Institute for Learning and Teaching Law at New York Law School in New York, New York on June 2, 2011.

Professor Neal Newman will be presenting his working paper, "One Worldwide Set of Global Accounting Standards? - hmmm" at the Midwest Corporate Law Scholars Conference on June 15, 2011, at the Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law in Columbus, Ohio.

Professor Huyen Pham gave a guest lecture on March 3, 2011 at the University of Economics and Law, Vietnam National University, in Ho Chi Minh City about United States administrative law and its relevance to United States trade law. On March 9, she gave a talk to French students participating in the University of Economics and Law's foreign exchange program on the United States’ common law system. On March 18, Professor Pham spoke at the Fulbright Regional Conference in Bangkok, Thailand, presenting her most recent research on immigration, Measuring the Climate for Immigrants: A State by State Analysis. On March 23-24, 2011, Professor Pham also spoke at the National University of Economics in Hanoi on various aspects of United States law and legal education, including corporate governance and federalism. On March 24, 2011, Professor Pham spoke about corporate governance at the United States Embassy in Hanoi through its American Corner program.

Professor Peter Reilly spoke on March 15, 2011 at a luncheon program sponsored by the Tarrant County Bar Young Lawyers Association in Fort Worth, Texas. The topic of his talk was "Good Lawyers Must Be Good Negotiators." Professor Reilly also presented a two-hour-long negotiation class on March 5, 2011 to students of Georgetown University’s Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership in Washington, D.C.

Professor Michelle Rigual gave a presentation on the topic "QR Codes and Library Applications" and spoke on a panel entitled "Research Skills for New Associates: a Dialogue between Town and Gown" at a joint meeting of the Houston Association of Law Librarians and Southwestern Association of Law Libraries held at the University of Houston Law Center on March 11-12, 2011.

Late January/February 2011

Professor Cynthia Alkon accepted an offer from the University of Missouri Journal of Dispute Resolution to publish “Lost in Translation: Can Exporting ADR Harm Rule of Law Development?” The American Bar Association published and released the Legal Education Reform Index (LERI) for Kosovo on February 24, 2011. Professor Alkon led the Assessment Team which included primary responsibility for drafting the LERI.

Professor Wayne Barnes presented his paper, "Social Media and the Rise in Consumer Bargaining Power," at the 6th International Contracts Conference at Stetson University School of Law in St. Petersburg, Florida on February 19, 2011.

Professor Mark Burge spoke on the topic “Becoming a Law Professor: Pathways into Academia” on a panel at the 2011 National Conference of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society, held at SMU Dedman School of Law on February 19, 2011.

Professor Megan Carpenter was featured on the television program "FYI Fort Worth" on KTXA Channel 21 in Fort Worth, Texas, on February 6, 2011. Professor Carpenter spoke about the Center for Law and Intellectual Property (CLIP) at Texas A&M University School of Law, including its community service initiatives and its academic program. Professor Carpenter also spoke about "Recent Developments in Trademark Dilution." at the Andrews Kurth Moot Court National Championship Symposium on "Copyright and the Law of Marks in the Age of Grokster” at the University of Houston Law School in Houston, Texas, on January 27, 2011. Professor Carpenter spoke at the Intellectual Property Works-in-Progress Conference at Boston University, in Boston, Massachusetts, held on February 11-12, 2011. At that conference, Professor Carpenter presented her research on the Lanham Act bar to registration for scandalous, immoral, and disparaging marks. Professor Carpenter gave a presentation at the Need-to-Know Workshop entitled "Art Law: Everything You Wanted to Know but Were Afraid to Ask," held on February 19, 2011 and co-sponsored by the Center for Intellectual Property (CLIP), the Arts Council of Fort Worth/Tarrant County, and the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts program in New York, New York. Professor Carpenter spoke on artists' moral rights and the Visual Artists Rights Act. Professor Carpenter was invited to present at the 2011 music conference, NX35, which will be held in Denton, Texas, on March 10, 2011. Professor Carpenter will present on content ownership and intellectual property. Professor Carpenter was selected to present her paper, "Drawing a Line in the Sand: When a Curator Becomes a Creator," at the annual Law, Culture, and Humanities Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, on March 11-12, 2011.

Professor Gabriel Eckstein served as the Keynote Speaker at the “Conference: The Human Right to Water in the West, held at Willamette University School of Law, Salem, OR, on February 3, 2011. Professor Eckstein also had the following accepted as a book chapter: “The Role of Creative Language in Addressing Political Realities: Middle-Eastern Water Agreements” (co-authored with Dr. Aaron Wolf [Oregon State University] and Dr. Itay Fischhendler [Hebrew University of Jerusalem]) in S. Eden, S. Megdal, & R Varady Eds., Aridity, Scarcity and Shared Water Resources: Arizona, Israeli and Palestinian Perspectives on Solving Water Management Challenges [working title] (UNESCO Press – forthcoming 2011 or 2012).

Professor Frank Elliott has recently completed the 4th Edition of West's Texas Forms; Civil Trial and Appellate Practice (2011).

Professor Michael Green served as the “Scholar in Residence” at the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee Midwinter Meeting in Los Cabos, Mexico on February 11-13, 2011. Professor Green made the introductory session presentation on February 11, 2011 entitled "Examining the Current Merger of Labor and Employment Arbitration" and this presentation was covered and discussed by the media, Ken May, "Law Professor Urges Unions to Arbitrate Workers’ Race Claims in Wake of Pyett," Daily Lab. Rep. (BNA) No. 32, at A-6 (Feb. 16, 2011). Professor Green, as Scholar-in-Residence, also gave a presentation at the closing session on February 13, 2011 entitled "Arbitration in the Digital Era: Privacy, Ethical, and Evidentiary Issues Regarding Cyberspace, Electronic Devices, and Social Networks." On February 15, 2011, Professor Green spoke to the Tarrant County Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section at the City Club in Fort Worth, Texas on the topic, “Ethical Traps in Cyberspace for Employment Lawyers.”

Professor Jim Hambleton is one of several co-authors of a recently published article in the Law Library Journal on “Law Library Budgets in Hard Times.”

Professor Brian Holland gave a presentation at the Need-to-Know Workshop entitled "Art Law: Everything You Wanted to Know but Were Afraid to Ask," held on February 19, 2011 and co-sponsored by the Texas A&M University School of Law Center for Intellectual Property (CLIP), the Arts Council of Fort Worth/Tarrant County, and the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts program in New York. Professor Holland discussed copyright issues relevant to the arts community.

Professor Terri Helge was interviewed for "Tips to make the taxing season less so" published in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on February 18, 2011. In this article, Professor Helge was quoted on the complexities of completing one’s own tax return as part of an overall discussion of tax tips for the average taxpayer. Professor Helge also presented "Charitable Donations: Giving to Museums and Nonprofits" at the Need-to-Know Workshop entitled "Art Law: Everything You Wanted to Know but Were Afraid to Ask," held on February 19, 2011 at Texas Wesleyan University Law School, and co-sponsored by the Center for Intellectual Property (CLIP), the Arts Council of Fort Worth/Tarrant County, and the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts program in New York, New York. Professor Helge also presented "Transactions Between Nonprofit and For-Profit Organizations " at the Fort Worth Chapter of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants Nonprofit Organizations Conference in Fort Worth, Texas on January 25, 2011. Professor Helge presented "Charitable Trusts vs. Nonprofit Corporations" at the 28th Annual Nonprofit Organizations Institute sponsored by the University of Texas Law School, Austin, Texas on January 13, 2011.

Professor Timothy Mulvaney published his article entitled “The New Judicial Takings Construct” in the online edition of the Yale Law Journal. The article recently appeared on Social Science Research Network's Top Ten download list for Property, Land Use & Real Estate Law. Professor Mulvaney presented a new manuscript entitled “Time, Exactions, and the Rising Seas” at the Northeast Regional Scholarship Workshop at Albany Law School in Albany, New York on February 4-5, 2011. In addition, he has been invited to present his research on takings jurisprudence at the Association for Law, Property, and Society Conference at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. on March 4-5, 2011 and at the Southwest/West Junior Law Faculty Conference at Arizona State University O’Connor College of Law in Tempe, Arizona on March 14, 2011.

Professor John Murphy presented "YouTube Pedagogy: A Practical Guide" to the faculty at the Texas Wesleyan University historic campus on February 15, 2011.

Professor Mary Margaret “Meg” Penrose presented “FERPA Comes of Age: Defining ‘Education Records’ in a Digital Era" on February 8, 2011 at Texas Tech University.

Professor Peter Reilly has been invited by the University of Nevada Las Vegas' Boyd School of Law to present at its December, 2011, “Advanced Workshop on Legal Persuasion.” Professor Reilly will co-present on the topic of “persuasion in negotiation” with Professor Russell Korobkin of UCLA School of Law. Professor Reilly will be the speaker on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at a luncheon program before the Tarrant County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Association. Professor Reilly will also present a two-hour-long Negotiation class on Saturday, March 5, to students of Georgetown University’s Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership executive certificate program in Washington, D.C. In addition, Professor Reilly spoke on February 18, 2011 to Advanced Placement Government students from Fort Worth’s North Side High School who participated in the P.L.A.Y. (Presenting Legal Activities to Youth) Spring High School Law Day held at Texas Wesleyan University Law School. Professor Reilly spoke to the students on the topic of Negotiation, and he participated on a lunch panel addressing student questions regarding college and graduate school.

Professor Michelle Rigual spoke to the Dallas Association of Law Librarians on Feb 24, 2011 at Baker Botts in Dallas, Texas on the topic, “The Challenges of Creating Information Literate Lawyers.”

Professor Malinda Seymore hosts a private blog, Adoption Talk, which was recently named as a Top Twenty Adoption Blog by Adoptive Families Magazine.

Professor Frank Snyder presented "Consent in Contract Law" at the 6th International Conference on Contracts at Stetson University School of Law in St. Petersburg, Florida on February 18, 2011. On February 19, 20110, Professor Snyder also moderated a panel at the same conference, "Contract Doctrines: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly." The panelists were Victor Goldberg (Columbia), Qi Zhou (U. of Sheffield, England), and Larry Garvin (Ohio State).

Dean Frederic White was appointed and served as the Chair of the American Bar Association site evaluation team that visited the University of Louisville, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, on February 27-March 2, 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Fall 2010

December 2010/Early January 2011

Professor Cynthia Alkon will speak on a panel entitled “Legal Education and the Emotional Lives of Law Students: Preparing Our Students for Happy Professional Lives” at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) annual meeting in Hilton Head, South Carolina on July 24, 2011.

Professor Stephen Alton has accepted an offer to speak at the 14th annual conference of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and Humanities (ASLCH) to be held at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas on March 11-12, 2011. Professor Alton’s presentation will be part of a panel, which he will moderate, entitled “Law, Literature, and the Arts on Both Sides of the Big Pond.”

Professor Susan Ayres will speak on a panel entitled “Contemporary Issues in Law and Literature” at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) annual meeting in Hilton Head, South Carolina on July 24, 2011.

Professor Wayne Barnes will be presenting his paper, "Social Media and the Rise in Consumer Bargaining Power," at the 6th International Contracts Conference at Stetson University School of Law in St. Peterburg, Florida on Feb. 18-19, 2011. Professor Barnes will also moderate a panel entitled “The Law of Disaster: A Discussion Focused on Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice” at the Southeastern Association of American Law Schools (SEALS) to be held in Hilton Head, South Carolina on July 24, 2011.

Professor Mark Burge will present “We the Muggles: On Wizardry and Legislative Process” at the 14th annual conference of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and Humanities (ASLCH) to be held at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas on March 11-12, 2011. Professor Burge’s presentation will be part of a panel entitled “Law, Literature, and the Arts on Both Sides of the Big Pond.”

Professor Megan Carpenter will be presenting at Boston University's "Works-in-Progress Intellectual Property Colloquium," which will be held in Boston, Massachusetts on February 11-12, 2011. Professor Carpenter will be presenting her ongoing research on the determination and treatment of scandalous, immoral, and disparaging marks under Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act.

Professor Gabriel Eckstein presented three papers (one with a co-presenter) at the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) Conference: “Transboundary Aquifers – Challenges and New Directions,” which was held in Paris, France, December 6-8, 2010: “Managing Hidden Treasures Across Frontiers: The International Law of Transboundary Aquifers” (December 8); “The Silala/Siloli watershed in Bolivia/Chile: Lessons from the most vulnerable basin in South America,” (December 7) (with Brendan Mulligan); and “Buried Treasure or Buried Hopes?: The Status of Mexico-U.S. Transboundary Aquifers and International Law, ”(December 6). Professor Eckstein also served as a Legal Expert for the Second ISARM Pilot Course on the Sustainable Management of Transboundary Groundwater, UNESCO, Paris, France, December 9-10, 2010.

Professor Michael Green will participate as part of a panel discussion group on “Should Employment Discrimination Claims Continue to be Arbitrated?”at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) annual meeting in Hilton Head, South Carolina on July 29, 2011. Professor Green was also invited to speak on February 15, 2011 to the Tarrant County Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section at the City Club in Fort Worth, Texas on the topic, “Ethical Traps in Cyberspace for Employment Lawyers.”

Professor Terri Helge will be presenting a paper, “Conduct-Based Disinheritance Statutes: Lessons Learned From the Past and a Paradigm for Future Legislation,” at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) annual meeting in Hilton Head, South Carolina on July 29, 2011.

Professor Brian Holland will be presenting a paper, "A Social Semiotic Perspective on Originality in Copyright Law," at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) annual meeting in Hilton Head, South Carolina on July 25, 2011. Professor Holland will also be presenting "A Social Semiotic Perspective on Originality in Copyright Law" at Boston University's "Works-in-Progress Intellectual Property Colloquium," which will be held in Boston, Massachusetts on February 11-12, 2011.

Professor James McGrath will speak on a panel entitled “Building Bridges: Realizing Our Common Goals Across Faculty Roles While Understanding Our Differences” at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) annual meeting in Hilton Head, South Carolina on July 25, 2011.

Professor Timothy Mulvaney’s article “The Remnants of Exactions Takings,” published at 33 U.C. Davis Environs Envtl. L. & Pol’y J. 189 (2010), has been selected for re-publication in the 2011 edition of the Zoning and Planning Law Handbook. Published by Thomson Reuters, the Zoning and Planning Law Handbook includes a small collection of articles from the previous academic year that “represent important contributions to the literature of zoning and land use law.”

Professor Tanya Pierce spoke on a panel at the Legal Writing Institute One-Day Workshop at the University of Tulsa College of Law in Tulsa, Oklahoma on December 3, 2010. The panel discussed “Grading Papers and Handling Student Conferences.”

Professor Michelle Rigual accepted an invitation to speak to the Dallas Association of Law Librarians on Feb 24, 2011 at Baker Botts in Dallas, Texas. The topic will be “The Challenges of Creating Information Literate Lawyers.”

Professor Roger Simon will moderate a panel on “Film and the Law” at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) annual meeting in Hilton Head, South Carolina on July 26, 2011.

Professor Frank Snyder will present his paper, “Consent in Contract Law,” at the 6th Annual International Conference on Contracts to be held at Stetson University School of Law in St. Petersburg, Florida on February 18-19, 2011.

Professor Neil Sobol presented “Legal Research: A Review for the CLA Exam” to the Fort Worth Paralegal Association in Fort Worth, Texas on December 16, 2010.

Professor Joe Spurlock’s commentary, “Witness to the Revolution,” was published in the December 1 issue of the American Way magazine. In the commentary, Professor Spurlock describes his travels to Mongolia to plant the seeds of democracy there. The commentary also includes an excerpt from a book to be published this spring by Professor Spurlock. In that forthcoming book, Professor Spurlock covers the ten years of training in democratic judicial independence theories/practices conducted by the law school’s Asian Judicial Institute in Texas and Mongolia for the Mongolian judiciary and legislature.

Dean Frederic White published his first novel, Tenure Blues: A Soap Opera, in December 2010.

November 2010

Professor Stephen Alton has accepted an offer from the American Bar Association’s Real Property, Trust, and Estate Law Journal to publish his paper, "The Game Is Afoot!: The Significance of Gratuitous Transfers in the Sherlock Holmes Canon." A version of this paper, published on the Social Science Research Network, has made five of SSRN’s top-ten download lists for papers posted in the last 60 days as of November 30, 2010. These lists include SSRN’s LIT: Victorian Literature (Topic), Law & Literature eJournal, Property, Land Use & Real Estate Law eJournal, Legal Education ejournal, and the Wills, Trusts, & Estates Law eJournal. This paper has also moved into the top-ten all-time list (it is number eight overall) in the Victorian Literature list.

Professor Megan Carpenter spoke at a symposium on the Lanham Act in Louisville, Kentucky, at the University of Louisville, Louis S. Brandeis School of Law, on November 5, 2010. She presented a paper entitled "Calling Bulls**t on the Lanham Act: The 2(a) Bar for Scandalous, Immoral, and Disparaging Trademarks," which she has co-authored with Kathryn Murphy and which will be published in the University of Louisville Law Review. Professor Carpenter also spoke on November 20, 2010 at the Tenth Anniversary Celebration of the LL.M. program at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, which included a conference on Forgotten Rights, Forgotten Concepts held in Galway, Ireland. Professor Carpenter spoke on the intersection between human rights and intellectual property, presenting a paper entitled "Intellectual Property: A Human (Not Corporate) Right."

Professor Michael Green presented "Cyberspace and Its Ethical Traps for Employment Lawyers" on a panel "Not Just Sleepless in Seattle: Current Issues in Ethics and Professional Responsibility" at the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Section's Annual Continuing Legal Education Program held on November 4, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. Professor Green also presented on November 13, 2010 at the Symposium on Labor and Employment Law Under the Obama Administration: A Time for Hope and Change? held at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law in Bloomington, Indiana. Professor Green discussed his paper, "Reading Ricci and Pyett to Provide Racial Justice Through Union Arbitration," which will be published in volume 87 of the Indiana Law Review in January 2012. Professor Green also served as the neutral co-chair for the American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Regional Student Mock Trial competition held at the federal courthouse in Dallas, Texas on November 20 and 21, 2010. Professor Green has been invited to speak at the ABA Labor and Employment Section’s Technology Committee Midwinter Meeting to be held at NYU Law School on Friday, April 29, 2011 as part of a panel on "Technology Tools and Ethics."

Professor Brian Holland received and accepted an offer of publication from the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology for his article, "Social Semiotics in the Fair Use Analysis," to be published in Spring 2011. Professor Holland also accepted an offer to present his next article in progress, "Social Semiotics and Theories of Originality in Copyright," at the Works-in-Progress Intellectual Property Colloquium at Boston University School of Law on February 11-12, 2011. On January 19, 2011, Professor Holland will join other contributors to the new book, The Next Digital Decade, to meet with government officials and members of the press in Washington, DC. Professor Holland will discuss the chapter he authored, "Section 230 of the CDA: Internet Exceptionalism as a Statutory Construct," and its implications for policy-making in the next decade.

Professor Timothy Mulvaney published his article entitled "Uncertainties Remain for Judicial Takings Theory" in the November/December 2010 issue of the American Bar Association’s Probate & Property magazine. The magazine’s editorial board voted to award Professor Mulvaney with the 2010 Excellence in Writing Award for Best Overall Article in Real Property. In addition, Professor Mulvaney will present an article tentatively entitled "Exactions and the Rising Seas" at the Northeast Regional Scholarship Workshop at Albany Law School in Albany, New York on February 4-5, 2011.

Professor Mary Margaret "Meg" Penrose was invited to participate in a Constitutional Law Symposium sponsored by the University of Tennessee Law Review. She wrote an article entitled "Conventional Wisdom: Acknowledging Uncertainty in the Unknown." The article suggests the need for advance procedures prior to any state convention process used to amend the U.S. Constitution. The article is scheduled to appear in the Spring 2011 issue of the Tennessee Law Review.

Professor Huyen Pham spoke about administrative detention law at The Rights of Women Living with HIV under Vietnamese Law, a conference jointly sponsored by the United Nations Development Programme and the University of Economics and Law, Vietnam National University. The conference took place on November 22-27, 2010 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Professor Pham has also been invited to speak at the Fulbright Mid-Year Enrichment Conference that will take place March 16-20, 2011 in Bangkok, Thailand and at Iwate University in Morioka, Iwate, Japan in May 2011.

Professor Susan Phillips participated as part of an "Information Resource Development" panel discussion on "SLIS 5600/4600: Introduction to Information Access and Retrieval" at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas on Wednesday, November 10, 2010.

Professor Joe Spurlock was profiled in an article written by Adam Pitluk, "Judge Joe Spurlock: Helping Build A Democracy," and published in the Fort Worth Magazine, November 2010 edition. The article describes the activities of the Asian Judicial Institute and Professor Spurlock’s successful efforts over the last ten years to help develop a functioning democratic, independent judiciary in Mongolia.

Dean Frederic White published the 2010-11 edition of the Ohio Landlord Tenant Law (West Publishing).

October 2010

Professor Cynthia Alkon presented "Rearranging Deck Chairs on the Titanic: Rule of law development assistance to countries in conflict" at the 2010 Association of American Law Schools’ Dispute Resolution Section Works-in-Progress Conference held at the University of Oregon School of Law in Eugene, Oregon on October 15, 2010.

Professor Stephen Alton’s paper, "The Game Is Afoot!: The Significance of Gratuitous Transfers in the Sherlock Holmes Canon," has made five of SSRN’s top-ten download lists for papers posted in the last 60 days. These lists include SSRN’s Wills, Trusts, & Estates Law eJournal and SSRN’s English & Commonwealth Literature eJournal (where it was #1 most-download at the end of October). The paper also was #1 most-downloaded (at the end of October) in the Victorian Literature topic of SSRN’s Literature eJournal.

Professor Susan Ayres was invited to present her paper, "The Monster in the House: Vulnerability and Agency When Women Kill Newborns," at the 2011 Association of American Law Schools Midyear Workshop on "Women Rethinking Equality" to be held, June 20-22, 2011 in Washington, DC. Professor Ayres presented her paper, "‘I killed her with my mind’": Unwanted Pregnancy and Therapeutic Jurisprudence in Stephanie Daley," at the Villanova University Law and Literature Symposium on October 2, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Professor Megan Carpenter received an offer of publication from Edward Elgar Publishing for her book on Entrepreneurship in Evolving Economies: The Role of Law. The book examines the role of law in entrepreneurship and innovation in economies that are evolving from "old economy" resources to "new economy" resources. Professor Carpenter has accepted an invitation to present at a symposium at the Institute for Intellectual Property and Information Law at the University of Houston, Texas, on January 27, 2011. The IPIL is collaborating with the Houston Law Center’s Blakeley Advocacy Institute for the event, and Professor Carpenter will be speaking on Recent Developments in Trademark Law.

Professor Gabriel Eckstein was invited to serve as a legal expert and instructor at a pilot course on the Sustainable Management of Transboundary Groundwater organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization in Paris, France, December 9-10, 2010. Professor Eckstein has accepted the invitation to be the keynote speaker for the conference, "The Human Right to Water in the West," which will take place at Willamette University School of Law in Salem, Oregon on February 3-5, 2011. Professor Eckstein was also interviewed by the Texas Observer’s Forrest Wilder in an occasional series of Q&As with Texans involved in issues of the environment and energy, which appears on Wilder’s "Forrest for the Trees" blog. Click here to read "Five Questions for Gabriel Eckstein."

Professor Paul George accepted the invitation from SMU’s law review to write the Conflict of Laws article for its 2010 Annual Survey of Texas Law which will be published in 2011. Professor George, as the lead nominator, worked with Fifth Circuit Judge Tom Reavley and other judges and lawyers to elect three candidates to membership in the American Law Institute in October. Professor George also accepted the ALI's request that he organize ALI receptions in Houston and Fort Worth. These receptions will be similar to the ALI dinner reception Professor George has also organized for Oklahoma City for November 11, 2010.

Professor Michael Green presented "Alternative Dispute Resolution of Employment Discrimination Claims: Does Race Matter When Reading Ricci and Pyett?" at the 2010 Association of American Law Schools’ Dispute Resolution Section Works-in-Progress Conference held at the University of Oregon School of Law in Eugene, Oregon on October 16, 2010. Professor Green also participated in the "Mock AALS Interview" at the Society of American Law Teachers and LatCrit XV Eighth Annual Junior Faculty Development Program held in Denver, Colorado on October 7, 2010.

Professor Maxine Harrington presented "HIPAA Privacy Rules" to students and faculty in the Texas Wesleyan University pre-professional program on October 25, 2010.

Professor Terri Helge was invited to present at the FW-TSCPA Nonprofit Conference in Fort Worth, Texas on January 25, 2011 regarding the tax implications of transactions between charitable organizations and for-profit organizations.

Professor Brian Holland published "Section 230 of the CDA: Internet Exceptionalism as a Statutory Construct" in The Next Digital Decade: Essays About the Internet’s Future (Berin Szoka & Adam Thierer, eds. The Progress & Freedom Foundation 2010).

Professor Timothy Mulvaney presented his working paper entitled "Where the Wild Things Aren’t: Transposing Exaction Takings" at the First Annual Colloquium on Environmental Scholarship at Vermont Law School in South Royalton, Vermont on October 22, 2010.

Professor Lynne Rambo was interviewed live on the Dallas-Fort Worth Fox 4’s 9 p.m. newscast on October 6, 2010. Professor Rambo spoke about the oral arguments held that day in front of the United States Supreme Court in the case of Snyder v. Phelps which raises questions regarding the constitutional implications of religious protests at military funerals.

Professor Peter Reilly presented "Persuasion in the Context of Negotiation" at the 2010 Association of American Law Schools’ Dispute Resolution Section Works-in-Progress Conference held at the University of Oregon School of Law in Eugene, Oregon on October 15, 2010.

Professor Malinda Seymore presented "Erle Stanley Gardner, Perry Mason and the Court of Last Resort" at the Texas A&M University School of Law Conference on the Road to Innocence on October 8, 2010. Professor Seymore presented "Openness in International Adoption: Legalities & Practicalities," at the 6th Biennial Adoption Conference - Open Arms, Open Minds: The Ethics of Adoption held in New York, New York at the St. John’s University Manhattan campus on October 15, 2010.

Professor Frank Snyder is the editor-in-chief of ContractsProf, the Association of American Law Schools’ Section on Contracts blog, which was a recent nominee for Lexis/Nexis's 2010 Best Business Law Blog awards. ContractsProf celebrates its sixth anniversary in November and will also have its 1 millionth page view by the end of that month.

Late August/September 2010

Professor Cynthia Alkon has been invited to present on the topic, "Rearranging Deck Chairs on the Titanic: Rule of Law Development Assistance to Countries in Conflict," at the AALS Dispute Resolution Section Works-In-Progress Conference to be held at the University of Oregon School of Law in Eugene, Oregon on October 15-16, 2010.

Professor Stephen Alton published "Roll Over Langdell, Tell Llewellyn the News: A Brief History of American Legal Education," 35 Okla. City University Law Review 339 (2010). Professor Alton also became the chair of the board of trustees for the Center for the Advancement and Study of Early Texas Arts, a non-profit organization that promotes appreciation and scholarship of early Texas art. Professor Alton will serve a one-year term as board chair.

Professor Susan Ayres has been invited to present a paper on "The Monster in the House: Vulnerability and Agency When Women Kill Newborns" at the 2nd Annual International Motherhood Conference, "Creating Change: Feminism , the University and Society," to be held in Dublin, Ireland on March 11-12, 2011.

Professor Wayne Barnes published "Consumer Assent to Standard Form Contracts and the Voting Analogy," 112 W. Va. Law Review 839 (2010).

Professor Megan Carpenter as a member of the International Trademark Association’s Academic Committee has been appointed to coordinate the Professor Panel for the Annual INTA meeting to be held on May 16, 2011 in San Francisco, California. The Professor Panel will include Mark Lemley, Eric Goldman, and Dan Burk, and examine the topic of "Functionality: Not Just for Plaintiffs Anymore?" Professor Carpenter has accepted an offer to publish her paper, "Drawing a Line in the Sand: When Does a Curator Become a Creator?," in Volume 3 of the Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law, which will be published in Spring 2011.

Professor Celestina Contreras was recently appointed to the position of Law Clinic Professor.

Professor Gabriel Eckstein published a book, The Greening of Water Law: Managing Fresh Water Resources for People and the Environment (UN Environmental Programme 2010), and presented this newly published work on September 7, 2010 at the World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden as part of a program on The Role of Law in Improving Water Quality. The book, which focuses on how to make water laws (at the national and international levels) more environmentally friendly, was commissioned by the United Nations Environmental Programme. Professor Eckstein is the lead author and editor and was supported by three contributing authors. Professor Eckstein also presented a paper at the University of Surrey in Guildford, England on August 31, 2010 about "Buried Treasure or Buried Hopes?: The Status of Mexico-U.S. Transboundary Aquifers and International Law." See conference info here. Water International, a professional journal published by the International Water Resources Association, has invited Professor Eckstein to serve as guest editor and for a special issue on "The Regulation, Management, and Protection of Transboundary Ground Water Resources." The special issue is scheduled to be published in September 2011 to coincide with the UN General Assembly's review of the "Draft Articles on Transboundary Aquifers." Professor Eckstein served as a special legal advisor to two UN agencies in the formulation of the draft articles.

Professor Paul George and a co-author published "Annual Survey of Texas Law: Conflict of Laws," 63 SMU Law Review 455 (2010).

Professor Michael Green was selected by the ABA Labor and Employment Law Section’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee on September 7, 2010 as its 2011 "Scholar in Residence." As the "Scholar in Residence," Professor Green will travel to Los Cabos, Mexico and participate in the ADR Committee’s Midwinter Meeting from February 11-13, 2011 by making an introductory presentation on "Examining the Current Merger of Labor and Employment Arbitration" and a closing presentation on "Arbitration in the Digital Era: Privacy, Ethical, and Evidentiary Issues Regarding Cyberspace, Electronic Devices, and Social Networks." On September 11, 2010, Professor Green presented a paper, "Alternative Dispute Resolution of Employment Discrimination Claims: Does Race Still Matter?," as part of a panel on Employment Discrimination held at the Third National People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference at Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark, New Jersey. At this same conference on September 12, 2010, Professor Green commented on the working paper of Hiro Aragaki from Fordham, "Arbitration’s Suspect Status." On September 24, 2010, Professor Green presented "Employer-Provided Mobile Communication Devices: Keeping the Employees’ Expectation of Privacy Realistic?" at the Fifth Annual Colloquium on Current Scholarship in Labor and Employment Law held at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri. Professor Green’s commentary about the Supreme Court’s June 21, 2010 decision in Rent-A-Center West, Inc. v. Jackson, "Arbitrators, Not Courts, May Decide Contract Unconscionability," was published in Volume 38, Number 4, Summer 2010 of the ABA Labor and Employment Section Newsletter. Professor Green was recently nominated and reappointed by the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Board of Directors to serve a two-year term from 2010-12 as a member of the DART Trial Hearing Board. Professor Green was invited to present on "Alternative Dispute Resolution: Does Race Matter When Reading Ricci and Pyett?" at the AALS Dispute Resolution Section’s Works-In-Progress Conference to be held at the University of Oregon School of Law in Eugene, Oregon on October 15-16, 2010. Professor Green has also agreed to speak as part of a panel on "Ethical Issues in Cyberspace: Using Social Networking Sites Without Getting Disbarred" at the ABA Labor and Employment Law Section’s Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility Midwinter Meeting to be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico on March 24-26, 2011.

Professor Terri Helge presented "Impact of Estate Tax Repeal on Probate" at the Tarrant County Probate Bar Association Probate Litigation Seminar in Fort Worth, Texas on September 17, 2010. Professor Helge also presented "Understand how the Obama Tax Reforms will Impact Your Organization" at the 2010 Nonprofit Performance Summit held in Arlington, Virginia on September 21, 2010.

Professor Brian Holland was quoted by Erich Schwartzel in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette article, "Morality Takes a Beating on the Web," on September 19, 2010. This article was reprinted in several newspapers across the country. Professor Holland also presented a paper, "Social Semiotics in the Fair Use Analysis," at the Texas Tech University School of Law in Lubbock, Texas, on September 23, 2010.

Professor Charlotte Hughart has started her term as 2010-11 Chair of the Tarrant County Habitat Committee after serving as Chair-Elect the previous year.

Professor Gary Lucas presented "The Use of Cigarette Taxes to Discourage Smoking" at the Central States Law Schools Association Conference held at the University of North Dakota School of Law in Grand Forks, North Dakota on September 25, 2010.

Professor Timothy Mulvaney accepted an offer to publish his article, "The New Judicial Takings Construct," in the online edition of the Yale Law Journal. He also presented "Asymmetries in Development Permitting" at the Central States Law Schools Association Conference held at the University of North Dakota School of Law in Grand Forks, North Dakota on September 25, 2010. In addition, Professor Mulvaney presented his working paper, "Where the Wild Things Aren’t: Transposing Exaction Takings," to the faculty of Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane, Washington on September 30, 2010.

Professor John Murphy presented "Busted: Top Ten Legal Writing Myths" to the Tarrant County Bar Association’s Transition to Practice Group on September 29, 2010 at the TCBA headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas. Professor Murphy’s endeavors to enhance his teaching techniques through the use of technology in the classroom were recently highlighted and featured by the Texas Wesleyan University Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. Click here to read the feature.

Professor Huyen Pham presented on law firm practice and clinical education issues at the First Vietnam National Workshop on Continuing Legal Education, funded by the United Nations Development Programme. The workshop was held at Vinh University Faculty of Law in Vinh, Vietnam on August 23-27, 2010. The workshop brought together international law experts, as well as Vietnamese academics and government officials, to work toward incorporating clinical education into the Vietnamese legal curriculum. During various days in August and September 2010, Professor Pham's co-authored paper, "The Economic Impact of Local Immigration Regulation: An Empirical Analysis", was listed on the Social Science Research Network's Top Ten download list for the following e-journals: LSN: Empirical Studies; Experimental & Empirical Studies and Employment, Labor, Compensation & Pension Law.

Professor Tanya Pierce presented a "Reading/Writing Workshop" as part of a program, CLEO Presents: Road to Law School, hosted by the Council on Legal Education Opportunity and held at Texas A&M University School of Law on September 25, 2010. Professor Pierce’s presentation highlighted the importance of critical reading and writing skills in relation to students’ success in their undergraduate work and on the LSAT.

Professor Peter Reilly published a symposium article, "Mindfulness, Emotions, and Mental Models: Theory That Leads To More Effective Dispute Resolution," 10 Nevada Law Journal 433 (2010). Professor Reilly has also been invited to present on the topic, "Staying at No: On the Development of Resistance to Persuasion in the Context of Negotiation," at the AALS Dispute Resolution Section Works-In-Progress Conference to be held at the University of Oregon School of Law in Eugene, Oregon on October 15-16, 2010.

Professor Malinda Seymore presented a "Mock Law Class: ‘A Day in the Life of a Law Student’" as part of a program, CLEO Presents: Road to Law School, hosted by the Council on Legal Education Opportunity and held at Texas A&M University School of Law on September 25, 2010.

Professor Neil Sobol presented an "Introduction to Logical Reasoning and Critical Thinking" as part of a program, CLEO Presents: Road to Law School, hosted by the Council on Legal Education Opportunity and held at Texas A&M University School of Law on September 25, 2010. Dean Frederic White was featured as a guest columnist in the opinion/editorial section of the Fort Worth Star Telegram on August 24, 2010. Therein Dean White shared his thoughts regarding the recent flap over Dr. Laura Schlessinger’s resignation from her radio show. Click here to read the column.

Summer 2010

July/Early August 2010


Professor Cynthia Alkon presented at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools’ annual conference during an Evidence Workshop panel on "Crawford and its Progeny" held in Palm Beach, Florida on July 31, 2010. Professor Alkon spoke about the Supreme Court’s assumptions in Crawford v. Washington which influence how U.S. lawyers approach rule of law development work abroad. Professor Alkon discussed how these assumptions may not be appropriate in troubled criminal justice systems focusing on examples from Bosnia and Uzbekistan.

Professor Susan Ayres presented a paper on "The Monster in the House: Vulnerability and Agency When Women Kill Newborns" at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools’ annual conference in Palm Beach, Florida on August 4, 2010. Professor Ayres participated as part of a program on "Regulating the Reproductive Body."

Professor Megan Carpenter presented her research, "Ephemeral Art, Conceptual Art, Found Art, and Icicle Art: Challenges to Copyright Orthodoxy," with Professor Steven Hetcher of Vanderbilt Law School at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools’ annual conference in Palm Beach, Florida, on July 31, 2010. Professor Carpenter participated as part of an Intellectual Property Workshop on "The Crisis in Copyright."

Professor Gabriel Eckstein will be presenting a paper at the University of Surrey in Guildford, England on August 31, 2010 about "Buried Treasure or Buried Hopes?: The Status of Mexico-U.S. Transboundary Aquifers and International Law." See conference info here. Professor Eckstein will also be presenting his forthcoming book - "The Greening of Water Law: Managing Fresh Water Resources for People and the Environment" - at the World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden on September 7, 2010. The book, which focuses on how to make water laws (at the national and international levels) more environmentally friendly, was commissioned by the United Nations Environmental Programme. Professor Eckstein is the lead author and editor and was supported by three contributing authors.

Professor Michael Green presented and moderated a panel at the American Bar Association’s annual meeting held in San Francisco, California on August 6, 2010. Professor Green discussed "The Allure of Cyberspace and Its Ethical Traps for Employment Lawyers" as part of a Presidential Showcase panel sponsored by the ABA Section on Labor and Employment. Professor Green also presented and moderated a panel at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools’ annual conference in Palm Beach, Florida on August 4, 2010 where he discussed his paper, "The Allure of Cyberspace and Its Employment Privacy Implications." Professor Green participated as part of a Labor and Employment Workshop on "Blah Blah Blah About Blogging, Facing Facebook, and Twisting About Twitter: Employer Actions Based Upon Communications over the Internet and Other Similar Workplace Privacy Issues."

Professor Terri Helge was invited to present at the 2010 Nonprofit Performance Summit in Arlington, Virginia on September 21, 2010 on the impact of recent health care legislation on nonprofit organizations. Professor Helge has also been invited to present at the Tarrant County Probate Bar Association Probate Litigation Seminar in Fort Worth, Texas on September 17, 2010 on the impact of estate tax repeal in probate matters.

Professor Brian Holland presented his paper, "Social Semiotics in the Fair Use Analysis," on August 12, 2010, at the Intellectual Property Scholars Conference at the University of California. Berkeley School of Law.

Professor Dennis Kelly has become the Secretary for the Intellectual Property Law Section of the Tarrant County Bar Association for 2010-11.

Professor Gary Lucas' article entitled, "The Taxation of Emissions Permits Distributed for Free as Part of a Carbon Cap-and-Trade Program," which he recently published in volume 1 of the George Washington Journal of Energy and Environmental Law at page 16, was listed on the Social Science Research Network’s top ten download lists for Political Economy: Comparative Political Economy eJournal (July 12th), Political Economy: Development eJournal (July 13th), Political Economy: Taxation, Subsidies, & Revenue eJournal (July 15th), Tax Law: Practitioner Series eJournal (July 24th) and Environmental Economics eJournal (July 27th).

Professor James McGrath presented "Rejecting Masculinity: The Social Costs of Transitioning from a Man to a Woman" at the Manliness and Masculinity panel held at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools’ annual conference on August 1, 2010 in Palm Beach, Florida.

Professor Timothy Mulvaney’s article, "Uncertainties Remain for Judicial Takings Theory," will be published in the November/December 2010 issue of the American Bar Association’s Probate & Property. The ABA solicited Professor Mulvaney's commentary following the United States Supreme Court's recent decision in Stop the Beach Renourishment, Inc., v. Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection. Probate & Property’s editorial board accepted Professor Mulvaney’s piece on July 30, 2010.

Professor Meg Penrose has accepted an offer to publish her article, "In the Name of Watergate: Returning FERPA to its Original Design," in the New York University Law School’s Journal of Legislation and Public Policy. Professor Penrose was also quoted in the Fort Worth Star Telegram on July 12, 2010 in an article headlined, "Criminal defense attorney wants list of ‘bad jurors’ disclosed to public." Click here to read the full posted story (note that it’s two pages; Professor Penrose is quoted on the second page).

Professor Huyen Pham has been invited to participate in the First Vietnam National Workshop on Continuing Legal Education, funded by the United Nations Development Programme. The workshop will be held at Vinh University Faculty of Law in Vinh, Vietnam on August 23-27, 2010. The workshop brings together international law experts, as well as Vietnamese academics and government officials, to work toward incorporating clinical education into the Vietnamese legal curriculum. Professor Pham was also quoted in an article on MSNBC.com about Arizona’s immigration law. Click here to read the news article on MSNBC.com. Also, Professor Pham’s article, co-authored with Professor Van Pham from Baylor University, "The Economic Impact of Local Immigration Regulation: An Empirical Analysis," has been mentioned on Ezra Klein’s economics and domestic policy blog for the Washington Post and on the ImmigrationProf Blog.

Professor Malinda Seymore spoke at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools’ annual conference held in Palm Beach, Florida on August 2, 2010 as part of a panel she created and proposed with Southern Illinois Dean Cynthia Fountaine on "Global Law School: Teaching/Studying Abroad, Bringing it Home."

Professor Neil Sobol was selected to serve as the Director of the Texas A&M University School of Law's Legal Writing Program for the 2010-11 academic year. Professor Sobol presented "Legal Research: A Review of Bluebook Citations, including an Introduction to the 19th Edition Changes" to the Paralegal Division of the Texas State Bar in Fort Worth, Texas on August 6, 2010.

Professor Joe Spurlock and the Asian Judicial Institute hosted a four-member delegation of lawyers from Mongolia during the first week of August. A Fort Worth Star-Telegram write-up describes the delegation’s visit (click here to read the article). The visitors included Biraa Chimid, the father of the Mongolian Constitution, Dashjamts Battulga, the chief of staff to the president of Mongolia, Gombosuren Ganzorig, legal advisor to the president of Mongolia and former justice of the Mongolian Supreme Court, and Sainzaya Chimid, a lawyer and interpreter.

Dean Frederic White has published a book chapter entitled "Justice Carter's Dissent in Hughes v. Superior Court of Contra Costa County: Harbinger of the 60's Civil Rights Movement and Affirmative Action?" The chapter is from a new book, The Great Dissents of the Lone Dissenter, edited by David Oppenheimer and Alan Brotsky and published by the Carolina Academic Press.

June 2010

Professor Susan Ayres published "Three Poems on Marriage During Medical Residency" in 34 The Legal Studies Forum 563 (2010).

Professor Mark Burge spoke at the 14th Biennial Conference of the Legal Writing Institute in Marco Island, Florida on June 29, 2010 as part of a panel presentation entitled "Crowd Pleasers: How to Propose, Submit, and Deliver Stellar Presentations." In addition, Professor Burge's article and related audio podcast entitled "Eight Simple Rules for Creating Effective Handouts and Other Visual Aids" were both published to the membership of the Legal Writing Institute (LWI) in a presentation resource package developed by the LWI Professional Development Committee.

Professor Megan Carpenter accepted an offer to publish her article, "Space Age Love Song: The Mix Tape in a Digital Universe," in the Nevada Law Journal. Professor Carpenter also helped to organize and presented on "The Ethics of Copyright" at the Second Annual Art Law Colloquium held at Texas A&M University School of Law on June 19, 2010. The Art Law Colloquium brought together gallery owners, artists, museum administrators, and appraisers for a discussion of legal issues in the contemporary art world.

Professor Michael Green presented at the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law’s 27th Annual Carl A. Warns, Jr., Labor and Employment Law Institute program held in Louisville, Kentucky on June 25, 2010. Professor Green discussed "The Allure of Electronic Communications and the Ethical Traps They Pose for Employment Lawyers." Professor Green has been invited to speak at the following conference programs: "Mock AALS Interview" at the Society of American Law Teachers and LatCrit XV Eighth Annual Junior Faculty Development Program in Denver, Colorado on October 7-9, 2010; "Current Issues in Ethics" at the American Bar Association's Labor and Employment Section Annual Continuing Legal Education Program in Chicago, Illinois on November 4-6, 2010; and "Labor and Employment Law Under the Obama Administration: A Time for Hope and Change?" at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law in Bloomington, Indiana on November 12-13, 2010. Professor Green has also been invited to write a commentary for the ABA Labor and Employment Section's Newsletter discussing the Supreme Court's recent decision, Rent-A-Center, West, Inc. v. Jackson.

Professor Maxine Harrington presented on "Legal Aspects of Compulsory Vaccinations" at the Northeast Tarrant County Bar Association Continuing Legal Education luncheon held in Fort Worth, Texas on June 15, 2010.

Professor Terri Helge was invited to present at the Nonprofit Organizations Institute sponsored by the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, Texas in January 2011. Professor Helge’s article, "The Taxation of Cause-Related Marketing" was published in 85 Chi-Kent L. Rev. 883 (2010). This article was also listed on the Social Science Research Network’s Top Ten download list for Tax Law: Tax Law & Policy eJournal, the Social Science Research Network’s Top Ten download list for Public Economics: Taxation, Subsidies, & Revenue eJournal, and the Social Science Research Network’s Top Ten download list for Tax Law: Practitioner Series eJournal.

Professor Brian Holland accepted an offer to contribute a chapter to the upcoming book, "The Next Digital Decade: Essays on the Internet's Future," to be published Fall 2010. Professor Holland's contribution will focus on the continued viability of "internet exceptionalism." As part of this project, sponsored by The Progress and Freedom Foundation, Professor Holland will travel to Washington, D.C. this Fall to meet with policymakers and the press regarding issues of Internet law and policy. Professor Holland’s article, "Privacy Paradox 2.0," 19 Widener. L.J. 893 (2010), was published in June 2010. This article spent multiple weeks in June on the Social Science Research Network's Top Ten download list for the following three Legal Scholarship Network journals: Online Privacy; Consumer Privacy; and Regulation of Information & Privacy Issues Involving Consumers.

Professor Charlotte Hughart spoke on a panel to the Tarrant County Kinship Network about grandparent custody and the Texas Wesleyan Law Clinic ‘s services on June 12, 2010 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Professor Gary Lucas' article entitled "The Taxation of Emissions Permits Distributed for Free as Part of a Carbon Cap-and-Trade Program" was published in the George Washington Journal of Energy and Environmental Law. This article was also featured on Paul Caron's TaxProf Blog and was recently listed on SSRN's top ten download lists for EIB: Environmental Impacts Related to Economics (Topic), EIBECO: Wealth Distribution & Environmental Quality (Sub-Topic), ERN: Externalities; Redistributive Effects; Environmental Taxes & Subsidies (Topic) and PSN: Regulation (Topic).

Visiting Professor Timothy Mulvaney presented his research on transposing exaction takings at a Works-In-Progress Roundtable at the 2010 Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Mid-Year Meeting Workshop on Property in New York, New York on June 12, 2010. Professor Mulvaney also spoke on a climate change adaptation panel at the inter-disciplinary, biennial International Conference of The Coastal Society, entitled "Shifting Shorelines: Adapting to the Future," at the University of North Carolina - Wilmington on June 15, 2010. Further, Professor Mulvaney authored a guest column, in the June 22, 2010 edition of the Houston Chronicle. The column, "Decision in Florida case muddles law," available here, assesses the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Stop the Beach Renourishment Inc. v. Florida Dept. of Envt’l Protection.

Professor John Murphy recorded a video--"Busted: Top Ten Legal Writing Myths"--for the State Bar of Texas' "Transition to Practice" series on June 2, 2010.

Professor Huyen Pham’s Fulbright fellowship to Vietnam National University, University of Economics and Law, was reported by several media outlets, including NBC News (June 10, 2010 evening broadcast) and the Fort Worth Business Press (June 21, 2010). Professor Pham was also quoted in a June 7, 2010 Fort Worth Business Press article by Leslie Wimmer, "Reform Efforts Put Immigration Laws Under Scrutiny." The article, available here, discusses the growth of immigration law as a result of increasing desires for immigration reform. Professor Pham has also been invited to participate in Arizona State University's conference on "The Role of the States in Immigration policy and Enforcement" to be held on October 8, 2010 at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law in Phoenix, Arizona.

Professor Lynne Rambo appeared on Dallas-Fort Worth television station, KDAF, on the CW33 TV News at 9 p.m. on June 23, 2010. Professor Rambo's commentary, available here, discusses the City of Arlington’s ’s proposed "exclusion zone" around its entertainment district that police officials are seeking in order to combat prostitution.

Professor Michelle Rigual has become the Vice Chair/Chair-Elect of the Latino Law Librarians Caucus of the American Association of Law Libraries for 2010-11.

Professor Malinda Seymore spoke to the Women’s Policy Forum on "Current Issues in International Adoption" at the Ridglea Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas on June 9, 2010.

Dean Frederic White participated as a panelist at the American Bar Association’s Law School Development Conference held in Jackson Hole, Wyoming on June 2, 2010. The panel discussed the "Integration of Advancement Efforts."

Spring 2010

May 2010


Professor Megan Carpenter and Professor Steven Hetcher of Vanderbilt Law School presented a work-in-progress at the Law and Society annual conference in Chicago, Illinois, on May 28, 2010. Entitled "Conceptual Art, Found Art, Ephemeral Art, and Non-Art: Challenges to Copyright Orthdoxy," their collaborative piece examines creative works that while at the fringe of what is conventionally understood as art nevertheless present issues that go to the core of what constitutes art, especially as this term derives meaning in copyright law, and explores whether copyright law ultimately supports creativity in those contexts. Professor Carpenter spoke at the Eldon B. Mahon Inn of Court in Fort Worth, Texas on May 11, 2010 about the pro bono work that Texas Wesleyan law students had done researching indigenous issues pertaining to the estate of Crazy Horse. Professor Carpenter also assisted in organizing the first Academic Day for the International Trademark Association (INTA) Annual Meeting, which was held in Boston, Massachusetts on May 24, 2010. The Academic Day was organized to facilitate interaction and discussion of scholarly works by scholars and practitioners. Professor Carpenter was the moderator and commentator for a session on scholarly papers about trademarks in cyberspace. Professor Carpenter also moderated the INTA Professor Panel during the Annual Meeting, which focused on "The Proper Scope of Trademark Rights." The panel was featured in the INTA Daily news publication (on page 4) for May 25, 2010, which was published for the 8,300 attendees of the Annual Meeting. A pdf version of this publication may be downloaded by clicking here.

Professor Michael Green presented at the Law and Society Annual Meeting Panel on Collective Labor Law: Crossing Boundaries Within and Between the Nation-State, "Unions and Racial Justice: What Pyett and Ricci Hath Joined Together, Let No Employer Put Asunder," Chicago, Illinois (May 28, 2010). Professor Green also served as a presenter and moderator for the Teleconference/Webcast, "Twenty-Five Years of Employment Discrimination Law," sponsored by the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Section and ABA Center for Continuing Legal Education, held on May 19, 2010, from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. E.S.T. Professor Green presented "The Negotiation of Collective Bargaining Agreements," at the Center for American and International Law, 48th Annual Course on Labor Law and Labor Arbitration, in Plano, Texas on May 12, 2010. Professor Green’s article, "Unpaid Furloughs and Four-Day Work Weeks: Employer Sympathy or a Call for Collective Employee Action?," 42 Conn. L. Rev. 1139 (2010), was published in May 2010. An earlier version of this article was listed as of May 30, 2010 on the Social Science Research Network’s Top Ten download list for the following four journals: Decision Making, Organizational Behavior & Performance eJournal; Employment Law eJournal; the MRN Organizational Behavior Research Network eJournal; and the ORG Subject Matter eJournal.

Professor Terri Helge presented "The Limitless Private Benefit Doctrine" at the Law and Society Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois on May 28, 2010. Professor Helge also presented "Cause Related Marketing: Legal Issues and Business Challenges," at the 2010 Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants Nonprofit Organizations Conference in Dallas, Texas on May 24, 2010. Professor Helge’s article, "The Taxation of Cause-Related Marketing," 85 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming 2010) was listed on Social Science Research Network's Top Ten download list for Nonprofit & Philanthropy Law eJournal and Social Science Research Network’s Top Ten download list for Wills, Trusts, & Estates Law eJournal.

Professor Brian Holland was featured on CBS 11 News, discussing privacy issues associated with the personal information website spoke.com. Professor Holland was selected to present his paper, "Transformative Fair Use: A Social Semiotic Theory of Meaning-Making and Value," at the Tenth Annual Intellectual Property Scholars Conference, which is sponsored by the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology at the University of California Berkeley, and will be held in Berkeley, California on August 12, 2010.

Professor James McGrath presented "Treating and Representing Trans Clients: Examining Lawyers and Therapists' Ethical Obligations" on a panel challenging the binary of gender in the law, Law and Society Annual Conference, May 29, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois.

Visiting Professor Timothy Mulvaney has been invited to present a work-in-progress, tentatively entitled "Where the Wild Things Aren’t," at Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane, Washington, on September 30, 2010.

Professor Huyen Pham moderated a panel on local enforcement of immigration laws at the Immigration Law Teachers Workshop on May 25, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. Professor Pham has also been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture at the University of Economics and Law, under the Vietnam National University system in Ho Chi Minh City during the 2010-2011 academic year, according to the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Professor Pham will teach administrative law courses and advise on curriculum development. More details about Professor Pham's Fulbright award can be found by clicking here.

Professor Tanya Pierce was recently acknowledged for her contribution as assistant editor of the Tarrant County Bar Bulletin, which won the State Bar of Texas 's Award for "Best Overall Newsletter, Division IV, 2009-2010," as well as awards for "Best Series of Articles--Feature/General Interest," and "Best Series of Articles--Substantive Law."

Professor Roger Simon was recently acknowledged for his contribution as editor of the Tarrant County Bar Bulletin, which won the State Bar of Texas 's Award for "Best Overall Newsletter, Division IV, 2009-2010," as well as awards for "Best Series of Articles--Feature/General Interest," and "Best Series of Articles--Substantive Law."

Professor Neil Sobol presented "Persuasive Writing" as part of the Diversity University program sponsored by the Dallas Area Paralegal Association and the North Texas Paralegal Association at the Belo Mansion in Dallas, Texas on May 14, 2010.

Dean Frederic White was featured in a May 24, 2010 article, "What's Playing Now on the Dean's iPOD," in the Texas Lawyer providing general background regarding seven of the nine Texas Law School Deans.

April 2010

Professor Susan Ayres presented a paper, "Nikki's Story," to a Graduate Feminist Rhetoric Class at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro on April12, 2010. Professor Ayres was also invited to present a paper, "Ethical Inquiries at the Intersection of Motherhood, Abortion, and Neonaticide," at the Villanova Law & Literature Conference, on September 30-Oct 2, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Professor Wayne Barnes received an award for the Outstanding First Year Professor of the Year at the Annual Barristers’ Ball held on Saturday, April 10, 2010. Professor Barnes’ previously published article, “The Objective Theory of Contracts,” 76 U. Cin. L. Rev. 1119 (2008), was cited in the treatise, Steven W. Feldman, Tennessee Practice Series, Contract Law and Practice , §§ 4:23, 4:38, 4:6, 6:59, 8:9 (2009). Also, Professor Barnes’ previously published article, “Toward a Fairer Model of Consumer Assent to Standard Form Contracts: In Defense of Restatement Subsection 211(3),” 82 Wash. L. Rev. 227 (2007), was cited in the treatise, Hawkland, Uniform Commercial Code Series §§ 2-204, 2-302 (2009). Additionally, his previously published article, “Rethinking Spyware: Questioning the Propriety of Contractual Consent to Online Surveillance,” 39 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 1545, 1597 (2006), was cited in Principles of the Law of Software Contracts (American Law Institute) § 1.06 cmt. d (2009).

Professor Megan Carpenter presented a workshop on legal issues in digital media for artists and arts administrators for the Dallas Art Dealers Association at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary in Dallas, Texas, on April 17, 2010. This workshop, sponsored by the Texas Wesleyan Center for Law and Intellectual Property (CLIP) that Professor Carpenter directs, also involved presentations by students, Kathryn Murphy and Roddy Ann Lopez. Professor Carpenter will speak on copyright law at the Second Annual Art Law Colloquium, to be held at Texas A&M University School of Law on June 19, 2010. The Art Law Colloquium will host panel discussions on legal issues experienced by museums, galleries, and artists. Professor Carpenter was invited to present at the University of Louisville Law Review Symposium on Trademark Law on November 5, 2010. This Symposium will examine pressing problems with the Lanham Act and explore the possibility of its retirement upon its 65th birthday in 2011.

Professor Frank Elliott drafted various evidence questions and participated, with Professor Michael Green, in the Evidence Summit held in Austin, Texas on April 16, 2010. At the Evidence Summit, judges were trained on the rules of evidence with each of the nine law schools in Texas providing questions for the judges to answer in a Jeopardy-type format.

Law Library Professor Laura Fargo coordinated and moderated a panel entitled “Not Your Grandma's Student Services” on April 10, 2010 at the Southwestern Association of Law Libraries (SWALL) annual meeting held in Waco, Texas on April 10, 2010. Also, Professor Fargo was awarded the SWALL Kate Mara Award, a competitive grant for a first-time attendee.

Professor Cynthia Fountaine gave a presentation entitled "International Plagiarism Standards" for Yarmouk University Faculty of Law masters students on April 25, 2010 in Irbid, Jordan.

Professor Jason Gillmer received a publication offer for his article, “Freedom in a Slave Country: A True Story of Race, Law, Sex, and Politics,” from the Minnesota Journal of Law & Inequality.

Professor Michael Green presented “The Allure of Cyberspace and Its Ethical Traps for Employment Lawyers” on the panel “Virtual and Portable Workspaces and the Practice of Law” at the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Section Technology in the Practice and Workplace Committee Midwinter Meeting held on April 29, 2010 at NYU School of Law in New York, NY. Professor Green, along with Professor Frank Elliott, also participated in the Evidence Summit held in Austin, Texas on April 16, 2010. At the Evidence Summit, judges were trained on the rules of evidence with each of the nine law schools in Texas providing questions for the judges to answer in a Jeopardy-type format.

Law Library Professor Kris Helge was selected for another term as the Southwestern Association of Law Libraries (SWALL) Treasurer for 2010-11. Professor Helge is also the Local Arrangements Committee Chair for SWALL and presented at a session on “Affective Computing Software" at the SWALL Annual Meeting held in Waco, Texas on April 10, 2010. Professor Helge, with co-author, Professor Terri Helge, published the article, “Teaching Specialized Legal Research: Business Entities,” 29 Legal Reference Services Q. 51 (2010).

Professor Terri Helge presented her proposal for reformed federal regulation of the nonprofit sector at the Emerging Issues in Philanthropy Seminar on April 23, 2010 hosted by the Urban Institute’s Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy and Harvard University’s Hauser Center in Washington, D.C. The seminar was a roundtable discussion among scholars, policymakers, nonprofit sector leaders about how the federal government organizes itself to address nonprofit issues. Professor Helge’s previously published article, “Policing the Good Guys: Regulation of the Charitable Sector Through a Federal Charity Oversight Board,” 19 Cornell J. L. & Pub. Pol’y 1 (2009), was reprinted in the International Journal of Civil Society Law at 8 Int'l J. Civ. Soc. L. 51 (2010) available at http://www.iccsl.org/pubs/10_04_IJCSL.pdf. The International Journal of Civil Society Law provides a venue for international readers interested in developments in legal issues affecting civil society. Professor Helge, with co-author, Professor Kris Helge, published the article, “Teaching Specialized Legal Research: Business Entities,” 29 Legal Reference Services Q. 51 (2010) .

Law Library Professor Wendy Law coordinated and moderated a session on “Frontier Justice” at the Southwestern Association of Law Libraries (SWALL) annual meeting held on April 8, 2010 in Waco, Texas that featured the Director of the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum. During the SWALL annual meeting, she also coordinated and served as a panelist at a session entitled “Publish or Perish: The Benefits of Publication in the Academic and Law Firm Setting” on April 10, 2010.

Professor James McGrath presented “Rejecting Masculinity: The Legal and Social Costs for Transitioning from a Man to a Woman” at the 90th Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Social Science Association in Houston, Texas on April 1, 2010.

Visiting Professor Timothy Mulvaney published “Pining for Sustainability” in the Richmond Law Review. He presented this article at the University of Richmond School of Law in Richmond, Virginia on April 1, 2010. Professor Mulvaney also presented components of his ongoing research on exaction takings at a symposium entitled “Takings and Sea Level Rise in the Gulf of Mexico” at Florida State University College of Law in Tallahassee, Florida on April 23, 2010.

Professor Neal Newman received an award for the Outstanding Upper Class Professor of the Year at the Annual Barristers’ Ball held on Saturday, April 10, 2010.

Professor Huyen Pham’s article, “The Economic Impact of Local Immigration Regulation: An Empirical Analysis,” co-written with Professor Van Pham of Baylor University, has been accepted for publication by Cardozo Law Review.

Professor Lynne Rambo was quoted in a column by Bud Kennedy, “So you want freedom of speech? Fill out these forms,” in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on April 21, 2010. The column described the predicament of Billy Mitchell, who was fined by the Texas Ethics Commission for not filing proper paperwork to run political advertisements. Professor Rambo noted that laws requiring reports and disclosure for campaign advertising have been upheld in the past. Click here to read the full article.

Professor Michelle Rigual has become the President for the Southwestern Association of Law Libraries (SWALL) for 2010-11 after serving as Vice-President for 2009-10. She also served as Program Committee Chair of SWALL and presented at a session on “Adapting to the Presence of Mexican Law in the U.S. Legal System” at the SWALL annual meeting held in Waco, Texas on April 8, 2010.

Professor Neil Sobol received an award for the Outstanding Legal Writing Professor of the Year at the Annual Barristers’ Ball held on Saturday, April 10, 2010.

Law Library Professor Joan Stringfellow presented "Project Federated Search" on April 8, 2010, and co-presented "Techie Petting Zoo" demonstrating a portable electronic whiteboard on April 9, 2010 at the Southwestern Association of Law Libraries (SWALL) Annual Meeting held in Waco, Texas. Professor Stringfellow was also promoted to Associate Law Library Professor effective 2010-11.

March 2010

Professor Stephen Alton presented "Roll Over Langdell, Tell Llewellyn the News," at the Law, Culture, and Humanities annual conference on March 19, 2010 at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island.

Professor Susan Ayres presented a paper with Michelle Oberman (Santa Clara), "At the Intersection of Motherhood, Abortion and Neonaticide," at the Motherhood : Reclaiming Our Past, Transforming Our Future Conference, held in Denver at University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, on March 13, 2010. Professor Ayres also presented "Tales of Neonaticide," at the Law, Culture, and Humanities annual conference on March 19, 210 at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island. Professor Ayres served as a member of the organizing committee for this conference. Professor Ayres was also elected as treasurer for a 2-year term for the Association of Law, Culture, & Humanities. Professor Ayres’ creative work, "The Husband," has been accepted for publication in the poetry journal, Borderlands.

Professor Wayne Barnes presented "The French Subjective Theory of Contract: Separating Rhetoric from Reality," at Texas Tech University School of Law in Lubbock, Texas on March 8, 2010.

Professor Megan Carpenter presented on the panel "From the Physical to the Digital," on March 12, 2010, at NX35. NX35 is an annual music conferette in Denton, Texas, an area known across the country for its independent music scene and referred to in the New York Times as "the new Austin." Professor Carpenter was also quoted in the Dallas Observer blog, which covered the event, commenting on the changes in music distribution in a digital environment. Professor Carpenter was also selected to be on the Steering Committee for the annual Impact Awards hosted by TECH Fort Worth. The Impact Awards recognize emerging companies in north Texas that seek to better our world by bringing to market new technologies and innovations that significantly impact the community, the environment, or health. The Awards luncheon will be held at Texas Christian University on May 12, 2010, and Larry O’Donnell, President and COO of Waste Management, will give the keynote address. Professor Carpenter was also selected as a Commentator for the First Annual Trademark Scholarship Symposium at the International Trademark Association (INTA) Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts, on May 24, 2010. As a Commentator, Professor Carpenter will be giving substantive feedback on three papers presented by both US and international trademark scholars. Professor Carpenter will also be presenting on a panel at SEALS in Palm Beach, Florida, in August, 2010. She will be presenting "Challenges to Copyright Orthodoxy" together with Steven Hetcher, Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Technology and Entertainment Law Program at Vanderbilt University.

Professor Cynthia Fountaine published "Aiding and Abetting the Unauthorized Practice of Law" in Corporate Counsel Weekly (CCW) (March 3, 2010) and in Corporate Practice Series Portfolio No. 87, "Legal Ethics for In-House Corporate Counsel" (2010). Professor Fountaine presented "Creating a Faculty-Led Professional Development Program" for the law faculty at Yarmouk University in Irbid, Jordan on March 9, 2010 and an "Introduction to U.S. Common Law" for the law students and faculty at Yarmouk University in Irbid, Jordan on March 9, 2010. Professor Founatine also presented "Introduction to Moot Court Oral Argument" as part of a Jordanian National Moot Court Training Seminar in Amman, Jordan on March 13, 2010. This seminar was for law students and faculty from all of Jordan's law schools. Professor Fountaine also planned and presented an "Interactive Teaching Workshop" for new law professors from all Jordanian law schools. The workshop was held in Amman, Jordan on March 29, 2010 and was sponsored by the ABA Rule of Law Initiative with funding from USAid.

Professor Jason Gillmer presented "The Intriguing Tale of John and Sobrina: A True Story of a Slave Owner and a Slave Who Became His Wife" at the Annual Meeting of the Texas State Historical Association held in Dallas, Texas on March 4, 2010. Professor Gillmer moderated a panel on "Law Reviews Today and Tomorrow" at the National Conference of Law Reviews held in Fort Worth, Texas on March 20, 2010. Professor Gillmer was also asked to write a review of Edmund J. Davis of Texas: Civil War General, Republican Leader, Reconstruction Governor, by Carl H. Moneyhon, for the Journal of Southern History.

Professor Michael Green presented "Doubting the Thomases: Is Black on Black Workplace Sexual Harassment an Issue of Race or Sex or Both?"on the panel "Employment Discrimination in a Non-Binary World: Masculinity, Segregation, and Institutional Responsibility" at the 4th Annual Critical Race Studies Symposium held at UCLA School of Law in Los Angeles, California on March 11, 2010. Professor Green also presented, "The Allure of Cyberspace and Its Ethical Traps for Employment Lawyers," at the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law’s Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility Midwinter Meeting on March 26, 2010 in Coronado, California. Professor Green will speak on "Negotiation of Collective Bargaining Agreements," at the 48th Annual Course on Labor Law and Labor Arbitration, The Center for American and International Law, in Plano, Texas on May 12, 2010. Professor Green was also recently offered an opportunity to participate on a panel for the ABA Labor and Employment Section that will discuss the impact of employment discrimination law over the last twenty-five years in a national teleconference to be held on May 19, 2010.

Professor Maxine Harrington presented "Legal Aspects of Compulsory Vaccination," at the Tarrant County Bar Association Continuing Education Seminar for Court Coordinators, Court Staff and Attorneys, held in Fort Worth, Texas on March 29, 2010.

Professor Terri Helge presented "The Limitless Private Benefit Doctrine"at the Southwest Junior Scholars Conference at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law in Tempe, Arizona on March 15, 2010. Professor Helge has also been asked to present her idea about a new oversight agency for the charitable sector at the "Emerging Issue in Philanthropy Seminar Series" to be held at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C. on April 23, 1010.

Professor H. Brian Holland presented his work-in-progress, "Extending Transformative Fair Use: A Social Semiotic Theory of the Audience," at the Southwest Junior Scholars Conference at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law in Tempe, Arizona on March 15, 2010, and again at the Intellectual Property Scholars Roundtable at Drake University Law School in Des Moines, Iowa on March 25, 2010. Professor Holland also presented "Law, Lawyers and Social Media" to the monthly meeting of the Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association on March 16, 2010 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Professor James McGrath presented "Ethical Issues in Representing the Trans Client"at the Law, Culture, and Humanities annual conference on March 19, 2010 at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island.

Visiting Professor Timothy Mulvaney presented "Municipal Exactions at the Water’s Edge" at the International Conference on Sea Level Rise in the Gulf of Mexico: Impacts, Adaptations, and Management, hosted by the Harte Research Institute of Texas A & M – Corpus Christi in Corpus Christi, Texas on March 3, 2010. He also presented a work-in-progress entitled "Sex on the Beach" at the Southwest Junior Scholars Conference at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law in Tempe, Arizona on March 15, 2010. In addition, he presented components of his article, "Pining for Sustainability," forthcoming in the Richmond Law Review, at the National Conference of Law Reviews in Fort Worth, Texas on March 20, 2010. Further, Professor Mulvaney has been invited to present his research on takings jurisprudence at the First Annual Colloquium on Environmental Scholarship at Vermont Law School on October 22, 2010.

Professor Huyen Pham presented "The Economic Impact of Local Immigration Regulation: An Empirical Analysis," at the Conference of Asian Pacific American Law Faculty held at the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona on March 5, 2010.

Professor Susan Phillips served as a member of the Substantive Change Committee for the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in Spring 2010. Professor Phillips also presented "Brushing Up on the Bluebook," at the National Conference of Law Reviews held on March 20, 2010 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Late January/February 2010

Professor Wayne Barnes presented “The French Subjective Theory of Contract: Separating Rhetoric from Reality” at the Spring Conference on Contract Law at the William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada-Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada on February 26, 2010. Professor Barnes will be presenting “The French Subjective Theory of Contract: Separating Rhetoric from Reality,” at Texas Tech University School of Law on March 8, 2010.

Professor Megan Carpenter was selected as a presenter to speak at the 10th anniversary conference of the Irish Centre for Human Rights, "Forgotten Rights, Forgotten Concepts," to be held in Galway, Ireland, on November 19-20, 2010. Professor Carpenter will speak on "Intellectual Property: A Human (Not Corporate) Right," and address how the treatment of IP rights as corporate rights does a disservice to protecting the rights of both individuals and groups vis-à-vis cultural and creative expressions. Professor Carpenter was also invited to speak at the sixth annual NX35, a music conferette held in Denton, Texas. Professor Carpenter will be speaking about the effect the transition from physical to digital media has had on art and commerce. NX35 will be held from March 11-14, 2010. Professor Carpenter has also been invited to speak about artists' rights and art dealers' rights to the Dallas Art Dealers Association in Dallas, Texas, on April 17, 2010. She will work with two Center for Law and Intellectual Property (CLIP) students to make these presentations. Professor Carpenter was mentioned on January 18, 2010, in the Fort Worth Business Press regarding a CLIP presentation held in conjunction with the Arts Council of Fort Worth on the Visual Artists' Rights Act of 1990, entitled "Just When Is VARA of Use to You?" The presentation was held on February 8, 2010 in the front gallery at the Community Arts Center of Fort Worth. This presentation was also highlighted on KERA's arts initiative, "Art and Seek," both on the radio and on the website. Professor Carpenter has also received an offer to publish eight poems in the forthcoming issue of the Legal Studies Forum: "Reunion," "This Year of Not Writing," "Untitled I," "Untitled II," "Untitled III," "Fog Misunderstood," "Certainty," and "Sugar." The poems will appear in the Spring 2010 issue.

Professor Frank Elliott spoke at a meeting of f the Collaborative Law Section of the Dallas Bar Association, along with adjunct professor Kay Elliott, on the topic, “The Hofstra Symposium, the Uniform Collaborative Law Act, and Collaborative Law Courses Being Taught in Texas and Other States.” This meeting was held on January 14, 2010 in Dallas, Texas. Professor Elliott and adjunct professor Kay Elliott, also presented at the Tarrant County Association of Mediators on the topic, “The Preparation and Enforcement of Mediation Settlement Agreements.” This meeting was held on January 25, 2010 in Fort Worth, Texas. Professor Elliott will also represent Texas A&M University School of Law as its Evidence Professor who will design evidence questions to help train state judges at the 2010 Evidence Summit to be held in Austin, Texas on April 7-9, 2010 and will join Associate Dean Michael Green and an alumni judge in participating in this program.

Professor Jason Gillmer was quoted on February 11, 2010 in an article in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram by Alex Branch, “Keller Resident Must Pay Former Mayor $50,000 and Apologize in Ad as Part of Settlement," that discusses a libel settlement involving the former mayor of Keller. Click here to read the full article. Professor Gillmer discussed the standard of actual malice that is necessary in establishing libel for statements made about public officials. Professor Gillmer also presented, “Freedom in a Slave Country,” at Tarrant County College in Fort Worth, Texas on February 25, 2010 as part of its black history month program.

Professor Michael Green will be speaking at the UCLA School of Law’s 4th Annual Critical Race Studies Symposium on “Intersectionality: Challenging Theory, Reframing Politics, Transforming Movements” that will be held in Los Angeles, California on March 11-13, 2010. Professor Green will present his paper, “Doubting the Thomases: The Intersection of Race and Sex with Black on Black Workplace Harassment,” on Thursday, March 11, 2010 as part of a panel session on “Employment Discrimination in a Non-Binary World: Intersectionality, Masculinity, Segregation, and Institutional Responsibility.” Professor Green will also present at the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law’s 27th Annual Carl A. Warns, Jr., Labor and Employment Law Institute program to be held in Louisville, Kentucky on June 24-25, 2010. Professor Green will discuss "The Allure of Electronic Communications and the Ethical Traps They Pose for Employment Lawyers.” Professor Green will also join Professor Frank Elliott in representing the law school at the 2010 Evidence Summit where all the law schools in the state of Texas help develop questions and verify answers during a training session for judges to be held in Austin, Texas on April 7-9, 2010.

Professor Terri Helge presented “Cause-Related Marketing: Legal Issues and Business Challenges,” at the 27th Annual Nonprofit Organizations Institute in Austin, Texas on January 14, 2010. As a result of this presentation, Professor Helge was invited to present at the upcoming annual meeting of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants in Dallas, Texas to be held in May 2010 and at the upcoming State Bar of Texas Governance of Nonprofit Organizations Course in Austin, Texas to be held in August 2010. Professor Helge’s article, “Policing the Good Guys: Regulation of the Charitable Sector Through a Federal Charity Oversight Board,” was published as the lead article in 19 Cornell J.L. & Pub. Pol’y 1 (2009). Additionally, Professor Helge was invited to republish this article in the April issue of International Journal of Civil Society Law.

Professor Brian Holland appeared on CBS 11 news in Fort Worth, Texas on January 27, 2010 to discuss the legal ramifications (or lack thereof) of online bullying. Click here to read the story and here to watch the video. Professor Holland also presented “Privacy Paradox 2.0” at the Widener Law Journal Symposium on “Internet Expression in the Twenty-First Century: Where Technology and Law Collide,” held in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on February 22, 2010. An essay based on this presentation will appear in the Widener Law Journal’s June issue. Professor Holland has also been invited to present “Privacy and Social Media” to the monthly meeting of the Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association on March 16, 2010 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Professor Charlotte Hughart was quoted on February 8, 2010 in an article in the Fort Worth Business Press by Leslie Wimmer, “Texas Wesleyan Clinic Celebrates Funding Milestone,” that features highlights regarding the Texas A&M University School of Law Legal Clinic including the receipt of more than $1 million in grants during the past seven years. Click here to read the article.

Visiting Professor Timothy Mulvaney will present his research on issues surrounding beach replenishment at a work-in-progress roundtable at the 2010 Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Mid-Year Meeting Workshop on Property to be held in New York, New York on June 10-12, 2010.

Professor Mary Margaret “Meg” Penrose presented “A Matter of Life and Death: the Right to Counsel in Habeas Corpus Proceedings” on February 4, 2010 to the faculty at the University of Tulsa School of Law in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Professor Penrose also visited as a guest lecturer for the Death Penalty class held on February 5, 2010 at that time. Professor Penrose served as a judge for the Tulane Sports and Entertainment Law Moot Court Competition held in New Orleans, Louisiana on February 11-12, 2010.

Professor Frank Snyder presented “Cross-Cultural Diffusion of Legal Rules: A Case Study” at the Spring Conference on Contract Law at the William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada-Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada on February 26, 2010.

Fall 2009

December 2009/Early January 2010


Professor Stephen Alton will be presenting "Roll Over Langdell, Tell Llewellyn the News," at the Law, Culture, and Humanities annual conference to be held March 19-20, 2010 at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island.

Professor Susan Ayres will be presenting, "Tales of Neonaticide," at the Law, Culture, and Humanities annual conference to be held March 19-20, 2010 at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island.

Professor Mark Burge’s article, Who Wants to Be a Muggle? The Diminished Legitimacy of Law as Magic, was published in The Law and Harry Potter (Carolina Academic Press 2010, Jeffrey E. Thomas & Franklin G. Snyder eds.). Professor Burge has also been invited to speak as part of a panel presentation, "Crowd Pleasers – How to Propose, Submit, and Deliver Stellar Presentations," at the Fourteenth Biennial Conference of the Legal Writing Institute, to be held in Marco Island, Florida June 27-30, 2010.

Professor Megan Carpenter was invited to present a paper on a panel focused on Creativity and the Law at this year's Law and Society Conference, to be held in Chicago, Illinois, from May 27-30, 2010. She will be collaborating with Steven Hetcher, Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Technology & Entertainment Law program at Vanderbilt University, on a project entitled "Conceptual Art, Found Art, Ephemeral Art, and Non-Art: Challenges to Copyright Orthodoxy." The presentation will examine creative works that while at the fringe of what is conventionally understood as art nevertheless present issues that go to the core of what constitutes art, especially as this term derives meaning in copyright law, and explore whether copyright law ultimately supports creativity in those contexts.

Professor Paul George presented a one-hour Continuing Legal Education (CLE) program on Federal Pleading at the McCathern Mooty law firm in Dallas, Texas on December 15, 2009.

Professor Jason Gillmer was quoted in the Beaumont Enterprise in an article by Kyle Peveto, Couple Finds a More Than Century Old Gravestone, on December 13, 2009, where Professor Gillmer commented about the finding of a gravestone that belonged to a member of the mixed-race Ashworth family. Professor Gillmer has studied the history of that family and discusses that history in a paper, Shades of Gray: The Life and Times of a Free Family of Color in Antebellum Texas.

Professor Michael Green’s article, "No Strict Evidence Rules in Labor and Employment Arbitration," 15 Texas Wesleyan L. Rev. 533 (2009), was published in the Texas Wesleyan Law Review. A commentary on the Evidence Prof Blog about this publication identified it as a "highly recommended" article of interest on December 20, 2009. Professor Green will also be speaking at the Law and Society annual conference to be held in Chicago, Illinois May 27-30, 2010. Professor Green will participate on a labor law panel and will discuss employment discrimination in the union-represented workplace in light of two key 2009 Supreme Court decisions, Pyett and Ricci.

Professor James Hambleton presented on a panel, "Law Library Budgets in Hard Times: Workshop for New Academic Law Library Directors," at the Association of American Law Schools annual conference held in New Orleans, Louisiana on January 10, 2010.

Professor Terri Helge’s article, Policing the Good Guys: Regulation of the Charitable Sector Through a Federal Charity Oversight Board, 19 Cornell J.L. & Pub. Pol’y 1 (forthcoming 2009) was listed on SSRN’s Top Ten download list for the following: Tax Law & Policy Journals, Corporate Governance: Governance of Special Types of Firms, CGN: Non-Profit Firms (Topic), Wills, Trusts, & Estates Law, and Nonprofit & Philanthropy Law. In addition, Professor Helge was interviewed about her article’s proposal for the creation of a federal charity oversight board on The Paul Edwards Program, a radio talk program airing on WLQV Salem, Detroit, on December 14, 2009 (podcast available here: http://feeds.feedburner.com/godandculture/kcUa and http://www.godandculture.com/ra/webaudio1214.mp3). Additionally, the editor of the Exempt Organizations Tax Journal, Paul Strekfus, commented on the article on January 7, 2010 in the daily EO Tax Journal Email Update 2010-4. The same article was also discussed on the TaxProf Blog on December 8, 2009. Professor Helge will also be speaking on a tax panel at the Law & Society annual meeting in Chicago, Illinois in May 27-30, 2010 on the implications of the private benefit doctrine for charitable organizations engaged in nontraditional activities.

Law Library Professor Wendy Law’s co-authored article, Harry Potter and the Development of Moral Judgment in Children," was published in The Law and Harry Potter ((Carolina Academic Press 2010, Jeffrey E. Thomas & Franklin G. Snyder eds.).

Professor James McGrath will be speaking on "Ethical Issues in treating the Transgendered Client," at the Law Culture and Humanities annual conference, March 19-20 at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island. Professor McGrath will also be presenting: "Rejecting Masculinity: the Legal and Social Costs for Transitioning from a Man to a Woman," at the Southwest Social Sciences Association Annual Conference in Houston, Texas, April 1-4, 2010.

Visiting Professor Timothy Mulvaney has been invited to present his research on exaction takings at the Coastal Society's 22nd Biannual Conference in Wilmington, North Carolina on June 13-16, 2010.

Professor Neal Newman gave a presentation on "The Board’s Duty to Maximize Shareholder Value vs. Social Responsibility," as part of the Tarrant County Bar Association’s monthly Continuing Legal Education luncheon series on corporate governance issues held on December 2, 2009 in Fort Worth, Texas. Professor Newman was also quoted in a newspaper article by Bob Cox from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on December 17, 2009, "Lawsuits Claim XTO Managers Shortchanged Stockholders in Exxon Deal," where Professor Newman commented about the pending purchase of XTO Energy by Exxon Mobil.

Professor Huyen Pham’s article, When Immigration Borders Move, was published in the Florida Law Review, 61 Fla. L .Rev. 115 (2009). Professor Pham also moderated a panel at the Association of American Law Schools annual conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, entitled "Immigrants and Immigrant Workers in the New Orleans Area" held on January 6, 2010.

Professor Frank Snyder’s co-edited book, The Law and Harry Potter (Carolina Academic Press 2010, Jeffrey E. Thomas & Franklin G. Snyder eds.), was recently published.

Dean Frederic White has become a member of the Board of Trustees of the Presbyterian Night Shelter in Fort Worth, Texas. Dean White was also quoted in the Fort Worth Business Press article by Leslie Wimmer, "Data Shows More Diversity Among Texas’ Young Lawyers," on December 7, 2009, where he commented about the growing diversity amongst Texas’ new lawyers.

November 2009

Professor Susan Ayres has been invited to speak at the University of Denver, March 12-13, 2010 for a conference entitled “Motherhood: Reclaiming Our Past, Transforming Our Future.” Professor Ayers will speak on the topic of “Tales of Neonaticide.” Professor Ayers has also been invited to speak at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in Greensboro, North Carolina on April 12, 2010. Professor Ayres will give a law and literature presentation in the English/Rhetoric department to a graduate-level class.

Professor Megan Carpenter in her role in leading the Center for Law and Intellectual Property (CLIP) coordinated the second of four "Need to Know" workshops in conjunction with the Arts Council of Fort Worth. The workshop focused on work-for-hire issues and was held on November 11, 2009, in the Sanders Theater at the Community Arts Center in Fort Worth.

Professor Cynthia Fountaine presented "Is There an 'Ideal' Lawyer?: A Critical Look at To Kill A Mockingbird's Atticus Finch" for the faculty of the University of Bayreuth School of Law and Business and Economics on November 18, 2009 in Bayreuth, Germany.

Professor Jason Gillmer presented his paper, “Shades of Gray: the Life and Times of a Free Family of Color in Antebellum Texas,” at a law and history colloquium at Washington University in St. Louis on November 3. Another paper, “Telling Stories of Love, Sex, and Race,” was listed twice on Social Science Research Network's (SSRN) Top Ten download list for Sexuality & the Law, and once on SSRN’s Top Ten download list for African-American literature

Professor Michael Green presented “Employment Discrimination after the Supreme Court’s 2009 Term: A Retaliatory Check on Employers and the Arbitration Monster,” at the Third Annual Dispute Resolution Works in Progress Conference held at Harvard Law School on November 14, 2009 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Professor Green has also accepted an offer to speak on a panel at the American Bar Association’s Annual Meeting Continuing Legal Education Centre Showcase Program in San Francisco, California on August 6, 2010. This program, “Ethical Traps in Cyberspace,” is sponsored by the ABA Labor and Employment Section, and represents one of eight programs that were selected by the ABA’s Section Officers as having broad enough appeal to be a showcase program.

Professor Maxine Harrington's article, “The Thin Flat Line: Redefining Who Is Legally Dead in Organ Donation After Cardiac Death," which was previously published in the University of Denver Law Review, will be reprinted in Volume 25 of Issues in Law & Medicine. Issues in Law & Medicine is a peer-reviewed journal that addresses legal, medical , and ethical issues in health care.

Professor Terri Helge presented on a panel to the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers on November 5, 2009 in Dallas, Texas. The panel discussed probate basics for new lawyers, and Professor Helge spoke on the fundamentals of estate administration.

Professor James McGrath presented on the "Rights of Sexual Minorities" at the Civil Rights in the Obama Era Conference, at Valparaiso University School of Law, in Valparaiso, Indiana, on November 13, 2009.

Visiting Professor Timothy Mulvaney has been invited to present “Exactions at the Water’s Edge” at the 15th Annual Environmental Law and Policy Summit at Tulane Law School in New Orleans, Louisiana on April 9-11, 2010.

Professor Huyen Pham presented "The Economic Impact of Subfederal Immigration Regulation: An Empirical Analysis” at the Florida State College of Law Faculty Workshop Series held on November 13, 2009 in Tallahassee, Florida. Her article, "The Private Enforcement of Immigration Laws," previously published in the Georgetown Law Journal, was cited by a New York court, in a decision enjoining a landlord from evicting a tenant based on the tenant's undocumented status (Recalde v. Bae Cleaners, Inc., 862 N.Y.S.2d 781 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 2008) ). Professor Pham will also be moderating a panel at the American Association of Law Schools meeting in New Orleans, entitled "Immigrants and Immigrant Workers in the New Orleans Area" on January 6, 2010. She has also been asked to lead a workshop at the Immigration Law Professors Workshop in Chicago on May 25-26, 2010, focusing on state and local immigration enforcement.

Professor Michelle Rigual will be presenting at the Southwestern Association of Law Libraries (SWALL) Annual Meeting on April 9, 2010 in Waco, Texas. Her term as president of SWALL will also begin at that meeting.

Professor Frank Snyder is co-organizing the Fifth International Conference on Contracts, which will be held this February 26-27, 2010 at the William S. Boyd School of Law in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Conference is the largest international conference devoted to contract and commercial law. Snyder created the conference and was lead organizer for the first four of the events, which were held in Fort Worth, Sacramento, Houston, and Gloucecster, England. Professor Snyder is also the executive editor of the blog, ContractsProf, which was recently named one of the “100 Ethics Blogs Every Business Student Should Read” by OnlineCourses.org.

October 2009

Professor Susan Ayres creative work, Medical Resident,” has been accepted for publication in the Legal Studies Forum.

Professor Wayne Barnes has accepted an offer by the West Virginia Law Review to publish his most recent article, “Consumer Assent to Standard Form Contracts and the Voting Analogy.”

Professor Megan Carpenter was appointed to the Academic Committee of the International Trademark Association (INTA) for 2010-2011. Professor Carpenter was also appointed to the Quality Workforce Development Committee by the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce. The Quality Workforce Development Committee is a committee organized to enhance economic growth, new and expanding business development opportunities, and continued quality human resource supply through education, program development, and community partnership efforts in Fort Worth and the North Texas region, and is comprised of thirty community leaders representing business, government, and education sectors. Professor Carpenter also was a leader in the Great Discussion series for the World Affairs Council regarding human rights and humanitarian intervention held in Fort Worth, Texas on October 2, 2009 and the topic was "Wars for Peace."

Professor Cynthia Fountaine has been invited and accepted the invitation to go to Jordan with the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative this Spring 2010 to train Jordanian law professors. Professor Fountaine will be going to Jordan to conduct this training for two months following the completion of her current Fulbright position lecturing at the Universität Bayreuth in Bayreuth, Germany.

Professor Jason Gillmer was quoted in a New York Times article, "In First Lady’s Roots, a Complex Path From Slavery," published on October 7, 2009 that traces the ancestry of Michelle Obama, the first lady. Professor Gillmer also presented "The ‘Love’ of Loving” on a panel regarding the historical antecedents to Loving v. Virginia at the Fourteenth Annual LatCrit Conference, held at American University in Washington, D.C. on October 2, 2009.

Professor Michael Green has agreed to present on November 14, 2009 his work-in-progress entitled, “Employment Discrimination after the Supreme Court’s 2009 Term: A Retaliatory Check on Employers and the Arbitration Monster,” at the Third Annual Dispute Resolution Works in Progress Conference to be held at Harvard Law School on November 13-14, 2009 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Professor Green has also accepted an offer to speak on a panel at the American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section Technology Committee Midwinter Meeting at NYU Law School in New York, N.Y. on April 29, 2010. The panel will focus on “Virtual and Portable Workspaces and the Practice of Law" and address the use and abuse of cloud computing, social networking and twitter, and smart phones and other mobile devices in the practice of law, including ethical issues. Professor Green also presented “Four-Day Weeks and Efforts Aimed at Reducing Work Time: Employer Sympathy or Circumventing Unions and Wage Hour Laws?”at the University of Connecticut Law Review Symposium on “Redefining Work: Implications of the Four-Day Work Week,” held in Hartford, Connecticut on October 30, 2009.

Professor Maxine Harrington was quoted in a feature story on confidentiality clauses in medical malpractice cases, “Covert Operations,” in the Hood County News on October 10, 2009. Professor Harrington was also quoted in a feature story on the expansion of firms into health law, “Winstead plans to grow its health care group,” in the Dallas Business Journal on October 23, 2009.

Professor Terri Helge presented “The Taxation of Cause-related Marketing” at The Law of Philanthropy in the 21st Century Symposium hosted by the Chicago-Kent College of Law on October 23, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois.

Professor Brian Holland presented a work-in-progress on “Copyright Fair Use and Social Semiotics” at the Annual Conference of the Central States Law School Association in Columbus, Ohio on October 23, 2009. Professor Holland also accepted invitations to present on Privacy in Social Networks at the Widener Law Review symposium on Privacy and the Internet in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on February 22, 2010, and on Copyright Fair Use and Social Semiotics at the Law, Property, and Society Conference at Georgetown Law School in Washington, D.C., on March 6, 2010, the Southwest/West Junior Law Faculty Conference at Arizona State University O'Connor College of Law School in Tempe, Arizona on March 15, 2010, and the Intellectual Property Scholars Roundtable at Drake University School of Law in Des Moines, Iowa on March 27, 2010.

Professor Gary Lucas, Jr. presented "The Taxation of Permits Distributed for Free as Part of a Carbon Cap-and-Trade Program" on Oct. 24, 2009 at the Central States Law Schools Association Annual Meeting held at Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio.

Professor James McGrath presented "Approaches to Ensuring the Safety of Prisoners of Ambiguous Sex," at the Central States Law Schools Association Conference, in Columbus, Ohio, on October 14, 2009. Professor McGrath also presented "An Historic Examination of Legal Segregation by Sex," at the 14th Annual LatCrit Conference, American University Washington School of Law, Washington, D.C. on October 3, 2009. Professor McGrath was also invited to present "Transgressors of Masculinity Norms" at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) Conference, to be held in Palm Beach, Florida, on August 1, 2010. Professor McGrath has also been invited to present on the "Rights of Sexual Minorities" at the Civil Rights in the Obama Era Conference, at Valparaiso University School of Law, in Valparaiso, Indiana, on November 13, 2009.

Visiting Professor Timothy Mulvaney accepted a publication offer from the Richmond Law Review for his work entitled “Pining for Sustainability.” He also accepted a publication offer from U.C. Davis’s Environmental Law and Policy Journal for his work entitled “The Remnants of Exaction Takings.” Professor Mulvaney also presented “The Remnants of Exaction Takings” to the faculty of the University of Mississippi School of Law in Oxford, Mississippi on October 8, 2009. He presented “The Curious Case of Permit Condition Review” at the Annual Central States Law Schools Association Conference held in Columbus, Ohio on October 24, 2009. Professor Mulvaney has been invited to present his research on takings jurisprudence at the Association for Law, Property, and Society Conference at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. on March 5-6, 2010 and at the Southwest/West Junior Law Faculty Conference at Arizona State University O’Connor College of Law in Tempe, Arizona on March 15, 2010. Further, Professor Mulvaney has been invited to present “Takings in the Trenches” at a symposium at Florida State University School of Law in Tallahassee, Florida on April 22, 2010. The Florida State Journal of Land Use and Environmental Law will publish Professor Mulvaney’s symposium article of the same title in the fall of 2010.

Professor Huyen Pham spoke on an immigration panel at the Fourteenth Annual LatCrit Conference, held at American University in Washington, D.C. on October 2, 2009. Her presentation discussed her work-in-progress paper entitled, "The Economic Impact of Subfederal Immigration Regulation: An Empirical Analysis.” On October 31, 2009, Professor Pham also presented the same paper at the University of South Carolina School of Law as part of the "Perspectives on Justice" symposium held on October 30-31, 2009 in Columbia, South Carolina.

Late August/September 2009

Professor Susan Ayres acted as an external reader on the dissertation committee for Mary Leslie Middleton from Pacifica University Graduate Institute in Carpenteria, California and reviewed her dissertation paper entitled, “The Quest for Justice When Mothers Murder Their Children: An Archetypal Perspective.” Professor Ayres has also agreed to participate on a panel titled, “Regulating the Reproductive Body,” to be held at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) annual conference in August 2010 in Palm Beach, Florida.

Professor Megan Carpenter has authored, “‘Will Work’: Exploring the Role of Intellectual Property in a Creative Economy," which will be published in Law, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship (Shubha Ghosh, ed., Edward Elgar Publishing, forthcoming 2010).

Professor Frank Elliott gave the luncheon speech for the Collaborative Law Section of the Dallas Bar Association’s 5th Annual Collaborative Training and Symposium in Dallas, Texas on September 24, 2009. The speech concerned the appearance of ADR courses, including collaborative law, in law school curricula.

Professor Cynthia Fountaine has become a co-editor of the new and expanded Civil Procedure & Federal Courts Blog, part of the Law Professor Blogs Network, along with Robin Effron (Brooklyn) and Adam Steinman (Cincinnati). In taking over the Civil Procedure Prof Blog, they have decided to expand the coverage to include Federal Courts. Professor Fountaine has also agreed to participate on a panel titled, “Global Law School: Teaching/Studying Abroad, Bringing it Home,” to be held at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) annual conference in August 2010 in Palm Beach, Florida. Professor Fountaine and Professor Malinda Seymore, who will also present as a member of the panel, planned and developed this program for the SEALS conference.

Professor Paul George recently published An Introduction to Civil Procedure: Forum Selection and Choice of Law (Vandeplas 2009) with co-author, Professor Meg Penrose.

Professor Jason Gillmer has recently completed an essay, “Race, Blood, and What the Alligator Knows,” which will be published in Volume 83 of the Southern California Law Review in 2010.

Professor Michael Green has agreed to publish his paper, “Four-Day Weeks and Efforts Aimed at Reducing Work Time: Employer Sympathy or Circumventing Unions and Wage and Hour Laws?,” in Volume 42 of the Connecticut Law Review in 2010. Professor Green presented “Furloughs, Reduced Workweeks and Other Efforts Aimed at Reducing Employees’ Work Hours While Still Offering Job Stability” at the Fourth Annual Colloquium on Current Scholarship in Labor and Employment Law held at Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark, New Jersey on September 25, 2009. Professor Green agreed to speak at the American Bar Association (ABA) Labor and Employment Section Midwinter Meeting to be held in Coronado, California on March 26, 2010 as part of a panel on “The Allure of Electronic Communications: Forgetting Your Professional Responsibilities When Involved With Email, Facebook, Twitter, and Blogging.” Professor Green has also agreed to participate on a panel to be held at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) annual conference in August 2010 in Palm Beach, Florida titled, “Blah, Blah, Blah About Blogging, Facing Facebook, and Twisting About Twitter: Employer Actions Based Upon Communications on the Internet and Other Similar Workplace Privacy Issues.” Professor Green was recently selected as part of the inaugural class of individuals to be members of the Leadership Development Program for the ABA Labor and Employment Section and participated in the first “Paths to Leadership” conference held in Chicago, Illinois on September 10-12, 2009. Professor Green has also been appointed to the CLE Committee for the ABA Labor and Employment Section’s annual meeting. Professor Green also continued his previous appointment as co-chair of the Advocacy Committee for the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution for the 2009-10 year and as neutral co-chair of the ABA Labor and Employment Section’s Student Trial Regional Competition to be held in Dallas, Texas on November 21-22, 2009.

Professor Maxine Harrington wrote an opinion editorial that was published on September 4, 2009 in the Fort Worth Star Telegram entitled, “Advance Directives: Words are killing debate about compassionate end-of-life options.” Therein, Professor Harrington debunks some of the myths regarding the health care bill pending in Congress and the Texas Advance Directives Act. An on-line version of Professor Harrington's comments was posted on September 3, 2009.

Professor Charlotte Hughart has been notified that IOLTA has renewed the Law Clinic’s grant for September 1, 2009, through August 31, 2010. This grant allows the Law Clinic to provide legal services to assist caretakers of children who were victims of abuse or neglect in Tarrant County. This is the second grant that IOLTA has awarded the Law Clinic.

Professor Gary Lucas, Jr. has accepted an offer to publish his article, “Taxing the Windfall: Why the Government Should Tax Emissions Permits Distributed for Free as Part of a Carbon Cap-and-Trade Program,” in Volume 1 of the George Washington Journal of Energy and Environmental Law in 2010.

Professor James McGrath spoke on the panel, "So You Want to Be a Law Professor," at the Lavender Law Conference in Brooklyn, New York on September 12, 2009. Professor McGrath has also been serving on the Fort Worth Diversity Task Force as the city contemplates adding transgendered persons to the list of persons protected by law against discrimination in employment and public accommodations.

Visiting Professor Timothy Mulvaney is a co-project investigator on a team of researchers that has been awarded a federal grant to conduct a two-year interdisciplinary and cooperative research project on regulatory takings, environmental law and land use issues related to natural hazard and climate change resiliency. Professor Mulvaney is collaborating on this project with researchers at the University of Florida, LSU, the University of Mississippi, and the Harte Research Institute at Texas A & M – Corpus Christi. Professor Mulvaney also has been invited to present "The Remnants of Exaction Takings" at the University of Mississippi School of Law in Oxford, Mississippi as part of its faculty speaker series program on October 8, 2009. Further, Professor Mulvaney has been invited to present “The Curious Case of Permit Condition Review” at the annual Central States Law Schools Association Conference, which will be held at Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio on October 23-24, 2009. In addition, Professor Mulvaney has been invited to serve on a panel at “The International Conference on Sea Level Rise in the Gulf of Mexico: Impacts, Adaptations, and Management” in Corpus Christi, Texas in March of 2010.

Professor Mary Margaret “Meg” Penrose recently published An Introduction to Civil Procedure: Forum Selection and Choice of Law (Vandeplas 2009) with co-author, Professor Paul George. Professor Penrose also recently published Education Policy and the Law: Cases and Commentary (Vandeplas Publishing 2009) with co-author, Bernard James (Pepperdine). Professor Penrose has been invited to speak on February 5, 2010 at the University of Tulsa School of Law in Tulsa, Oklahoma on “The Right to Counsel During State Habeas Proceedings.”

Professor Susan Phillips recently published the article, “‘Like Sands Through the Hourglass . . .’: How to Develop a Good Legal Research Problem,” in Volume 28, Numbers 3-4, 2009 of the Legal Reference Services Quarterly. This article is included in part two of a special issue on teaching legal research.

Professor Malinda Seymore has agreed to participate on a panel titled, “Global Law School: Teaching/Studying Abroad, Bringing it Home,” to be held at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) annual conference in August 2010 in Palm Beach, Florida. Professor Seymore and Professor Cynthia Fountaine, who will also present as a member of the panel, planned and developed this program for the SEALS conference.

Dean Frederic White was recently appointed among thirteen members, including Director of Advocacy Programs and adjunct professor, Vince Cruz, to serve on a merit selection panel formed to assist the United States District Judges of the Northern District of Texas in their appointment of a new full time federal magistrate judge to be located in Fort Worth, Texas. The order was issued by Chief Judge Sidney A. Fitzwater on August 19, 2009. Dean White was nominated for the position by Judge Terry R. Means and adjunct professor Cruz was nominated by Judge John H. McBryde.

Summer 2009

July/Early August 2009


Professor Susan Ayres presented a paper, "Policing Concealed Pregnancy," as part of a panel on "Policing Families" held at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) annual conference on Friday, August 7, 2009 in Palm Beach, Florida.

Professor Wayne Barnes presented a paper, "The French Subjective Theory of Contracts: Separating Rhetoric from Reality," as part of a panel on "Comparative Contract Law" held at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) annual conference on Friday, August 7, 2009 in Palm Beach, Florida.

Professor Megan Carpenter published an article, "Trademarks and Human Rights: Oil and Water? Or Chocolate and Peanut Butter?," in volume 99, issue no. 4 (July-August 2009), of The Trademark Reporter, one of the most court-cited Intellectual Property (IP) journals. Professor Carpenter also developed a partnership between the TWU School of Law Center for Law and Intellectual Property (CLIP) and the Arts Council of Fort Worth and Community Arts Center, wherein CLIP will present on IP issues and draft helpful educational information for the arts community in the Fort Worth/Dallas Metroplex. Professor Carpenter has also developed a partnership between CLIP and Tech Fort Worth, involving students in interdisciplinary teams working on issues of technology transfer. This partnership will uniquely involve other universities and organizations such as the University of Texas Arlington, Texas Christian University, and the University of North Texas Health Sciences Center in a cooperative effort across disciplines, creating "business teams" to support entrepreneurship. Professor Carpenter was also invited to speak at the Eldon B. Mahon Inn of Court in Fort Worth, Texas, on May 11, 2010, at 5:30 p.m., on the pro bono work that Texas Wesleyan law students have done researching indigenous issues and matters related to the estate of Crazy Horse.

Professor Cynthia Fountaine presented "Atticus Finch: Constructing a Heroic Lawyer" at the Texas Attorney General’s office in Austin, Texas on August 11, 2009 as part of the Lecture Series on The Well-Rounded Lawyer.

Professor Jason Gillmer has been invited to speak on "The Love of Loving" as part of a panel on "Historical Antecedents to Loving v. Virginia" at the 14th Annual LatCrit Conference at American University Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C. on October 1-4, 2009. Professor Gillmer has also been asked to write a review of "Law and Society in the South: A History of North Carolina Court Cases," by John W. Wertheimer, to be published in Cambridge University Press’s Continuity and Change: A Journal of Social Structure, Law and Demography.

Associate Law Librarian Lisa Goodman moderated a panel discussion entitled "The Thurgood Marshall Papers: A Case Study in Acquiring Significant Archival Donations … Journey Through the Legacy of a Civil Rights Pioneer" at the 102nd Annual Meeting of the American Association of Law Libraries in Washington, D.C. on July 26, 2009. The discussion centered on the nearly 175,000 documents that comprise the collection of Thurgood Marshall Papers housed in the Library of Congress’ Manuscript Division. The panel included Dr. James Hutson, Chief of the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress; Professor Mark Tushnet of Harvard Law School; and journalist Joan Biskupic of USA Today.

Professor Michael Green presented "What Actions Will Employers, Arbitrators, and Neutral Service Providers Take in Response to the Supreme Court’s Pyett Decision?" as part of a panel on "Union Negotiated Arbitration of Statutory Discrimination Claims after 14 Penn Plaza v. Pyett," held at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) annual conference on Thursday, August 6, 2009 in Palm Beach, Florida. Professor Green also presented "Mandatory Bargaining Over Requiring Employees to Arbitrate?" as part of a Dispute Resolution Section panel on "Negotiating Union Waivers for Statutory Discrimination Claims in Arbitration and Related Issues of Advocacy After 14 Penn Plaza LLC v. Pyett" held at the American Bar Association’s Annual Meeting on Thursday, July 30, 2009, in Chicago, Illinois. Professor Green will also be presenting on "Furloughs, Reduced Workweeks and Other Efforts Aimed at Reducing Employees’ Work Hours While Still Offering Job Stability"at the Fourth Annual Colloquium on Current Scholarship in Labor and Employment Law to be held at Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark, New Jersey on September 25-26, 2009. Professor Green's comments about the Supreme Court's recent decision in Ricci v. DeStefano were quoted, along with other comments about Ricci from Dean Erwin Chemerinsky from UC Irvine and Professor Samuel Estreicher from NYU, in the American Bar Association's Labor and Employment Section Summer 2009 Newsletter article by Steven Moore and Mark Risk, "Firefighter Plaintiffs Prevail in Landmark Supreme Court Case." Professor Green's statements on page 14 of this article discuss the impact of Ricci: "the decision" leads to "an overwhelming chilling effect that creates a strong disincentive for any employer to take remedial action" and employees "who have been historically denied positions in the workplace on the basis of race, gender, and national origin will not get the benefit of an informed and concerned employer who seeks to take proactive steps to prevent discrimination from occurring as a form of disparate impact."

Professor Terri Helge was invited to speak at the 27th Annual Nonprofit Organizations Institute hosted by The University of Texas School of Law on January 14, 2010 in Austin, Texas. Professor Helge will speak on the tax and business implications of cause-related marketing activities undertaken by charitable organizations. Professor Helge was also invited to speak to the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers on November 5, 2009 at the Belo mansion in Dallas regarding issues in probate administration.

Visiting Professor Timothy Mulvaney has been invited to present "The Remnants of Exaction Takings" at the Villanova University School of Law in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as a part of its faculty speaker series on September 4, 2009.

Professor Neal Newman has been selected by the Dallas Business Journal to be one of the 10 judges who will determine the "Best Corporate Counsel" in such categories as Best Deal, Diversity Champion, Community Service, etc. A reception for the winners will occur in November 2009.

Professor Huyen Pham spoke at the Emerging Immigration Law Scholars and Teachers workshop at Hofstra Law School on July 16-17, 2009. Professor Pham has also been asked to speak at Florida State University College of Law as part of its faculty speaker series program to be held on October 23, 2009 and at Wayne State University Law School on February 4, 2010, in its law review symposium on immigration law reform. Professor Pham will also be presenting as part of a panel on "Latino Electoral Politics and Immigration: A Critical Assessment of the Obama Administration on Immigration Reform" at the 14th Annual LatCrit Conference at American University Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C. on October 2, 2009. Professor Pham’s paper, "Problems Facing the First Generation of Local Immigration Laws," was recently listed on Social Science Research Network’s top ten download list for Immigration, Refugee & Citizenship Law.

Professor Malinda Seymore presented a paper, "Transcending Procedure: How Rape Shield Law Can Help in Teaching Substantive Rape Law,"as part of a panel on "Evidence and Rape" held at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) annual conference on Monday, August 3, 2009 in Palm Beach, Florida. June

Professor Frank Elliott gave a presentation on Preparation of Settlement Agreements to the Dallas Chapter of the Association of Attorney Mediators in Dallas, Texas on June 22, 2009.

Professor Cynthia Fountaine has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture at Universität Bayreuth in Bayreuth, Germany during the 2009-2010 academic year. Professor Fountaine will teach United States Constitutional Law and United States Common Law Methodology to German law students.

Professor Michael Green presented "Thoughts on the Wright and the Wrong of the Supreme Court’s Pyett Decision" at the Association of American Law Schools’ 2009 Midyear Meeting Workshop on WorkLaw held in Long Beach, California on June 12, 2009. Professor Green participated on an arbitration panel discussing the Supreme Court’s recent decision in 14 Penn Plaza LLC v. Pyett The American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section Newsletter recently published Professor Green’s short article about the Pyett decision, "Divided Supreme Court Allows Union Waiver of Judicial Forum," in the Spring 2009 issue. Professor Green has also agreed with Professor Ronald Turner (University of Houston) to author a textbook, Employment Law: Issues, Theories, and Realities, by West Academic Publishing with an expected completion date in 2011.

Professor Charlotte Hughart received notice that her application seeking renewal of the Texas Wesleyan Law Clinic’s United Way Impact grant has been approved and this grant is now renewed for an unprecedented fifth year in the amount of $61,872.00. Through the grant, the Law Clinic works collaboratively with the Lena Pope Home to assist caregivers of children who are at risk of abuse or neglect. The Lena Pope Home provides social services to the family and the Law Clinic provides legal representation to obtain legal custody, which stabilizes the children’s lives.

Professor James McGrath was invited to speak on careers in academia at the Lavender Law Conference in Brooklyn, New York on September 12, 2009. Professor McGrath was also invited to speak on "Transgendered Persons in Prison" at the 14th Annual LatCrit Conference at American University Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C. on October 1-4, 2009.

Dean Frederic White was selected for the Leadership Fort Worth Class of 2010. Dean White also participated as a panelist at the Summer Program in Comparative Law, co-sponsored by Golden Gate University School of Law and the University of Paris, Nanterre, which was held in Paris, France on June 24, 2009. The panel topic focused on the roles of President Obama and French President Sarkozy in promoting racial equality.

Spring 2009

May 2009

Professor Stephen Alton organized a colloquium on "Issues in Art Law" held at Texas A&M University School of Law on Saturday, May 30, 2009. At this colloquium, an audience of more than fifty individuals including students, panelists including Professor Megan Carpenter, and members of the local art world heard presentations by artists, art dealers, and museum personnel (including directors, curators, and registrars). Professor Alton also moderated two panels held at this colloquium.

Professor Susan Ayres made an appearance on Sunday, May 3, 2009 as a guest on Dallas radio station, 89.7FM, Power FM, and its weekly public affairs program, PowerTalk, heard every Sunday evening at 9 p.m. During this appearance, Professor Ayres and Patsy Summey, Project Coordinator of Baby Moses Dallas, spoke about and answered audience questions related to the Texas law and other similar laws pertaining to safe havens where newly delivered babies may be left instead of being abandoned. Professor Ayres also accepted an invitation to serve a three year term (2009-11) as a board member of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture & Humanities.

Professor Megan Carpenter moderated a Table Topic on Trademarks and Moral Rights at the Annual Meeting of the International Trademark Association in Seattle, Washington on May 18, 2009. Professor Carpenter also presented at the colloquium on "Issues in Art Law" held at Texas A&M University School of Law on Saturday, May 30, 2009 where she discussed copyright law and the visual arts and moderated one of the panels.

Professor Frank Elliott gave a presentation to the Tarrant County Association of Mediators on May 19, 2009 regarding drafting and enforcement of mediated settlement agreements.

Professor Paul George has accepted an offer to co-author with Professor Meg Penrose (who will be joining our faculty in Fall 2009) a civil procedure casebook by Vandeplas publishing with an expected publication date in 2010. Professor George has also agreed to produce two day-long CLE programs on federal trial practice for Thomson/Reuters to be held in October, 2009. At the American Law Institute (ALI) annual meeting held in Washington, D.C. on May 17-19, 2009, Professor George was re-appointed to the ALI's fifteen-member Outreach Committee which is charged with recruiting and membership activities.

Professor Jason Gillmer presented during an author meets reader panel at the annual Law and Society meeting in Denver, Colorado, on Friday, May 29, 2009. The subject of the talk was the new book by Ariela Gross, one of the leading legal historians of race and slavery, entitled, What Blood Won’t Tell: A History of Race on Trial in America. Professor Gillmer has also been asked to contribute an essay on the book to a special symposium edition of the Southern California Law Review in the fall. Additionally, Professor Gillmer published a book review of Davison M. Douglas’s work on Jim Crow Moves North: The Battle over Northern School Segregation, 1865-1954, in the Law and History Review.

Professor Michael Green presented "Doubting the Thomases: Is Black-on-Black Sexual Harassment in the Workplace a Matter of Sex or Race or Both?" at the Law and Society annual meeting held in Denver, Colorado on May 28, 2009 as part of a panel entitled, "Employment Discrimination in a Non-Binary World: Worker Identity, Intersectionality, and Institutional Responsibility." Professor Green has agreed to speak on a panel at the American Bar Association Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois on Thursday, July 30, 2009 as part of the Section of Dispute Resolution program, "Negotiating Union Waivers of Statutory Discrimination Claims in Arbitration and related issues of Advocacy after 14 Penn Plaza LLC v. Pyett." Professor Green has also accepted an offer to participate in and speak at a law review conference Symposium, "Redefining Work: Exploring the Four-Day Week," to be held at the University of Connecticut School of Law on October 30, 2009.

Professor Terri Helge presented "Policing the Good Guys: Regulation of the Charitable Sector Through a Federal Charity Oversight Board" on a tax panel at the Law and Society annual meeting held in Denver, Colorado on May 30, 2009.

Professor Keith Hirokawa published a paper entitled, "The relevance of land use law to climate change preparedness: The case of sustainable water practices," in Trends, Volume 40, No. 5. Trends is the bi-monthly newsletter for the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources. Professor Hirokawa has also been confirmed as a 2009-2010 newsletter issue editor for the Environmental Law Section of the New York State Bar Association.

Professor Charlotte Hughart has accepted an appointment by the Tarrant County Bar Association to serve as Chair Elect for their Trinity Habitat for Humanity Committee this coming year (2009-10), starting July 1, and as Chair for the next year (2010-11).

Professor James McGrath presented about transgendered and intersexual persons’ experience in prison and explored the historical underpinnings of the segregation of people in penal institutions based on their sex at the Law and Society Annual Meeting held in Denver, Colorado on May 28, 2009.

Professor Huyen Pham was quoted on May 14, 2009 in a feature story by Lydia Lum appearing in Diverse Issues in Higher Education entitled, "When Work Experience is Not Enough." In the story, Professor Pham discussed the intricacies of the law school faculty hiring process and the value of having a mentor to help you in pursuing a law school faculty position.

Professor Lynne Rambo served as a commentator regarding a story on May 26, 2009 for CW Channel 33, KDAF-TV, Dallas-Fort Worth, as she weighed in on President Obama’s decision to nominate United States federal court judge, Sonia Sotomayor, to the United States Supreme Court position being vacated by Justice David Souter.

April 2009

Professor Susan Ayres presented "Denied Pregnancies and Problems of Neonaticide" and participated in a roundtable discussion on "Narratives in Legal Scholarship" at the 12th Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and Humanities, held at Suffolk University School of Law on April 4, 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts. At this same conference, Professor Ayres also joined with Professor James McGrath as a cast member in the public reading of the play, "Third Crossing" by Professor Deborah Threedy that explored the relationship between Sally Hemmings and Thomas Jefferson.

Professor Mark Burge spoke at the Twelfth Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and Humanities, held at Suffolk University School of Law on April 4, 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts. His presentation, "Legal Wizards: Applying the Lessons of Harry Potter to Law School and Law Practice," was part of a panel of authors whose work will appear in the book, Harry Potter and the Law, which will be published later this year by Carolina Academic Press.

Professor Megan Carpenter spoke at the "Law, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship" conference at the University of Wisconsin School of Law in Madison, Wisconsin on April 24, 2009. Her presentation was on "From Coal to Content: The Role of Intellectual Property in Transitional U.S. Economies." She is also drafting a book chapter to be included in a book to be published by Elgin Publishers on the same subject.

Professor Paul George was appointed to the Advisory Board for the Loyola University Chicago Consumer Law Review.

Professor Michael Green presented at the Annual American Bar Association, Section of Dispute Resolution 11th Annual Conference, held in New York, New York on April 16, 2009. Professor Green presented his paper, "Collective Bargaining Waivers: The Wright and the Wrong of Pyett," as part of a panel including the attorneys who represented parties in the 14 Penn Plaza v. Pyett case decided by the Supreme Court on April 1, 2009. Professor Green also presented, "Negotiation of Collective Bargaining Agreements," at the 47th Annual Course on Labor Law and Labor Arbitration, The Center for American and International Law, in Plano, Texas on April 23, 2009.

Professor Terri Helge accepted an offer from the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy to publish her paper, "Policing the Good Guys: Regulation of the Charitable Sector Through a Federal Charity Oversight Board."

Professor Keith Hirokawa published the article, "A Challenge to Sustainable Governments," in Slip Opinions, the on-line supplement to Washington University Law Review, on April 2, 2009. Professor Hirokawa also accepted an offer from the Drexel Law Review to publish his paper, "Critical Enculturation: Using Problems to Teach Law."

Professor James McGrath presented "Issues of Transsexuals, Intersexual and Transgendered Persons in Prison" at the 12th Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and Humanities, held at Suffolk University School of Law on April 4, 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts. At this same conference, Professor McGrath also joined with Professor Susan Ayres as a cast member in the public reading of the play, "Third Crossing" by Professor Deborah Threedy that explored the relationship between Sally Hemmings and Thomas Jefferson. On April 10, 2009, Professor McGrath presented "A Prisoner’s Dilemma: Transgendered Persons in Prison," on an interdisciplinary panel (in the social sciences) discussing gender and sexuality issues at the Southwest Social Science Conference in Denver, Colorado.

Professor Huyen Pham accepted an offer from the University of Florida Law Review to publish her paper, "When Immigration Borders Move."

Professor Carla Pratt chaired the Critical Race Theory and Indigenous Peoples Roundtable at the CRT 20: Honoring Our Past, Charting Our Future conference held at the University of Iowa College of Law on April 4, 2009. Professor Pratt discussed the need to reconceptualize Indian identity so that Indianness is more closely connected to indigenous notions of self than the colonizer's notion of what it means to be Indian.

Professor Lynne Rambo received an award for the Outstanding Upper Class Professor of the Year at the Annual Barristers’ Ball held on Friday, April 3, 2009.

Professor Aric Short presented at the 12th Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and Humanities, held at Suffolk University Law School, on April 3, 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts. His presentation, entitled "Faith By Itself Is Dead: Local Homeless Feeding Restrictions and their Impact on the Free Exercise of Religion," explored the First Amendment implications of municipal ordinances enacted across the country to limit the ability of individuals and groups to feed the homeless in public spaces. Professor Short also received an award for the Outstanding First Year Professor of the Year at the Annual Barristers’ Ball held on Friday, April 3, 2009. Professor Short was interviewed for and quoted in an article appearing in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on April 11, 2009 entitled, "Beware of Foreclosure 'Rescue' Outfits, Feds Say."

Professor Neil Sobol received an award for the Outstanding Legal Writing Professor of the Year at the Annual Barristers’ Ball held on Friday, April 3, 2009.

Professor Joe Spurlock hosted a delegation of attorneys from Bahrain, Egypt, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia on April 21, 2009 as these attorneys discussed Sharia Law under Islam with approximately 50 Texas Wesleyan students in Legislation, Contracts II, Jurisprudence and National Security Law classes. These attorneys were visiting the United States as part of a program on Promoting Law and Judicial Reform in conjunction with a United States Department of State sponsored visit.

March 2009

Professor Susan Ayres presented "Mothers in Denial" at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law on March 13, 2009. Professor Ayres’ article, Kairos and Safe Havens: The Timing and Calamity of Unwanted Birth, 227 Wm. & Mary J. of Women & Law 227 (2009), was recently published. Professor Ayres has also been invited to present at a couple of programs to be held at the Twelfth Annual Conference for the Association of the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities to be held at Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts, April 3-4, 2009. More details about these presentations will be provided in the April Highlights.

Professor Frank Elliott was cited by the Supreme Court of Texas in Arkoma Basin Exploration Co. v. FMF Associates 1900-A, LTD, 249 S.W.3d 380 (Tex. 2008) when it cited 10 Frank W. Elliott, West’s Texas Forms: Civil Trial & Appellate Practice § 26.1 (3d ed. 2000).

Professor Paul George’s two law review articles attacking rent concessions as improper contract penalties were recently recognized by consumer lobbyist Robert Doggett and the Texas Low Income Housing Information Service when they asked him to testify in front of a Texas Senate committee considering a bill on rent concessions. The consumer group took Professor George's advice to table the bill rather than risk abrogating the current strong common law remedies.

Professor Michael Z. Green was selected as the Littler Mendelson Employment & Labor Law Lecturer and gave a presentation entitled, "Where are We Going With the Merger of Employment Discrimination Claims and Alternative Dispute Resolution?," at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland, Ohio on March 12, 2009. Professor Green also presented "Another Matter to Address in the Mandatory Arbitration Debate: Which Side are You On Regarding Positional Conflicts of Interest?," at the American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment, Ethics & Professional Responsibility Committee Midwinter Meeting, panel on Issue Conflicts, Positional Conflicts, and Business Conflicts, held in Key West, Florida on March 27, 2009. Professor Green also participated in a panel on "Sexual Harassment in the Union and Non-Union Setting," at the American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment, Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee Midwinter Meeting held in Key West, Florida on March 28, 2009. This panel involved a role play and discussion amongst arbitrators and advocates regarding the key differences in union labor arbitration and non-union employment arbitration.

Professor Maxine Harrington’s article, "The Thin Flat Line: Redefining Who Is Legally Dead in Organ Donation After Cardiac Death," 86 Den. Univ. L. Rev. 335 (2009), was published in the Denver University Law Review.

Professor Terri Helge presented "Tax Aspects of Transactions with Charitable Organizations" to the Tarrant County Probate Bar Association on March 5, 2009. Professor Helge was interviewed by a reporter on the tax implications of bartering transactions for an article describing the substantial increase in bartering transactions in light of the economic crisis. The article, "With the Economy Down, Bartering Explodes," was printed in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on March 14, 2009, and reprinted in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on March 23, 2009. Professor Helge was also Interviewed by a reporter on the fiduciary duties of charity managers for an article exposing alleged misuse of charitable assets at a local charity. The article, "Mission in Peril," was printed in the Hood County News on Feb. 7, 2009.

Professor Keith Hirokawa was notified that his update of a recent case development, "Washington Energy Facilities Siting Procedures Preempt GMA," was published in Volume 31, Number 1 (Feb. 2009), of the Oregon Real Estate and Land Use Digest, a publication of the Oregon Bar Association.

Professor Huyen Pham was asked by the Stanford Law Review to be a peer reviewer for an immigration law article being considered for publication.

Professor Carla Pratt served as a commentator on "The American Indian’s Truth," as part of the Jay Winter Nightwolf Radio Program, WPFW 89.3, Washington, D.C. on March 13, 2009. During that commentary, Professor Pratt discussed the factual background and legal theories for the Cherokee lawsuit filed against Cherokee Freedmen in Federal District Court in the Northern District of Oklahoma. Professor Pratt also presented a Work In Progress entitled, "Lawyering at the Intersection of Race, Class and Culture," at the Southeast/Southwest People of Color Conference, held in Phoenix, Arizona, March 28, 2009.

Professor Aric Short will be presenting, "A Free Exercise Critique of Local Homeless Feeding Restrictions" at the 2009 Law and Society Association Annual Meeting to be held in Denver, Colorado on May 31, 2009.

Professor Frank Snyder was interviewed and quoted several times in the month of March regarding the awarding of bonuses by AIG. His assessment of that issue can be found as follows: At Slate, Christopher Beam, "Unjustly Enriched, Can Obama Take Back the AIG Bonuses, March 17, 2009; San Francisco Chronicle, Kathleen Pender, "Once paid, AIG Bonuses will be hard to recover, March 17, 2009. Also, Professor Snyder was asked to contribute to the discussion on the New York Times Room For Debate Blog, "When Contract Bonuses Can Be Broken," on March 17, 2009 as part of his commentary, "There’s Little Chance of Getting the Money Back."

Dean Frederic White was quoted in a Fort Worth Star-Telegram article, "Measure aims to establish University of North Texas law school in Dallas," published on March 27, 2009. Dean White also published an article entitled, "A Uniform Bar Examination: An Idea Whose Time Has Come," in the February 2009 issue of "The Bar Examiner" magazine.

Late January/February 2009

Professor Susan Ayres presented "Mothers in Denial" with Dr. Prema Manjunath on February 27, 2009 at JPS Health Network in For Worth, Texas. They discussed this topic during Psychiatric Grand Rounds which involves a formal presentation of a clinical issue to hospital staff.

Professor Wayne Barnes' article, "Toward a Fairer Model of Consumer Assent to Standard Form Contracts: In Defense of Restatement Subsection 211(3)," 82 Wash. L. Rev. 227 (2007), was cited in Linda J. Rusch and Stephen L. Sepinuck, Sales and Leases: A Problem-Solving Approach (West 2009), at p. 77 n.35.

Professor Megan Carpenter has received an offer from the Trademark Reporter to publish her paper on the topic of Trademarks as Human Rights which she presented at the International Trademark Association in Boca Raton, Florida in November 2008. The Trademark Reporter is the law journal (law review) of the International Trademark Association, and is published to the Association’s 6000 members in 190 countries, which members include the world’s leading corporations. The Editors of The Trademark Reporter are all practicing trademark lawyers.

Professor Frank Elliott moderated a panel of speakers on ethical problems in alternative dispute resolution at the Texas Wesleyan Law Review symposium, "Alternative Dispute Resolution: Exploring the new standard of diligent settlement advocacy facing today’s litigators." This symposium was held on Friday, February 13, 2009 at the law school’s Bernie Schuchmann Conference Center This symposium was held on Friday, February 13, 2009 at the law school’s Bernie Schuchmann Conference Center and included the participation of Professor Michael Green and Adjunct Professor Kay Elliott. On February 11, 2009, Professor Elliott also spoke to the Lion’s Club in Graham, Texas on Abraham Lincoln as a Lawyer.

Professor Cynthia Fountaine presented "The Legal Civil Rights Movement" and participated on a panel entitled "They Had A Dream Too" discussing the role of young people in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s, which was sponsored by Texas Young Lawyers Association for high school juniors and seniors. This program was held at Texas A&M University School of Law on February 19, 2009. Professor Fountaine’s article, "Stepping In: The Unique Challenges Faced By Interim Law Deans," will be published in Volume 40 of the Toledo Law Review as part of its annual Leadership in Legal Education Issue.

Professor Jason Gillmer was asked to be a co-editor for The Texas Legal Studies Series, a new book series focusing on the rich legal heritage of Texas. The series is sponsored by the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society in partnership with the University of Texas Press. Professor Gillmer also presented his paper, "Shades of Gray: The Life and Times of a Free Family of Color in Antebellum Texas," to the faculty at the University of South Carolina Law School on February 20, 2009.

Professor Michael Green presented "Why Advocates Should Not Expect Strict Adherence to the Rules of Evidence in Labor and Employment Arbitration," at the Texas Wesleyan Law Review symposium, "Alternative Dispute Resolution: Exploring the new standard of diligent settlement advocacy facing today’s litigators." This symposium was held on Friday, February 13, 2009 at the law school’s Bernie Schuchmann Conference Center and also included the participation of Professor Frank Elliott and Adjunct Professor Kay Elliott. Professor Green also served as a panelist on an ethics discussion held at this Texas Wesleyan Law Review symposium which was moderated by Professor Frank Elliott. On February 7, 2009, Professor Green participated in a conference held at Hastings Law School in San Francisco, California that was sponsored by the Labor Law Group, a group of law scholars who produce casebooks in the labor and employment field. During this conference, members of the American Law Institute (ALI) heard critiques from members of the Labor Law Group about the ALI’s draft Restatement of Employment Law and all involved continued the discussion regarding this ongoing debate. Professor Green was also interviewed by journalist, Stacey Closser, for two articles published in the Dallas Business Journal on February 20, 2009 entitled, "Labor bills are likely to advance" and proposed "Legislation that could change employment law." Professor Green’s comments were offered as part of an inquiry made to "eight labor experts" regarding pending labor and employment law legislation to be addressed at the beginning of President Obama’s new administration.

Professor Terri Helge was selected to present on a panel at the upcoming American Counsel of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) Symposium on Philanthropy in the 21st Century which will be held on October 23, 2009 at Chicago Kent College of Law. Professor Helge will be speaking on a Tax panel at this Symposium. She will discuss cause-related marketing activities of charitable organizations and analyze whether existing federal income tax rules applicable to such activities adequately capture what we accept as valid charitable activities. More specifically, Professor Helge’s analysis of the application of the unrelated business income tax regime and the prohibition on private benefit to cause-related marketing activities reveals that modifications to existing Internal Revenue Service guidance should be made based on social, economic, and tax theory. As a condition of participating in this Symposium, Professor Helge has also agreed to have her paper published in the Chicago Kent Law Review’s Symposium Issue.

Professor Keith Hirokawa was notified that his paper, "At Home With Nature: Early Reflections on Green Building Laws and the Transformation of the Built Environment," will be published as the lead article in the 2009 Issue 3 of Environmental Law, the United States' oldest law review dedicated solely to environmental issues.

Professor James McGrath will be presenting on transgendered and intersexual persons’ experience in prison and exploring the historical underpinnings of the segregation of people in institutions based on their sex at the Law and Society Annual Meeting to be held in Denver, Colorado on May 28-31, 2009.

Professor Neal Newman spoke at the University of Memphis Law School Spring Symposium on the Department of Treasury’s "Blueprint for a Modern Financial Regulatory Structure" held on Friday, February 20, 2009. Professor Newman’s paper, "The U.S. Move to International Accounting Standards – A Matter of Cultural Discord," explores the aspects of recent efforts to establish a global accounting standard for financial reporting and what the implications will be for American corporations. This paper will be published in a symposium edition of the Memphis Law Review. Professor Newman also presented this same topic to the faculty at Stetson Law School on February 9, 2009.

Professor Huyen Pham presented her paper, "When Immigration Borders Move," to the faculty at Stetson Law School on February 27, 2009. Professor Pham was interviewed by a journalist, Lydia Lum, on February 23, 2009 regarding an article for the Diverse Issues in Higher Education Magazine. The subject matter of the article will address the relatively low number of Asian American law faculty members when compared to other academic disciplines at United States colleges.

Professor Carla Pratt served as the keynote speaker for the Homer S. Brown Law Association's 10th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Program on January 19, 2009. The Homer S. Brown Law Association is an affiliate of the National Bar Association located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Professor Pratt also presented her essay, "Keeping It Real: Lessons from the Hip Hop Generation of Black Lawyers," at West Virginia University School of Law's symposium entitled, "The Evolution of Street Knowledge: Hip Hop's Influence on Law and Culture." Professor Pratt's essay entitled, "Way to Represent: The Role of Black Lawyers in Contemporary American Democracy," was published in Volume 77 of the Fordham Law Review.

Professor Vickie Rainwater was notified on February 27, 2009 that she has been selected as the recipient of the 2009 Fort Worth-Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association (FW-TCYLA) "Outstanding Mentor Award." It is the FW-TCYLA's most prestigious award and recognizes the individual who has: 1) served as a role model to young lawyers in his or her community; 2) fosters the development of young lawyers; and 3) significantly contributes to the profession and/or the community. In addition to this award, Professor Rainwater will be nominated for the state-wide Outstanding Mentor award given by the Texas Young Lawyers Association, the parent organization of the FW-TCYLA.

Fall 2008

December 2008/Early January 2009


Professor Stephen Alton gave a lecture on December 10, 2008 entitled "A Brief History of American Legal Education and Jurisprudence." The lecture examined the history of legal education in America and placed special emphasis on the establishment and evolution of the case method of instruction in American law schools.

Professor Megan Carpenter will be giving a presentation to the Tarrant County Bar Association on Friday, January 16, 2009. She will speak on the issue of whether or not intellectual property rights effectively protect the interests of indigenous peoples in a talk entitled "Riding Roughshod over the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: The Problem of Crazy Horse."

Professor Frank Elliott was interviewed on December 8, 2008 at the Belo Mansion in Dallas, Texas as part of a compilation of the history of Texas lawyers who have been licensed over 50 years.

Professor Cynthia Fountaine has been invited to give two talks in April 2009 at the Northern Kentucky University Chase School of Law. She will speak to the entire law school community on the topic, "Protecting Diversity of Thought While Encouraging Diversity as Inclusiveness: Exploring Potential Tensions." She will speak to the law school faculty on the topic, "Improving Diversity in the Legal Profession by Creating a Pipeline to Law School."

Professor Jason Gillmer was invited to participate on an "author meets reader" panel at this year’s annual meeting of the Law and Society Association. Professor Gillmer will be commenting on the leading slave scholar Ariela Gross’s book, What Blood Won’t Tell. The meeting is being held in Denver, Colorado in May, 28-31, 2009.

Professor Michael Green gave a poster presentation at the Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting in San Diego, California on January 9, 2009 on the topic, "No Strict Evidence Rules in Labor and Employment Arbitration." In this poster presentation, Professor Green explored the application of the rules of evidence in labor and employment arbitration proceedings and suggests a framework for dealing with evidentiary issues in those disputes. Professor Green will also be presenting, "Doubting the Thomases: Is Black-on-Black Workplace Harassment A Matter of Sex or Race or Both?" at the Law and Society Annual Meeting to be held in Denver, Colorado in May 28-31. 2009.

Professor Keith Hirokawa presented "Implementing the New Environmental Discourse: Sustainable Development Codes," on December 12, 2008 at the Planning, Zoning and Property Rights Conference, hosted by the Center for American and International Law and the State and Local Government Section of the American Bar Association. Also, Professor Hirokawa’s article, "Property Pieces in Compensation Statutes: Law's Eulogy for Oregon's Measure 37," 38 Environmental Law 1111 (2008), was recently published.

Professor James McGrath will be presenting a discussion of transgendered and intersexual persons’ experience in prisons from a legal perspective, and will compare popular media notions of the same experience at the Law, Culture and Humanities Conference on March 4, 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Professor Carla Pratt presented "The End of the Pipeline at the Millennium: Using Stories from New African American Attorneys to Inform Theories of Intervention" on January 7, 2009 at the Association of American Law Schools' (AALS) Annual Meeting as part of a panel on Empirical Research in the Pursuit of a Social Agenda. She and her co-investigator, Dr. Dorothy Evensen, presented preliminary findings on a qualitative study aimed at learning what institutional structures aided blacks in becoming lawyers. On January 8, 2009, Professor Pratt also presented "In Search of Recognition: The Freedmen's Obdurate Struggle for Indian Identity" as part of the AALS panel on Law and Anthropology where she explained the disconnect between the Freedmen's claims to Indian identity and the tribes' rejection of those claims. Professor Pratt has been invited to serve as the keynote speaker for the Pittsburgh Black Bar Association's Martin Luther King program to be held on January 19, 2009 where she will present, "Are We There Yet? Has America Arrived at the Promise Land?" She has also been invited to present, "The Interpretive Role of Hip Hop in American Law and Democracy" at the University of West Virginia's symposium on The Evolution of Street Knowledge: Hip Hop's Influence on Law and Culture on February 13, 2009. Professor Pratt has also been invited to serve as a roundtable discussion leader at the Critical Race Theory 20: Honoring Our Past, Charting Our Future Conference to be held April 2-4, 2009 at the University of Iowa. There she will launch the discussion of Critical Race Theory and Indian Law with her paper, "Race and Sovereignty: An Examination of Racial and Political Identity in Indian Territory."

Professor Aric Short was interviewed for and quoted in a December 15, 2008 article in the Fort Worth Business Press by Leslie Wimmer entitled, "Internet Becoming a Popular Place to Build a Will." http://www.bizpress.net/display.php?id=9075. Professor Short has also been invited to participate in a panel addressing "Food, Law, and Culture," at the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and Humanities annual conference at Suffolk University on April 3 & 4, 2009. His presentation, entitled "Faith By Itself Is Dead: Local Homeless Feeding Restrictions and their Impact on the Free Exercise of Religion," will explore the First Amendment implications of municipal ordinances enacted across the country to limit the ability of individuals and groups to feed the homeless in public spaces.

Dean Frederic White moderated a panel at the Association of American Law Schools Annual meeting in San Diego, California on January 8, 2009 regarding creative options for teaching part-time students.



November 2008

Professor Stephen Alton has been invited to speak at the Texas Attorney General’s Office on December 10, 2008. Professor Alton’s lecture, "A Brief History of American Legal Education and Jurisprudence," examines the history of legal education in America and places special emphasis on the establishment and evolution of the case method of instruction in American law schools.

Professor Megan Carpenter presented on Trademarks as Human Rights at the Leadership Meeting of the International Trademark Association in Boca Raton, Florida on November 13, 2008. She was further appointed to the Academic Subcommittee of the Membership Committee of the organization, which plans global academic symposia, including at the Association of American Law School’s annual meeting. Professor Carpenter was also asked to present her work on the role of intellectual property in transitional economies at an invitation-only conference at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to be held on April 24, 2009. This conference focuses on Creativity and Entrepreneurship. Professor Carpenter has also begun a pro-bono project to enable students to assist the estate of Crazy Horse with intellectual property issues.

Professor Cynthia Fountaine has been invited to make a presentation at the Twenty-Sixth Annual Academic Chairpersons Conference, sponsored by Kansas State University and to be held in Orlando, Florida in February 2009. The topic of the presentation is "Campus Speech: Exploring Tensions; Seeking Solutions." Professor Fountaine was recently interviewed on November 6, 2008 by the University of Southern California News Network regarding the impact of the current economic downturn on both the applicant pool for law school and the career options for law students graduating into this economy.

Professor Paul George presented to the Dallas Bar Family Law Section on the topic, "Cross-Border Family Law," on November 12, 2008 at the Belo Mansion in Dallas, Texas. In a second Continuing Legal Education program on November 21, 2008 and part of his agreement with West (Thomson/Reuters) to provide federal pre-trial training, Professor George gave his first on-line program, "Federal Pleading in the Fifth Circuit,"as a "broadcast" from the federal court’s media room in Dallas. That program included panelists Judge Jane Boyle and Frank Carroll of Cox Smith. Other programs will follow, both on-line and live, in Texas at both Dallas and Houston, in Oklahoma at Oklahoma City, and in Arkansas at Little Rock.

Professor Jason Gillmer was asked to contribute an introductory chapter to a book on slavery in Texas, titled, "UNNATURAL LAWS: Studies in Slave and Free Negro Laws in Texas, 1821-1865," edited by the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society.

Professor Michael Green has been selected by the Evidence Section of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) to give a poster presentation at the AALS Annual Meeting in San Diego, California on January 9, 2009 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Professor Green’s poster will be displayed throughout the AALS conference and will cover the topic, "No Strict Evidence Rules in Labor and Employment Arbitration," in which Professor Green explores the application of the rules of evidence in labor and employment arbitration proceedings and suggests a framework for dealing with evidentiary issues in those disputes. Professor Green has also been invited to speak at the American Bar Association (ABA) Labor and Employment Section Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility Meeting in March 26-28, 2009 in Key West, Florida on the topic of "Issue Conflicts, Positional Conflicts, and Business Conflicts." Professor Green has also been invited to speak at the ABA Dispute Resolution Section Annual Conference in New York, New York on April 15-18, 2009 as part of a panel to discuss the United States Supreme Court’s pending decision in 14 Penn Plaza v. Pyett. Other participants on this panel will include the attorneys who argued the case in front of the Supreme Court on December 1, 2008. Professor Green has also accepted an offer to speak at the AALS 2009 Workshop on Work Law to be held at the AALS Mid-Year Meeting in Long Beach, California on June 10-12, 2009. During this program, Professor Green will participate as part of a panel discussion on the application of statutory employment discrimination claims in the union arbitration setting.

Professor Terri Helge will be presenting, "Policing the Good Guys: An Alternative to the Regulation of Charitable Organizations" on a tax panel at the Law & Society annual meeting in Denver, Co., May 28-31, 2009.

Professor James McGrath will be presenting "Approaches of the Law, Public Health and Social Science in the Treatment of Transgendered Persons in Prison," at the Southwest Social Sciences and Sociological Association in Denver, Colorado, April 8-11, 2009. A number of Texas Wesleyan University’s Social Science professors will also be presenters at this conference.

Professor Neal Newman has received an invitation to speak at the University of Memphis Law School Spring Symposium on the Department of Treasury’s "Blueprint for a Modern Financial Regulatory Structure" to be held Friday, February 20, 2009. Professor Newman will present his paper entitled, "The U.S. Move to International Accounting Standards – A Matter of Cultural Discord," in which he explores the aspects of recent efforts to establish a global accounting standard for financial reporting and what the implications will be for American corporations. On Nov. 18, 2008, Professor Newman was seen on CW Channel 33, KDAF-TV, Dallas-Fort Worth, as he commented about the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) litigation regarding allegations of insider trading involving Dallas Mavericks owner, Mark Cuban. During this commentary, Professor Newman also addressed the possibilities of bias related to prior e-mail communications allegedly made to Cuban by a Fort Worth SEC lawyer who complained about Cuban’s plans to help with distribution of a movie that was critical of President Bush and the events of September 11, 2001.

Professor Huyen Pham served as a commentator on a paper presented by Professor Hiroshi Motomura, UCLA School of Law, as part of SMU's Colloquium on Law & Citizenship held in Dallas, Texas on Nov. 19, 2008.

Professor Aric Short’s earlier article, "Post-Acquisition Harassment and the Scope of the Fair Housing Act," published by the Alabama Law Review in 2006, was recently cited in a major housing discrimination treatise, John P. Relman, 1 Housing Discrimination Practice Manual, Chapter 2, Section 2.5, Discriminatory housing practices under Title VIII – Discriminatory Provision of Services (October 2008).

Dean Frederic White has just published the newest edition of his book, Ohio Tenant Law (West 2008-09). Dean White also wrote a chapter entitled, "Smoking Joe Camel," in a book entitled Profiles in Prominence 2008. The book was published this fall by Golden Gate University and it chronicles the lives of eight prominent Golden Gate University alumni.



October 2008

Professor Wayne Barnes has been invited to present at Southeast Association of Law Schools to be held in August 2009 as part of a panel on Comparative Contract Law. During this presentation, Professor Barnes will examine French contract law in his paper entitled, The French Subjective Theory of Contract: Separating Rhetoric from Reality."

Professor Megan Carpenter presented on "Trademarks as Property Interests," at the WIP IP Conference at Tulane Law School in New Orleans, Louisiana, on October 3-5, 2008. Professor Carpenter also spoke on Intellectual Property and Indigenous Peoples at the Law Review Symposium "IP Squared" at Texas A&M University School of Law on October 24, 2008.

Professor Cynthia Fountaine was a panelist and spoke on the topic of "The Role for Pre-Law in Improving Diversity in the Profession: Pipeline and Collaboration" at the Pre-Law Advisors' National Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 18, 2008. In addition, Professor Fountaine was appointed to the American Bar Association Site Team that made a site inspection visit to Charlotte School of Law on October 21-24, 2008. Also, her editorial entitled "An Open Letter to the Next President of the United States," was published in the Rotagraph, Vol. 90, No. 18, October 31, 2008.

Professor Jason Gillmer presented his paper, “Shades of Gray: The Life and Times of a Free Family of Color in Antebellum Texas” at the Thirteenth Annual LatCrit conference in Seattle, Washington, on October 3, 2008. The paper seeks to tell the story of the Ashworths, a prominent free family of color who lived in southeast Texas during slavery times. Professor Gillmer presented his paper as part of a panel titled, “Race and Slavery: Historical and Contemporary Problems.” On October 25, Professor Gillmer presented a version of the same paper at a conference commemorating the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade, “Commemorating 1808: Fighting for the Right to Dream.” This conference was held at the University of Toledo College of Law, and brought together scholars and activists interested in the historical significance of slaves and slavery.

Professor Paul George had his most recent article "Enforcing Judgments Across State and National Boundaries: Inbound Foreign Judgments and Outbound Texas Judgments" accepted for publication by the South Texas College of Law. Professor George was also invited back by the SMU Dedman School of Law to continue writing its annual Conflicts of Law update for 2008.

Professor Michael Green presented “Doubting the Thomases: Is Black-on-Black Workplace Sexual Harassment an Issue of Race or Sex or Both?” at the Thirteenth Annual LatCrit Conference in Seattle, Washington on October 4, 2008. During this presentation, Professor Green examined the intersection of race and sex involved with the high profile sexual harassment cases involving Clarence Thomas and Isiah Thomas and what these cases can teach us about black-on-black workplace sexual harassment claims. On October 10, 2008, Professor Green presented “Bias and Ethical Issues for Attorneys of Color: Whether Leveraging Diversity May Help” as part of an Ethics Panel at the Tarrant County Bar Association Brown Bag Seminar, “Why Diversity: It’s Good Business” held at Texas A&M University School of Law on October 10, 2008. On October 24, 2008, Professor Green presented "Retaliatory Aspects of Compelling Employees to Arbitrate," at the Third Annual Colloquium on Current Scholarship in Labor and Employment Law held at the University of San Diego School of Law, San Diego, California. On October 25, 2008, Professor Green presented “Searching for the Wright and Pyett Answer to Collective Bargaining Arbitration of Statutory Claims" at the Second Annual AALS Dispute Resolution Section Works-in-Progress Program held at Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Phoenix, Arizona.

Professor Maxine Harrington had her most recent article, "The Thin Flat Line: Redefining Who Is Legally Dead in Organ Donation After Cardiac Death," accepted for publication by the Denver University Law Review as its lead piece in Volume 86, Issue 2.

Professor James McGrath presented at the Central States Law Schools Association 2008 Conference held at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois on October 25, 2008. During his presentation entitled “A Prisoner’s Dilemma; Transgendered People in Prison,” Professor McGrath discussed the treatment of transgender and intersexual persons in prison as their sex determination may be medically and legally unclear. During the presentation, Professor McGrath examined the legal and social underpinnings of the policies that direct placement of prisoners into binary prison populations and the legal and other harms that may occur from this placement.

Professor Tanya Pierce has been named to the ABA Standards & Program Structures Committee for the Legal Writing Institute (LWI). This Committee will monitor both programmatic changes and ABA accreditation standards and other matters as decided by the LWI Board of Directors.

Professor Carla Pratt presented her paper, “From Slave to Freedman – Slavery’s Influence on Contemporary Notions of Indianness” at the Thirteenth Annual LatCrit Conference in Seattle, Washington on October 3, 2008. Professor Pratt’s presentation was part of a panel on “Race and Slavery: Historical and Contemporary Problems” held on October 3, 2008. Professor Pratt also presented "Killing Two Birds With One Stone: The Role of Law Firm Diversification in Fulfilling Pro Bono Responsibilities," as part of an Ethics Panel at the Tarrant County Bar Association Brown Bag Seminar, “Why Diversity: It’s Good Business” held at Texas A&M University School of Law on October 10, 2008.

Professor Aric Short presented “Exorcisms Gone Bad: Treading the Line Between Free Exercise and Personal Responsibility” to faculty and students in the Department of Religion at Texas Christian on October 6, 2008. Professor Short discussed and critiqued a recent Texas Supreme Court decision that immunized a local church from tort liability in connection with injuries sustained during rituals to rid a church member of demonic possession.

Dean Frederic White presented at the 2008 American Bar Association program on Bar Exam Passage held in Chicago, Illinois on Friday, October 17, 2008. Dean White participated on a panel, “Programs That Work: Highlighting Programs of Several Schools that have Shown Improved Bar Passage Rates” and discussed his own experience and success in developing a program to improve bar passage rate.



Late August/September 2008

Professor Susan Ayres was invited to present at Southeast Association of Law Schools to be held in August 2009 as part of a panel on Policing Families. Professor Ayers will survey neonaticide cases to demonstrate how law enforces and constructs norms of parenting and to examine whether law's construction of the neonaticidal mother as a passive victim should be revised to take into account the possibility that she is instead a responsible agent who has rejected conventional expectations of motherhood. Professor Ayres’ article was accepted for publication: Kairos and Safe Havens: The Timing and Calamity of Unwanted Birth, 15 Wm & Mary J of Women & Law ___ (2009). Professor Ayres has also been invited to serve on an advisory board of Tarrant County Alliance For Children that is being established to promote public awareness about Baby Moses laws. Professor Ayres has also been invited to co-present (with Dr. Prema Manjunath) as part of a Grand Rounds presentation at John Peter Smith Hospital, Psychiatric Department in January on the topic of Mothers in Denial.

Professor Wayne Barnes article, Toward a Fairer Model of Consumer Assent to Standard Form Contracts: In Defense of Restatement Subsection 211(3), 82 Wash. L. Rev. 227 (2007), was cited in the venerable treatise, 2 Williston on Contracts § 6:17 n.1 (4th ed. May 2008 update). Also, Professor Barnes’ article, The Objective Theory of Contracts, 76 U. Cin. L. Rev. 101 (2008), was recently published. Professor Barnes’ article, The French Subjective Theory of Contract: Separating Rhetoric from Reality, 83 Tul. L. Rev. _____ (forthcoming 2008), was accepted for publication by the Tulane Law Review.

Professor Megan Carpenter will be speaking on "Trademarks as Property Interests," at the WIP IP Conference at Tulane Law School in New Orleans, Louisiana, on October 3-5. Professor Carpenter will also be speaking on Intellectual Property and Indigenous Peoples at the Law Review Symposium "IP Squared" at Texas A&M University School of Law on October 24. Professor Carpenter has been invited to speak at the Leadership Meeting for the International Trademark Association in Boca Raton, Florida, from November 12-15, on "Trademarks as Human Rights." Professor Carpenter will also speak on a panel at the conference "Creativity, Law, and Intellectual Property" at the University of Wisconsin School of Law on April 24. Professor Carpenter has also been selected as a Moderator for a Panel at the Annual Meeting for the International Trademark Association, on Trademarks and Moral Rights, in May, 2009.

Professor Frank Elliott and his co-author/editor, Adjunct Professor Kay Elliott, published a new book, Simple Dispute Resolution: A Handbook of Settlement Science Solutions (2008 Knowles Publishing Company).

Professor Cynthia Fountaine has been invited to present "Exploring Tensions in Formulating and Enforcing Free Speech Policies for University Campuses" at the International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences at the University of Athens in Athens, Greece in July 2009. Professor Fountaine has also been re-appointed to the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) Sub-Committee on Misconduct and Irregularities in the Admissions Process. In addition, Professor Fountaine has been appointed to an LSAC ad hoc sub-committee to consider proposals to change the LSAC statement regarding "Ethical Conduct in Applying to Law School" and the LSAC "Statement of Good Admissions and Financial Aid Practices."

Professor Jason Gillmer participated in a panel discussion about the work of the controversial artist Kara Walker at the Modern Art Museum on September 6, 2008. His talk was titled, “Complexity and Confusion in the Laws of Slavery,” and was designed provide historical background for Walker’s images, most of which focus on slavery and its incidents. The other members of the panel were Robert Storr, Dean of the Yale Art School, and Adrienne Davis, professor of law at Washington University in St. Louis. Also, on August 29, 2008, Professor Gillmer’s paper, “Base Wretches and Black Wenches: A Story of Sex and Race, Violence and Compassion, During Slavery Times" was listed on Social Science Research Network’s Top Ten download list for its SL: Comparative & International Law (Topic) database at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/JELJOUR_Results.cfm?form_na me=journalBrowse&journal_id=1092618.

Professor Michael Green presented at the American Bar Association’s Annual Labor and Employment Conference held in Denver, Colorado on September 11, 2008. His presentation was titled, “Witness Preparation and Ex Parte Communications: A Fundamental Discussion.” Professor Green will speak at the Third Annual Labor and Employment Scholars Colloquium on Friday, October 24, 2008 in San Diego, California at the University of San Diego Law School on the topic, “Retaliatory Aspects of Compelling Arbitration.” Professor Green will also speak at the 2nd Annual AALS Dispute Resolution Section Works-in-Progress Conference on Saturday, October 25, 2008 held in Phoenix, Arizona at Arizona State School of Law. His presentation is titled, “Searching for the Wright and Pyett Answer to Collectively-Bargained Arbitration of Statutory Claims.” Professor Green has also been invited by the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law’s Labor and Employment Law Lecture Series Committee to be its Littleton Speaker this year for a presentation that will be held on Thursday, March 12, 2009. Professor Green will explore the dynamics of employment discrimination law forty-five years after the passage of Title VII in a speech currently titled, “Where are We Going with the Merger of Employment Discrimination Claims and Alternative Dispute Resolution?” Professor Green will also speak on an Ethics Panel with Professor Carla Pratt at the Tarrant County Bar Association Diversity Program to be held on October 10, 2008 at Texas A&M University School of Law. Professor Green’s presentation is entitled, “Bias and Ethical Issues for Attorneys of Color Who Work for Corporations on Matters of Race: Whether Leveraging Diversity May Help.”

Professor Keith Hirokawa has been elected to the Publications Oversight Board for the State and Local Gov't Section of the American Bar Association. In December, Professor Hirokawa will speak about Sustainability Codes at the Planning, Zoning and Property Rights conference, sponsored by the Center for American and International Law in Plano, Texas. Professor Hirokawa has also been invited to be a speaker on a panel titled, “A Whole New Land Use Law: Teaching New Urbanism, Smart Growth, Green Building and the Laws that Govern Them” as part of a workshop regarding Land Use and Real Estate to be held at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) on August 2, 2009.

Professor Charlotte Hughart drafted the application and made a presentation in Austin, Texas this summer that resulted in the awarding of an IOLTA (Interest on Lawyer’s Trust Accounts) in the amount of $40,000 from the Texas Access to Justice Foundation that started in September. This grant helps provide representation to caretakers of children at risk of abuse or neglect. Through the grant, the Texas Wesleyan Law Clinic is able to assist a new caretaker, for a child at risk, in obtaining a legal custody order or adoption, depending on the circumstances, so the caretaker can enroll the child in school, apply for benefits for the child and obtain medical care for the child. Professor Hughart also received notice of renewal of the Clinic’s United Way grant for $85,000 and the Clinic is currently in the middle of a two-year grant from the Department of Justice through the SafeHaven organization to represent victims of domestic violence.

Professor James McGrath made a presentation on September 6, 2008 at the Lavender Law Conference held in San Francisco, California. Professor McGrath discussed the experience of transgender and intersexual persons in prisons while noting the difficulties in placement and treatment of people who don’t fit neatly into a sex or gender binary and the limitations of the current approaches for defining sex in prison placement. Professor McGrath has also been invited to speak at the Central States Law Schools Association 2008 Conference to be held at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois on October 25, 2008. At that time, he will again discuss the treatment of transgender and intersexual persons in prison as their sex determination may be medically and legally unclear. Professor McGrath expects to focus on historic assumptions for segregation by sex in other legal contexts and will compare the social context for sex segregation in other institutions in an effort to establish a more sensible placement schema in the prisoner context.

Professor Neal Newman presented a paper, "The U.S. Move to International Accounting Standards – A Matter of Cultural Discord – How Do We Reconcile?" at the Northeast People of Color Scholarship Conference held at Boston University School of Law on September 12, 2008.

Professor Malinda Seymore has co-authored a paper entitled, "China's Future Lawyers: Some Differences in Education and Outlook" that was recently listed on Social Science Research Network's Top Ten download list for the EAS East Asian Studies Subject Matter Journals, HRN East Asian Studies Research Network and INT: Other (Topic) databases as of August 19, 2008 at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/topten/topTenResults.cfm?groupin gId=948056&netorjrnl=ntwk.

Professor Huyen Pham’s article, "Lessons Learned from the First Generation of Local Immigration Laws," has been published by the Hofstra Law Review. This article was part of an invitation to participate in a symposium, Local Dimensions of Immigration, sponsored by Hofstra Law School in Fall 2007. Also, Professor Pham’s earlier article, "The Private Enforcement of Immigration Laws," published by the Georgetown Law Journal in Spring 2008 was cited by the ABA's Section of Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice as a "Recent Article of Interest" in its summer newsletter. Professor Pham has also been asked to serve as a commentator on a paper to be presented by Professor Hiroshi Motomura, UCLA School of Law, as part of SMU's Colloquium on Law & Citizenship to be held on November 19. Additionally, Professor Pham has been invited to speak at the "Perspectives on Justice" symposium to be held at the University of South Carolina School of Law in April 2009.

Professor Carla Pratt presented a paper at the Fordham Law School’s Louis Stein Center for Law and Ethics on "The Role of the Black Lawyer in Our Democracy." Professor Pratt will be presenting "Killing Two Birds With One Stone: The Role of Law Firm Diversification in Fulfilling Pro Bono Responsibilities," as part of an Ethics Panel at the Tarrant County Bar Association Diversity program to be held at Texas A&M University School of Law on October 10, 2008. Professor Michael Green will also participate in this program as part of the same Ethics Panel.

Dean Frederic White was appointed to the Board of the Development Corporation of Tarrant County(DCTC). The DCTC is a non-profit organization located in Fort Worth that provides direct funding and housing activities for the residents of Tarrant County.


Summer 2008

July/Early August 2008

Professor Susan Ayres gave a lecture on August 7, 2008 at the Fort Worth Museum of Modern Art. The lecture, about the relationship between the novel, BELOVED, and the art of Kara Walker, was part of the museum's summer reading series in conjunction with its current exhibition, "Kara Walker: My Complement, My Enemy, My Oppressor, My Love."

Professor Mark Burge and Professor Roger Simon spoke at the Thirteenth Biennial Conference of the Legal Writing Institute (LWI) held at Indiana University - Indianapolis during July 14- 17, 2008. Their presentation was entitled "Integration of Statutory-Interpretation Skills into Your Existing Writing and Analysis Curriculum: Theoretical and Practical Perspectives." LWI is the second largest organization of law professors in the United States.

Professor Cynthia Fountaine presented at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) annual conference on July 31, 2008 held in Palm Beach, Florida. Professor Fountaine was a Co-Chair, Panelist, and Discussion Leader for a SEALS panel entitled, "Overview Regarding the Teaching of Professional Responsibility." Her presentation was entitled, "From Orientation to Graduation: Legal Ethics Across the Law School Curriculum, Mexican Curricular Reform Project: Professional Responsibility." Professor Fountaine has also been invited to present "Protecting Diversity of Thought While Encouraging Diversity as Inclusiveness: Exploring Potential Tensions" at the 2009 International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, which will be held in June 2009 in Riga, Latvia.

Professor Jason Gillmer presented at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) annual conference on August 1, 2008 held in Palm Beach, Florida. Professor Gillmer’s latest article, "Base Wretches and Black Wenches: A Story of Sex and Race, Violence and Compassion, During Slavery Times," was chosen as a "Top Paper" to be presented at SEALS after a national call for papers. This paper was one of three final papers chosen out of more than thirty-five applications. In this paper, which will be published in the Alabama Law Review, Professor Gillmer examines in detail the local and trial records of a nineteenth-century Texas case to tell the story of a white slave master who had a thirty-year relationship with a female slave. Professor Gillmer was also invited to speak at a conference commemorating the abolition of the slave trade 200 years ago. This conference is being held at the University of Toledo College of Law at the end of October, and Professor Gillmer will be presenting a paper entitled, "Shades of Gray: Free Blacks, Poor Whites, and the Politics of Difference in Antebellum Texas." Professor Gillmer has also been invited to present his latest research regarding the history of free blacks in Texas at the Thirteenth Annual LatCrit Conference in Seattle, Washington. Professor Gillmer will participate as part of a LatCrit panel on Race and Slavery: Historical and Contemporary Problems to be held on October 3, 2008. Professor Carla Pratt will also be a presenter on this LatCrit panel.

Professor Michael Green presented at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) annual conference on August 1, 2008 held in Palm Beach, Florida. Professor Green’s topic, "Retaliatory Aspects of Compelling Arbitration," was part of a Labor and Employment Panel regarding The Impact of Retaliation in the Workplace After Burlington v. White. Professor Green has also been appointed as the Co-Chair of the American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section’s Advocacy Committee. Professor Green has been invited to speak at the Thirteenth Annual LatCrit Conference in Seattle, Washington. Professor Green will participate as part of a LatCrit panel on Sex, Race, and Other Identities at the Intersections to be held on October 4, 2008. Professor Green will discuss the topic, "Doubting the Thomases: Is Black on Black Workplace Harassment an Issue of Race or Sex or Both?" During this presentation, Professor Green will explore the intersection of race and sex involved with the high profile sexual harassment cases involving Clarence Thomas and Isiah Thomas. Professor Green also participated on a panel with Dean Frederic White and alumnus, Judge Dan Wilson (97), at the Evidence Summit held in Austin, Texas on August 4, 2008. Professor Green drafted thirty evidence questions and presented them to Texas trial and appellate judges in a "Jeopardy" format at the Evidence Summit which was sponsored by the Texas Center for the Judiciary. Professor Green was also reappointed to the final year of a three year term as a member of the American Bar Association's Legal Opportunity Scholarship Committee.

Professor Maxine Harrington gave a presentation on July 24, 2008 to the Fort Worth Paralegal Association on the topic, "The Debate over "futile" care under the Texas Advance Directives Act."

Professor Keith Hirokawa presented at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) annual conference in Palm Beach, Florida as a member of a new scholar panel on July 29, 2008. He presented his paper, "Property Pieces in Compensation Statutes: Law's Eulogy for Oregon's Measure 37."

Professor Neal Newman has been invited to present his paper, "The U.S. Move to International Accounting Standards – A Matter of Cultural Discord – How Do We Reconcile?" at the Northeast People of Color Scholarship Conference to be held at Boston University School of Law in September.

Professor Susan Phillips and her co-author Professor Nancy Johnson (Georgia State) have completed the 10th edition of Legal Research Exercises, Following the Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation. This book of legal research exercises and its accompanying instructor’s manual is published by Thomson West and is used in law school and library school legal research programs throughout the country. This edition marks the 5th edition that Professor Phillips has co-authored the work.

Professor Carla Pratt has been invited by the Fordham Law School’s Louis Stein Center for Law and Ethics to present a paper on "The Role of the Black Lawyer in Our Democracy." Professor Pratt will make this presentation in September at Fordham’s Colloquium on The Lawyer’s Role in a Contemporary Democracy. Professor Pratt has also been invited to speak at the Thirteenth Annual LatCrit Conference in Seattle, Washington. Professor Pratt will participate as part of a LatCrit panel on Race and Slavery: Historical and Contemporary Problems to be held on October 3, 2008. Professor Pratt will address the topic, "From Slave to Freedman – Slavery’s Influence on Contemporary Notions of Indianness." Professor Jason Gillmer will also be a presenter on this LatCrit panel. Professor Pratt has also been invited to speak on a panel at the Plenary Session of the Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting on January 7, 2009. At that time, Professor Pratt will partner with Dr. Dorothy Evensen (Penn State College of Education) to present "The End of the Pipeline at the Millennium: Using Stories from New African American Attorneys to Inform Theories of Intervention." This project is qualitative in nature and uses the narratives of new African American attorneys to learn how to better construct theories of intervention aimed at helping African Americans navigate the pipeline from birth to the bar.

Professor Malinda Seymore participated in the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) annual conference in Palm Beach, Florida by acting as a mentor of a new scholar from another school. In that capacity, Professor Seymore reviewed and provided input about the new scholar’s draft paper and attended the new scholar’s work-in-progress presentation held on July 30, 2008.

Professor Aric Short recently had his article entitled, "Slaves for Rent: Sexual Harassment in Housing as Involuntary Servitude," published by the Nebraska Law Review. The citation for this article is 86 Nebraska L. Rev. 838 (2008). Professor Short has also been invited to speak to faculty and students in the Religion Department at Texas Christian University on October 6, 2008. His presentation is tentatively entitled, "Exorcisms Gone Bad: Exploring the Line Between Free Exercise and Legal Responsibility."

Professor Roger Simon and Professor Mark Burge spoke at the Thirteenth Biennial Conference of the Legal Writing Institute (LWI) held at Indiana University - Indianapolis during July 14- 17, 2008. Their presentation was entitled "Integration of Statutory-Interpretation Skills into Your Existing Writing and Analysis Curriculum: Theoretical and Practical Perspectives." LWI is the second largest organization of law professors in the United States.

Dean Frederic White has been reappointed to a new two-year term as a member of the American Bar Association Committee on Bar Admissions (not to be confused with the American Bar Association Accreditation Committee). Dean White also served as a faculty member at the 2008 Evidence Summit sponsored by the Texas Center for the Judiciary held in Austin, Texas on August 4, 2008. The Summit included trial and appellate judges throughout the state who were challenged to answer certain Evidence topics presented to them in a "Jeopardy" format by Evidence professors from eight of the nine Texas law schools. Professor Michael Green developed the Texas Wesleyan Evidence questions and participated on the panel with Dean White and an alumnus, Judge Dan Wilson (97).



June 2008

Professor Susan Ayres was asked to be an outside reader for review of a Ph.D. dissertation by Leslie Middleton at Pacifica University on “The Quest for Justice: Archetypes in the Courtroom When Mothers Murder Their Children.”

Professor Mark Burge has written a short essay, “Raising a Spectre: Using the Ghost of Law Practice Future to Sell Statutory Analysis Today,” that was recently selected for publication in the Fall 2008 issue of The Second Draft. The essay was derived from his article-in-progress on teaching statutory construction.

Professor Megan Carpenter recently published two of her creative works, an essay titled, “River Rats,” 23(2) Legal Studies Forum 673 (2008) and an excerpted dictionary, “The Lexical Heart: A Dictionary,” 22(1) Legal Studies Forum 137 (2008).

Professor Margarita Coale spoke at the Organization for Women in International Trade Quarterly Meeting held on Thursday, June 19, 2008 in Irving, Texas regarding the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Professor Coale also spoke on the topic of, “The Gathering and Presenting of Evidence,” to the Asian Judicial Institute program held on June 24, 2008.

Professor Frank Elliott presented a CLE program on Wednesday, June 4, 2008, to a group of Assistant Attorney’s General of the State of Texas in Austin. The presentation covered Evidence Rule 103, Offers and Exclusion of Evidence and Protecting the Record for Appeal. On June 23, 2008, Professor Elliott and Adjunct Professor Kay Elliott made a presentation on mediation and other conflict resolution to a group of visitors sponsored by the North Texas Council for International Visitors from Chad, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, and Zimbabwe. On June 25, 2008, they also gave a presentation on alternative dispute resolution to a group of Mongolian lawyers as part of the law school’s Asian Judicial Institute training.

Professor Michael Green presented a paper, “Identifying and Cultivating a Diverse Pool of Arbitrators: Reviewing the Biases and Ethics Involved Within the Selection Process,” at the 14th National Labor-Management Conference sponsored by the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services in Washington, D.C. held on June 9, 2008.

Professor Dennis Kelly spoke about careers in law to students entering grades 7-9 during the Texas Wesleyan Summer Law Camp held from June 17-26, 2008.

Public Services Librarian Stephanie Marshall has recently completed a new publication titled, Advance Directives: A Legal Research Guide, Volume 51 of the Legal Research Guides Series published by William S. Hein Company.

Professor James McGrath spoke about careers in law to students entering grades 7-9 during the Texas Wesleyan Summer Law Camp held from June 17-26, 2008.

Professor Neal Newman spoke about careers in law to students entering grades 7-9 during the Texas Wesleyan Summer Law Camp held from June 17-26, 2008.

Professor Vickie Rainwater was recently acknowledged for her contribution as the editor of the Tarrant County Bar Association Bulletin which was honored as the Best Overall Newsletter by the Texas Bar Association during its annual meeting luncheon held on June 26, 2008 in Houston, Texas.

Professor Roger Simon was recently acknowledged for his contribution as a committee member who reviews and edits articles published in the Tarrant County Bar Association Bulletin which was honored as the Best Overall Newsletter by the Texas Bar Association during its annual meeting luncheon held on June 26, 2008 in Houston, Texas.

Professor Joe Spurlock, the Director of the Asian Judicial Institute, began a two-week program on June 23, 2008 where he hosted a group of Mongolian judges and lawyers who will be trained by Texas Wesleyan law professors on how the Texas legal system works. This training program, “A Study of the Texas Integrated Bar Association, History, Organizations & Operation,” was recently discussed in an article published in the Fort Worth Business Press on June 23, 2008. This story included quotes from Professor Spurlock and it explained how the Texas Bar Foundation had given a grant to the Law School in an amount of $25,000 which was used to support the Asian Judicial Institute which ended on July 6.



Spring 2008

May 2008


Professor Susan Ayres has been invited to discuss the novel, Beloved, in conjunction with the Fort Worth Modern Art Museum's summer reading program to accompany the up-comiing Kara Walker exhibit. More details about this speaking engagement will appear in the early August faculty highlights. On May 20, 2008, Professor Ayres’ letter to the editor, "Dealing with Abandoned Babies," appeared in the on-line edition of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Professor Wayne Barnes presented "Mechanic's Liens in Texas" as part of the State Bar of Texas Continuing Legal Education seminar on "Collecting Debts and Judgments" held in San Antonio, Texas on May 8, 2008.

Professor Margarita Coale has been invited to speak at the Organization for Women in International Trade Quarterly Meeting to be held on Thursday, June 19, 2008 in Irving, Texas. Professor Coale’s topic will be the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. More details about this speaking engagement will be identified in the June faculty highlights.

Dean Cynthia Fountaine has been invited to be a co-chair and a presenter of a panel on the Mexican Curricular Reform Project: Professional Responsibility and she will also act as a discussion leader for this panel at the Southeast Association of Law School (SEALS) meeting to be held in Palm Beach, Florida in late July. More details about this SEALS program and participation by other faculty members in SEALS programs will be identified in the July and early August faculty highlights.

Professor Paul George has been appointed to the recruitment committee for the American Law Institute. Professor George has also recently agreed to a contract with West in which he will produce a series of continuing legal education programs on federal pre-trial practice. These on-line programs will be tailored to address different federal district courts within different states. Professor George has also agreed to present a fall luncheon program to the Dallas Bar Family Law Section on "Interstate and International Issues in Family Law." More details about this presentation will be provided in one of the fall 2008 semester faculty highlights. Professor George was also nominated and has now become a Fellow in the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers where he will be expected to help mentor members of that organization.

Professor Jason Gillmer has been invited to present a paper at the University of Ottawa for a conference celebrating the great Caribbean historian and intellectual, C.L.R. James. Professor Gillmer will be discussing his work on slavery and freedom in Texas, drawing parallels to James’ influential work on the slave revolution in San Domingo. The conference is being held in March of 2009. More details about this presentation will appear in the March 2009 faculty highlights. Professor Gillmer has also been solicited to help coordinate a panel in conjunction with the upcoming exhibit, Kara Walker: My Compliment, My Enemy, My Oppressor, at the Modern Art Museum. The panel will be held in September and is designed to provide context for Walker's much-heralded, yet controversial, work on the African-American experience under slavery. The other panelists include Robert Storr, the Dean of the Yale Art School, and Adrienne Davis, professor of law at Washington University in St. Louis. More details about this program will be mentioned in the September faculty highlights.

Professor Michael Green presented a paper, "To Prepare or Not to Prepare Employment Discrimination Witnesses: Ethically, Is That Not the Question?" at the 25th Annual Carl A. Warns Jr. Labor & Employment Law Institute sponsored by the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law on Friday, May 30, 2008. Professor Green has also been invited to speak on a panel at the American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado on September 11, 2008. This panel will discuss ethical fundamentals for labor and employment lawyers. More details about this program will be identified in the September faculty highlights.

Professor James McGrath has accepted an offer by the Nevada Law Journal to publish his work entitled, "Are you a Boy or Girl? Show Me Your Real ID." This article criticizes the unpopular Real ID Act due to its requirement that states include gender on all driver's licenses and official identification cards. The article also examines the scientific, legal, and social components that help expose the false dichotomy involved when attempting to categorize all people by gender or sex.

Professor Huyen Pham was interviewed by several newspapers on immigration and criminal law matters. Her comments appeared in the Dallas Morning News ("Mexican Police Chiefs Flee to U.S. for Safety," May 14, 2008), the Fort Worth Star Telegram ("Dallas DA Says He’ll Lobby for Changes in Law," April 30, 2008), and a Reuters article published by the New York Times ("Polygamists Erred When They Messed with Texas," May 1, 2008).



April  2008

Professor Jason Gillmer presented his paper, “Base Wretches and Black Wenches: A Story of Sex and Race, Violence and Compassion, During Slavery Times,” to the faculty at Stetson Law School in Gulfport, Fla., on April 3, as part of its faculty colloquium.

Professor Megan Carpenter presented “Bare Justice: A Feminist Reconceptualization of Justice and Its Potential Application to Crimes of Sexual Violence in Post-Genocide Rwanda” at the Creighton International Human Rights Symposium on April 4, 2008. Her paper on the same topic will be published in a special issue of the Creighton Law Review.

Professor Michael Green spoke at the American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section Employment Rights and Responsibilities Midwinter Committee Meeting held in Dana Point, Calif., on April 5, 2008. His panel addressed “Friend or Foe: Ethical Traps Involving In-House Counsel,” and Professor Green spoke on the topic, “Employment Litigation Investigation and the Ethical Dilemmas involving In-House Counsel.”

Professor Neal Newman presented his current work-in-progress, “The U.S. Move to International Accounting Standards – A Matter of Cultural Discord – How do we Reconcile?” at the Southeast/Southwest People of Color Conference. In his paper, Professor Newman argued that a shift in United States corporate culture and paradigms must occur before converting successfully to the more principle based standards commensurate with International Financial Reporting Standards. The conference was hosted by North Carolina Central University School of Law on April 11, 2008.

Professor Michael Green has been invited to speak at the 25th Annual Carl A. Warns Jr. Labor & Employment Law Institute at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law on Friday, May 30, 2008 where he will present on “Ethical Issues in Interviewing and Preparing Witnesses for Employment Litigation." Professor Green also has been invited to speak at the 14th National Labor-Management Conference sponsored by the 14th Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service in Washington, D.C., June 9-11. Professor Green will be speaking on the topic, “Identifying and Cultivating a Diverse Pool of Arbitrators.”

Professor Keith Hirokawa has accepted an offer to publish his work entitled, “Property Pieces in Compensation Statutes: Law's Eulogy to Oregon's Measure 37.” Professor Hirokawa's article examines the tensions between property and property rights rhetoric. His article will be published in Issue 4 of Volume 38 of Environmental Law, one of the premier legal journals focusing on environmental issues.


March 2008

Professor Maxine Harrington's article, "The Ever-Expanding Health Care Conscience Clause: The Quest for Immunity in the Struggle Between Professional Duties and Moral Beliefs," was published by the Florida State University Law Review. Professor Harrington's article explores the tension between the legal duties of health care providers and their right to refuse care on grounds of conscience.

Professor Huyen Pham was an invited panelist at the March symposium sponsored by the Tulsa Journal of Comparative and International Law, "What about Federalism? States' Rights and the New State Immigration Laws." Her talk was entitled, "Analyzing the 'Success' of Local Immigration Laws."

Professor Maxine Harrington completed a Beazley Visiting Professorship in Health Law at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. While there, she presented, "The Thin Flat Line: Are Organs Being Removed From Donors Who are not Legally Dead?" to faculty and student forums and lectured to several health law classes.

Professor Michael Green has been asked to be on the Executive Board of the Labor and Employment Relations Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section. It is a three-year appointment starting in 2008.

Professor Megan Carpenter has been asked to speak at the prestigious International Trademark Association's Leadership Meeting in November 2008. Her talk will address recent trademark cases that have been decided under the European Convention on Human Rights, posing the question of whether there is a human rights component to trademark law (and a trademark component to human rights law).

Professor Keith Hirokawa presented “Moving into the Second Generation of Green Building Laws” to the Texas Bar Association and other land use professionals at the 12th Annual Land Use Conference, hosted by University of Texas. Professor Hirokawa presented an assessment of green building's successes and failures in introducing new technologies and perspective into the construction process, and provided analysis of the likely direction of local government efforts to reduce the ecological footprint of building practices.

Professor Susan Ayres and Professor James McGrath both spoke at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities, held on March 28-29, 2008, in Berkeley, Calif. In her paper “[Not-So] Safe Havens?,” Professor Ayres examined the rhetorics surrounding legalized abandonment, abortion, and neonaticide, and also re-evaluated the profile of neonaticidal mothers in order to argue that, while Safe Havens will not prevent all neonaticides, they are an important piece of the strategy for prevention. Professor McGrath, in his paper, “Are You a Boy or a Girl?,” examined and critiqued categorization of sex as a binary in the law from a historical perspective and in light of recent scientific developments.

Professor Huyen Pham spoke at a plenary panel of the Cambio de Colores Conference, Latinos in Missouri: Uniting Cultures in Columbia, Missouri, sponsored by the University of Missouri. Her panel was entitled, “Local Enforcement of Immigration Laws: The Implications for Missouri.”

Professor Michael Green spoke at the American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section Joint Midwinter Meeting of its Equal Employment Opportunity and Ethics & Professional Responsibility Committees held in Tucson, Ariz., March 28-29, 2008. His first panel presentation was on “Preparing Witnesses Ethically and Effectively” and he spoke on the topic, “To Prepare or Not To Prepare Witnesses During a Deposition: Ethically, is that not the Question or Is it balancing the Duty to the Client with the Duty to the Tribunal and Others to Be Truthful?” On the second panel, “Ethical Traps Involving In-House Counsel,” he spoke on the topic, “Ethical Employment Investigations Involving In-House Counsel.”



February 2008

Professor Huyen Pham's article, "The Private Enforcement of Immigration Laws," was published by the Georgetown Law Journal. In this article, Professor Pham argues that private enforcement laws (requiring private parties like landlords and employers to check immigration status before granting a private benefit) have not been effective in reducing illegal immigration. Drawing on our 20 year experience with federal employer sanctions, she suggests that the laws instead will result in substantial discrimination against those who look or sound foreign.

Professor Huyen Pham was also invited to speak at the University at Buffalo Law School on Feb. 22, as part of the Immigration Crucible Spring Speaker Series there. She presented her paper, "When Immigration Borders Move: the Implications for Citizenship, Membership, and Community.

Professor Susan Ayres presented her paper at William & Mary School of Law on Feb. 23, for the annual symposium organized by the Journal of Women and the Law. The paper was entitled, "Kairos and Safe Havens: The Timing and Calamity of Unwanted Birth." The paper examined the effectiveness of laws allowing legalized abandonment of newborns and discussed customs and laws in the United States and other countries. It also analyzed the problem of abandonment using the rhetoric of kairos, or right-timing.

Professor Maxine Harrington was a panelist on "Bioethics," sponsored by the Fort Worth Life Sciences Coalition.



January  2008

Professor James McGrath's article, “Overcharging the Uninsured in Hospitals: Shifting a Greater Share of Uncompensated Medical Care Costs to the Federal Government,” was published at 26 Quinnipiac Law Review 173 (2007). This article explores the hidden federal subsidies for medically treating the uninsured, questions the legitimacy of hospital pricing schemes, and adds support to the existing literature advocating a single payer health care system in the United States.

Professor Megan Carpenter's article, “Bare Justice: A Feminist Reconceptualization of Justice and Its Potential Application to Crimes of Sexual Violence in Post-Genocide Rwanda” was accepted by the Creighton Law Review and she has been invited to present it at the Symposium on Human Rights in April. In addition, Professor Carpenter received two offers of publication for her creative works from the Legal Studies Forum. One is called “The Lexical Heart” and is an excerpted dictionary. The other is called “River Rats” and is an essay.

Professor Michael Green presented “What Hurricane Katrina Should Have Taught Employers About Using Expedited ADR to Address Employment Matters in a Crisis,” at the Labor Employment Relations Association 60th Annual Meeting held in New Orleans, La. on Jan. 5, 2008. The overall theme of the conference was “Rebuilding America in a Changing Global Context” and Professor Green participated on a panel regarding Workers’ Rights in the Aftermath of a Disaster. Professor Green’s talk focused on labor and employment matters, including employee retirement and salary benefits, safety, relocation, worker’s compensation, employee counseling and other concerns that may arise when a crisis occurs. Professor Green asserted that employers and employees can be better prepared to deal with these issues by developing expedited ADR procedures that spring into action at the time of a crisis and involve all interested stakeholders including government and community participants in developing quick and effective resolutions.

Professor Jason Gillmer’s article, “Base Wretches and Black Wenches: A Story of Sex and Race, Violence and Compassion, During Slavery Times,” was selected as one of the top three papers in the Southeastern Association of Law Schools’ 2008 Call for Papers competition. Professor Gillmer will receive an award honoring his achievement at a special luncheon during the SEALS conference in August, where he will also present his paper.

Professor Susan Ayres’ article, “Who Is to Shame? Narratives of Neonaticide,” was published in 14 William & Mary Journal of Women in the Law 55 (2007). In her article, Professor Ayres considers why attitudes and laws about newborn child murder, or neonaticide, have not evolved in America as they did elsewhere. She points out that, like in 17th-century England, we still view cases of neonaticide with shame, disgust, and anxiety about teen sexuality and motherhood. Drawing on literary sources as much as the law, Professor Ayres argues that our social and legal responses will not change until we make an effort to understand the causes of neonaticide and to deal with its complexities.



Fall 2007

November 2007


Professor Huyen Pham presented, “Lessons Learned from the First Generation of Local Immigration Laws,” at Hofstra Law School’s conference, “Local Dimensions of Immigration: Challenges and Opportunities in Our Changing Communities,” Hempstead, New York, November 9, 2007. At this presentation, Professor Pham examined the specific problems that local governments have experienced in implementing local immigration laws and considered the implications of these problems for local immigration enforcement generally.

Professor Frank Snyder moderated the panel “Implication, Interpretation, and Default Terms” at the Pace University Law Review Symposium, “The Enduring Legacy of Wood v. Lucy, Lady Duff Gordon,” White Plains, New York, November 2007. The other panelists were Melvin Aron Eisenberg (UC-Berkeley), Peter Linzer (University of Houston), Nicholas Weiskopf (St. John’s University), and Jonathan Kang (University of Washington).

Interim Dean Cynthia Fountaine presented “Private Legal Education in the United States,” at the US-Russia Joint Conference on the Rule of Law held at St. Petersburg University in Russia. Dean Fountaine’s talk focused on various aspects of American legal education, including highlighting differences between public and private legal education, accreditation issues, financing legal education, American legal educational pedagogy, law school admissions, attorney licensing regulations, clinical legal education and other skills and experiential learning programs, and incorporating ethics education into the law school curriculum.

Professor Michael Green’s commentary, “A New Call to Action: Selecting Diverse Arbitrators,” was published in Volume 36, Fall 2007 of the American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Newsletter. In this commentary, Professor Green laments the lack of diverse arbitrators being used for resolving statutory employment discrimination claims and asserts that corporations should agree to match their diversity efforts in selecting attorneys with their efforts in selecting arbitrators.

Four Texas A&M University School of Law professors have been invited to present their papers at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities, to be held March, 2008 in Berkeley, California. In her paper, “[Not-So] Safe Havens?” Professor Susan Ayres will examine the rhetorics surrounding legalized abandonment, abortion, and neonaticide, and will also re-evaluate the profile of neonaticidal mothers in order to argue that, while Safe Havens will not prevent all neonaticides, they are an important piece of the strategy for prevention. Professor Jason Gillmer, in his paper, “The Murder of Isaac Baughman: Race and Violence in Reconstruction Texas,” will be exploring the lynching of Sheriff Baughman, appointed during Republican rule, to highlight a period of intense racial conflict and tremendous upheaval in a place that, like many others, was struggling to come to terms with a new social order. Professor James McGrath, in his paper, “Are You a Boy or a Girl?” will examine and critique categorization of sex as a binary in the law from a historical perspective and in light of recent scientific developments. Finally, in his paper, “Private and Semiprivate Law: The Contract/Tort Divide,” Professor Frank Snyder will challenge the usual treatment of tort law as part of “private law,” arguing that tort law really is a mechanism for enforcing involuntary social norms rather than enabling private ordering, and thus the real distinction ought to be drawn not between “public” and “private” but between “social control” and “social enabling” legal regimes.

Professor Michael Green presented “Arbitration of Employment Disputes: Will it Continue or Diminish?” to the Conflict Resolution Network in Plano, Texas on Nov. 20, 2007. Professor Green asserted that employers have started to become skeptical about the use of arbitration for employment disputes and this may not bode well for future employment of arbitrators.

Professor Charlotte Hughart was interviewed by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram for an article about three clients represented by the Law Clinic and their successful experiences. The article appeared on November 28, 2007, and was titled, “They give the poor a voice in the justice system.” Professor Hughart provided background information on the Clinic operations.

Professor Michael Green has been asked to speak at the ABA Labor and Employment Section Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibilities Midwinter Meeting in Tucson, Arizona on March 28, 2008, regarding Ethical Traps in Preparing Witnesses in Employment Discrimination Suits. Professor Green has also been asked to speak at the ABA Labor and Employment Section Committee on Employment Rights and Responsibilities Midwinter Meeting in Dana Point, California on April 5, 2008, regarding dilemmas for in-house counsel in pursuing their own employment discrimination claims.

October 2007

Professor Terri Helge presented “Tax Aspects of Transactions with Charitable Organizations,” at the Tax Section of the Dallas Bar Association, Oct. 1, 2007. Professor Helge’s presentation examined transactions between charitable organizations and taxable parties and discussed the special tax considerations involved in engaging in these types of transactions.

Professor Michael Green presented “Developing a Scholarly Agenda to Obtain Tenure: Know Yourself and Know Your Institution,” at the Twelfth Annual LatCrit Conference, Fifth Annual LatCrit-SALT Junior Faculty Development Workshop, held in Miami, Florida, on October 5, 2007. The Workshop, titled “On Scholarship: What to Write and How to Finish,” was designed to help new scholars navigate the waters of obtaining tenure.

Professor Maxine Harrington has been selected for a Beazley Visiting Professorship in Health Law at Loyola University Chicago School of Law in March 2008. Professor Harrington will spend three days in residence, giving a faculty lecture and teaching two classes on health law.

Professor Wayne Barne’s article, “The Objective Theory of Contracts,” was selected for publication in the University of Cincinnati Law Review. In this article, Professor Barnes articulates the soundness of the objective theory of mutual assent to contract formation, and argues that three areas of contract law should be reformed to conform to objective theory. The three areas are the rule that death terminates an offer, the mailbox rule, and consumer assent to standard form contracts.

Professor Aric Short’s article, “Slaves for Rent: Sexual Harassment in Housing as Involuntary Servitude,” was selected for publication in the Nebraska Law Review. In this article, Professor Short examines the problem of sexual harassment in the landlord-tenant context, focusing specifically on the plight of poor, single mothers who are the most frequent victims of such exploitation by their landlords. After qualifying and quantifying residential sexual harassment and critiquing application of the Fair Housing Act in this context, the article explores the Thirteenth Amendment’s prohibition of involuntary servitude as a possible source of rights for victims suffering abuse in this setting.

Professor Neal Newman’s article, “The ‘Carrot’ Approach to Accounting Standard Setting,” was selected for publication in the University of Miami Business Law Review. In this article, Professor Newman argues for the removal of incentive based compensation for executive officers, maintaining that this form of compensation has an adverse affect on accounting standards and the quality of financial reporting.

Professor Jason Gillmer’s article “Base Wretches and Black Wenches: A Story of Sex and Race, Violence and Compassion During Slavery Times,” was selected for publication in the Alabama Law Review. In the article, Professor Gillmer examines in detail the local and trial records of a nineteenth-century Texas case to tell the story of a white slave master who had a thirty-year relationship with a female slave. The article is designed to add depth and detail to our understanding of the slave South and the relations between the races, ultimately concluding that the master narrative of rape so familiar to students of the subject is inadequate to account for a case like this.

Professor Michael Green’s article, “Ruminations About the EEOC’s Policy Regarding Arbitration,” was published in the Chicago Kent Employee Rights and Employment Policy Journal as part of the proceedings from an AALS panel, “Dispute Resolution in Action: Examining the Reality of Employment Discrimination Cases.” In Professor Green’s article, he argues that the EEOC has failed to set effective policy regarding the arbitration of statutory employment discrimination claims and lost a major opportunity to assist employers and employees in resolving these disputes.

Interim Dean Cynthia Fountaine presented “Texas A&M University School of Law: Ten Years of Service and Impact in Fort Worth,” at the Fort Worth City Council, Pre-Council Meeting, October 23, 2007. This presentation highlighted the law school's achievements and accomplishments in the ten years since Texas A&M University School of Law has been located in downtown Fort Worth, and highlighted the law school's economic impact on Fort Worth as well as public service programs that benefit the citizens of Tarrant County.

Professor Jason Gillmer was a presenter at the SMU Colloquium on Law and Citizenship on October 30, 2007. At the Colloquium, Professor Gillmer discussed his current work on using trial level data to understand the everyday life of race and slavery.



September 2007

Professor Lynne Rambo presented “Update on the Supreme Court's 2006 Term: The Swing Votes Are Gone,” at the Tarrant County Bar Association Brown Bag Program, September 21, 2007. Professor Rambo analyzed the cases decided in the last Term, focusing especially on Justices Alito and Roberts and Justice Kennedy’s shift to the right.

Professor Susan Ayres co-presented “Infanticide” with Dr. Prema Manjunath during Grand Rounds at John Peter Smith Hospital’s Department of Psychiatry, September 7, 2007. Professor Ayres discussed social constructions and legal treatment of women who kill their children, while Dr. Manjunath discussed the psychiatric considerations of infanticidal mothers.

Professor Maxine Harrington was appointed by the ABA Standing Committee on Specialization as Examination Reviewer for the Medical Liability Certification Program.

Professor Michael Green presented “Searching for the Wright Answer to Collective Bargaining Arbitration of Statutory Claims,” at the Second Annual Colloquium on Current Scholarship in Labor and Employment Law held at the University of Denver College of Law, Denver, Colorado on Sept. 28, 2007. Professor Green highlighted the unique difficulties for employees represented by unions when they have statutory discrimination claims and suggested a solution to a growing conflict in the federal courts regarding the analysis that should apply to determine whether these disputes may be subject to final resolution through labor arbitration.

Professor Maxine Harrington was interviewed by a reporter from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel who is writing a series of articles on medical error.



Summer 2007

August 2007

On August 10-11, 2007, Professors Meredith Conway and
Wayne Barnes organized and held the first Texas Junior Legal Scholars Conference at Texas A&M University School of Law. The conference brought together over 25 young scholars from around the country to share their works in progress and receive collaborative feedback from their colleagues. Five Texas A&M University School of Law Professors presented their work. Professor Conway presented, “The Connection Between Wealth and Income Disparity and the Taxation of Executive Compensation.” Professor Barnes presented “The Objective Theory of Contracts.” Professor Maxine Harrington presented “The Thin Flat Line: Are Donors Whose Organs are Removed After Cardiac Death Legally Dead?” Professor James McGrath presented “Paying for the Most Expensive, Least Efficient Health Care: Bush’s Answer to the Health Care Crisis.” Finally, Professor Neal Newman presented “The Holy Grail of Financial Reporting and Why We May Never Get There.”

Professor Susan Ayres has been invited to participate in the annual symposium sponsored by the William and Mary Journal of Women and the Law to be held in February 2008. The symposium title is “Not That Kind of Girl: The Legal Treatment of Women Defying Traditional Gender Roles.”

Professor Malinda Seymore’s article, “China’s Future Lawyers: Some Differences in Education and Outlook,” has been selected for publication by the Asper Review of International Business and Trade Law, a peer-reviewed journal at the University of Manitoba, Canada. The article is an outgrowth of Professor Seymore’s experience teaching American law for five months as a Fulbright Professor at Xiamen University School of Law in Xiamen, China. Professor Seymore’s fellow authors are: Patricia Ross McCubbin (Southern Illinois/Wuhan University, China), Andrea Curcio (Georgia State/South China Normal University, China), and Llewellyn Joseph Gibbons (University of Toledo/Zhongnan University, China).



July 2007

Professor Susan Ayres presented “Stories of Neonaticide,” at the Rights, Ethics, Law & Literature International Colloquium, held at Swansea University, Wales, July 6-8, 2007. At the Colloquium, Professor Ayres discussed narratives of neonaticide found in works of literature. She argued that the benefit of literary stories for legal analysis is that stories provide the opportunity and model to balance the view that mothers who kill newborns deserve only treatment versus the view that they deserve only imprisonment.

On July 19-21, 2007, Texas A&M University School of Law held its fourth annual Gloucester Law Conference in Gloucester, England. This year’s conference, titled “Law, Culture, and Rights in an Age of Globalization,” was organized by Professors Aric Short, Margarita Coale, and Frank Snyder. The conference brought together scholars from around the world to discuss the law as a tool for social change in an increasingly complex and interdependent world. In particular, the conference commemorated the 200th anniversary of the ending of the British slave trade. Presenters examined a wide range of topics, including the rights of migrant workers, lingering vestiges of African slavery, the global sex trade, the intersection of religion and free speech, and discrimination in the education setting.

At the Gloucester Law Conference, Professors Aric Short, James McGrath, and Huyen Pham each presented papers. Professor Short’s paper, “Sexual Harassment in Housing as Involuntary Servitude,” examined the possible use of Thirteenth Amendment to protect poor, single mothers sexually harassed by their landlords. Professor McGrath’s paper, “Overcharging the Uninsured for Health Care in the United States: An Anachronism in the Age of Globalization,” discussed competitive global trade implications for the United States as a nation that does not have universal health care coverage for its workers. Finally, Professor Pham’s paper, “When Immigration Borders Move,” explored the practical and conceptual implications of our shifting borders paradigm. Professor Frank Snyder also moderated the panel, “Migration and Human Rights.”

Professors Huyen Pham and Jason Gillmer attended the annual meeting of the Law and Society Association, held in Berlin, Germany, on July 25-28, 2007. At the Conference, Professor Pham further developed her paper, “When Immigration Borders Move,” by discussing the legal implications of new and proposed laws requiring all residents to demonstrate their legal immigration status, multiple times and at multiple points within the country, to obtain licenses, employment, and other important benefits. Professor Gillmer also organized and chaired a panel on “Race and Slavery: Historical Problems and Contemporary Context.” The panel brought together scholars interested in cultural and legal history, and the role of race and slavery in shaping the American legal landscape. At the panel, Professor Gillmer also presented his paper, “Base Wretches and Black Wenches: A Story of Sex and Race, Violence and Compassion, During Slavery Times.”

Four Texas Wesleyan Law Professors participated in the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) annual meeting, held on Amelia Island, Florida, on July 31-August 4, 2007. Professor Michael Green coordinated an employment discrimination panel on the impact of the Civil Rights Act of 1991. As a participant on that panel, Professor Green presented, “The Suspicious Enforcement of Arbitration for Title VII Claims After the Civil Rights Act of 1991 Granted the Right to Jury Trials and Punitive Damages: What Congress Could Not Have Intended,” where he argued that judicial interpretation of arbitration law conflicted with legislative intent under the Civil Rights Act of 1991. In addition, Professor Neal Newman helped coordinate a panel on “Teaching Socio-Economics in Law School.” At this panel, Professor Newman presented a paper in which he gave an overview of socio-economic principles and discussed how these principles can be applied in doctrinal courses. Professor Meredith Conway participated on the same panel, and gave a paper in which she discussed how to incorporate socio-economics into tax courses. Professor Michael Green also served as a moderator for the panel. Finally, as part of the SEALS New Scholars Workshop, Professor Aric Short presented, “A 13th Amendment Critique of Residential Sexual Harassment.” In his paper, Professor Short examined structural and doctrinal weaknesses in the federal Fair Housing Act and the Civil Rights Act of 1866 as tools to address housing-related harassment perpetrated in the landlord-tenant relationship.



June 2007

Professor Aric Short participated in the Interschool Junior Faculty Workshop on Poverty Law, held at American University, Washington College of Law, on June 1, 2007. Professor Short’s talk, which explored the exploitation and abuse often encountered by low income women in the housing market, was one of several presentations by young scholars across the country that examined poverty and its effect on legal rights in America today.

Professor Michael Green was selected and participated as a faculty fellow for the Cross-Cultural Negotiation and Employment Dispute Resolution System Design Courses held at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine Law School in Malibu, California, June 5-23, 2007. As part of this unique faculty fellows program, Professor Green attended two Dispute Resolution courses with the goal of allowing him to enhance both his scholarship and teaching in this area while learning from the classroom dynamics and approaches of others who teach these subjects.

Professor Joe Spurlock, Director of the Asian Judicial Institute (AJI), organized and conducted the 7th annual training session in the American common law legal system for members of the Mongolian legal profession from June 23 to July 10. The 2007 AJI summer trainees were law professors and attorneys from the National Legal Training Center of Mongolia and Association of Mongolian Advocates who returned to Mongolia to help retrain Mongolian private attorneys, prosecutors, and government lawyers in American substantive and procedural law. The course program, “Pursuing Justice in the U.S. and Local Common Law Court Systems,” was taught by several professors of the school. Professors Aric Short, Paul George, Margarita Coale, James McGrath, Stephen Alton, Joe Spurlock, and Frank Elliott, and adjunct professors Kay Elliott, G. Ganzorig, Joe Shannon, U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade, and assistant law librarian Stephanie Marshall each presented a half-day lecture and discussion on one of the subjects covered. The Honorable Ravdan Bold, Ambassador of Mongolia to the United States visited the school during the program to express the Mongolian government’s appreciation for the law school efforts in support of judicial and legal reform in Mongolia. Ambassador Bold presented to Professor Spurlock a plaque “In Recognition of Outstanding Contribution to Mongolia-United States Relations and Continued Support for Training Mongolian Lawyers.”


May 2007

Professor Maxine Harrington presented “Obtaining Medical Records under HIPAA in Judicial or Administrative Proceedings” at a CLE activity sponsored by the Northeast Tarrant County Bar Association, May 15, 2007. At her talk, Professor Harrington presented an overview of how the HIPAA Privacy Rules affect the disclosure and use of medical information in legal proceedings.

Professor Michael Green presented “Leveraging Opportunities for Minority Arbitrators through Mandatory Arbitration Agreements,” at the Third National Conference, Minority Professionals in Alternative Dispute Resolution, held at Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio, May 17, 2007. Professor Green asserted that the growing number of disputes involving employment discrimination claims when intersected with the growth of arbitration can provide many opportunities for minority arbitrators to handle these matters.

Professor Terri Helge presented “Legislative Update from Washington on Charitable Reforms: The Pension Protection Act of 2006” at the TSCPA 2007 Nonprofit Organizations Conference in Dallas, Texas, May 21, 2007. Professor Helge’s presentation focused on the impact of the reforms contained in the Pension Protection Act of 2006 on the nonprofit community.

Professor Neil Sobol presented “Persuasive Writing” to the Fort Worth Paralegal Association at the Petroleum, Club on May 24, 2007. The presentation illustrated the differences between objective and persuasive writing. Professor Sobol also described the role of word choice, placement, and organization in persuasive writing.

Professor Mark Burge presented “Teaching Statutory Interpretation in an Age of Outsourcing: Are Our Students Ready to Play Judge Yet?” at the Second Biennial Lone Star Legal Writing Conference, held at Texas A&M University School of Law, May 31-June 1, 2007. Professor Burge argued that judicially-oriented methods of interpreting statutes are on the wane, and that a consequence of this development is a need for reinvigorated instruction in interpretive principles.

Professor Susan Ayres' poem, “My Brilliant Career,” was published in The Legal Studies Forum.

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