What drew you to the law?
I was always interested in the law as I grew up. Even as I got my engineering degree at Texas A&M, I knew that I eventually wanted to be a lawyer. The law provides the framework of rules we all live by, and lawyers play prominent roles in all levels of our government and industry.
What do you enjoy most about teaching?
I enjoy interacting with students and helping them gain an understanding of what the law is and what it can be.
What do you hope students gain from your courses?
My first year of law school, I thought I was there to learn the law. Turns out, that’s not really the case. What I learned, and what I hope my students learn, is how to determine for themselves both what the law is and what it should be.
What did you do prior to entering academia?
Before law school, I was a production engineer for Chevron in the Los Angeles basin. After law school, I had the privilege of clerking for one of the great federal judges of the twentieth century, the Honorable John Minor Wisdom of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
What are you passionate about outside of the law?
I’m a fairly serious runner and triathlete.
What are your research interests?
In my research, I use economic analysis to understand more clearly the trade-offs that patent, copyright and trademark protection create.