Faculty Highlights

April 2016

Professor Cynthia Alkon was one of four panelists on the panel, “Preparing Students for the Future of Dispute Resolution: Skating to ‘Where the Puck Is Going, Not Where It’s Been,’” which was part of the Legal Educator's Colloquium of the ABA Dispute Resolution Annual Conference in New York City (April 9, 2016).

Professor Stephen Alton presented his paper, “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll’s Will,” at the 19th Annual Conference for the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities at the University of Connecticut School of Law in Hartford (April 1- 2, 2016).

Professor Susan Ayres presented a paper, “‘What did he just say? Did she really just say that?’:Vignettes of Racism in Claudia Rankine’s Citizen,” at the 19th Annual Conference for the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities at the University of Connecticut School of Law in Hartford (April 1- 2, 2016).

Associate Professor Sahar Aziz was the invited Panel Chair on “National Security, Religion, and Freedom of Expression” at the Freedom of Expression Global Jurisprudence International Conference at Columbia Law School (April 4-5, 2016).

  • ​Invited panelist on “Democratization, Authoritarianism, and Radicalism” at the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy in Washington, D.C. (April 21, 2016).

  • Invited presenter of the following:
    • ISIS: Navigating Conflict with Non-State Actors at University of Texas School of Law (April 15, 2016).
    • “The Color of Surveillance” at Georgetown Law Center (April 8, 2016).
  • Gave the following media interviews:

Professor Wayne Barnes has contracted with West Academic Publishing, along with David Epstein (University of Richmond School of Law), Paula Franzese (Seton Hall University School of Law) and Kevin Tu (University of New Mexico School of Law) for a book tentatively titled, Learning Basic Commercial Law Concepts.

Associate Professor Mark Edwin Burge presented “On the Regulatory Frontier: Developing Insights from Payment Transactions” at PAYMENTS 2016, the annual conference of the National Automated Clearing House Association in Phoenix, Arizona, along with co-panelists Jason Korosec (Senior V.P., MasterCard Advisors) and David P. Stewart (Georgetown University Law Center) (April 18, 2016).

Executive Professor William Byrnes ​was ranked first in The Top 5 Taxpaper Downloads (April 24, 2016) on SSRN, and 24th on the Tax Professor Ratings (April 29, 2016). 

Professor Irene Calboli presented her working paper on "The Importance of Comparative Legal Analysis in Intellectual property Scholarship" at the Values, Questions, and Methods in Intellectual Property Symposium at St. John’s Intellectual Property Law Centre, St. John’s University School of Law, New York, NY (April 22, 2016).

  • Presented her research on "The Protection of Geographical Indications: Why is it Worth It" at the Intellectual Property in all the New Places conference, Texas A&M School of Law (April 15-16, 2016).

  • Delivered a CLE on the topic "Chocolate, Fashion, and Teddy Bears: Non-Traditional Trademarks Unplugged" to the IP Section of Tarrant County Bar at the Fort Worth Petroleum Club (April 13, 2016).

  • Presented her working paper, "The Importance of Comparative Legal Analysis in Intellectual Property Scholarship," at a faculty workshop at Texas A&M School of Law (April 12, 2016).

  • Guest-lectured on the topic "Non-Traditional Trademarks in International and Comparative Trademark Law" to Professor Peter Yu's class on International IP at Texas A&M School of Law (April 11, 2016).

  • Presented her working paper, "The Definition of “a Trademark” in International Agreements: A Critical Perspective," at the Fifth International Intellectual Property Scholars Roundtable at William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (April 8-9, 2016).

  • Discussed the topic "The TPP Provisions on Trademarks and Geographical Indications" as part of the panel presentation The Impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement at Texas A&M School of Law (April 14, 2016).

  • Was a commentator in the workshop International Trade and IP featuring a paper by Toni Taubman, the Director of the Intellectual Property Division of the World Trade Organization, held at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Cleveland, Ohio (April 5, 2016).

Professor Megan Carpenter, Co-Director, Center for Law and Intellectual Property (CLIP), accepted an offer to publish her latest piece on trademarks and morality, "Contextual Healing," in the Hastings Law Journal.

  • Gave an invited presentation at the Fordham IP Conference at Fordham University School of Law in New York, NY, where she spoke about trademarks, morality, and free speech, and presented her empirical study on trademark registration refusals for scandalous and immoral trademarks under Lanham Act 2(a) (April 1, 2016).

  • Took a group of students from the Texas A&M School of Law IP and Technology Law Clinic to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Va. While at the USPTO, students heard from USPTO officials and witnessed a hearing of the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board (April 6, 2016). Learn more.

  • Presented her latest piece on trademarks and morality at the CLIP conference, Intellectual Property in All the New Places, at Texas A&M School of Law (April 15, 2016).

  • Carpenter was honored with the Distinguished Achievement Award, among the most prestigious awards that can be presented to faculty or staff at Texas A&M University, in the category of Graduate Mentoring (April 25, 2016).

Professor Gabriel Eckstein co-authored with Jessica Foster (3L) “Framework of Surface and Ground Water in Oklahoma and Texas: Perspectives for Oil and Gas Development,” in Water Acquisition and Management for Oil & Gas Development: Legal and Regulatory Requirements, Paper 4B, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation (2016).

  • Chaired “Local Initiatives Panel” at the symposium Think Globally, Act Locally – Texas A&M University’s Initiative to Respect, Preserve, and Protect by the Texas A&M Journal of Property Law (April 22, 2016).

  • Presented on “Pharmaceuticals in the Environment: The Challenges and a Pragmatic Approach,” at the Contaminants of Emerging Concern and Water on Earth conference, held by Texas Environmental Law Journal at the University of Texas School of Law (April 15, 2016).

  • Presented on the “Framework of Surface and Groundwater Legal Systems in the Southwest” at the Water Acquisition and Management for Oil and Gas Development conference, organized by the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and the Institute for Energy Law Conference, Houston (April 7, 2016).

  • Organized a Water Law student field trip to Lake Bardwell to meet with representatives of the Army Corps of Engineers and Trinity River Authority (April 8, 2016).

  • Invited to give a lecture at the Forum of International Cooperation Organizations 10th World General Assembly of the International Network of Basin Organizations, in Merida, Mexico, on June 3, 2016.

Instructional Assistant Professor Patrick Flanagan co-presented “Common Guidelines for Digitization: A Community Effort” at the Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries/Southwestern Association of Law Libraries Annual Conference, Big D: Data, Discovery and Dicta in Dallas (April 16, 2016).

  • Appointed to the Government Relations Committee of the American Association of Law Libraries.

Professor Susan Fortney reviewed a recent article, “Virtuous Billing,” by Randy D. Gordon & Nancy B. Rapoport.

  • She spoke at the Third Access to Justice Through Incubator Conference at the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law, where she was a panelist for the session “Developments in Reaching Vulnerable and Under-served Individuals and Groups”  (April 2, 2016). For her remarks, she discussed the unique features of the Texas Apprenticeship Network, a new accelerator program for recent law graduates being launched this summer.

Professor Paul George delivered the closing remarks at the Texas A&M Law Review symposium, The Changing Landscape of Transportation—Technology, Data, and the Law (April 1, 2016).

  • Spoke at Oklahoma State University to a senior class on Courts and Judicial Process (April 14, 2016).

  • Along with Professor Charlotte Ku, met with Mike Marchand, David Winn and Mark Smith of the Center for American and International Law about developing cooperative programs with the law school and Texas A&M University (April 25, 2016).

  • Interviewed by the Houston Chronicle regarding the City of Houston’s claim of governmental immunity in response to the Texas Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling against Houston on an employee benefit issue (April 26, 2016).

  • Invited to speak to the Dallas Bar Association International Law Section on June 21 on the use of treaties in Texas practice.

  • Had 337 downloads of 19 articles in 16 countries over the past thirty days, according to Berkeley Electronic Press.

Professor Michael Z. Green was the keynote speaker at a symposium co-hosted by the University of Oregon's ADR Center and Division of Equity and Inclusion called Out of the Shadows: Implicit Bias, Institutional Responses in Eugene, Ore., where he presented his paper, “Civility and Mediation as Workplace Responses to Conscious Disregard of Racially-Biased Behaviors” (April 15, 2016).

  • His presentation at Oregon was also noted in an entry, “Green on Race and ADR,” in the Indisputably Blog (April 19, 2016).

  • Moderated a panel of employment law practitioners from local law firms, Lee & Braziel, LLP, and Littler Mendelson P.C., who spoke to a group of students at Texas A&M Law School in a program sponsored by the Office of Career Services (April 5, 2016).

  • Discussed his paper, “Navigating the Psychiatric Disability Minefield When an Employee Suffers from Bipolar Disorder,” at the 21st Annual Conference of the National Employment Law Council held in Orlando, Fla., as part of a panel, “The Ever Expanding Scope of the ADAAA” (April 21, 2016).

  • Moderated a panel on “Legal Service Plans As A Possible Solution” at the New York University Law School Conference, Beyond Elite Law: Access to Civil Justice in America, in New York, NY (April 29, 2016).

Professor Gary Lucas' article, “Behavioral Public Choice and the Law,” co-authored with Slavisa Tasic, was featured by George Mason University economist Bryan Caplan on his blog, EconLog (April 21, 2016).

  • Invited to present on the topic of behavioral public choice at the Wednesday Public Choice Seminar at George Mason University on November 9, 2016.

Professor Glynn Lunney presented his paper, “Trademark’s De-Evolution: Why Courts Get Trademark Cases Wrong Repeatedly,” at the Intellectual Property in the Trees Workshop Series at Lewis & Clark School of Law in Portland, Ore. (April 11, 2016).

Director of Program Development Jack Manhire presented a Continuing Legal Education ethics course, “Understanding Implicit Bias,” to the Tarrant County Bar Association (April 20, 2016). The Office of Career Services and the Tarrant County Bar Association’s Minority Committee were instrumental in organizing and sponsoring the event.

  • preLaw Magazine wrote an article about Manhire’s recent study on law school demographic representation.

Professor Timothy Mulvaney's article, “Legislative Exactions and Progressive Property,” was published in the Harvard Environmental Law Review.

  • Invited to participate in the seminar The Dynamics of Enduring Property Relationships in Land at the University of Oxford in Oxford, England on May 18, 2016.

Professor Neal Newman’s abbreviated version of his most recently published article, “Let Sleeping Regs Lie: A Diatribe on Regulation A’s Futility Before and After the J.O.B.S Act, was published in Colombia Law School’s Blue Sky Blog on corporations and the capital markets. The full article is published in Volume 18 of the fall edition of the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law - 18 U. Pa. J. Bus. L. 65-118 (2015-16) (April 27, 2016).

Associate Professor Carol Pauli presented her research, “A Civil Rights Remembrance,” at the 19th Annual Conference for the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities at the University of Connecticut School of Law in Hartford (April 1- 2, 2016).

Professor Srividhya Ragavan accepted an offer from New York University IP Law Journal to publish an article, “Correlative Obligation in Patent Law."

  • Presented at the Trans-Pacific Partnership Speaker Series on the topic of “TPP & Its Effect on Patent Rights,” Texas A&M School of Law (April 14, 2016).

  • Published an op-ed with Moushami Joshi titled “Trading Charges,” in The Hindu (April 20, 2016).

  • Delivered a guest lecture on “International Intellectual Property & Agriculture Issues” in Professor Peter Yu’s class at Texas A&M School of Law (April 13, 2016).

  • Moderated a panel on “Patents, Pharmaceutical & Genetic Resources” at the Intellectual Property in All the New Places symposium, Texas A&M School of Law (April 15-16, 2016).

  • Worked with the Office of Career Services and the Diversity Council to organize a meet and greet of the South Asian Bar Association (SABA) with members of various student organizations (April 20, 2016).

  • Secured a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Texas A&M School of Law and B.M.S College of Law, Bangalore.

  • Working with the SpicyIP, an intellectual property blog, to promote Texas A&M School of Law’s outreach efforts in India.

  • Invited to speak at a conference on “Intellectual Property & Open Access” on May 28, 2016 at the National Law School of India University, Bangalore.

Professor Saurabh Vishnubhakat secured a publication contract with Cambridge University Press for his first book, A Tort Theory of Patent Litigation: History and Reform.

  • Presented his work-in-progress “The Antitrusting of Patentability” at the Vanderbilt Intellectual Property Scholars Roundtable (April 28–29, 2016) and at the PatCon 6 Conference at Boston College (April 8–9, 2016).

  • Presented his work-in-progress “The Non-Doctrine of Redundancy” at Texas A&M School of Law’s Intellectual Property in All The New Places symposium (April 15–16, 2016).

  • Presented his work-in-progress “The Field of Invention” at the Notre Dame Junior Patent Roundtable (April 1, 2016).

Professor Peter Yu, Co-Director, Center for Law and Intellectual Property (CLIP), explored the investment chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement on a panel organized by the International Law Society and Intellectual Property Aggies at Texas A&M University School of Law (April 14, 2016).