Faculty Highlights

​Ju​ly 2017

Professor Susan Ayres organized a panel on “Sexual Violence in Poetry,” which has been accepted for the 2018 Conference of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, to be held in Tampa, Florida, in March 2018. As part of the panel, Professor Ayres will also present a paper on sexual violence in the poetry of Marie Howe.

Associate Dean William Byrnes gave a CLE/CPE on “Bringing Balance to Asset Forfeiture” and “What Does the Risk in Legal Risk Management Mean?” at the Annual Conference for the American Academy of Attorneys-CPAs (AAA-CPA) (July 6, 2017).

Professor Irene Calboli delivered a presentation on “Trademark Protections and Geographical Indications of Origin” as part of the “Campus Abroad” program organized by the Faculty of Law, Bocconi University at NUS Business School, National University of Singapore (July 4, 2017).

  • Served as a discussant as part of the “Intellectual Property and Public Art” lecture by professor Lilla’ Montagnani of Bocconi University held at the School of Law, Singapore Management University, Singapore (July 5, 2017).

  • Served as a discussant for the “Intellectual Property Rights in Malaysia” lecture by Professor Tay Pek San of the University of Malaya, held at the School of Law, Singapore Management University, Singapore (July 12, 2017).

Professor Gabriel Eckstein presented “Transboundary Groundwater and Aquifers under International Law,” for the World Bank South Asian Water Initiative’s program titled Transboundary Groundwater: Agreements and Implications for Afghanistan. His seminar was given to representatives of the Government of Afghanistan in Kabul, via WebEx (July 31, 2017).

Associate Dean for Research and Professor Susan Fortney presented her research on law firm economics and organizational structures at the Legal Ethics Schmooze  at UCLA Law School, Los Angeles, California (July 2017).

Associate Professor Guillermo Garcia was awarded the 2017 John Gallup Laylin Prize during the commencement ceremony for Harvard Law School. Harvard’s Laylin Prize is awarded annually for the best paper written in the field of public international law (2017). 

Professor Michael Z. Green presented “Reconciling Invalid Workplace Harassment Claims with Viable Retaliation Claims under Title VII” for the Fort Worth HR (​affiliated with the Society for Human Resource Management) July Legal and Regulatory Hour (July 20, 2017).

  • Presented “Business Compliance in Valuing Human Resources” as part of the Aggie Law Business Speaker Series, San Antonio, Texas (July 11, 2017).

  • ​Invited to speak on “The Promise of Mediation in Accommodating Employees With Psychiatric Disabilities and Concerns of Workplace Violence” for the Tarrant County Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution/Labor and Employment Sections Joint Luncheon, to be held at Fort Worth’s City Club on September 20, 2017.

Professor Terri Helge's article, “Rejecting Charity: Why the IRS Denies Tax Exemption to 501(c)(3) Applicants,” was published as the lead article in the Pittsburgh Tax Review, Vol. 14, No. 1 (2016-17).

Executive Professor Bill Henning, a Life Member of the Uniform Law Commission (ULC), attended the 2017 Annual Meeting in San Diego. Professor Henning is a member of the ULC’s Executive Committee, which met twice during the annual meeting. He is also a member of the Drafting Committee to Amend UCC Articles 1, 3, and 9 and the committee presented its work to the members for their consideration and comments. This was the first reading of the amendments and it is anticipated that they will be approved at the 2018 Annual Meeting and then will be sent to the states for enactment (July 13-20, 2017).

Associate Dean for Experiential Education and Professor Luz Herrera presented on the Texas Advocacy Network at the 2017 Texas Bar Leaders Conference held in Houston (July 28, 2017).

Associate Dean for Global Programs and Professor Charlotte Ku was appointed by American Society of International Law (ASIL) President Lucinda Low to a newly created ASIL Operations Committee (July 2017).

Director of Program Development and Senior Lecturer Jack Manhire presented “The Action Principle in Market Mechanics” at the 13th Econophysics Conference held at the University of Warsaw in Poland  (July 5, 2017).

  • Presented “Understanding Implicit Bias in Dispute Resolution” at the Dispute Resolution Services Annual CLE held at Texas A&M School of Law (July 13, 2017).

  • Presented “The Pros and Cons of Existing Pipeline Diversity Programs” at the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers’ 12th Annual Dinner and Dialogue held at the Belo Mansion in Dallas (July 20, 2017).

Associate Dean for Academic Support & Bar Passage and Professor James McGrath's article “Diversifying the Legal Profession, an Alternative Pipeline Proposal” has been accepted for publication in the University of Maryland’s Journal of Race, Religion, Gender and Class (forthcoming 2017) .

  • His article “Transparency in the Classroom,” has been accepted for publication in The Learning Curve (July 2017).

  • Invited to speak on “Applying Positive Psychology and Strengths-Oriented Approaches to Teaching” at the upcoming 2018 Annual Meeting for the Annual Association of American Law Schools (AALS) held in January.

Director of the Low Income Tax Clinic and Senior Lecturer Bob Probasco served as a panelist for two presentations at the IRS Tax Forum held in Dallas: “Advocating for Clients Whose Debts Were Assigned by the IRS to a Private Collection Agency,” and “Advocating for Your Client in Trade and Business Expenses Cases – Hobby Losses” (July 24 – 26, 2017).

Professor Srividhya Ragavan published a book chapter titled “Diverse Harmonization: The Indian Example” in Research Handbook on Intellectual Property and the Life Sciences, (Duncan Matthews & Herbert Zech, Eds.,), Edward Elgar Publications (July 2017).

  • Published “Data Exclusivity: A Tool to Sustain Market Monopoly” in the Jindal Law Review (forthcoming, 2017).

Associate Professor Lisa A. Rich was selected as Philbin Awards Judge for the 34th Annual Stephen Philbin Awards for Excellence in Legal Reporting. Winners of the awards in a variety of media categories will be honored at the Philbin Awards Luncheon on October 13, 2017 (July 2017).

Associate Professor Neil L. Sobol participated on the panel “Legal Research and Writing Faculty Hiring and Mentoring: Challenges in Diversity, Equality, and Process” at the Association of Legal Writing Directors 2017 Biennial Conference at the University of Minnesota Law School (July 21, 2017).

Professor Peter Yu delivered lectures on “Primary and Secondary Liability of Intermediaries in US Law” and “Copyright Limitations and Exceptions from Around the World” at the 2017 Xiamen University Intellectual Property Summer School for the Intellectual Property Research Institute at Xiamen University in China (July 8, 2017).

  • Serves on the Scientific Committee of the Eighth Annual Asia Pacific Innovation Conference, which will be held at the Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, November - December, 2017.