Faculty Highlights

​June 2017

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor Cynthia Alkon participated in the “Law School Buildings” panel and co-led the “Associate Dean as Negotiator: Working to Improve Your Skills” panel with Associate Professor Peter Reilly at Texas A&M University School of Law’s Conference for Associate Deans (June 2, 2017).

Associate Dean for Planning, Compliance and Evening Programs and Professor Stephen Alton placed in the top 10% of authors on SSRN by total new downloads within the last 12 months, largely based on his papers on Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Jekyll (June 2017).

Professor Susan Ayres was invited to present her translations of the poetry of Elsa Cross at the 40th American Literary Translators Association Conference: Reflections/Refractions, to be held October 5-8, 2017 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

  • Received an offer to publish two of her poems, "Migration" and "Reading The Book of Joy," in Panther City Review in September, 2017.

Associate Dean William Byrnes published “Tax Residency in a FATCA and CRS World” (written with Robert J. Munro) in Matthew Bender’s Emerging Issues (June 28, 2017).

Professor Irene Calboli acted as an expert and delivered the opening lecture on “Overview of Intellectual Property and Current and Emerging Issues” at the WIPO-University of Geneva Summer School, World Intellectual Property Organization (June 25-30, 2017).

  • Published the book Geographical Indications at the Crossroads of Trade, Development and Culture: Focus on Asia-Pacific (Cambridge University Press) (edited with Ng-Loy Wee Loon) (2017).

  • Presented her research on "Geographical Indications of Origin, Economic Development, and Cultural Heritage: Good Match or Mismatch?" at the Singapore Management University and Reading University Faculty Exchange Seminar, Faculty of Law, University of Reading, Reading, United Kingdom (June 8, 2017).

  • Presented a CLE on "3D Printing and the Luxury Economy" at the Centre for Commercial Legal Studies, Queen Mary University of London, London, United Kingdom (June 9, 2017).

  • Delivered the lecture "Are Non Traditional Trademarks Aesthetically Functional?" for the Faculty of Law, City University of London, London, United Kingdom (June 12, 2017).

  • Presented her research on "Diversity in Intellectual Property: A Critical Theory-Based Methodology for Intellectual Property Research" at the Faculty Colloquium Series, Faculty of Law, Bocconi University, Milan, Italy (June 13, 2017).

  • Served as a commentator at the Geneva Internet L@w Research Colloquium, Foundation Hardt, Geneva, Switzerland (June 23, 2017).

  • Presented her book An Open Access Book: Geographical Indications at the Crossroads of Trade, Development, and Culture Focus on Asia-Pacific at the World Trade Organization, Geneva, Switzerland (June 27, 2017).

Professor Gabriel Eckstein participated in the International Water Resources Association XVIth World Water Congress, Cancún, Mexico, May 29-June 2, 2017, where he:

  • Chaired the Congress International Scientific Committee, and served as Master of Ceremonies for the Congress Opening and Closing Ceremonies.
  • Presented on:
    • “Regulation of the Environment–Support Function of Groundwater Systems,” Special Session on Online Training Course on the ‘Greening’ of Water Law: Implementing Environment-friendly Principles in Contemporary Water Treaties and Laws, organized by the International Association for Water Law.

    • “International Law and Transboundary Aquifers,” Special Session on What Next For Water Law And Policy? Recent Developments, Future Challenges and Potential Opportunities, organized by Northumbria University Newcastle.

    • “Transboundary Legal Perspective: International Water Law,” Special Session on Training in Hydro-diplomacy, Legal and Institutional Aspects of Water Resources Governance – From the International to the Domestic Perspective, organized by International Association for Water Law and UNESCO-IHP.
  • ​Served as panel moderator for:
    • “Policies and Issues on Transboundary Water Resources With Specific Approach on Transboundary Waters Along the US-Canada and US-Mexico Borders,” in the Special Session on Transboundary Water Resources, Surface Water and Groundwater Assessment and Management along the Canada-US and Mexico-US borders in North America, organized by Natural Resources Canada; University of Arizona, Water Resources Research Center; North American Research Partnership; Water Resources Institutes of Texas and New Mexico; and University of Arizona, Water Resources Research Center.

    • Special Session on The Draft Articles on the Law of Transboundary Aquifers – Moving Forward Until the Next UN General Assembly Session, organized by UNESCO, International Association for Water Law, and International Association of Hydrogeologists.
  • Served as panel discussant for the Special Session on Smart Water Management: Bridge to WGG and SDGs – The Technical Innovation Needed for “Water for All,” organized by Korea Water Resources Corporation (K-Water).

Associate Dean for Research and Professor Susan Fortney presented at the 33rd ABA National Forum on Client Protection. Her session was called “A New Look at the Delivery of Legal Services” (June 4, 2017).

  • Helped organize and moderated a session at the 3rd ABA Workshop on Proactive Management-Based Regulation of Lawyers. Following her empirical study on proactive management-based regulation (PMBR) of Australian firms, Professor Fortney spearheaded a series of workshops that have been sponsored by the ABA. Participants in the workshops have included regulators, insurers, and bar leaders from the U.S., Australia and Canada. A number of jurisdictions in the U.S. and Canada are now pursuing PMBR programs (June 4, 2017).

  • Moderated the “Role of the Law Dean” panel at Texas A&M University School of Law’s Conference for Associate Deans (June 2, 2017).

Professor Paul George presented a one-hour CLE in Dallas on June 13 on "Forum Selection Clauses," hosted by Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP (June 2017).

Professor Michael Z. Green presented “The Promise of Mediation in Accommodating Psychiatric Disabilities Versus Workplace Hostilities” at Law and Society Annual Meeting as part of the labor rights panel on “Healthy Workplaces: Improving Access” held in Mexico City, Mexico (June 22, 2017).

Associate Dean for Global Programs Charlotte Ku gave a plenary address for the “ACUNS at 30: Retrospect and Prospect” panel at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Academic Council on the United Nations System, Revitalizing the United Nations for Human Rights, Peace and Development, held at Sookmyung Women’s University in Seoul, South Korea (June 15-17, 2017).

Associate Dean for Assessment, Strategic Analysis and Reporting Gary Lucas organized Texas A&M University School of Law’s Conference for Associate Deans. The conference welcomed esteemed speakers such as Robert Morse, Chief Data Strategist for U.S. News and World Report; Paul Caron, well-known editor of TaxProf Blog and Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development at Pepperdine School of Law; and Donald Weidner, Dean Emeritus and Alumni Centennial Professor of Florida State University College of Law (June 1-3, 2017).

Associate Dean for Academic Support & Bar Passage and Professor James McGrath participated in the “Teaching and Teaching Assessment” panel at Texas A&M University School of Law’s Conference for Associate Deans (June 1-3, 2017) .

Associate Instructional Professor John F. Murphy participated in the “Diversity” panel at Texas A&M University School of Law’s Conference for Associate Deans (June 3, 2017).

Associate Professor Peter Reilly presented negotiation training for Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy, Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership (June 15, 2017).

  • Co-led the “Associate Dean as Negotiator: Working to Improve Your Skills” panel with Associate Dean Cynthia Alkon at Texas A&M University School of Law’s Conference for Associate Deans (June 2, 2017).

  • Presented his article, “Deferred Prosecution as Discretionary Injustice” (forthcoming in the Utah Law Review in 2017), at the National Business Law Scholars Conference, Utah School of Law (June 8-9, 2017).

Associate Professor Neil L. Sobol presented “Starting Millennials Out Right: Consumer Law for 1Ls” at the Law & Society Association Annual Meeting in Mexico City, Mexico (June 23, 2017).

Professor Peter Yu co-organized the 15th Annual Chinese Internet Research Conference, which he co-founded in May 2003, with the Confucius Institute and the Department of Communication at Texas A&M University (June 5-6, 2017).