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THE DEAN'S ROUNDUP

Welcome to the first edition of the Aggie Law Reporter, our new e-newsletter about events at the Texas A&M School of Law. Our faculty, students, and staff are doing great  things that we want to share.
 

This semester, eight new outstanding colleagues are joining us. They join the twelve hired last year in adding to our faculty's expertise and reducing our student-faculty ratio from 18:65:1 in 2013 to 8:4:1 this year.
 
Lisa Alexander joins us from the University of Wisconsin. At TAMU she holds a joint appointment with the College of Architecture. She will be teaching community development and business courses and co-direct our new Program in Real Estate & Development Law.


Vanessa Casado-Perez joins us from Stanford University. She holds a joint appointment with the TAMU College of Agriculture. She will teach water law.




Randy Gordon will join us from the firm Dallas-based law firm of Gardere He will teach advanced litigation and jurisprudence courses. Randy is an expert in complex litigation, antitrust, and RICO.



Luz Herrera joins us from UCLA and will serve as our new Associate Dean for Experiential Education. She is a national expert in low bono and incubator programs.




William Magnuson joins us from the Austin-based firm of Graves Dougherty will teach business courses. He served at Harvard Law School as a Climenko Fellow and a lecturer of law.




Thomas Mitchell joins us from the University of Wisconsin. He holds a joint appointment with the College of Agriculture. He will be teaching real-estate related courses and will co-direct our new Program in Real Estate & Development Law.



Elizabeth Trujillo joins us from Suffolk University and will be teaching international trade related courses.
AROUND CAMPUS

On Sept. 9, Texas A&M School of Law's Center for Law and Intellectual Property will host a symposium on ​​looted ​art, ​cultural ​property, and ​repatriation. 

Don't miss the opportunity to engage in one of the most cutting-edge issues in law and art today from the people at the forefront, including international experts from law firms, museums, auction houses and scholars.

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Led by Professor Susan Fortney, Texas A&M School of Law has launched a new incubator program to accelerate recent graduates’ transition from law school to solo and small firm practice. 

In response to the need to train recent law graduates for solo practice and to help bridge the state's justice gap, Texas A&M University School of Law is introducing a new incubator program. This is the first incubator-type program launched in Texas.

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Innovative BARBRI partnership to benefit students.

Texas A&M University School of Law is pleased to announce a partnership with the BARBRI Group to provide all incoming first-year Aggie law students the post-graduation BARBRI Bar Review course, as well as BARBRI law school materials, bar prep apps and programs while in law school. 
 
At Texas A&M Law, our commitment to student success starts with building a strong foundation of knowledge from the beginning of the law school experience. While law school is of course about much more than just passing the bar exam, to become the exceptional Aggie lawyers we prepare our students to be, they must first pass the bar exam.
 

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FACULTY
Hong Kong Legislature Considers Professor Yu's Amendments to Copyright Bill
This spring, the Hong Kong Legislative Council considered the proposed amendments to the copyright reform bill that Professor Peter Yu helped develop. Yu, who co-directs the Center for Law and Intellectual Property at the School of Law, served as a pro bono advisor to some Hong Kong legislators and local Internet user groups. His forthcoming article, "The Quest for a User-Friendly Copyright Regime in Hong Kong," recounts the origin and evolution of the copyright reform bill as well as three amendment proposals he either developed or helped defend. The article will be published in the fall by the American University International Law Review as part of its symposium on "International and Comparative User Rights in the Digital Economy."

 
Texas A&M School of Law Innocence Clinic director and adjunct professor Mike Ware discusses the real-crime documentary show "Making a Murderer," the San Antonio Four case, and the Texas A&M School of Law Innocence Clinic on the podcast "Justice in Action."
Viewers of the popular real-crime documentary show "Making a Murderer" learned about the Wisconsin Innocence Project, that works to free wrongfully convicted individuals. Texas A&M University School of Law ​operates its own similar program, the Innocence Clinic, which works with the Innocence Project of Texas. Here, Aggie Law students have the chance to work on actual cases where convicted criminals claim their innocence.

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STUDENTS

Five Aggie Law students and seven Texas A&M International University students studied international law and trade in the inaugural summer “Borderlands Law” course held in Laredo at the TAMIU campus.

 

From May 23 to June 3, 12 students, five from the law school and seven from Texas A&M International University, took the intensive three-credit course that met daily for the two weeks. In addition to their work in the classroom, the students took three class field trips, touring bridges crossing the Rio Grande between the U.S. and Mexico and visiting the offices of the largest law firm in Laredo.

Texas A&M University School of Law Associate Dean and Professor Stephen Alton coordinated and directed the inaugural Borderlands Law course.

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The State Bar of Texas Intellectual Property section awarded Texas A&M University School of Law rising third-year student Hector Leal-Brol with the Women and Minority Scholarship for dedication inside and outside the classroom.

 

Rising 3L Hector Leal-Brol was named the recipient of the State Bar of Texas Intellectual Property’s Women and Minority Scholarship at the Section Awards Luncheon of the Annual Meeting on June 17 in Fort Worth.

According to the State Bar, the purpose of scholarship “is to facilitate and encourage women and minorities to enter the practice of intellectual property law in Texas, and to become active members of the State Bar IP Section, by assisting these students with their financial needs.”

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