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THE DEAN'S ROUNDUP
Howdy!
 
One of the many benefits to the law school of being part of a major research university is the chance to participate in programs like the Texas A&M University Institute for Advanced Study (TIAS). This remarkable institute brings top scholars from around the world to share their expertise with students and faculty at A&M. Last year, we had our first TIAS Fellow, University of Alabama Law Professor Richard Delgado. This year, we’ve welcomed our second TIAS Fellow, University of Illinois Law Professor Thomas Ulen. I had the privilege of working with both Richard and Tom before coming to A&M, so I was delighted that TIAS made bringing them to campus possible.
 
Richard spent the spring 2016 semester with us, as well as some time on the main campus working with faculty and students in the Sociology department. Tom will be with us for a variety of short visits through the Spring 2018 semester, as well as spending some time in College Station visiting with the economics department there.
 
With these two TIAS Fellows, our students and faculty got to spend time with two of the founders of major intellectual movements in law. Richard pioneered critical race theory; Tom helped found law and economics. While their fields differ, they both share a passion for students that expresses itself in the opportunity TIAS provides for two students to work closely with each fellow. TIAS Director John Junkins has worked closely with us to select the right students and to adapt the student fellowship model TIAS had crafted for Ph.D. students to fit the interests and needs of law students.
 
We look forward to more exciting opportunities to collaborate with TIAS in bringing more leaders in law to spend time helping us build our law school.
 
Happy 2017!
 
Andy
AROUND CAMPUS



Texas A&M Law welcomes Prof. Ulen


 

Professor Thomas Ulen, Swanlund Chair Emeritus at the University of Illinois College of Law, is among the 10 Faculty Fellows selected by the Texas A&M University Institute for Advanced Study and will be working with the law school. He is an author of pioneering textbooks and journals related to economics and legal education, and encourages researchers to use different methodologies, including economic and empirical analyses.  

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Law Review to host Dr. Temple Grandin

Texas A&M Law Review will present Dr. Temple Grandin at an introductory roundtable discussion with Dr. Bonnie Beaver from Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Sciences and Professor Heidi Hurd from the University of Illinois College of Law on February 24, 2017. The discussion will focus on the challenges faced in translating advances in science into the legal system. Dr. Grandin is a professor of animal sciences at Colorado State University. She was diagnosed with autism as a toddler and has become a renowned advocate for people with autism.

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FACULTY




New Real Estate Program to host first Schmooze


The law school's new Program in Real Estate and Community Development Law, the “Program,” will be hosting its first Real Property Law Schmooze on Feb. 2-4, 2017. The Program, co-founded and co-directed by Aggie Law Professors Lisa T. Alexander and Thomas W. Mitchell, seeks to create innovative research, curricular offerings and policy solutions to meet both urban and rural development challenges in the 21st Century. 

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San Antonio Four start holidays with exoneration

Elizabeth Ramirez, Kristie Mayhugh, Cassandra Rivera and Anna Vasquez, known as the “San Antonio 4,” had an extra special reason to celebrate this holiday season: exoneration by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. In the late 1990s, the women were tried and convicted of performing “satanic ritual abuse” on two young girls, Ramirez’s nieces. Their case was picked up by the Innocence Project of Texas (IPTX) in 2012, which brought them in contact with Mike Ware, Texas A&M Law adjunct professor and IPTX Executive Director.

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STUDENTS






ABA Probate & Property Magazine publishes Jason Carr's article 

1L Jason Carr accepted an offer to have his article, “Are Loan Commitments in Commercial Deals Illusory?” published in Probate & Property Magazine, an American Bar Association publication.

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FORMER STUDENTS




Kris Anderson '16 reflects on parenting in law school

 

Law school is a rewarding endeavor, but it goes without saying that it is tough for anyone, much less a parent. According to an article in U.S. News & World Report, the “greatest deterrents” of a parent considering law school are finances and fear of neglecting family. These were Kristinia Anderson’s (’16) biggest concerns when she decided to go to law school while being a mom to 11-year-old Kyra. “I am a single parent, so I knew I would have to be on a strict budget and a strict schedule in order to be able to balance being a full-time student and a full-time parent,” she said.

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Fall 2016 Hooding and Commencement Ceremony

 

Thirty-seven Texas A&M University School of Law students received their Juris Doctor degree at the Fall Hooding and Commencement ceremony on Dec. 16, 2016, at the Fort Worth Convention Center.

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