Welcome back to the Aggie Law Reporter! As set out in more detail below, we have a lot of exciting news at Texas A&M.
This year, we welcomed eight new permanent faculty members, as well as three visiting faculty members—Richard Epstein (NYU), Tom Ginsburg (Chicago), and Thomas Stipanowich (Pepperdine)—through Texas A&M’s Hagler Institute for Advanced Study. Our faculty continues to stand on the cutting-edge of legal scholarship, as illustrated in this issue through stories on Nuno Garoupa’s new NSF grant and Glynn Lunney’s forthcoming article in the California Law Review. We also are welcoming twelve distinguished scholars to lecture in our Faculty Speaker Series, which operates in collaboration with our Programs in Law and Social Science, Global Law, IP, Tax, ADR, Legal Ethics, Natural Resources, and Real Estate and Community Development.

Around campus, we have hosted a number of events this fall, including oral arguments before the Texas Criminal Court of Appeals, the 12th Annual Colloquium on Scholarship in Employment and Labor Law, a conference on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and an IP Pro Bono Workshop, to name just a few!

Our students continue to benefit from experiential opportunities in our 11 clinical offerings and myriad externships. In this issue, we feature our Immigration Rights Clinic directed by Fatma Marouf and our Residency Externship Program in Public Policy directed by Lisa Rich.

Last but not least, we recognize the accomplishments of two students, Megan Reed and Henrik Strand, who have secured clerkships in Texas' highest criminal and civil courts, respectively.

Thank you and, as Aggies say, Gig ‘em!

Dean Thomas Mitchell
New Permanent and Visiting Faculty 
We are excited to welcome many new faces to our permanent faculty this year, including Amber Baylor (criminal defense clinic), Guillermo Garcia Sanchez (international business and petroleum), Malikah Hall (reference library), Brian Larson (legal writing), Felix Mormann (energy), Aaron Retteen (digital services library), Jeff Slattery (IP clinic), and Nancy Welsh (ADR), pictured below.
We also are thrilled to welcome three visiting faculty members through Texas A&M’s Hagler Institute for Advanced Study. The Institute supports prominent scholars from all over the world who come to Texas A&M to work with our faculty and students, collaborate on research, and generate ideas and inspiration. This spring, Richard Epstein of NYU, Tom Ginsburg of Chicago, and Thomas Stipanowich of Pepperdine will serve as Hagler Fellows at the law school, enriching our scholarly community in so many ways.

Garoupa receives NSF grant

For a first of its kind empirical study, holistically examining judicial behavior of high courts at the international level, Nuno Garoupa has received a National Science Foundation grant. Garoupa is leading the project, “Facilitating Empirical Study of Judicial Behavior on Constitutional Courts from a Comparative Perspective”, along with Rebecca Gill, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and Lydia Tiede, University of Houston. READ MORE

Lunney on trademark law's de-evolution

In an article forthcoming in the California Law Review, Glynn Lunney examines the incentives that lead parties to litigate and how those incentives bias the trademark cases that come before the courts and how courts perceive them. Lunney's position in "Trademark Law’s De-Evolution: Why Courts Get Trademark Cases Wrong Repeatedly" is that modern day trademark law has lost sight of its original intent, protecting consumers, and makes the case for why and how this should be remedied. READ MORE

Texas A&M Law’s Faculty Speaker Series seeks to partner with, highlight, and build on the work of ongoing programming at the law school. The 2017-18 schedule is pasted below.

Texas A&M hosts 12th annual COSELL

On September 14-16, Texas A&M Law hosted the 12th Annual Colloquium on Scholarship in Employment and Labor Law. Under the leadership of Michael Green, more than 40 professors and fellows from around the country presented papers-in-progress on workplace law topics. READ MORE

State's highest criminal court visits campus

On September 27, thanks to the efforts of Neil Sobol, the law school proudly welcomed to campus the State’s highest criminal court, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. The Court heard oral argument in two cases before a capacity crowd of faculty, students, and guests. READ MORE

CLIP joins State Bar, USPTO in
offering Intellectual Property Pro Bono Workshop

On September 30, the law school’s Center for Law and Intellectual Property, under the direction of Peter Yu, hosted the Intellectual Property Workshop for North Texas Inventors and Entrepreneurs in collaboration with the Texas Regional Office of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. The workshop aimed to provide practical advice to inventors and entrepreneurs in the North Texas community. READ MORE

Conference examines FCPA Statute

On October 12, in recognition of the 40-year anniversary of Congress’s passing the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Peter Reilly convened practitioners and academics for a conference examining the legal and policy issues relevant to the current enforcement and compliance landscape. READ MORE

Clinic faculty, students assist immigrants

When Sara Beltran-Hernandez, a Salvadoran asylum seeker, collapsed in immigration detention and was hospitalized with a brain tumor last spring, Fatma Marouf and her students in Texas A&M Law’s Immigrant Rights Clinic sprang into action. Collaborating with Amnesty International, which drew national media attention to the case, the Clinic filed a writ of habeas corpus and a bond motion to get Ms. Beltran-Hernandez released from detention. READ MORE

Residency Externship Program in Public Policy

The Texas A&M Residency Externship Program in Public Policy (REP-PP), directed by Lisa Rich, gives law students the opportunity to put their legal skills and Aggie values to work in leading governmental and public sector positions in Austin, Texas, and Washington, D.C. In addition to their placements within committee and personal offices of the U.S. House and Senate, the U.S. Department of Justice, the Texas legislature, and Texas advocacy and regulatory bodies, REP-PP students explore policymaking through a one-of-a-kind seminar led by a policy expert in their host cities. READ MORE

3L Megan Reed has secured a clerkship in Texas’s highest court, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, with Judge David Newell. 

3L Henrik Strand has agreed to clerk for Justice John Phillip Devine of the Texas Supreme Court.

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