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THE DEAN'S ROUNDUP
Howdy!
 
We’ve been building a great international law faculty over the past two years, adding superb new colleagues to the broad array of international and comparative scholars already on faculty. As a result, we’re now rolling out international programs to help our students gain valuable perspective on U.S. law, while also developing the skills they need for a world in which almost every area of the law has some global dimension.
 
It all kicks off with the upcoming International Law Weekend—South on March 2-3. This program will bring some of the world’s top scholars and practitioners to Fort Worth to discuss a wide range of international legal issues.
 
For our students, we’re launching a series of global field trip based courses this spring, sending our students to Cambodia, the Channel Islands, Ghana, and Laredo.
 
In Cambodia, our students will be studying how post-conflict societies develop legal institutions.

In the Channel Islands of Jersey and Guernsey, jurisdictions connected to Britain through Queen Elizabeth II’s role as ruler of what is left of William the Conqueror’s Norman possessions, our students will study the role of international financial centers in the global economy.
 
In Ghana, our students will be working with U.S. Forest Service personnel on developing laws and regulations for that country’s forests.
 
The Laredo students won’t be leaving the country but will be studying how the law is shaped by the border, looking at how goods, money, and people move (or not) through one of the U.S.’s busiest border crossings.
 
Both before and after the field trips, all of our students will meet to discuss their projects and compare notes. Together with our spring break courses in the Cayman Islands and Mexico, these field-trip courses will open some interesting doors for our students including possible work experiences. Next year, we look forward to expanding the number of these trips further, giving every student a chance to participate.
 
These courses are not “study abroad” trips, although we hope our students will gain some of the same benefits of traveling to other jurisdictions. Rather, we are building this into our curriculum so that our students gain the benefit of learning from practitioners, judges, regulators, and others from different legal traditions.
 
Not only does that learning provide an opportunity to reflect back on how U.S. legal institutions work—comparing Cambodia’s French-influenced civil law system to the U.S. common law, or Jersey’s mixture of Norman real property law and modern business laws, which are literally written in different languages (Norman French and modern English, respectively)—but it also plants the idea that when a case or transaction touches another jurisdiction, there may be both opportunities and dangers from imperfect fits between how different legal systems address particular issues. We know that problems can be global. We want to equip our students for global problem-solving.
 
Gig ‘em!
Andy
AROUND CAMPUS



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On Feb. 24, 2017, Texas A&M Law Review will host a luncheon presentation with Dr. Temple Grandin ​preceded by a roundtable discussion with Dr. Bonnie Beaver from Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine & Biological Sciences and Professor Heidi Hurd from the University of Illinois College of Law.

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Just in time for The Big Event, Law School Adds 12th Man Statue 

Identical to the iconic 12-foot tall 12th Man statue situated in front of Kyle Field on the Texas A&M campus, Texas A&M Law now has its own quarter life-size version, or maquette, of the larger-than-life statue of E. King Gill.

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FACULTY



American Bar Foundation Taps Herrera to Advise on National Project


Luz Herrera, Associate Dean for Experiential Education at Texas A&M University School of Law, is one of 15 scholars advising the American Bar Foundation’s interdisciplinary research project, “The Future of Latinos in the United States: Law, Opportunity, and Mobility.”

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Law school launches Global Programs with inaugural International Law Weekend - South



Experts from Texas A&M Law, other scholars, practitioners and government officials will gather on Mar. 2-3, 2017 in Fort Worth to consider the global future of international trade, human rights and development. Conference participants will consider the following questions:
  • How will the new global order interact with the old international order?
  • How will the future global order operate?
  • Who will gain and who will lose?
  • How are governments and other institutions to respond?
  • What is the right balance between local, national and global interests?

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STUDENTS






Advocacy Teams Advance to National Finals 

Aggie Law's Advocacy Program claimed a regional championship at the National Black Law Students Association Southwest Regional competition on Jan. 11-15, 2017 in New Orleans.

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Gregory Franklin receives TYLA scholarship 

3L Gregory Franklin is one of nine recipients of the 2016 Texas Young Lawyers Association Diversity Scholarship worth $1,000. According to the TYLA website, the scholarship “promotes diversity in the legal profession by assisting members of diverse populations within the bar to (1) enter the legal profession, and (2) participate more fully in the programs and activities of TYLA and the State Bar of Texas.”

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FORMER STUDENTS




   

      Adam Nicholson '16 

 

This month, we are proud to recognize the achievements of Adam Nicholson ’16, now a criminal attorney with the Fort Worth law office of Dunham & Jones.

For his performance on the July 2016 Texas State Bar exam, Nicholson earned the Texas A&M Bar Exam Achievement Award. The Academic Support Program presents the award to the Aggie Law graduate with the highest score on the bar exam.

“I went to school with a tremendous group of talented and intelligent peers, so to earn this achievement was quite an honor,” said Nicholson.

A non-traditional law student, he began his law school career at the age of 36, pivoting from a career as a high school math teacher.

Nicholson said his prior experience in the classroom served him well at Texas A&M Law – especially when it came to test preparation.

“I knew that when I was a teacher I was hoping for my students to succeed on exams, so I was working in all of my classes to help my students get the information and skills they needed to succeed,” he said. “This helped me understand that my law professors were likely to do the same, so my preparation for taking tests began with the first class.”

Nicholson said he chose Texas A&M Law for its strong and active presence within the Tarrant County legal community.

A scholarship recipient, Nicholson said he remains grateful for the high quality education he received, and the expansive legal network Texas A&M helped him build.

“I would have been unable to do law school without the gracious scholarship offer the school made to me years ago,” he said. “I am forever grateful to Dean [Terence] Cook and Emily Finbow for their efforts to make my dream of attending law school a reality.”


 


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