Texas A&M School of Law is home to 10 legal clinics that provide students with the opportunity to apply their skills to work on behalf of actual clients. Clinical work at Texas A&M Law provides hands-on experiences in a variety of practice areas, including family law, veterans law, immigration law, tax disputes, intellectual property and others. Clinic clients include entrepreneurs, nonprofit organizations, government entities and individuals. In recent months, the clinic programs have been growing exponentially in terms of case notoriety, student growth, grants and social media presence.
Members of Texas A&M Law's J.D. class of 2020 have their degrees and are studying for the bar exam; but, with the arrival of COVID-19, bar takers are adjusting to a new normal. In addition to a July exam, the Texas Supreme Court ordered a September date to accommodate social distancing requirements. The Court was mindful that any delay in licensure could have consequences for law school grads regarding careers and livelihoods. The order allows unlicensed law school grads to practice under supervision.
After 34 years of dedicating her life to the discipline of law, Texas A&M School of Law professor Lynne Rambo taught her last class as a full-time faculty member this spring semester, after 24 years in the classroom.
Rambo is regarded by many of her former students as one of the most influential and effective professors they had during their time in law school.
On her last day of class during the coronavirus pandemic, Professor Rambo remarked, “I have to say, it was a little sad for me that I couldn't be there in person with my wonderful students, but on the spectrum of distresses right now, that certainly pales.”
The Texas A&M Immigrant Rights Clinic filed a petition in federal court in May demanding that ICE immediately release 11 medically-vulnerable immigrants from the Prairieland Detention Center in Alvarado, Texas. There are at least 45 detained individuals who tested positive for COVID-19. Professor Fatma Marouf, Adjunct Professor Sehla Ashai and students Teresa Reyes Flores, Marisela Gonzales, Mario Guerra, Maria Jose Rosales Lagos and Emily Malden, joined forces with RAICES and the civil rights firm Loevy & Loevy in bringing the case forward.
Meet the Texas A&M Law students supporting the cause.
Texas A&M Law professor Gabriel Eckstein received notice that his blog, International Water Law Project Blog, was selected to be in the Legal Blawgs Web Archive. The collection, described by the Library of Congress, is a selective collection of sites associated with American Bar Association approved law schools, research institutes, think tanks and other expertise-based organizations. It is composed of digital content--journal-style entries, articles and essays, discussions and comments on emerging legal issues, national and international.
Students in Texas A&M Law's environmental law program, officially named the Energy, Environmental, and Natural Resource Systems Law Program (EENRSLP) created a toolbox for entities building water desalination and water recycling facilities. Desalination is the process of turning brackish or salty water into drinking water, while water recycling extracts water from the waste stream, treats it, and makes it usable for certain productive uses. Given the scarcity of water, in Texas particularly, both processes are highly sought after solutions.
Texas A&M University School of Law is launching a new blog and associated website www.TradeRxReport.com, which explores questions of access to affordable medicines and health care that arise at the intersection of intellectual property law and international trade. With the increasing impact of the Coronavirus on the global economy and our healthcare systems, the importance of issues around the affordability of pharmaceuticals, access to healthcare and medication and globalization become more apparent each day. The inter-relationship of health, trade and intellectual property has been a “hot topic” since the 1980s, when the World Trade Organization was established and the TRIPS Agreement on intellectual property rights was enacted. The current global pandemic merely underscores the need to find a workable solution to the challenge of ensuring innovation and access to medicines on a global scale – and the value of a forum focused on that topic.
The Texas A&M Immigrant Rights Clinic filed a petition in federal court last Friday demanding that ICE immediately release eleven medically-vulnerable immigrants from the Prairieland Detention Center, where 45 detained individuals have tested positive for COVID-19. Professor Fatma Marouf, Adjunct Professor Sehla Ashai and students Teresa Reyes Flores, Marisela Gonzales, Mario Guerra, Maria Jose Rosales Lagos and Emily Malden, joined forces with RAICES and the civil rights firm Loevy & Loevy in bringing the case.
"One for the ages," said a Texas A&M School of Law social media follower of the law school's virtual celebration of graduates hosted on Zoom the first week of May.
This unprecedented Texas A&M School of Law event convened more than 330 students, faculty, staff, family and friends online to honor law school journeys and celebrate new beginnings. Like many educational institutions, Texas A&M School of Law did not want to rob graduates of the jubilation that accompanies a major feat such as graduating from law school.
The Coronavirus pandemic has brought about many changes in higher education. Most news, lately, highlights the movement from in-person to online instruction of students. To many, Texas A&M Law faculty performed miracles practically overnight when the virus contributed to the university closing in March. However, professors aren’t the only university "miracle workers." Despite working from home, the Texas A&M Law admissions team is hard at work preparing for the incoming class--Class of 2023. In order to do so, they’ve had to get creative with their efforts. The team: