TAMU Law celebrates Xiyao Huang

Posted by Texas A&M School of Law on Jun 11, 2021 11:45:31 AM

 

Xiyao Huang
If there is something I can finish today, I get it done.



Area of Service: Curriculum & Instructional Design

Years of Service: Two

I am very passionate about designing high-quality, learner-friendly courses that engage adult learners to achieve success. Instructional design is the "glue" that connects instructors and students for the finest experiences.

I moved to the U.S. after earning my bachelor's degree in China, and I earned my master's degree in curriculum development and instructional technology from State University of New York at Albany. I'm looking forward to completing my doctoral degree next summer.

What's a recent professional accomplishment?

Migrating existing online courses to Canvas during a pandemic. Pivoting quickly was a challenge but also an opportunity.

Canvas is a course management system that supports online learning and teaching.

Describe your law school tenure in three words:
  • Extremely busy
  • Challenging
  • Exciting

Do you have a favorite Texas A&M Aggie Core Value?

I'm most drawn to leadership, and it excites me. Without solid leadership, you may lose focus. Like a ship that navigates through rocky waters, a good leader can calm the path forward for organizational success.

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TAMU Law celebrates Chad Ballenger

Posted by Texas A&M School of Law on Jun 3, 2021 2:23:10 PM

 

Chad Ballenger
"What’s done in the dark will come to the light."



Area of Service: IT

Years of Service: 14 years as Texas Wesleyan Law and Texas A&M Law

Who has influenced you the most when it comes to work? Share three takeaways.

I was taught by my father to remove the phrases, I can’t or I don’t know. The takeaway is not to give up when things are hard and to always seek knowledge and understanding in areas that you lack knowledge.

I was taught by my mother that working seven days a week, nights and weekends was normal for 40 hours of pay. My mother also told me frequently that life is not fair, but you need to control what you can control. You can always control your work ethic.

The last but most important came from my grandmother. She would say what’s done in the dark will come to the light. What I take from this is when you are working on projects alone and spending time away from work caring about your job and think you are not getting credit, keep working hard. What you do in the dark will soon come to light.

Describe your law school tenure in three words:
  • Exciting
  • Impactful
  • Encouraging
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TAMU Law celebrates Lori Rogde

Posted by Texas A&M School of Law on May 26, 2021 9:47:58 AM

   

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TAMU Law celebrates Matt Pellegrino

Posted by Texas A&M School of Law on May 17, 2021 4:28:51 PM

   

Matt Pellegrino
Reliable. Genuine. Selfless


Tell us about you.
I have a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas in Geography/Earth Science and a minor in Spanish. I did a study-abroad and lived in Mexico for over a month while living with a family and attending school. I played saxophone in a Ska band in the late 90’s and played all over the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex and Austin. My wife and I have known each other since high school band. She has been an elementary school teacher for 27 years. Our daughter is a junior at Texas Woman’s University, and our son is a percussion director for an area high school. We have two Bassett hounds, a Labrador mix and two cats.   We love taking our camper to different places and enjoying the scenery.
Describe your law school tenure in three words.
Busy, busy, busy….
Why are you proud to work at Texas A&M Law?

The law school came from such humble beginnings with the hard work of so many people to become what it is today.

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TAMU Law alumnus goes from student to employee

Posted by Texas A&M School of Law on Dec 7, 2020 2:42:53 PM

Texas A&M School of Law grad Serech Kissire ’20 was searching for a job after graduation, and he reached out to Travis Patterson (UT Law ’12) and asked him to pass on his resume. Patterson was happy to advocate for Kissire as Patterson and his colleague Tennessee Walker ’05 (Baylor Law ’08) had served as adjunct faculty members for a class that Kissire had taken at the law school.   Not long after the conversation, Patterson’s and Walker’s firm, the Patterson Law Group in Fort Worth realized they had a need to add an additional lawyer to the firm. They looked no further as they knew that Kissire was the one for the job. He asked great questions, and they knew his dedication to his craft as a student. There was no doubt that he would be a great fit for the firm.  Rumor has it that Kissire didn’t have to sit for an interview, and some say that no one has actually seen his resume. Kissire’s track record as a student spoke for itself and he was hired.  

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TAMU Law and security partner featured in Security Magazine

Posted by Texas A&M School of Law on Dec 2, 2020 11:53:54 AM

Matt Pellegrino, Facilities Manager, Texas A&M University School of Law (left) and Eric Baze, Security Account Manager, Allied Universal Security Services (right)

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TAMU Law alumnus Trenton O’Malley joins Maynard

Posted by Texas A&M School of Law on Nov 30, 2020 5:01:23 PM

Texas A&M Law alumnus Trenton O’Malley joins Maynard’s Cooper & Gale (Maynard) Real Estate & Financial Services Practice in the Birmingham office. He earned his J.D. at Texas A&M University Law School where he graduated magna cum laude, earned Order of the Coif distinction, and served as Articles Editor for the Texas A&M Law Review. Trenton holds a Bachelors in Business Administration with a focus in Finance from The University of Mississippi.

"We are honored to have this distinctive group of talented and intellectual young professionals in our 2020 class of new associates," said Stephanie Mays, Maynard's Chief Talent Officer.

"Each of these lawyers demonstrates the character and personal qualities we seek in building our ranks, and we look forward to working with them and introducing them to our clients."

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TAMU Law clinic students fight to stop wrongful deportation

Posted by Texas A&M School of Law on Nov 10, 2020 2:34:26 PM

The Texas A&M Law School Immigrant Rights Clinic is fighting to stop the deportation of Cameroonian immigrants who were severely abused in Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody. Some were subjected to excessive force that resulted in broken fingers when officers tried to force them to provide fingerprints, while others were pepper sprayed in retaliation for refusing to sign documents. At least one person also reported seeing officers soak detainees in a shower and then tase them. The Immigrant Rights Clinic filed several complaints on behalf of the Cameroonian immigrants to the Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties of the Department of homeland Security, and has asked ICE to delay their imminent removal so that their claims can be thoroughly investigated.

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TAMU LAW selects 2020-21 res. externship prog. in public policy class

Posted by Texas A&M School of Law on Jun 14, 2020 8:11:44 AM

The Texas A&M School of Law Residency Externship Program in Public Policy is pleased to announce the 2020-2021 Class of law students who will be representing the school in Austin, Texas and Washington, D.C. Program director Lisa Rich says that this year’s class represents the continued commitment to public service that has been a hallmark of the law school’s student body and the participants in the program. 
 
 The 2020-2021 Class includes: 
 
Austin, Texas: 
Lorraine Garcia, Class of 2021 
Lillian Goebel, Class of 2022 
 
Washington, D.C.: 
Ramah Jaradat, Class of 2021 
Bailey Read, Class of 2021 
Sannika Reddy, Class of 2021 
Sierra Sotelo, Class of 2021 
Justin Wolf, Class of 2021 
 
According to Rich, these highly-talented students are prepared to take on their policy placements with the support of Texas A&M School of Law’s innovative policymaking curriculum, which includes perquisites in administrative law, legislation and statutory interpretation, policy drafting and a unique winter term boot camp course designed to prepare students for the ethical and political environment they will engage in during the spring semester. 
 
The program is supported by two adjuncts--Tom Krampitz in Fort Worth and Austin and Kerry Kinirons in Washington, D.C. They guide students through a policy-based seminar and bring in the biggest names in local, state and federal policymaking to engage students in a small class setting on current issues. 
 
For more information and to follow this group of students, click here.

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Meet TAMU Law students advocating for vulnerable immigrant detainees

Posted by Texas A&M School of Law on Jun 3, 2020 1:28:26 PM

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.

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