Texas A&M School of Law professor Thomas W. Mitchell has been named a 2020 fellow of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for his work in reforming laws and developing policy solutions that help disadvantaged families deprived of their land, homes and real estate wealth.
To celebrate Constitution Day, student members of the American Constitution Society and the Federalist Society at Texas A&M University School of Law collaborated on a series of videos (linked below) highlighting the voting rights provisions of U.S. Constitution. Reading and offering brief reflections on those provisions - the 15th Amendment, the 19th Amendment, the 24th Amendment and the 26th Amendment - the students sought to highlight the importance of voting as a fundamental Constitutional right.
Texas A&M Law alumnus Stuart Campbell's ’17 crusade to protect tenant rights and prevent illegal evictions, especially during the pandemic, was covered by the Fort Worth Star Telegram in a recent article. When the CARES Act was established, it protected tenants from eviction filings and fees for nonpayment of rent from March 27 – July 24, if the properties were backed by federal mortgages. Despite the ruling, it has not been uniformly enforced, and evictions are still being filed. Tenants were put in the position of proving their properties were covered by the CARES Act because the burden of proof was on them. Campbell has spent the last three years working for tenant rights serving as a staff attorney at Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas, and he has been working diligently to help clients navigate the waters of the CARES Act.
The Office of Student Affairs is proud to announce its wellness initiatives for students during the 2020-21 school year. With the addition of Allison Pawlowski, Texas A&M Law's new wellness coordinator, the department is poised to help students manage what has been a notable year.
Pawlowski says, "In this position, I am here to help students learn about wellness and find professional wellness resources. Wellness is a broad concept that includes physical, mental, financial, and social that influence one’s abilities in school and life. I am here to assist with any issues or concerns that students may be facing by finding the tools students need to be successful."
Click here to see a sample of the month's activities.
For the past year, the Texas A&M Law Criminal Defense Clinic has represented a woman in her 60s, sentenced to life in prison in her 50s for a first-time drug offense. Students, under the guidance of clinic director and professor Amber Baylor, successfully petitioned for compassionate release on her behalf. The court granted a reduction in sentence this May, and the client was released to her family in Dallas.
Texas A&M Law students collaboratively worked in support of the client's application for a reduction of her sentence, to allow her to return home to her children and grandchildren rather than die in prison. A few students visited and interviewed the client at the federal prison where she was incarcerated. The client's cause became urgent once coronavirus began to spread rapidly within US prisons. She had health conditions that made her vulnerable to the virus.
Students adjusted their strategy and motions to request immediate compassionate release. The federal district court judge granted release to the client.Hear from the students who successfully petitioned for her release.
Texas A&M University’s Office of the Provost announced it will recognize four faculty members as holders of University Professorships. Texas A&M Law's Professor Susan Saab Fortney is included.
Created as a new distinction in 2019, University Professorships recognize faculty who have demonstrated significant and sustained accomplishments in their discipline, earning them national and international recognition. The award also highlights the recipients’ commitment to inclusivity, accountability, climate and equity in their departments, colleges and throughout their service at Texas A&M.
Recipients receive an annual stipend for three years, and as faculty members in good standing they retain the title of University Professorship throughout their careers at the university. Nominations for the distinction were submitted by department heads or deans, and the finalists were selected by a university committee and approved by the Provost.
Deans at the 10 Texas law school deans, including Texas A&M Law's Bobby Ahdieh, issued a joint statement condemning racism and remembering George Floyd and so many others.
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Texas A&M University School of Law mourns the passing of Judge Joe Spurlock II, senior professor of law and director of the Asian Judicial Institute. Judge Spurlock – a colleague, friend and legal legend – became a founding faculty member of the law school when its long-term success was considered wishful thinking by many. By the time he joined the faculty, Judge Spurlock had already spent years in private practice and served as an assistant criminal district attorney, a member of the Texas Legislature, a trial court judge and an appellate justice.
The below message was sent by Dean Bobby Ahdieh to the Texas A&M Law student body on May 31, 2020 – six days after the horrifying and unnecessary death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota.