Dean Ahdieh reflects on his first year at TAMU Law

Posted by Texas A&M School of Law on Jul 26, 2019 11:29:21 PM

Last week, I completed my first year at Texas A&M University, as dean of Texas A&M University School of Law. While every job has its challenges – and its moments – I count myself lucky to have landed at an institution that’s a perfect fit with what I’ve long seen as the critical requirements for a great deanship. As Dan Rodriguez reminded me as I weighed the offer from Texas A&M University, my question has always been whether a school has both the will and the capacity to move to the next level in its development – and whether something in my background might enable me to help it get there. I’m not the right person to judge the latter, but I can honestly say that I’ve seen no law school that better fits the rest of that test than Texas A&M University School of Law.

Texas A&M University, my Texas A&M University School of Law colleagues, our former students, and the entire community – of Fort Worth City Hall (City of Fort Worth), North Texas, and Texas as a whole could not be more deeply committed to the success of the law school. The necessary will is thus definitely there.

As to capacity, meanwhile, at the intersection of Texas A&M University's strong support for Texas A&M University School of Law (in every respect), the excellence of our faculty (in every respect) and its shared aspirations for the our onward advance, and a great location (in myriad respects), the sky’s the limit.

Beyond those fundamentals, though, there are three reasons I can say I truly love my job at Texas A&M University School of Law. The first is the “building” project it entails. For many an academic administrator, the job is basically to maintain the status quo. Quite to the contrary in my case. Closer to the mark might be a “What have you done for me lately?” model. As a university, Texas A&M University constantly asks some version of the question: What can we do differently today, to be better tomorrow? Never boring, that mindset makes for a pretty exciting environment to be dean.

A second reason I love my job – perhaps oddly for some who know me – is that it’s in Texas. If you’d told me a year ago how much I would know about football – as we come into the fall with a top 10 ranking in our commits for next year – I’d say you were thinking of someone else. If you told me a year ago that I’d have attended a rodeo, I would have laughed. Let alone that I’d have gone seven times. And even ridden a horse in one! (If anyone needs to know where to get cowboy boots or a hat, by the way, call me anytime.) All of that, though, has made my job as dean that much more interesting – and engaging. Sure, I go to lots of meetings, like every dean. But wearing a cowboy hat to some of them makes all the difference.

Finally – and most importantly – I love my job because of the good fortune of having colleagues who are deeply committed to the scholarly project, to our students, and to the goal of moving the law school forward. I’m not sure I have known a group more open to new ideas and more willing to give them a chance. As often as not in legal education today, we don’t know the answers. But if we bring to our efforts an experimentalist mindset – giving things a try, seeing how they go, and adjusting accordingly – the sky (once again) is the limit. I’m lucky to be surrounded by colleagues who think just that way.

So, that’s my end-of-year report as dean of Texas A&M University School of Law.

In sum: It’s been a blast!

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Topics: Texas A&M University, Texas A&M University School of Law, Bobby Ahdieh

TAMU Law professor's international energy dispute resolution attracts Mexican government officials

Posted by Texas A&M School of Law on Jul 25, 2019 3:47:20 PM

TAMU Law Professor Guillermo Garcia-Sanchez presented his research on international energy dispute resolution at the Mexican National Hydrocarbons Commission in late May.

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Topics: Texas A&M University, Texas A&M University School of Law, Guillermo Garcia

Toy Story 4 has Aggie roots

Posted by Texas A&M School of Law on Jun 28, 2019 3:46:10 PM

Sixteen former Texas A&M University visualization students helped bring back to life some of cinema’s most beloved characters in “Toy Story 4,” the latest installment in the hit animated movie series, which opens Thursday, June 20, 2019. 

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Topics: Texas A&M University, Aggies, Texas A&M

Tamu Law alumnus is awarded a merit scholarship

Posted by Texas A&M School of Law on Jun 11, 2019 4:53:12 PM
Texas A&M University School of Law alumnus, Aaron Mitchell, was awarded the Dean's Graduate Award Scholarship to attend New York University's Graduate Tax Program. Mitchell received his bachelor's degree in economics from Texas A&M University in 2016 and completed his J.D. this May.
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Topics: Texas A&M University, Texas A&M University School of Law, WILLIAM H. BYRNES, tamu law

Texas A&M reaches milestone: expanding its network to 500,000+

Posted by Texas A&M School of Law on May 1, 2019 11:52:17 AM

According to Texas A&M Today, the university will award a record 10,767 degrees during commencement ceremonies in May. The Aggie network will expand to 500,000 former students. 

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Topics: Texas A&M University, Texas A&M, Texas A&M University School of Law, michael k. young

Dean Ahdieh accepts a board position with Downtown Fort Worth, Inc.

Posted by Texas A&M School of Law on Mar 14, 2019 12:14:05 PM

Texas A&M University School of Law dean, Robert "Bobby" Ahdieh, joins the Board of Directors of Downtown Fort Worth, Inc. 

Downtown Fort Worth, Inc. (DFWI) was established in 1981 to plan, advocate and manage public space projects in the downtown area. It is a 501(c)(6) non-profit membership organization, focused on making downtown Fort Worth a "premiere destination for work, leisure, living and shopping."

"Given the School of Law's strong commitment to Fort Worth and its downtown, I could not be more pleased to join in DFWI's important work."

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Topics: Texas A&M University, Texas A&M University School of Law, Robert Ahdieh

TAMU Law professor participates in Trump-inspired discussion

Posted by Texas A&M School of Law on Mar 8, 2019 4:28:24 PM

Texas A&M University School of Law Professor Michael Z. Green participated, via video conference, in a public discussion at Brandeis University about the Harvard Law School Negotiation Journal special issue devoted to negotiation topics related to President Trump. Professor Green’s article "Negotiating Race in the Workplace After Trump" was published in volume 39, issue 1 of the Negotiation Journal. More than 30 invited experts contributed to the special issue that has received media attention on Huffington Post and Indisputably Blog.

 

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Topics: Texas A&M University, Texas A&M University School of Law, Michael Z. Green

TAMU Law professor appointed to another term on a U.S. state department committee

Posted by Texas A&M School of Law on Mar 8, 2019 2:16:16 PM

Texas A&M University Law Professor William Henning has been a member of the U.S. State Department’s Advisory Committee on Private International Law (ACPIL) since 2008, and he was recently appointed to another term on the committee. ACPIL’s purpose is to serve the State Department “with respect to significant issues of private international law arising or likely to arise in the work of international organizations of which the United States is a Member State, or in international bodies in whose work the United States has an interest, or in the foreign relations of the United States.” Over the years, Professor Henning has participated in numerous discussions that have helped the State Department set its agenda in the area of private international law.

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Topics: Texas A&M University, Texas A&M University School of Law, tamu law, William Henning

Former Mexican Ambassador to the U.S. visits TAMU Law

Posted by Texas A&M School of Law on Feb 26, 2019 12:56:03 PM

Former Ambassador of Mexico to the United States, Gerónimo Gutiérrez Fernández, will serve as the keynote speaker at NAFTA 2.0: The Puzzle of North America as a Region, hosted by Texas A&M University School of Law in Fort Worth, Texas, February 28 – March 1. Ambassador Gutierrez Fernandez will join 24 other thought-leaders and experts from a range of disciplines representing three countries.

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Topics: Texas A&M University, Texas A&M University School of Law, Gerónimo Gutiérrez Fernández

Acclaimed global water experts share at TAMU Law's annual lecture series

Posted by Tyra Kelly on Feb 22, 2019 4:03:56 PM
Texas A&M University will host the 6th Annual Water Lecture Speaker Series March 25-27. The first lecture will be held at the law school in Fort Worth. While the second lecture will take place in College Station, TX. The lecture series features the esteemed Ambassador (Ret) Ram Aviram and Dr. Francesco Sindico. The series will focus on cross-border water disputes and options for resolutions; and, it is open to the public.
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Topics: Texas A&M University, Aggies, Texas A&M, Texas A&M University School of Law, School of Law, Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX, Law Professor, Aggie, Gabriel Eckstein

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