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.
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.
"Does anybody know anything about this stimulus money?"
The question struck Texas A&M Law professor Gabriel Eckstein like a sledgehammer. Posed to an internal listserv by an IT staffer at the law school, Eckstein immediately saw the greater implications. The massive $2.15 trillion stimulus package known as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act came with a blizzard of rules and requirements, all encoded in legalese that few could understand.
Texas A&M School of Law faculty members analyze and discuss portions of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) in a three-part, free webinar series starting Monday, April 6. If you want answers and a practical interpretation of this historic legislation, these webinars are for you.
The Texas A&M University School of Law has quickly become a national contender, leaping 23 positions in national rankings this past year.
Texas A&M University School of Law Professor Glynn S. Lunney, Jr. is one of seven university scholars named Distinguished Professors. It is the university’s highest faculty honor. The 2020 class of University Distinguished Professors includes faculty from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the College of Engineering, the College of Geosciences, the School of Law, and the College of Science.
Texas A&M University President Michael K. Young and Provost and Executive Vice President Carol Fierke have selected Professor Milan Markovic as a 2019 Presidential Impact Fellow. This honor recognizes “continued development and excellence” in faculty and assists honorees to enhance their “transformational learning, discovery, innovation and impact.” Presidential Impact Fellows are identified by their college and dean and confirmed by the academic leadership. Each is considered to be a candidate for continued, or new, national and international acclaim.
Convened by law professors Lynne Rambo, Meg Penrose and Brian Holland, 26 Texas A&M University School of Law students, staff and faculty including Dean Robert B. Ahdieh read the U.S. Constitution for more than one hour on September 17. The day marked the document's 232nd birthday. Texas A&M University and other federally-funded, education institutions are required every year to commemorate the U.S. Constitution on or around its signing date.
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. My question has always been whether a school combines both the will and the capacity to move to the next level in its development – and whether there is 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 in the nation 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!
TAMU Law Professor Guillermo Garcia-Sanchez presented his research on international energy dispute resolution at the Mexican National Hydrocarbons Commission in late May.