Texas A&M University School of Law Professor William Byrnes is the only academic invited to join the Cambridge Forums' transfer pricing workshop in Frankfurt, Germany. The workshop is an invitation-only event, limited to 20 leaders who will spend three days together to "develop meaningful relationships" with hiring partners of several global law firms and directors of multinational tax departments.
The Cambridge Forums website says, "The Forum is not for everybody. Those nominated for invitation have demonstrated their excellence in this field and can confidently share their knowledge and experiences while being open to learning from their peers."
Byrnes is a leading expert in anti-money laundering and risk management, financial planning and wealth management, international taxation and taxation. He is also recognized as a pioneer and leader for distance, legal education. Recently, he participated in a faculty series, "Exploring Pedagogy and Online Legal Education," held at the University of Memphis School of Law.
TAMU Law's senior lecturer and director of the low income tax clinic, Bob Probasco, is the principal drafter for comments submitted to the U.S. Tax Court by the Tax Section of the State Bar. He and current law clinic students are advocating for change to the Tax Court’s Rules of Practice and Procedure, to provide for entries of limited appearance by pro bono volunteers. Probasco says this change would allow clinics to provide even more help to taxpayers.
The ABA (American Bar Association) Section of Taxation: Pro Bono and Tax Clinics Committee submitted similar comments in October. The State Bar Tax Section agrees with the TAMU Law clinic’s goal but, wrote separately, to suggest an alternative process that might be more effective. Probasco says the Court has already begun looking at the issue and hopefully will benefit from the law clinic’s input.
Texas A&M University School of Law's new Agriculture Law Society presented its research findings to Mark McPherson, a lawyer working on behalf of the Sandbranch community, as part of the members’ pro bono efforts.
The 40-page local, state and federal research project, which covers issues associated with produce, egg production and distribution, was compiled by four teams of law students with faculty supervision. The document will be used in discussions with local, state and federal government authorities on important matters, including agriculture.
Late October, Texas A&M University School of Law Associate Professor Brian N. Larson moderated the capstone panel titled, "The Next Chapter," at the annual Education Symposium co-sponsored by the Dallas Bar Association and SMU's Caruth Institute for Children’s Rights.
Gabriel Eckstein, professor of law at Texas A&M University School of Law and director of the Natural Resources Systems Program, has been elected president of the International Water Resources Association (IWRA).
The Association is an international, professional organization focused on improving and expanding the understanding of water issues through education, research and information exchange among countries and across disciplines.
“This is really a wonderful honor,” said Eckstein. “IWRA is one of the most respected, water-focused organizations globally, and I look forward to building on the association’s excellent policy work, which seeks to ensure sustainable water resources for people and the environment.”
In the months since my appointment as dean of Texas A&M School of Law, exciting news has come across my desk in a flurry: A colleague received a $371,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. Faculty scholarship has been published in the California, Georgetown, NYU, UCLA and other top law reviews. A tenth state adopted the Uniform Law Commission model law developed by another colleague. We admitted our most academically qualified and most diverse class ever. And both our bar passage and employment rates jumped significantly.
In real time, I have been able to witness the type of accomplishments that underlie the Law School’s broader advance in recent years. I am especially proud of three clusters of achievement:
- 11 members of the American Law Institute
- 28 new faculty since 2014 (many of whom gave up endowed chairs to join us)
- Top 50 schools in recent SSRN downloads
- Distinctive Strengths in Intellectual Property & Technology (#7 ranking in S. News), Dispute Resolution (#12 ranking), and Natural Resources/Environment
- $1.1M in external grants since 2017
- 10%+ of tenure-stream faculty have joined in cross-departmental grant proposals
- 20%+ of tenure-stream faculty have joint appointments/affiliations
- 28th in the nation in faculty diversity
- 50% increase in ethnic diversity of the 1L class since 2016
- 62% of the 1L class are women
Texas A&M University School of Law anticipates the arrival of Joseph William Singer of Harvard School of Law in mid-February. He was selected as one of Texas A&M University’s Distinguished Lecturers of the Hagler Institute for Advanced Study.
The Hagler Institute for Advanced Study recognizes world-class educators who are acclaimed in their areas of study. According to the Hagler Institute’s website, its goal is to provide a stellar environment for research and scholarship with the Faculty Fellows, having freedom to pursue their own research interests.
Texas A&M University School of Law received the Tarrant County Adoption Day proclamation for its unceasing support
of National Adoption Day.
Tarrant County’s Adoption Day is an annual event, established eight years ago. The event brings families together with the help of volunteers, including 12 Texas A&M University School of Law students who worked closely with licensed attorneys to complete the adoption process.
Texas A&M University School of Law Professor Felix Mormann spoke at the celebration of Public Utility Regulatory Policy Act (PURPA) @ 40: Renewable Energy Law and Policy in the United States. The conference was hosted by the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law.