September 2015: Executive Board Created

SMU Dedman Dean Collins Appoints Executive Board of Tsai Center

Upon the recommendation of Tsai Center Co-Directors Robinson and Taylor, SMU Dedman School of Law Dean Jennifer M. Collins formally appointed five members of the law school faculty to the inaugural Executive Board of the Tsai Center for Law, Science and Innovation.  The newly appointed members of the Executive Board include the following professors whose teaching and research focus on the intersection of law, science, and innovation:  Lackland H. Bloom, Jr., Nathan Cortez, Jeffrey M. Gaba, Thomas W. Mayo, and Meghan Ryan.
Professor Bloom teaches courses and writes in the areas of constitutional law and copyright law.  He has written articles and given lectures regarding the relationship between copyright law and the First Amendment, including in the context of security breaches.  Following a clerkship with Chief Judge John R. Brown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, Professor Bloom associated with the Washington D.C. firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering.  He obtained his undergraduate degree at Southern Methodist University and his law degree at the University of Michigan.
Professor Cortez focuses his teaching and research in the areas of health law, administrative law, and FDA law.  His research focuses on emerging markets in health care and biotechnology.  He has become one of the world’s leading legal scholars on medical tourism and other cross-border health markets.  His research also addresses mobile health technologies.  Professor Cortez previously practiced with the Washington D.C. law firm Arnold & Porter, as part of its pharmaceutical, health care, and biotech practice.  He obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his law degree from Stanford University.
Professor Gaba teaches environmental law, property, and administrative law.  His research specializes in environmental law; he has publishing numerous articles, treatises, and books on environmental law.  Following law school, he served as a law clerk to Chief Justice Edward Pringle of the Colorado Supreme Court and then as an attorney with the Environmental Defense Fund and with the Office of General Counsel of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  Professor Gaba holds his bachelor’s of arts from the University of California at Santa Barbara, his juris doctor from Columbia Law School, and his masters in public health from Harvard University.
Professor Mayo teaches courses related to bioethics and healthcare law.  He has given nearly 300 public lectures on health-law-related subjects and been quoted in over 1,000 media stories around the world.  Following graduation from law school, Professor Mayo was an associate with Nixon, Hargrave, Devans & Doyle (now Nixon Peabody, LLP), served as a law clerk to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and then practiced with the Washington, D.C., firm of Covington & Burling in the areas of antitrust, securities fraud, election law, and communications.  He obtained his bachelor’s degree from Amherst College and his law degree, magna cum laude, from the Syracuse University College of Law.
Professor Ryan teaches and writes at the intersection of criminal law and procedure, torts, and law & science.  Her current research focuses on the impact of evolving science, technology, and cultural values on criminal convictions and punishment, as well as on civil remedies.  After law school, Professor Ryan clerked for the Honorable Roger L. Wollman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.  She also worked as an associate in the trial group at the Minneapolis-based law firm of Dorsey & Whitney LLP, where she focused her practice on commercial and intellectual property litigation, as well as on white collar defense and compliance.  She received her A.B., magna cum laude, in chemistry from Harvard University and her J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School.
With these appointments, the Executive Board of the Tsai Center consists of these five faculty members, Tsai Center Co-Directors Robinson and Taylor, and Dean Collins, who serves on the Executive Board ex officio.
SMU Provost Formally Approves Tsai Center and Names Profs. Robinson and Taylor as the Inaugural Tsai Center Co-Directors
Following a spring of planning and preparation for the official launch of the Tsai Center, Paul W. Ludden, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost of Southern Methodist University, formally approved the formation of the Tsai Center for Law, Science and Innovation at the SMU Dedman School of Law.  As part of the formal approval of the Tsai Center and upon the nomination of SMU Dedman School of Law Dean Jennifer M. Collins, Provost Ludden also appointed the Tsai Center’s inaugural Co-Directors, SMU Dedman School of Law Assistant Professors W. Keith Robinson and David O. Taylor.
The approval of the Tsai Center sets in motion a slate of events, conferences, and symposia scheduled for the Tsai Center’s first year.  These events will include the Tsai Center’s inaugural event, the 12th Annual Symposium on Emerging Intellectual Property Issues, which this year will focus on “The Future of Innovation and Intellectual Property.”
Professor Robinson teaches and writes in the areas of property, intellectual property, patent law, and technology law.  His current research focuses on analyzing the challenges small firms face in obtaining patent rights in the U.S. patent system.  Professor Robinson practiced law at Foley and Lardner LLP as a member of the electronics practice group in Washington, D.C.  Professor Robinson is a cum laude graduate of Duke University School of Law, and he holds a degree in electrical engineering from the Duke University Pratt School of Engineering.  Prior to practicing law, Professor Robinson was a technology consultant for Ernst & Young LLP and Cap Gemini Ernst & Young LLC.
Professor Taylor teaches and writes in the areas of contracts and patent law.  His scholarship focuses on patent law, patent policy, patent litigation, and civil procedure.  Prior to joining the law school, Professor Taylor clerked for the Honorable Sharon Prost of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and he practiced law in the intellectual property department of the law firm of Baker Botts LLP in its Dallas office.  Professor Taylor earned his juris doctor, cum laude, from Harvard Law School and his bachelor of science in mechanical engineering, magna cum laude, from Texas A&M University.  Prior to law school, Professor Taylor worked as an applications engineer at National Instruments Corporation.