Faculty Forum July 2022

Kenitra Brown, of the Deason Center, was a panelist at the 16th Annual Lutie A. Lytle Black Women Law Faculty Writing Workshop on June 24th. Her panel addressed the topic of “Navigating the Politics and Challenging Moments Within Our Institutions.”

Martin Camp had an article published in the June 2022 edition of Dallas Bar Association Headnotes titled The Limited Role of the Trustee Under a Texas Deed of Trust. He also gave a presentation at the Dallas Bar Association Legal Ethics Committee Ethics Fest on May 12th on the topic “The Engagement Letter: Your roadmap to Avoiding Ethical Problems as a Transactional Lawyer” and he made a presentation on the topic “Why Study an LLM in the United States” for a Webinar hosted by the National Jurist Magazine, also on the 12th of May.

Dale Carpenter filed an amicus brief in U.S. Supreme Court on May 31st. On June 1st he posted a blog regarding the First Amendment issues titled Government Can't Compel the Creation of Wedding Websites and on June 24th, he posted a blog regarding the Dobbs decision implications titled Why Other Fundamental Rights Are Safe (At Least for Now). He was also quoted or interviewed in the following:

  1. On CBS National News Live regarding the January 6th hearing, June 16th;
  2. A “Capital Tonight” program on Spectrum News regarding upcoming major supreme court decisions, June 17th;
  3. A Texas law banning most abortions to take effect by mid-August, Jack Fink, June 24th, CBS DFW;
  4. A “Capital Tonight” program on Spectrum News regarding Dobbs abortion decision, June 24th;
  5. Texas had banned abortion before Roe v. Wade. Do those laws come back into effect now?, Dylan McGuinness, June 24th, Houston Chronicle;
  6. In abortion opinion, Thomas urges Supreme Court to ‘reconsider’ gay rights rulings, Lauren McGaughy, June 24th, Dallas Morning News;
  7. The History of LGBTQ Rights in America, June 24th, “We The People” Podcast at the National Constitution Center;
  8. NBC Nightly News regarding the effects of the Dobbs decision on other constitutional rights, June 25th;
  9. An interview by Spectrum News regarding the implications of the Dobbs decision, June 27th;
  10. An interview on KRLD regarding the decision by a Harris County judge on abortion, June 28th;
  11. An interview by Spectrum News regarding the implications of the Dobbs decision, June 28th.

Anthony Colangelo’s article Extraterritoriality and Conflicts of Law (forthcoming lead article in the Pennsylvania Journal of International Law) has been featured on a couple of blogs: the Legal Theory Blog and the Transnational Litigation Blog, where he was invited to write a 1,000 word essay summarizing the piece.

Andrew Davies, of the Deason Center, delivered a presentation titled “What Works in Indigent Defense?” at George Mason University (GMU) on June 27th. The presentation was delivered during the GMU Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy Annual Symposium.

Tom Kimbrough’s article Law Firm Dynamics: Don’t Hate the Player, Hate the Game has been published in the most recent issue of the SMU Law Review Forum. It was also featured on the Tax Prof Blog.

Tom Mayo is currently serving as Dean ad interim of the law school until the arrival of our new dean, Jason Nance, in August. Tom was also quoted on NPR and Kaiser Health News on May 10th and May 11th, respectively, in an article titled “In Texas, abortion laws inhibit care for miscarriages”.

Pamela Metzger was a speaker at the State Bar Association of North Dakota Annual Meeting on June 16th. Her presentation was titled “Legal Deserts, Legal Ethics, and the Constitution in Criminal Courts.”

Seema Mohapatra was quoted or interviewed for the following stories:

  1. Biden Pledges to Try to Enshrine Roe Into Law If Court Strikes Down Landmark Ruling, Jenny Leonard, Steven T. Dennis, Jennifer Jacobs, & Josh Wingrove, May 3rd, Bloomberg Law.
  2. Biden Urges Enshrining Roe Into Law But Lacks Votes to Do It, Jenny Leonard & Steven T. Dennis, May 3rd, Bloomberg Law;
  3. After leaked draft of Supreme Court opinion, abortion-rights supporters brace for total ban in Texas, Julian Aguilar, May 3rd, Houston Public Media;
  4. An interview by Spectrum News regarding the significance of Roe V. Wade draft opinion, May 3rd;
  5. Alito Draft Would Allow for Sweeping State Action on Abortion, Madison Alder & Lydia Wheeler, May 4th, Bloomberg Law;
  6. Oklahoma’s governor has signed a Texas-style abortion ban. Here’s how it could affect Texas, Sascha Cordner & May 4th, Texas Standard; 
  7. Cómo entender la 'ley gatillo' de Texas que prohibiría el aborto si se anula el caso Roe v. Wade, Julian Aguilar, May 5th, KUT 90.5;
  8. The Supreme Court Overturned Roe v. Wade. What Happens Now?, May 5th, The Skimm;
  9. The Ramifications of Roe v. Wade’s Fall Won’t Stop at Abortion Bans, Grace Browne, May 9th, WIRED;
  10. How abortion "trigger laws" could inadvertently impede fertility treatments, Nicole Karlis, May 10th, Salon;
  11. Overturning Roe could have major repercussions for IVF treatments, fertility experts warn, Jessica Schneider & Tierney Sneed, May 11th, CNN Politics;
  12. Many states' abortion bans have life-saving "exceptions." Experts doubt they will work as intended, Nicole Karlis, May 12th, Salon;
  13. Draft Decision on Abortion Could Threaten Birth Control, Too, May 12th, LXNews;
  14. Private reproduction decisions like IVF and contraception could be at risk if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, experts say, Rebecca Cohen, May 12th, INSIDER;
  15. Some birth control options could be banned if they are seen as abortion methods rather than pregnancy prevention, experts say, Rebecca Cohen, May 12th, INSIDER;
  16. The Post-Roe Battleground for Abortion Pills Will Be Your Mailbox, Maryn McKenna, May 16th, WIRED;
  17. How abortion bans might affect IVF, Myah Ward, May 23rd, POLITICO Nightly;
  18. If Roe falls, some fear repercussions for reproductive care, Lindsay Whitehurst & Lindsey Tanner, May 23rd, The Telegraph;
  19. It may soon be harder to access medications used in miscarriages and ectopic pregnancies because they're also used to treat abortions, Rebecca Cohen, June 24th, Yahoo!News;
  20. The Future of Abortion Access, June 24th, The Skimm;
  21. A TV interview on Spectrum News on the Dobbs Decision, June 24th
  22. Texas fertility clinics assess impact of SCOTUS' Roe v. Wade decision, David Schechter, June 24th, WFAA;
  23. Supreme Court decision overturns Roe v. Wade, effectively banning abortions in Texas, Elena Rivera & Elizabeth Myong, June 24th, KERA News;
  24. Texas ‘trigger law’ to ban abortion will soon go into effect. Here are the details, Julian Aguilar, June 24th, KERA News;
  25. Can I still legally get an abortion in Texas? What to know about access after Supreme Court ruling, Julian Gill, June 24th, Houston Chronicle;
  26. Overturning Roe V. Wade: Here’s How It’ll Impact Reproductive Healthcare — Beyond Abortion, Robert Hart & Alison Durkee, June 24th, Forbes;
  27. A live stream TV appearance for LX News, June 24th;
  28. Overturning Roe V. Wade: Here’s How It Could Impact Fertility Treatments And IVF, Robert Hart & Alison Durkee, June 24th, Forbes;
  29. Retracing the Steps of My Abortion, Dina Gachman, June 24th, TeenVogue;
  30. AOC: U.S. Supreme Court abortion ruling a 'hostile takeover', June 25th, CTVNews;
  31. A TV appearance on UK’s Channel 4 News on June 26th.

Natalie Nanasi authored an op-ed, 'Boyfriend Loophole’ Stalls Bipartisan Senate Gun Deal. It’s Time to Close It., published in the Orange County Register. She was quoted in a Texas Tribune article, Some Domestic Violence Victims See Abortion as Vital Option That Would be Lost Post-Roe. Natalie also presented at a webinar organized by the Texas Council on Family Violence: Firearm Transfer Protocols and Coordinated Community Response Teams.

Carla Reyes led a session of the UNIDROIT Special Workshop on Enforcement Issues in Digital Assets on June 10th, 2022, in which she also presented on advances in preserving and recovering digital assets. The Workshop was jointly held by the UNIDROIT Work Group on Digital Assets and the UNIDROIT Work Group on Best Practices for Effective Enforcement, and was attended by members of the UNIDROIT Governing Council. Carla presided over a meeting of the Texas Work Group on Blockchain Matters on June 17th, 2022. On June 28th, Carla presented the research from “Emerging Technology’s Languages Wars” series of papers at the University of Roma Tre. Carla spent the month of June at UNIDROIT headquarters in Rome, Italy on a research scholarship conducting research for her work-in-progress Emerging Technology’s Language Wars: Unique Issues Impacting Legal Harmonization Efforts and for her book chapter Creating Cryptolaw for International Commercial Law, forthcoming in the Cambridge Research Handbook on Emerging Issues at the Intersection of Commercial Law and Technology (Nancy Kim and Stacy Ann-Elvy, editors).

Eric Ruben co-wrote a report, Three Supreme Court Cases to Watch Beyond Abortion Rights, for the Brennan Center along with Alicia Bannon and Harry Isaiah Black. His article, Public Carry and Criminal Law after Bruen was published in the Harvard Law Review Forum. Eric was cited in the majority opinion and quoted in the dissenting opinion in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen. The citation, to Firearm Regionalism and Public Carry: Placing Southern Antebellum Case Law in Context, 125 Yale L.J. F. 121 (2015) (with Saul Cornell), appears on page 50 of the majority opinion and 45-46 of the dissenting opinion. His brief to the Supreme Court in the case was cited on page 22 of the dissenting opinion.  Eric’s article, Public Carry and Criminal Law after Bruen was published in the Harvard Law Review Forum.  He was also interviewed for the following:


NBC News Now with Joshua Johnson – Friday, June 3rd

CNN –was interviewed during the 11 am coverage of Bruen on Thursday, June 23, shortly after the opinion came out.

ABC News Prime –was interviewed for the Thursday, June 23 nightly coverage

Good Morning America –was interviewed for the Friday, June 24 coverage

WPIX 11 New York –was interviewed at 7:35 am on Friday, June 24


Bloomberg Radio (June 23rd)

NPR All Things Considered (June 23rd)

CBS Radio (June 23rd)

NPR Morning Edition (June 24th)

NPR Tulsa (June 28th)

NPR Wisconsin (June 29th)


  1. What does the Second Amendment mean in 2022?, Ellen Ioanes, June 5th, Vox;
  2. Gun Companies Are More Vulnerable to Lawsuits Than You Think, Alex Thomas, June 7th, The News Republic;
  3. Supreme Court Could Make it Harder For States and Localities to Keep Guns Off Streets, Kery Murakami, June 8th, Route Fifty;
  4. Fact-check: How many mass shootings have occurred since Uvalde tragedy?, Nusaiba Mizan, June 10th, Austin American-Statesman;
  5. What’s in the bipartisan plan for gun control, Ellen Ioanes, June 12th, Vox.
  6. An Executive Order That Might Actually Stop Gun Violence, Timothy L. O’Brien, June 16th, Bloomberg News & Washington Post;
  7. Adams' team braces for landmark Supreme Court ruling on guns, Brian Pascus, June 16th, Crain’s New York;
  8. Should guns be banned in bars, hospitals? Supreme Court could spur new 2nd Amendment fight, John Fritze, June 20th, USA Today.
  9. Blue states’ gun control efforts hinge on the Supreme Court, Nicole Narea, June 23rd, Vox;
  10. Supreme Court bolsters right to carry handgun in public, Michael Macagnone, June 23rd, Roll Call;
  11. States Rush to Revamp Laws After Supreme Court’s Gun Ruling, Eric Lipton et al., June 24th, New York Times;
  12. What Supreme Court ruling means for New Yorkers and handgun owners, Mark Weiner, June 24th, Syracuse;
  13. The Supreme Court just made it a whole lot easier to conceal-carry a gun., Kaila Philo, June 24th, Grid;
  14. What You Need to Know About the Senate Gun Reform Bill, Chip Brownlee & Tom Kutsch, June 24th, The Trace;
  15. Bombshell Supreme Court Gun Ruling Opens Up New State Battles, Roque Planas, June 27th, Huff Post;
  16. How the new federal gun law will - and won't - affect Texas, Naheed Rajwani-Dharsi, June 30th, Axios Dallas.

Marc Steinberg served on a plenary panel focusing on the impact of the JOBS Act of 2010 at the National Business Law Scholars Conference at the University of Oklahoma College of Law on June 17th, 2022.  He also presented a workshop session for the Ontario Securities Commission, Securities Law Academy (via Zoom).  Marc joined a letter to the SEC along with other academicians focusing on the enhancement and standardization of climate-related disclosures for investors.

Jenia Turner’s recent article Transparency in Plea Bargaining, 96 NOTRE DAME L. REV. 973 (2021), was cited by the Supreme Court in United States v. Taylor, No. 20-1459 (U.S. June 21st, 2022). In April and May, Jenia made two presentations related to her work on virtual criminal proceedings: 1) “Virtual Criminal Proceedings: Constitutional Issues” at the Virtual Comparative Criminal Law Seminar on April 22nd, 2022, and 2) “Virtual Guilty Pleas” at a comparative criminal procedure conference, “The McDonaldization of justice and the disappearance of fair trial?,” at the University of Warwick Law School, UK, May 21st, 2022. Earlier in June, Jenia submitted to the German Society of Comparative Law a report on U.S. law related to the digital recording of criminal proceedings.