Links & Media

Media

Dozens of contributions to stories and appearances in national and regional media, including The New York Times, Bloomberg News, Reuters, Texas Tribune, Houston Chronicle, Houston Public Media, and others. Available upon request.

Books, Periodicals, Essays, & Contributions

Editor, OPERATIONAL LAW HANDBOOK, International and Operational Law Department, U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School (2016).
Editor, LAW OF ARMED CONFLICT DESKBOOK, International & Operational Law Department, U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School (2016).
Editor, Land Use Prof Blog, Law Professor Blogs Network (2009-present), at Article Link.
Contributor, Urban Edge Blog, Rice University Kinder Institute for Urban Research (2015present), at Article Link.
Contributor, War Council Blog, Modern War Institute, U.S. Military Academy at West Point (2016-present), at Article Link.
Land Use in the Unzoned City, ARCH+: JOURNAL FOR ARCHITECTURE AND URBANISM, Special Issue on Legislating Architecture, at 56 (2016).
Contributing Editor, Keeping Current, PROBATE & PROPERTY (American Bar Association). Contributions published six times annually.
• “Recent Cases” editor, 2008-09. • “Literature Reviews” editor, 2009-2013.
Joint Operations, OPERATIONAL LAW HANDBOOK, International and Operational Law Department, U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School, 2013; 2014;
2015, at Article Link.
Post-Conflict Governance, LAW OF ARMED CONFLICT DESKBOOK, International & Operational Law Department, U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School, 2014; 2015.
Land Use in the Unzoned City, IN RE, p. 15, South Texas College of Law, Spring 2012, at: Article Link
Contributor, Open Book: Succeeding on Exams from the First Day of Law School (Wolters Kluwer, 2011). Contributor to companion website: Website Link.
A Turning Point for Eminent Domain?, NEW YORK TIMES “Room for Debate,” Nov. 12, 2009, Article Link
Contributing Author, THE RULE OF LAW HANDBOOK: A PRACTITIONER’S GUIDE (2d ed.), Center for Law and Military Operations, U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School, 2008, at: Article Link.
“State Constitutions,” ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR: A POLITICAL, SOCIAL, AND MILITARY HISTORY (Fremont-Barnes & Ryerson eds., ABC-CLIO (2006)).
“State Making and Admission,” ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE NEW AMERICAN NATION (Paul Finkelman et al., eds., Charles Scribner’s Sons (2005)).
“Burson v. Freeman,” ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE SUPREME COURT (David Schultz ed., Facts on File, Inc. (2005)).
“The Civil Rights Cases”; “Constitutional Amendments”; “Election of 1876”; “Federal
Railroad Regulation”; “Plessy v. Ferguson”; THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE GILDED AGE AND PROGRESSIVE ERA (Buenker & Buenker eds., M.E. Sharpe (2005)).

Work in Progress

“Regulation, Authority, and the Problem of De Facto Zoning”
“De Facto Zoning in the Unzoned City: The Myth of Houston’s Land Use Exceptionalism”
“A Property Rights Approach to Progressive Land Use”
“Property Rights and the Rule of Law”
“Property Ownership in America from Jefferson to the Mortgage Crisis and Beyond”
“The Modern Relevance of the Law of Belligerent Occupation”
“Academic Publishing for Military Lawyers”

Scholarly Presentations

“Historic Preservation as ‘De Facto Zoning’ in the Unzoned City,” National Trust for Historic Preservation annual meeting, Nov. 2016.
“De Facto Zoning and Zoning Lite,” State & Local Government Law Scholarship Workshop, University of Houston, 2016.
“Land Use Regulation in the Unzoned City,” Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, annual meeting, 2015.
“Land Use in the Unzoned City: Regulation, Authority, and the Problem of De Facto Zoning,” invited colloquium, Rice University Kinder Institute for Urban Research, 2015.
“Lone Star Land Use: The Rising Conflict Between State and Local Governments over Property Rights, Land Use, and Energy,” South Texas Faculty Presentation, 2015.
Guest Lecture, Environmental Law, Lamar University, 2014
“Local Jus Post Bellum: Towards an Application of Local Government Law to Post-Conflict Society,” presented at Local Government Law Workshop, Orange CA, 2013.
“Houston, We Have Zoning,” Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Texas Southern University, 2013.
“Writing Abstracts and Legal Scholarship,” South Texas College of Law, 2013.
“Property Rights and the Public Trust,” Association for Law, Property, & Society, 2013.
“The Myth of Houston’s Land Use Exceptionalism,” University of Houston Law Center, 2013.
“De Facto Zoning,” invited participant, Local Government Law Works-in-Progress conference, Marquette University Law School, forthcoming 2012.
“Applying Practice to Land Use Scholarship and Teaching,” invited participant, Practically Grounded Symposium, Pace Law School, 2012.
“What is ‘Zoning’? Regulation, Authority, and the Problem of De Facto Zoning,” Association for Law, Property, and Society, 2012.
“Property Rights and the New Federalism,” Southeastern Association of Law Schools, 2011.
Moderator, “Land Use Law,” Southeastern Association of Law Schools, 2011.
“Academic Research and Writing as Best Practices in Teaching Land Use,” invited participant, Practically Grounded Symposium, 2011.
“Property Rights at the Beach,” invited speaker at Texas Wesleyan Law School presentation on Severance v. Patterson, 2011.
“Property Rights and Rule of Law Operations,” Association for Law, Property, and Society, 2011.
“A Property Rights Approach to Progressive Land Use,” Northeastern Junior Faculty Teaching & Scholarship Development Workshop, 2011.
“Housing Policy and the Subsidization of the American Dream,” American Association of Law Schools Mid-Year Meeting, New York 2010.
Moderator, “The Global Warming Crisis: Fairness,” American Association of Law Schools Mid-Year Meeting, New York 2010.
“Property Rights and the Home: From the American Dream to the Mortgage Crisis,” inaugural meeting of the Association for Law, Property, and Society (ALPS), 2010.
“A Property Rights Approach to Progressive Land Use,” Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) New Scholars Workshop, 2009.
“Property Rights and Rule of Law Operations,” Law & Society Annual Meeting, 2009.
Chair & Discussant, “Intellectual Property,” Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities, Boston 2009.
“Property Ownership in America from Jefferson to the Mortgage Crisis and Beyond,” Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities, Boston 2009.
Invited speaker, “Guantanamo and the Rule of Law,” Symposium on National Security, Civil Liberties, & Guantanamo: Implications on the Eve of the Closing, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Texas Southern University, 2009.
“The Role of Property Rights in Promoting the Rule of Law in Post-Conflict Societies,” National Security Law Junior Scholar Workshop, University of Texas at Austin, 2009.
“A Property Rights Approach to Progressive Land Use,” Junior Property Scholars Workshop, Widener Law School, 2008.
Invited Panelist, “The Relationship between Environmental Regulation and Inverse Condemnation: What is the Individual Cost for Environmental Protection?” Red Clay Conference in Environmental Law, University of Georgia, 2007.
“The Role of Property Rights in Founding-Era Republicanism,” Southwest Social Science Association, 2006.
Discussant, “Latino History,” Southwest Social Science Association, 2006.
“The Neglected Role of Property Rights in the Founding-Era Vision of the Common Good,”
Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities (ASLCH), Syracuse University Law School 2006.
“The Underestimated Role of Property in Founding-Era U.S. Republican Ideology,” New England Historical Association, 2005.
“Applying a Usable Past: Historical Evidence in the Law,” annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities (ASLCH), 2005.
Chair & Discussant, “Legal & Economic History,” Interdisciplinary Session, Southwest Social Science Association, 2005.
“Conflicting Opinions Citing The Federalist on the Rehnquist Court, 1986-2005,” Southwest Political Science Association, 2005.
“The Application of a Usable Past,” Southwest Historical Association, 2005.
“Dueling Federalists,” Southern Political Science Association, 2005.
“The Application of a Usable Past: Toward a Reconciliation of the Professional Standards of History and Law,” biennial meeting of The Historical Society, 2004.
“Private Rights and the Public Good: The Northwest Ordinance, Property Law, and Constitutionalism in the Early Republic,” annual meeting of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic (SHEAR), 2003.
“Dueling Federalists and Judicial Politics: Rehnquist Court Cases with Multiple Uses of The Federalist, 1986-2003,” Georgia Political Science Association, 2003.
“The Northwest Ordinance, Property Law, and the Political Economy of the Early Republic,” Great Lakes History Conference, 2002.
“The Role of Property Rights in the Northwest Ordinance,” Ohio Valley History Conference, 2001.

Service

Public/Professional Presentations

“A Revolutionary on Two Continents: Thaddeus Kosciuszko and Transnational
Constitutionalism,” Constitution Day Speech, Robert Rankin Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution, 2015.
“Post-Conflict Governance and Security Cooperation,” Great Lakes Regional Judge Advocate Conference, Minneapolis, 2015.
“Ashby High Rise: It Could Happen to You!,” Commercial Real Estate Conference, South Texas College of Law, 2015.
Panelist, “Exotic Game Ranches in Texas: Exploitation or Conservation,” 2015.
“Nuisance Claims are the New Zoning,” Real Estate Law Conference, South Texas College of Law, 2014
Moderator, “Sex, Drugs, and Rock n’ Roll,” Garland Walker American Inn of Court, 2014.
“The Constitution, Military Lawyers, and the Rule of Law,” Constitution Day Speech, Robert Rankin Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution, 2014.
“Legal Foundations of Land Use Planning, Roles, and Responsibilities,” Texas A&M Coastal Citizen Planner Program, 2013.
Commentator, “Trials of the Century,” Garland Walker American Inn of Court, 2013.
“The Denbury Pipeline Case,” Professors’ Corner teleconference, American Bar Association, 2013.
“Property Rights and Pets,” Houston Bar Association Animal Law Section Conference, 2012.
“Severance v. Patterson and Property Rights at the Beach,” Professors’ Corner teleconference, American Bar Association, 2012.
“U.S. Efforts to Promote the Rule of Law Abroad,” invited speaker, Garland Walker American Inns of Court presentation, 2012.
“The Guardian of Every Other Right: Property and the Bill of Rights,” invited speaker, Austin College Bill of Rights Symposium, 2011. Article Link
“Supreme Court 2009 Term in Review,” Federalist Society, Houston Lawyers Chapter, July 2010.
“Property Rights and Progressive Land Use in the Unzoned City,” Houston Property Rights Association, 2010.
“Land Use in the Unzoned City: The Government’s Role in Regulating Houston” (panel organizer & moderator), Real Estate Law Society, South Texas College of Law, 2010.
Invited Panelist, “Regulatory Takings: A Bigger Problem than Kelo?,” Texas Public Policy Foundation, Annual Policy Orientation to the Texas Legislature, 2010. Available at: Article Link
Speaker, “Land Use: Public vs. Private,” South Texas College of Law Federalist Society, 2009.
“Property Rights and Land Use in the Unzoned City,” Harris County Attorney’s Office, Houston, Texas, 2009
Commentator, “Consumer and Foreclosure Bailouts,” Federalist Society, Houston, Texas, 2009.

Faculty Committee Service

Campus Security Committee
Promotion, Tenure, & Review Committee
Student Appeals and Discipline Committee
Chair, Teacher Development Committee
Admissions Committee
Student-Faculty Relations Committee
Career Resources Committee
Orientation Committee
Access to Justice and Public Service Committee
Faculty gift participation Committee
Faculty Scholarship Committee

External Academic Service

External scholarship reviews (for tenure committees), Texas A&M University Law School; Ave Maria School of Law; Indiana University (American Studies); MacArthur Foundation
ALPS Mentoring Committee
Article submissions reviewer/matter expert, Military Law Review

Professional And Civic Activities

Law School and professional service:

Amicus brief to Texas Supreme Court in Severance v. Patterson, No. 09-0387, certified questions from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 2009. Available at: Article Link
Membership & Outreach Committee, Association for Law, Property, & Society (ALPS)
Mentor, New Scholars’ Colloquium, Southeast Law Schools Association (SEALS)
Consultant, Property Law: Legal Education, ADR, and Practical Problem Solving Project (LEAPS), American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section
Judge for Jessup Super-Regional Moot Court competition (2009-2012)
South Texas Advocacy Program; judge for intramural mock trial and moot court tournaments, and travel team practice rounds
Faculty Advisor, South Texas Federalist Society
Faculty Advisor, Justinian Society
Faculty Advisor, South Texas Real Estate Law Society
Faculty Advisor, South Texas Oil & Gas Law Society
Public Interest Law Society fundraiser participant
Master of ceremonies, Phi Delta Theta charity event
Houston Bar Association “Veterans’ Initiative”
Supervisor for student independent research projects & law review student articles
Panelist, “JAG Careers,” South Texas Military Law Society, 2009, 2011
Moderator, “JAG Careers,” South Texas National Security Law Society, 2013 ? Panelist, “Real Estate Law Careers,” South Texas Real Estate Law Society
Panelist, “BP Deepwater Horizon and Environmental Justice,” STCL 2010.
Organized guest speaker event on 2010 Elections and State & Local Government
Organized guest speaker event on Land Use Regulation in Houston (2011)
Organized guest speaker event on Estate Planning & Probate Practice (2012)

U.S. Army Reserve JAG Corps Service:

Adjunct Professor, Department of International and Operational Law, The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School, Charlottesville, Virginia, 2012-present. Assist in teaching, curriculum development, LL.M. student thesis advising, course management, scholarly article reviews, and operational advice.
Chief, Administrative Law and Operational Law, 75th Training Command, Houston, Texas, 2008-present. Legal advice and support to Commanding General and five subordinate Divisions on operational law, military justice, fiscal law, ethics, and administrative law. Advocate for the Government in courts-martial and administrative hearings. Acting Staff Judge Advocate, 2011.
Adjunct Faculty, Defense Institute of International Legal Studies. Serve as Instructor on mobile educational teams to teach rule of law, international human rights law and law of armed conflict to foreign military officers worldwide.
Traveled to Republic of Kyrgyzstan for comprehensive seminar on human rights & international law (July 2011).• Returned to conduct senior leader subject-matter-expert seminar on designing and implementing a human rights training program (Sept. 2011) • Republic of Kyrgyzstan, executive seminar on law of armed conflict (July 2012)
The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School, Future Concepts Directorate, 2008—drafted and edited new legal doctrine for legal/military operations (FM 1-04, Legal Support to the Operational Army; and Rule of Law Handbook: A Practitioner’s Guide for Judge Advocates (2d ed.)).
Office of Military Commissions-Defense (defense counsel to Guantanamo detainees), 2007—drafted the first brief to the Court of Military Commission Review (U.S. v.
Khadr); assisted in defense merits brief to U.S. Supreme Court on Boumediene v. Bush.
Legal assistance (estate planning, consumer law, family law, etc.) to service members, families, and veterans in Southeast Texas.
Graduate of The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School (ABA-accredited law school), Officer Basic Course and Officer Advanced Course.

Scholarship

Articles

International Law Issues for the Regionally Aligned Judge Advocate, with Dowdy et al., ARMY LAWYER (November 2015).
Property and Republicanism in the Northwest Ordinance, 45 ARIZONA STATE LAW JOURNAL 409 (2013), Article Link.
Towards Engaged Scholarship, with John Nolon et al., 33 PACE LAW REVIEW 821 (2013), Article Link
Academic Research and Writing as Best Practices in Teaching Land Use, 29 PACE ENVIRONMENTAL LAW REVIEW 51 (2011) (invited contribution), available at: Article Link.
Applying a Usable Past: The use of History in Law, 38 SETON HALL LAW REVIEW 479 (2008), available at: Article Link.
Dueling Federalists: Supreme Court Decisions with Multiple Opinions Citing The Federalist, 1986-2007, 31 SEATTLE UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 75 (2007), available at: Article Link.
Note, The Origins and Constitutionality of State Unit Voting in the Electoral College, 54 VANDERBILT LAW REVIEW 2099 (2001), available at: Article Link.