Adjunct Professors, Spring 2016

APPELLATE ADVOCACY PRACTICUM

Adjunct Professor Bryce Perry will teach the Appellate Advocacy Practicum in Spring 2016. In Spring 2015, he served as Adjunct Professor at the College of Law in Legal Writing and Research. He graduated summa cum laude from Texas Tech School of Law in 2005, where he served on the Texas Tech Law Review. During law school, he received achievement awards for outstanding performance in criminal law, mass media law, land use planning, and public education law. Since 2008, he has worked as a staff attorney at the Second Court of Appeals in Fort Worth, in the chambers of Chief Justice Terrie Livingston. In his position as a staff attorney, Professor Perry has assisted the court of appeals in researching and drafting numerous criminal and civil opinions. Before joining the court, he served as an assistant district attorney in Wichita County, where he worked on a variety of issues of mostly civil origin. He was the lead attorney on several federal and state cases in which Wichita County, its elected officials, and its employees were defendants. Professor Perry also performed statutory and regulatory analysis for county officials on various legal issues, negotiated and drafted contracts for county officials, briefed and orally argued civil and criminal appeals, and represented the State in CPS and mental health litigation.

BUSINESS LAW PRACTICUM

Adjunct Professor Kathy Van Every will teach the Business Law Practicum in Spring 2016. She earned her undergraduate degree in Finance from Cal State Long Beach and an MBA from Webster University, as well as a J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law. Before completing her undergraduate degree, she served in the U.S. Army working in Military Intelligence. While obtaining both her MBA and JD, she worked for organizations such as Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, United Technologies and L-3 Communications, where Kathy was a Vice President and General Counsel. In her diverse business law experience, she has overseen and been lead counsel on all manner of business law issues, including legal issues involving contracts, supply chain, intellectual property, export/import control, employment, commercial leases, environmental, and regulatory and trade compliance. After her extensive experience as in-house counsel, she opened her own law office, where she represents small and medium sized business clients, with the goal of helping clients find effective and affordable solutions across a range of legal, regulatory, and business aspects of complex domestic and international transactions.

COMMERCIAL LAW

Adjunct Professor Matt Crockett will teach Commercial Law in Spring 2016, returning for his second semester of teaching at the College of Law. He is a Partner at the law firm of Gardere Wynne Sewell, LLP, where he works in the Finance and Banking group. His practice includes representing regional banks, corporate clients, and private equity clients in financial transactions. He has represented commercial and consumer lenders in regulatory and financial matters; borrowers in acquisition financing of oil and gas and real estate facilities; and agents and lenders in financing. He graduated from California Western School of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude and served on the law review. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of New Orleans, which he attended on both academic and athletic scholarships. During law school, he served as an extern for two federal judges—Judge Roger Benitez in the Southern District of California, and Judge Jerry Buchmeyer in the Northern District of Texas.

CRIMINAL LAW PRACTICUM

Adjunct Professor Mike Howard will teach the Criminal Law Practicum in Spring 2016. He graduated from Texas Tech University and from SMU Dedman School of Law, where he was an Articles Editor on the International Law Review. After law school, he was a staff attorney at Legal Aid of Northwest Texas, where he handled housing, consumer protection, bankruptcy, and economic benefits. He then joined the office of the Dallas County Public Defender as an Assistant Public Defender, where he served for 3 years in felony and misdemeanor courts, serving as first-chair attorney and second-chair attorney across a span of cases including misdemeanor, assault, aggravated assault, sexual assault, murder, and capital murder. Since July 2009, he has been in a solo practice, where his caseload ranges from misdemeanor to felony criminal cases. He has served as a Bedford Mentor at the College of Law.

IMMIGRATION LAW I

Adjunct Professor Danial Gividen will teach Immigration Law I in Spring 2016. He received his undergraduate degree from Webster State University and his J.D. from Gonzaga University School of Law in 2009. Following law school, he served as law clerk to the Honorable Jorge Solis, United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas. Because he had held summer internships in several public defender’s offices, he joined the criminal defense firm of Sorrell, Udashen & Anton following his judicial clerkship. Soon after, he received an opportunity to serve as Assistant Chief Counsel for the Office of Chief Counsel, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Department of Homeland Security. He now also serves as Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, working with ICE and with the United States Attorney’s Office. His interests and experience focus on use of prosecutorial discretion in immigration removal actions, and he has written and presented on immigration-related topics.

OIL AND GAS I

Adjunct Professor Joseph R. Dancy will teach Oil & Gas I in Spring 2016. Over the last 22 years, he has taught courses in Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas Environmental Law, and Environmental Law at the SMU Dedman School of Law and the SMU Cox School of Business and serves as Faculty Advisor to the student-managed SMU Spindletop Energy Fund. He currently serves as President of LSGI Advisers, Inc. and manager of the LSGI Venture Fund, L.P., a private actively managed fund for SEC-accredited investors. He obtained his undergraduate degree in metallurgical engineering and mineral processing from Michigan Technological University, an MBA from University of Michigan, and a J.D. from Oklahoma City University Law School. His legal and business career has focused on oil and gas, energy, water, mining, debtor/creditor, bankruptcy and environmental issues, including practicing oil and gas and environmental law with private law firms in Oklahoma, serving as senior attorney with Enserch Corporation, and financial analysis and modeling of pipeline and business projects with TXU Corporation. He was appointed, at different times, by the Governor of Texas and the Governor of Oklahoma to serve as state delegate on the Interstate Oil & Gas Commission, and he has served on the Board of Directors of several private and state entities or foundations and is currently on the Board of Directors of a publicly listed NASDAQ manufacturing firm. He has presented and published numerous times on oil and gas, debtor/creditor, bankruptcy, and environmental topics, in forums that include the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Society of Petroleum Engineers, Oil & Gas Tax Quarterly, multiple law journals, and the International Conference of the International Association of Energy Economics.

TAX LAW I

Adjunct Professor Eric Reis will teach Tax Law I in Spring 2016. He received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard College in 1992 and his law degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1996. In law school he served as an Associate Editor of the Texas Law Review and was admitted to the Order of the Coif. Following law school, he joined the law firm of Thompson & Knight LLP, where he specializes in tax and estate planning. He is Board Certified in both Tax Law and Estate Planning & Probate Law; is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC); and is listed in the Best Lawyers in America and Texas Super Lawyers. He previously served on the Council of the Real Estate, Probate & Trust Law section of the State Bar of Texas and was chair of the section’s Decedents’ Estates committee, where he helped develop probate legislation for adoption by the Texas legislature.

TEXAS CIVIL PROCEDURE

Adjunct Professor David Schenck will teach Texas Civil Procedure in Spring 2016, returning for his second semester of teaching at the College of Law. He is a Justice on the Fifth Court of Appeals in Dallas. Before his appointment to the bench, Justice Schenck was a Partner at the firm of Dykema Gossett PLLC, where he was national chair of the firm’s Specialized Litigation and Advanced Motion Practice Team. He graduated from Baylor Law School as class valedictorian and with highest honors, serving as the Editor-in-Chief of the Baylor Law Review. He then clerked for Honorable Henry Politz, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. After working at Hughes & Luce and Jones Day and becoming a Partner at both those firms practicing in the areas of issues and appeals, Justice Schenck served as Chief Legal Counsel to the Attorney General of the State of Texas, where he oversaw Opinions, Public Finance, General Counsel, Grants Administration, and Legal & Technical Support Divisions. Among his professional awards and activities are: Board Certification in Civil Appellate Law; named a Texas “Superlawyer” in Appellate Law in Texas Monthly Magazine; Representative to the Fifth Circuit Rules Advisory Committee; President’s Award from the State Bar of Texas; and Special Service Award from the Dallas Volunteer Attorneys Program.

WILLS, TRUSTS, AND ESTATES

Adjunct Professor Sam Long will teach Wills, Trusts, and Estates in Spring 2016, returning for his second semester of teaching at the College of Law. He is Of Counsel to the firm of Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton, LLP. He received his undergraduate degree from SMU with highest honors, and received his J.D. degree from Vanderbilt University. At Vanderbilt, he was an Associate Editor on the Vanderbilt Law Review and a member of Order of the Coif. After graduation from law school, he joined the firm of Thompson & Knight, practicing in the areas of estate planning and taxation. He is Board Certified in both Estate Planning and Probate Law and in Tax Law. He has written and presented in multiple settings on wills, trusts, estate planning, and taxes. He has over thirty years of legal experience in all aspects of comprehensive estate planning, wills, trusts, disability and end-of-life documents, family wealth planning, probate and administration, and planning and administering trusts and non-profit organizations.

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