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New arena at Will Rogers takes shape


The proposed Will Rogers Memorial Center arena continues to take shape as voters head for a Nov. 4 election to decide whether to approve new taxes to help pay for the $450 million facility.

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Fort Worth-based Woodmont plans $80M Hard Rock Hotel retail center

Woodmont Outlets of Fort Worth, an affiliate of The Woodmont Co., has partnered with Cherokee Nation Businesses for a proposed upscale retail development at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.

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Cooking Class: Fort Worth chef brings home the gold

Toques off to Timothy Prefontaine. The executive chef at the iconic Fort Worth Club is currently the best in the nation, according to the American Culinary Federation. Prefontaine earned the title of 2014 U.S.A.’s Chef of the

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Fort Worth firm 'simplifies' advertising

Reaching customers requires more than price slashing and flashy ads. In today’s competitive marketplace, machines – not men and women – are essential to tapping new markets and

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Trinity Valley School leader to leave in May 2015

Gary Krahn, head of school for the past eight years at Trinity Valley School in Fort Worth, will leave his position in May 2015 when he and his wife Paula will move

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Texas A&M names new dean for Fort Worth-based law school

Andrew Morriss

Texas A&M University School of Law has named Andrew Morriss, currently a faculty member at the University of Alabama’s law school, the new dean, effective July 1.
Morriss’ selection to lead the Fort Worth-based law school that Texas A&M acquired last year was approved May 1 by the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents.
Morriss is a nationally prominent legal scholar known for his work on regulatory issues involving environmental, energy and offshore financial centers.
He received a doctorate in economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a law degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and is currently the D. Paul Jones Jr. & Charlene A. Jones Chairholder of Law at the University of Alabama School of Law. Morriss also earned a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and a master of public affairs degree from UT-Austin.


Following law school, he clerked for U. S. District Judge Barefoot Sanders in the Northern District of Texas and worked two years at Texas Rural Legal Aid in Hereford and Plainview.
He has taught and lectured in the Cayman Islands, China, Greece, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Nepal and other locations around the world.
He is a Research Fellow at the New York University (NYU) Center for Labor and Employment Law, chairman of the editorial board for the Cayman Financial Review and is affiliated with numerous think tanks on public policy, including the Property & Environment Research Center in Bozeman, Montana, the Regulatory Studies Center at George Washington University, the Institute for Energy Research at Washington, D. C., and the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.


Prior to joining the University of Alabama, Morriss was the H. Ross & Helen Workman Professor of Law and Professor of Business at the University of Illinois College of Law and the Galen J. Roush Professor of Business Law & Regulation at Case Western Reserve.
His wife, Dr. Carol Akers, is a graduate of Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences.
In separate action on May 1, regents approved $5 million from the Available University Fund (AUF) for the law school now and up to $20 million over the next five years on a dollar-for-dollar basis regarding funds raised in the private sector. The AUF represents proceeds from the Permanent University Fund to enhance excellence in teaching, research and related initiatives. Fundraising and donor engagement activities are already under way.
The law school is currently headed by Aric Short, who was serving in an interim capacity when Texas A&M acquired it from Texas Wesleyan University.
Betty Dillard
bdillard@bizpress.net
 

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