Mary Margaret Penrose

Texas A&M Professor of Law

An experienced Title IX and civil rights attorney, Mary Margaret (Meg) Penrose has also completed significant work as a First Amendment litigator, including providing criminal defense representation in the case of Heller v. City of Dallas. While working toward her juris doctorate from Pepperdine University, she served as a managing editor of the Pepperdine Law Review and a volunteer attorney with the Homeless Advocacy Project. Mary Margaret Penrose also holds a master of laws with a concentration in international human rights from the University of Notre Dame.

In addition to her work as a practicing attorney, Meg Penrose has educated the next generation of law professionals as a tenured professor. She served nine years with the University of Oklahoma, where she earned student recognition as an Outstanding Law Professor and received an Arkansas Traveler Award for her work to combat school violence. Meg Penrose has been a full professor of law with tenure at Texas A&M University since 2009. Her accomplishments at Texas A&M include an AALS Teacher of the Year Award and multiple Professor of the Year honors at the school's Annual Barrister's Ball.

Volunteers and PAWS Rescue Animals After Recent Louisiana Floods

Not only is Mary Margaret “Meg” Penrose a professor of law at Texas A&M, she has also contributed her time and effort to the Student Bar Association, the Dean Search Committee, and chaired the Tenure Committee. In her spare time, Mary Margaret Penrose is involved in pet rescue work, in which people assist organizations in connecting homeless and abandoned animals with new owners.

After the rain and recent flooding in Louisiana, there were more than a dozen casualties, thousands of ravaged homes and evacuated residents, and many stranded or homeless pets. A group of volunteers, together with a local animal rescue group called PAWS Chicago, went to the flood-stricken area to rescue cats and dogs that were stranded in the destruction or got separated from their owners.

A press release from PAWS said, “With this level of destruction and homelessness, hundreds of animals are now in need of emergency housing.” The rescued animals were transported to PAWS Chicago Medical Center in Little Village. They were given medical attention, spay and neuter surgeries, vaccinations, microchips, and appropriate care so they would be ready to be adopted. PAWS is looking for foster homes and supplies for the animals.

Thomas More College Stripped of its Championship

Mary Margaret Penrose has had an extensive career in law, including 16 years of experience teaching the subject at the university level. She served as a professor of law from 2000-09 at the University of Oklahoma, and currently holds the same position at Texas A&M University, where she was named Professor of the Year in 2010. As an undergraduate student at the University of Texas at Arlington, Mary Margaret “Meg” Penrose played on the women’s basketball team for four seasons.

One of the biggest recent stories in women’s collegiate basketball revolves around the Thomas More College team. Recent recipients of back-to-back NCAA Division III National Championships, the Thomas More Saints were stripped of the 2015 title in November because Sydney Moss, star player and three-time Player of the Year, was found ineligible to play. This episode marks the first time a Division III basketball title has been revoked. Additional penalties imposed by the NCAA include placing the team on probation for two years, a monetary fine (which was self-imposed by the college), an outside audit and additional compliance educational requirements for coaches and staff members.

Moss, who is the daughter of former NFL star Randy Moss, lived rent-free for eight months with one of the team’s former part-time assistant coaches and his family while rehabbing a knee injury. NCAA rules prohibit university employees from providing cost-free housing to student athletes. Because of the NCAA’s strict student-athlete code which limits player monetary benefits, the team’s 2015 record was vacated. Moss holds the Division III scoring record for scoring 63 points in a single game. During both the 2013-2014 and 2015-2016 seasons, Moss led the NCAA Division III in scoring points per game average. Moss remains the college's all time scorer and will likely play professionally in the WNBA.

Moot Court Board at Pepperdine University

Texas-based law professor Mary Margaret (Meg) Penrose has an Master of Laws degree, graduating summa cum laude from Notre Dame Law School, Center for Civil and Human Rights. She completed her Juris Doctor magna cum laude from Pepperdine University School of Law. While completing her degree at Pepperdine, Mary Margaret Penrose was involved in various school activities, including the Moot Court Interschool Competition Team. Penrose participated in the Roger J. Traynor California Appellate Moot Court Competition. She also was the runner-up in Pepperdine's Intraschool Moot Court Competition.


The Moot Court competition is among one of the most popular school activities in law schools. The competition is a simulation of oral argument in an appellate court. Usually, in the Moot Court competition, the role of the judge is played by either a law professor, attorney, or member of the judiciary. Participating students prepare cases and argue in front of the judges. The Moot Court competition is helpful in developing and improving the advocacy skills of law students.

Every institution has its own criteria and processes for selecting the members of its Moot Court board. At Pepperdine University, second- and third-year students with a strong background in appellate argument and writing, and who are committed to broadening their research, writing, and oral argument skills, are involved in the Moot Court team or the board. Organizing and facilitating the competition as well as preparing problems and bench briefs for the competition are managed by the student-run Moot Court board.

Spay and Neuter Pets For Longer, Healthier Lives

A professor of law at Texas A&M University School of Law, Mary Margaret "Meg" Penrose is a member of the American Law Institute and a life fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Passionate about pets, Mary Margaret Penrose works with the League of Animal Protectors (LAP) to get more pets spayed, neutered, and adopted.

LAP advocates for spaying and neutering of pets to control the burgeoning population of stray cats and dogs in the United States. Already, cats are 45 times more prolific than humans and dogs 15 times more prolific. Because of this, there are millions of stray cats and dogs that end up being euthanized.

Spaying female cats and dogs benefits them in a number of ways. First, it stops their heat cycles, which means males will not chase after them. It reduces their likelihood of roaming outside your home. It reduces the risk of developing gland tumors and ovarian and uterine cancer, helping them live healthier lives.

Neutering benefits male cats and dogs in that it reduces their spraying and marking habits and lessens their desire to roam. It reduces aggressive behavior, and it also reduces or eliminates the risk of testicular cancer and prostate disease, helping them live healthier lives. The best time to spay or neuter kittens is when they are eight weeks old. For puppies, it is six to nine months.

Tips for Preventing Seasickness on a Cruise

A law professor who has worked at Texas A&M University School of Law since 2009, Mary Margaret (Meg) Penrose teaches constitutional law, with a focus on the first amendment, gender discrimination, and criminal procedure. Outside of work, Mary Margaret Penrose enjoys taking cruises.


Seasickness is a common ailment that can prevent travelers from experiencing the full enjoyment of a cruise. By avoiding alcohol, caffeine, and greasy foods that are high in acidic content, you prepare your stomach for the rigors of travel by sea and can reduce instances of seasickness. Having said that, eating a light meal before you begin the trip will settle your stomach, with WebMD pointing out that ginger is reputed to work for those who struggle with sea or motion sickness.

Once you are on the boat, understand that seasickness is caused, at its core, by the inertia experienced by your brain, eyes, and inner ears, which send confused signals to one another due to the instability caused by the waves. If you begin to feel nauseated, stand in the center of the boat and focus on the horizon, which will stay steady even as waves roll around the boat. This will help your brain and body get their bearings.

Cruises offer a wonderful way to see the world. You should not let fear of seasickness keep you from exploring. If you have concerns about seasickness before embarking on a cruise, your doctor can provide a prescription medication.

Boston Marathon Changes up Banners for 2017

Mary Margaret “Meg” Penrose currently serves as a law professor at the Texas A&M University School of Law, a post she has held since 2009. A former collegiate athlete, Mary Margaret Penrose is still physically active and takes part in prominent races such as the Boston Marathon, which she has completed on two separate occasions.

As part of its “Make it your Moment” theme, this year’s Boston Marathon featured upwards of 500 colorful street banners celebrating the storied legacy of the race. The banners had a narrative focus, highlighting key moments in the journey from preparation to race day. While banners in the past have been transposed from photographs, this year’s banners departed from the norm and were designed by illustrators.

In his comments, Boston Mayor, Martin J. Walsh highlighted the positive impact the race has enjoyed over the years, bringing out the best qualities in the participants, as well as city residents. He also spoke about the symbolic importance of the banners as an iconic tableau commemorating the race’s rich and storied history.