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March 2015

Gala Award Winners Pose With Dean Darby Dickerson

Nearly 225 Texas Tech Law alumni and friends attended the 11th Annual Gala at the Overton Hotel and Conference Center on Friday, March 6. Read more…


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    March 2015

    National Energy Champions

    A trio of Texas Tech Law students claimed the law school’s 33rd national advocacy title at the National Energy and Sustainability Moot Court Competition hosted by West Virginia University on March 12–14. Read more…


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      March 2015

      Beck, Beyer & Johnston

      Texas Tech Law’s Estate Planning & Community Property Law Journal (EPJ) hosted its 2015 CLE and Expo on March 6 featuring presentations by leading Texas practitioners, nationally-recognized professors, and EPJ student editors. Read more…


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        March 2015

        ELLS - Donna Nelson

        Donna Nelson (’86), chairman of the Public Utility Commission of Texas based in Austin, was the fifth guest speaker in the law school’s Energy Law Lecture Series on March 2. She presented “Power, the EPA and Texas.” Read more…


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          March 2015

          Diversity Week - Women's Panel

          The law school hosted its second annual Diversity Week Series earlier this month featuring a panel of leading female attorneys from the West Texas region and a panel of three prominent gay lawyers from the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Read more…


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            March 2015

            Brian Shannon

            Congratulations to Professor Brian Shannon, one of three new Horn Professors selected by the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents on March 6. The Horn Professorship is the most prestigious recognition of Texas Tech faculty, named after Texas Tech University’s first president, Paul Horn. Shannon, who previously served as the Charles B. “Tex” Thornton Professor of Law, is also the university’s faculty athletics representative (FAR) to the NCAA and Big 12 Conference as well as the Big 12 representative to the 1A FAR Board of Directors, where he recently was elected to a second term as president. Read more here.


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              March 2015

              Jennifer Bard

              Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer S. Bard, Alvin R. Allison Professor of Law, who was selected as Dean of the University of Cincinnati’s College of Law. Bard, director of the Health Law Program and J.D./M.D. Dual Degree Program, is also a Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center professor in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and an adjunct professor in the School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry. Bard was honored at a law school reception on March 31 and will assume her new position in July.


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                March 2015

                TIDC Award

                The Caprock Office’s Chief Public Defender Donnie Yandell (’01) accepted the law school’s Gideon award from Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Presiding Judge Sharon Keller.

                During a ceremony in Austin, the Texas Indigent Defense Commission recognized Texas Tech Law and Dickens County with a Gideon Recognition Award for their successful collaboration in forming and maintaining the Caprock Regional Public Defender Office through the law school’s clinical program. The award is inspired by the U.S. Supreme Court case Gideon vs. Wainwright. More here.


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                  March 2015

                  Advocacy

                  Pictured [left to right]: Blair Park, Director of Advocacy Programs Rob Sherwin (’01), Kristen Vander Plas, Larry Doss (’99), and CJ Baker.

                  2Ls CJ Baker, Blair Park, and Kristen Vander-Plas were named regional champions at the Seattle regional round of the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition earlier this month. The team will advance to the national rounds in Chicago next month.

                  Vander-Plas was recognized as the region’s second-best advocate among a field of nearly 75 competitors, and Baker finished as the seventh-best advocate


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                    March 2015

                    Texas Tech Law Hosts State Bar’s Annual Military and Veterans Law Section CLE

                    Pictured [left to right]: Dean Emeritus Walt Huffman, Military & Veterans Law Section Chair Linda Webster, and Professor Rick Rosen.

                    On February 27–28, the law school hosted the State Bar’s Military and Veterans Law Section annual CLE. Glenn D. West Endowed Professor of Law Rick Rosen and Dean Emeritus Walter Huffman (’77) discussed changes for The National Defense Authorization Act 2014, and Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development and Paul Whitfield Horn Professor Vickie Sutton presented “The Truth About Ebola.” Rosen also discussed substantive and procedural changes for The National Defense Authorization Act 2014 and 2015.


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                      March 2015

                      ALLP - Talmage Boston

                      The Academy for Leadership in the Legal Profession hosted Winstead PC Shareholder Talmage Boston on March 9. Boston presented “Atticus Finch, A Model of Professionalism for the Modern Lawyer.” As part of the program, he shared that the model for Atticus Finch was Harper Lee’s father, attorney Amasa Lee.


                        Alumni

                        March 2015

                        Ken Hawk

                        Ken Hawk, Federal Defender for the Eastern District of Texas, discussed appellate briefs as a guest speaker in Professor DeLeith Duke Gossett’s Legal Practice class earlier this month. Hawk recently won a favorable verdict in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit representing a client whose murder conviction was overturned by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals 25 years ago, but who remained in prison all those years awaiting a new trial.