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October 2017

Texas Young Lawyers Association Speaks to Law Students

On September 8, eleven representatives from the Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA) visited Texas Tech Law to speak with law students about what it means to be a lawyer. The presentation kicked-off TYLA’s annual law school education program. Texas Tech Law alumni, Raymond Baeza ’10, Elizabeth Brooks ’17, John Ellis ’11, Matthew Harris ’11, and Amanda Kraynok ’17, were members of the panel. Raymond Baeza is the Vice President of the Texas Young Lawyers Association.

Taylor Guerrero, 3L, was glad to hear “how far and wide our alumni go, and how they really want us to succeed.”

Texas Young Lawyers Association Speaks to Law Students

After the noon presentation, the Student Bar Association co-hosted a mixer with several student organizations to welcome TYLA to campus, and give students an informal opportunity to mingle with Texas Tech Law alumni and young lawyers from around the state.


    Features

    October 2017

    Texas Tech Law Students Learn the Art of Storytelling

    The Criminal Law Association and Professor Pat Metze hosted Mr. Tyrone C. Moncriffe, Houston-based attorney, on Thursday, September 14. Students filled the room to hear about the art of telling a client’s story.

    3L Bailey McGowan found it especially beneficial as a clinical program student. “Telling my client’s story is of the utmost importance. Mr. Moncriffe’s presentation was truly a capstone in my education on what it means to be a better advocate.”


      Features

      October 2017

      Texas Tech Law Admissions Hosts Open House

      On Wednesday, September 27, Texas Tech Law Admissions hosted an open house event for prospective law students at the law school. This event is organized for undergraduates interested in attending law school allowing them a glimpse of the law school experience and what makes Texas Tech Law so unique.

      Prospective students were greeted by recruitment ambassadors, who gave brief tours of the law school and answered questions.

      The evening also included a Constitutional Law mock class with Professor John Watts, information about the law school admissions process, and a panel of current law students willing to share what life in law school is really like.


        Alumni

        October 2017

        Lubbock Lawyers Honored by State Bar of Texas

        Adjunct Professor Dick Baker and Carolyn F. Moore (’79) were honored by the State Bar of Texas for outstanding service in the legal profession. These awards are presented quarterly in different cities across the state.

        Professor Baker spent nearly 42 years as a state and federal prosecutor and now volunteers his time representing veterans. Moore is a former hearing officer for the Texas Department of Insurance Division of Workers’ Compensation and is currently a board member of legal aid.


          Features

          October 2017

          Texas Tech Law Energy Law Lecture Series features Todd Staples

          Todd Staples, president of the Texas Oil & Natural Gas Association (TXOGA), was the first speaker of Texas Tech Law’s Energy Law Lecture Series for the fall semester. Staples discussed “The Texas Oil & Natural Gas Industry — Why It’s Important to You. Why It Needs You.”

          Staples was named president of the TXOGA in November 2014.  Prior to TXOGA, Staples served as Texas Agriculture Commissioner, winning two statewide elections.  He also served with distinction in the Texas Senate and Texas House of Representatives.

          A live webcast of the Energy Law Lectures can be seen online, so save the date for our upcoming Energy Law Guest Speakers. On October 16, Allen Gilmer, Co-Founder of Drillinginfo, will speak on “Energy Literacy.” Roderick Wetsel, Advisory Board Member for the Center for Global Energy, International Arbitration, & Environmental Law, will speak on “A Whirlwind Tour Through the Exciting New World of Wind Energy” on November 9.


            Features

            October 2017

            Texas Tech Law Hosts Panel and Special Screening of “Cyborgs – Should We Be Better Than We Are?”

            Bruce Clarke, Horn Professor, English,Thomas McGovern, TTUHSC Center for Ethics & Humanities, Cheryl Erwin, Prof. & Dir. Center for Ethics & Humanities, Jorge Ramirez, Huffman Professor, Law

            On Wednesday, September 20, Associate Dean Victoria Sutton screened her latest documentary film “Cyborgs – Should We Be Better Than We Are?” in the Law School Lanier Auditorium. The screening was followed by a discussion panel featuring experts on ethics, humanities, and technology.


              Alumni

              October 2017

              Texas Tech Law Alumni Reception in Fort Worth, Texas

              Texas Tech Law hosted an alumni reception at Purple Land Management’s corporate office in downtown Fort Worth. The reception, held September 14th, was attended by fifty local alumni.

              A big thank you to reception sponsors Purple Land Management and Adrian Macias ’10.  Adrian is Purple Land Management’s Vice President of Corporate Development.

              This event was one of many around the state that Dean Nowlin has attended since being named head of Texas Tech Law on June 6, 2017. We hope you can join us and meet Dean Nowlin at an upcoming alumni event:

               

              Thursday, October 5

              Austin, Texas

               

              Thursday, October 19

              San Antonio, Texas

               

              Saturday, March 3

              Lubbock, Texas

               

              To get more information or RSVP for an event, please contact Ashley Langdon, Assistant Dean of Alumni Relations and Communications, at ashley.langdon@ttu.edu or 806-843-7533.


                Alumni

                Features

                October 2017

                Texas Tech Law Celebrates 50th Anniversary at Annual Alumni Barbecue

                On September 30, over 200 alumni and friends gathered together at the Alumni Barbecue to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the law school’s opening.  Read more…


                  Features

                  October 2017

                  National Punctuation Day Celebration

                  Texas Tech Law celebrated National Punctuation Day with a treats table and punctuation quiz. Many Texas Tech Law punctuation enthusiasts participated!

                  Congratulations to 2L Sean Townsend and 1L Sara Paciente for winning the punctuation quiz challenge! They each received a gift card and glory among their peers.


                    Students

                    October 2017

                    Class of 2020 Student Officers

                    Congratulations to the 2020 Class Officers! These students were elected and sworn in to the Student Bar Association as representatives of the 1L class:

                     

                    Clint Dye, Class President

                    Austin Vincent, Class Vice President

                    Julian Whitley, Curriculum Representative

                    Brooke Bohlen, Class Representative


                      Alumni

                      October 2017

                      Lee Ann Reno (’94) of Amarillo

                      Lee Ann Reno has been selected by the district judges of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas to serve as a federal magistrate judge for the Court’s Amarillo division. Reno began her service as magistrate judge on October 1, 2017.


                        Alumni

                        October 2017

                        Glenn D. West (’78) of Dallas

                        Glenn D. West, corporate partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP and Adjunct Professor at Texas Tech Law, has been named the Best Lawyers in America 2018 Mergers and Acquisitions “Lawyer of the Year” in Dallas/Fort Worth.

                        The lawyers honored as the Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” are those who received the highest voting averages during the peer-review assessments Best Lawyers conducts, reflecting the deep respect they have earned among other leading lawyers in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, professionalism and integrity.


                          Alumni

                          October 2017

                          Thomas A. Greenwald (’92) of Dallas

                          Thomas A. Greenwald, family law attorney and senior partner with GoransonBain, was recognized by his peers in the legal profession as the Dallas/Ft. Worth “Lawyer of the Year” in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

                          “This is a great honor and I am proud to join my colleagues at GoransonBain in receiving this recognition,” said Greenwald. “It is a privilege to be acknowledged by my peers.”


                            Alumni

                            October 2017

                            Stephen Mooney (’81) of Atlanta, Georgia

                            Stephen Mooney, partner with Weinberg Wheeler Hudgins Gunn & Dial, was recognized in the Best Lawyers in America 2018 for Labor and Employment.


                              Alumni

                              October 2017

                              Rodney Acker (’74) of Dallas

                              Rodney Acker, partner with Norton Rose Fulbright, was elected as secretary of the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL).

                              Acker focuses his practice on civil trial law, and his experience includes trying cases in state and federal courts across the United States. Acker has experience in all areas of civil litigation, including securities litigation, antirust, oil and gas, breach of contract/fraud, banking and general commercial litigation. He has been recognized by Chambers USA, Legal 500 US and Best Lawyers, among others and has been active in the ACTL since 1997.​