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Features

August 2016

Orientation Swearing In

On August 15, Texas Tech Law welcomed 171 new students to campus, including seven LL.M. students, four transfer students, and three foreign-exchange students, for New Student Orientation. Read more…


    Features

    August 2016

    Class Group Photo

    Texas Tech Law had a busy start to the Fall semester. Here is a glance into the beginning of another exciting semester.  Read more…


      Alumni

      August 2016

      Stacey Baker

      This month’s Sidebar spotlight visited with Stacey Baker, associate photo editor at The New York Times Magazine. Read more…


        Alumni

        August 2016

        Externs

        Texas Tech Law continued the Regional Externship program with a group of four 3Ls placed in Dallas and San Antonio. Pictured from left to right, Blake Matthys, Ben Petty, Sheetul Hassan, and Mariana Alvarez.

        In Dallas, Mariana Alvarez is completing her externship at the Office of Special Counsel, Sheetul Hassan is externing with the legal department at HC Beck, and Ben Petty is externing with the 160th Judicial District Court for the Honorable Jim Jordan. Blake Matthys is with the General Counsel’s Office at the San Antonio Spurs. We wish them all good luck!


          Alumni

          August 2016

          NMSB Reception Picture

          Pictured left to right: Kristen Harrington (’07), Lamar Treadwell (’76), Ashley Langdon (’11), Dean Darby Dickerson, Deborah Dixon, Jerry Dixon (’81), and Laura McElroy (’81).

          Texas Tech Law hosted an alumni reception, which was sponsored by Dixon, Scholl & Carrillo, P.A., in conjunction with the State Bar of New Mexico Annual Meeting. Dean Darby Dickerson updated attendees on the law school, including the class of 2019’s arrival, the moot-court program being ranked number one in the nation by the Blakely Advocacy Institute, and the new Innocence Clinic.


            Features

            August 2016

            Keffer, Bill

            Texas Tech Law co-sponsored the Energy Law Section of the Dallas Bar Association’s annual CLE, titled “Review of Oil and Gas Law” on August 18-19. Professor Bill Keffer, director of the Energy Law Lecture Series, also spoke to the group about fracking cases.


              Alumni

              August 2016

              To keep alumni connected, Texas Tech Law has partnered with Publishing Concepts, Inc. (PCI) to compile updated alumni contact information and create a new alumni directory. Beginning September 1, PCI will contact alumni via email, postcard, and phone. The new alumni directory will be available early next fall, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the law school’s opening. We hope you will respond to PCI, and participate in the alumni directory. If you have any questions, please contact Ashley Langdon, Director of Alumni Relations, at ashley.langdon@ttu.edu, or 806-834-7533.


                Alumni

                August 2016

                The Lubbock Area Bar Association (LABA) recently announced its 2016-2017 officers and directors. Lubbock County Judge Mark Hocker (’98) is president, and Associate Dean Wendy Humphrey (’01) is president-elect. Jody Jenkins (’00) is secretary, and Matt Wade (’95) was named treasurer.  LABA also named nine Texas Tech Law alums as directors, including Sarah Gunter (’01), Phil Johnson (’08), Dwight McDonald (‘93), Lubbock County Magistrate Judge Melissa McNamara (’94), Laura Beth Pleasant (’06), Jobe Rodgers (’05), Lori Truitt (’08), Dub Wade (’92), and Philip Wischkaemper (’89).


                  Alumni

                  August 2016

                  Jeffrey Griffin

                  Jeffrey M. Griffin has joined McDonald Sanders as an associate. Griffin will focus on business transactions, real estate, and oil and gas.


                    Alumni

                    August 2016

                    McCabe

                    Michael McCabe, partner at Munck Wilson, was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for his work in labor and employment litigation and management.  Among his achievements are securing the nation’s 16th largest jury verdict in 2015, where $88 million in damages was awarded in a lawsuit involving trade-secret misappropriation and patent infringement in the Eastern District of Texas. In 2016, he also successfully argued a defamation case before the Texas Supreme Court to reverse a court of appeals opinion under the Fair Report Privilege.


                      Alumni

                      August 2016

                      Danielle

                      Danielle Saavedra has been named the Assistant Dean for Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives for Texas Tech Law. Saavedra previously served as Associate Director of Student Life. In her new role, Saavedra will work in admissions and will focus on recruiting the best and brightest students from across the state to Texas Tech Law. She will also work on continuing to expand diversity efforts.


                        Alumni

                        August 2016

                        Glenn West

                        Glenn D. West, corporate partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, was recognized in Best Lawyers in America 2017 for Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity “Lawyer of the Year” in Dallas/Fort Worth. Lawyers honored as “Lawyer of the Year” received the highest voting averages during the peer-review assessments Best Lawyers conducts.