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Features

January 2016

DFW Externs

Texas Tech Law’s Regional Externship Program kicked off Spring 2016 with 22 new students, two of whom are enrolled in the program’s inaugural Lubbock semester. The first program in the state through which students pursue full-time externships and earn academic credit, the Regional Externship Program now includes Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, Houston, and Lubbock.

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    Features

    January 2016

    AALS Crim Law Symposium (Source - Michael Swain)

    For the first time in its 10-year history, Texas Tech Law’s Criminal Law Symposium was presented during the Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting. This year’s Symposium featured expert faculty from across the country to discuss violence against women. Read more…


      Development

      January 2016

      All commitments of $25,000 or more to a new or existing scholarship endowment made on or before February 1, 2016, will be recognized with four premier seats at the 12th Annual Law School Scholarship Gala and Casino Night on March 5, 2016, and a listing in the event program. Read more…


        Alumni

        January 2016

        Mai Isler (Source - Capell & Howard PC)

        Although Texas Tech Law doesn’t have many alumni in states like Mississippi and Hawaii, Mai Isler has been an excellent ambassador for the law school in those areas and beyond. Through her husband’s service as a commander in the United States Air Force, she has worked remotely for the Montgomery, Alabama-based firm Capell & Howard P.C. in six different states.

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          Features

          January 2016

          Newal Squyres

          The Academy for Leadership in the Legal Profession welcomed B. Newal Squyres (pictured right), partner in the Boise office of Holland & Hart LLP, as its first speaker in the Spring 2016 semester. Squyres, a former Idaho State Bar President who served on the personal staff of former Attorney General Griffin Bell, was recognized with the Idaho State Bar’s 2015 Distinguished Lawyer Award. Squyres participated in a Q&A session with Texas Tech University System Vice Chancellor and General Counsel John Huffaker (’74), pictured left.

          The Sidebar visited with Squyres and his longtime friend and fellow powerhouse D. Frederick Hoopes (’73) in the October 2015 alumni spotlight. Read it here.

           


            Features

            January 2016

            After an undefeated finish in the November 2015 preliminary rounds, 2L Melanie Uremovich and 3Ls Josue Galvan, Ron Miller, and Bianca Rodriguez finished as national semifinalists at the ABA Arbitration Competition in Chicago. The other Tech Law team, who also competed in Chicago after a razor-thin loss to the prevailing Tech Law team in the preliminary rounds, lost a multi-team tiebreaker that kept them out of the Final Four.

            Thanks again to coaches Carly Barton (’14) and Adjunct Professors Shery Kime-Goodwin and Dick Baker.


              Features

              January 2016

              Prairie Dog CLE

              Criminal defense attorneys from around Texas attended the 35th Annual Prairie Dog CLE, hosted at Texas Tech Law on January 8–9. Course director Frank Sellers (’13) delivered opening remarks, and New Mexico Supreme Court Justice Charlie Daniels [pictured] presented a keynote address about current developments in bail reform. The program was sponsored by the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and the Lubbock Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.


                Features

                January 2016

                Texas Tech Law extended a special offer to prospective students in its sponsorship of the popular podcast series “Undisclosed: The State v. Adnan Syed.” The podcast, hosted by attorney and New America Foundation International Security Program Fellow Rabia Chaudry, chronicles facts and theories about the Syed case. The Syed case was the subject of the first season of NPR’s “Serial” podcast. The law school also sponsored an episode of the “Truth and Justice” podcast, a series that similarly examined the Syed case.

                Download the “Undisclosed” episode here (sponsorship airs at 1:48).


                  Features

                  January 2016

                  MLK Day of Service

                  In observation of the National Day of Service on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Dean Darby Dickerson, Director of Pro Bono Projects Meryl Benham, and several Texas Tech Law volunteers prepared breakfast for families at Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Southwest in Lubbock. Dean Dickerson’s Nutella Breakfast Rolls were a particular hit!


                    Alumni

                    January 2016

                    Shea Haass and Jason Boland

                    Left pic: Shea Haass (Source: Norton Rose Fulbright). Right pic: Jason Boland (Source: Norton Rose Fulbright)

                    Congratulations to our two alums who made partner at Norton Rose Fulbright – Shea Haass (’06) & Jason Boland (’03)! Haass handles commercial litigation and international arbitration in the firm’s Dallas office, and Boland deals with business restructuring and insolvency matters in the firm’s Houston office. Read more here.


                      Alumni

                      January 2016

                      Crowley Sean

                      Congratulations to Sean Crowley on being named partner at the Austin office of Thompson, Coe, Cousins & Irons, L.L.P.! Crowley is a member of the firm’s Products Liability and Mass Torts and Professional Liability sections. Read more here.


                        Alumni

                        January 2016

                        John Rolater

                        John Rolater, appellate division chief for the Collin County Criminal District Attorney’s Office, was named as a 2015 Lone Star Prosecutor by the Texas District and County Attorneys Association. Rolater, who is Board Certified in Criminal Appellate Law, was recognized as a Lone Star Prosecutor for his work on the team that tried Eric Williams for the murders of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland, his wife Cynthia McLelland, and Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse.