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Features

August 2015

Brain Performance Institute

Texas Tech Law is the first law school in the nation to partner with the Center for Brain Health at UT–Dallas and its Brain Performance Institute in a cognitive-training program called SMART—Strategic Memory Advanced Reasoning Training.

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    Faculty / Staff

    August 2015

    Velte 2015

    Kyle C. Velte, formerly an Assistant Professor of Practice at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, joined the Texas Tech Law faculty this fall as two-year Visiting Assistant Professor of Law.

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      Features

      August 2015

      DFW Externs

      Texas Tech Law’s Regional Externship Program has paired seven third-year students with legal organizations in Houston and Dallas this semester.

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        Alumni

        August 2015

        Mike Yanof

        The Sidebar visited with Mike Yanof for the fourth installment of our alumni spotlight series. Yanof, partner in the Dallas office of Thompson, Coe, Cousins & Irons, LLP, was recently named Appellate Lawyer of the Week by Texas Lawyer. Read more…


          Features

          August 2015

          Orientation - Swearing-In

          Administration of oath led by Seventh Court of Appeals Chief Justice Brian Quinn (’81).

          Texas Tech Law welcomed 183 new J.D. and ten new LL.M. students during Fall 2015 orientation. In addition to breakout sessions led by the Brain Performance Institute staff, students also heard from Texas Young Lawyers Association President C. Barrett Thomas (’08) and State Bar of Texas Board of Directors Immediate Past Chair Roger Key (’76).

          Orientation - International Students

          New LL.M. and exchange students with International Programs administrative leadership.


            Features

            August 2015

            Kristen Vander-Plas

            Congratulations to Kristen Vander-Plas, who won the Joseph M. Perry, Jr. Award for Parliamentary Advocacy at the Delta Theta Phi International Law Fraternity’s biennial competition! The competition, held in Washington, D.C. this year, tests oral advocacy skills in parliamentary proceedings. Vander-Plas prevailed over more than 60 competitors worldwide.


              Alumni

              August 2015

              Joe Basham - photo credit: Korey Howell Photography

              Photo credit: Korey Howell Photography

              Austin-based construction law firm Allensworth & Porter named Joe Basham managing partner earlier this month. Basham joined the firm, founded by fellow alumnus William Allensworth (’74), in 2002.


                Alumni

                August 2015

                Judge Jim Jordan moderated a panel titled “The Language of Justice: Removing Language Barriers to Justice” during the American Bar Association Annual Meeting in Chicago. Read more here.


                  Alumni

                  August 2015

                  Texas Governor Greg Abbott appointed J. Michael Swanson, a solo practitioner and member of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, as judge of the 143rd Judicial District Court.


                    Alumni

                    August 2015

                    Webb, Samuel

                    Sam Webb, an attorney specializing in customs and foreign trade with tax-services firm Ryan, was appointed Vice Chair of the American Bar Association Section of International Law’s International Trade Committee. The ABA Section of International Law includes more than 20,000 members in 90 countries.


                      Alumni

                      August 2015

                      Sharen Wilson - photo credit: Fort Worth Republican Women

                      Photo Credit: Fort Worth Republican Women

                      In a Q&A with Texas Lawyer, Sharen Wilson discusses several changes she has implemented since becoming Tarrant County’s first female district attorney. Read it here.


                        Faculty / Staff

                        August 2015

                        Janessa Walls

                        Janessa Walls joined Texas Tech Law as Assistant Dean of Academic Services and Registrar. Walls was recruited from the Texas Tech University Office of Academic Support and Facilities Resources, where she led the general-purpose classroom initiative, built the collaborative scheduling atmosphere, handled enrollment management as it related to section offerings, and served as both custodian of reportable data and advisor for instructional space management.