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August 2017

Texas Tech Law Welcomes 140 New Students

On August 14, Texas Tech Law welcomed 140 new students to campus for New Student Orientation. New J.D. students, along with a few transfer and international students, spent the week learning about the law school and jumping into their coursework. Read more…


    Students

    August 2017

    Nathan James Kaufman

    Texas Tech Law lost one of its own when rising 2L Nathan Kaufman passed on August 8, 2017.

    Nathan had a presence that lit up the entire law school, and the Texas Tech Law community, along with his family and friends, continue to mourn his loss. If you would like to write Nathan’s family a note, you can email your thoughts to John Delony, Associate Dean for Student Life, at john.delony@ttu.edu.

    Funeral services were held on August 16 and Texas Tech Law will hold an additional memorial service on campus. A date for this memorial service will be announced once it is confirmed with Nathan’s family. His obituary can be found online.

    The family asks you to please donate to the Nathan Kaufman Memorial Scholarship Endowment at http://donate.law.ttu.edu/. Please make checks payable to Texas Tech Law School Foundation and indicate in memo line that gift is in memory of Nate. The mailing address is 1802 Hartford Ave., Lubbock, TX 79409-0004.


      Features

      August 2017

      For 50 years, Texas Tech Law has fulfilled its mission to prepare individuals for the effective and ethical practice of law, engage in a meaningful scholarship, and foster a culture of public service. Join us as we mark our 50th anniversary with a yearlong celebration highlighting our record of success.

      On September 30, 2017, we’ll kickoff our yearlong celebration during the Annual Alumni BBQ. We will then take a trip down memory lane as we reflect on the Law School’s many accomplishments at the 14th Annual Scholarship Gala on Saturday, March 3.

      We are also excited to launch our Go for Gold! class competition. The goal of this competition is for each class to create a scholarship endowment to ensure Texas Tech Law continues attracting the best and brightest students.

      Let’s join together to celebrate and continue our tradition of excellence!


        Faculty / Staff

        August 2017

        Professor Krahmer Retirement

        Professor John Krahmer, the longest-serving member on the Texas Tech Law faculty, has retired from full-time teaching. To celebrate 50 years of teaching, his wife, Sandi, arranged a surprise reception during his final class.

        Professor Krahmer has received the Texas Tech University President’s Research Award and the President’s Teaching Award. He was the first member of the Law Faculty to receive the Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Teaching. The students at Texas Tech have also recognized Professor Krahmer’s teaching ability by selecting him for teaching awards on seven different occasions.


          Alumni

          August 2017

          Meet the Dean Receptions throughout Texas

          Dean Nowlin, excited to meet Texas Tech Law alumni, has hit the ground running with a full fall schedule of alumni events throughout Texas. Read more…


            Students

            August 2017

            Four Texas Tech Law Students Participate in Fall Regional Externship Program

            Bryan Wilson (’13), Nirav Patel (’16), Kylie Rahl (’16), William Peterson (’18), Jennifer Vincent (’18), Shelbie Bradley (’18)

            Texas Tech Law continued the Regional Externship program with a group of four 3Ls placed in Dallas, Fort Worth, and San Antonio.

            In Dallas, Jennifer Vincent is completing her externship at 7-Eleven, Inc. In Fort Worth, Shelbie Bradly is completing her externship at the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office, and William Peterson is completing his externship at the Second Court of Appeals for Chief Justice Terrie Livingston. David Kerr is the lone San Antonio extern, and is placed with the San Antonio Spurs. We wish them all good luck!


              Alumni

              August 2017

              Michael McCabe (’98) of Dallas

              Michael McCabe has been listed as a Best Lawyer in America for 2018. He was selected along with five other Munck Wilson Mandala partners, including managing partner William (Bill) Munck, Walter Herring, Randy Ray, Michael Wilson and Mark Moran. Widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor, these six partners will be listed in the 2018 Best Lawyers publication.

              The Best Lawyers in America list is compiled annually by conducting peer-review surveys among tens of thousands of leading lawyers. If the votes for an attorney are ample for inclusion in Best Lawyers, that attorney must maintain those votes in subsequent polls to remain on the list for each edition. Lawyers are not permitted to pay any fee to participate in or be included on the lists.

              McCabe is co-chair of Munck Wilson’s employment and labor law practice. He is listed as a Best Lawyer in employment law (management), labor law (management) and litigation (labor and employment).  McCabe has been listed as a Best Lawyer consecutively since 2016.


                Alumni

                August 2017

                Darrell J. Guthrie (’98) of Lubbock

                Brigadier General Darrell Guthrie has been selected as the next Commanding General, United States Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The Division is responsible for providing and coordinating the Army Reserve’s support for the training of the Army’s future leaders. Brigadier General Guthrie began his military career on May 22, 1985, when he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant into the United States Army.


                  Alumni

                  August 2017

                  Derek Mergele-Rust (’17) of Dallas

                  Derek was awarded the Michael Paul Rogers Activist Award at the 2017 Lubbock Pride Festival. The award recognizes someone who has worked in the local LGBT community and has demonstrated leadership skills, passion, and commitment to creating change in the South Plains.

                  While at Texas Tech Law, Derek was the Founder & President of Lavender Law, a student organization dedicated to advocating for the LGBT community. His work with the organization helped bring special guest speakers on Obergefell v. Hodges and transgender rights. During his final year of law school, Derek worked with local attorneys to provide rural and West Texas clients with gender-marker and name changes through pro bono activities.


                    Alumni

                    August 2017

                    Judy Parker (’85) of Lubbock

                    Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Judy Parker to the Seventh Court of Appeals for a term set to expire December 31, 2018, or until her successor shall be duly elected and qualified. Lubbock County Court at Law 3 Judge Parker is replacing Justice Mackey Hancock (’74), who retired in December.

                    Judge Parker is a member of the State Bar of Texas, president of the Texas Tech Law School Inn of Court and a member and past president for the Lubbock Area Bar Association. She is also past chair of the Lubbock Area United Way Board of Directors and a sustaining member of the Junior League of Lubbock.


                      Alumni

                      August 2017

                      Lee Ann Reno (’94) of Amarillo

                      Lee Ann Reno, Member of Sprouse Shrader Smith, has been invited to be a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). All memberships are by invitation only and require the highest standard of character and professionalism. This national organization of trial lawyers and judges works to preserve and promote civil jury trial rights provided by the Seventh Amendment. ABOTA engages in activities designed to elevate the standards of civility and integrity in the law profession, recognizing that civil litigation should be just that—civil.


                        Alumni

                        August 2017

                        Joe R. Savoie (’12) of Houston

                        Joe joined Crain Caton & James, P.C.’s litigation practice as an associate attorney. His practice focuses on commercial litigation, products liability, insurance and personal injury defense, fiduciary and general civil litigation.


                          Alumni

                          August 2017

                          Rebecca E. Whitacre (’07) of Waco

                          Becca joined Beard Kultgen Brophy Bostwick & Dickson, PLLC. She primarily focuses her practice on estate planning, wealth preservation, and estate and trust administration. Prior to joining the firm, Becca practiced law for nearly ten years at Haynes and Boone, LLP in Dallas, Texas as an associate attorney in the Private Client Group.


                            Alumni

                            August 2017

                            Mark Lanier (’84) of Houston

                            Mark Lanier has been named to the Legal 500 Hall of Fame, recognizing his selection to the publication’s list of the nation’s leading lawyers for six consecutive years. In making the announcement, the editors of the prestigious international legal directory noted that Hall of Fame members “received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence” and “are at the pinnacle of the profession.”

                            The complete listing of Hall of Fame members is available here.


                              Students

                              August 2017

                              Two Texas Tech Law Students Receive Amarillo Area Bar Foundation Scholarship

                              The Amarillo Area Bar Foundation awarded four 2017-2018 AABF scholarships. Each scholarship is $2,500 for the 2017-2018 academic year.

                              Nikki Boyd is the recipient of the Chris Coppedge Memorial Scholarship. Nikki graduated from Texas Tech University and is a 2L at Texas Tech Law.  Jay’Neisha Davis earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of North Texas and a Master of Science in Juvenile Justice from Prairie View A&M University. Jay’Neisha is a first year law student.