The Sidebar

News from Texas Tech University School of Law

Features

May 2015

Spring 2015 Hooding Ceremony Recognizes 192 New Graduates

On May 16, Texas Tech Law honored 192 J.D. and LL.M. students during its traditional hooding ceremony.
Read more…


    Features

    May 2015

    Christy Crase

    Ask, and you shall receive! During Texas Tech Law receptions, reunions, and meetings, our alumni frequently request updates on their classmates. In our new alumni spotlight series, The Sidebar will catch up with a one alum at a time for an update on life since law school. Read more…


      Alumni

      May 2015

      D-Magazine-01

      Congratulations to our 21 alumni who were named to D Magazine’s Best Lawyers in Dallas 2015 list! D Magazine asked all lawyers with a valid Texas bar number to nominate two outstanding lawyers outside their firm and one lawyer within their firm who shares their primary area of practice.

      Read more…


        Alumni

        May 2015

        Glenn West

        Glenn West, managing partner of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in Dallas, is among 35 recipients of the 2015 Distinguished Legal Writing Award—Law Firm, which will be presented in June by the Burton Foundation, a non-profit program run in association with the Library of Congress. West was recognized as the author of the article, That Pesky Little Thing Called Fraud, published in Volume 69 of Business Lawyer. Learn more about the Burton Awards here and click here to read West’s article.


          Features

          May 2015

          Tim Cole - (credit) Texas Tech University

          Texas Tech University honored Timothy Cole, a former undergraduate student who had hoped to study law but was wrongfully convicted of rape in 1985, with a posthumous bachelor’s degree in law and social justice. The degree, honoris causa, was presented to Cole’s sister, Karen Kennard (’88) and brother, Cory Session, during a ceremony in the law school Forum on May 15.

          Cole was exonerated posthumously in 2009, thanks to hundreds of man hours contributed by Texas Tech Law students through the Innocence Project of Texas clinical program. “The arc of justice is long, but for our family, it always leads to Lubbock,” said Kennard.


            Faculty / Staff

            May 2015

            LP - Dean panel

            Dean Darby Dickerson (pictured center-left) participated in a plenary panel discussion on legal writing and leadership at the 2015 Northwest Regional Legal Writing Conference hosted by the University of Oregon School of Law. Read more…


              Faculty / Staff

              May 2015

              Professor Wendy Humphrey

              On May 1, Professor Wendy Adele Humphrey received the President’s Award of Merit from the Lubbock Area Bar Association for her outstanding service to the bar. She has served as a LABA Director for the past three years, and will serve as its 2015–2016 Treasurer.


                Faculty / Staff

                May 2015

                Outenreath, Alyson

                Professor Alyson Outenreath was elected to serve as Chair of the State Bar of Texas Tax Section for 2015–2016. With more than 2,000 members, the Tax Section is the third-largest state-bar tax organization in the United States.

                Outenreath was also elected to membership in the Texas Tech University Teaching Academy, a designation shared by only 20% of Texas Tech faculty since the Academy’s inception in 1997.


                  Alumni

                  May 2015

                  Congratulations to the following alumni on their 2015–2016 Lubbock Area Bar Association positions!

                  The Honorable Mark Hocker (’98)
                  President-Elect

                  Laurie Key (’01)
                  Secretary

                  Wendy Adele Humphrey (’01)
                  Treasurer

                  Jobe Rodgers (’05)
                  Director

                  Sarah Gunter (’01)
                  Director

                  Laura Beth Pleasant (’06)
                  Director

                  David Hazlewood (’79)
                  Bail Bond Rep


                    Features

                    May 2015

                    Texas Tech Law hosted its annual New Mexico CLE and Alumni Reception in Roswell, New Mexico on May 7. Attendees received seven hours of New Mexico and Texas CLE free of charge thanks to our generous sponsors: Dixon, Scholl & Bailey, P.C.; The Jeff­ Diamond Law Firm; Jones-Witt & Ragsdale, P.C.; Kraft & Hunter, LLP; and Maddox, Holloman & Moran, P.C.

                    Professor Emeritus Bruce Kramer, Jerry Dixon (’81), Professor DeLeith Gossett, Dean Darby Dickerson, Gary Don Reagan, Scotty Holloman (’83), and Ret. Judge Charles Currier presented on a range of topics, from effective legal writing to oil-and-gas law in the 21st century.

                    Details for the May 2016 New Mexico CLE and Reception will be available in the near future.


                      Students

                      May 2015

                      Aaron Powell

                      Aaron Powell (’17) was among 33 recipients of the 2015–2016 Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Scholarship. The recipients, who are selected from the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation’s 30 Constituent Law Schools, demonstrate an interest in natural resources law and potential to make significant contributions to the field.


                        Students

                        May 2015

                        EICs

                        Texas Tech Law’s six student-run journals will have new leadership in the upcoming academic year. Congratulations to the following editors in chief!

                        Pictured [left to right]:

                        Ashley Snell (’16), Estate Planning & Community Property Law Journal
                        Melanie Rozbicki (’16), Journal of Biosecurity, Biosafety & Biodefense Law
                        Michael Gonzales (’16), Business & Bankruptcy Law Journal
                        Jake Rutherford (’16), Texas Tech Law Review
                        Brendan Reeder (’16), Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal
                        Jeri Leigh McDowell (’16), Texas Bank Lawyer