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Professor Emeritus Annette Marple (’73) Faculty / Staff

October 2018

Professor Emeritus Annette Marple passed away on September 16, 2018.

One of only eight female students in her law class, Marple graduated with honors from Texas Tech Law School in 1973. While in law school, she served as comment editor of the Texas Tech Law Review and was selected by her classmates for the coveted Dupree Award.

Within a few months of her graduation, she began a 19-year career as one of the law school’s most respected faculty members. Marple taught property, Texas marital property, wills, and trusts until her retirement in 1992. In addition to her teaching duties, she also served as associate dean and long-time chair of the admissions committee.

During her time on the Texas Tech law faculty, she witnessed a significant increase in the number of female law students and served as a role model for all of those she taught. You can find her obituary here.


    Texas Tech Law Hosts Friends & Family Day Features

    October 2018

    The Texas Tech Law community opened its doors to the friends and family of all our law students on Friday, September 28. After breakfast, students, friends, and family gathered in the Lanier Auditorium for welcome remarks from Dean Jack Nowlin. Friends and family then had the opportunity to hear from current law students and ask questions about their experiences.

    Professor John Watts also held a mock class to give those in attendance a glimpse into life as a law student. The day concluded with tours of the law school and Bahama Bucks on the law school lawn.


      Features

      October 2018

      On September 15, the Texas Tech Law community participated in a day of work and play at Sandra’s Song for the law school’s Day of Service. Sondra’s Song provides a safe place for young adults aging out of foster care to help them transition to independent living.

      Faculty, staff, and students helped work on one of the homes spending the day painting, cleaning, and working on fences and landscaping.

      The law school holds two Days of Service each year in connection with our Public-Service Graduation Requirement. It’s always fun to see everyone pitching in and sharing the joy of volunteering!

      Below is the thank you received from Sandra’s Song.

      Sandra's Song Thank You


        Texas Tech Law Hosts Eighth Annual Alumni Barbecue Alumni

        October 2018

        Alumni, faculty, students, and staff tailgated on the law school front law three hours before the TTU vs. West Virginia football game on Saturday, September 29. Everyone enjoyed a good breakfast, great conversation, and had a wonderful time at the eighth annual Alumni BBQ.

        Texas Tech Law Hosts Eighth Annual Alumni Barbecue

        Attendees also enjoyed a brief presentation honoring Tim Evans (’69) and formally announcing an endowed scholarship in his name. Tim, a member of the law school’s first graduating class, is a highly respected Fort Worth criminal lawyer. He was also the first alumnus to have a child enroll in the law school when his son, Lance, became a member of the 1988 entering class. The scholarship, started by a number of Tim’s former classmates, will be awarded annually to assist a law student interested in practicing criminal defense.


          Texas Tech Law Admissions Hosts Open House Features

          October 2018

          On Wednesday, September 26, Texas Tech Law Admissions hosted an open house event for prospective law students at the law school. This event is organized for undergraduates interested in attending law school allowing them a glimpse of the law school experience and what makes Texas Tech Law so unique.

          Over 70 prospective students attended. They were greeted by recruitment ambassadors, who gave brief tours of the law school and answered questions.

          The evening also included a mock class with Professor Brian Shannon, information about the law school admissions process, and a panel of current law students willing to share what life in law school is really like.


            Texas Tech Law Energy Law Lecture Series features Cody Campbell Features

            October 2018

            Cody Campbell, co-chief executive officer of Double Eagle Energy Holdings III LLC, was the kickoff speaker for Texas Tech Law’s Energy Law Lecture Series of the fall semester.

            Campbell began his business career as a student at Texas Tech University, where he and John Sellers founded a successful commercial real estate development firm. He graduated with honors with a Bachelor’s in finance and economics and a master’s in finance. After graduation, he played offensive guard for the Indianapolis Colts.

            These lectures are eligible for one hour of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit and a live webcast of each can be seen online, so save the date for our upcoming guest speakers: Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar on October 29 and Anne Idsal, EPA Administrator for Region VI, on November 19.


              Students

              October 2018

              Congratulations to the 2021 Class Officers! These students were elected and sworn in to the Student Bar Association as representatives of the 1L class:

              Avery Aiken, Class President
              Clay Elliot, Class Vice President
              Avery Rios, Curriculum Representative
              Michael Samaniego, Class Representative


                Doug Atnipp (’85) of Houston Alumni

                October 2018

                Atnipp, who represents clients engaged in all facets of the energy business and does large-scale energy transactions, was appointed managing partner of Winston & Strawn’s Houston office. Atnipp serves on the Texas Tech Law School Foundation Board and has been named one of The Best Lawyers in America every year for the past 15 years.


                  Alumni

                  October 2018

                  Bojorquez received honorary membership in the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). In its 105 years, ICMA has awarded this distinction to just 72 deserving leaders in the field of local government. Alan received his award on September 26, 2018 at the International City/County Management Association Annual Conference in Baltimore, MD.


                    Alumni

                    October 2018

                    Fidelie was appointed by Texas Governor Greg Abbott to the Midwestern State University Board of Regents for a term set to expire on February 25, 2024.


                      Alumni

                      October 2018

                      Harlan joined Butler Health System as Chief Compliance Officer.

                      Ken DeFurio, President/CEO for BHS stated, “Butler Health System is very fortunate to have found a richly experienced person, one who has written and lectured nationally on compliance topics, as well as applied best practice to her own organizations.”


                        Alumni

                        October 2018

                        Robertson joined the Dallas office of Kane Russell Coleman Logan as a litigation associate. Previously, he clerked for Senior United States District Judge Sam R. Cummings in the Northern District of Texas.


                          Paul K. Williams (’81) of Midland Alumni

                          October 2018

                          Williams was recognized by Continental Who’s Who as a Pinnacle Professional Member in the field of Law in recognition of his role as Managing Partner of Kirk & Williams: Attorneys at Law.


                            Faculty / Staff

                            October 2018

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                              Features

                              September 2018

                              On August 13, Texas Tech Law welcomed 151 new students to campus for New Student Orientation. New J.D. students, along with a few transfer students, spent the week learning about the law school and jumping into their coursework. Read more…