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Alumni

February 2017

Zant-Wide Headshot

Alexandria Zant (’99) is known throughout El Paso and its surrounding communities for operating a mobile law office, making house calls to her clients. Zant focuses her practice on auto accidents, injuries at businesses, daycare injuries and workplace injuries. Read more…


    Development

    February 2017

    Suzan Fenner Headshot

    Suzan Fenner started her legal education in the former barracks buildings from Sheppard Field Air Force base that temporarily housed the Law School. “I knew little about thinking like a lawyer and I had no real idea what I wanted to do ‘when I grew up,’” Fenner recalls. But “the outstanding education I had at Texas Tech Law made it possible for me to be a success in my future life, both in practice and in my outside activities.” Read more…


      Features

      February 2017

      National Moot team

      3Ls Erin Garza, Ashleigh Hammer, and David Miles, finished as National Semifinalists at the National Moot Court Competition in New York City. After winning a trip to nationals last November at the regional tournament in Houston, the trio went orally undefeated in New York, beating the University of Kansas, Washington & Lee, Mississippi College, and Stetson College of Law, before falling in the Final Four to Ohio State. The team won the round orally, but was edged out by Ohio State’s No. 2 brief score, which counted for 40% of the round’s total score.

      This marks the sixth time since 2010 a Tech Law team has been among the last four teams standing at the 175+ team competition, which is the oldest moot court contest in the country.


        Students

        February 2017

        Yodit

        The Black Law Student Association (BLSA) presented its Black History Month Lecture Series promoting awareness of and highlighting solutions for current social issues in America.

        The lecture series kicked off on February 1 with “Black History is American History” presentation by Professor Dwight McDonald. The discussion focused on the importance of recognizing Black History as American History and examined why there is a month set aside to celebrate to the accomplishments of African Americans.

        On February 6, guest speaker Mary Tobin, founder of Tobin Leadership Consulting, discussed the critical need for African American and minority attorneys in the fight for social justice. Yodit Tewolde, a criminal defense attorney and a national legal analyst, was the final guest speaker on February 22. Known for her appearances on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, and others, Tewolde presented on Media, Race, & The Law.

        BLSA also hosted a Unity Mixer at the Local Bar & Grill on February 23 to conclude this year’s Black History Month celebration.


          Features

          February 2017

          Dunn

          The first female Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps general officer was the keynote speaker for the Huffman Distinguished Lecture Series. Dunn presented on “Speaking Truth to Power & Other Thoughts on Leadership in the Law.”

          Malinda E. Dunn, American Inns of Court Foundation executive director, served for more than 28 years in the United States Judge Advocate General’s Corps, retiring as a as a Brigadier General. Dunn served as the Assistant Judge Advocate General for Military Law and Operations. She also commanded the U.S. Army Legal Services Agency and served as Chief Judge of the Army Court of Criminal Appeals. While serving as the first female staff judge advocate of the XVIIIth Airborne Corps, she had tours of duty in both Afghanistan and Iraq. General Dunn was also the first female staff judge advocate of the famed All-American Division—the 82nd Airborne.


            Features

            February 2017

            Weinstein

            The Spring 2017 Energy Law Lecture Series kicked off with guest speaker Bernard L. Weinstein, the associate director for the Maguire Energy Institute, which encourages the study of management, marketing and policy issues related to the energy industry. Weinstein examined “Donald Trump’s Path to the Presidency: What Will It Mean for the Energy Industry?”


              Features

              February 2017

              Lights, Camera, Law 2

              Professors Tracy Pearl and Kyle Velte partnered with the Alamo Drafthouse for a new film series called “Lights, Camera, Law.” The series explores a diverse range of law-related films in a fun and educational setting. Each screening is followed by a panel discussion with Tech Law professors.

              The first movie, “Legally Blonde,” was shown to a sold out theater. Professors Dustin Benham and Kyle Velte, and 3L Derek Mergele-Rust lead a post-film discussion that delved deeper into the legal proceeding featured in the film.

              The second installment will be a screening of “The Castle” on Wednesday, March 8.


                Features

                February 2017

                Career Services

                Career Services hosted a panel discussion with representatives of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of Texas and a presentation by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.

                On February 20, Christina Marshal, general counsel with Chalak Mitra Group, and Carol Bavousett Mattick, with Carol Bavousett Mattick, PLLC, presented a panel discussion on practicing as a Transactional/Business attorney.

                Peter Choi, a Patent Examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Virginia, gave a presentation on February 23 about the practice of intellectual property law and work at the United States Patent and Trademark Office.


                  Features

                  February 2017

                  Wellness Outdoor Space Courtyard

                  Throughout the 2016-2017 school year, the Student Bar Association (SBA) has worked to get approval for a Wellness Patio on the south side of the law school. The Texas Tech University Facilities Allocation Council recently approved the project.

                  The patio will be constructed in remembrance of the law students and alumni that have passed away; serving as a memorial for those we have lost and as a place of relaxation for students to overcome the stress that law school can bring.

                  Thanks to generous alumni support, implementation of the initial phase of the patio, tables and foliage, will commence soon. SBA continues to seek funding in hopes of expanding the project. For more information about the patio, please contact Karen Holden, Director of Development and Donor Relations, at karen.holden@ttu.edu or 806-834-4910.


                    Features

                    February 2017

                    The 20th Annual Chili Cook-Off will be held this year on April 8, 2017. Each year, during accepted students weekend, all the student organizations take the competition outside of the classroom to compete for the honor of winning best chili. The cooking commences early in the morning and the judging, music, and food begins at 11:00am.

                    This year the competition is expanding to include alumni. Whether it is your law firm, a group of friends, or your family, SBA encourages alumni to participate! The number of alumni teams able to participate will likely be capped at five teams, so the sooner you can submit your interest to partake the better. This event is one of the best all year and always a great time for students, faculty, family, and alumni to come together and have a great time. This is a free event for everyone to attend and an event that you do not want to miss.

                    With over 300 attendees at last year’s event, we hope to bring in even more students, faculty, staff, and alumni. If you are interested in participating please contact Kylie Corson, the Vice President of Student Organizations, at kylie.corson@ttu.edu.


                      Features

                      February 2017

                      Kennard

                      The Academy for Leadership in the Legal Profession (ALLP) welcomed Texas Tech School of Law alumna, Karen Kennard on February 27. Kennard spoke on leadership in the 21st Century.

                      Kennard is a Shareholder at Greenberg Traurig in Austin. She is the sister of Timothy Cole, the Texas Tech student who died in prison serving a 25-year sentence for a rape he did not commit. Cole was exonerated in 2009 and pardoned by Gov. Rick Perry in 2010. His memory is honored with a 13-foot bronze statue in Lubbock at the intersection of 19th Street and University Avenue.


                        Students

                        February 2017

                        Day of Service

                        Nearly 45 members of the Texas Tech Law community participated in the law school’s Day of Service on Saturday, February 25. Faculty, staff, and students were joined by their friends and family to clean up the Texas Boys Ranch in Lubbock. Tech Law holds two Days of Service events each year in connection with our Public-Service Graduation Requirement. The next Day of Service is planned for August.