The Sidebar

News from Texas Tech University School of Law

Faculty / Staff

April 2016

Sarah Salazar

I would like to take a moment to introduce myself as Texas Tech Law’s new Director of Communications and editor of The Sidebar.

I am thrilled to join the Texas Tech Law staff after spending the last two years with the Texas Tech Athletics Department, where I was responsible for events and donor relations. I earned my bachelor’s degree in public relations from Texas Tech University, and I am eager to work with some of the best and brightest on this beautiful campus.

If I can assist you, or if you have news to share, please email me at sarah.e.salazar@ttu.edu, or call me at 806-834-5074.


    Features

    April 2016

    Advocacy Photo

    Texas Tech Law’s advocacy teams posted some of the best results ever during 2015-2016, bringing home five national and five regional championships, and topping the Blakely Advocacy Institute’s moot-court rankings. Read more…


      Features

      April 2016

      Lynn Lyon

      Lynn Lyon, president of EnergyConnects LLC, was the featured speaker at the April 11 Energy Law Lecture Series. Read more…


        Alumni

        April 2016

        Ganesha Martin Photo Credit: Maryland Daily Record

        This month’s Sidebar spotlight features Ganesha Martin, Chief of the Department of Justice Compliance, Accountability, and External Affairs at the Baltimore Police Department. Read more…


          Features

          April 2016

          Honors and Awards

          Texas Tech Law recognized the top students along with faculty and staff at the Honors and Awards ceremony on April 20 in the Lanier Auditorium. Read more…


            Faculty / Staff

            April 2016

            Legal Practice Top 15

            Texas Tech Law’s Legal-Practice Program tied for 15th place in the recently released U.S. News law-school specialty rankings. Led by Professor Nancy Soonpaa, the Legal-Practice Program offers six hours of course credit during a student’s first year. The program includes not only legal research and writing, but a variety of other practice skills, including mediation and client interviewing. (Pictured above from left to right: Professor Dale Jones, Professor DeLeith D. Gossett, Professor Nancy Soonpaa, Professor Brie Sherwin (’01), Professor Cassie Christopher, and Professor Wendy Humphrey (’01)).


              Features

              April 2016

              Clerkship Academy

              Texas Tech Law hosted the Fourth Annual Judicial Clerkship and Internship Academy on April 1, in the Hunt Courtroom.  Read more…


                Features

                April 2016

                Champions of Justice Gala

                Pictured left to right: Julio Mendoza-Quiroz (’16); Meryl Benham, Director of Pro Bono Projects;  Miranda Grummons (’16); Josué Galván (’16); Dean Darby Dickerson; Emily Hahn (’16); Tyler DiMarino (’16); Richard Murad (’16); and Ross Smith (’16).

                Dean Darby Dickerson, along with Director of Pro Bono Projects Meryl Benham and several Austin and San Antonio regional externs, attended the 2016 Champions of Justice Gala on April 6. The gala was organized by the Texas Access to Justice Commission; funds raised are used to provide legal services to low-income Texas veterans. Retired General Peter Pace, who served as the 16th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and dedicated more than 40 years of service to the United States Marine Corps, delivered the keynote address.


                  Features

                  April 2016

                  Biosecurity Symposium

                  Texas Tech’s Center for Biodefense, Law, and Public Policy held the 15th Annual Global Biosecurity Symposium on April 15 in the Lanier Auditorium. Read more…


                    Students

                    April 2016

                    Accepted Students Weekend

                    Texas Tech Law hosted prospective students for our Fall 2016 entering J.D. class. The program featured panel discussions with Texas Tech Law alumni and students, information from Career Services and Financial Aid, a mock class, and a negotiations exercise. Prospective students also visited with faculty and had an opportunity to explore various academic opportunities, including clinics, the Regional Externship Program, the advocacy program, and dual-degree programs. As an added bonus, the prospective students got to see snow fall in Lubbock on April 1!


                      Faculty / Staff

                      April 2016

                      Scribes_Frost

                      Pictured left to right: Professor Kevin Hopkins, The John Marshall Law School; Judge Thomas Donnelly, Cook County Circuit Court; Chief Justice Kem Thompson Frost (’83), Texas 14th Court of Appeals – Houston; and Dennis Rendleman, American Bar Association Center for Professional Responsibility.

                      Scribes–The American Society of Legal Writers, hosted its annual legal-writing CLE on April 15 at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago.

                      The CLE included topics on ethics and legal writing, storytelling for lawyers, opinion writing, and basic writing tips. Dean Darby Dickerson organized and moderated the storytelling panel that featured TTU English Professor Jill Patterson and Professor Lisa McElroy from Drexel University’s Thomas R. Kline School of Law. Texas Tech Law alumna Kem Thompson Frost (’83), Chief Justice for the 14th Court of Appeals, participated on the ethics panel. For more information about the presentations, or to view the CLE materials, click here.

                      Texas Tech Law serves as the national headquarters for Scribes; Associate Law Librarian Jamie Baker serves as executive director.


                        Students

                        April 2016

                        Chili Cook-Off

                        The Student Bar Association hosted the Chili Cook-Off on April 2 in the Frazier Alumni Pavilion. Thirty-two student-organization teams competed. Delta Theta Phi won the cook-off. The Hispanic Law Students Association claimed second place, and the Criminal Law Association and Phi Alpha Delta tied for third place.