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October 2017

Elma Moreno Receives 2017 Paralegal of the Year Award

Elma Moreno received the 2017 Paralegal of the Year Award presented by the West Texas Paralegal Association at the Paralegal Day Celebration on Monday, October 23. Read more…


    Features

    October 2017

    Justice Guzman Speaks to HLSA and Texas Tech Law Students

    Hispanic Law Students Association hosted Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman on Tuesday, October 3. Justice Guzman spoke on “Civility in the Law” and about opportunities during and after school.

    Justice Guzman joined the Supreme Court of Texas in 2009, making history as the first Latina to sit on the state’s highest civil court. The next year, she was elected to a full term, where she became the first Hispanic woman elected to statewide office in Texas.


      Students

      October 2017

      Annual PAD Halloween Carnival

      Phi Alpha Delta hosted its Annual Halloween Carnival for elementary school children from the community on Saturday, October 28. Texas Tech Law student organizations setup booths, which serve as stops for trick-or-treating. Booths also included games or activities, such as face painting, a photo booth, and a cotton candy station. 3L John Garcia, also known as DJ Johnny Hotcakes, played Halloween music throughout the entire event.


        Features

        October 2017

        Texas Tech Law Hosts Friends & Family Day

        The Texas Tech Law community opened its doors to the friends and family of all students on Friday, October 13. Students, friends, and family gathered in the Lanier Auditorium for welcome remarks from Dean Jack Nowlin. Professor John Watts then provided a small glimpse into life as a law student during a mock class.

        Texas Tech Law Hosts Friends & Family Day

        Friends and family also had the opportunity to ask a panel of family members and advanced law students questions about their experiences. The day concluded with an ice cream social and tours of the law school.


          Features

          October 2017

          Allen Gilmer featured Energy Law Lecture Series Speaker

          Allen Gilmer, Chairman of Texas Independent Producers & Royalty Owners Association (TIPRO) and Co-Founder of DrillingInfo, was the featured speaker for the Texas Tech School of Law Energy Law Lecture Series on Monday, October 16, 2017. Gilmer discussed “Energy Literacy.”

          A live webcast of the Energy Law Lectures can be seen online, so save the date for our next Energy Law Guest Speaker Roderick Wetsel. Wetsel, a partner at Wetsel, Carmichael & Allen, LLP and Co-Author of Texas Wind Law, will speak on “A Whirlwind Tour Through the Exciting New World of Wind Energy” on Thursday, November 9.


            Features

            October 2017

            Judge Shequitta Kelly Shares Her Path to the Bench with Texas Tech Law Students

            The Black Law Students Association, in partnership with the Criminal Law Association, hosted The Honorable Shequitta Kelly on Thursday, October 5.

            Judge Kelly discussed her journey to become judge of Dallas County Criminal Court #11, a court designated to handle cases involving family violence, and the importance of an efficient criminal justice system.


              Features

              October 2017

              Pride Week Presentation by Denise Brogan-Kator

              The Texas Tech University Office of LGBTQIA hosted the third annual Pride Week Monday, October 9 – Friday, October 13. Throughout the week, events organized by various offices and organizations around campus, focused on celebrating and understanding the experiences and lives of the LGBTQIA community.

              The Law School hosted a speech titled “First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage, Then Comes Discrimination: Anti-LGBT Bias in Parentage Laws and the Child Welfare System”, given by Denise Brogan-Kator. Brogan-Kator is the Senior Legislative Counsel for the Family Equality Council, a national organization whose mission is to “advance legal and lived equality for LGBTQ families, and for those who wish to form them, through building community, changing hearts and minds, and driving policy change.”


                Features

                October 2017

                Texas Tech Law Celebrated National Pro Bono Week

                Texas Tech Law coordinated several events in celebration of National Pro Bono Week, including our Annual Pro Bono Week Hygiene Drive.

                Texas Tech Law Celebrated National Pro Bono Week

                On October 24, guest speaker Cheryl Zalenski, the ABA Center for Pro Bono Director, spoke to students and Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas Lubbock Office presented their Pro Bono Awards. Congratulations to the 2017 Pro Bono Award recipients!

                Pictured: (l-r) Managing Attorney Tamara Duncan, Volunteer Lay Advocate Awardee Peter Racu, Pro Bono Legal Clinic Volunteer Attorney Awardee Nathan Leake, Jon Crew Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year Awardee Brit Swanson (’03), Volunteer Law Student Awardee Emily Deyoung (’19), and Equal Justice Volunteer Program Coordinator Christina Richey.

                On October 25, students experienced poverty as a family member during the Poverty Law Simulation. Former Texas Tech Law Pro Bono Program Directors Stacy Riker (’16) and Judge Meryl Benham (’06) returned to assist with the event. The goal of the exercise was to sensitize participants to the realities of life for low-income individuals trying to survive month-to-month.


                  Features

                  October 2017

                  Another Texas Tech Law National Championship

                  On October 15, 3Ls Brian Burkhardt, Kristen Gavigan, Andrea Nfodjo, and Alex Pennetti claimed Texas Tech Law School’s 41st national advocacy championship at the National Pretrial Advocacy Competition in Gulfport, Florida. The team prevailed over a field of 15 other teams that included Georgetown, Baylor, and the University of Miami.

                  The tournament, which combines brief-writing, moot-court-style oral-argument, and mock-trial-style witness-examination skills, simulates a three-hour, federal-court pretrial evidentiary hearing. This win marks Texas Tech Law’s third title there in the past four years.

                  Gavigan was named the tournament’s Best Advocate in the preliminary rounds and Burkhardt was named the Best Advocate of the final round. The win marks the second national championship for both Burkhardt and Nfodjo, who were part of last year’s national championship team at the ABA Arbitration Competition.


                    Faculty / Staff

                    October 2017

                    Twelfth Annual Faculty Update CLE

                    October 26–27, the Texas Tech Law faculty partnered with the Law Library to host the 12th Annual Texas Tech Law School Faculty Update for Legal Services Attorneys, Public Interest Practitioners and Pro Bono Attorneys and Texas Tech Law Library Law Practice Technology CLE. Topics ranged from managing email and ethics to tools for helping clients prepare for incapacity. Craig Ball, a nationally known expert on digital forensics and electronic evidence, returned to once again serve as this year’s keynote speaker.


                      Features

                      October 2017

                      7th Court of Appeals Hears Oral Arguments at Texas Tech Law

                      For the sixth consecutive year, the 7th Court of Appeals visited Texas Tech Law to hear oral arguments. The visit took place on October 30 and afforded students and Lubbock-area community members an opportunity to see the court in action.

                      The court, which consists of Chief Justice Brian Quinn and justices James T. Campbell, Judy Parker, and Patrick A. Pirtle, has intermediate appellate jurisdiction of civil and criminal cases appealed from lower courts in 46 Texas counties.

                      Chief Justice Quinn (’81) and justices Parker (’85) and Pirtle (’77) earned their juris doctorates from the Texas Tech School of Law. Justices Campbell and Pirtle also earned their bachelor’s degrees from Texas Tech University.

                      Several Texas Tech Law School alumni argued cases before the court, including Justin M. Stevens (’17) with the Lubbock County District Attorney’s office.


                        Alumni

                        October 2017

                        Julie Caruthers Parsley ('90) of Austin

                        Pedernales Electric Cooperative has hired Julie Parsley, an Austin attorney and former member of the Texas Public Utility Commission, as its new chief executive. She is the first female CEO in the cooperative’s history.


                          Alumni

                          October 2017

                          Celeste Iris Villarreal (’05) of Austin

                          Austin Municipal Judge Celeste Iris Villarreal received two Hispanic National Bar Association (HBNA)

                          Presidential appointments from the new HBNA President. Judge Villarreal was honored at the first Board of Governors’ Meeting of the new term in Kansas City, MO. HBNA is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, national membership organization that represents the interests of Hispanic legal professionals in the United States and its territories.


                            Alumni

                            October 2017

                            Justin McAnally was promoted to Director of alliantgroup, the nation’s leading provider of specialty tax services. In his new role, McAnally will be responsible for shaping the strategic direction of alliantgroup’s Research and Development Tax Credit services and will be one of the firm’s main leaders in its expanding R&D Implementation Department.


                              Faculty / Staff

                              October 2017

                              Read more for an update on Faculty Media & Scholarship. Read more…