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Faculty / Staff

January 2018

Tech Law Deans Receive Awards

Associate Deans Wendy-Adele Humphrey (’01) and John Delony both received awards that commend their efforts and dedication to improving the educational experiences of Texas Tech Law students. Read more…


    Faculty / Staff

    January 2018

    Professor Weninger Memorial Service

    A memorial service in honor of Texas Tech School of Law Professor Bob Weninger was held on Monday, January 29 at the Law School.

    A beloved faculty member, many of Professor Weninger’s colleagues shared remarks including, Charles P. Bubany, William R. Casto, Eric A. Chiappinelli, Jorge A. Ramírez, Sally M. Henry, Jamie J. Baker, and Alison Myhra. A former civil procedure tutor, Evan Janc ’18, and former student Paul K. Stafford ’94 also gave remarks. Professor Weninger will be remembered as a distinguished scholar, exceptional teacher, and an incredibly generous person.

    You can find his obituary here and his scholarship in our online library archives.


      Alumni

      January 2018

      50th Anniversary celebration at the 14th Annual Scholarship Gala

      We are pleased to invite you to Texas Tech Law School’s 14th Annual Scholarship Gala on Saturday, March 3, 2018 in Lubbock. This year, in celebration of our fiftieth anniversary, we will toast to our accomplishments over the last 50 years and to future student success. After all, the best is yet to come!

      In addition to a brief program recognizing special groups, we will enjoy cocktails, dinner, and dancing. You won’t want to miss the fun.

      Table sponsorships and individual reservations are available online http://eventregistration.law.ttu.edu/events/2018/gala/. The Early Bird discount ends Monday, February 5! For more information, contact Ashley Langdon, Assistant Dean of Alumni Relations and Communications, at ashley.langdon@ttu.edu or 806-834-7533.


        Features

        January 2018

        BLSA Visits Centennial Elementary School

        During the Black Law Student Association (BLSA) Week of Service, executive board members Brandon Thomas (’19), Uzochukwu Okonkwo (’18), and Andrew Tingan (’18) took time to give back to the local community. For the second year in a row, members of BLSA have mentored students at Centennial Elementary School in Lubbock. This year, as a part of Centennial’s College and Career Week, they served as “Mystery Guests” for a class with perfect attendance. Each member shared their personal journeys to law school and discussed the importance of a strong educational foundation.


          Features

          January 2018

          Diversity Series Hosts Film Screening and Panel Discussion

          Texas Tech Law hosted a film screening of “The Mask You Live In” on Monday, January 22 as part of the Diversity Series. The documentary explores gender role expectations for men, following boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity.

          On Tuesday, January 23, Texas Tech Law Professors Alex Pearl and Rob Sherwin and Texas Tech English Professor Bruce Clarke, discussed the documentary, the culture of masculinity, and its impact throughout their lives.


            Features

            January 2018

            37th Annual Prairie Dog CLE

            Criminal defense attorneys from around the state attended the 37th Annual Prairie Dog CLE, hosted at Texas Tech Law School on January 5–6.

            Co-sponsored by the Lubbock Criminal Defense Lawyers (LCDLA) and Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Associations, the seminar offered a diverse speaker lineup from across Texas, and featured nine Texas Tech Law alumni speakers. Texas Tech Law Professor Pat Metze also presented on Enhancements. In conjunction with the seminar LCDLA hosted its 37th Anniversary Celebration.

            The Prairie Dog Advanced Criminal Law CLE has consistently been rated one of the best comprehensive criminal law seminars in the state. Congratulations to course directors LCDLA President Justin Kiechler (’08), President-Elect Sara Johnson (’08), and Vice President for Education Rusty Gunter (’00) on another successful Prairie Dog CLE.


              Alumni

              January 2018

              Raymond Baeza (’10) of El Paso

              The Texas Young Lawyers Association recently nominated Raymond Baeza and Victor Flores as candidates for TYLA president-elect. Congratulations Raymond!


                Alumni

                January 2018

                Kaitlyn Luck (’13) of Santa Fe, New Mexico

                Kaitlyn Luck joined Montgomery & Andrews, P.A. as an associate in the Santa Fe office following her time in public service as an assistant district attorney with the Eighth Judicial District Attorney in Taos, New Mexico. She was also recently reelected to the New Mexico Young Lawyers’ Division Board of Directors.


                  Alumni

                  January 2018

                  Vanessa Burgess (’09) of Austin

                  Vanessa Burgess has been promoted to the position of Assistant General Counsel & Ethics Officer for the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC). Vanessa will manage legal matters within the Office of General Counsel’s General Law Section including contracts, open records, rulemaking, open meetings, employment and ethics and compliance issues. Prior to joining the RRC in 2014, Vanessa worked as an Assistant Attorney General at the Office of the Attorney General and in the Office of General Counsel for the Texas Juvenile Justice Department.


                    Alumni

                    January 2018

                    J. Austin Franklin (’13) of Fort Worth

                    Austin Franklin joins Kelly Hart & Hallman’s Fort Worth office as an associate in the Litigation Practice Group. Austin’s practice focuses on representing corporate and individual clients in a wide variety of litigation in state and federal courts involving commercial disputes, breach of contract actions, and employment matters.


                      Alumni

                      January 2018

                      Kimberly S. Houston (’04) of Richardson

                      Congratulations to Liberty Mutual Corporate Counsel Kimberly Houston for receiving the Texas Lawbook and the Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel 2017 Non-GC for a Large Legal Department Award.


                        Alumni

                        January 2018

                        Charlie Jones (’08) of Dallas

                        Charlie Jones was one of nine lawyers promoted to partnership at Haynes and Boone, LLP. Charlie is a member of the Litigation and Intellectual Property Practice Groups in the Dallas office. Jones’s practice focuses on intellectual property and commercial litigation in state and federal courts and arbitrations.


                          Alumni

                          January 2018

                          Russell Jumper (’08) of Dallas

                          Russell Jumper has become a partner in the Dallas office of Gray Reed. Russell joined Gray Reed in the fall of 2010 and concentrates his practice on helping companies through all stages of litigation. His clients conduct business in a variety of industries, including construction, financial and healthcare.


                            Alumni

                            January 2018

                            Goran Krnaich is now the Department of Justice Resident Legal Advisor for the United States Embassy in Sarajevo. Goran will represent the U.S. Department of Justice and the Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training in the implementation of justice sector technical assistance activities designed to strengthen the bilateral relationship between the United States and Bosnia and Herzegovina on criminal justice matters.


                              Alumni

                              January 2018

                              Jason Melville (’97) of Boise, Idaho

                              Jason Melville has been elected as an equity partner at Hawley Troxell effective January 1, 2018. Jason practices in the areas of business, corporate tax, and estate planning. He has significant experience with estate planning, wealth preservation, business formation, corporate formalities, transactions, mergers and acquisitions, business succession planning, probate, administration of trusts and estates, estate litigation, tax deferred exchanges, tax planning, and tax dispute resolution with the IRS and state tax commissions