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January 2017

Gala Awards

Thank you to all our current Gala sponsors for their generosity. Your involvement makes an amazing difference in our students’ lives. Read more…


    Students

    January 2017

    REP

    Texas Tech Law’s Regional Externship Program kicked off Spring 2017 with 28 new students. Now in its fifth year, this is the program’s largest group with placements in Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, and Lubbock.

    Read more for a full list of this year’s placements. Read more…


      Alumni

      January 2017

      ALLP-Huffman

      The Academy for Leadership in the Legal Profession (ALLP) welcomed Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law Walter Huffman as its first speaker of the Spring 2017 semester. He presented “You as a Leader­—Is that Possible?” focusing on leadership as driven by individual effort.


        Alumni

        January 2017

        Advocacy

        Texas Tech Law claimed its 40th national advocacy championship at the American Bar Association Arbitration Competition held this month in Chicago, Illinois. The team of 2L Ryley Bennett, 2L Brian Burkhardt, 3L Brent Debnam, and 2L Andrea Nfodjo went undefeated in the national rounds.

        Thanks to the exceptional Arbitration Team coaches, Adjunct Professors Sherry Kime-Goodwin and Dick Baker, who have successfully brought several national arbitration championships titles to Texas Tech Law.


          Alumni

          January 2017

          Allison Clayton

          Criminal defense attorneys from around the state attended the 36th Annual Prairie Dog CLE, hosted at Texas Tech Law on January 13–14. Several Texas Tech Law alumni, including Allison Clayton (’07) [pictured] and Justice Brian Quinn (’81), spoke at the seminar. John Raley, a medical malpractice attorney in Houston, delivered the lunch presentation on the effort to exonerate Hannah Overton. Jerry Buting gave his keynote speech during the Lubbock Criminal Defense Lawyers Association reception that evening. The program was sponsored by the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and the Lubbock Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.


            Alumni

            January 2017

            Don Hunt

            Founder of Texas Tech Law’s advocacy program, Donald M. Hunt, passed away on January 11.

            Affectionately known as “Coach,” Mr. Hunt served the school for 34 years as an adjunct professor and faculty advisor to the trial and appellate teams. His teams won seven national and international competitions. He was also an integral member of the Lubbock County Bar Association. In 2008, the Law School’s new courtroom was named the Donald M. Hunt Courtroom. In 2011, he was awarded the Outstanding Fifty-Year Lawyer Award by the Texas Bar Foundation. Beyond these accolades, Coach’s true legacy is embodied in the hundreds of Tech Law attorneys who benefit from the Coach’s teaching, mentoring, and influence.

            He was an exceptional appellate lawyer, gifted teacher, and great leader of the Law School. As a tribute to his exemplary legacy as a coach and friend to so many, donations may be made to the Hunt for Excellence in Advocacy Endowed Scholarship Fund, Hospice of Lubbock, or First United Methodist Church.


              Alumni

              January 2017

              Andrew Cates

              Andrew S. Cates, General Counsel and Director of Government Affairs for the Texas Nurses Association, has been elected to membership in the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation. Fellows of the Foundation are selected for their outstanding professional achievements and their demonstrated commitment to the improvement of the justice system throughout Texas. Election is a mark of distinction and recognition of Cates’s contributions to the legal profession.


                Alumni

                January 2017

                Lara Tomlin

                This month’s Sidebar Spotlight visits with Lara Tomlin. Tomlin is an appellate attorney at the Denton County District Attorney’s Office. She is board certified in Criminal Appellate Law and handles animal-related cases, including all the seizure hearings for cruelly treated animals. Read more…


                  Alumni

                  January 2017

                  Carmen Dusek was named senior counsel in Jackson Walker’s litigation group in San Angelo.

                  Carmen represents individuals, businesses, and organizations in litigation and appellate matters in federal and state courts. Her practice includes business and commercial litigation, agricultural litigation, insurance coverage and defense, personal injury defense, premises liability, probate litigation, and family law, including volunteering to represent children’s rights and interests in CPS cases.


                    Alumni

                    January 2017

                    Lori Williams

                    Texas A&M University Director of Athletics Scott Woodward has named Lori Williams as Senior Associate Athletics Director, overseeing the department’s diversity, inclusion, and equity efforts, Title IX compliance and oversight for student conduct, risk management, academic services and student-athlete engagement.

                    Lori most recently served as the Title IX Coordinator for Texas A&M University. Before serving at Texas A&M, Williams was a Partner and Vice President with the Michael L. Buckner Law Firm in Florida where she focused her practice on higher education and athletic representation, among other areas.


                      Alumni

                      January 2017

                      Rios

                      Jerry Rios joined Lightfoot Franklin & White as a partner.

                      The Alabama-based law firm expanded into the Texas market with the opening of its office in Houston earlier this month. The Houston office will serve the business community in the construction, manufacturing, energy and transportation industries.


                        Alumni

                        January 2017

                        Mark Scott

                        Mark Scott joined the Austin office of Dickinson Wright PLLC as a Member.

                        Mark focuses his practice in the areas of intellectual property, including patents, copyrights and trademarks. He assists businesses that produce innovative products and services with securing a competitive edge in the marketplace, protecting the fruits of innovation, and monetizing creations.

                        Mark is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Texas Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Section, and the Austin Bar Association. He is recognized as a leader in his field by Texas Super Lawyers and is listed as an “IP Star” by Managing Intellectual Property.