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Texas Tech Law hosts 18th Annual Global Biosecurity Symposium

Features

May 2019

Texas Tech’s Center for Biodefense, Law, and Public Policy held the 18th Annual Global Biosecurity Symposium on April 11 in the Lanier Auditorium. Read more…


    Texas Tech Law Admissions hosts 2019 Admitted Students Weekend & Chili Cookoff

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    May 2019

    Texas Tech Law hosted 60 accepted students and their guests for the 2019 Admitted Students Weekend. Read more…


      Texas Tech Law hosts 12,000 Voices: 12 Angry Men Read by 12 Impassioned Women

      Features

      May 2019

      On April 9, 2019, Texas Tech Law put on one of over 60 all-female readings of 12 Angry Men around the nation. In conjunction with the School of Theatre and Dance, law students and acting students were joined by micro-biologist Ayanna Arnold and local activist Sue Weninger to participate in the nationwide initiative of 12,000 Voices. With an audience of approximately fifty, Briana Moody, a Texas Tech Law Library Associate produced and directed the reading as part of her Master of Fine Arts thesis proposal and moderated the panel discussion following the performance about gender equity in professionalism. Law students Avery Aiken, Brianna Argueta, Elizabeth Balido, Alana Rosen, and Sidney Wiltshire were all an intricate part in the success of this event, as were all the Law Library staff and faculty. The reading of 12 Angry Men performed by 12 Impassioned Women was part of National Library Week, and we hope to create more collaboration events like this in the future.


        Texas Tech law alumnus speaks on LGBTQ Legal Hot Topics

        Alumni

        Features

        May 2019

        Texas Tech law alumnus Derek Mergele-Rust ’17 came to Texas Tech Law in April to discuss LGBTQ Hot Legal Topics. OUTlaw, Texas Tech Law’s LGBTQ student organization, worked with the Office of Student Life to bring him to campus to speak about the hurdles and situations he comes across every day when practicing with an underrepresented community. After speaking with students at lunch, Mergele-Rust also had the opportunity to speak about the employment rights of minority groups with Texas Tech University’s Gender Equity Committee. “It was an amazing opportunity to bring Derek back to Texas Tech. He founded Texas Tech Law’s LGBTQ student organization and has been a supporter ever since! Bringing back successful LGBTQ attorneys who graduated from Tech Law is one of the most fun and encouraging events OUTlaw does,” said current OUTlaw President J. Riggs.


          OWLS hosts Judge Lee Ann Reno

          Features

          May 2019

          The Organization of Women Law Students (“OWLS”) hosted Texas Tech law alumna and current magistrate judge in Amarillo for the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Judge Lee Ann Reno ’94, in celebration of Women’s History Month. Judge Reno spoke to students about her law school experience, the different between law school and legal practice, work life balance, networking, being your own best advocate, and giving back to the community. Kathleen Goegel, OWLS treasurer, said she “really appreciated that Judge Reno included commentary from her clerks and associates on how their experiences were similar or different than her own. It gave us a wider perspective on the legal field as a whole.”


            Texas Tech Law closes out advocacy year with two top finishes

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            May 2019

            In Houston, the team of 2L Kathleen Goegel and 3L Jesse Kizewski took second place at the Energy Law Negotiation Competition at South Texas College of Law. In an all-Texas Final Four, the Tech Law duo lost narrowly to the University of Houston but bested the University of Texas squad. The team was coached by Professor Rishi Batra, who narrowly missed out on an unprecedented third national championship this year. A special thanks is also owed to Professors Bill Keffer and Rod Wetsel, whose subject-matter expertise was vital to the team’s success, as well as a number of students who served as sparring partners.

            Later this month in Kansas City, Missouri, 3Ls Kasey Chester, Nicholas Chrestopoulos, and Melissa Reyes advanced all the way to the Final Four of the Show Me Challenge National Voir Dire Tournament. That team was coached by Professor Dick Baker and 3L Logan Sawyer. Many thanks also to Judge Les Hatch ’88 and Professor John Watts for their help in judging practice rounds, and again, a long list of students who helped serve as mock jurors for the trio.

            Congrats to both teams and their coaches!


              Catherine A. Schraegle ’16 of Dallas

              Features

              May 2019

              Catherine joined The Bassett Firm in Dallas, Texas. Her areas of practice include personal injury, transportation litigation, premises liability and estate planning. She is admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.


                Texas Tech Law Recognizes Distinguished Alumni during 15th Annual Scholarship Gala

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                April 2019

                On Saturday, March 3, about 270 Texas Tech Law alumni, faculty, staff, students, and friends gathered for the 15th Annual Scholarship Gala at the Overton Hotel and Conference Center. Read more…