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Dean Nowlin Delivers Commencement Address at Angelo State University

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December 2018

Dean Jack Wade Nowlin, a San Angelo native and Angelo State University alumnus, delivered the commencement addresses during ASU’s fall graduation ceremonies on Saturday, December 15, in the Junell Center/Stephens Arena. Read more…


    December Faculty Media & Scholarship

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    December 2018

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      Office of Admissions Recognized for Excellence

      Faculty / Staff

      November 2018

      On November 6, 2018, three key members of the law school’s Office of Admissions during 2016-17 were honored by Texas Tech University. Associate Dean Wendy-Adele Humphrey (’01), Assistant Dean Danielle Saavedra (’14), and Senior Admissions Counselor Donna Williams received the campus-wide Distinguished Staff “Guns Up” Award for their extraordinary service and dedication to the University during the previous academic year. More specifically, the Guns Up Award recognizes a team of employees at Texas Tech who fostered cooperation with employees, internal and external, to increase productivity and efficiency in the organization. The team also must demonstrate exemplary effort, contribute to the morale of the department or college, accept responsibility, and demonstrate a positive attitude. Read more…


        Allison Clayton (’07) of Lubbock

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        November 2018

        The National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA) honored Allison Clayton, Deputy Director of the Innocence Project of Texas (IPTX), with the prestigious Arthur von Briesen Award for her extraordinary contributions in support of civil legal aid. The award was presented during the NLADA Annual Conference on Friday, Nov. 2, in Houston.

        The Arthur von Briesen Award honors an attorney who has made substantial volunteer contributions in support of the delivery of civil legal aid and/or indigent defense representation. Started in 1961, the award celebrates the achievements of the first president of NLADA.


          November Faculty Media & Scholarship

          Faculty / Staff

          November 2018

          Publications

          Professor Gerry W. Beyer (ed.), Keeping Current—Probate, Prob. & Prop., Nov./Dec. 2018, at 25-28.

          Professor Gerry W. Beyer, Wills & Trusts, 4 SMU Ann. Surv. 451-478 (2018).

          Professor Gerry W. Beyer & Barry Seltzer, Don’t Forget About Pets When Planning for Disability and Death: A Legal Guide to Caregiving for pets After an Owner’s Death, Generations: J Am. Soc. Aging, Fall 2018 at 109.

          Presentations

          On November 27, 2018, Professor Gerry W. Beyer was the speaker at the Probate, Trust, and Estates Section meeting of the Houston Bar Association. His presentation and accompanying paper were entitled State Law Pitfalls: Don’t Step In It When Your Client Steps Across State Lines.

          On November 16, 2018, Professor DeLeith Duke Gossett moderated the “The Opioid Crisis: What Can Be Done for the Children” Panel at the Duke Law 2018 Silent Victims: Foster Care and Foster Care Adoption in America Conference.

          On November 14, 2018, Professor Gerry W. Beyer was a speaker at the 39th Annual Inland Empire Estate Planning Seminar at the University of Redlands in Redlands, California. To a multi-disciplinary audience of over 110 attorneys, CPAs, trust officers, financial planners, and life insurance specialists, Prof. Beyer spoke about the interface between estate planning and weapon ownership and marijuana legalization in his presentation entitled Aiming High and Getting High: Estate Planning for Guns and Marijuana.

          On November 6, 2018, Professor Jorge Ramírez moderated a panel on Corporate Social Responsibility at the Mexico City conference of the ABA Section of International Law with practitioners from Mexico, the U.S. and Brazil.

          On November 2, 2018, Professor Brie Sherwin participated as an invited panelist at the Duke Environmental Law & Policy Forum Symposium on sustainable urban development.

          On November 2, 2018, Professor Vickie Sutton participated as an invited panelist at the University of Houston Law Center Health Law and Policy in Space Symposium on biocontamination, human health, and planetary protection policy.

          In the Media

          Professor Arnold Loewy debated on President Donald Trump’s performance so far as chief executive in the Lubbock Avalanche Journal Online It’s Debatable column: How has Trump done so far as president?

          The ABA Journal recently reaffirmed Professor Gerry W. Beyer’s blawg, The Wills, Trusts, & Estates Prof Blog, as a member of its Blawg 100 Hall of Fame. After being on the Journal’s Web 100 list for many years, his blog was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2015. The blog is also ranked #18 in all-time popularity surpassing for the first time the SCOTUSblog. The ranking is out of the 4,479 blawgs monitored by Justia. It remains the #1 estate planning blog out of 245.

          Recognitions

          The State Bar of Texas recently informed Professor Gerry W. Beyer that for the thirty-second consecutive year, his continuing legal education activities qualified him for membership in the State Bar College. The Texas Bar College, the only organization in the United States formed for this purpose, is an honorary society of lawyers, chartered by the Supreme Court of Texas in 1981, to recognize and encourage lawyers who maintain and enhance their professional skills and the quality of their service to the public by completing at least double the required hours of continuing legal education each year.

          Visit The Reporter for a compilation of faculty publications, citations, and news accomplishments for the month of October.


            Thirteenth Annual Faculty Update CLE

            Faculty / Staff

            October 2018

            On October 25-26, 2018, Texas Tech Law faculty partnered with the Law Library to host the 13th Annual Texas Tech Law School Faculty Update for Legal Services Attorneys, Public Interest Practitioners and Pro Bono Attorneys. The CLE was approved for 11.25 hours (2 ethics) Texas CLE credit and for 11.2 hours (1 ethics) New Mexico CLE credit.

            Topics ranged from negotiation and client management software to the ethics of managing difficult clients. Jamie Baker, the Interim Director of the Law Library and an Associate Law Library Faculty member, served as this year’s keynote speaker. Baker spoke on the Duty of Technological Competence.


              New Associate Dean Exemplifies Increased Emphasis on Bar Preparation

              Faculty / Staff

              October 2018

              As Associate Dean for Bar Success, Cassie Christopher spearheads Texas Tech Law’s various initiatives to help students prepare for the mental endurance test otherwise known as the bar exam. Read more…


                October Faculty Media & Scholarship

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                October 2018

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