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November 2018


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.


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.


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.

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    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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          Professor Emeritus Annette Marple (’73)

          Faculty / Staff

          October 2018

          Professor Emeritus Annette Marple passed away on September 16, 2018.

          One of only eight female students in her law class, Marple graduated with honors from Texas Tech Law School in 1973. While in law school, she served as comment editor of the Texas Tech Law Review and was selected by her classmates for the coveted Dupree Award.

          Within a few months of her graduation, she began a 19-year career as one of the law school’s most respected faculty members. Marple taught property, Texas marital property, wills, and trusts until her retirement in 1992. In addition to her teaching duties, she also served as associate dean and long-time chair of the admissions committee.

          During her time on the Texas Tech law faculty, she witnessed a significant increase in the number of female law students and served as a role model for all of those she taught. You can find her obituary here.

            September Faculty Media & Scholarship

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            October 2018

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              Donna Williams Retirement

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              September 2018

              When Donna Williams stepped into the role of admissions counselor in 1986, everything was done on paper. Today, everything is done online. But as she reflects on all the things that have changed in her 32 years at Texas Tech Law, there is one thing that has always remained true. Her belief in the Law School. “I think we’re stellar,” Donna said. “We have a really good environment in this school. The faculty and staff care about the students and they want all of them to be successful.”

              This desire to see students succeed also drove Donna during her 32 years of outstanding service in admissions. On August 30, 2018, the Law School gathered to celebrate her retirement. She helped shape the law school’s future with each incoming class and she will be greatly missed.

                August Faculty Media & Scholarship

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                September 2018

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