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Phil Johnson ’75 of Austin

Alumni

May 2019

Justice Phil Johnson said his goodbye to Texas lawyers, his former colleagues and other judges and friends at a crowded reception at a State Bar of Texas Reception at the Texas Law Center on April 17, 2019. Chief Justice Nathan L. Hecht presented Justice Johnson with a silver tray inscribed with the sentiment “always leaving the law better than he found it.”


    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.


      Rick McPherson ’76 of Carthage

      Alumni

      May 2019

      Rick joined the Panola County District Attorney’s Office as an assistant district attorney to help address a backlog of cases. He will focus on misdemeanor cases and collecting bond forfeitures.


        Susan Redford ’97 of Austin

        Alumni

        May 2019

        Susan was named as the new Executive Director of the Texas Association of Counties effective January 1, 2019. Redford, a former Ector County Judge, served as Judicial Program Manager of TAC’s Judicial Education Program since October 2015. Prior to taking office as county judge in 2007, she served Ector County for six years as an assistant district attorney and for two years as an assistant county attorney.


          Gary Sorden ’08 of Dallas

          Alumni

          May 2019

          Gary joined Cole Schotz P.C. as a member. He serves as lead counsel on intellectual property matters related to patent, copyright, trade secret, trademark, and trade dress issues.


            Jimmy E. Vallee ’00 of Houston

            Alumni

            May 2019

            Jimmy joined Winston & Strawn LLP as a partner in the firm’s Houston office. He joins Winston from Paul Hastings where he was a partner in the Corporate Department. His practice focuses on representing clients in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, joint ventures, and corporate governance matters, primarily for energy companies, investment banks, and investors involved in the oil and gas exploration and production, midstream, and oil field services industries.


              Glenn D. West ’78 of Dallas

              Alumni

              May 2019

              Glenn, corporate partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, has been named to D Magazine’s 2019 list of the Best Lawyers in Dallas. The Best Lawyers list, open to all attorneys with a valid Texas Bar number, is published annually and honors attorneys who offer unparalleled counsel in their primary area of practice.


                Mark Griffin ’79 of Lubbock

                Alumni

                April 2019

                Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Mark Griffin to the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents for a term set to expire on January 31, 2025.