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Mike Farris (’83) Lectured on New Book

Alumni

October 2018

Texas Tech law graduate Mike Farris lectured on his recently published book “Fifty Shades of Black and White: Anatomy of the Lawsuit Behind a Publishing Phenomenon.” Read more…


    Rodney Acker (’74) of Dallas

    Alumni

    October 2018

    Rodney Acker, partner with Norton Rose Fulbright, was elected as treasurer of the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL).

    The ACTL “is comprised of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada,”’ according to the organization’s news release announcing Acker’s election. During the past year, Acker served as the organization’s secretary.

    Acker focuses his practice on civil trial law, and his experience includes trying cases in state and federal courts across the US. Acker has experience in all areas of civil litigation, including securities litigation, antirust, oil and gas, breach of contract/fraud, banking and general commercial litigation. He has been recognized by Chambers USA, Legal 500 US and Best Lawyers, among others and has been active in the ACTL since 1997.


      Byron Kennedy (’07) of Lubbock

      Alumni

      October 2018

      Byron Kennedy has been named the Vice President for University Advancement at Texas Tech University. Kennedy is currently the Associate Vice Chancellor of Principal Gifts at the Texas Tech University System. He begins his new role November 1.


        Tanya K. Pierce (’84) of Dallas

        Alumni

        October 2018

        Tanya Pierce has been appointed the First Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas, working directly under the Presidentially-appointed U.S. Attorney, Erin Nealy Cox.

        Previously, she served with the Drug Enforcement Administration as Chief of Staff in Arlington, Virginia (under Texas Tech School of Law graduate, Karen P. Tandy) and as General Counsel in the DEA Dallas office. She also served as an Assistant United States Attorney (Northern District of Texas) for almost 19 years in the Lubbock Office (1990 – 2009), as an Assistant Criminal District Attorney with the Lubbock County District Attorney’s Office for 5 years (1985-1990) and as a briefing attorney with the 7th Judicial Court of Appeals in Amarillo, Texas (1984-1985).


          Texas Tech Law Hosts Eighth Annual Alumni Barbecue

          Alumni

          October 2018

          Alumni, faculty, students, and staff tailgated on the law school front law three hours before the TTU vs. West Virginia football game on Saturday, September 29. Everyone enjoyed a good breakfast, great conversation, and had a wonderful time at the eighth annual Alumni BBQ.

          Texas Tech Law Hosts Eighth Annual Alumni Barbecue

          Attendees also enjoyed a brief presentation honoring Tim Evans (’69) and formally announcing an endowed scholarship in his name. Tim, a member of the law school’s first graduating class, is a highly respected Fort Worth criminal lawyer. He was also the first alumnus to have a child enroll in the law school when his son, Lance, became a member of the 1988 entering class. The scholarship, started by a number of Tim’s former classmates, will be awarded annually to assist a law student interested in practicing criminal defense.


            Doug Atnipp (’85) of Houston

            Alumni

            October 2018

            Atnipp, who represents clients engaged in all facets of the energy business and does large-scale energy transactions, was appointed managing partner of Winston & Strawn’s Houston office. Atnipp serves on the Texas Tech Law School Foundation Board and has been named one of The Best Lawyers in America every year for the past 15 years.


              Alan Bojorquez (’96) of Austin

              Alumni

              October 2018

              Bojorquez received honorary membership in the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). In its 105 years, ICMA has awarded this distinction to just 72 deserving leaders in the field of local government. Alan received his award on September 26, 2018 at the International City/County Management Association Annual Conference in Baltimore, MD.


                Guy A. “Tony” Fidelie, Jr. (’05) of Wichita Falls

                Alumni

                October 2018

                Fidelie was appointed by Texas Governor Greg Abbott to the Midwestern State University Board of Regents for a term set to expire on February 25, 2024.