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Texas Tech Law honors law students published in 2019

Students

May 2019

The Law School hosted a reception for all Tech law students published in 2019 on Wednesday, April 10 in the Collaborative Commons. Read more…


    Texas Tech law students participate in Bookshelves in Courtrooms

    Students

    May 2019

    Thanks to the generosity of first-year students who are in Associate Dean Wendy-Adele Humphrey’s section of Legal Practice, children who find themselves in the Lubbock County Courthouse will have something to occupy their time. As a former board member of the Texas Young Lawyers Association, Dean Humphrey keeps track of the amazing service projects that TYLA plans each year. TYLA’s Bookshelves in Courtrooms is one such project, and it facilitates the availability of children’s books in courthouses around Texas. “As soon as I mentioned this TYLA project to my students, they enthusiastically agreed to take it on as a public service project for the Lubbock community,” Humphrey said.

    Students in Legal Practice class were involved in every phase of the planning and implementation of the Bookshelves in Courtrooms project, from purchasing the bookshelf to conducting a book drive at the law school. And alumnae Judge Ann-Marie Carruth ’06 quickly agreed to house the stocked bookshelf in her County Court at Law #3 hallway. As the sign on the bookshelf states, children are encouraged to read a book, or even take a book home with them.

    The bookshelf was officially dedicated at the Lubbock County Courthouse on April 15, with Dean Jack Nowlin in attendance. Anyone wishing to support this project may arrange to donate new or gently used books by contacting Associate Dean Humphrey at wendy.humphrey@ttu.edu.


      Fantastic Conclusion to Spring 2019 Advocacy Season

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      Students

      April 2019

      Congratulations to 2Ls Jordan Harrison and Tylynn Payne and 3L Amanda Voeller, who claimed Texas Tech Law’s 45th national advocacy championship at the National Gaming Law Moot Court Competition on March 3, 2019 in Las Vegas. The trio beat 25 other teams on their way to the title.

      Special thanks to coaches Rob Sherwin ’01, Rishi Batra, and Alex Pearl. Additional thanks to Professor Wes Cochran—one of the nation’s experts in the subject matter—and Brandon Beck ’12, who helped the team prepare.


        Texas Tech Law Students Participate in 2019 Pro Bono Spring Break

        Students

        April 2019

        Pro Bono Spring Break, sponsored by the State Bar of Texas, provides structured opportunities for pro bono work at a legal services organization during spring break. This year, 4 Texas Tech law students participated in placements with Disability Rights Texas in Austin, Catholic Charities in Dallas, and with legal aid clinics in Amarillo and Lubbock.


          Tech Law Student Successful at Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

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          Students

          November 2018

          This summer, third-year Texas Tech law student Tashika Curlee accomplished a feat that has eluded even seasoned criminal defense attorneys: she won a case at the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. While interning at the Federal Public Defender’s Office in Lubbock, she and Assistant Federal Public Defender Brandon Beck (’12) appealed a restitution award imposed by a federal district court in Dallas. Although their client had pleaded guilty to defrauding the Grand Prairie Independent School District of nearly a million dollars, the court’s restitution award included not only what the client had embezzled but also repayment of the school district’s attorney fees and costs associated with a private internal audit. Trial counsel had objected to the latter amounts but were overruled. Read more…


            Innocence Clinic Celebrates Exoneration

            Students

            November 2018

            Texas Tech law students in the Innocence Clinic, which works in conjunction with the Innocence Project of Texas, review convictions in complex, high-grade felony cases in the hopes of exonerating an innocent person who was wrongly convicted. On November 26, the Innocence Clinic held a celebration for last year’s students who obtained the clinic’s first exoneration. Read more…