School of Law Innocence Clinic Plays Key Role in Earning Parole for Convicted MurderFeatures
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…
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…
Texas Tech Law teams advanced to the national phases of two prestigious advocacy tournaments.
In Orange, California, 3L Darrian Matthews, 3L Spencer Young, 2L Conner Haugen, and 2L Sara Jaeckle finished as finalists at the ABA Arbitration Competition. Their win was a little bittersweet in that they had to face Tech Law’s other team of 3L Blake Scott, 3L Will Harrell, 2L Jessica Aycock, and 2L Elizabeth Balido in the semifinal. It was a close round, with Matthews, Young, Haugen, and Jaeckle edging out their classmates 2-1 (with the swing ballot being a 1-point differential). They now move on to nationals in Chicago in late January. The teams were coached by Professors Cassie Christopher, Shery Kime-Goodwin (’94), and Brie Sherwin (’01).
Meanwhile, in Houston, 3Ls Michael Collier, Emily DeYoung, and Stephen Grant finished as regional runners up at the National Moot Court Competition. Collier was named the competition’s Best Advocate. The team now progresses to the national finals in New York, where they’ll face off against the country’s 26 other regional champions and finalists. Thank you to alumnus C.J. Baker (’16) and Houston attorney Denman Heard, as well as Professors Rishi Batra, Bryan Camp, Tracy Pearl, Rick Rosen, Brian Shannon, and John Watts for judging practice rounds.
Congratulations to these amazing students, and good luck at Nationals!
Texas Tech law students embrace the role of the lawyer as a community servant. This is reflected in the many recognitions our students receive for their outstanding commitment to providing pro bono legal services.
3L Tashika Curlee, 2L Dana Dinkens, 2L Angel Gutierrez, 2L Hailey Hanners, 3L Makenzie Keene, 3L Madison McMullan, 3L Katherine Peters, 2L Ashley N. Sanders, 3L Logan Sawyer, and 3L Kristen Stephens have been accepted into the State Bar of Texas Law Student Pro Bono College. These students reported at least 50 legal pro bono hours for period September 1, 2017 thru August 31, 2018.
2L August Zimmerman was honored during the Volunteer Center of Lubbock’s 22nd Annual Cornucopia luncheon for his dedication to CASA on November 6, 2018.
Recent graduate Ruby Boone was an “honorable mention” for the Access to Justice Law Student Pro Bono Award that recognizes someone whose pro bono work has made a significant impact on the community and reflects a passion for advocating on behalf of underserved populations.
Congratulations! Texas Tech is proud of your continued commitment to public service.
Congratulations to the 2021 Class Officers! These students were elected and sworn in to the Student Bar Association as representatives of the 1L class:
Avery Aiken, Class President
Clay Elliot, Class Vice President
Avery Rios, Curriculum Representative
Michael Samaniego, Class Representative
Assistant Dean Amy Jarmon and 3L Sophie Loika attended the Lubbock Independent School District Board Meeting to be part of a recognition ceremony for the Teen Court program at Estacado High School.
The Law School worked with the Office of Dispute Resolution last spring and will continue this school year to train the Law and Justice Magnet Program students in their roles with the Teen Court. Law students work with the students at the high school to further prepare them for their appearances as the Teen Court panel in the Municipal Court.
Loika was instrumental in training the students in a tight turn-around time for their first hearings. As a result of her hard work, and the work of the Office of Dispute Resolution, the students did an excellent job in the first hearings in May.