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Strong Finish to Fall 2018 Advocacy Season


November 2018

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 Committed to Service


    November 2018

    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.

      Class of 2021 Student Officers


      October 2018

      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

        Texas Tech Law Community Teaching Fellows Assist Lubbock Teen Court


        September 2018

        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.

          Tech Law Advocacy Places Second in the Inaugural ABA Competitions Championship


          June 2018

          Texas Tech Law secured second place in the inaugural American Bar Association Competitions Championship.

          The national championships rank law schools by points earned through team achievements and participation in the ABA Law Student Division’s four practical skills competitions: Arbitration Competition, Negotiation Competition, Client Counseling Competition, and National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC Moot Court). The ranking criteria and the point totals for the top teams can be found here.

          The Competitions Championship was established to recognize law schools that go above and beyond to prepare students for practice. This year, over 1,300 students from 156 law schools participated in one or more of the competitions sponsored by the ABA’s Law Student Division.

          This ranking recognizes Texas Tech Law’s commitment to training students to become highly skilled lawyers and the success of the advocacy program as a whole. Congratulations to Rob Sherwin and all our wonderful students and coaches!

            2018 Admitted Students Weekend & Chili Cookoff


            April 2018

            Chili Cookoff Winners

            Texas Tech Law hosted 70 accepted students and their guests for the 2018 Admitted Students Weekend.

            A two-day program provided an opportunity for students to mingle with professors and potential classmates while getting a feel for Texas Tech Law School. Participants attended panel discussions where they heard the perspectives of notable alumni, a mock class taught by Professor Gerry Beyer, and a reception where they had an opportunity to meet faculty and current students. Also featured were presentations from career services and financial aid, along with an information fair where they learned more about law school programs, including the advocacy programs, the clinics, and dual degree programs.

            The weekend concluded with the Student Bar Association Annual Chili Cook-Off giving our accepted students a taste of Texas Tech Law’s community. We are excited to welcome the Texas Tech Law Class of 2021 in August!

              Christian Legal Society hosts Glow-in-the-Dark Easter Egg Hunt


              March 2018

              Christian Legal Society hosts Glow-in-the-Dark Easter Egg Hunt

              Christian Legal Society held a Glow-in-the-Dark Easter Egg Hunt at Maxey Park. Over 25 law students came out and enjoyed grilled hot dogs, chips, and sodas before combing over a few acres of land for Easter eggs. The 500 Easter eggs were filled with candy and a motivational quote. More than 100 of the eggs had special markings on the outside that corresponded to cash prizes and gift cards. Students left the event with confetti in their hair and smiles on their faces!

                Distinguished Law Student for 5th Circuit


                March 2018

                Distinguished Law Student for 5th Circuit

                3L Jordan Fowler was selected by the American College of Bankruptcy as the Distinguished Law Student for the Fifth Circuit.

                Jordan will be attending the College’s annual event in Washington, D.C. this spring, where the College will host a reception and dinner in honor of the selected distinguished law students. This year, the College selected one distinguished law student from each of the Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, and Tenth Circuits.

                Jordan is the third Tech Law student to be selected as a Distinguished Law Student, following Jeri Leigh Miller (2016) and John Beck (2010).

                The Distinguished Law Student Program was established by the American College of Bankruptcy in order to identify and promote prospective leaders in the bankruptcy profession.

                The American College of Bankruptcy is an honorary public service association of bankruptcy and insolvency professionals who strive for the highest standards of professionalism plus service to the profession and their communities. The College is the largest financial supporter of bankruptcy and insolvency-related pro bono legal service programs in the United States.

                Congratulations to Jordan on her selection for this prestigious honor!