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Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors


February 2016

The Texas Tech Law School Foundation would like to thank the following sponsors of our 12th Annual Texas Tech University School of Law Scholarship Gala. Your generous support will go a long way in growing the law-school scholarship fund.

If you haven’t already, we hope you’ll make plans to join us at the Gala on Saturday, March 5, 2016. RSVP online by February 26, 2016, or contact Danette Weller, Director of Alumni Relations, at or 806-834-3412.


Premier Diamond Endowed Scholarship Sponsor

Gardere Wynne Sewell, LLP


Gold Scholarship Gala Sponsors

David W. Copeland ’82

Douglas C. Atnipp ’95

Mark A. Griffin ’79


Silver Scholarship Gala Sponsors

Barbara K. Runge ’74, David H. Segrest ’70, Roger A. Key ’76, Thomas G. Hall ’81
Crenshaw, Dupree & Milam
Dean Darby Dickerson
Dixon, Scholl & Carrillo
Glenn D. West ’78
Mounce, Green, Myers, Safi, Paxson & Galatzan
Sharen Wilson ’80
Suzan ’71 & Peter Fenner

    3 Days Left for Scholarship Gift Opportunity with Premier Gala Seating


    January 2016

    All commitments of $25,000 or more to a new or existing scholarship endowment made on or before February 1, 2016, will be recognized with four premier seats at the 12th Annual Law School Scholarship Gala and Casino Night on March 5, 2016, and a listing in the event program. Read more…

      A Limited-Time Opportunity for Scholarship Gifts


      November 2015

      Texas Tech Law is pleased to announce new benefits for those who establish a new or increase an existing endowed scholarship through the Texas Tech Law School Foundation. Read more…

        Why I Give: Michael G. Sawaya (’75)


        October 2015

        Michael Sawaya - Development

        Michael Sawaya, managing senior partner at The Sawaya Law Firm in Denver, established the Michael Sawaya Endowed Scholarship during the J.T. and Margaret Talkington Foundation matching-gift initiative. His endowment is used by the Law School Scholarship Committee to recruit quality students.

        Sawaya is a decades-long Tech Law supporter. A co-sponsor of our alumni reception held in conjunction with the New Mexico State Bar Annual Meeting earlier this month, Sawaya also served as a guest lecturer for the Academy for Leadership in the Legal Profession in February 2014.

        A personal-injury law expert who has handled more than 17,000 cases in his 40 years of practice, Sawaya credits his success in part to Tech Law for its solid introduction to legal theory and practice. “I did not know it at the time, but as the years unfolded, I realized how well I was taught to think like a lawyer,” he said. “Tech Law grads received an education that was exacting—even demanding—but not filled with the fluff that I found other schools were apt to provide.” Sawaya’s preparation paid off.  He has grown his law firm from two partners and a secretary in 1977 to an organization with 19 lawyers and 80 support staff.

        Sawaya knows that legal education is not as affordable as it once was, and firmly believes that alumni should pay it forward to the next generation of attorneys. “I give to Tech Law because the school was embracing of me and every other student who went there, whether they were students from a wealthy background or from a working-class family,” he said. “Frankly, if Tech Law treated you as well as it did me, the decision to help the school should be as clear as helping your mother. Who wouldn’t help if you could?”

        For more information on how to support the Michael Sawaya Endowed Scholarship, establish your own endowed scholarship, or other giving options, contact Development Director Kevin Goertzen at 806-834-1941 or


          Why I Give: Chester W. Grudzinski, Jr. (’81)


          September 2015

          Development - Chester Grudzinski

          Texas Tech Law is honored to have alumni who give back in a multitude of ways. We asked one, Chester Grudzinski, about his ongoing support of and service to the law school.

          Grudzinski graduated cum laude from Texas Tech Law in 1981. Now a partner at Kelly Hart & Hallman and chair of the firm’s tax section, Grudzinski was selected as the Top Attorney by Fort Worth, Texas magazine in 2015. Just this month, he was recognized by Fort Worth Business as a 2015 Power Attorney.

          In addition to his professional accomplishments, Grudzinski is a member of the Texas Tech Law School Foundation Board. In addition to sharing his time and talents, Grudzinski has also provided substantial financial support over the years. “Most of what I’ve been able to do in life is because of Texas Tech Law School,” he said.

          Like most of our alums who give to the law school, Grudzinski gives with purpose. With an unwavering faith in the greatness of our law school, he knows that with the right kind of support, we can become recognized as, and remain, one of the nation’s top law schools. “Texas Tech University is one of Texas’s flagship schools, and the law school needs to have that same level of recognition,” he said. He also realizes that if we are to be recognized as a top law school, we need to have the ability to recruit the best students. For that reason, Grudzinski encourages his fellow alums to establish scholarship endowments and contribute to the Dean’s Excellence Fund, which is frequently used for student scholarships.

          “We don’t have a perfect law school, but things would be materially different if you hadn’t gone to Texas Tech Law School,” he said. “We should all want to increase the value of our law degrees, and one of the best ways to do that is to give to the law school.”

          For more information on giving options, contact Development Director Kevin Goertzen at 806-834-1941 or


            A Generous Gift to the Brendan Murray Criminal Defense Endowed Scholarship


            July 2015

            The Brendan Murray Criminal Defense Endowed Scholarship now exceeds $100,000 thanks to an $8,500 gift from the Lubbock County Defense Lawyers Association earlier this year.

            Read more…

              Why Every Gift Matters


              June 2015

              Every Gift Matters

              On behalf of Texas Tech Law faculty, staff, and students, we want to thank all those who supported our law school in the 2014–2015 academic year. Read more…

                A Victorious Matching Campaign


                May 2015

                Double Your Impact

                Thank you to our alumni and friends who made our “Double Your Impact” giving campaign a resounding success! With your support, we reached our goal of raising $100,000 for Texas Tech Law’s General Scholarship Fund.

                Scholarships are a crucial recruitment tool, and your generosity helped to build an outstanding Class of 2018.

                Again, thanks for all you do to support Texas Tech Law!