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Why I Give: Diana M. Valdez (’04)

March 2017


Diana Valdez received a full academic scholarship to Tech Law. Her appreciation for this financial assistance and the practical education she received inspires her to “pay it forward” and help other students.

“I had so many wonderful opportunities at Texas Tech,” Valdez reflected. “I had first rate professors and so many resources at my disposal to help prepare me for my legal career. With the increasing competition statewide amongst law schools for qualified applicants and resources, I think it’s extremely important to support my law school so that Tech Law can remain competitive and continue to offer the educational opportunities that has made it one of the best law schools in Texas.”

In addition to her financial support, Valdez is giving of her time and talent. In 2016, she was presented the Hershell L. Barnes Ambassador Award recognizing her dedication and fellowship toward the School of Law and general community.

Valdez currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Center Against Family and Sexual Violence, Homegrown El Paso, Legal Charitable Foundation of El Paso, and El Paso Opera. She is currently serving her second term as President of the El Paso Women’s Bar Association and previously served on the Board of Directors of the El Paso Bar Association.

For the law school, Valdez serves on the Board of Trustees for the Texas Tech Law School Foundation and regularly supports local recruiting and development events hosted by Tech Law in El Paso, along with fellow Tech Law Alums Darryl Vereen (’92), Marco Aranda (’04), and Mitch Moss (’92).

For Valdez, opening her own law practice has been one of her proudest accomplishments since graduating from Tech Law. It is an achievement she tributes to the solid and well-rounded legal education she received.

But it is the relationships built at Tech Law that stay with her. “My favorite memory of my time at Tech Law was spending countless hours at coffee shops around Lubbock, including the J&B’s Coffee Shop on 82nd Street, studying with the good friends I made that first year that have remained my friends for life,” Valdez said. Her most meaningful memory, however, is hooding her baby brother, Adrian Macias, when he graduated in 2010.

These life-long friendships and the practical education received are why “since graduating from Tech law, I’ve made it a point to give as often as I can.”

For more information on giving opportunities, contact Development Director Karen Holden at 806-834-4910 or

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