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July 2017


Associate Dean Wendy-Adele Humphrey was published in the June volume of the highly respected Cardozo Law Review. The article, Two-Stepping Around a Minor’s Constitutional Right to Abortion, 38 Cardozo L. Rev. 1769 (2017), examines the potential unconstitutionality of the Texas judicial bypass procedure and provides recommendations for all states.

Professor Tracy Hresko Pearl published an article, Fast & Furious: The Misregulation of Driverless Cars, in the NYU Annual Survey of American Law.



On July 13, 2017, Professor Gerry W. Beyer was a speaker at the 51st Annual Fiduciary Law Institute sponsored by the State Bar of Georgia Institute of Continuing Legal Education. To an audience of over 400 attorneys, Prof. Beyer presented his paper entitled Avoiding the Estate Planning “Blue Screen of Death” with Competent and Ethical Practices.

On July 12, 2017, Horn Professor Shannon spoke on the topic, “Incompetency to Be Executed: Continuing Legal and Medical Ethical Challenges,” at the XXXVth International Congress on Law & Mental Health at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic.

On July 11, 2017, Professor Gerry W. Beyer was the invited speaker for a telephone seminar as part of the U.S. Trust Education Seminar Series. His presentation and accompanying paper were entitled Estate Planning for the “Weaponized” Client.  Over 200 attorneys and other professionals from coast-to-coast listened to his presentation.

Professor Jorge A. Ramírez had a busy speaking schedule during the spring and early summer semesters. In February he spoke at the 29th Annual International Law Institute in Houston. The Institute is sponsored by the International Law Section of the State Bar. Jorge was invited to join a panel of experts who addressed “Mexico’s Natural Gas Pipeline Build Out: Legal Implications for Midstream, Electric Generation, and Manufacturing.”  In March, he was invited to speak on two panels at the Harvard Law School Latino Alumni Conference. He coordinated and moderated a panel on “Legal, Social and Political Developments throughout Mexico and Latin America and Impact on US Relations,” and he participated on another panel focused on discussing diversity issues within the legal academy. In May, he delivered the keynote address at the Beaumont Foundation of America’s “Newton Excellence in Education Award Gala,” which was held Lubbock. Finally, he taught a series of seminars on “Use of Force” in Chengdu, China to a group of Chinese graduate law students and professors at the Southwest University for Nationalities as part of an ongoing faculty exchange program between Texas Tech and the Chinese university.

Faculty Media & Scholarship


Adjunct Professor Chuck Bubany has reappointed by Sharon Keller, Presiding Judge of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, to serve on the commission established by the Texas Legislature to study and review penal laws outside the Penal Code, Chapter 481 of the Health and Safety Code, and the Transportation Code. The commission is composed of nine members with the governor, lieutenant governor, the speaker of the house and the chief justice of the Supreme Court of Texas appointing two members each. Based on the commission’s recommendations, a number of statutes were repealed as outdated or unnecessary in the last legislative session. The commission continues its work in accomplishing the mandate of House Bill 351 to identify those laws “as being unnecessary, unclear, duplicative, overly broad, or otherwise insufficient to serve the intended purpose of the law.” It is charged with including in its recommendations any specific statutes that the commission believes should be repealed or amended. The commission is to report its finding and recommendations to the legislature no later than November 1, 2018.   

Associate Dean Wendy-Adele Humphrey was elected President of the Lubbock Area Bar Association. She will lead the local bar association from July 2017 through June 2018. Only two other full-time members of the Texas Tech Law faculty have served as president of this association, including Horn Professor Brian Shannon in 2008-09.

Associate Dean Wendy-Adele Humphrey has been appointed as the Chair of the Texas Tech President’s Gender Equity Council. The university-wide Council advises President Schovanec on matters related to gender issues at Texas Tech University and makes recommendations for changes to ensure an equitable and inclusive environment.

Associate Dean Wendy-Adele Humphrey has been named a Co-Chair of the program committee for the 2018 Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference, which will be held next March at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. She also currently serves as a Co-Chair of the program committee for the 2018 Legal Writing Institute Biennial Conference, which is the largest legal writing conference in the nation.

Professor Alyson Outenreath will serve on the State Bar of Texas Tax Section’s Past Chair Advisory Board. She previously served as Chair of the Tax Section, which comprises over 2,000 members, from 2015-2016. Alyson is the first full-time professor to have served in the position.



Professor Patrick Metze was presented the 2017 Michael K Moore Award for Excellence in Research or Writing in the Area of Indigent Criminal Defense at the Advanced Criminal Law Course in Houston. This award, presented by the State Bar of Texas Legal Services to the Poor in Criminal Matters Committee, is named after Doctor Michael K. Moore for his pivotal role in several research and writing efforts that had a major effect on indigent defense in Texas. The award recognizes an individual or organization for exceptional research or writing that deals with indigent criminal defense and that represents a significant contribution to the knowledge and practices of the bench, bar and scholarly communities.


In the Media:

Professor Tracy Hresko Pearl had her most recent article, 50 Years Later: Miranda and the Police, discussed on the National Institute of Military Justice’s blog..



Professor Gerry W. Beyer has a download ranking of 393 out of 346,735 authors who have uploaded their papers to SSRN placing him in the top .001% of authors. His downloads account for 48.7% of all downloads from authors affiliated with Texas Tech Law.

Professor Tracy Hresko Pearl was in the top 10% of Authors on SSRN by downloads in June 2017.


Visit The Reporter for a compilation of faculty publications, citations, and news accomplishments for the month of June.

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