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October 2018


The following articles authored by Professor Gerry W. Beyer appear in the most recent issue, Volume 56-4, of the  Real Estate, Probate, and Trust Law (REPTL) Reporter, the official publication of the Real Estate, Probate, and Trust Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, the largest section of the Texas Bar with over 9,000 members.

  • Potpourri, at 3.
  • Intestacy, Wills, Estate Administration, and Trusts Update, at 4-7.
  • An Estate Planner’s Guide to the Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act, at 38-43.


October 24, 2018, Professor John Watts served as a panelist at a UTSA student forum on free expression.

On October 22-23, 2018, Professor Brian Shannon participated in the Texas Judicial Mental Health Commission’s first state-wide Judicial Mental Health Summit in his role as an appointed Commissioner.

On October 19, 2018, Professor Gerry W. Beyer was a featured speaker at The 38th Tax & Estate Planning Forum in San Diego, California. The Forum is a nationally recognized provider of legal education seminars and is an approved Legal Education Provider by the California State Bar and other State Bars across the nation. To an audience of over 300 attorneys and other estate professionals, Prof. Beyer presented his paper entitled Cyber Estate Planning and Administration.

On October 17, 2018, Professor Brian Shannon co-presented on mental health law issues at the state-wide conference for Texas Domestic Relations Offices; the conference was held in Lubbock.

On October 10, 2018, Professor Gerry W. Beyer was the guest speaker for the El Paso Estate Planning Council, an interdisciplinary organization for professionals involved in estate planning or a related field such as attorneys, life underwriters, trust officers, certified public accountants, and certified financial planners. His topic and accompanying paper were entitled Cyber Estate Planning and Administration and included coverage of the Texas Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act and the special steps necessary for planning for individuals who own cryptocurrency.

On October 9, 2018, Professor Brian Shannon presided at meetings of the Joint Leadership Council of the Big 12 in meetings held in Dallas, Texas.

On October 5, 2018, Professor Tracy Hresko Pearl presented her paper, Compensation at the Crossroads: Autonomous Vehicles & Alternative Victim Compensation Schemes at Nova Southeastern Shepard Broad College of Law as part of its “Progression 2018: Using Law to Facilitate an Efficacious Innovation Economy” symposium.

On October 2, 2018, Professor Gerry W. Beyer spoke in South Sioux City, Nebraska at a meeting of the Siouxland Estate Planning Council, an interdisciplinary organization composed of attorneys, certified public accounts, trust officers, life insurance specialists, and financial planners. The topic of his presentation and accompanying article was entitled Effects of Legalized Marijuana on Estate Planning.

On October 1, 2018, Professor Jorge Ramírez served as moderator for the campus-wide “Civil Counterpoints: A Campus Conversation Series” that focused on the U.S. role in international affairs under President Trump’s “America First” foreign policy agenda.  The Conversation Series aims to stimulate thoughtful and respectful dialogue on volatile contemporary issues among members of the Texas Tech community.

On October 1-2, 2018, Professor Brian Shannon presided as Chair of the NCAA Division I Legislative Committee at meetings in Indianapolis, Indiana.

On September 24-25, 2018 Professor Brian Shannon presided at the national conference for 1A FAR (the association of NCAA Faculty Athletics Representatives at NCAA Division I schools from the ten Football Championship Conferences (including Big 12, Big 10, SEC, Pac-12, and ACC). The conference, which was held in Washington, D.C., marked the conclusion of Shannon’s six years of service as the group’s national President (three total terms). At the conference, Shannon also co-presented on the topic, “Research Myth-Busters,” which focused on NCAA research regarding a wide array of assumptions and myths regarding intercollegiate athletics.

In the Media

Dean Jarmon was quoted in the article You Failed the Bar Exam. Now What? offering advice to those who fail on how to absorb the bad news and pass on the next try.


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

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