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February 2019


Professor Jamie J. Baker, Keeping Up with New Legal Titles, 110:4 LAW LIBR. J. 550 (2018) (reviewing Safiya Umoja Noble, Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism (2018)).

Professor Gerry W. Beyer & Katherine V. Peters, Sign on the [Electronic] Dotted Line: The Rise of the Electronic Will, EST. PLAN. DEV. FOR TEX. PROF., Dec. 2018, at 1.

Thomson Reuters has recently published the 2018-2019 edition of Professor Gerry W. Beyer’s treatise, TEXAS LAW OF WILLS, which makes up Volumes 9 & 10 of the Texas Practice Series.
Prof. Beyer’s treatise includes detailed coverage of intestate succession, wills and their construction, and probate avoidance techniques, along with guidance on planning for incompetence. It includes an analytical discussion of both relevant legislation and applicable caselaw.


Professor Gerry W. Beyer, Estate Planning and Probate Law, 82 TEX. B.J. 34 (2019).

Professor Gerry W. Beyer (ed.), Keeping Current—Probate, PROB. & PROP., Jan./Feb. 2018, at 28-31.


Professor Eric A. Chiappinelli, Jurisdiction over directors and officers in Delaware, IN RESEARCH HANDBOOK ON REPRESENTATIVE SHAREHOLDER LITIGATION (Sean Griffith ed., 2018).

Professor Catherine Christopher, Nevertheless She Persisted: Comparing Roe v. Wade’s Two Oral Arguments, 49 SETON HALL L. REV. 307 (2019).

Professor Arnold H. Loewy, Religious Liberty Versus Rights of Others, 106 KY. L.J. 651 (2018).

Professor Richard W. Murphy, Wright, Koch, Volume 33, Federal Practice & Procedure, Judicial Review of Administrative Action (2d ed. 2018).

Professor M. Alexander Pearl, Originalism and Indians, 93 TUL. L. REV. 269 (2018).

Professor Tracy Hresko Pearl, Hands on the Wheel: A Call for Greater Regulation of Semi-Autonomous Cars, 93 Ind. L.J. 713 (2018).



On January 29, 2019 Professor Gerry W. Beyer was an invited speaker at the Judicial Orientation for New County Judges sponsored by the Texas Association of Counties in Lubbock. His presentation was entitled Probate Overview and was attended by approximately 100 new and current county court judges.

On January 28, 2019 Professor Bryan Camp was a featured speaker in a webinar held by the American Bar Association entitled How to advise taxpayers during the government shutdown. The panel discussed the impact of the government shutdown on the 2019 filing season and offered best practices for working with taxpayers during the lapse in appropriations.

On January 27, 2019 Professor Tracy Hresko Pearl presented her paper Compensation at the Crossroads: Autonomous Vehicles and Alternative Victim Compensation Schemes at the multidisciplinary Artificial Intelligence, Ethics, and Society 2019 Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii.

On January 26, 2019, Professor Gerry W. Beyer was unanimously reelected to the coveted position as the Editor-in-Chief of the REPTL Reporter, the official publication of the Real Estate, Probate, and Trust Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. REPTL is the largest section of the Texas Bar with over 9,200 members.

On January 24, 2019, Horn Professor Brian Shannon spoke on “Hot Topics in NCAA Legislation” at the annual NCAA Convention in Orlando, Florida.

On January 23-24, 2019, in conjunction with the NCAA Convention in Orlando, Florida, Horn Professor Brian Shannon will preside at Big 12 Conference governance meetings (of Athletics Directors, Faculty Athletics Representatives, and Senior Women Administrators).

On January 4, 2019, Professor Jamie Baker spoke to the AALS Law Libraries and Legal Information Section Luncheon on the topic of Artificial Intelligence and Legal Research.



Professor Tracy Hresko Pearl was quoted in the Newsweek article How Autonomous Vehicles Will Transform Cities and Suburbs by Ending Traffic Jams, Parking Problems and Road Rage.

Professor Tracy Hresko Pearl was the featured guest on the LAWsome Podcast episode “The Torts of Tomorrow.”

Professor Rick Rosen was quoted in the Daily Toreador article Tech military programs continue despite government shutdown.



At the recent AALS Annual Meeting, Associate Dean Wendy-Adele Humphrey (‘01) was elected as the Chair of the AALS Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research. Associate Dean Humphrey was also selected to co-chair the Legal Writing Institute’s next biennial conference, which will be held at Georgetown Law in July 2020.

For the fifth straight year, Horn Professor Brian Shannon served as Parliamentarian at the NCAA Autonomy Conference Discussion Forum and Business Session on January 24, 2019, at the NCAA Convention in Orlando, Florida.

At the recent AALS Annual Meeting, Professor Nancy Soonpaa was elected as Treasurer of the Section on New Law Professors and as Secretary of the Section on Family and Juvenile Law. Both are leadership-track positions that culminate in being Chair of the section.



Professor Tracy Hresko Pearl was recognized by the Texas Tech University System Chancellor’s Council with a Distinguished Research Award.

Professor Brie Sherwin was recognized by the Texas Tech University System Chancellor’s Council with a Distinguished Teaching Award.

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

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