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Texas Tech Law Professors Honored for Teaching and Research Excellence

February 2019

On January 22, Texas Tech University System Chancellor Dr. Tedd L. Mitchell recognized two Law School faculty members as recipients of the 2019 Chancellor’s Council Distinguished Teaching and Research Awards. These awards represent the most prestigious honors granted to faculty members throughout the Texas Tech University System.

Professor Tracy Pearl received the Chancellor’s Council Distinguished Research Award. Professor Pearl is a nationally recognized scholar on emerging technology and the law. She researches and writes about risk, regulation and tort law in the areas of autonomous vehicles and other new forms of technology. She is currently one of the top two legal scholars in the U.S. in the area of autonomous vehicles, and she has been recognized both nationally and internationally for her balanced, practical and innovative solutions to the novel legal questions and issues posed by these vehicles. Professor Pearl also is the nation’s leading legal scholar on liability arising from crowd control and crowd-management issues, and she is the only scholar who has conducted a comprehensive review of the case law in this area and proposed a statutory solution.

Professor Brie Sherwin ’01 received the Chancellor’s Council Distinguished Teaching Award. Professor Sherwin began teaching full time in the Law School’s nationally ranked legal practice program in 2011 and also serves an adjunct professor of public health in environmental health sciences. In 2016, she received Texas Tech’s New Faculty Award and was named the Outstanding Teacher of the Year in the Texas School of Public Health. In addition to igniting empathy in the classroom by engaging students with real cases rooted in environmental, social and criminal-justice issues, Professor Sherwin has coached numerous advocacy teams to regional and national championships.

Congratulations to both Professor Pearl and Professor Sherwin on these well-deserved recognitions!

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