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News from Texas Tech University School of Law

Alumni

August 2017

Rebecca E. Whitacre (’07) of Waco

Becca joined Beard Kultgen Brophy Bostwick & Dickson, PLLC. She primarily focuses her practice on estate planning, wealth preservation, and estate and trust administration. Prior to joining the firm, Becca practiced law for nearly ten years at Haynes and Boone, LLP in Dallas, Texas as an associate attorney in the Private Client Group.


    Alumni

    August 2017

    Mark Lanier (’84) of Houston

    Mark Lanier has been named to the Legal 500 Hall of Fame, recognizing his selection to the publication’s list of the nation’s leading lawyers for six consecutive years. In making the announcement, the editors of the prestigious international legal directory noted that Hall of Fame members “received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence” and “are at the pinnacle of the profession.”

    The complete listing of Hall of Fame members is available here.


      Students

      August 2017

      Two Texas Tech Law Students Receive Amarillo Area Bar Foundation Scholarship

      The Amarillo Area Bar Foundation awarded four 2017-2018 AABF scholarships. Each scholarship is $2,500 for the 2017-2018 academic year.

      Nikki Boyd is the recipient of the Chris Coppedge Memorial Scholarship. Nikki graduated from Texas Tech University and is a 2L at Texas Tech Law.  Jay’Neisha Davis earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of North Texas and a Master of Science in Juvenile Justice from Prairie View A&M University. Jay’Neisha is a first year law student.


        Faculty / Staff

        August 2017

        Read more for an update on Faculty Media & Scholarship. Read more…


          Alumni

          July 2017

          Alumni Spotlight – Art (’96) and (’97) Stephanie Hall

          This month’s Sidebar spotlight features two Texas Tech Law alumni, Art and Stephanie McClain Hall. Read more…


            Development

            July 2017

            This September marks the fiftieth anniversary of the law school. When our first class graduated in 1970 and took the July bar exam, Texas Tech Law earned its first 100 percent bar passage rate.

            Since then, we have graduated more than 8,000 students, including the first woman to head a major federal-law enforcement agency, the Army’s highest-ranking legal officer, general counsels of corporations, elected officials, state and federal judges, and some of the nation’s top litigators.

            With quality students, talented faculty and a devoted staff, the Law School still produces respected, proven, professionals. To continue that tradition, we need your support.


              Faculty / Staff

              July 2017

              Professor James R. Eissinger

              Texas Tech Law lost one of its own when Professor Jim Eissinger passed on July 12, 2017.

              He joined the Texas Tech School of Law faculty in 1972. During his tenure at Texas Tech Law, he served as associate dean from 1999 to 2002, and was interim dean from 2002-2003. He also taught part time as a professor emeritus through 2016.

              Jim received several Outstanding Law Professor Awards from his students and was famous for his ever-expanding chalk-board diagrams explicating the whole of constitutional law. He will be missed. His obituary can be found online.


                Alumni

                July 2017

                Texas Tech Law sponsored the Hospitality Suite at the 2017 State Bar of New Mexico Annual Meeting. Scotty Holloman (’83) of Maddox, Holloman & Moran, P.C. in Hobbs currently serves as the president of the New Mexico Bar. Holloman, a former Texas Tech Law adjunct professor, practices energy and business law.

                Jerry Dixon (’81), shareholder at Dixon Scholl Carrillo P.A., will serve as the president of the New Mexico Bar in 2019. Jerry is a past president of the Albuquerque Bar Association, has participated in the New Mexico high school mock trial program as a coach or judge since 1988, and has served as a trustee for the Texas Tech Law School Foundation since 2005.


                  Alumni

                  July 2017

                  Texas Tech Law at Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Conference

                  Texas Tech Law hosted an alumni dinner on Thursday, July 20 in conjunction with the 63rd Annual Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Professor Bill Keffer, director of the Energy Law Lecture Series, spoke to the group about our Energy Law Program.


                    Features

                    July 2017

                    Career Services Congratulates Bar Exam Finishers

                    Career Services organized a celebration to congratulate the July Bar Exam finishers. Law School administration waited outside the Lanier entrance to provide Bar Exam finishers sodas and snacks – as well as a show of support and congratulations – for their accomplishment.


                      Alumni

                      July 2017

                      Kelly Ausley-Flores (’95) of Austin

                      Kelly was voted as a Best Lawyers: Lawyer of The Year 2017 in Texas in the specialty of family law.  Best Lawyers highlights one attorney in a particular location and practice area who received the highest votes from his or her peers in a given year. Kelly has been board certified in family law since 2000 and is a partner of Ausley, Algert, Robertson, & Flores LLP. Congratulations Kelly!


                        Alumni

                        July 2017

                        Brandon Lipps (’09) of Washington, D.C.

                        Brandon, the Texas Tech University System Chief of Staff, has been selected to lead the Food and Nutrition Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  He will serve as the Administrator of the Food and Nutrition Service, and also as Acting Deputy Under Secretary of FNCS until the Senate confirms a permanent presidentially-nominated appointee.


                          Alumni

                          July 2017

                          Penny R. Robe (’92) of Plano

                          Congratulations to Penny who recently began serving on the board for Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas!


                            Alumni

                            July 2017

                            Emma Shinn (’07) of Denver, CO

                            Emma was selected as the 2017 Attorney of the Year by the Colorado LGBT Bar Association.

                            Emma is a criminal defense attorney with her own firm, Shinn Law Office, LLC. After retiring with 20 years of service from the Marine Corps as both a judge advocate and an enlisted infantry Marine, she moved to Colorado and focuses her practice on representing US service-members at courts-martial and administrative discharge matters, as well as representing civilians in state and federal court on serious felony-level matters. In addition to her practice, Emma co-founded the Colorado Name Change Project and is committed to helping transgender individuals in achieving justice and equality.


                              Alumni

                              July 2017

                              Brian D. Walker (’91) of Dallas

                              Brain, along with the entire Howison & Arnott team, merged with technology-focused law firm Munck Wilson Mandala. With the addition of the Howison & Arnott team, Munck Wilson Mandala (one of the largest IP practices in the Southwest) now has 27 registered patent attorneys with more than 500 years of technical and IP law experience and over 60 attorneys firm-wide.