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Congratulations to our 2017 Alumni Association Award Recipients!

We hope you’ll join us for the award presentations on Thursday, June 22, from 5:30–7:00 p.m., at the Hilton Anatole during our Alumni Reception held in conjunction with the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting. Contact ashley.langdon@ttu.edu with questions.
Hershell L. Barnes Ambassador Award

This award, presented at the Texas Tech Law reception during the Texas Bar annual meeting, recognizes an alumnus who has served as a goodwill ambassador through a combination of actions and efforts that have demonstrated dedication and fellowship toward the School of Law and general community. This award is named in honor of Hershell Barnes, Class of 1970, the first Texas Tech Law alumnus to serve on the Texas Tech Law School Foundation Board. Mr. Barnes passed away in 2011.

Sean M. Buckley ’13, Bourland, Wall & Wenzel, P.C., Fort Worth, Texas

Judge Craig Smith ’77, District Judge, 192nd District Court, Dallas, Texas
Daniel H. Benson Public Service Award

This award, presented at the Texas Tech Law reception during the Texas Bar annual meeting, recognizes an alumnus who has demonstrated significant and substantial contributions to furthering ideals of public service in the law. This award is named in honor of long-time Tech Law Professor Daniel Benson, who passed away in 2011.

Merinda K. Condra’96, The Condra Law Firm & Generation Covenant, Lubbock, Texas

Christy Jack ’91, Varghese Summersett PLLC, Fort Worth, Texas
D. Murray Hensley Service Award

This award, presented at the Texas Tech Law reception during the Texas Bar annual meeting, recognizes an alumnus who has served the law school by coaching advocacy teams. This award is named in honor of long-time advocacy coach Murray Hensley, Class of 1982, who passed away in 2011.

Shery Kime-Goodwin ’94, Office of the Federal Public Defender, Lubbock, Texas

G.O.L.D. Award

This award, presented at the Texas Tech Law reception during the Texas Bar annual meeting, recognizes an alumnus who graduated during the last decade (Graduates of the Law Decade) for significant achievements in the practice of law, the judiciary, public service, government, business, or commerce.

Benjamin G. Robertson ’12, Santoyo Moore Wehmeyer P.C., San Antonio, Texas

Andrew Cates ’07, Texas Nurses Association, Austin, Texas

Barrett Thomas ‘08, Blanchard & Thomas, LLP, Waco, Texas
Rising Star Award

This award, presented at the Texas Tech Law reception during the Texas Bar annual meeting, recognizes an alumnus (usually out 15 or fewer years) whose exemplary contributions of service and leadership, either professionally or at the School of Law, has brought credit to the graduate and the institution.

Emma Cano ’02, Jefferson Cano, San Antonio, Texas

Raymond Baeza ’10, Farmers Insurance, El Paso, Texas

Ryan Calvert ’02, Brazos County District Attorney’s Office, Bryan, Texas
Outstanding Service Awards

These awards, presented at the Texas Tech Law reception during the Texas Bar annual meeting, recognize non-alumni individuals and organizations who have a history of (a) hiring Texas Tech Law alumni, (b) serving or mentoring Texas Tech Law students, (c) participating in externship programs for Texas Tech Law students, or (d) contributing monetarily or otherwise to the success of Texas Tech School of Law.

Cotton, Bledsoe, Tighe & Dawson, Midland, Texas

Spurs Sports and Entertainment, San Antonio, Texas


Bob Black Bar Leaders Award

These awards, presented at the Texas Tech Law reception during the Texas Bar annual meeting, recognize each Texas Tech Law alumnus who has during the past year served as president of a local, state, national, international, or specialty bar association. This award is named in honor of Texas Tech Law alumnus Bob Black, Class of 1980, who served as president of the State Bar of Texas during 2011–2012. 

Chris A. Antcliff ‘95

Kyra K. Blankenship ‘94

J. Shane Brooks ‘07

Michael Davis ‘08

Steven M. Denny ‘00

Judge Mary Ellen W. Hicks ‘74

Judge Mark Hocker ’98

Taly Jacobs ‘10

Kimberly P. Killebrew ‘92

Kelley K. Messer ‘98

John E.Mitchell ‘93

Bradford L. Moore ‘77

Austin L. Ramsey ‘12

Lee Ann Reno ‘94

Traci Siebenlist ‘09

Max R. Tarbox ‘76

JJ Wells ‘12

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