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Students

May 2019

Thanks to the generosity of first-year students who are in Associate Dean Wendy-Adele Humphrey’s section of Legal Practice, children who find themselves in the Lubbock County Courthouse will have something to occupy their time. As a former board member of the Texas Young Lawyers Association, Dean Humphrey keeps track of the amazing service projects that TYLA plans each year. TYLA’s Bookshelves in Courtrooms is one such project, and it facilitates the availability of children’s books in courthouses around Texas. “As soon as I mentioned this TYLA project to my students, they enthusiastically agreed to take it on as a public service project for the Lubbock community,” Humphrey said.

Students in Legal Practice class were involved in every phase of the planning and implementation of the Bookshelves in Courtrooms project, from purchasing the bookshelf to conducting a book drive at the law school. And alumnae Judge Ann-Marie Carruth ’06 quickly agreed to house the stocked bookshelf in her County Court at Law #3 hallway. As the sign on the bookshelf states, children are encouraged to read a book, or even take a book home with them.

The bookshelf was officially dedicated at the Lubbock County Courthouse on April 15, with Dean Jack Nowlin in attendance. Anyone wishing to support this project may arrange to donate new or gently used books by contacting Associate Dean Humphrey at wendy.humphrey@ttu.edu.


    Alumni

    Features

    May 2019

    Texas Tech law alumnus Derek Mergele-Rust ’17 came to Texas Tech Law in April to discuss LGBTQ Hot Legal Topics. OUTlaw, Texas Tech Law’s LGBTQ student organization, worked with the Office of Student Life to bring him to campus to speak about the hurdles and situations he comes across every day when practicing with an underrepresented community. After speaking with students at lunch, Mergele-Rust also had the opportunity to speak about the employment rights of minority groups with Texas Tech University’s Gender Equity Committee. “It was an amazing opportunity to bring Derek back to Texas Tech. He founded Texas Tech Law’s LGBTQ student organization and has been a supporter ever since! Bringing back successful LGBTQ attorneys who graduated from Tech Law is one of the most fun and encouraging events OUTlaw does,” said current OUTlaw President J. Riggs.


      Features

      May 2019

      The Organization of Women Law Students (“OWLS”) hosted Texas Tech law alumna and current magistrate judge in Amarillo for the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Judge Lee Ann Reno ’94, in celebration of Women’s History Month. Judge Reno spoke to students about her law school experience, the different between law school and legal practice, work life balance, networking, being your own best advocate, and giving back to the community. Kathleen Goegel, OWLS treasurer, said she “really appreciated that Judge Reno included commentary from her clerks and associates on how their experiences were similar or different than her own. It gave us a wider perspective on the legal field as a whole.”


        Features

        May 2019

        In Houston, the team of 2L Kathleen Goegel and 3L Jesse Kizewski took second place at the Energy Law Negotiation Competition at South Texas College of Law. In an all-Texas Final Four, the Tech Law duo lost narrowly to the University of Houston but bested the University of Texas squad. The team was coached by Professor Rishi Batra, who narrowly missed out on an unprecedented third national championship this year. A special thanks is also owed to Professors Bill Keffer and Rod Wetsel, whose subject-matter expertise was vital to the team’s success, as well as a number of students who served as sparring partners.

        Later this month in Kansas City, Missouri, 3Ls Kasey Chester, Nicholas Chrestopoulos, and Melissa Reyes advanced all the way to the Final Four of the Show Me Challenge National Voir Dire Tournament. That team was coached by Professor Dick Baker and 3L Logan Sawyer. Many thanks also to Judge Les Hatch ’88 and Professor John Watts for their help in judging practice rounds, and again, a long list of students who helped serve as mock jurors for the trio.

        Congrats to both teams and their coaches!


          Alumni

          May 2019

          Rick joined the Panola County District Attorney’s Office as an assistant district attorney to help address a backlog of cases. He will focus on misdemeanor cases and collecting bond forfeitures.


            Alumni

            May 2019

            Susan was named as the new Executive Director of the Texas Association of Counties effective January 1, 2019. Redford, a former Ector County Judge, served as Judicial Program Manager of TAC’s Judicial Education Program since October 2015. Prior to taking office as county judge in 2007, she served Ector County for six years as an assistant district attorney and for two years as an assistant county attorney.


              Features

              May 2019

              Catherine joined The Bassett Firm in Dallas, Texas. Her areas of practice include personal injury, transportation litigation, premises liability and estate planning. She is admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.


                Alumni

                May 2019

                Gary joined Cole Schotz P.C. as a member. He serves as lead counsel on intellectual property matters related to patent, copyright, trade secret, trademark, and trade dress issues.


                  Alumni

                  May 2019

                  Jimmy joined Winston & Strawn LLP as a partner in the firm’s Houston office. He joins Winston from Paul Hastings where he was a partner in the Corporate Department. His practice focuses on representing clients in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, joint ventures, and corporate governance matters, primarily for energy companies, investment banks, and investors involved in the oil and gas exploration and production, midstream, and oil field services industries.


                    Alumni

                    May 2019

                    Glenn, corporate partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, has been named to D Magazine’s 2019 list of the Best Lawyers in Dallas. The Best Lawyers list, open to all attorneys with a valid Texas Bar number, is published annually and honors attorneys who offer unparalleled counsel in their primary area of practice.


                      Faculty / Staff

                      April 2019

                      Read more to see all our faculty media and scholarship. Read more…


                        Features

                        April 2019

                        On Saturday, March 3, about 270 Texas Tech Law alumni, faculty, staff, students, and friends gathered for the 15th Annual Scholarship Gala at the Overton Hotel and Conference Center. Read more…


                          Features

                          Students

                          April 2019

                          Congratulations to 2Ls Jordan Harrison and Tylynn Payne and 3L Amanda Voeller, who claimed Texas Tech Law’s 45th national advocacy championship at the National Gaming Law Moot Court Competition on March 3, 2019 in Las Vegas. The trio beat 25 other teams on their way to the title.

                          Special thanks to coaches Rob Sherwin ’01, Rishi Batra, and Alex Pearl. Additional thanks to Professor Wes Cochran—one of the nation’s experts in the subject matter—and Brandon Beck ’12, who helped the team prepare.


                            Features

                            April 2019

                            Texas Tech Law hosted its annual Diversity Week to celebrate the importance of diversity and inclusion March 4-7, 2019. Students, faculty, and staff gathered throughout the week to hear from great speakers presenting on a variety of topics in diversity in the legal profession. Read more…