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News from Texas Tech University School of Law

Faculty / Staff

November 2018

On November 6, 2018, three key members of the law school’s Office of Admissions during 2016-17 were honored by Texas Tech University. Associate Dean Wendy-Adele Humphrey (’01), Assistant Dean Danielle Saavedra (’14), and Senior Admissions Counselor Donna Williams received the campus-wide Distinguished Staff “Guns Up” Award for their extraordinary service and dedication to the University during the previous academic year. More specifically, the Guns Up Award recognizes a team of employees at Texas Tech who fostered cooperation with employees, internal and external, to increase productivity and efficiency in the organization. The team also must demonstrate exemplary effort, contribute to the morale of the department or college, accept responsibility, and demonstrate a positive attitude. Read more…


    Students

    November 2018

    Texas Tech law students embrace the role of the lawyer as a community servant. This is reflected in the many recognitions our students receive for their outstanding commitment to providing pro bono legal services.

    3L Tashika Curlee, 2L Dana Dinkens, 2L Angel Gutierrez, 2L Hailey Hanners, 3L Makenzie Keene, 3L Madison McMullan, 3L Katherine Peters, 2L Ashley N. Sanders, 3L Logan Sawyer, and 3L Kristen Stephens have been accepted into the State Bar of Texas Law Student Pro Bono College. These students reported at least 50 legal pro bono hours for period September 1, 2017 thru August 31, 2018.

    2L August Zimmerman was honored during the Volunteer Center of Lubbock’s 22nd Annual Cornucopia luncheon for his dedication to CASA on November 6, 2018.

    Recent graduate Ruby Boone was an “honorable mention” for the Access to Justice Law Student Pro Bono Award that recognizes someone whose pro bono work has made a significant impact on the community and reflects a passion for advocating on behalf of underserved populations.

    Congratulations! Texas Tech is proud of your continued commitment to public service.


      Ribbon Cutting Features

      November 2018

      Texas Tech Law School celebrated the opening of its Wellness Room with a ribbon cutting on November 28, 2018. The space, an initiative of the Student Wellness Advisory Committee (SWAC), the Office for Student Life, and the Law School Library, is designed for students to decompress, de-stress, and rejuvenate.

      Jack Wade Nowlin, dean of the School of Law; Sofia Chapman, associate dean for student life; and Gunnison Matula, president of the SWAC, spoke at the ribbon cutting.

      The room can be reserved for 30-minute blocks, up to one hour per person. It is the only room in the Law School where students are not permitted to study.


        Justice the HOTdog Features

        November 2018

        The Texas Tech Law Review and Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal hosted the Mental Health Law Symposium on November 16, 2018, in the Lanier Auditorium. The symposium, organized by Professor Brian Shannon along with Texas Tech Law Review and Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal editors, addressed practical legal and policy issues that can contribute to improvements in our public mental health system and help address the significant challenges faced by law enforcement and our criminal justice system with regard to alleged offenders with mental illness. Read more…


          EPA Regional Administrator Featured Speaker for Energy Law Lecture Series Features

          November 2018

          Anne Idsal, Regional Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, was the featured speaker for the Texas Tech School of Law Energy Law Lecture Series on Monday, November 19, 2018. Idsal discussed current priorities of the EPA. Read more…


            Alumni

            November 2018

            Canning has joined the University of Houston as Assistant General Counsel.


              Faculty / Staff

              November 2018

              The National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA) honored Allison Clayton, Deputy Director of the Innocence Project of Texas (IPTX), with the prestigious Arthur von Briesen Award for her extraordinary contributions in support of civil legal aid. The award was presented during the NLADA Annual Conference on Friday, Nov. 2, in Houston.

              The Arthur von Briesen Award honors an attorney who has made substantial volunteer contributions in support of the delivery of civil legal aid and/or indigent defense representation. Started in 1961, the award celebrates the achievements of the first president of NLADA.


                Alumni

                November 2018

                Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Carmen Symes Dusek judge to the 51st Judicial District Court in Coke, Irion, Schleicher, Sterling and Tom Green Counties for a term set to expire December 31, 2020, or until her successor shall be duly elected and qualified.


                  Alumni

                  November 2018

                  Johnson, a justice on the Texas Supreme Court, has submitted his resignation from the high court. His term ends in December 2020. When Johnson’s resignation becomes effective on Dec. 31, he will have served as a judge for 20 years, including 13 years on the Supreme Court and seven on the Seventh Court of Appeals in Amarillo, where he first served as a justice and then as the chief justice.


                    Alumni

                    November 2018

                    Page has joined the law firm of Kean Miller as Senior Counsel. Page will practice with the upstream oil and gas team, assisting clients with a variety of energy-related transactional matters. His practice primarily focuses on title examination and due diligence efforts for energy-industry acquisitions and divestures.


                      Alumni

                      November 2018

                      Puckett has joined Winstead’s Construction Practice Group as an Associate in the Dallas office. Puckett’s practice is focused on transactional work in the commercial construction industry including drafting and negotiating construction contracts and professional services agreements.


                        Alumni

                        November 2018

                        Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Sunshine Stanek Lubbock County Criminal District Attorney for a term set to expire on December 31, 2018. She is the first woman to serve as the Lubbock County Criminal District Attorney.


                          Faculty / Staff

                          November 2018

                          Publications

                          Professor Gerry W. Beyer (ed.), Keeping Current—Probate, Prob. & Prop., Nov./Dec. 2018, at 25-28.

                          Professor Gerry W. Beyer, Wills & Trusts, 4 SMU Ann. Surv. 451-478 (2018).

                          Professor Gerry W. Beyer & Barry Seltzer, Don’t Forget About Pets When Planning for Disability and Death: A Legal Guide to Caregiving for pets After an Owner’s Death, Generations: J Am. Soc. Aging, Fall 2018 at 109.

                          Presentations

                          On November 27, 2018, Professor Gerry W. Beyer was the speaker at the Probate, Trust, and Estates Section meeting of the Houston Bar Association. His presentation and accompanying paper were entitled State Law Pitfalls: Don’t Step In It When Your Client Steps Across State Lines.

                          On November 16, 2018, Professor DeLeith Duke Gossett moderated the “The Opioid Crisis: What Can Be Done for the Children” Panel at the Duke Law 2018 Silent Victims: Foster Care and Foster Care Adoption in America Conference.

                          On November 14, 2018, Professor Gerry W. Beyer was a speaker at the 39th Annual Inland Empire Estate Planning Seminar at the University of Redlands in Redlands, California. To a multi-disciplinary audience of over 110 attorneys, CPAs, trust officers, financial planners, and life insurance specialists, Prof. Beyer spoke about the interface between estate planning and weapon ownership and marijuana legalization in his presentation entitled Aiming High and Getting High: Estate Planning for Guns and Marijuana.

                          On November 6, 2018, Professor Jorge Ramírez moderated a panel on Corporate Social Responsibility at the Mexico City conference of the ABA Section of International Law with practitioners from Mexico, the U.S. and Brazil.

                          On November 2, 2018, Professor Brie Sherwin participated as an invited panelist at the Duke Environmental Law & Policy Forum Symposium on sustainable urban development.

                          On November 2, 2018, Professor Vickie Sutton participated as an invited panelist at the University of Houston Law Center Health Law and Policy in Space Symposium on biocontamination, human health, and planetary protection policy.

                          In the Media

                          Professor Arnold Loewy debated on President Donald Trump’s performance so far as chief executive in the Lubbock Avalanche Journal Online It’s Debatable column: How has Trump done so far as president?

                          The ABA Journal recently reaffirmed Professor Gerry W. Beyer’s blawg, The Wills, Trusts, & Estates Prof Blog, as a member of its Blawg 100 Hall of Fame. After being on the Journal’s Web 100 list for many years, his blog was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2015. The blog is also ranked #18 in all-time popularity surpassing for the first time the SCOTUSblog. The ranking is out of the 4,479 blawgs monitored by Justia. It remains the #1 estate planning blog out of 245.

                          Recognitions

                          The State Bar of Texas recently informed Professor Gerry W. Beyer that for the thirty-second consecutive year, his continuing legal education activities qualified him for membership in the State Bar College. The Texas Bar College, the only organization in the United States formed for this purpose, is an honorary society of lawyers, chartered by the Supreme Court of Texas in 1981, to recognize and encourage lawyers who maintain and enhance their professional skills and the quality of their service to the public by completing at least double the required hours of continuing legal education each year.

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


                            Development

                            November 2018

                            Texas Tech Law is exceedingly grateful to everyone who supported the law school in October. Your generosity has made a meaningful impact on our students, faculty, and staff. As we continue the Texas Tech tradition of producing great lawyers, we are proud to have so many partners in our success.

                            Read more…


                              Features

                              October 2018

                              Texas Tech Law congratulates the 120 graduates who passed the July 2018 Texas Bar Examination!

                              The first-time pass rate for Texas Tech law alums was 88.37% (114 out of 129 first-time takers passed). This put Texas Tech Law third among Texas law schools. The statewide average for first-time takers from Texas law schools was 77.87%, and the overall first-time pass rate was 73.46%. The detailed results can be viewed here: https://ble.texas.gov/2018_July.

                              Texas Tech Law will host a breakfast reception before the swearing-in ceremony in Austin to honor those who passed the bar exam. The Lubbock County Young Lawyers Association will also host a swearing-in at the Law School on November 14.

                              Congratulations again to everyone who passed!