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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…


    Features

    April 2019

    The Organization of Women Law Students (“OWLS”) hosted guest speaker Amarillo Mayor Ginger Nelson ’95 in celebration of Women’s History Month on Thursday, March 21, 2019. Mayor Nelson spoke on leadership and the importance of developing a plan for receiving criticism.

    OWLS will also host Magistrate Judge Lee Ann Reno ’94 at the Law School on April 23, 2019.


      Features

      April 2019

      The Texas Tech Law Public Interest Auction had another successful year. On Thursday, March 21, the Lubbock Area Bar Association and Texas Tech law community joined together and got into the bidding spirit. Read more…


        Features

        April 2019

        Texas Tech Law Review hosted the 13th Annual Criminal Law Symposium on Friday, March 29, 2019. The symposium featured all-star panels discussing and celebrating Professor Arnold Loewy’s extensive scholarship in the areas of criminal law, criminal procedure, and free speech. The panels discussed four categories of Professor Loewy’s work: (1) Articles Written as Plays, (2) Fourth Amendment Articles, (3) Confessions Articles, and (4) Substantive Criminal Law Articles.


          Students

          April 2019

          Pro Bono Spring Break, sponsored by the State Bar of Texas, provides structured opportunities for pro bono work at a legal services organization during spring break. This year, 4 Texas Tech law students participated in placements with Disability Rights Texas in Austin, Catholic Charities in Dallas, and with legal aid clinics in Amarillo and Lubbock.


            Features

            April 2019

            On Friday, March 1, 2019 the Estate Planning and Community Property Law Journal, led by Executive Symposium Editor Meg McIntyre and Editor-in-Chief Alexandra Jones, hosted the 11th Annual Estate Planning and Community Property Law Journal CLE and Expo. Read more…


              Alumni

              April 2019

              Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Mark Griffin to the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents for a term set to expire on January 31, 2025.


                Alumni

                April 2019

                Jonathan Groves joined Lathrop Gage’s Energy group as an associate in the firm’s Denver office. A former landman for several large independent oil and natural gas companies in the United States, Groves worked on complex several transactions and managed land ahead of multi-rig horizontal drilling programs.


                  Alumni

                  April 2019

                  Sandra Heller has joined Holland & Knight LLPs as a partner in the Fort Lauderdale office. Heller is part of a group of attorneys hired by the firm who investigate and litigate fraud schemes and unfair and deceptive practices on behalf of insurance companies and other financial services companies.


                    Alumni

                    April 2019

                    Ganesha Martin, the Baltimore Police Department’s former consent decree chief, has been hired by the city to serve as one of Mayor Catherine Pugh’s top advisers on criminal justice issues. Martin will serve as director of the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice. In that role, Martin will help coordinate criminal justice initiatives and policy, act as a liaison with state law enforcement, and oversee 18 employees and $14.5 million in public safety grants for the city.


                      Alumni

                      April 2019

                      Richard McNitzky has been promoted to shareholder at Langley & Banack, Inc. in the San Antonio office. McNitzky represents hospitals, facilities, and individual health care professionals in complex medical, personal injury, and business disputes. The underscore of his practice is litigation and trial of cases on behalf of health care providers.


                        Alumni

                        April 2019

                        Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. brought on David Morehan as a partner in the firm’s Houston office. He focuses on intellectual property litigation involving highly complex technical and legal issues. He represents clients in cases involving a wide range of technologies and products, including telecommunications, computers, electrical engineering, medical devices and oil drilling. Morehan served as a field artillery officer in the 1st Cavalry Division of the U.S. Army and served a tour in Baghdad, Iraq.


                          Alumni

                          April 2019

                          Brian Rogers, a former reporter at the Odessa American and the Houston Chronicle, has hung up his press badge and is moving into the courtroom as a criminal defense attorney, mainly dealing with appeals cases.


                            Alumni

                            April 2019

                            Former Texas Court of Appeals Justice Craig Stoddart has joined the commercial and real estate litigation firm of the Pettit Law Firm as senior counsel. Justice Stoddart served on the Fifth District Court of Appeals in Dallas from 2014-2018. He also represented the state of Texas in more than 140 appellate prosecutions before joining the Court of Appeals. Before his judicial career, Stoddart served as appellate prosecutor for the Rockwall County Criminal District Attorney’s Office for 22 years. He has argued before appellate courts across the state, including the state’s highest criminal court, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.


                              Alumni

                              April 2019

                              Hiersche, Hayward, Drakeley and Urbach, P.C. in Addison welcomed commercial litigator Claire L. Wiswell, who joins the firm’s commercial litigation group as an associate attorney after departing Thompson Coe. In this role, she will continue to advocate for clients in litigation involving business disputes, premises liability, construction defects, contract disputes, wrongful death, products liability, labor and employment issues, health-care liability, and medical malpractice, representing companies and individuals in litigation in state and federal courts. She has served as director at large of the Dallas Women Lawyers Association and as a member of the Dallas Bar Association and Dallas Association of Young Lawyers.