TEXAS TECHUNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW
ABA Approved Since 1969
Tech University School of Law was established in 1966 as a result of the
efforts of attorney Alvin R. Allison, who saw a need for a state-supported law
school in West Texas. The first class of 72
entered students was enrolled in 1967. Accredited by the Supreme Court of Texas
in 1968 and approved by the American Bar Association in 1970, the Law School
received an Order of the Coif Chapter in 1974.
Tech University School of Law recognizes the Rule of Law as the historical and theoretical
foundation of our legal system and, hence, our society. Necessarily, therefore,
the profession of law serves society and plays a significant role in
eradicating individual and systemic injustices. The primary mission of the School of Law is to educate and to train individuals
for the ethical practice of law in the Twenty-First Century. Lawyers serve in
various capacities depending on context. At times they are problem solvers, but
on other occasions they are planners. At all times, however, they are leaders.
The School of Law seeks to educate and to train
individuals for all these roles, whether as advocates, counselors, judges, or
law teachers, in accordance with the highest
traditions of professional responsibility. To that end, the School of Law
seeks to provide its students with the intellectual and practical skills and resources
to allow them to adjust to changing roles and circumstances and to utilize
change, whether in substantive law, politics, economics, technology, or the
human condition, in a manner that enhances our legal system and society.
smaller size of the LawSchool provides an
atmosphere of informality and accessibility. The faculty‚??s 9 open door 9 policy
allows students to visit faculty as needed beyond classroom hours and
cultivates opportunities for mentorship.
The Law School‚??s
physical facilities enhance the learning experience. They include a new 34,000
square foot addition that opened in April 2008. Among other things, the new
addition contains a 300-seat auditorium and a courtroom-of-the-future, that enables students to practice their advocacy
skills in a cutting edge, state-of-the-art environment. The law school has an outstanding
library, large and small classrooms, seminar rooms, computer laboratory, administrative
offices, lounge and snack areas, and student organization offices. Wireless
connectivity is available throughout the building. It also contains a
designated suite of offices for Clinical Programs, including criminal, civil,
and tax clinics, where students see real clients and handle their legal cases
before courts and administrative tribunals. The Law School
is accessible for students with disabilities.
libraries figure prominently in legal education, and the facilities of Texas
Tech‚??s Law Library are among the best in the nation. Students have superior
access to legal information resources, both print and electronic. Students are
assigned to one of 220 lockable office-like networked carrels in the law
library allowing on-site storage of their books, study materials and other
personal items. Students may request a desktop computer for any of the carrels,
although most now bring their own laptop. The advanced technology support
resources of the Law Library Computing department help students prepare for the
practice of law in technologically sophisticated environments. Eight full time
technology staff are available to support students.
support personnel receive extensive training on the latest technologies. Our
continuing goal is to upgrade the computer network and software to provide our
students with superior technology services making technologies shaping the
future of the legal community widely available. In addition, students can
access two computer-training labs. Over 20 laptops are available for student
checkout for exam taking or other law school related purposes. Various
high-speed laser printers, laser printer/copier/scanners and a color poster
printer are available for student use.
superior computer resources complement the substantial collection of print
materials available in the Law Library. With electronic swipe card access to
the library, backed with advanced monitored security systems, ninety-eight
percent of all print resources are accessible to students 24/7. The library is
staffed 105 hours each week during the regular school year. The collection
contains over 300,000 bibliographic items, including bound volumes, microforms,
government documents and CD-ROMs. Reported cases of the federal and state
courts, the statutes of Congress and all state legislatures, and the rules and
decisions of federal and Texas state administrative agencies are but a few of
the types of materials found in the Library‚??s collection.
selective U.S. Government Documents Depository, the Law Library collects a wide
array of government documents relating to the law.
twenty-eight member Law Library staff is comprised of eight librarians holding
library degrees, four of which are also attorneys. The attorney-librarians
provide instruction and training on the use of traditional and electronic
resources used in modern day law practice. All library staff are
trained to provide superior assistance and service to students and other users.
at the Texas Tech University School of Law have significant opportunities to
develop lawyering skills which contribute to the
making of competent practitioners. The Law School
curriculum includes courses that emphasize skills such as client interviewing
and counseling, trial and appellate advocacy, negotiation, mediation, and
arbitration. These courses bridge the gap between the law students‚?? theoretical
education and the practice of law. Students also have opportunities to enhance
their skills training through participation in intraschool
competitions in moot court, mock trial, client counseling, and negotiation.
These competitions are administered by the student-run Board of Barristers.
Every student, including first-year students, can participate each year in a
competition in one or more of these four areas.
The Texas TechLaw School
actively participates in interscholastic skills competitions and boasts one of
the best records in the nation for outstanding performance in regional and
national competitions. The LawSchool has won numerous
national championships in moot court, mock trial, negotiation and arbitration,
including the National ABA Arbitration Competition in 2008.
The Law School
has a variety of other programs of interest. It has a summer study-abroad program
in International Law in conjunction with the Universidad de Guanajuato in Mexico as well as student exchange programs in Australia, France
joint degree programs are offered leading to a Juris Doctorate
and a Masters of Business Administration; Masters of Science in Accounting,
Masters of Public Administration; Masters of Science in Agricultural and
Applied Economics; Masters in Personal Financial Planning, Masters of Science
in Biotechnology; Masters of Science in Environmental Toxicology; or Masters of
Science in Crop Science/Horticulture/Soil Science/Entomology. The Law School,
in conjunction with the Texas Tech School of Medicine, has recently established
a JD/MD dual degree program which allows participants to earn both law and
medical degrees in six years. Students may also choose specialization for a
Certificate in Law and Science, including the specializations in Environmental
Law, Oil and Gas Law, Intellectual Property Law, and Biodefense
Law. Certificates are also available in Health Law and Business Law.
Journals are published at the law school: Texas Tech Law Review, the Texas
Tech Administrative Law Journal, and the Estate Planning and Community
Property Law Journal. Texas Tech is also the home of The Texas Bank
B. HUFFMAN, (Law Professor), born October 8, 1944; admitted to bar, 1977, Texas. Education: Texas Tech University (B.A., 1967; M.Ed., 1968;
J.D., 1977). COURSES:National
Security Law, International Law. Email:walter.huffman @ ttu.edu
DAVE ROSEN, (Law Professor), born Miami, Florida, October 29, 1948; admitted to bar,
Education: Ohio State University
(B.A., 1970); University of Miami (J.D., 1973); University of Virginia
(LL.M., 1987).. COURSES:Torts, Constitutional Law, Litigation with the
Federal Government, National Security Law. Email:richard.rosen @ ttu.edu
JENNIFER SUSAN BARD, (Law Professor), born Washington, D.C.,
June 14, 1962; admitted to bar, 1987, Connecticut;
1989, New York and Massachusetts. Education: Wellesley College
(A.B., 1983); Yale Law School
(J.D., 1987); Universityof Connecticut (M.P.H.,
Correctional Health, Public Health Law, Insurance Law, Malpractice, Torts. Email:jennifer.bard @
W. BEYER, (Law Professor), born Grand Haven, Michigan,
September 12, 1956; admitted to bar, 1980, Ohio
and Illinois; 1984, Texas. Education: Eastern Michigan
University (B.A., 1976); Ohio State University College of Law (J.D., 1979); University
of Illinois College of Law (LL.M., 1983); University of Illinois College of Law
(J.S.D., 1990). COURSES:Wills
& Estates, Trusts, Probate, Estate Planning, Property, Commercial Paper,
Secured Transactions. Email:gwb
THOMAS CAMP, (Law Professor), born 1960; admitted to bar, 1987, Virginia. Education: Haverford (B.A.,
1982); University of Virginia (J.D., 1987; M.A., 1988); Columbia (L.L.M., 1993). COURSES:Tax Admin Bankruptcy, Legal History, Civil
WILLIAM R. CASTO, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1973, Tennessee. Education: University of Tennessee
at Knoxville (B.A., 1970; J.D., 1973); Columbia University (J.S.D., 1983). COURSES:Federal Jurisdiction,
Contracts, Business Torts, National Security Law.
WESLEY COCHRAN, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1979, Texas. Education: Austin College
(B.A., 1976); University of Houston (J.D., 1978); University of Washington
(M.L.L., 1980). COURSES: Copyright Law, Gaming and Racing Law, Torts, Legislation,
Business Torts. Email:wesley.cochran
L. COOK, (Law Professor), born August 12, 1974; admitted to bar, 1999, Texas. Education: Texas A & M
University (B.A., 1996); Texas TechUniversity (J.D., 1998). Email:terence.cook @
DILLON, (Law Professor),
admitted to bar, 1992, New Mexico.
Education: Providence College (B.A., 1977); Northwestern University, Medill School
of Journalism (M.S.J., 1980); University of New Mexico School
of Law (J.D., 1992). COURSES:Legal
COFFMAN DOSS, (Law Professor), born Tampa, Florida,
January 18, 1972; admitted to bar, 1999, Texas.
Education: Texas A&M University
(B.B.A., 1995); TexasTech University
(J.D., 1999). Email:julie.doss
E. ECKSTEIN, (Law Professor), born Jaffa, Israel, April 13, 1967; admitted to bar, 1996, New York;
1998, District of Columbia; 1999, West Virginia. Education: Kent State University (B.A., 1989); Florida
(M.S., 1992); AmericanUniversity (J.D., 1995;
LL.M., 1997). COURSES:Water
Law, International Water Law, Water Pollution Law, Environmental Law, Law and
PATTON FLETCHER, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1980, Texas. Education: Baylor (B.S.,
1971); Texas Tech University School of Law
(J.D., 1980). Email: key.fletcher @ ttu.edu
SAAB FORTNEY, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1977, Texas.
Education: Trinity University (B.A., 1974); Antioch
School of Law
(J.D., 1977); Columbia University School of Law (LL.M., 1992; J.S.D., 1997). COURSES:Legal Malpractice,
Professional Responsibility, Advanced Legal Ethics, Bioethics, Health Care and
Bioethics Mediation Clinic.
SPENCER GONZALEZ, (Law Professor), born Evanston, Illinois, December 7, 1974; admitted to bar, 2000, Texas. Education: University of Oklahoma
(BBA, 1997); University of Oklahoma Collegeof Law (J.D., 2000). COURSES:Texas
Civil Procedure, Labor and Employment Law, Texas Trial and Appellate Procedures, Employment
GRAHAM, (Law Professor),
born Lampasas, Texas, October 2, 1951; admitted to bar,
1977, District of Columbia; 1994, Oklahoma. Education: Texas Tech University (B.A., 1972); University
of Virginia (J.D., 1975); Cambridge University
(Diploma Comparative Law); Universityof Texas (MBA, 1997). COURSES:Banking Law, Commercial
Law, Corporate Governance, Administrative Law, Business Analysis for Lawyers. Email:ann.graham @ ttu.edu
HATFIELD, (Law Professor), born Haskell, Texas, July 21, 1970; admitted to bar, 1998, New York;
2000, Texas. Education: Texas A&M University
(B.A., 1991; M.A., 1993); NewYork University
(J.D., 1996). COURSES:Tax,
Trusts & Estates, Marital Property. Email:michael.hatfield @ ttu.edu
B. HORN, (Law Professor), born Lubbock, Texas;
admitted to bar, 1994, Texas;
1996, U.S. District Court,
Northern District of Texas. Education: McMurry University
(1973-1974); West Texas A&M
University (B.S., 1978); Texas Tech University School of Law
(J.D., 1994). COURSES:Legal
A. HUMPHREY, (Law Professor), born Lakeland, Florida, September 20, 1973; admitted to
bar, 2001, Texas; 2002, New Mexico. Education: Westminster College
(B.A., 1995); TexasTech University
(M.Ed., 1997; J.D., 2001). COURSES:Legal
E. JAMES, (Law Professor), born Commonwealth of Dominica; admitted to bar, 1999, NewYork; 2005, Texas.
Education: University of the Virgin Islands (B.A., 1986); Andrews University
(M.Div., 1991); State University of New York -- University at Albany (M.B.A., 1993); Syracuse University
(J.D., 1998). COURSES: Federal Income Taxation, Estate and Gift Tax,
International Taxation, Low Income Tax Clinic, Law and Religion, Elder Law. Email:vaughn.james @
LOUISE JARMON, (Law Professor), born Wilmington,Delaware, May 12, 1949; admitted
to bar, 1992, Virginia; 1995, England & Wales. Education: College of
William & Mary (A.B., 1971); BostonUniversity (M.Ed., 1972);
College of William
& Mary (Ed.D., 1983; J.D., 1992). COURSES:Legal Studies,
Legal Writing, Comparative Law, The English Legal System, The European Union:
Institutions and Legal Principles. Email:amy.jarmon @ ttu.edu
DALE JONES, (Law Professor), born Littlefield,Texas, October 13, 1942; admitted
to bar, 1968, Texas.
Education: Texas Technological College
(B.S., 1965); Universityof Texas (J.D., 1968). COURSES:Legal Practice,
Research, Writing, Alternative Dispute Resolution. Email:dale.jones @ ttu.edu
KRAHMER, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1966, Iowa.
Education: University of Iowa (B.A., 1965; J.D., 1966); Harvard University
(LL.M., 1967). COURSES:Contracts,
Commercial Law, Consumer Law.
KWON, (Law Professor),
born El Paso, Texas, May 4, 1967; admitted to bar, 1998, Texas. Education: University
of Texas (B.B.A., 1990); Texas Tech University School
of Law (J.D., 1998). COURSES: Business
& Corporate Tax, Accounting for Lawyers. Email:michelle.kwon @ ttu.edu
MARIE LAUGHLIN, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1999, Virginia;
2002, Texas. Education:
University of Virginia (B.A., 1995); Northeastern University School of Law (J.D., 1999). COURSES: Evidence,
Civil Procedure. Email: angela.laughlin @
LIONEL LEWIS, (Law Professor), born Franklin, Virginia,
September 26, 1953; admitted to bar, 1978, Virginia. Education: Norfolk State
University (B.A., 1975); University of Virginia (J.D., 1978). COURSES:Immigration Law,
Criminal Law, Trial Advocacy, Counseling and Interviewing. Email:calvin.lewis @ ttu.edu
H. LOEWY, (Law Professor), born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 9, 1940; admitted to bar, 1966,
Connecticut; 1967, U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut; 1977, U.S.
Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit. Education: Boston
University (B.S., Business
Administration, 1961; J.D., 1963); HarvardLaw School
(LL.M., 1964). COURSES: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, First
Amendment, Supreme Court Seminar.
S. METZE, (Law Professor), born Fowler, Kansas, April 6, 1949;
admitted to bar, 1974, Texas.
Education: Texas Tech University
(B.A., 1970); Universityof Houston (J.D., 1973). COURSES:Juvenile, Criminal
Capital Punishment, Criminal Defense Clinic, Director of Criminal Defense
W. MURPHY, (Law Professor), born New York, NewYork, November 10, 1965; admitted to bar, 1996, Minnesota. Education: Carleton College
(B.A., 1987); DePaul University (M.F.A., 1990); University of Minnesota
(J.D., 1995). COURSES: Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Federal
G. MYHRA, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1985, Minnesota, North Dakota. Education:
University of North Dakota (B.A., B.S.Ed., 1982; J.D., 1985); Harvard University (LL.M., 1991). COURSES: Civil
Procedure, Comparative Constitutional Law, Constitutional Law, Criminal
Procedure, Jurisprudence, Internships, Privacy Law. Email:alison.myhra @ ttu.edu
PAWLOWIC, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1979, Nebraska.
Education: CreightonUniversity (B.A., 1970;
M.A., 1972; J.D., 1979). COURSES:Advanced
Bankruptcy Law, Advanced Business Entities, Banking Law, Business Entities, Contracts,
Creditors‚?? Rights, Bankruptcy, Remedies.
KIMBERLY DEANNE PHILLIPS, (Law
Professor), born Houston, Texas,
February 13, 1970; admitted to bar, 1990, Kansas;
2002, Texas and Oregon. Education: Texas Tech University (B.B.A., 1992); Washburn University School of Law (J.D., 1996). COURSES:Legal Practice. Email:kim.phillips @ ttu.edu
JORGE ALBERTO RAMIREZ, (Law Professor), born McAllen,
Texas, November 2, 1961; admitted to bar,
1990, Texas. Education:
(B.A., 1984); HarvardLaw School
(J.D., 1990). COURSES:Public
International Law, International Business Transactions, Professional
Responsibility, NAFTA. Email:jorge.ramirez
TOLSON ROSS, (Law Professor), born Moberly, Missouri,
August 2, 1966; admitted to bar, 1991, Texas.
Education: Texas Tech University
(B.A., 1988); Universityof Missouri-Columbia
(J.D., 1991). COURSES: Civil Clinic, Negotiations, Race and Racism. Email:wendy.ross @ ttu.edu
D. SHANNON, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1982, Texas.
Education: Angelo State University
(B.S., 1979); Universityof Texas (J.D., 1982). COURSES:Contracts,
Property, Law & Psychiatry, and Criminal Law. Email:xfbds @ ttacs.ttu.edu
JOANN SOONPAA, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1988, North Dakota. Education: University of North Dakota (B.A., 1983; J.D., 1987;
M.A., 1990). COURSES:Legal
Writing, Research, Appellate Ad., Negotiation, Health Law, Family Law. Email:nancy.soonpa @
R. SPAIN, (Law Professor), born Newton, Iowa, April 20, 1951; admitted to bar, 1976,
Nebraska; 1983, NorthDakota; 2001, Texas.
Education: University of Iowa (B.A., 1973); Creighton University
(J.D., 1976). COURSES:Family
Law, Professional Responsibility, Alternative Dispute Resolution. Email:larry.spain @ ttu.edu
V. SUTTON, (Law Professor), born North Carolina, April 9, 1956; admitted to bar, 1999, District
of Columbia. Education: North Carolina
(B.S., cum laude, 1977); Old Dominion University
(M.P.A., 1986); Universityof Dallas (Ph.D., 1989);
American University Washington College of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 1998). COURSES:Environmental Law,
Law and Biotechnology, Law and Bioterrorism, Law and Science, American Indian
TORRES, (Law Professor),
born Mercedes, Texas;
admitted to bar, 1981, Oregon.
Education: University Nevada Las Vegas (B.S., 1971; M.E.D., 1973); Willamette University
(J.D., 1979); Universityof Arizona (Ph.D., 1980);
University Washington (M.L.S., 1984). COURSES:Technology & the Law, Advanced Legal Research, Texas Legal Research.
WATTS, (Law Professor),
born Rochester, New York, November 2, 1966; admitted to bar, 1996, Virginia. Education:
University of Maryland (B.A.,
1992); Harvard Law School
(J.D., 1996). COURSES:Torts,
Evidence, Constitutional Law, Products Liability, Laws of War.
ROBERT A. WENINGER, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1960, Wisconsin; 1970, California.
Education: University of Wisconsin (B.B.A., 1955; LL.B., 1960); University of Chicago (LL.M., 1964). COURSES: Evidence,
Civil Procedure, Trial Advocacy, Complex Litigation.