Telephone: (817) 212-4000; (800) 733-9529

URL: http://law.txwes.edu


ABA Approved Since 1994


Established in 1989, the School of Law was acquired by Texas Wesleyan University in 1992. In 1997, the law school relocated its faculty and programs from Irving, Texas, to Commerce Street in downtown Fort Worth, conveniently located in close proximity to Fort Worth legal and judicial communities.


In its short 18-year history, Texas Wesleyan School of Law has provided excellence in legal education to traditional day-time students, as well as nontraditional night-time students. The increasing success in Texas Wesleyan‚??s bar passage rate is a reflection of our continued effort to emphasize service to a diverse student body, the profession and the community. In July 2007, Texas Wesleyan alumni achieved a bar passage rate of 91 percent, a number that exceeded the state-wide average and placed the school ahead of five of the state‚??s nine law schools. This success is a reflection of the law school‚??s continued effort to emphasize service to a diverse student body, the profession and the community.


The law school prides itself on its ability to help students apply lessons learned in the classroom to real-world legal problems through its externship program, law clinic and the Equal Justice Program, a mandatory 30-hour community-related pro bono requirement that must be completed by every student before graduation. Texas Wesleyan University School of Law is proud to be one of only 28 ABAaccredited schools that have such a requirement. Since the first class graduated under the Equal Justice Program in December 2003, Texas Wesleyan students have performed approximately 43,281.15 hours of service. With a conservative value of $40 per hour, this totals $1,731,246 of pro bono services provided to the greater Fort Worth community.


The School of Law is equally proud of its practicum offerings, courses that allow students to develop necessary practical lawyering skills. The term 9 practicum 9 identifies courses involving the supervised practical application of previously studied theory to prepare prospective practitioners. Many of the lawyering skills identified in the American Bar Association‚??s 9 MacCrate Report 9 are honed in each practicum - problem solving, legal analysis and reasoning, legal research, factual investigation, communication, counseling, negotiation, litigation and alternative dispute resolution procedures, organization and management of legal work, and recognizing and resolving ethical dilemmas.


Faculty members come from a diverse spectrum of distinguished academic and professional backgrounds. Law schools represented by the faculty‚??s degrees include American University, Columbia, George Washington, Southern California, Texas and with graduate law degrees from such schools as Chicago, Georgetown, New York University, Harvard and Virginia. Texas Wesleyan University School of Law is fully accredited by the American Bar Association (550 West North Street, Suite 349, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202; 317-264-8340).


Dean & Professor of Law: Frederic White (817) 212-4100

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Professor of Law:

Vickie Rainwater (817) 212-3910

Associate Dean for Budgeting and Planning: James Hambleton (817) 212-3818

Assistant Dean for Student Services: Patti Gearhart Turner (817) 212-4020

Assistant Dean of Admissions and Scholarships: Sherolyn Hurst (817) 212-4040

Financial Aid Officer: Doug Akins (817) 212-4090

Interim Director of the Law Library: Anna K. Teller (817) 212-3806

Assistant Dean for Career Services: Arturo L. Errisuriz (817) 212-4054




STEPHEN R. ALTON, (Law Professor), born Fort Worth, Texas, October 4, 1956; admitted to bar, 1981, Texas. Education: Harvard College (A.B., 1978); Harvard Graduate School of Education (Ed.M., 1986); University of Texas School of Law (J.D., 1981); Columbia University School of Law (LL.M., 1992). COURSES:Property, Real Estate Transactions, Real Estate Practicum, State and Local Government, Constitutional Law, American Legal History. Email:salton @ law.txwes.edu


SUSAN AYRES, (Law Professor), born El Paso, Texas; admitted to bar, 1988, Texas. Education: Baylor University (B.A., 1982; J.D., 1988); University of Texas at San Antonio (M.A. 1985); Texas Christian University (Ph.D., 1997). COURSES:Civil Procedure, Law, Literature and Property. Email:sayres @ law.txwes.edu


WAYNE R. BARNES, (Law Professor), born January 26, 1970; Education: Texas Tech University School of Law (J.D., 1995); University of North Texas (B.B.A., 1992). COURSES:Contracts and U.C.C. 9, Bankruptcy. Email:wbarnes @ law.txwes.edu


MARK EDWIN BURGE, (Law Professor), born Victoria, Texas, 1970; admitted to bar, 1997, Texas. Education: University of Houston (B.A., 1992); University of Texas School of Law (J.D., 1997). COURSES: Analysis, Research and Writing, Sales and Leases. Email:mburge @ law.txwes.edu


JOHN C. CADY, (Law Professor), born Columbus, Nebraska, January 6, 1942; admitted to bar, 1980, Virginia. Education: University of Omaha (B.A., 1963); Washington State University (M.S., 1969); George Washington University National Law Center (J.D., 1980). COURSES:Computers and Law Seminar, Torts, Unfair Trade Practices, Copyrights and Remedies. Email:jcady @ law.txwes.edu


MEGAN M. CARPENTER, (Law Professor), born Fairmont, West Virginia, August 15, 1972; admitted to bar, 1999, Pennsylvania. Education: West Virginia University (B.A., 1993; M.A., 1995; J.D., 1999); National University of Ireland, Galway (LL.M., 2003). COURSES:Intellectual Property, Trademark Law, Copyright Law, Internet and Technology, Real Property. Email:mcarpenter @ law.txwes.edu


FRANK W. ELLIOTT, (Law Professor), born Cotulla, Texas, June 25, 1930; admitted to bar, 1957, Texas. Education: University of Texas (B.A., 1951; LL.B., 1957). COURSES:Evidence, Advanced Evidence Seminar, Texas Pre-trial Procedure, Texas Trial and Appellate Procedure. Email:felliott @ law.txwes.edu


JAMES PAUL GEORGE, (Law Professor), born Norman, Oklahoma, April 22, 1948; admitted to bar, 1978, Oklahoma; 1984, Texas. Education: Oklahoma State University (B.A., 1973); University of Tulsa (J.D., 1978); Columbia University (LL.M., 1983). COURSES:Agency and Partnership, Civil Procedure, Federal Courts, Public International Law, Conflict of Laws, International Litigation. Email: jgeorge @ law.txwes.edu


JASON A. GILLMER, (Law Professor), born Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 17, 1970; Education: Harvard Law School (LL.M., 2002); The American University, Washington College of Law (J.D., 1996); Carleton College (B.A., 1992). COURSES:Race and the Law, Criminal Law, Torts. Email:jgillmer @ law.txwes.edu


W. ROBERT GRAY, (Law Professor), born Shreveport, Louisiana, January 14, 1947; admitted to bar, 1981, District of Columbia; 1984, Texas; 1986, Illinois. Education: University of Texas at Austin (B.A., 1969); The University of Chicago Divinity School (M.A., 1974); The University of Chicago Law School (J.D., 1981); University of Wisconsin at Madison (M.A., 1971). COURSES:Torts, Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, Employment Discrimination, First Amendment, Jurisprudence. Email: rgray @ law.txwes.edu


MICHAEL Z. GREEN, (Law Professor), born Chicago, Illinois, September 23, 1963; Education: University of Wisconsin - Madison Law School (LL.M., 1999); Loyola University of Chicago School of Law (J.D., 1992); Loyola University Chicago Institute of Industrial Relations (M.S., 1992); California Lutheran University (M.B.A., 1989); University of Southern California (B.S., 1985). COURSES:Civil Procedure, Dispute Resolution, Employment Discrimination, Employment Law, Evidence and Labor Law. Email:mgreen @ law.txwes.edu


JAMES HAMBLETON, (Law Professor), born New York, New York, August 24, 1947; admitted to bar, 1979, Texas. Education: Middlebury College (B.A., 1969); University of Michigan (A.M.L.S., 1971); George Washington University (J.D., 1978). COURSES:Legal Analysis, Research and Writing. Email:jhambleton @ law.txwes.edu


MAXINE M. HARRINGTON, (Law Professor), Education: The George Washington University National Law Center (J.D., 1977); University of North Dakota (B.A., 1969). COURSES:Health Law, Bioethics and the Law Seminar, Torts, Medical Malpractice.


CHARLOTTE A. HUGHART, (Law Professor), born Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, October 25, 1950; admitted to bar, 1977, Oklahoma; 1995, Texas. Education: Oklahoma State University (B.S., 1972); University of Oklahoma College of Law (J.D., 1977). COURSES:Trial Advocacy and Law Clinic. Email:chughart @ law.txwes.edu


H. DENNIS KELLY, (Law Professor), born Hereford, Texas, April 27, 1951; Education: Texas Tech University (J.D., 1981); Texas A&M University (B.S., 1973). COURSES:Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights. Email:dkelly @ law.txwes.edu


JANA R. MCCREARY, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 2002, Texas. Education: Texas A & MUniversity (B.S., 1989); Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (J.D., 2002). COURSES:Analysis, Research and Writing. Email:jmccreary @ law.txwes.edu


JAMES MCGRATH, (Law Professor), born Providence, RI., 1957; admitted to bar, 1997, Connecticut. Education: San Jose State University (B.A., 1994); Howard University School of Law (J.D., 1997); Harvard School of Public Health (M.P.H., 2000); Beasley School of Law (L.M., 2002). COURSES:Torts. Email:jmcgrath @ law.txwes.edu


TIMOTHY MULVANEY, (Law Professor), born Elizabeth, New Jersey; admitted to bar, 2005, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Education: Haverford College (B.A., 2000); Villanova University School of Law (J.D., 2004). COURSES:Land Use, Property Law. Email:tmulvaney @ law.txwes.edu


NEAL F. NEWMAN, (Law Professor), born Detroit, Michigan, June 5, 1969; admitted to bar, 1998, Georgia. Education: University of Michigan (B.B.A., 1991); Howard University (J.D., 1998). COURSES:Securities, Business Associations, Payment Systems. Email:nnewman @ law.txwes.edu


HUYEN PHAM, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1996, Massachusetts; 1999 Missouri. Education: Harvard College (A.B., 1992); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1996). COURSES: Immigration, Criminal Law, Administrative Law. Email: hpham @ law.txwes.edu


SUSAN T. PHILLIPS, (Law Professor), Education: Catholic University of America (M.S.L.S., 1991; J.D., 1990); University of Dallas (B.A., 1987). COURSES:Legal Research Practicum. Email:sphillips @ law.txwes.edu


VICKIE RAINWATER, (Law Professor), Education: University of Texas School of Law (J.D., 1984); University of Texas (M.L.S., 1978; B.A., 1977). COURSES:Legal Research and Writing. Email:vrainwater @ law.txwes.edu


LYNNE H. RAMBO, (Law Professor), born Atlanta, Georgia, December 15, 1959; admitted to bar, 1988, Georgia. Education: Barnard College of Columbia University (B.A., 1981); University of Georgia School of Law (J.D., 1987). COURSES:Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Practicum, Evidence and First Amendment, Supreme Court Seminar. Email:lrambo @ law.txwes.edu


MALINDA L. SEYMORE, (Law Professor), born Wichita Falls, Texas, November 11, 1960; admitted to bar, 1986, Texas. Education: Rice Universtiy (B.A., 1982); Baylor University School of Law (J.D., 1986). COURSES:Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Feminist Jurisprudence, Texas Criminal Procedure, Women and the Law, Property. Email:mseymore @ law.txwes.edu


JOSEPH SHADE, (Law Professor), born Riga, Latvia, October 9, 1935; admitted to bar, 1960, Texas; 1964, U.S. Supreme Court; 1965, Illinois. Education: University of Texas at Austin (B.B.A., 1958); University of Texas School of Law ( J.D., 1960). COURSES: Contract, Oil & Gas, Business Associations, Securities Regulation, Advanced Oil & Gas. Email:jshade @ law.txwes.edu


ARIC KURTIS SHORT, (Law Professor), born Dallas, Texas, October 28, 1969; admitted to bar, 1996, Texas. Education: Georgetown University (A.B., 1993); University of Texas School of Law (J.D., 1996). COURSES:Property, Water Law, Environmental Law, Law and Religion. Email:ashort @ law.txwes.edu


ROGER SIMON, (Law Professor), born Fort Worth, Texas, October 17, 1961; Education: University of Texas School of Law (J.D., 1997); New York University (M.A., 1986); Rice University (B.A., 1984). COURSES:Legal Research and Writing. Email: rsimon @ law.txwes.edu


FREDERICK G. SLABACH, (Law Professor), born South Bend, Indiana, November 7, 1956; Education: Columbia University School of Law (LL.M., 1991); University of Mississippi School of Law (J.D., 1982); Mississippi College (B.S. 1979). Email: fslabach @ law.txwes.edu


FRANKLIN G. SNYDER, (Law Professor), born Orange, California, March 31, 1953; Education: Temple University School of Law (LL.M., 1998); University of Missouri School of Law (J.D., 1983); California State University, Fullerton (B.A., 1977). COURSES: Business Associations, Contracts, Corporate Governance, Sales. Email: fsnyder @ law.txwes.edu


NEIL L. SOBOL, (Law Professor), born Princeton, New Jersey, December 10, 1962; admitted to bar, 1988, Texas. Education: Stanford University (B.A., 1985; M.A., 1985); Southern Methodist University School of Law (J.D., 1988). COURSES:Legal Research and Writing. Email:nsobol @ law.txwes.edu


JOE C. SPURLOCK, II, (Law Professor), born Fort Worth, Texas, January 29, 1938; admitted to bar, 1962, Texas. Education: Texas A & M University (B.A., Economics, 1960); University of Texas School of Law (J.D., 1962); University of Virginia Law School (LL.M., 1992). COURSES:Contracts, Legislation, Family Law, Children and the Law, U.C.C. 3 and 4, Appellate Practice Seminars. Email:jspurlock @ law.txwes.edu


FREDERIC WHITE, (Law Professor), born Cleveland, Ohio, February 12, 1948; admitted to bar, 1973, Ohio. Education: Columbia College (B.A., 1970); Columbia University School of Law (J.D., 1973). COURSES:Property, Wills and Trusts, Land Use Control, Real Estate. Email:fwhite @ law.txwes.edu