2016 Alumni Association Awards
Please join us for the Texas Tech University School of Law Alumni Reception held in conjunction with the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting. We will present the 2016 Alumni Association Awards.
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2016 Alumni Association Award Recipients
Hershell L. Barnes Ambassador Awards
This award, presented at the Texas Tech Law reception during the Texas Bar annual meeting, recognizes an alumnus who has served as a goodwill ambassador through a combination of actions and efforts that have demonstrated dedication and fellowship toward the School of Law and general community. This award is named in honor of Hershell Barnes, Class of 1970, the first Texas Tech Law alumnus to serve on the Texas Tech Law School Foundation Board. Mr. Barnes passed away in 2011.
Jerry V. Beard 91, Assistant Federal Defender—Northern District of Texas, Dallas
Diana M. Valdez 04, Law Offices of Diana Macias Valdez, PLLC, El Paso
Judge Melody M. Wilkinson 88, State District Judge, 17th District Court, Fort Worth
Daniel H. Benson Public Service Award
This award, presented at the Texas Tech Law reception during the Texas Bar annual meeting, recognizes an alumnus who has demonstrated significant and substantial contributions to furthering ideals of public service in the law. This award is named in honor of long-time Tech Law Professor Daniel Benson, who passed away in 2011.
Margaret F. Leachman 90, District Criminal Chief, U.S. Attorneys Office, Western District of Texas, San Antonio
D. Murray Hensley Service Award
This award, presented at the Texas Tech Law reception during the Texas Bar annual meeting, recognizes an alumnus who has served the law school by coaching advocacy teams. This award is named in honor of long-time advocacy coach Murray Hensley, Class of 1982, who passed away in 2011.
Dr. Brie E. Sherwin 01, Texas Tech University School of Law, Lubbock
This award, presented at the Texas Tech Law reception during the Texas Bar annual meeting, recognizes an alumnus who graduated during the last decade (Graduates of the Law Decade) for significant achievements in the practice of law, the judiciary, public service, government, business, or commerce.
John D. Beck 10, Hogan Lovells US, LLP, New York City
Elizabeth G. Hill 12, Craig, Terrill, Hale & Grantham LLP, Lubbock
Rising Star Award
This award, presented at the Texas Tech Law reception during the Texas Bar annual meeting, recognizes an alumnus (usually out 15 or fewer years) whose exemplary contributions of service and leadership, either professionally or at the School of Law, has brought credit to the graduate and the institution.
Anna M. McKim 01, Field, Manning, Stone, Hawthorne & Aycock P.C., Lubbock
Representative Andrew S. Murr 03, Texas House of Representatives, District 53, Junction
R. Dale Smith 02, Assistant Criminal District Attorney, Tarrant County, Fort Worth
Outstanding Service Awards
These awards, presented at the Texas Tech Law reception during the Texas Bar annual meeting, recognize non-alumni individuals and organizations who have a history of (a) hiring Texas Tech Law alumni, (b) serving or mentoring Texas Tech Law students, (c) participating in externship programs for Texas Tech Law students, or (d) contributing monetarily or otherwise to the success of Texas Tech School of Law.
C. Richard Baker, Texas Tech University School of Law, Adjunct Professor
Gardere, Austin, Dallas, Denver, Houston & Mexico City
Kelly, Hart & Hallman, LLP, Fort Worth, Austin & Midland
Bob Black Bar Leaders Award
These awards, presented at the Texas Tech Law reception during the Texas Bar annual meeting, recognize each Texas Tech Law alumnus who has during the past year served as president of a local, state, national, international, or specialty bar association. This award is named in honor of Texas Tech Law alumnus Bob Black, Class of 1980, who served as president of the State Bar of Texas during 2011–2012.
Jimmy Allen Ashby 70, Palo Pinto County Bar Association, Mineral Wells
Jacob Austin Blizzard 10, Abilene Young Lawyers Association, Abilene
Tina Denise Davis-Rincones 00, Hale County Bar Association, Plainview
Javier Garcia Espinoza 02, San Antonio Trial Lawyers Association, San Antonio
Andrew John Hefferly 11, Washington County Bar Association, Brenham
Jack O. Herrington 73, Red River County Bar Association, Clarksville
Sarah Gwynne Hoffman 10, Denton County Young Lawyers Association, Denton
David Timothy Lanehart 87, South Plains Trial Lawyers Association, Lubbock
Megan Britni Myers 08, Abilene Bar Association, Abilene
Olivia Leigh Erwin Neu 12, Cooke County Bar Association, Gainesville
Blair Saylor Oscarsson 06, Amarillo Young Lawyers Association, Amarillo
Gabriel Steven Perez 08, Border Bankruptcy Bar Association, El Paso
Penny R. Phillips 92, Plano Bar Association, Plano
Sarah Abigail Russell 07, Collin County Young Lawyers Association, McKinney
Thomas Franklin Sellers 13, Lubbock Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Lubbock
John William Shanklin, II 12, West Texas Bankruptcy Bar Association, Lubbock
Levi Trevor Siebenlist 09, Lubbock County Young Lawyers Association, Lubbock
Dusty Joe Stockard 00, Amarillo Area Bar Association, Amarillo
John Bennett Strong 06, Tarrant County Probate Bar Association, Fort Worth
John D. Talley 83, Panhandle Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Amarillo
Diana Macias Valdez 04, El Paso Womens Bar Association, El Paso
Jeremiah David Williams 01, Williamson County Bar Association, Round Rock2015 Recipients 2014 Recipients 2013 Recipients