2015 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 2015 Alumni Association Awards.

Grand Hyatt
600 E. Market St.
San Antonio, Texas
Thursday, June 18, 2015
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

2015 Alumni Association Award Nominees

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.

Doug Atnipp ’85, Greenberg Traurig, Houston, Texas

Janna Clarke ’84, Smith & Jennings, P.C., Fort Worth, Texas

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.

Judge Judy Parker ’85, County Court at Law #3, Lubbock, Texas

Mike Truesdale ’94, Law Office of Michael S. Truesdale PLLC, Austin, Texas

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.

Robert Withers ’10, Withers & Withers P.C., Dallas, Texas

G.O.L.D. Awards

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.

Representative Dustin Burrows ’05, McCleskey, Harriger, Brazill & Graf, Lubbock, Texas

Amy Hardberger ’05, Asst. Prof., St. Mary’s University School of Law, San Antonio, Texas

LaKeisha Forte Wells ’06, Stafford Barrow, PLLC, Dallas, Texas

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.

Cottie Miles ’97, Martin & Drought, P.C., San Antonio, Texas

Dylan Drummond ’03, K&L Gates, LLP, Austin, Texas

Ty Wood ’06, Attorney at Law, Colorado City, Texas

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.

7th Court of Appeals, Amarillo, Texas (Chief Justice Brian Quinn)

Texas Association of Counties, Austin, Texas (Executive Director Gene Terry)

Judge Lesa Arnold, County Judge, Dickens County

Dykema Cox Smith, San Antonio, Texas (Managing Director Deborah Williamson)

Judge William “Bill” Shaver (posthumously), Lubbock, Texas (Son Dr. Andy Shaver)

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.

Nicholas Edward Arrott, II

Timothy Drew Newsom

Erick Lee Lucio

Justin Elliott Reed

Monica Lira Bravo

Daniel Franklin Abasolo

Michael Kirk Mathis

Amber Lauren James

Claudio G. Flores, Jr.

Jeremy Mark Derington

Daniel Nesbitt Maclemore

Jody Lynn Myatt

Kyle Wayne Maysel

Anna Marie Warren McKim

Andrew Bradley Curtis

Elizabeth Geary Hill

David Martin Diaz

Danny Razo

Robert Shaun Rainey

Mike Alan Smiddy

Scott Warren Johnson

Minerva Garza

Michael J. Henry

Jason Lee Horton

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