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.

Fort Worth Omni Hotel
1300 Houston Street
Fort Worth, Texas
Thursday, June 16, 2016
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

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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. Attorney’s 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

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.

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 Women’s Bar Association, El Paso

Jeremiah David Williams ’01, Williamson County Bar Association, Round Rock

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