Professor Dustin Benham
|Associate Professor of Law
Professor Benham is an award-winning law teacher who devotes his time to improving the civil-litigation system. He teaches and studies civil procedure, evidence, and advocacy. In 2015, Texas Tech University honored him with the President’s Excellence in Teaching Award. In recent years, Professor Benham has also won the Phi Alpha Delta Best Advanced Professor Award, the Texas Tech Student Bar Association’s Best Upper-Level Professor Award, and the Texas Tech Hispanic Law Students Association Best Professor Award.
Professor Benham’s courses currently include Evidence, Discovery, Trial Advocacy, and Professional Responsibility. He teaches all of these courses by synthesizing applicable legal doctrine with skills that students can use to hit the ground running in practice.
Over the years, he has also taught Appellate Advocacy and Procedure, Post-Trial Procedure, Supreme Court Advocacy, Criminal Law, Legal Practice, and Texas Trial and Appellate Procedure.
Professor Benham’s research interests mirror his teaching interests. Recently, his scholarship has taken an in-depth look at the costs and benefits of court confidentiality orders (otherwise known as “protective orders”). Professor Benham’s articles, published in law journals around the country, have examined the line between helpful and dangerous court confidentiality. Beyond journal articles, Professor Benham’s opinions on the topic have also been featured in newspapers and other mainstream media.
Before joining academia, Professor Benham was a practicing lawyer, representing large and small clients in trial and appellate courts around the country.
Professor Benham is licensed to practice in Texas and is also admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas.
Law Review Articles
- Discovery Sharing in Texas: Litigant Confidentiality v. Litigation Costs, ___ Baylor L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming 2015).
- Proportionality, Pretrial Confidentiality, and Discovery Sharing, 71 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 2181 (2014).
- Dirty Secrets: The First Amendment in Protective-Order Litigation, 35 Cardozo L. Rev. 1781 (2014).
- Beyond Congress’s Reach: Constitutional Aspects of Inherent Power, 43 Seton Hall L. Rev. 75 (2013).
- Twombly and Iqbal Should (Finally!) Put the Distinction Between Intrinsic and Extrinsic Fraud Out of Its Misery, 64 SMU L. Rev. 649 (2011).