Dean Darby Dickerson

Darby Dickerson Dean and W. Frank Newton Professor of Law, 2011
(806) 834-5421

Admitted to practice in Texas.

Dean Dickerson joined Texas Tech University School of Law in July 2011 after serving as vice president and dean at Stetson University College of Law in Tampa Bay, Florida.

She received her B.A. and M.A. from the College of William and Mary and earned her J.D. in 1988 from Vanderbilt Law School, where she served as senior managing editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review and as a member of the Moot Court Board.

After law school, Dean Dickerson clerked for the Honorable Harry W. Wellford of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and then worked as a litigation associate for six years at the Dallas firm of Locke Purnell Rain Harrell (now Locke Lord). In 1995, she was named both Outstanding Director of the Texas Young Lawyers Association and the Outstanding Young Lawyer in Dallas.

Dean Dickerson joined the Stetson faculty in fall 1995. She served as director of Legal Research and Writing from 1996 to 2004, associate dean from 2000 to 2002, vice dean during 2002 and 2003, and interim dean during 2003 and 2004. She was named vice president and dean in February 2004.

She has taught alternative dispute resolution, legal research and writing, federal pretrial practice, litigation ethics, and torts. Dean Dickerson served as the faculty advisor to the Moot Court Board and Stetson Law Review and cofounded Stetson's International Environmental Moot Court Competition.

In March 2000, her book, the ALWD Citation Manual: A Professional Citation System, written on behalf of the Association of Legal Writing Directors, was published by Aspen Publishers, Inc. The book was designed as an alternative to the Bluebook and is now in its fourth edition. Professors at dozens of law schools adopted the book. Paralegal programs and several law journals have adopted it as well. Its use is approved by the supreme courts of Alabama, Idaho, and Montana, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Dean Dickerson is a member of the American Law Institute and an officer and director of Scribes, The American Society of Legal Writers. In 2011, she was appointed to the Association of American Law Schools' Membership Review Committee and elected co-chair of the AALS Section for the Law School Dean.

She is a past director of ALWD and a past officer and director of the Ferguson-White Inn of Court in Tampa. Other previous and current professional activities include serving as vice chair of the Law School Administration Committee of the ABA's Section on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar, managing editor of Legal Writing: The Journal of the Legal Writing Institute, a member of the Advisory Board of Dean and Provost newsletter, and academic contributor for the eighth edition of Black's Law Dictionary. Dean Dickerson frequently speaks at national and regional meetings sponsored by organizations such as the Department of Education, SAMHSA, NASPA, NACA, and URMIA.


B.A., College of William and Mary, 1984

M.A., College of William and Mary, 1985

J.D., Vanderbilt Law School, 1988

Areas of Interest

Higher education law and policy, legal citation, and litigation ethics

Selected Publications

Books and Book Chapters

Association of Legal Writing Directors & Darby Dickerson, ALWD Citation Manual: A Professional System of Citation (Aspen 2000, 2d ed. 2003, 3d ed. 2006, 4th ed. 2010).

"Legal Issues for Campus Administrators, Faculty, and Staff," in College Student Mental Health: Effective Services and Strategies Across Campus ch. 3 (Sherry A. Benton & Stephen L. Benton eds., NASPA 2006).

"Professor Dumbledore's Wisdom and Advice," in Harry Potter and the Law (Jeffery E. Thomas et al. eds., Carolina Academic Press, 2009).

"Law and Campus Violence," in Violence Goes to Campus (John Nicoletti, Sally Spencer-Thomas & Christopher Bollinger eds., 2d ed., Charles C. Thomas Publisher Ltd., 2009).

Articles and Essays

Legal Writing in the Academy 20002010: A Decade of Promise and Progress, ___ Leg. Writing ___ (forthcoming 2011).

Sign and Release? Using Waivers and Releases as Risk-Management Tools, Campus Activities Programming A6 (Jan./Feb. 2010).

What Is Cyberbullying? NASPA Leadership Exchange 28 (Mar. 2009).

Prescription for Disaster: The Problem of "Hidden Harms" and Hazing, Campus Activities Programming A12 (Jan./Feb. 2009).

Background Checks in the University Admissions Process: An Overview of Legal and Policy Considerations, 34 J.C. & U.L. 419 (2008).

Facilitated Plagiarism: The Saga of Term-Paper Mills and the Failure of Legislation and Litigation to Control Them, 52 Vill. L. Rev. 21 (2007).