Professor DeLeith Duke Gossett
|Associate Professor of Law, 2010
Chair of the Judicial Clerkship Committee
A recipient of the 2013 Texas Tech Alumni Association New Faculty Award, Professor Gossett draws upon her considerable federal court experience to guide her Legal Practice students. Professor Gossett served as a law clerk for four federal judges and experienced first-hand the explosive growth of the patent docket in the Eastern District of Texas. In private practice, she returned to federal court, serving as local counsel in patent cases and representing governmental actors in qualified immunity cases and employers in Title VII cases. She also enjoyed appellate practice in both federal and state court, and family law matters in state court.
Professor Gossett also taught International & Comparative Family Law at the 2015 Summer Law Program at Vytautas Magnus University School of Law in Kaunas, Lithuania, and at the 2014 Summer Law Institute at the Universidad de Guanajuato in Mexico.
Professor Gossett writes in the areas of social justice and child welfare, focusing on international and domestic systems of adoption and foster care. She has presented her scholarship at Montclair State University, the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Texas A&M University School of Law, Pepperdine Law School, and St. John’s University.
Professor Gossett graduated with honors from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law, where she served as Notes Editor and sat on the Editorial Board of the UALR Law Review. While in law school, she earned the top grade in both Legal Research, Writing, and Analysis I and II, and she received the 2001 Arkansas Bar Foundation Legal Writing Award for her published note: Media Ride-Alongs into the Home: Can They Survive a Head-on Collision Between First and Fourth Amendment Rights? Wilson v. Layne, 22 U. Ark. Little Rock L. Rev. 679 (2000).
Professor Gossett is admitted to practice in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, and all Texas state courts.
Professor Gossett is a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation.
Recent Law Review Articles
“[Take From Us Our] Wretched Refuse”: The Deportation of America’s Adoptees, 85 U. Cin. L. Rev. ____ (Forthcoming 2017).
Take off the [Color] Blinders: How Ignoring the Hague Convention’s Subsidiarity Principle Furthers Structural Racism Against Black American Children, 55 Santa Clara L. Rev. 261 (2015).
If Charity Begins at Home, Why Do We Go Searching Abroad? Why the Federal Adoption Tax Credit Should Not Subsidize International Adoptions, 17 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 839 (2013).
J.D., University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law, with honors, 2001
B.S.E., University of Central Arkansas, magna cum laude, 1998