Professor Brie D. Sherwin

Brie Sherwin Assistant Professor of Law, 2008-
Adjunct Professor of Law, TTU Health Sciences Center Department of Public Health
(806) 834-5181

Admitted to practice in Texas and before the Supreme Court of the United States.

Professor Sherwin was one of the first students to graduate from Texas Tech School of Law’s dual degree program with a J.D./M.S. in Environmental Toxicology in 2001. While in law school, she worked as a research assistant at the Texas Tech Institute of Environmental and Human Health (TIEHH), measuring the effects of endocrine disruption in Morelet’s crocodiles exposed to organochlorine pesticides in Belize.

Prior to joining the Texas Tech faculty full-time, Professor Sherwin practiced law in Dallas/Fort Worth from 2001 through 2008. She began her career working as an associate at one of the largest toxic tort litigation firms in the country, where she specialized in pre-trial discovery and the use of scientific evidence in occupational and community exposure cases. Later, she maintained a diverse transactional practice which included real estate law, oil & gas law and in-house environmental consulting for an international restaurant and hospitality corporation.

She most recently practiced environmental law at the Dallas office of Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, where she negotiated settlements with governmental agencies, worked with clients on obtaining environmental permits and assisted the appellate section in research and writing. Professor Sherwin also taught Environmental Law & Policy as an adjunct professor at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. She currently teaches Legal Practice and Law, Science, Policy & Scientific Evidence and coaches the Pace National Environmental Law Moot Court Team.

Professor Sherwin is presently working on her PhD in Environmental Toxicology. Her research interests include the use of scientific evidence in civil and criminal cases, and the monitoring and regulation of emerging environmental contaminants.


B.S. (Biology) cum laude, University of New Mexico, 1998.

J.D., Texas Tech University School of Law, 2001.

M.S. (Environmental Toxicology), Texas Tech University, 2001.

Ph.D. (Environmental Toxicology), Texas Tech University, 2014.


Legal Practice I and II
Law, Science, Policy & Scientific Evidence

Selected Publications and Presentations

Brie D. Sherwin, The Lizard, the Scientist, and the Lawmaker: An Analysis of the Trending Fight over the Use of Science under the Endangered Species Act and How to Address It, ___Animal L.___ (forthcoming spring 2014).

Avanasi, R., W. A. Jackson, B. Sherwin, J. F. Mudge, and T. A. Anderson, C60 fullerene soil sorption, biodegradation, and plant uptake, Environ. Sci. Technol. (2014), available at:

Victoria V. Sutton & Brie D. Sherwin, Toxicological Animal Studies: Disparate Treatment as Scientific Evidence, 2 J. Animal & Envtl. L. 1 (2011).

Brie D. Sherwin, Reframing Rights: Bioconstitutionalism in the Genetic Age, 33 J. Legal Med. 305-311 (2012) (book review).

Brie D. Sherwin, The Morgan Trilogy, Encyclopedia of The Sup. CT. of The U.S. (Macmillan Reference 2008).