Professor Brie D. Sherwin

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

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

Brie D. Sherwin is an Assistant Professor of Law and part of the inaugural faculty of the Master of Public Health Degree Program at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Texas Tech University.

Dr. Sherwinís interdisciplinary career began in law school where she was one of the first students to earn a J.D./M.S. in Environmental Toxicology. After law school, she practiced law in Dallas/Fort Worth and also taught Environmental Law & Policy as an adjunct professor at Texas Christian University. She began her career working as an associate at one of the largest toxic tort litigation firms in the country, representing individuals and communities affected by environmental contamination. She most recently practiced environmental law at the Dallas office of Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP.

In 2014, Professor Sherwin received her doctorate in Environmental Toxicology from the Institute of Environmental and Human Health. Her scientific research has focused on the effects of environmental stressors on endangered and threatened species. In particular, her work included the study of endocrine disruption in Moreletís crocodiles exposed to organochlorine pesticides in Belize and the effects of habitat modification and chemical exposure on the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard in western Texas.

She currently teaches Legal Practice at the law school and Basic Environmental Health Sciences at the graduate school.


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

Chocolate, Coca-Cola, and Fracturing Fluid: A Story of Unfettered Secrecy, Toxicology & the Resulting Public Health Implications of Natural Gas Development, 77 Ohio St. L. J. ___ (May 2016).

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, 20 Animal L. 357 (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).