Professor Robert T. Sherwin
|Associate Professor of Advocacy and Skills Development, 2013
Director, Advocacy Programs
Admitted to practice in Texas, the Supreme Court of the United States, and the United States District Courts for the Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas.
Prior to joining the Texas Tech faculty in 2008, Professor Sherwin served as a Visiting Associate Professor of Law and the Director of Advocacy Programs at Texas Wesleyan University School of Law in Fort Worth, Texas. While there, he taught Federal Civil Procedure and First Amendment Law and helped build the law school's advocacy program from the ground up into a national powerhouse, winning three national championships, one international championship, and five regional and state championships in moot court. Professor Sherwin also served as an adjunct professor at Texas Christian University's Schieffer School of Journalism, where he taught Mass Communication Law and Ethics.
Since returning to his law school alma matter, Professor Sherwin has overseen an advocacy program that has claimed 42 state, regional, national, and international advocacy championships (along with 29 Best Brief and Best Advocate awards) in the past five years. From 2011 to 2013, he coached the law school’s moot court teams to three national championships at both of the nation’s two major moot court tournaments—the 190-team National Moot Court Competition and 225-team ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition. Tech Law's moot court successes consistently place it among the top five programs in the nation by multiple national ranking sites.
From 2001 through 2007, Professor Sherwin practiced law at the Fort Worth firm of Brackett & Ellis, P.C. He maintained a diverse litigation and appellate practice, representing clients in copyright and trademark disputes, complex business litigation, and antitrust matters. He was named a "Rising Star" by Texas Monthly magazine in 2007 and 2008 and a "Top Attorney" by Fort Worth, Texas magazine in 2006 and 2007. He also served as a director and treasurer of the Fort Worth-Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association.
Professor Sherwin obtained his undergraduate degree from the Schieffer School of Journalism at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. He then obtained his J.D. from Texas Tech University School of Law, where he was a member of the law school's national and state moot court teams, the Texas Tech Law Review, and the Texas Tech Board of Barristers.
B.S. magna cum laude, Texas Christian University, 1998
J.D. cum laude, Texas Tech University School of Law, 2001
Appellate Advocacy, Trial Advocacy, Commercial Litigation, Entertainment Law
Selected Publications and Presentations
"Is Moot Court a Moot Point? The Differences (and Similarities) Between Law School Moot Court and the Practice of Law," presented to the Lone Star Legal Research and Writing Conference, May 29, 2009.
Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States (Macmillan Reference USA 2008) (entries for Garcetti v. Ceballos, 126 S. Ct. 1951 (2006); 44 Liquormart, Inc. v. Rhode Island, 517 U.S. 484 (1996); and Wisconsin v. Mitchell, 508 U.S. 476 (1993)).
"'Source' of Protection: The Status of the Reporter's Privilege in Texas and a Call to Arms for the State's Legislators and Journalists," 32 Tex. Tech. L. Rev. 137 (2000).
"Discovering the New E-Discovery Rules in Federal Court," presented to Fort Worth-Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association, September 18, 2007.
"Copyright Law for the General Practitioner," presented to Fort Worth-Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association, October 17, 2006.