Professor Robert T. Sherwin
|Assistant Professor of Law, 2013
Director, Advocacy Programs, 2008
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 48 state, regional, national, and international advocacy championships (along with 43 Best Brief and Best Advocate awards) in the past six 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 (in 2011 and 2012) and the 225-team ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition (in 2013). At those two tournaments combined, Tech Law has advanced to at least the national final four in eight of the last ten opportunities. The law school’s moot court successes set it apart as one of just three programs in the country to be ranked in the top 10 of the Blakely Advocacy Institute’s moot court rankings each of the past five years.
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
“Clones, Thugs, ‘N (Eventual?) Harmony: Using the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure to Simulate a Statutory Defamation Defense and Make the World Safe from Copyright Bullies,” 64 DePaul L. Rev. (forthcoming spring 2015).
“Teaching Negotiation to 1Ls” (co-author), The Learning Curve (Newsletter of the Academic Support Section of the AALS) (forthcoming winter 2015).
“The Moot Court Competition Brief and Pedagogy: How Coaches and Advisors Can Teach When Competition Rules Seem to Prevent It,” presented at Legal Writing Institute Moot Court Conference, October 2014.
“Lessons From Our Founding Fathers: The Art of Negotiating as an Inherent Principle in Successful Advocacy,” (co-presenter), presented at Legal Writing Institute Biennial Conference, July 2014.
Panelist — “Promoting Advocacy Training at Non-Advocacy Schools,” presented at Southeastern Association of Law Schools 2012 Annual Conference, July 2012.
Panelist — “Moot Court Advisors Roundtable,” presented at Legal Writing Institute Biennial Conference, May 2012.
"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.