Dean Darby Dickerson

Darby Dickerson Dean and W. Frank Newton Professor of Law, 2011
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Darby Dickerson became Dean at Texas Tech University School of Law in July 2011. She also holds the W. Frank Newton Endowed Professorship.

Dean Dickerson came to Texas Tech from Stetson University College of Law in Florida, where she served as Interim Dean and Dean from 2003–2011. A nationally known leader in legal education, Dean Dickerson serves on the Executive Committee of the Association of American Law Schools and is also a Past Chair of several sections, including the Deans Section and the Section on Institutional Advancement. She is an elected member of the American Law Institute, a Sustaining Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, and an inaugural member of the Texas Tech University School of Law American Inn of Court. She is also Co-Chair of the Law School Liaison Committee of the Appellate Section of the State Bar of Texas and Immediate Past President of Scribes—The American Society of Legal Writers.

Dean Dickerson received her B.A. and M.A. from the College of William & Mary, and her J.D. from Vanderbilt University. Following law school, she clerked for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and then practiced commercial litigation with Locke Lord Edwards in Dallas, Texas. In 1995, she was named both Outstanding Young Lawyer in Dallas and Outstanding Director of the Texas Young Lawyers Association. In January 2013, she was the inaugural recipient of the Darby Dickerson Award for Revolutionary Change in Legal Writing, named by the Association of Legal Writing Directors to honor her contributions to legal writing.


B.A., College of William and Mary, 1984

M.A., College of William and Mary, 1985

J.D., Vanderbilt Law School, 1988

Areas of Interest

Higher education law and policy, legal citation, and litigation ethics

Selected Publications

Books and Book Chapters

Association of Legal Writing Directors & Darby Dickerson, ALWD Citation Manual: A Professional System of Citation (Aspen 2000, 2d ed. 2003, 3d ed. 2006, 4th ed. 2010).

"Legal Issues for Campus Administrators, Faculty, and Staff," in College Student Mental Health: Effective Services and Strategies Across Campus ch. 3 (Sherry A. Benton & Stephen L. Benton eds., NASPA 2006).

"Professor Dumbledore's Wisdom and Advice," in Harry Potter and the Law (Jeffery E. Thomas et al. eds., Carolina Academic Press, 2009).

"Law and Campus Violence," in Violence Goes to Campus (John Nicoletti, Sally Spencer-Thomas & Christopher Bollinger eds., 2d ed., Charles C. Thomas Publisher Ltd., 2009).

Articles and Essays

Legal Writing in the Academy 2000–2010: A Decade of Promise and Progress, ___ Leg. Writing ___ (forthcoming 2011).

Sign and Release? Using Waivers and Releases as Risk-Management Tools, Campus Activities Programming A6 (Jan./Feb. 2010).

What Is Cyberbullying? NASPA Leadership Exchange 28 (Mar. 2009).

Prescription for Disaster: The Problem of "Hidden Harms" and Hazing, Campus Activities Programming A12 (Jan./Feb. 2009).

Background Checks in the University Admissions Process: An Overview of Legal and Policy Considerations, 34 J.C. & U.L. 419 (2008).

Facilitated Plagiarism: The Saga of Term-Paper Mills and the Failure of Legislation and Litigation to Control Them, 52 Vill. L. Rev. 21 (2007).