Professor DeLeith Duke Gossett
|Associate Professor of Law, 2010
Chair of the Judicial Clerkship Committee
A recipient of the 2013 Texas Tech Alumni Association New Faculty Award, Professor Gossett draws upon her considerable federal court experience to guide her Legal Practice students. Professor Gossett served as a law clerk for four federal judges and experienced first-hand the explosive growth of the patent docket in the Eastern District of Texas. In private practice, she returned to federal court, as she served as local counsel in patent cases and represented governmental actors in qualified immunity cases and employers in Title VII cases. She also enjoyed appellate practice in both federal and state court, and family law matters in state court.
Professor Gossett writes in the area of social justice and child welfare, focusing on international and domestic systems of adoption and foster care. She has presented her scholarship at Texas A&M University School of Law (previously Texas Wesleyan University School of Law), Pepperdine Law School, St. John’s University, and the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center.
Professor Gossett also taught International & Comparative Family Law at the 2014 Summer Law Institute at the Universidad de Guanajuato in Mexico, and at the 2015 Summer Law Program at Vytautas Magnus University School of Law in Kaunas, Lithuania. She will direct the Lithuanian program in 2016.
Professor Gossett graduated with honors from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law, where she served as Notes Editor and sat on the Editorial Board of the UALR Law Review. While in law school, she earned the top grade in both Legal Research, Writing, and Analysis I and II, and she received the 2001 Arkansas Bar Foundation Legal Writing Award for her published note: Media Ride-Alongs into the Home: Can They Survive a Head-on Collision Between First and Fourth Amendment Rights? Wilson v. Layne, 22 U. Ark. Little Rock L. Rev. 679 (2000).
Professor Gossett is admitted to practice in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, and all Texas state courts.
Professor Gossett is a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation.
Recent Law Review Articles
Take off the [Color] Blinders: How Ignoring the Hague Convention’s Subsidiarity Principle Furthers Structural Racism Against Black American Children, 55 Santa Clara L. Rev. 261 (2015).
If Charity Begins at Home, Why Do We Go Searching Abroad? Why the Federal Adoption Tax Credit Should Not Subsidize International Adoptions, 17 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 839 (2013).
DeLeith Duke Gossett, Take off the [Color] Blinders: How Ignoring the Hague Convention’s Subsidiarity Principle Furthers Structural Racism Against Black American Children, Central States Law Schools Association 2014 Annual Scholarship Conference, Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Baton Rouge, LA, Oct. 10-11, 2014.
DeLeith Duke Gossett, Why the Federal Adoption Tax Credit Should Not Subsidize International Adoptions, Eighth Biennial Adoption Initiative Conference: Sleeping Giants in Adoption: Power, Privilege, Politics, and Class, St. John’s University, Queens, NY, May 29-31, 2014.
DeLeith Duke Gossett, Hot Topics in Law, Why the Federal Adoption Tax Credit Should Not Subsidize International Adoptions, Nootbaar Institute Conference: Intercountry Adoption: Orphan Rescue or Child Trafficking?, Pepperdine Law School, Malibu, CA, February 8-9, 2013.
DeLeith Duke Gossett, Faculty Exchange Series, Why Do We Go Searching Abroad? Why the Federal Adoption Tax Credit Should Not Subsidize International Adoptions, Texas A&M University School of Law (previously Texas Wesleyan University School of Law), Fort Worth, TX, October 24, 2012.
DeLeith Duke Gossett & Charles Everingham IV, former U.S. Magistrate Judge, “Rocket Docketeers” — Judicial Clerkships for the IP Student, NALP 2012 Annual Education Conference, Austin, TX, April 8, 2012.
DeLeith Duke Gossett & Wendy A. Humphrey, Two Worlds Collide: Teaching ‘Real World’ Professionalism and Accountability in the World of Legal Writing, Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference, University of Las Vegas Boyd School of Law, Las Vegas, NV, March 25, 2011.
J.D., University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law, with honors, 2001
B.S.E., University of Central Arkansas, magna cum laude, 1998