Professor Brie D. Sherwin

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

Dr. Sherwin is an Assistant Professor of Law at Texas Tech University School 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.

Her interdisciplinary career began in law school where she was one of the first students to earn a J.D./M.S. in Environmental Toxicology. 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.

Dr. Sherwin’s legal research has focused on environmental justice, emerging public health issues, and endangered species. She has written about trade secret protection and the toxicological concerns associated with hydraulic fracturing, and her scientific research has explored the effects of environmental toxicants and habitat modification on threatened and endangered species.

Her most recent work has profiled the lead crisis in Flint, Michigan.


Texas Tech New Faculty Award (2016) (TTU Alumni Association)

Outstanding Teacher of the Year (2016) (TTU Department of Public Health)


Pride and Prejudice and Administrative Zombies: How Economic Woes, Outdated Environmental Regulations, and State Exceptionalism Failed Flint, Michigan, 88(3) University of Colorado Law Review ___ (Spring 2017), available at:

Organochlorine pesticide residues in caudal scutes of Belize Morelet's Crocodiles, (2016) Animal L. (accepted for publication).

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), available at:

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).

C60 fullerene soil sorption, biodegradation, and plant uptake, Environ. Sci. Technol. (2014)(co-author), available at:

Toxicological Animal Studies: Disparate Treatment as Scientific Evidence, 2 J. Animal & Envtl. L. 1 (2011) (co-author with Dr. Victoria Sutton).

Reframing Rights: Bioconstitutionalism in the Genetic Age, 33 J. Legal Med. 305-311 (2012) (book review).

Bar Admissions


The Supreme Court of the United States


B.S., Biology, University of New Mexico (cum laude) 1998

J.D., Texas Tech University School of Law (2001)

Ph.D., Environmental Toxicology, Texas Tech University (2014)


Legal Practice I and II

Environmental Health Sciences (Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences)