Professor Don Richards

Don Richards Adjunct Professor (2011)

Don Richards practices law primarily in the areas of public utility law, media law, and administrative law. He is Board Certified in Administrative Law by the Board of Legal Specialization, State Bar of Texas, and he was named to Texas Monthly’s 2005 list of "Super Lawyers" for Texas.

In telecommunications and utility matters, Mr. Richards regularly represents more than 40 local exchange telephone companies and electric utility cooperatives before the Texas Legislature, the Public Utility Commission of Texas and Texas courts, including appeals and argument before the Texas Supreme Court. He has served as general counsel to the Texas Exchange Carrier Association, and has twice been Chairman of the Legal Committee of the National Telephone Cooperative Association. He is a member of Electric Cooperative Bar Association and the Texas Telephone Association and past-Chairman of the Public Utility Section of the State Bar of Texas. He serves as legal counsel to a number of west Texas media clients. He also serves as an Advisory Director and as a hotline attorney for the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas on questions of the Open Meetings Act and Public Information Act.

A sixth-generation Texan and fourth-generation journalist, Mr. Richards was born in Stonewall County, Texas, and is a native of Jayton, where his father owned the weekly newspaper. He received his undergraduate degree in journalism from Texas Tech University where he served as editor of the student newspaper, The University Daily. He then spent several years in the newspaper business, first as editor of several West Texas community newspapers, and then as publisher of The Azle News. He currently serves as publisher of The Banner of Love, one of Texas’ oldest continuing religious newspapers, as well as publisher/co-owner of the Hale Center American weekly newspaper. He is past president of the Panhandle Press Association, and served as director of the Texas Press Association.

He previously was on the Washington, D.C. staff of then-Congressman Kent Hance (now Chancellor of Texas Tech University) as Administrative Aide, serving as Press Secretary and handling legislative matters dealing in communication, military and foreign affairs.

Degrees

B.A., Texas Tech University

J.D., cum laude, Texas Tech University

Course

Texas Administrative Practice