Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Employment Announcement

The Texas Tech University School of Law seeks to fill two new professorships, each with a substantial endowment.  One of the positions is limited to criminal law and procedure, and the other is open to any field of law.  As a general guideline, candidates should have ten or more years of fulltime teaching experience and a record of scholarship that clearly demonstrates the professor's potential to make a long term contribution to Texas Tech and to the legal community.


Judge George E. Killam Professor of Criminal Law

Experience:         10+ years

Endowment:      Multimillion dollar (income to supplement senior level salary)

Field:                Some aspect of criminal law or procedure

Governor Preston B. Smith Professor of Law

Experience           10+ years

Endowment:      $560,000 (income to supplement senior level salary)

Field                     Open


Our relatively young School of Law was founded in 1967 and is located on the main campus of Texas Tech University.  The contiguous campus also includes the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center and Medical School.   Our library is spacious and supports faculty research with librarians assigned to each faculty member to aid in information retrieval and management. The library also gives unique support to our students by providing officelike student carrels, each with its own computer.  All classroom seats have power connections and wired access to the Internet, and there is also a schoolwide wireless network. In 2004, the ABA ranked Texas Tech first in the nation in technology support to students.  (Check our website at

In the next few months, we will break ground on the 12 million dollar,  32,000 square foot Mark & Becky Lanier Professional Development Center, an addition to our building which will feature a hightechnology "courtroom of the future," additional faculty and staff office space, seminar rooms, and an auditorium for scholastic events and CLE seminars.  The new Professional Development Center is fullyfunded, thanks to the generosity of an alumnus and matching funds from the university.

As our young school evolves, we are developing areas of excellence in law and science (including forensics), health law, water law, military law, international law and Biodefense Law and Policy.  Students have the opportunity to study in Mexico, Spain, and France.  Texas Tech is a sponsor of a consortium program in Guanajuato, Mexico, at which our professors regularly teach.  Students may elect to pursue a joint degree in one of several related fields such as accounting, business administration, public administration, environmental toxicology, biotechnology, horticulture, and entomology.  The Law and Science Certificate Program, with specializations in Health Law, Environmental Law, Intellectual Property, Oil and Gas Law, and Biodefense Law attracted 60 students the first year it was offered. 

The Texas Tech University School of Law is fully accredited by the American Bar Association, is a full member of the Association of American Law Schools, and was granted an Order of the Coif chapter in 1974.


            The School of Law's 36 fulltime faculty members are a diverse group with wide ranging interests.  Our scholarship is cited by the United States Supreme Court, other courts, and scholarly books and journals.  We work directly with the United Nations, state legislatures, and bar associations to shape and improve the law.  Members of our faculty actively participate in the American Law Institute, the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, the American Bar Association, the American Association of Law Schools, the Clinical Legal Education Association, The Fulbright Programs Council for the International Exchange of Scholars, the Legal Writing Institute, The Institute for Law School Teaching, and the State Bar of Texas.


            The School of Law has a student body of 650 students.  Scholarships total more than $1.76 million in the current year.  Approximately 41% of the current student body has a scholarship of some amount.  As a state school, a majority of our students must be Texans, and they join us from all parts of Texas.  Ours is the only public law school in the very large region described as north and west Texas, including DallasFort Worth.  Our nonTexas students come from a variety of other states, schools, and nations.  Student diversity is an area of emphasis, and our students represent a wide diversity of views and backgrounds. 

            Reflective of our student diversity are the 48 registered academic and special interest student organizations.  Students publish and edit four publications (Texas Tech Law Review, Texas Tech Journal of Texas Administrative Law, Texas Bank Lawyer, and Texas Tech Lawyer).  They actively compete in our nationallyranked advocacy teams (with ten national titles in recent years).  Others participate in undergraduate alumni groups (such as the Texas Aggie Bar Association) and topical groups (such as the Intellectual Property Student Association).  Multicultural groups exist to serve a variety of interests.  Texas Tech's Black Law Students Association hosted the Rocky Mountain Regional BLSA Conference in February 2004.  A current BLSA member is Regional Director of the Rocky Mountain Region of the National Black Law Students Association.

            Students exhibit a cooperative and supportive spirit.  Students recently collected items to send to fellow law students in the Armed Forces Reserve deployed in Iraq, another student group collected donations of books and magazines for a local hospital, another donated a full weekend to Habitat for Humanity, and yet another worked the weekend food line at a church soup kitchen.  Students also assist with pro bono intake clinics of Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas. 


            Texas Tech University is a statefunded institution located in Lubbock, Texas, a city of over 200,000 people on the South Plains of the Texas Panhandle.  The Texas Tech campus has a student population of nearly 29,000, which includes more than 24,000 undergraduates and nearly 5,000 graduate students.  The University is a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University with 13 constituent colleges and schools.  The Texas Tech University System Lubbock campus also includes the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, a center for medical treatment and research in the South Plains.  The Health Sciences Center is composed of five schools including medicine, nursing, allied health sciences, and pharmacy.  The Texas Tech Red Raiders compete in Big XII NCAA athletics.  Our championship mens and womens basketball teams are traditionally among the nations elite, and in recent years, the Texas Tech football, baseball, and track teams have been nationally ranked as well.


            Lubbock, known as the Hub City of the South Plains, is the medical, financial, and educational center of a large region encompassing most of West Texas and Eastern New Mexico.  The public school system is ranked as one of the best in Texas and the medical facilities are excellent.  Our citizens are polite, friendly, and familyoriented.  They appreciate the great weather (an average of 277 days of sunshine per year), low cost of living, and an easy commute.  Lubbock is a unique university community that enjoys excellent towngown relations. 


            If you are interested in one or both of these positionsor would like to nominate another potential candidateplease contact Allison Professor of Law William Casto, Chair of the Search Committee, at:

                        William Casto
                        Allison Professor of Law
                        Texas Tech University School of Law
                        1802 Hartford Avenue
                        Mail Stop 0004
                        Lubbock, Texas 794090004

            Electronic applications are also welcome via email at


Walter B. Huffman
Dean & Professor of Law

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