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April 28, 2016 // 0 Comments

Kevin Smith Kevin Smith is a 3L J.D. Candidate graduating in May 2016.  Kevin earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Arizona State University in 2005.  He serves as a Comment Editor of the Law Review.  As a 2L, he was a member of the Billings, Exum, and Frye National Moot Court Competition. As a 3L, he was a member of the National Health Law Moot Court Competition. He has also served as a tutor for Professor Casto’s Contracts class and as a Teaching Fellow for Professor [...]

Court of Criminal Appeals Update: Ex Parte Molina

April 28, 2016 // 0 Comments

Ex Parte Molina No. WR-83,799-01 Case Summary written by Eric Matthews, Staff Member. JUDGE YEARY delivered an opinion for the unanimous court. The trial court convicted Molina of aggravated robbery and sentenced him to 16 years’ confinement. The Fourteenth Court of Appeals affirmed his conviction. Molina then brought an application for writ of habeas corpus, claiming that he was not credited for the time he spent in jail prior to his conviction. Molina claimed he was entitled to a one-year [...]

Getting to Know TTLR

April 27, 2016 // 0 Comments

Keirsten Hamilton Keirsten Hamilton is a Staff Member on Vol. 48 of the Texas Tech Law Review and a dual J.D./MBA Candidate for the Class of 2017. She grew up in Groesbeck, Texas and received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and English Literature from Texas A&M University in 2012. Prior to attending law school, Keirsten worked for an oil and gas recruiting firm in Houston.  Keirsten currently serves as a Property tutor for Professor Alex Pearl. During her 1L summer, she [...]

Getting to Know TTLR

April 27, 2016 // 0 Comments

Bryson Matthews Bryson Matthews is a 3L J.D. Candidate graduating in May 2016. He was born in Anton, Texas, which is a small town northwest of Lubbock. He attended Texas Tech University and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Agriculture and Applied Economics. He is currently an Articles Editor on the Texas Tech Law Review. Bryson is interested in the areas of Wills, Trusts, and Estate Planning, Commercial Litigation, Business and Corporate Law, and Mergers and Acquisitions. He had [...]

Court of Criminal Appeals Update: Marshall v. State

April 27, 2016 // 0 Comments

Marshall v. State Nos. PD-0509-14 & PD-0510-14 Case Summary written by Kayla Hackerott, Staff Member. JUDGE KEASLER delivered the opinion of the court, joined by JUDGES JOHNSON, HERVEY, ALCALA, RICHARDSON, and NEWELL. JUDGE YEARY filed a concurring and dissenting opinion, jointed by JUDGE MEYERS, and jointed as to Part I only by PRESIDING JUDGE KELLER. PRESIDING JUDGE KELLER dissented. The facts were not in dispute in this case. On September 5, 2005, Marshall and his wife, Shawne, began [...]

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April 26, 2016 // 0 Comments

Austin Smith Austin is a 3L J.D. Candidate graduating in May 2016. Austin grew up in Dallas, Texas, and attended the University of Kansas where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Finance. Prior to attending law school, Austin worked as a sales associate for Sewell Lexus of Dallas. In addition to being an Articles Editor for Volume 48 of the Texas Tech Law Review, Austin serves as President of Phi Delta Phi. He also serves as a Research Assistant for Professor Dustin Benham, as well as a Civil [...]

Court of Criminal Appeals Update: Ex Parte Cox

April 26, 2016 // 0 Comments

Ex Parte Cox WR-42,794-05 Case Summary written by Katherine Mendiola, Staff Member. JUDGE JOHNSON delivered the opinion of the court. This case dealt with the third review of a defendant’s plea bargain in which he pled guilty to one count of possession of a controlled substance and no contest to the second count of possession with intent to manufacture a controlled substance. The defendant was found guilty on both counts and subsequently appealed. Initially, the court remanded the case for a [...]

Court of Criminal Appeals Update: Blea v. State

April 25, 2016 // 0 Comments

Blea v. State No. PD-0245-15 Case Summary written by Eric Clinton, Staff Member. JUDGE ALCALA delivered the opinion of the court. In July 2010, Juan Blea, the appellant, went to his parents’ apartment in order to visit his daughter and her mother. When he arrived, the appellant noticed a “hickey” on the mother’s neck. After being told that the mark came from another man the night before, appellant became angry and threatened to kill the mother and began to physically assault her. The [...]

Getting to Know TTLR

April 24, 2016 // 0 Comments

Molly Neace Molly Neace is a Staff Member and 2L J.D. Candidate for 2017. She is from Plano, Texas and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Legal Studies from Texas Tech University in 2013. Prior to law school, Molly interned with a McKinney law firm conducting research for family and criminal law. Currently, she is a member of Phi Delta Phi. She is interested in corporate law, estate planning, and real estate [...]

Getting to Know TTLR

April 24, 2016 // 0 Comments

Regan Pearson Regan Pearson is a 3L J.D. Candidate graduating in May 2016. He is from Lubbock, Texas and received his B.B.A. in Finance from Texas Tech University in 2012. During his undergraduate studies at Texas Tech, Regan was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta (Fiji) Fraternity where he served as Social Chairman. In law school, Regan serves as an Articles Editor on the Law Review and on the Editorial Board of the Texas Bank Lawyer, a monthly publication that focuses on Commercial and [...]
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