Date: April 6, 2005
CONTACT: Cory Chandler,

LUBBOCK – The Texas Bar Foundation selected Larry Spain, a professor in Texas Tech’s School of Law, to receive the Outstanding Law Review Article Award for 2005.

The foundation presents the award for the most outstanding article published in a Texas law review in the previous year.

Spain’s article probes the ethical implications of collaborative law, a relatively new form of legal practice in which the parties retain lawyers with a commitment to resolve disputes without resorting to litigation. Couples sign a contract to negotiate outside of court and reach agreement in a collaborative environment with the lawyers acting as problem-solvers rather than using an adversarial approach. If the parties do not reach a settlement, their lawyers must withdraw from the case and the parties must then retain new lawyers to represent them in any subsequent litigation.

The article, “Collaborative Law: A Critical Reflection on Whether a Collaborative Orientation Can Be Ethically Incorporated into the Practice of Law,” discusses the impact collaborative law could have on the traditional model of client advocacy and issues related to informed consent of parties that retain a collaborative lawyer. It was published in the Baylor Law Review.

Spain said he wrote the article because this new form of practice has been legislatively recognized in Texas without a great deal of research and public debate.


CONTACT: Larry Spain, professor in the School of Law, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-3787, or