The School of Law
Nick Arrott, a third-year law student, is editor-in-chief of the new journal.
has unveiled a new law journal – the first of its kind in the country – devoted
entirely to estate planning and community property issues.
The Estate Planning & Community Property Law Journal
will appeal mainly to legal practitioners and scholars who practice or study estate
planning law and/or tax law, said Nick Arrott, editor-in-chief of the new publication.
“Additionally, we aim to have a national and international audience because our journal
is not focused solely on Texas law but is focused on current national and international
estate planning matters and issues,” Arrott said.
Editorial staff of the new publication also includes:
- Elizabeth Henderson, executive managing editor;
- Sally Pittman, executive comment editor;
- Leslie Obinegbo, executive lead articles editor;
- Bimal Saraiya, executive technology editor;
- a board of editors comprised of third year law students;
- and staff editors comprised of second year law students.
The journal is supported administratively by faculty advisors Gerry Beyer, the Governor
Preston E. Smith Regents Professor of Law; Michael Hatfield; and Calvin Lewis.
Walt Huffman, dean of the law school, said the journal fills an important void in
existing legal scholarship, provides an opportunity for the students to benefit from
both experience and exposure in this particular legal field, and brings positive
national visibility to Texas Tech’s law school.
“Both the appearance of the book and the quality of the legal articles in this first
issue seem more like what one would expect from a long-established journal, which
is an even greater tribute to the student editors and faculty advisors who made this
journal a reality,” Huffman said.
The new journal is the first student-led estate planning journal of its kind in the
Texas Tech law students who comprise the journal’s staff will do all the editing
for the journal. Also, six Texas Tech law students who are on the journal’s staff
will be chosen each year to have their articles published in the journal, and eight
articles written by professional legal scholars or practitioners will be selected
for publication. Law professors will write the lead articles, although lawyers may
submit articles occasionally.