Texas Tech Law Creates New Estate Planning & Community Property Law Journal

The Texas Tech University School of Law 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 includes: Arrott; 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.  Also, 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 nation.  Texas Tech law students who comprise the journal's staff do all the editing for the journal.  Also, six Texas Tech law students who are on the journal's staff are chosen each year to have their articles published in the journal, and eight articles written by professional legal scholars or practitioners are selected for publication. Law professors write the lead articles, although lawyers may submit articles occasionally. For more information on The Estate Planning & Community Property Law Journal, visit http://estatelawjournal.org/ Find Texas Tech news, experts and story ideas at www.media.ttu.edu. CONTACT: Gerry Beyer, faculty advisor and Governor Preston E. Smith Regents Professor of Law, Texas Tech School of Law, (806) 742-3990 ext. 302; or gerry.beyer@ttu.edu; or Nick Arrott, editor-in-chief, (806) 742-3787 ext. 242, or nick.arrott@ttu.edu.