September 22, 2009
Walter Huffman has served as dean of the Texas Tech University School of law since 2002.
The National Defense University’s Institute for National Strategic Studies has appointed Texas Tech University School of Law Dean Walter Huffman as a Distinguished Senior Fellow.
Huffman will serve as the national security law expert during crisis simulations held by the institute in Washington, D.C.
“In addition to the personal honor of this appointment, I am very pleased that this also recognizes the strength of our school of law and Texas Tech University at the national level of our government,” Huffman said.
Huffman will help evaluate critical national security strategy and policy issues and provide professional insight and expertise to the Secretary of Defense Strategic Policy Forum in crisis simulation events for Executive Branch officials, members of Congress and senior-level military staff. The Department of Defense values this forum as a way to gain Congressional and interagency insight and experience on national security issues and policy.
The institute, established in 1984, holds four crisis simulation exercises each year. The next event is scheduled for late September.
Huffman said he is extremely honored to be appointed to the prestigious position and noted that it fits with the national security law class he has taught at Texas Tech for the last seven years.
Huffman will continue as dean and W. Frank Newton Professor of Law at Texas Tech while serving in this appointment.
A retired Army Major General, Huffman has served as dean of the Texas Tech School of Law since 2002. He was formerly a senior assistant for law and policy to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and, prior to that position, served as the Judge Advocate General of the Army – the Army’s senior military lawyer.
The Texas Tech School of Law is a leader among Texas law schools with a 16-year average pass rate of 90 percent on the State Bar Exam.
A small student body, a diverse faculty and a low student-faculty ratio (15.3:1) promotes learning and encourages interaction between students and professors.