Regent to Speak at Texas Tech School of Law Hooding Ceremony

A member of the Board of Regents of the Texas Tech University System, John Huffaker, will deliver the main address at the December Hooding Ceremony of the Texas Tech University School of Law. The ceremony will be at 5 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 18) in the Allen Theatre at the Student Union Building and will honor 13 students graduating this month.

Robert Withers, a School of Law joint degree (JD/MBA) student from Dallas, will be the event’s student speaker. Withers, a graduate of Texas A&M University, is a member of the TTU School of Law’s 2010-2011 Board of Barristers. Michael Hatfield, associate dean for research and faculty development, will be the Hooding Professor.

Huffaker, of Amarillo, was appointed to the Board of Regents of the Texas Tech University System on Feb. 6, 2009. He is a member of the Audit Committee and the Facilities Committee. His term expires on Jan. 31, 2015.

He is an attorney and a shareholder in the Amarillo law firm of Sprouse Shrader Smith P.C., and his practice areas include agricultural law, bankruptcy, banking, commercial litigation and employment law. He is board certified in civil trial law.

A native of Tahoka, Huffaker earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Texas Tech University School of Law in 1974. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in agriculture from Texas Tech in 1970.

In law school, he served as editor in chief of the Texas Tech Law Review and graduated as a member of the Order of the Coif. As a practicing attorney, Huffaker is a member of the State Bar of Texas (member and former chair, Committee on Agricultural Law, 1986-1994; and member, Sections on: Litigation; Corporation, Banking and Business Law; and Labor and Employment); the Amarillo Bar Association; and the Texas Association of Bank Counsel and College of the State Bar.

He is past chairman of the Amarillo College Board of Regents, founding president of the Amarillo Education Foundation, and has served many years as a member of the Texas Tech Law School Foundation Board of Trustees.

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