Texas Tech Law Students, Faculty, Staff and Alumni Earn Awards

Of the seven President’s Award of Merit, four were Texas Tech Law graduates.

Five people affiliated with the Texas Tech University School of Law earned awards during the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting in Houston in mid-June. The Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA) presented awards honoring exceptional service to the legal profession.

Additionally, a recent graduate was named Best Oralist at the state competition, and two law school staff members also received awards at State Bar meetings.

Receiving the TYLA President’s Award of Merit were Tammy T. Fisher (’12) of Lubbock, Professor Wendy A. Humphrey (’01) of Lubbock, Dustin M. Howell (’08) of Austin and Priscilla D. Camacho (’05) of San Antonio. Of the seven President’s Award of Merit, four were Texas Tech Law graduates.

Elizabeth Hill (’12) won the Best Oralist Award at the state moot court competition held in conjunction with the State Bar conference.

Fisher is a May graduate and served as the chair of the Law Student Section, a member of TYLA Board of Directors, and created the handouts Myths Busted: Experienced Attorneys Opening Doors for Newly Licensed Attorneys and Keys to Law Student Success, The Unclassified Story.

Hill’s advocacy career at Texas Tech included two national championships, the National Moot Court Competition in 2012 and National Entertainment Law Moot Court Competition in 2010.

Humphrey is an assistant professor of legal practice at Texas Tech and co-coaches the ABA National Negotiation Team. During the past eight years, she has been a dedicated volunteer on State Moot Court and National Trial Competition committees. She also was instrumental in writing the curriculum and grant application for The Unconscious Truth and serves on the TYLA Board of Directors.

Howell is an attorney with the Office of the Solicitor General in Austin. He assisted with roll outs for various committees, including community education, law-related education and the family law committee. He was also instrumental in recruiting judges for the National Trial Competition in Austin.

Camacho is an associate at Plunkett and Gibson in San Antonio and served on the diversity and community education committees this past year. She was instrumental in coordinating the Texas Supreme Court’s visit to Webb County for the first annual Attorneys without Borders program.

In addition, John M. Muniz, a 2012 Texas Tech Law graduate, received one of eight TYLA Minority Scholar Program scholarships. The scholarships are awarded to minority law students based on financial need, merit and scholastic performance, with consideration also being given to extracurricular activities both inside and outside of law school.

Elma Moreno, office manager and legal assistant for the law school clinical programs, received the Paralegal Division of the State Bar of Texas Exceptional Pro Bono Service Award for 2011-2012.

Celeste Villarreal, communications coordinator for the law school, received the Outstanding Service and Leadership Award from the Municipal Judges Section of the State Bar for 2011-2012, as well as the Outstanding Service Award in the Hispanic Issues Section of the State Bar for 2010-2011.

More information about Texas Tech University School of Law may be found at www.law.ttu.edu.

Find Texas Tech news, experts and story ideas at www.media.ttu.edu and on Twitter @TexasTechMedia.

Contact: Celeste Villarreal, communications coordinator, Texas Tech School of Law, (806) 742-3990 ext. 249, or celeste.villarreal@ttu.edu.