October 13, 2016
The scholarship, which would allow law students to serve an internship with the MSLF during the summer following the second year, is funded by a foundation established by Jim Henry of Henry Resources, LLC, a Midland-based oil and energy company credited with helping build the Permian Basin economic standards after the industry downturn in the 1980s.
"Mountain States Legal Foundation offers a very special opportunity for a Texas Tech Law student to observe and participate in significant litigation," said Texas Tech School of Law Dean Darby Dickerson. "This fellowship naturally fits with Texas Tech Law's mission and vision, 'to educate and train individuals for the ethical practice of law in the 21st century,' and we are pleased to be associated with an outstanding organization that has drawn the generous support of Texas leaders and philanthropists."
Mountain States Legal Foundation is a 501(c)(3) based in Denver. It was created in 1977 as a nonprofit, public-interest legal foundation dedicated to individual liberty, the right to own and use property, limited and ethical government and the free enterprise system. It is governed by a board of directors and board of litigation, which draws business leaders and top litigators to its ranks from across the country.
"I am thrilled for Mountain States Legal Foundation to have the opportunity to work with highly motivated law students from Texas Tech who understand and appreciate the wisdom of the Founding Fathers in constructing a constitutional republic to protect our liberty and the need to work hard tirelessly to keep it that way," said William Perry Pendley, MSLF president. "If some of those students decide, after a summer with us, that public-interest litigation in defense of the rule of law and constitutional liberties is for them, all the better."
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.