New Law Scholarships Honor Legal Legends

Written by Michael Castellon

News Release

Date: April 21, 2006
CONTACT: Michael Castellon,

LUBBOCK – Texas Tech University School of Law alumnus Wayne Reaud has announced the establishment of three endowed scholarships totaling $750,000. The West Texas Legal Legends scholarships will be named for W. Frank Newton, the late Travis Shelton and the late John F. “Buddy” Maner.

Plaques honoring Newton, Shelton and Maner were unveiled at a ceremony at the School of Law Friday.

“This very generous gift demonstrates Mr. Reaud’s commitment to his alma mater,” said Walter B. Huffman, dean of the School of Law. “By honoring these West Texas Legal Legends, Mr. Reaud is providing for future legal legends.”

Reaud, a prominent trial lawyer, lives in Beaumont. He graduated from the Texas Tech University School of Law in 1974.

Maner was as a longtime plaintiffs attorney in Lubbock. He was considered an active leader in the Lubbock law community and was highly respected by his peers.

Shelton was an accomplished trial attorney before he was elected to three consecutive terms as Lubbock's district attorney. He served as president of the State Bar of Texas and the Lubbock County Bar Association. He also was president of the Lubbock Lions Club and a delegate to the 1968 Democratic National Convention. He died in 2003.

Newton served as dean of the Texas Tech School of Law from 1985 to 2001. He was a driving force behind the School of Law building renovation and law library expansion. He is a former president of the State Bar of Texas. Throughout his career, he was recognized for his efforts to further access to justice for poor and low-income Texans.


CONTACT: Casey Carson, director of alumni relations, Texas Tech School of Law, (806) 742-3990 or