Chief Judge William P. Greene Jr. Addresses First-Year Texas Tech Law Students

Written by Michael Castellon

Date: Aug. 15, 2006
CONTACT: Michael Castellon,

LUBBOCK – Chief Judge William P. Greene Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims on Tuesday spoke to an audience of first-year law students at Texas Tech University.

Greene’s appearance was scheduled as part of the Texas Tech School of Law’s four-day orientation for incoming students. His speech, titled “Welcome to the Practice of Law,” served as an introduction to the rigorous and intense three-year program of study that is required for students.

“No doubt this will be the beginning of the most intellectually demanding and stimulating three-year period of our new students’ lives,” said School of Law Dean Walter Huffman. “It is a tremendous honor to have someone as distinguished at Chief Judge Greene here to help these students understand the great commitment and responsibility they face as future practitioners and scholars of law.”

Greene was appointed as chief judge by President Bill Clinton in 1997. In 1968, he received a Juris Doctor degree from Howard University School of Law. Following graduation, he was appointed a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. Among his military assignments, Greene was the staff judge advocate (chief legal advisor) of the 2nd Infantry Division in Korea, the staff judge advocate of the United States Military Academy at West Point New York, and the staff judge advocate of Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Greene retired as a colonel from the Army.

The court hears appeals by veterans from the Board of Veterans Appeals. Most cases deal with entitlement to disability or survivor benefits, or the amount of those benefits, and a few deal with education benefits, life insurance, home loan foreclosure, or waiver of indebtedness.


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