July 2, 2008
A Texas Tech law school alumnus and current Law School Foundation Board member has been named the 2008 Chairman of the Texas Board of Law Examiners.John Simpson III is a 1974 graduate of the Texas Tech School of Law. He also earned his bachelor's degree in business administration at Texas Tech in 1971. The Board of Law Examiners is appointed by the Supreme Court of Texas and has nine members, appointed biennially. Each member must be an attorney, at least 35 years of age, with a minimum of ten years of experience in the practice of law. One of the major duties of the board and its staff is to investigate the character and fitness of students studying law in ABA-approved law schools in Texas who intend to apply for admission in Texas, as well as that of all applicants for admission to the Bar. Board members also prepare and supervise the grading of the Texas Bar Examination. Simpson began work at the Splawn Law Offices in 1973 as a law clerk while attending law school. The firm became Splawn and Simpson Law Offices when Simpson became a shareholder in 1979. The firm is now known as Splawn Simpson Pitts. CONTACT: Casey Carson, director of alumni relations, Texas Tech University School of Law, (806) 742-3990 ext. 315, or firstname.lastname@example.org.