Texas Tech Law Professor Named Extraordinary Woman in Texas Law

A Texas Tech University School of Law professor has been selected as one of 30 “Extraordinary Women in Texas Law” by Texas Lawyer magazine.

Susan Saab Fortney, Horn Professor of Law, will be honored at a luncheon Nov. 14 in Dallas, as one of 30 female lawyers who have had the most impact on law and lawyering in the State of Texas over the last five years. “This significant honor not only signifies Susan’s personal excellence and reputation within the legal profession, but also is one more example of the exceptional strength of our faculty at the Texas Tech University School of Law,” said Walt Huffman, dean of Texas Tech’s law school. Fortney’s work focuses on legal ethics and malpractice. She has developed a reputation as an expert on law firm governance and ethics. Fortney conducts empirical studies on the legal profession and has co-authored the first textbook on legal malpractice law. She also established the nation’s first law school clinic devoted to mediating disputes that arise in health care settings. In 2005, Fortney received the Texas Tech President’s Academic Achievement Award for excellence in teaching, service, and research. In 2006, she was the Texas Tech recipient of the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teachers Award, the highest teaching award in the university. In 2007, she received the law school’s Distinguished Researcher Award and was elected as a member of the American Law Institute. Texas Lawyer’s editorial staff spent several months researching and conducting interviews to come up with the list. The issue publishes the week of Sept. 29 and will be distributed to more than 10,000 corporate counsel, attorneys and other executives. To view the entire article, visit http://www.law.com/jsp/tx/PubArticleTX.jsp?id=1202424883545. CONTACT: Casey Carson, director of alumni relations, Texas Tech University School of Law, (806) 742-3990 ext. 315, or casey.carson@ttu.edu.