Texas Tech School of Law Announces New Law Journal Editors-in-Chief

Written by Celeste Villarreal

Texas Tech University School of Law has announced the appointment of new editors-in-chief for its various publications: Texas Tech Law Review; Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal; Estate Planning and Community Property Law Journal; Texas Bank Lawyer, and Journal for Biosecurity, Biosafety, and Biodefense Law.

Brady Behrens (’13) has been named editor-in-chief for the Texas Tech Law Review, Volume 45. Founded in 1970, the Texas Tech Law Review is published quarterly. Originally from Beaumont, Behrens holds a bachelor’s degree in spatial sciences from Texas A&M University. While at Texas Tech Law, he has interned for the Honorable Robert Junell, U.S. District Court Judge for the Western District of Texas, and clerked for Davis, Gerald & Cremer in Midland. He also serves as an executive member of the Energy Law Interest Group at Texas Tech Law and has received many awards for academic achievements.

Taylor Spalla (’13) will serve as editor-in-chief of the Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal, Volume 14. The Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal, in partnership with the State Bar of Texas, publishes scholarly and professional articles focused on Texas administrative law. It is one of only two national journals that focus on administrative law. A native of Boerne, Spalla earned his bachelor’s degree in business and political science from Southwestern University. Before attending Texas Tech Law, he served as a regional political director for U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison’s gubernatorial campaign and travelled as an advance representative for The White House.

Torrie Taylor (‘13) has been selected as the editor-in-chief of the Estate Planning and Community Property Law Journal, Volume V. Established in 2007, this journal publishes scholarly articles written by national and international experts in the fields of estate planning, community property, and related legal topics. Taylor is from Glen Rose. She graduated summa cum laude from Texas Tech University with a bachelor’s degree in business marketing and was named the top graduate of her class. She was selected for the Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society, was named to the President’s and Dean’s Honor Rolls, and represented her school in President’s Select. She serves as president of her class at the law school and has been inducted into Phi Delta Phi, an honors legal fraternity. She participates in many organizations and serves as an officer in the Tech Law Republicans Organization and the Red Raider Bar Association. She has been named to the Dean’s List and received a CALI Award for her legal writing for earning the highest grade in her section.

John McIntyre (’13) is the third-year student editor of The Texas Bank Lawyer, Volume 36. The Texas Bank Lawyer, founded in 1976, is a monthly newsletter written and edited by Texas Tech law students and distributed to more than 600 members of the Texas Association of Bank Counsel (TABC) as a membership service. A companion publication, The American Bank Lawyer, is distributed to more than 200 attorneys in other jurisdictions who are not members of the TABC. McIntyre graduated from Loyola Marymount University in 2008 with bachelor’s degree in philosophy. After college McIntyre worked on his family’s Canadian, Texas ranch, of which he is a fifth-generation heir. At Texas Tech, he competed in all the school’s advocacy competitions, advancing to the final round for advanced moot court and writing the second best brief. His primary legal interests are in oil and gas litigation and transactions.

Marshall Meringola (’12) is the editor-in-chief of the Journal for Biosecurity, Biosafety, and Biodefense Law, Volume 3. The journal is published by the Center for Biodefense, Law and Public Policy, directed by Professor Victoria Sutton. Center faculty members are from not only the law school but also from throughout the Texas Tech System from multiple disciplines such as mass communications, microbiology, medicine, forensic science, pathology, animal science and plant science. Meringola earned his bachelor’s in economics from the United States Air Force Academy and his MBA in health care administration from the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, his hometown. Before attending Texas Tech Law, he served five years on active duty in the Air Force within the field of health care administration and achieved the rank of captain.

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Contact: Celeste Villarreal, communications coordinator, Texas Tech School of Law, (806) 742-3990 ext. 249, or celeste.villarreal@ttu.edu.