Three Law Professors Recognized for Writing, Editing

Their involvement with blogs are picked as fan favorites by ABA Journal Readers.

Two blogs either written or edited by Texas Tech University School of Law professors rank as fan favorites in a readers’ poll conducted by the American Bar Association.

Gerry W. Beyer, Gov. Preston E. Smith Regents Professor, had the most popular niche category blog in the Blawg 100 honor roll produced by the ABA Journal.

A blog edited by a group of law professors including Nancy Soonpaa, director of Texas Tech Law’s Legal Practice Program, and Dustin Benham, assistant dean for Strategic Initiatives, claimed the top spot in the Legal Reading/Writing category.

ABA Journal editors tallied more than 4,000 reader votes to rank 100 blogs in 14 categories.

Beyer’s Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog garnered 227 votes to beat out 13 challengers in its category.

“I am extremely honored as well as humbled to be selected as the ‘fan favorite,’” Beyer said. “I tremendously appreciate the support of my loyal readers and contributors.”

The Legal Writing Prof Blog co-edited by Soonpaa and Benham earned 101 votes to top five other contenders in its category.

“Being voted as a fan favorite shows our support from two communities: the law school community and the practice community,” said Soonpaa, one of three inaugural editors. “In our posts, we strive to provide legal-writing-related information relevant to both, and we are pleased to have apparently met that goal.

Texas Tech School of Law

The Texas Tech School of Law is a leader among Texas law schools with a 16-year average pass rate of 90 percent on the State Bar Exam.

A small student body, a diverse faculty and a low student-faculty ratio (15.3:1) promotes learning and encourages interaction between students and professors.


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