Texas Tech University

The 13th Annual Law School Scholarship Gala

Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. · Overton Hotel & Conference Center · 2322 Mac Davis Lane · Lubbock, TX

Our Annual Scholarship Gala celebrates past accomplishments and advances the school's future. We invite you to join us for a lively and stimulating evening. Your involvement makes an amazing difference in our students' lives.

We will honor our 2016 Distinguished Alumni and Distinguished Service Awardees who have contributed significantly to the legal profession and law school.

Jeffery Toobin

We are also pleased to feature Jeffrey Toobin as the evenings' keynote speaker. Toobin is a staff writer at The New Yorker, senior legal analyst at CNN, and the bestselling author of The Oath; The Nine; Too Close to Call; A Vast Conspiracy; The Run of His Life; and American Heiress. As an unbiased, deeply analytic (and often very funny) expert on matters of American law, Toobin will provide a unique look into the Supreme Court and its influence.

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Rankin Gasaway ('88), 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award Winner

Rankin Gasaway

Rankin Gasaway is Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary for 7-Eleven, Inc. In his 25-year career with 7-Eleven, Gasaway has overseen legal support for human resources, merchandising, trademarks, logistics, information systems, and several other areas. He now is responsible for the legal, compliance, asset protection, and government affairs teams.

Bill Mateja ('86), 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award Winner

Bill Mateja

Bill Mateja, a shareholder at Polsinelli in Dallas, is a trial lawyer who specializes in white-collar issues such as healthcare and securities enforcement. Before returning to private practice in 2006, Mateja served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas and as Senior Counsel to U.S. Deputy Attorneys General Larry Thompson and James Comey in Washington, D.C. where he not only oversaw DOJ's white collar and health care enforcement functions, but also served as the point person for President George W. Bush's Corporate Fraud Task Force. Bill has been an adjunct professor at Tech Law from 1995-2002 and 2006-2012.

Chester Grudzinski ('81), 2016 Distinguished Service Award Winner

Chester Grudzinski

As partner at Kelly Hart & Hallman, Chester Grudzinski focuses his practice on tax issues that range across federal and state matters. Grudzinski has assisted several business and entities through formation, operation, and liquidation processes. He also serves as the Chair for the Partnership and Real Estate Tax Committee for the Tax Section of the State Bar of Texas, volunteers for the Boy Scouts of America, and serves as a Texas Tech Law School Foundation Trustee.

Justice Mackey Hancock ('74), 2016 Distinguished Service Award Winner

Mackey Hancock

Justice Mackey Hancock has served on the Seventh Court of Appeals since 2005 and was judge of the 99th District Court before his appointment to the Seventh Court of Appeals. After 31 years in the U.S. Army Reserve, Hancock began his legal career as the assistant criminal district attorney for Lubbock County and then entered private practice. Hancock returned to public service in 1989 as a Lubbock County judge and remained on the bench until he retired on December 31, 2016.

Hotel Information

Friday and Saturday Room Block

Overton Hotel and Conference Center
$139 per night plus tax
2322 Mac Davis Lane
For reservations by phone, call (806)776-7000 and ask for TTU Law School Gala rate.
Click here for online reservations.
Registration Deadline Friday, February 17.

Saturday Room Block Only

Hyatt Place
$115 plus tax
2309 Mac Davis Lane (across the street from the Overton)
For reservations by phone, call (806)741-0200 and ask for room block using code G-TLSG.
Click here for online reservations. Enter G-TLSG in the Corporate or Group Code Box.
Registration Deadline Saturday, February 11.

Hors d’Oeuvres & Full Bar


Fresh Spinach and Arugula with Candied Pecans, Dried Cranberries, Blue Cheese Crumbles, and Sliced Cucumbers served with a Cranberry Vinaigrette.

Dual Entrée

Grilled Salmon topped in a Garlic Lemon Butter Sauce, Petite Filet Mignon in a Signature Pepper Butter Sauce, Mushroom Risotto, Julienne Vegetables, and Warm Bread Rolls.

Vegetarian Option Available Upon Request.


Choice of Chocolate Torte with Raspberry Sauce or Berry Trifle.

Sponsored by:

Platinum Sponsor


Gold Sponsor

Kelly Hart

Mark '79 & Claudia Griffin

Glenn '78 & Christy West

Silver Sponsor

Crenshaw Dupree and Miliam LLP
Mounce Green Myers
Mullin Hoard Brown LLP
Barbara K. Runge
Office of the Chancellor

Suzan '71 & Peter Fenner

Keynote Sponsor

Glasheen, Valles, & Inderman, LLP


School of Law