Texas Tech University

Brie D. Sherwin

Associate Professor of Law, Director, Dual Degree and Concentration Programs

Email: brie.sherwin@ttu.edu

Phone: (806) 834-5181

Admitted to practice in Texas and before the Supreme Court of the United States.

Dr. Sherwin is an Associate Professor of Law at Texas Tech University School of Law and part of the inaugural faculty of the Master of Public Health Degree Program at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Texas Tech University where she teaches Environmental Health Sciences.  She holds a Ph.D. in environmental toxicology, and her dissertation work focused on assessing the potential impacts of oil and gas production on endangered species.  She began her career working as an attorney at one of the largest toxic tort litigation firms in the country, representing individuals and communities affected by environmental contamination. She most recently practiced environmental law at the Dallas office of Gardere Wynne Sewell, LLP, representing various companies in disputes involving regulatory environmental matters.

Dr. Sherwin's scholarship covers environmental law, environmental justice, and emerging public health issues, with a specific focus on the use and interpretation of toxicological studies in the regulatory process and in judicial opinions. She has written about trade secret protection and the toxicological concerns associated with hydraulic fracturing, and her scientific research has explored the effects of environmental toxicants and habitat modification on threatened and endangered species. Her recent scholarship has focused on environmental justice and public health issues such as the lead crisis in Flint, Michigan and coal mining practices in Appalachia.

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Education

  • B.S., Biology, University of New Mexico (cum laude), 1998
  • J.D., Texas Tech University School of Law, 2001
  • Ph.D., Environmental Toxicology, Texas Tech University, 2014

Courses

  • Legal Practice I and II
  • Environmental Health Sciences 

Publications

La-La Land: Regulating Coal Waste in the Trump Era, 37 Stan. Envtl. L.J. ___ (forthcoming) (2017), available at: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2972746.

Pride and Prejudice and Administrative Zombies: How Economic Woes, Outdated Environmental Regulations, and State Exceptionalism Failed Flint, Michigan, 88(3) University of Colorado Law Review ___ (Spring 2017), available at: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2759015.

Chocolate, Coca-Cola, and Fracturing Fluid: A Story of Unfettered Secrecy, Toxicology & the Resulting Public Health Implications of Natural Gas Development, 77 Ohio St. L. J. 595 (2016), available at: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2616550.

Organochlorine pesticide residues in caudal scutes of Belize Morelet's Crocodiles, 50(4) J. of Herpetology 552-58 (Dec. 2016) (lead author), available at: http://www.journalofherpetology.org/doi/abs/10.1670/14-029?journalCode=hpet.

The Lizard, the Scientist, and the Lawmaker: An Analysis of the Trending Fight over the Use of Science under the Endangered Species Act and How to Address It, 20 Animal L. 357 (2014).

C60 fullerene soil sorption, biodegradation, and plant uptake, Environ. Sci. Technol., 2014, 48 (5), pp 2792–2797. (co-author) available at: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/es405306w?journalCode=esthag.

Toxicological Animal Studies: Disparate Treatment as Scientific Evidence, 2 J. Animal & Envtl. L. 1 (2011) (co-author with Dr. Victoria Sutton).

Reframing Rights: Bioconstitutionalism in the Genetic Age, 33 J. Legal Med. 305-311 (2012) (book review).

Awards

Texas Tech New Faculty Award (2016) (TTU Alumni Association)

Outstanding Teacher of the Year (2016) (TTU Department of Public Health)

D. Murray Hensley Service Award (2016)