Texas Tech University

Jack Wade Nowlin

Dean; W. Frank Newton Professor of Law

Email: jack.nowlin@ttu.edu

Phone: (806) 834-6941

Jack Wade Nowlin—native West Texan and Texas Tech University System alumnus—joined the faculty as Dean in 2017 after seventeen years of service at the University of Mississippi School of Law.

At UM, Nowlin was Jessie D. Puckett, Jr., Lecturer in Law, Professor of Law, and Senior Associate Dean. He was twice recognized by students as Law Professor of the Year and received the Ben A. Hardy Faculty Excellence Award for outstanding teaching, research, and service. Nowlin's administrative work at UM focused on faculty development, strategic planning, endowments, communications, reporting, and special projects. He also directed UM's faculty workshops and advised the student editors of the Mississippi Law Journal.

Nowlin has taught courses on constitutional law, jurisprudence, criminal procedure, criminal law, and academic legal writing. Nowlin spearheaded UM's student publishing program, and his student advisees published dozens of articles in journals such as the Gonzaga Law Review, the South Dakota Law Review, and UVA's Journal of Law and Politics. Nowlin also served as a faculty member of the National Judicial College for over a decade and taught Fourth Amendment law to trial and appellate judges.

Nowlin has written over thirty articles, book chapters, and book reviews, including placements with the Notre Dame Law Review, the Illinois Law Review, and Princeton University Press. His major research interests concern judicial power, interpretive theory, and constitutional structure. His service activities at UM included planning the student-oriented Constitution Day and Martin Luther King Day events each year and serving on the speakers and faculty scholarship committee.

Nowlin is a member of the Texas Bar, the Texas Tech Law School Foundation Board, the Lubbock Area Bar Association, the TTU School of Law American Inn of Court, and the Texas Bar Foundation.

Read a message from Dean Nowlin here.

View his CV here.

Nowlin Portrait


  • B.A., Angelo State University, 1991
  • J.D., The University of Texas School of Law, 1994
  • M.A., Princeton University, 1997
  • Ph.D., Princeton University, 1999