Texas Tech University

M. Alexander Pearl

Professor of Law; Director, Center for Water Law and Policy

Email: alex.pearl@ttu.edu

Phone: (806) 834-6865

Professor Pearl joined the Texas Tech School of Law faculty as an Assistant Professor in 2014. He is also the Director of the Center for Water Law and Policy. At Texas Tech, he teaches Water Law, Property, and Advanced Water Law. His current research focuses on groundwater in Texas and the extent of property rights in the pumping of water in over-drafted aquifers.

Professor Pearl earned a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Oklahoma. He then graduated from the University of California-Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) where he was on Law Review. Following law school, he clerked for the Honorable William J. Holloway, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Upon completing his clerkship, he worked as a litigation associate with Kilpatrick Townsend in Washington, D.C. where he exclusively represented individual Indians and Indian tribes on a variety of matters.

Prior to arriving at Texas Tech, Professor Pearl was an Assistant Professor at Florida International University College of Law where he taught Property, Sports Law, and American Indian Law and was the recipient of the 2013–14 Impact Award.

Professor Pearl is admitted to practice in Oklahoma, the District of Columbia, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.

Professor Pearl is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma.

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  • B.A., University of Oklahoma
  • J.D., University of California, Berkeley


  • Advanced Water Law
  • American Indian Law
  • Water Law
  • Property