Texas Tech University

Wendy-Adele Humphrey

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; Dean’s Distinguished Service Professor of Law; Director of Assessment; Director of Texas Tech University Pre-Law Academy

Email: wendy.humphrey@ttu.edu

Phone: (806) 834-4446

A proud graduate of the Texas Tech University School of Law, Associate Dean Wendy-Adele Humphrey has been a faculty member since 2007. She earned her B.A. in Psychology, magna cum laude, from Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. She then earned her M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction, summa cum laude, and her J.D. from Texas Tech University. After graduating from law school, Associate Dean Humphrey joined a civil litigation firm in Amarillo, where she later became a partner. Licensed in both Texas and New Mexico, she focused her litigation practice on commercial law, personal injury law, and appellate law. She is also a trained mediator.

Associate Dean Humphrey's research focuses generally on women's decision-making rights including reproductive justice, Title IX, and gender equity, and her articles have been published in journals such as the Cardozo Law Review and the William & Mary Journal of Women and the Law. Embracing her passion for the topic of gender equity, she is a former chair of the Texas Tech President's Gender Equity Council and a former chair of the Law School's Gender Equity Task Force. She is also a founding member of the Texas Tech Women Full Professors Network.

She currently serves as the director of the TTU Pre-Law Academy, which is a rigorous summer program for undergraduate students, and is a former director of the nationally ranked Legal Practice Program. For her outstanding teaching and leadership, she has received the following university-wide awards:

  • 2014 Spencer A. Wells Award for Creativity in Teaching;
  • 2017-18 Chancellor's Council Distinguished Teaching Award, which is the highest teaching honor given by the Texas Tech University System to faculty members;
  • 2018-19 TTU President's Excellence in Diversity & Equity Award; and
  • 2019-20 Faculty Distinguished Leadership Award.

Associate Dean Humphrey has coached various negotiation teams over the years, including the ABA negotiation team that won the international negotiation competition in 2010. For her dedication to advocacy competitions as both a coach and administrator, she received the Law School's 2018 D. Murray Hensley service award. She currently serves on the ABA Negotiation Competition Committee, which oversees the administration of the ABA regional and national negotiation competitions.

Additionally, Associate Dean Humphrey was the 2019 chair of the AALS section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research, and under her leadership, the section received the AALS Section of the Year award. She also serves on the AALS Sections Committee. Further, she is an active member of the Legal Writing Institute (LWI). She served as the chair of the 2020 LWI Biennial Conference and now serves on the organization's Board of Directors. She is also an active member of the Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD).

Associate Dean Humphrey is active in a variety of bar organizations. Locally, she is a past president of the Lubbock Area Bar Association. At the state level, she is a past president of Law-Focused Education, Inc., and she served two terms on the State Bar of Texas (SBOT) Local Bar Services committee. She is a former director for the Texas Young Lawyers Association and received the TYLA President's Award of Merit for five consecutive years. She also received the 2016-17 Judge Sam Williams Award for her extraordinary service to the State Bar of Texas. In 2015, the Supreme Court of Texas appointed her to the Texas Board of Disciplinary Appeals, and she served a three-year term. She currently serves as an at-large director on the SBOT Board of Directors and is a member of the Executive Committee. Further, she is a fellow in the Texas Bar Foundation and the American Bar Foundation.

In the Lubbock community, Associate Dean Humphrey is a past president of the Lubbock Junior Women's Club and is a sustainer in the Junior League of Lubbock. She also served as the finance advisor for the Texas Tech chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta from 2008 to 2016. In addition, she is a former member of the Board of Directors for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of the South Plains and is currently a wish granter for Make-A-Wish North Texas. In 2020, she received the YWCA Women of Excellence Award, honoring her for achieving excellence in her profession and for making contributions to the community.

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Education

  • B.A., Psychology, magna cum laude, Westminster College, 1995
  • M.Ed., Curriculum & Instruction, summa cum laude, Texas Tech University, 1997
  • J.D., Texas Tech University School of Law, 2001

Courses

  • Legal Practice I
  • Legal Practice II
 

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