Texas Tech University

Wendy-Adele Humphrey

Professor of Law; Associate Dean for Assessment & Strategic Initiatives; Director of the Texas Tech Pre-Law Academy; Interim Director of the Legal Practice Program

Email: wendy.humphrey@ttu.edu

Phone: (806) 834-4446

Associate Dean Wendy-Adele Humphrey earned her B.A. in Psychology, magna cum laude, from Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. While at Westminster, she was selected as a Rhodes Scholar finalist for the state of New Mexico. 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, she 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.

Her research focuses generally on women's decision-making rights—including reproductive justice and Title IX—and she serves on the Texas Tech President's Gender Equity Council. She also serves as the Director of the Texas Tech University Pre-Law Academy, which is a rigorous summer program for undergraduate students, and as the interim Director of the nationally ranked Legal Practice Program. For her contributions to teaching, in 2014, she received the university-wide Spencer A. Wells Award for creativity in teaching. She also received the 2017-18 Chancellor's Council Distinguished Teaching Award, which is the highest teaching honor given by the Texas Tech University System to faculty members.

She has coached various negotiation teams over the years, including the ABA negotiation team that won the international negotiation competition in 2010. She now serves on the ABA Negotiation Competition committee, which oversees the administration of the ABA regional and national competitions. For her dedication to advocacy competitions as both a coach and administrator, she received the 2018 D. Murray Hensley service award. Additionally, she serves as Chair-Elect of the AALS section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research, and she is an active member of both the Legal Writing Institute (LWI) the Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD).

Associate Dean Humphrey is active in a variety of bar organizations. Locally, she is the Immediate Past President of the Lubbock Area Bar Association. At the state level, she is the Immediate 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 she 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 she 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.

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  • B.A., Westminster College, 1995
  • M.Ed., Texas Tech University, 1997
  • J.D., Texas Tech University School of Law, 2001