Texas Tech University

Wendy-Adele Humphrey

Professor of Law, Interim Associate Dean of Admissions and Associate Dean for Educational Effectiveness

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 law 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 currently oversees all aspects of the law school's recruitment and admissions efforts, and she assists with the law school's compliance with ABA and regional assessment standards. Her scholarship focuses generally on women's decision-making rights—including reproductive justice and Title IX—and she is the 2017-18 Chair of the Texas Tech President's Gender Equity Council. She is also a Co-Director of the Texas Tech University Pre-Law Academy, which is a rigorous summer program for undergraduate students. For her contributions to teaching, in 2014, she received the university-wide Spencer A. Wells Award for creativity in teaching. She is also a recipient of 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 as the Chair of the ABA Negotiation Competition committee, which oversees the administration of the ABA regional and national competitions. Additionally, she serves as Chair-Elect of the AALS section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research; she is a Co-Chair of the Legal Writing Institute's Pre-Law Outreach committee; and she is a member of the ALWD Scholarship Grants committee.

Associate Dean Humphrey is active in a variety of bar organizations. Locally, she is the 2017-18 President of the Lubbock Area Bar Association. At the state level, she is the President of Law-Focused Education, Inc.—which is the non-profit that oversees the Law-Related Education department of the State Bar of Texas—and she served two terms on the SBOT Local Bar Services committee. She is a former director for the Texas Young Lawyers Association and served on the TYLA/ACTL National Trial Competition committee for thirteen years. For her extraordinary service to TYLA and the State Bar, Associate Dean Humphrey received the TYLA President's Award of Merit for five consecutive years and received the 2016-17 Judge Sam Williams Award. In 2015, the Supreme Court of Texas appointed her to the Texas Board of Disciplinary Appeals. The Board of Disciplinary Appeals is a statewide independent adjudicatory body of twelve attorneys who hear certain attorney discipline cases and promote consistency in interpretation and application of the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct and the Texas Rules of Disciplinary Procedure. 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