The 13th Annual Law School Scholarship Gala
On Saturday, March 4, Texas Tech Law alumni and friends gathered for the 13th Annual Scholarship Gala at the Overton Hotel and Conference Center.
We honored our 2016 Distinguished Alumni and Distinguished Service Awardees who have contributed significantly to the legal profession and law school. We also raised scholarship funds to ensure the best and the brightest students continue coming to Tech Law.
Scholarships help our students fulfill their goals and dreams. We hope more alumni and friends will take advantage of the opportunity to support deserving students committed to upholding and advancing the profession!
Congratulations to the 2016 honorees. We appreciate your dedication and the ongoing support you provide to Texas Tech Law.
Rankin Gasaway ('88), 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award Winner
Rankin Gasaway is Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary for 7-Eleven, Inc. In his 25-year career with 7-Eleven, Gasaway has overseen legal support for human resources, merchandising, trademarks, logistics, information systems, and several other areas. He now is responsible for the legal, compliance, asset protection, and government affairs teams.
Bill Mateja ('86), 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award Winner
Bill Mateja, a shareholder at Polsinelli in Dallas, is a trial lawyer who specializes in white-collar issues such as healthcare and securities enforcement. Before returning to private practice in 2006, Mateja served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas and as Senior Counsel to U.S. Deputy Attorneys General Larry Thompson and James Comey in Washington, D.C. where he not only oversaw DOJ's white collar and health care enforcement functions, but also served as the point person for President George W. Bush's Corporate Fraud Task Force. Bill has been an adjunct professor at Tech Law from 1995-2002 and 2006-2012.
Chester Grudzinski ('81), 2016 Distinguished Service Award Winner
As partner at Kelly Hart & Hallman, Chester Grudzinski focuses his practice on tax issues that range across federal and state matters. Grudzinski has assisted several business and entities through formation, operation, and liquidation processes. He also serves as the Chair for the Partnership and Real Estate Tax Committee for the Tax Section of the State Bar of Texas, volunteers for the Boy Scouts of America, and serves as a Texas Tech Law School Foundation Trustee.
Justice Mackey Hancock ('74), 2016 Distinguished Service Award Winner
Justice Mackey Hancock has served on the Seventh Court of Appeals since 2005 and was judge of the 99th District Court before his appointment to the Seventh Court of Appeals. After 31 years in the U.S. Army Reserve, Hancock began his legal career as the assistant criminal district attorney for Lubbock County and then entered private practice. Hancock returned to public service in 1989 as a Lubbock County judge and remained on the bench until he retired on December 31, 2016.