Phone: (806) 834-8586
Before joining the law faculty full-time in 2022, Professor Beck was an appellate attorney with the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Northern District of Texas and an adjunct professor of legal practice at Texas Tech University School of Law. He has argued fifteen cases before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, including an argument before the en banc court. In 2019, he argued and won United States v. Davis, 139 S. Ct. 2319 (2019) before the United States Supreme Court. Two years later, in 2021, he persuaded the Supreme Court to grant certiorari and remand in Bates v. United States, 141 S. Ct. 2782 (2021), resulting in a new sentence of time served. Outside of class, he writes and lectures on federal criminal law, criminal procedure, legal history, and appellate advocacy.
In his past life, Professor Beck was a civil litigator, the editor-in-chief of a literary journal, a graduate student in the history of ancient religion, a high school mathematics and Latin teacher, and a victim witness coordinator for the Travis County Attorney's Office. While in law school, he won the National Moot Court Competition as both an oralist and brief writer. In 2012, he was inducted into the National Order of Barristers and National Order of Scribes.
- University of Texas at Austin, B.A., 2004
- Boston University, M.T.S., 2007
- Texas Tech University School of Law, J.D., 2012
- Legal Practice I and II
The Orwell Court: How the Supreme Court Recast History and Minimized the Role of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines to Justify Limiting the Impact of Johnson v. United States, 66 Buff. L. Rev. 1013 (2018).
Just Visiting: Health Care Liability Claims and Non-Patient Injuries in a Health Care Setting, 56 S. Tex. L. Rev. 3 (2015).
Current Problems (and Solutions) in Texas Personal Injury Suits Involving Motorists and Livestock, 47 Tex. Tech L. Rev. 2 (2015) (with M. Shane McGuire).