Texas Tech University

Brian Shannon

Paul Whitfield Horn Distinguished Professor, 2015–

Email: brian.shannon@ttu.edu

Phone: (806) 834-6366

In addition to his teaching duties, Professor Shannon serves as the University's NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative. In that role, Shannon is also on the national board for the 1A FAR association as the immediate past President, after serving three two-year terms as President of the 1A FAR organization from 2012-2018. Shannon also served on the NCAA Division I governing Council from 2015-2019, and he is a past Chair of the NCAA Division I Legislative Committee.

Shannon was first appointed to the Texas Judicial Commission on Mental Health in 2018, and he is also a board appointee for StarCare Specialty Health System (formerly known as Lubbock Regional Mental Health & Mental Retardation Center), where he has served for over twenty-five years and twice served as chair. Shannon is an elected member of the American Law Institute and was the 2008–09 President of the Lubbock Area Bar Association. In past years, he also served on the boards of Advocacy, Inc. (now Disability Rights Texas), the Lubbock Area Bar Association, NAMI-Texas, and the Texas Council of Community Centers. He is also a past chair of the State Bar of Texas Disability Issues Committee and a former Council member of the State Bar ADR Section. Governor Rick Perry appointed him to four terms on the Texas Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities from 2003-11. In 2000, Shannon filed an amicus curiae brief at the United States Supreme Court in PGA Tour, Inc. v. Casey Martin. He also served through appointment by the Lt. Governor on a task force in 2002-03 that re-wrote the state's criminal competency statutes.

Professor Shannon is the author or co-author of six editions of the book, Texas Criminal Procedure and the Offender with Mental Illness. The sixth edition was published in late 2019. Shannon also co-authored two editions of Rau, Sherman, & Shannon's Texas ADR & Arbitration Statutes & Commentary.

After serving as the Charles “Tex” Thornton Professor of Law for 15 years, in March 2015 the Texas Tech Board of Regents designated Professor Shannon as a Paul Whitfield Horn Distinguished Professor, the highest recognition for faculty at the University. In 2019 Shannon was awarded the Barnie Rushing Distinguished Research Award, and in 2013 Shannon was awarded both the Texas Tech Chancellor's Council Distinguished Teaching Award and the Texas Tech Faculty Distinguished Leadership Award. He is also a past recipient of both the President's Academic Achievement Award and the President's Excellence in Teaching Award, as well as a number of teaching awards bestowed by his students. In 2020 he was bestowed the Governor's Trophy by the Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities within the Office of the Texas Governor for his “significant contributions to disability rights across the broad spectrum of disability … [and] for his work at the intersection of mental health and the legal system.”  In 2004 Shannon was awarded the Justice Frank Evans Award by the State Bar's ADR Section and was named the outstanding alumnus of Angelo State University. He has won the Outstanding Law Review Article Award from the Texas Bar Foundation three different times (2002, 2008, and 2014), and in 2001 he received the Mary Holdsworth Butt Award from the Texas Department of Mental Health & Mental Retardation for outstanding volunteer service.  

Shannon graduated first in his law school class. Before coming to Texas Tech, Shannon served as an attorney-advisor in the Office of the General Counsel to the Secretary of the Air Force at the Pentagon and practiced at the Austin office of Hughes & Luce (now part of K&L Gates).


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  • B.S., Angelo State University, 1979
  • J.D., University of Texas, 1982


  • Contracts
  • Criminal Law

Selected Publications

Texas Mental Health Legislative Reform: Significant Achievements with More to Come, 53 Tex. Tech L. Rev. 99-138 (2021); online version available at http://texastechlawreview.org/volume-53-online-edition/.

Texas Criminal Procedure & the Offender with Mental Illness: An Analysis & Guide.
(6th ed., NAMI-Texas, 2019); available at NAMI Texas Shannon Book 6th Edition.

The Revised NCAA Division I Governance Structure after Three Years: A Scorecard, 5 Tex. A&M L. Rev 65-103 (2017), see https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3034325.

Competency, Ethics, and Morality, 49 Tex. Tech L. Rev. 861-80 (2017) (this article was part of the 2016 Texas Tech Law School Mental Health Law Symposium in November 2016), seehttps://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3018532.

Texas Criminal Procedure & the Offender with Mental Illness: An Analysis & Guide. (5th ed., NAMI-Texas, 2016); available at NAMI-Texas 2016 - 5th Edition.

Specialty Courts, Ex Parte Communications, and the Need to Revise the Texas Code of Judicial Conduct, 66 Baylor L. Rev. 127-63 (2014), see http://www.baylor.edu/content/services/document.php/224871.pdf.

Incompetency to Be Executed: Continuing Ethical Challenges & Time for a Change in Texas, 45 Tex. Tech L. Rev. 420-51 (2013) (co-authored with Dr. Victor Scarano; a copy of the manuscript can be accessed at http://texastechlawreview.org/wp-content/uploads/Shannon-Scarano.PUBLISHED.pdf).

Musings of a Relatively New FAR, 2 Miss. Sports L. Rev. 264-85 (2013); see http://mssportslaw.olemiss.edu/files/2013/05/Shannon-p.-2631.pdf).

Skills & Values: Property (LexisNexis 2012) (co-authored with Prof. Gerry Beyer).

Prescribing a Balance: The Texas Legislative Responses to Sell v. United States, 41 St. Mary's L.J. 309-50 (2009), available at https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1556406.

Texas Criminal Procedure & the Offender with Mental Illness: An Analysis & Guide. (4th ed., NAMI-Texas, 2008) (Co-author with Professor Daniel Benson); available at nami_tcp_guide2008.

The Time Is Right to Revise the Texas Insanity Defense: An Essay, 39 Tex. Tech L. Rev. 67 (2007) (winner of the Texas Bar Foundation's 2008 Outstanding Law Journal Award); available at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1829284.

Twenty Years of Confidentiality under the Texas ADR Act, Alternative Resolutions, Special Summer/Fall 2007, at 25-29, 53; available at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1829225.

Judicial Options: Personal Bond Statutes and Defendants with Mental Illness or Mental Retardation (Texas Appleseed; short monograph article) (August 2006); see https://www.texasappleseed.org/sites/default/files/216-Monograph-JudicialOptions-PersonalBondStatutesandDefendantsMentalIllness.pdf; copies were distributed to all Texas judges.

Mental Illness, Your Client, and the Criminal Law: A Handbook For Attorneys Who Represent Persons With Mental Illness (2005) (co-author with the late Professor Daniel Benson, Texas Appleseed, and the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health); 2015 edition available at https://www.texasappleseed.org/sites/default/files/Mental_Health_Handbook_Printed2015.pdf.

Dancing with the One that "Brung Us" – Why the Texas ADR Community has Declined to Embrace the UMA, 2003 J. Dispute Res. 197 (2003) (part of a symposium issue on the Uniform Mediation Act by the University of Missouri's Journal of Dispute Resolution), available at http://scholarship.law.missouri.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1433&context=jdr.

A Drive to Justice: The Supreme Court's Decision in PGA Tour Inc. v. Martin, 1 Va. Sports & Ent. L.J. 74 (2001).

Confidentiality of Texas Mediations: Ruminations on Some Thorny Problems, 32 Tex. Tech L. Rev. 77 (2001) (winner of the Texas Bar Foundation's 2002 Outstanding Law Journal Award), available at https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1829186.

Rau, Sherman & Shannon's Texas ADR and Arbitration: Statutes and Commentary. (West Group, 2000). (Co-author).

Paving the Path to Parity in Health Insurance Coverage for Mental Illness: New Law or Merely Good Intentions?, 68 Col. L. Rev. 63 (1997), available at https://ttu-ir.tdl.org/ttu-ir/handle/10601/118.

The 1995 Revisions to the DTPA: Altering the Landscape, 27 Tex. Tech L. Rev. 1441 (1996) (co-authored with Senators Bivins & Montford, and Reps. Hunter, Junell, & Duncan).

Diversion of Offenders with Mental Illness: Recent Legislative Reforms, 59 Tex. B.J. 330 (1996).

Another Alternative: the Use of Moderated Settlement Conferences to Resolve ADA Disputes Involving Persons with Mental Disabilities, 12 Ohio St. J. on Disp. Resol. 147 (1996).

Debarment and Suspension Revisited: Fewer Eggs in the Basket? 44 Cath. U. L. Rev. 363 (1995).

The Reach for Repose: Have the Texas Courts Gone Awry? 24 Tex. Tech L. Rev. 195 (1993).

The Brain Gets Sick, Too - the Case for Equal Insurance Coverage for Serious Mental Illness, 24 St. Mary's L.J. 365 (1993).

The Government-wide Debarment and Suspension Regulations after a Decade - a Constitutional Framework - Yet, Some Issues Remain in Transition, 21 Pub. Cont. L.J. 370 (1992).

The Administrative Procedure and Texas Register Act and ADR: a New Twist for Administrative Procedure in Texas? 42 Baylor L. Rev. 705 (1990).