Texas Tech University

Dustin Benham

Charles P. Bubany Endowed Professor of Law

Email: dustin.benham@ttu.edu

Phone: (806) 834-2880

Professor Benham is a law teacher who devotes his time to improving the civil-litigation system. He teaches and studies civil procedure, evidence, and advocacy. Among other areas, his research focuses on transparency and confidentiality in civil courts.

Professor Benham is licensed to practice in Texas and is also admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas.

Photo Description


  • B.A., Texas Tech University
  • J.D., Baylor University


  • Professional Responsibility
  • Evidence
  • Trial Advocacy
  • Deposition


Texas Tech University Integrated Scholar (2021).

Texas Tech University Chancellor's Council Distinguished Teaching Award (2019-2020).

Texas Tech Law Advanced Professor of the Year (2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2014).

Texas Tech University Teaching Academy (elected member, 2016).

Texas Tech University President's Excellence in Teaching Award (2015).

Student Bar Association Best Advanced Professor (2014).

Hispanic Law Students Association Professor of the Year (2014).

Selected Publications


Evidence Law and Practice (7th Ed. Carolina Academic Press 2019) (with Bergman and Friedland).

Texas Courts: A Survey (Imprimatur 2018) (with Albright).

Law Review Articles

Foundational and Contemporary Court Confidentiality, 86 MO. L. REV. 211 (2021). 

Tangled Incentives: Proportionality and The Market for Reputation Harm, 90 TEMPLE L. REV. 427 (2018).

Discovery Sharing in Texas: Litigant Confidentiality v. Litigation Costs, 67 BAYLOR L. REV. 622 (2015).

Proportionality, Pretrial Confidentiality, and Discovery Sharing, 71 WASH. & LEE L. REV. 2181 (2014).

Dirty Secrets: The First Amendment in Protective-Order Litigation, 35 CARDOZO L. REV. 1781 (2014).

Beyond Congress's Reach: Constitutional Aspects of Inherent Power, 43 SETON HALL L. REV. 75 (2013).

Twombly and Iqbal Should (Finally!) Put the Distinction Between Intrinsic and Extrinsic Fraud Out of Its Misery, 64 SMU L. REV. 649 (2011).


E-Discovery: Direct Access of Electronic Devices After In re Marion Shipman, 82 TEX. B.J. 168 (2019).

Letter from a Law Teacher, 5 TEX. A&M L. REV. ARGUENDO 11 (2018).

Emerging Issues in Texas Dismissal Practice:  Pleading Standards and Important Miscellany, 6 HOUSTON L. REV. (Online) 123 (2015).