Texas Tech University

DeLeith Duke Gossett

Jack F Maddox Professor of Law

Email: deleith.gossett@ttu.edu

Phone: (806) 834-7672

Professor Gossett is known for her student-centered approach to her classes. In 2023, she received the Chancellor's Council Distinguished Teaching Award – the highest teaching honor awarded within the Texas Tech University System. She was also a recipient of the 2022 Texas Tech Parents Association Spencer A. Wells Creativity in Teaching Award and the Texas Tech New Faculty Award. A former law clerk to four federal judges, Professor Gossett draws upon her considerable federal court experience to guide her students in her Legal Practice and Professional Responsibility classes.

Professor Gossett's scholarship focuses on both domestic and international systems of child welfare, focusing on aspects of foster care and adoption. She has presented her work in both professional and academic settings, including as an invited panelist at Duke Law School's The Rights of the Child in a Globalized World conference. In 2023, she was invited to present her scholarship on the deportation of America's adoptees at the International Society of Family Law World Conference at the University of Antwerp.

Professor Gossett particularly enjoys facilitating study abroad programs for students, most recently teaching International & Comparative Family Law in a 2023 Maymester program at the TTU Center in Seville, Spain. She has also taught at Vytautas Magnus University School of Law in Kaunas, Lithuania, and at the Universidad de Guanajuato in Mexico.

Professor Gossett graduated with honors from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law, where she served as Notes Editor and sat on the Editorial Board of the UALR Law Review. While in law school, she earned the top grade in both Legal Research, Writing, and Analysis I and II, and she received the 2001 Arkansas Bar Foundation Legal Writing Award for her published note.

Professor Gossett is admitted to practice in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of Texas, and all Texas state courts. She is a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation.

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  • J.D., University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law, with honors, 2001
  • B.S.E., University of Central Arkansas, magna cum laude, 1998

Courses Taught

  • Legal Practice
  • Professional Responsibility
  • International and Comparative Family Law

Recent Publications

The Deportation of America's Adoptees, 58 Ct. Rev. 34 (2022). (solicited piece)

Pop Culture in the LWR Classroom: Youtube Videos, in The Media Method: Teaching Law with Popular Culture
229-32 (2019).

The Client: How States are Profiting from the Child's Right to Protection
, 48 U. Mem. L. Rev. 753 (2018). (solicited piece)

“[Take From Us Our] Wretched Refuse”: The Deportation of America's Adoptees
, 85 U. Cin. L. Rev. 33 (2017).

Take off the [Color] Blinders: How Ignoring the Hague Convention's Subsidiarity Principle Furthers Structural Racism Against Black American Children, 55 Santa Clara L. Rev. 261 (2015).

If Charity Begins at Home, Why Do We Go Searching Abroad? Why the Federal Adoption Tax Credit Should Not Subsidize International Adoptions, 17 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 839 (2013).