Texas Tech University

DeLeith Duke Gossett

Professor of Law, 2010

Email: deleith.gossett@ttu.edu

Phone: (806) 834-7672

A recipient of the 2013 Texas Tech Alumni Association New Faculty Award, Professor Gossett draws upon her considerable federal court experience to guide her students. Professor Gossett served as a law clerk for four federal judges and experienced first-hand the explosive growth of the patent docket in the Eastern District of Texas. In private practice, she returned to federal court, serving as local counsel in patent cases and representing governmental actors in qualified immunity cases and employers in Title VII cases. She also enjoyed appellate practice in both federal and state court, and family law matters in state court.

Professor Gossett writes in the areas of social justice and child welfare, focusing on international and domestic systems of adoption and foster care. She was invited to be a panelist at Duke Law School's 2017 conference, The Rights of the Child in a Globalized World. She has also presented her scholarship at Montclair State University, the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Texas A&M University School of Law, Pepperdine Law School, and St. John's University. Professor Gossett taught International & Comparative Family Law 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: Media Ride-Alongs into the Home: Can They Survive a Head-on Collision Between First and Fourth Amendment Rights? Wilson v. Layne, 22 U. Ark. Little Rock L. Rev. 679 (2000).

Professor Gossett is admitted to practice in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, and all Texas state courts.

Professor Gossett is a 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 Law Review Articles

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

“[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).