Texas Tech University

DeLeith Duke Gossett

Jack F Maddox Professor of Law, 2010

Email: deleith.gossett@ttu.edu

Phone: (806) 834-7672

A former law clerk to four federal judges, Professor Gossett draws upon her considerable federal court experience to guide her students. She received the 2022 Texas Tech Parents Association Spencer A. Wells Creativity in Teaching Award for her student-centered approach to her classes. She 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's scholarship focuses on domestic and international systems of child welfare and has been recognized nationally by child welfare experts both in government and academia. She was an invited panelist at Duke Law School's The Rights of the Child in a Globalized World conference and 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 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. She 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 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).