Robert T. Sherwin
Assistant Professor of Law, 2013, Director, Advocacy Programs, 2008
In the fall of 2008, Professor Sherwin returned to the Texas Tech University School of Law—his alma mater—to direct the storied Red Raider advocacy program. Since then, the law school’s interscholastic advocacy teams have claimed 61 state, regional, national, and international championships, along with 58 Best Brief and Best Advocate awards.
In 2016, he led Tech Law’s moot court program to the number-one national ranking by the University of Houston’s Blakely Advocacy Institute. Over a three-year period, he coached the law school’s teams to three national championships at both of the nation’s two major moot court tournaments—the 190-team National Moot Court Competition in 2011 and 2012, and the 225-team ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition in 2013. In 2016, the law school again claimed the national championship at the National Moot Court Competition. Tech Law’s moot court successes set it apart as one of just three programs in the country to be ranked in the top 10 by the Blakely Advocacy Institute each of the past seven years.
In addition to directing the Tech Law advocacy program, Professor Sherwin teaches Entertainment Law, Commercial Litigation, Trial Advocacy, and Appellate Advocacy. His scholarship primarily explores issues that intersect both intellectual property and civil procedure.
From 2001 through 2007, Professor Sherwin was an associate at the Fort Worth firm of Brackett & Ellis, P.C. He maintained a diverse litigation and appellate practice, representing clients in copyright and trademark disputes, complex business litigation, and antitrust matters. He was named a “Rising Star” by Texas Monthly magazine in 2007 and 2008 and a “Top Attorney” by Fort Worth, Texas magazine in 2006 and 2007. He is admitted to practice in Texas, the Supreme Court of the United States, and the United States District Courts for the Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas.
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- B.S. magna cum laude, Texas Christian University, 1998
- J.D. cum laude, Texas Tech University School of Law, 2001
- Appellate Advocacy
- Trial Advocacy
- Commercial Litigation
- Entertainment Law
Selected Publications and Presentations
#havewereallythoughtthisthrough?: Why Granting Trademark Protection to Hashtags is Unnecessary, Duplicative, and Downright Dangerous, 29 Harv. J.L. & Tech. 455 (2016).
Clones, Thugs, ‘N (Eventual?) Harmony: Using the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure to Simulate a Statutory Defamation Defense and Make the World Safe from Copyright Bullies, 64 DePaul L. Rev. 823 (2015).
Tie Goes to the Runner! (Or Does it?): One Lawyer’s Take on Baseball’s Rules and an Age-Old Argument Settler, presented at the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, June 2016.
The Moot Court Competition Brief and Pedagogy: How Coaches and Advisors Can Teach When Competition Rules Seem to Prevent It, presented at Legal Writing Institute Moot Court Conference, October 2014.
Lessons From Our Founding Fathers: The Art of Negotiating as an Inherent Principle in Successful Advocacy, (co-presenter), presented at Legal Writing Institute Biennial Conference, July 2014.
“Source” of Protection: The Status of the Reporter’s Privilege in Texas and a Call to Arms for the State’s Legislators and Journalists, 32 Tex. Tech L. Rev. 137 (2000).