Texas Tech University

School of Law Hooding Ceremony

Keynote Speaker

Justice Judy Parker, 7th Court of Appeals

Frank Stevenson

Justice Judy Parker was appointed to the Seventh District Court of Appeals for the State of Texas by Governor Greg Abbott on August 17, 2017. The Seventh Court of Appeals sits in Amarillo, Texas and has intermediate appellate jurisdiction of both civil and criminal cases appealed from forty-six counties in the Texas Panhandle and South Plains. At the time of her appointment, Justice Parker was the Judge of County Court at Law #3 in Lubbock.

Justice Parker's service as a judge spans over twenty three years. Prior to joining the Court of Appeals, Parker served as Judge of County Court at Law #3 of Lubbock County from 2008-2017. As a trial judge, she presided over complex cases involving multiple areas of law including consumer, contract, commercial, personal injury, real estate, family, probate, and guardianship. She served as the Administrative Judge for the Lubbock County Courts at Law from 2014-2016. Parker was the Associate Judge of Lubbock County from 1994-2008, hearing all aspects of family law litigation including child abuse and neglect cases and juvenile detention hearings. She presided over Lubbock County Family Recovery Court, a drug court involving child abuse and neglect cases, from 2008 to 2010. During her tenure on the bench, Justice Parker has presided over thousands of civil, probate and family law cases and is highly respected by both lawyers and litigants for her fairness, judicial temperament, knowledge of the law, and her prompt decision making.

Justice Parker began her legal career as an associate at Purdom Law Offices, P.C., in Lubbock, practicing general civil litigation in Lubbock and the surrounding counties for more than nine years. She earned her B.A. from Angelo State University, cum laude, in 1982. She received her J.D. from Texas Tech University School of Law in 1985. She is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and the Northern District of Texas.

Throughout her legal and judicial career, Parker has served her community and her profession on both the state and local level. Justice Parker is a founding member, Judicial Master and current President of the Texas Tech University School of Law American Inn of Court, Past President of the Lubbock Area Bar Association and Lubbock County Young Lawyers Association, Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, past Chair of the Texas Young Lawyers Association, and member of the statewide workgroup on Pro Bono since 2014. Justice Parker is a graduate of Leadership Lubbock, Immediate Past Chair of Lubbock Area United Way Board, sustaining member of the Junior League of Lubbock, member of Southwest Lubbock Rotary Club for twenty years, and member of Lubbock Area Republican Women since 1998.

Justice Parker was born in Brownwood, Texas and grew up on a ranch in Southern Brown County. She and her husband Scott have been married for 26 years and they have three adult children, Lindsey, Lauren and Travis. The Parkers are active members of the First Baptist Church of Lubbock.

Reception Information

A reception will be held in the Law School Forum for graduates and their guests at 3:30 p.m. on December 16. Guests may enter through either the Lanier Center or main Law School entrance. Beginning at 10:00 a.m., graduates and guests are welcome to tour the law school building. Cookies and water will be available in the library throughout the day.

Parking Information

The law school R21 parking lot (Indiana Avenue and Texas Tech Parkway) will be open to graduates and their guests the day of graduation. Please enter via Hartford Avenue and inform the parking attendant that you are attending the Law School Hooding Ceremony.

Regalia Pick-Up Information

Please order your regalia from the Barnes & Noble in the Student Union Building (15th Street & Akron Avenue) by November 1 (no exceptions). Students must also order and coordinate regalia for their hooding attorney, unless the hooding attorney is a Texas Tech Law faculty or staff member.

Please contact TTU Barnes & Noble directly at 806.742.3816 for any questions.

Hotel Information

Contact information for Lubbock hotels is available at Visit Lubbock.org.

Class Ring and Announcement Orders

For graduation announcements and class ring orders, please contact Mandy Wiley, Director of Affinity Merchandise for the Texas Tech Alumni Association, at mandy.wiley@ttu.edu or 806.834.4258.

Photography and Video Information

Graduation photos may be viewed and ordered at Candid Color Photography.

5:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 16, 2017
Lanier Auditorium

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