2012 Publication Announcement

The Executive Board, Volume 13, of the Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal has selected the following eight staff editors’ comment for publication in upcoming volumes of the Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal: 

  • “Here We Go Again: Should the Texas Legislature Change the Name and Governance of the Railroad Commission of Texas,” by Taylor Spalla
  • “Pharmaceuticals in Water: The Albatross Around Texas’s Neck,” by Joseph Behnke
  • “Invisible Wounds: What Texas Should be Doing for the Mental Health of its Veterans,” by Marta Hoes
  • “Dying in a Digital Dump: Why Texas Must Improve its Electronics Recycling Efforts,” by Velissa Chapa
  • “Rule 29 or: How the Railroad Commission Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Hydraulic Fracturing,” by Jonathan Groves
  • “Running out of Gas: Why Texas Must Distance Itself Completely from the Chevron Doctrine of Administrative Deference,” by Manuel H. Hernandez
  • “Railroading the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard: Why it is Important to the Oil and Gas Industry that Texas Agencies Handle Conservation Measures,” by Kalin Harvard
  • “They Call it the Hill Country, I Call it Home: Issues in Siting Wind Energy Transmission Lines is Texas,” by Kaitlyn Luck

The Executive Board, Volume 13, of the Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal has also selected the following three staff editors’ comment for publication on the journal’s website:

  • “Sunsetting Big Government: How Amendments To The Texas Sunset Act Can Reduce The Size Of Government And Serve As A Model For The Nation,” by Ry Ellison
  • “Where The “Frac” Did All The Water Go: The Need For Cooperative Administrative Regulation To Effectively Conserve Texas’ Groundwater Resources,” by Philip McLemore
  • “Texas Flexible Permits: Do they allow Texas Refineries an Unfair Advantage or an Economical Way to Meet Emission Requirements?,” by Jordan Surratt

Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal Announces Volume 14 Executive Board

Taylor Spalla, J.D./M.B.A. Candidate 2013, is the Editor-in-Chief for Volume 14 of the Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal.  He graduated from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, with a B.A. in business and political science.  He grew up in Boerne, Texas, and his legal interests include oil and gas law, corporate law, and administrative law.

Kalin Harvard, J.D./M.B.A. Candidate 2013, is the Executive Managing Editor for Volume 14 of the Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal.  She earned her B.A. in philosophy and politics from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia.  Kalin grew up in Midland, Texas, and her legal interests include oil and gas law, water law, and business transactional law.

Velissa Chapa, J.D. Candidate 2013, is the Executive Student Writing Editor for Volume 14 of the Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal.  After growing up in McAllen, Texas, Velissa attended Southwestern University in Georgetown.  Upon attending law school, she became active in several organizations, including the Hispanic Law Student Association, Intellectual Property Student Association, and the International Law Society.  Velissa is particularly interested in intellectual property law.

Manuel Hernandez, J.D. Candidate 2013, is the Executive Lead Articles Editor for Volume 14 of the Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal.  He was born in El Paso, Texas, and received his undergraduate degree in sociology from the University of Texas at El Paso.  He has also been selected for publication in the Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal.  He would like to thank his family for their support and motivation throughout his academic career. 

Jonathan Groves, J.D. Candidate 2013, is the Business Manager for Volume 14 of the Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal.  He was born in Dallas, Texas, raised in Colleyville, Texas, and graduated with honors in journalism and international studies from the University of Iowa, in Iowa City, Iowa. His main academic interest is oil and gas law, with a focus on the new hydraulic fracturing regulations, as well as general oil and gas transactional work.

Ry Ellison, J.D./M.B.A. Candidate 2013, is the Organizational Development Chair for Volume 14 of the Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal.  Born and raised in Alamogordo, New Mexico, he attended the University of Arizona where he earned his B.S. in entrepreneurship and management.  His legal interests include commercial litigation and business transactional law, as well as estate planning and trust litigation.

Joseph Behnke, J.D. Candidate 2013, is the Executive Technology Editor for Volume 14 of the Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal.  He graduated magna cum laude from Texas Tech University and then taught high school science for several years.  His legal interests are health care law; education law; intellectual property law; wills, trusts, and estates; and commercial law.

See the official press release.