Gerry W. Beyer

Governor Preston E. Smith Regents Professor of Law
Texas Tech University School of Law
1802 Hartford St.
Lubbock, TX 79409-0004

(806) 742-3990, ext. 302
gwb@ProfessorBeyer.com
http://www.ProfessorBeyer.com

 

EDUCATION:

J.S.D., University of Illinois (1990)

LL.M., University of Illinois (1983)

J.D., Summa Cum Laude, Ohio State University (1979)

B.A., Summa Cum Laude, Eastern Michigan University (1976)

 

BAR MEMBERSHIPS:

United States Supreme Court

United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces

Texas

Illinois (inactive status)

Ohio (inactive status)

 

CAREER HISTORY:

Private Practice, Columbus, Ohio (1980)

Instructor of Law, University of Illinois (1980-81)

Assistant Professor of Law, St. Mary's University (1981-84)

Associate Professor of Law, St. Mary's University (1984-87)

Tenure Granted, St. Mary's University (1986)

Professor of Law, St. Mary's University (1987 - 2005)

Visiting Professor of Law, Boston College Law School (1992-93)

Visiting Professor of Law, University of New Mexico School of Law (1995)

Visiting Professor of Law, Southern Methodist University School of Law (1997)

Visiting Professor of Law, Santa Clara University School of Law (1999-2000)

Governor Preston E. Smith Regents Professor of Law, Texas Tech University School of Law (2005 - present)
Visiting Professor, La Trobe University School of Law (Melbourne, Australia) (2008 & 2010)

Visiting Professor of Law, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law (2012)

Visiting Professor, Boston University School of Law (2014-2015)

 

SELECTED HONORS:

American Law Institute

Advanced Profess of the Year (2012-2013)-- Phi Alpha Delta (Texas Tech University)

Outstanding Researcher from the School of Law 2013 (Texas Tech University)

2010 Chancellor’s Council Distinguished Teaching Award (Texas Tech University)
ABA Journal's Blawg 100 (2010)
Advanced Professor of the Year (2009-2010) -- Phi Alpha Delta (Texas Tech University)
2009-2010 Professor of the Year -- Hispanic Law Students Association (Texas Tech University)

Faculty Member of the Year -- Texas Tech University School of Law Student Bar Association (2008-2009)

1 L Professor of the Year -- Texas Tech University School of Law (presented by Phi Alpha Delta) (2008-2009)

Most Influential Professor -- Texas Lawyer Survey (2008)

2007-2008 Professor of the Year -- Hispanic Law Students Association (Texas Tech University)

2007-2008 Professor of the Year – Black Law Students Association (Texas Tech University)

2007 Pro Bono Legal Clinic Volunteer Attorney Award -- Lubbock County Bar Association and Legal Aid of Northwest Texas Equal Justice Volunteer Program

Faculty Member of the Year – Texas Tech University School of Law Student Bar Association (2006-2007)

Outstanding Professor of the Year –Texas Tech University School of Law (presented by Phi Alpha Delta) (2007)

President’s Excellence in Teaching Award (Texas Tech University) (2007)

Outstanding Professor Award -- Sam Rayburn Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta (2006)

Professor of the Year Award -- Tarlton Inn of Phi Delta Phi (2004-2005)

Student Bar Association Professor of the Year Award -- St. Mary's University (2002-2003)

Most Outstanding Professor Overall Award -- Tarlton Inn of Phi Delta Phi (2003)

Student Bar Association Professor of the Year Award – St. Mary’s University (2001-2002)

2001 Probate & Property Excellence in Writing Award -- Best Overall Article (probate and trust)

Russell W. Galloway Professor of the Year Award – Santa Clara University (2000)

1993 Probate & Property Excellence in Writing Award — Best Cutting Edge Article (probate and trust)

Distinguished Faculty Award — St. Mary's University Alumni Association (1988)

Outstanding Faculty Member — Delta Theta Phi (1989)

Outstanding Professor Award — Tarlton Inn of Phi Delta Phi (1988)

Most Outstanding Third Year Class Professor (1982)

Alumnus of the Year — Delta Theta Phi (St. Mary’s Senate) (1991)

Phi Alpha Delta Service Award (St. Mary’s chapter) (1985)

American Bar Association Friend of the Law Student Division Award (1986)

 

CLASSES TAUGHT:

Wills & Estates

Trusts

Estate Planning

Advanced Wills & Estates Seminar

Gratuitous Transfers Seminar

Property

Commercial Paper

Secured Transactions

Sales

 

SELECTED ACTIVITIES:

Member, Real Estate, Probate, and Trust Law Council, State Bar of Texas (2009-2013)

Treasurer, Lubbock County Bar Association (2009-2010)

Director, South Plains Trust & Estate Council (2007-2008)

Course Director, 18th Annual Advanced Estate Planning and Probate Course (State Bar of Texas 1994)

Guest lecturer on estate planning topics for attorney and lay groups, for example:
        American Bar Association
        State Bar of Texas
        North Texas Estate and Financial Planning Council
        Brazos County Bar Association
        Corpus Christi Estate Planning Council
        San Antonio Estate Planners Council
        San Antonio Legal Secretaries Association

Estate Planning and Probate Law Exam Commission, The Texas Board of Legal Specialization (1991-2005)

Paralegal Advisory Board, Southwest School of Court Reporting (1990-91)

Mediator, Bexar County Settlement Week (1990)

Member of Animal Research Committee of The Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research (1986-92)

Advisor to:
        St. Mary's Law Journal (1981-92; 1993-94)
        Board of Advocates (1982-89)
        Student Bar Association (1982-88)

Director, Faculty Computer Operations - St. Mary's Law School (1990-92)

Chair, Technology Committee (2000-01)

 

SELECTED MEMBERSHIPS:

The American Law Institute

The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Academic Fellow

American Bar Association:
        Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section
            Keeping Current Probate editor, Probate and Property
        Business Law Section

American Bar Foundation

Texas State Bar Association:
        Real Estate, Probate, and Trust Law Section

Texas Bar Foundation

State Bar College — Member since 1986

Texas Academy of Probate and Trust Lawyers

San Antonio Bar Association