2018 Fall Commencement Speaker Announced
November 27, 2018
San Angelo native and Angelo State University alumnus Dr. Jack W. Nowlin, dean of the Texas Tech University School of Law, will deliver the commencement addresses during ASU’s fall graduation ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 15, in the Junell Center/Stephens Arena.
Nowlin will address graduates of the College of Education, Archer College of Health and Human Services, and College of Graduate Studies and Research in those academic fields during a 10 a.m. ceremony. He will speak to graduates of the College of Arts and Humanities, Norris-Vincent College of Business, College of Science and Engineering, and College of Graduate Studies and Research in those academic fields during a 2 p.m. ceremony. More than 650 ASU graduates are scheduled to walk the stage during the two graduation exercises.
A 1991 ASU graduate, Nowlin has been dean of the TTU School of Law since July 2017. In addition to overseeing all operations and programs within the TTU School of Law, he is the W. Frank Newton Professor of Law.
Nowlin joined TTU after 17 years at the University of Mississippi School of Law, where he was the Jessie D. Puckett Jr. Lecturer in Law, a professor of law and senior associate dean. He was twice named Law Professor of the Year and received the Ben A. Hardy Faculty Excellence Award for outstanding teaching, research and service. He also directed the law school’s faculty workshop program and advised the student editors of the Mississippi Law Journal.
Prior to joining the UM faculty, Nowlin served as the Alpheus T. Mason Fellow in Public Law and a lecturer in constitutional interpretation at Princeton University. He also spent one year as a visiting professor of law at the University of Arkansas School of Law. As a juris doctoral student at the University of Texas, he was a Townes-Rice Scholar and articles editor of the Texas International Law Journal.
Also a prolific researcher and author, Nowlin has published more than 30 research articles, book chapters and book reviews, including placements in the Notre Dame Law Review, Princeton University Press and Illinois Law Review. His research interests include judicial power, interpretive theory and constitutional structure. He has also taught courses in constitutional law, jurisprudence, criminal procedure, criminal law and academic legal writing, and he served as a faculty member of the National Judicial College for over a decade.
Nowlin earned his bachelor’s degree in English from ASU in 1991 and his juris doctorate from the University of Texas School of Law in 1994. He also holds a master’s degree and a doctorate in politics from Princeton University. He is a member of the Texas Bar and Lubbock Area Bar Association, secretary and treasurer of the TTU Law School Foundation Board, and a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation.