Grad Teaches Legal Practice at Texas Tech

DeLeith Duke Gossett, 2001 graduate of the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law, serves as a professor of legal practice at Texas Tech University School of Law.

Gossett joined the school in 2010, after considerable federal court experience. She began her legal career as a federal law clerk to the late John Hannah, Jr., then Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. That initial term clerkship led to a career clerkship, where she assisted Judge Hannah with a docket heavy in qualified immunity cases for governmental actors, as well as Title VII, age, and disability discrimination cases. Following Judge Hannah’s death, Gossett clerked for federal District Judges Leonard Davis and Michael H. Schneider, and federal Magistrate Judge John D. Love, all of the Eastern District of Texas. During the last five years she was with the federal courts, she experienced first-hand the explosive growth of the patent docket in the Eastern District of Texas. In private practice, she returned to federal court, as she served as local counsel in patent cases and represented governmental actors in qualified immunity cases, employers in Title VII cases. She also enjoyed appellate practice in both federal and state court.

Gossett graduated with honors from Bowen, where she served as Notes Editor and sat on the Editorial Board of the UALR Law Review. While in law school, she earned the top grade in both Legal Research, Writing, and Analysis I and II, and she received the 2001 Arkansas Bar Foundation Legal Writing Award for her published note: Media Ride-Alongs into the Home: Can They Survive a Head-on Collision Between First and Fourth Amendment Rights? Wilson v. Layne, 22 U. Ark. Little Rock L. Rev. 679 (2000).

Gossett is admitted to practice in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the United States District for the Eastern District of Texas, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, and all Texas state courts.

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