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New Law Scholarships Honor Legal Legends

The Texas Tech University School of Law is no stranger to preparing some of the nation’s finest attorneys. Thanks to Wayne Reaud, it will be preparing a few more.


W. Frank Newton W. Frank Newton served as dean of the Texas Tech School of Law from 1985 to 2001..

Texas Tech University School of Law has reason to celebrate. At an April 21st ceremony, one of the school’s most notable alumni, Wayne Reaud, announced the establishment of three endowed scholarships totaling $750,000.

The West Texas Legal Legends scholarships will be named for W. Frank Newton, the late Travis Shelton and the late John F. “Buddy” Maner.

Reaud, a prominent trial lawyer who lives in Beaumont and graduated from the School of Law in 1974, unveiled a set of plaques honoring Newton, Shelton and Maner.

“This very generous gift demonstrates Mr. Reaud’s commitment to his alma mater,” said Walter B. Huffman, dean of the School of Law. “By honoring these West Texas Legal Legends, Mr. Reaud is providing for future legal legends.”

Maner was a longtime plaintiffs attorney in Lubbock. He was considered an active leader in the Lubbock law community and was highly respected by his peers.

Shelton Daughters Shelly Livingston and Christy Thompson shown with plaque honoring their father, the late Travis Shelton.

Shelton was an accomplished trial attorney before he was elected to three consecutive terms as Lubbock's district attorney. He served as president of the State Bar of Texas and the Lubbock County Bar Association. He also was president of the Lubbock Lions Club and a delegate to the 1968 Democratic National Convention. He died in 2003.

Newton served as dean of the Texas Tech School of Law from 1985 to 2001. He was a driving force behind the School of Law building renovation and law library expansion. He is a former president of the State Bar of Texas. Throughout his career, he was recognized for his efforts to further access to justice for poor and low-income Texans.


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