Law School’s 50th Anniversary Display

50th Anniversary collage

Have you ever wondered what that empty desk in the Upper Basement of the Law Library is?  And what does that have to do with the Law School’s 50th Anniversary?  Wonder no more.

The Law School is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year. To help commemorate the occasion the Law Library created a display of historical material to celebrate.  In the display you will see items showing our history from the construction of the new Law School to the addition of the Lanier Center.

  • pictures of the new Law School construction
  • various Law School publications (including a yearbook with pictures of students struggling over finals)
  • an invitation to the grand opening of the Lanier Center

The Law Library has many items concerning the history of the Law Library preserved in ScHOLAR, the law school’s digital repository.  Check out the “Texas Tech Law History” community in the repository to see more historical items.

As for the desk in the Upper Basement, it belonged to the first dean of the Law School, Richard B. Amandes, who served as dean from 1967 until 1977.  If you look closely at the desk, there is a brass plaque on the desktop that explains the desk’s history.

From W. Reed Quilliam, Texas Tech University School of Law:  the first 35 years:  1967-2002 (2006).


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