Forty-five years ago, on Sept. 25, 1967, Texas Tech University School of Law opened its doors to 72 students.
Civil trial lawyer Robin Green, now a partner in Richards, Elder & Green in Lubbock, and several other alumni will speak today during a midday celebration on the law school’s campus in Lubbock.
Green, one of the law school's first students in 1967, says he was "terrified." “I think we were there before the first day because we had an orientation,” Green says. “We had a weeklong orientation that was required, it was not graded, that had to do with learning the common law forms of action.”
Green says in 1967 the law school was housed in three modular-like buildings formerly used for Army barracks. One building was the library, one was for classrooms and the third housed the administrative offices, he says. “I never attended a class in what is now the beautiful new law school,” he says.
Green recalls that while he was in law school the country was embroiled in the Vietnam conflict, and both Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and U.S. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy were assassinated. “So it was a tumultuous time,” he says.
Green says he’s looking forward to visiting with fellow alumni today. “I will be really glad to see my classmates,” he says. “We don’t get together very often.”
-- Jeanne Graham