The dean of the Texas Tech School of Law will be leaving for a prestigious job.

Friday morning, School of Law Dean & Professor Darby Dickerson announced to law school students and staff that she is leaving Texas Tech. Dickerson will become the new dean at the John Marshall School of Law next year.

Dickerson earned her J.D. from Vanderbilt in 1988 and joined Texas Tech School of Law in 2011 after serving as Dean at Stetson University College of Law.

Dickerson's e-mail to students and staff can be read below:


Good morning,
I am writing to let the Texas Tech Law community know that I will be leaving to assume the deanship at Chicago's John Marshall School of Law as of January 1, 2017. It has been a tremendous pleasure and honor to serve as Dean and the W. Frank Newton Professor of Law for the last five-and-a-half years. We have a strong, dynamic community and I will always cherish my time here and the relationships I developed. Over the next couple of months, I look forward to continuing to interact with the Tech Law students, faculty, staff, and alumni, and to say a more personal goodbye before I move from the Hub City to the Windy City.
On Tuesday, Texas Tech and John Marshall will distribute official press releases about my transition.
Best always,
Darby Dickerson
Dean and W. Frank Newton Professor of Law
Texas Tech University School of Law
1802 Hartford Ave.
Lubbock, TX  79409-0004