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Marguerite ButlerSpearIt

Professor SpearIt presented to the faculty at South Texas College of Law on April 3, 2020, on his work, Reimagining the Death Penalty: Targeting Christians, Conservatives (forthcoming, Buff. L. Rev. 2020). SpearIt has recently accepted an invitation to serve on TSU’s IRB Committee as a prison/prisoner representative, a position that entails reviewing research protocols and delivering opinions about them. His scholarship was recently cited in New York University Law Review in the article, The Prisoner and the Polity,

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There are 2 additional faculty spotlight in this edition.


Teddy Hawkins 2L class of ‘2022

Kierra PowellTeddy has his own business “Throwback Closet” which is a vintage thrift and sportswear store that he started in 2017

Teddy now has nearly 13k followers on Instagram and has sold clothes in 41 U.S. states. 

Teddy continues to put his schoolwork before his business.

Teddy says “it takes time but it’s possible, you’ll find that law school will help to develop a number of skills that are transferable to entrepreneurship."

For the complete article see the October 2020 issue of Thurgood Today




Tony Manik Wadhawan‘08

Kierra PowellManik Wadhawan is a Class of 2008 Thurgood Marshall School of Law graduate. He began his law career as a clerk with the Honorable Judge Vanessa Velasquez of the 183rd Criminal District Court of Harris County.  While working as a clerk in the criminal court, he learned the most efficient ways to analyze all criminal cases; whether that be to identify any violations, both procedural and/or a constitutional, or to approach the case with the mindset of protecting his client's record.  Thereafter, Attorney Wadhawan interned with The Sacks Law Firm.  While at Sacks Law, he was able to utilize his MBA education and honed his skills in business and corporate litigation. He would later clerk at Anderson and Smith P.C., where he was able to sharpen his skills as an Attorney with a concentration in the Entertainment Industry. Tony was mentored by one of the most prominent names in the industry; Attorney Ricky Anderson. Tony has successfully owned and operated THE WADHAWAN LAW FIRM for almost ten and a half years. His practice concentrations are Criminal and Juvenile defense. In 2018, 2019, and 2020, Tony was selected to the “Super Lawyers of Texas” Rising Stars, an award which only 2.5% of Lawyers Practicing in Texas under the age of 40 are awarded.

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