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Nancy Farrer

Service Professor in Law


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  • J.D. (summa cum laude), St. Mary’s University School of Law, 1990
  • B.F.A., University of Texas with Honors, 1976

License to Practice

  • Texas
  • Western District of Texas

Specialties and Courses

  • Legal Research and Writing


As an adjunct professor, Farrer taught legal research and writing to St. Mary’s students for 12 years before joining the faculty as a full-time instructor in August 2017.

Farrer served nine years in the state and federal court systems, first as briefing attorney for the Hon. Edward C. Prado in the Western District of Texas and later as staff attorney to the Hon. Paul W. Green in the Court of Appeals for the Fourth District of Texas and Supreme Court of Texas.

In private practice, she concentrated in appellate law and trial preparation, providing appellate and pretrial assistance in a variety of complex matters, including insurance law, construction law, libel and slander, deceptive trade practices, contribution and indemnity issues, legal malpractice, deposition and discovery disputes, and jury charge issues. She also recorded video lectures for online bar review.

Farrer has been active in the community, serving on the boards of the Bexar County Women’s Bar and Big Brothers Big Sisters-Alamo Area, and as chair for events in the San Antonio Bar Foundation, the Bexar County Women’s Bar Foundation, and the Texas Association of Appellate Court Attorneys. She was the BCWBA liaison to the Supreme Court of Texas Gender Fairness Task Force and is a lifetime member of Phi Delta Phi.

Honors and Awards

  • Wall Street Journal Award for Academic Excellence, 1990
  • Phi Delta Phi International Balfour Scholarship, 1990
  • John M. Harlan Society, 1990


Articles in a Periodical

Of Ivory Columns and Glass Ceilings: The Impact of the Supreme Court of the United States on the Practice of Women Attorneys in Law Firms, 28 St. Mary’s L. J. 529 (1997)


Taking the Texas Bar Exam: the Texas Essays and Texas Civil and Criminal Procedure, St. Mary’s University School of Law, Nov. 2010.

Professionalism in Practice, Bexar County Women’s Bar Association, Nov. 2004.

Appellate Roadshow, Panel Member, sponsored by the San Antonio Bar Association Appellate Section and State Bar of Texas Appellate Section, February 2004

TRAP Update and Report on Why the Courts of Appeals Reverse, Bexar County Women’s Bar Association, October 2002

Perfecting the Appeal and Motions in the Fourth Court of Appeals, St. Mary’s University School of Law and San Antonio Bar Association Appellate Section, Appellate Spring Training Seminar, April 2002.