Mission Waco Legal Advice Clinic
Please join Mission Waco Legal Services for an evening of serving our community by providing short consultations, brief legal advice, and supportive coaching for low-income folks with legal questions. The legal clinic will be open to any and all legal questions and issues. Law students will perform the initial basic information gathering and sit in on the attorney consultation, when possible. Attorneys will assess the legal situation, provide advice when possible, and screen potential clients for the need of further representation.
Thank you for joining us in our efforts to make sure everyone in our community has access to justice on Monday, May 2, 2016 from 5:30pm-8:00pm. Mission Waco Meyer Center 1226 Washington Avenue, Waco, TX 76701.
Please contact Jessi Benton if you plan on volunteering ([email protected]
Student Bar Assoc. elections will take place Wednesday, April 20th. Sign up sheets are currently posted on the door of the student lounge. If you want to make a difference at Baylor Law School, sign up to run. The sign up sheets will be taken down Friday, April 15th at 3:30pm. All of the executive cabinet positions require one prior term on SBA (with the exception of the parliamentarian). All classes (1L, 2L and 3L) each have a president, VP and secretary. There will be a mandatory candidates mtg. in the student lounge Friday, April 15th at 3:30pm. Failure to attend the mtg. will result in immediate disqualification. Please email Amanda Sanchez at [email protected]
with any questions.
Women's Legal Society Mtg.
The Women's Legal Society spring meeting will be on Thursday, March 31 at 3:30 p.m. in Room 120. All students are welcome! Come meet your new Executive Board, discuss the future of WLS with us, and enjoy sweet treats.
Baylor Law Hosting National Client Counseling Competition
Volunteers Needed! Baylor Law School is hosting the ABA National Client Counseling Competition April 1-2. If you have a spouse, friend or family member who is interested in particpating in the competition as a "client" please contact Kathy Serr
Phi Alpha Delta Service Opportunities
Need service hours? Phi Alpha Delta is hosting 2 opportunities to give back to our Waco community. These will be great opportunities to network with other classmates and earn service hours that count towards the service chord at graduation. Family members, friends, and children are welcome at both of these events! We will meet at the law school 15 minutes before the scheduled times on the following days and can carpool and follow each other to the locations.
(1) March 20th at noon -
We will be updating the house of one of the hard-working faculty members here at Baylor Law School. We will be painting, planting a garden, and various other jobs. This is a GREAT way to give back to the wonderful staff that take care of us and to meet other law students.
(2) April 3 at 10am -
River clean up time again! As we announced in the Fall, we have adopted Circle Point at Cameron Park to clean up and keep beautiful. We provide gloves and bags. All you need to do is to show up and help! It is a great time, and we have a scenic spot overlooking the river. Come join us to help keep Waco beautiful and clean!
SALDF Calendar Sale
THANK YOU to everyone who helped the Student Animal Defense Fund meet our calendar sale goal! SALDF sold 50 calendars and raised money for both the Animal Legal Defense Fund and the Humane Society of Centeral Texas.
Pro Bono Spring Break
Work with the Texas Access to Justice Commission over Spring Break! You will get to work with legal aid programs on pro bono projects providing meaningful experience while helping low income clients. Texas Access to Justice Commission will cover your traval expenses, hotel and meals for the week. You have the option of working for American Gateways in Austin, MOSAIC Family Services in Dallas, or the Dallas Volunteeer Attorney Program. Six Baylor Law students attended this very-successful program last year. This is a great way to get some hands-on experience while learning what being a lawyer is about. Contact Assistant Dean Stephen Rispoli
for an application or with questions you may have.
Sameer Hashemi latest 'Mad Dog'
The 2015 Bob and Karen Wortham "Mad Dog" Competition has concluded and the latest "Mad Dog" has emerged!
Taking first place and the coveted bronze statuette of the late Matt “Mad Dog” Dawson is Sameer Hashemi. The runner-up is Brenna Buchanan, followed by semi-finalists Gabrielle Shayeb and Mark Firmin. The competition mimics a real-world courtroom experience and was presided over by Judge Rex Davis from the Tenth Court of Appeals in Waco. Scoring judges included JoAl Cannon Sheridan (Ausley, Algert, Robertson, & Flores, LLP), Laura Sharp (Sharp Firm), and Professor Scott Fraley (Baylor Law School).
Your new SBA Officers for the Winter and Spring quarters are: Executive President: Amanda Sanchez; Executive Vice President: Julie James; Executive Secretary: Penny Maley; Executive Treasurer: Savanna Griffith; Parliamentarian: Mark Ratway; 3L President: Miles McHale; 3L Vice President: Gabby Shayeb; 3L Secretary: Ian Todd; 2L President: Johan Holter; 2L Vice President: Amanda Howard; 2L Secretary: Matt Johns; 1L President: Gracie Wood; 1L Vice President: Hayley Glisson; 1L Secretary: Megan Servage. Thank you to everyone who participated in the election!
Baylor Public Interest Legal Society
Tuesday, November 10, 2015 6-9 p.m. come support BPILS and their fundraising efforts benefitting National Adoption Day! Chick-fil-A at 901 S. 7th Street near the Baylor campus.
Baylor Green and Gold Undergraduate Mock Trial Competition
November 6-8 Baylor Undergraduate Mock Trial will be hosting a mock trial invitational tournament in the Paul L. Foster Business School. Students who are interested in helping out in any way with the tournament can contact Rebecca Voth at [email protected]
Cahal McColgan wins the Spring 2015 'Mad Dog' Mock Trial Competition
Congratulations to Cahal McColgan for winning the Spring 2015 Mad Dog Competition! Cahal narrowly defeated Elisabeth Eikrem to take home an 18-inch bronze statue of Matt "Mad Dog" Dawson!
Congratulations to the runner-up and semi-finalists:
Runner-up: Elisabeth Eikrem
Semi-Finalists: Glenn Starks and Ryan Sinclair
A special thank you to our final round judges.
Presiding Judge: Hon. Lee Harris ('93), District Judge of the 66th District Court
Henry Wright (JD '09) of Tekell & Atkins in Waco,
John Ker of John R. Ker P.C.,
Amelia Beck (JD '83), Clerk for Hon. Judge Manske in Waco
Baylor Law Teams Win Regional National Trial Competition
Congratulations to the teams of Brad Ryynanen and Kelsey Warren, and TJ Jones and Mark Altman who won 1st and 2nd place at the regional National Trial Competition in New Orleans. Both teams advance to the National Competition in March.
Brad Ryynanen is the Latest 'Mad Dog'
Congratulations to Brad Ryynanen for winning the Mad Dog Competition! Brad took home an 18-inch bronze statue of Matt "Mad Dog" Dawson!
Congratulations to the runner-up and semi-finalists:
Runner-up: Brian Price
Semi-Finalists: Alexandria Moore and Jackie Wheeler
A special thank you to our Baylor Lawyers who judged the final round:
Honorable Gary Coley (JD '93), Judge of the 74th District Court
Robert Little (JD '05) of Naman Howell Smith & Lee
Colin O’Neill (JD '85) of Fullbright Winniford
Mike Scanes (JD '83) of Scanes, Routh & James
Fall 2014 Moot Court Competition Results
Congratulations to Louie Cook and Chase Smith, the winners of the Dawson & Sodd Fall 2014 Moot Court Competition. William Thorne and Monica Litle earned second place. The competition was judged by Judge Gary Coley, Professor Michael Berry, Professor Jill Lens, Professor Luke Meier, Professor Greg White, and the winners of the the Spring Moot Court Competition, Jas Gill and Sameer Hashmi.
Additional results and awards are as follows:
Brian Aslin, Shane Vreeland
Bree Marquand, William Hix
Morgan Anderson, Katie Naumann
Ian Todd, Heriberto Montalvo
Joe Hinton, Brittany Taylor
Mark McMullen, Brian Robertson
TOP TEN SPEAKERS
Monica Litle (Best Speaker)
Joe Hinton (Second Best Speaker)
Louie Cook (Third Best Speaker)
for more photos.
Join the Baylor Law Immigration Clinic this Fall!
Due to great demand, the Baylor Law DACA Immigration Clinic will hold additional clinics October 7 and 9 from 6:00pm-9:00pm.
This is a unique opportunity for 4Qs and above to gain hands-on legal experience and help teens and young adults in the Waco community.
Join Professor Hernández and Waco attorney Susan Nelson at the Immigration Clinic to gain valuable legal experience. Your resume will thank you!
The Fall 2014 clinic will be held September 23, 25, 30 and October 2 from 6:00pm-9:00pm.
To volunteer for the clinic, email Amanda Sanchez at [email protected] with at least two dates that you can help. No second language is required.
For more info click here!
Mahfouz Wins 'Mad Dog'
Congratulations to Chris Mahfouz, winner of the Mad Dog Mock Trial Competition. The runner-up was Matt Royall. Mahfouz took home a $3,000 prize, as well as an 18-inch bronze statuette of former PC Director Matt "Mad Dog" Dawson. Royall received a $1,000 prize.
2014 Moot Court Teams Selected
Members of the 2014 summer and fall moot court teams have been selected. Read the details here
New Law Review Members
The following students have become eligible for membership on the Baylor Law Review
as a result of their third-quarter cumulative grade-point average. New members should contact the editor-in-chief as soon as possible.
Mark W. Altman
Karren D. Bennett
Matthew J. Coolbaugh
Adam M. Dec
Carl Ray Qualls
Anyone who is now in the fourth, fifth, or sixth quarter, will be available for membership for at least three quarters (excluding the summer quarter), has taken a full load each quarter, and has a grade-point average equal to or greater than 3.46, is also eligible for Law Review
membership. If you believe that you qualify, please contact Professors Bates
Sutherland Cup Results
Congratulations to the team of Jack Hales, Kathlyn Hendrix and Lauren Jaynes, who advanced to the semis of the Sutherland Cup Moot Court Competition in Washington, D.C. The team also won the award for the Best Brief.
Let Professors serve you breakfast as you prepare for finals! Wednesday, April 20th at 8:00pm in the Student Lounge.
Spring Student Awards Ceremony
The John William & Florence Dean Minton Spring Student Awards Ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 14th. The ceremony will be held at the Barfield Drawing Room inside the Bill Daniel Student Union Building, 1311 S. 5th Street, Waco, Texas from 5:30pm-6:30pm.
Supreme Court of Texas
The Supreme Court of Texas to hear oral arguments at Baylor Law School on Wednesday, March 30 beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the Kronzer Appellate Courtroom. You are invited to observe the arguments. Case summaries are available here.
Join the State Bar of Texas Law Student Division
Network with attorneys throughout the state and enjoy member benefits such as scholarships, discounts, publications, and more when you join the State Bar of Texas Law Student Division. Membership is only $15 per year. See the State Bar of Texas website
or email Chris Ratway
for more information.
Christian Legal Society
Christian Legal Society invites everyone to join them for fellowship and fun during their weekly bible study. All denominations are welcome, as well as any newcomers. Come take a break from law school, de-stress and refocus your attention. The bible study is held every Friday at noon in the Lawyer's Lounge.
Phi Alpha Delta presents 6th Annual Professor Auction
Don't miss out on all of the great events like Dinner and Softball with Dean Toben, a Mystery Date with Prof. Bates, and Square Dancing at the White House! All proceeds will benefit C.A.S.A. - join in the fun and raise money for this very worthwhile organization. Check out the silent auction bid sheets in the main hallway through December 9. The LIVE AUCTION will take place in the Student Lounge at 3:45 p.m. on December 10.
Diversity in Law Officers
The officers for the Diversity in Law organization are: President, Amber Morrison; Vice President, Malik Bowen; Treasurer, Raha Assadi; Secretary, Tania Sethi; Events Coordinator, Amanda Howard; and Law Familia Coordinator, Susana Naranjo-Padron. If you are interested in getting involved, contact any officer or email Amanda Howard
Veterans Day Roll Call at Baylor Law
We will be honoring all of our Baylor Law Family military members and veterans at a special roll call on Veteran’s Day. If you would like your name or your spouse’s name on the roll call, and you have not included it in the past, please email [email protected]
with name, branch of service, and rank.
Brewer and Messina win the Spring 2015 Strasburger and Price Moot
Hannah Brewer and Kristen Messina won the Spring 2015 Strasburger and Price Moot Court Competition. Braden Allman and Kyle Beckrich won second place. A special "Thanks" to Craig Haynes, Partner at Thompson & Knight in Dallas, Texas, and the Hon. Catharina Haynes of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, who served as the final round’s guest judges.
Local News Anchor Interviews Students During Leadership Development Class
Julie Hays, a KWTX news anchor in Waco, TX, joined a Leadership Development Class to meet with our students and conduct mock interviews based on fictitious scenarios. Mrs. Hays, married to Baylor Lawyer Sam Hays (J.D. '11), is very familiar working with lawyers as a journalist and shared her experience and advice in interacting with the media. Here Mrs. Hays is interviewing Phil Gordon, a 2L from Austin, TX, about his role as a CEO of a fictitious company in the middle of a scandal. After interviewing all the students, Mrs. Hays visited with the students about their interviews, and how to improve their skills.
Winter 2014 Class Graduates
Baylor Law's Winter Class of 2014 graduated on November 8. Click here
Business Organization, Plus Fun
Students in Professor Beth Miller's Business Organization class dressed in their favorite undergraduate or Scottish attire in recognition of Scotland's historic vote to remain part of the United Kingdom.
Fall 2014 Entering Class Service Project
The students of the 2014 Fall entering class demonstrated Baylor Law School's commitment to public service through their volunteer work in the community of West, TX, the site of a fertilizer plan explosion in April 2013. Check out the photos of their service here.
Summer 2014 Class Graduates
Baylor Law's Summer Class of 2014 graduated on August 2. Click here
Spring 2014 Class Graduates
Baylor Law's Spring Class of 2014 graduated on May 3. Catch the highlights here
Spring 2014 Strasburger & Price Results
Congratulations! Sameer Hashmi and Jas Gill are the winners of the Spring 2014 Strasburger & Price Moot Court Competition. Cindy Culp and Mark Firmin earned second place.
Federal Bar Competition Results
Congratulations to the team of Joe Craven and Will Ytterberg, which advanced to the octofinals of the Federal Bar Association Moot Court Competition. Craven also was recognized as the third best speaker.
Baylor Law Earns Top Marks in National Jurist's 'Best Schools for Practical Training'
Baylor Law School earned an A+ in the latest issue of The National Jurist's
inaugural list of "Best Schools for Practical Training." The listings were unveiled in the magazine's March issue. "This is the first effort to try to quantify which schools are delivering on their promises to make legal education more experiential," said Jack Crittenden, editor-in-chief, The National Jurist
Client Counseling Results
Congratulations to Jason Taylor and Brad Ryynanen for winning the Naman Howell Smith & Lee Client Counseling Competition. Andrew Valencia and Josh Arnold were the second-place team.