Professor Jeremy Counseller is an award-winning teacher, a prolific scholar, and a trial lawyer whose experience includes everything from defending lawyers accused of malpractice to prosecuting drug dealers, but, according to Jennifer, his prom date and wife, the skill he's most proud of is "his ability to identify any movie he's ever seen merely by listening to a few seconds of its dialogue."
After serving as a clerk on the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and as a trial lawyer at Bracewell & Patterson (now Bracewell & Giuliani), he joined the Baylor faculty in 2003 because "God and Willie Nelson are Baylor Bears." He has authored a book and numerous essays and articles on the law of evidence and procedure, all of which are highly regarded in the field and have been "read cover to cover by the twenty people on the planet who share [his] passion for certain arcane legal issues."
Though he loves teaching, he can't stand to be away from a jury for long. Earlier this year, he spent his sabbatical serving as a prosecutor in the Office of the McLennan County District Attorney, and he continues to prosecute "bad guys" in his spare time. He teaches Civil Procedure to brand new law students, and, as any one of them can tell you, he sets high standards and imposes them mercilessly.
First-year law students sometimes refer to him as "the Dark Lord" or "He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named" (they also call him other things that should not be repeated in a Baylor bio). Students who find the time on a Sunday morning to darken the door of the best church in Waco are, therefore, somewhat surprised to find him sitting on the front row of Austin Avenue United Methodist Church, where he serves as Chair of the Church Council and Jennifer serves as the Director of Children's Ministries.
Despite his reputation as a tough-as-nails, no-nonsense, never-suffer-a-fool professor, the student body has chosen him to be their commencement speaker five times in the last few years. Having attained the status of a professor who students both fear and revere, he was appointed to the faculty of Baylor Law School's nationally acclaimed (and infamously difficult) Practice Court Program in August-a position from which he shares with students his passion for trial advocacy "one unvarnished truth at a time."
When asked about his hobbies, he said he has three young children instead.