Professor Bridget Fuselier knew at the young age of 10 that she wanted to be a lawyer, a decision she credits to her parents, grandmother and a love of reading.
"Growing up both of my parents worked, and I spent a lot of time with my grandmother," she said. "She was always very interested in politics and history and is the person I credit for sparking those interests in me.
"When I was 10 years old, in the fourth grade, I got interested in books that focused on politics and history. I remember there was a series of books -- The Life of John F. Kennedy, The Presidency and The Constitution. I read all three and checked them out over and over again. One day, when I was on the last of the three books, The Constitution, my grandmother asked me what I was reading. I told her that it was a book on the Constitution. I explained to her that I was reading about all of these rights that U.S. citizens are supposed to have and was wondering how exactly we could make sure that we actually got these rights that were promised. She simply said, ‘Well, that's what lawyers do honey.' That one statement had a greater impact on my life than she could ever know. Right there at the age of 10 my response was, ‘Then that is what I am going to be!'
Professor Fuselier received her undergraduate degree in political science at Lamar University in 1994. While at Lamar, she was selected for the Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society. She earned her J.D. magna cum laude from Baylor Law School in 1998, where she served as Editor-in-Chief and Assistant Managing Editor of the Baylor Law Review. She also competed in the 1998 George Washington Law School National Security Law Moot Court Competition, where she was a member of the first place team and was named Best Orator. She also was a member of the Order of Barristers.
After receiving her J.D., Professor Fuselier moved to Beaumont and joined the firm of Mehaffy Weber, PC, as an associate in 1998 and was elected as a shareholder in 2004. Her litigation experience includes the successful representation of defendants in medical malpractice, premises liability, and employment discrimination cases. Professor Fuselier has authored and published articles for the Baylor Law Review, Texas Lawyer, and Houston Lawyer on topics involving medical malpractice litigation. In 2006, she was selected as the Jefferson County Outstanding Young Lawyer. She was also selected as a Rising Star by Texas Monthly in 2005 and 2006 in the area of civil litigation.
While in practice, Professor Fuselier actively participated in professional, community and charitable organizations. She said that she was fortunate to be a part of a local bar association that stressed service.
"I watched lawyers who had much more responsibility and time constraints than I take the time to selflessly give to others. It became clear early on that while making this commitment took time, it was vital to the community to make the commitment and it was really part of the being a lawyer, a public servant," she said.
She was selected as a member of the 2001 class of Leadership Beaumont. She served on various committees and boards, including the Weed and Seed Steering Committee, St. Thomas Moore Society and the Southeast Texas Family Resource Center. She served on the board and as president of the Jefferson County Young Lawyers Association, was a director of the Jefferson County Bar Association, Jefferson County Pro Bono Board and Fundraiser Committee and also volunteered as an attorney in the Jefferson County Pro Bono Program and the National Adoption Day Program. She also participated in many hours of community service through her membership with the Beaumont Junior League.
She joined the Baylor Law faculty in 2006 and teaches Property I and II, Texas Land Practice and Advanced Trial Advocacy Skills. She coaches a number of advocacy interscholastic teams and is the faculty sponsor for Baylor Law's Public Interest Society. She also serves as contributing editor in the area of Real Estate Law for General Practice Digest. She had worked as a guest member for the National Board of Bar Examiners, Real Property Drafting Committee.
Professor Fuselier and her husband, Paul, have two children.