Dean and the M.C. and Mattie Caston Professor of Law
One of the nation's longest tenured deans, Brad Toben joined the Baylor faculty in 1983 and was named dean of the Law School in 1991. He graduated from Baylor Law School with the J.D. degree with honors in 1977, after completing his B.A. with honors in political science at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He received the LL.M. from Harvard Law School in 1981, and then taught at Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis. He has participated regularly in accreditation and membership inspections of law schools for the American Bar Association and Association of American Law Schools, and has been active in the State Bar of Texas, especially in the bankruptcy specialization certification program. He is licensed in Texas and Missouri, practiced in St. Louis, and was previously of counsel to the firm of Dawson & Sodd in Texas. He is an elected member of the prestigious American Law Institute, Master of the Bench in the Judge Abner V. McCall American Inns of Court and is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the Texas Bar Foundation.
Associate Dean and Professor of Law
Most law school associate deans last only 3 to 6 years, but Leah Jackson has stayed in this position for more than 18 years. She followed in the footsteps of her father and brother and attended Baylor University and Baylor Law School. After earning her J.D. cum laude in 1985, she entered private practice with the Waco law firm of Naman Howell Smith & Lee, P.C., where she practiced for almost five years in the firm's business section. Her primary interest and focus was tax planning. Jackson has been the primary tax professor at Baylor for her entire tenure. She teaches the second-year required Basic Tax and Accounting for Lawyers course, and she teaches Individual Taxation and Partnership Taxation. Until recently she also taught Corporate Taxation giving her a teaching load that is equivalent to that of a full-time professor at many other law schools. She is the former chair for the Texas Women in Higher Education, Inc., and is an appointed member of the Network Executive Board of the American Council on Education's Office of Women in Higher Education. She is an elected member of the Texas Bar Foundation and a past president of the Waco McLennan County Bar Association and the Midway Education Foundation. She is an alumnae of the Leadership Texas and Leadership America programs.
Director of Legal Research, Associate Director of the Law Library, and Professor of Law
Matt Cordon serves as the director of legal research and associate director of the law library at Baylor Law School. He is heavily involved in teaching Legal Analysis, Research, and Communications and Advanced Legal Research. Along with Professor Brandon Quarles, he is the coauthor of Researching Texas Law
(2d ed. 2008) and Specialized Topics in Texas Legal Research
(2005), both published by William S. Hein & Co., Inc. Cordon and Quarles have also coauthored book chapters on Texas practice materials as well as historical Texas legal information. Cordon frequently contributes to a variety of other publications. He also regularly serves on editorial review and advisory boards. Baylor University recognized Cordon as an Outstanding Professor for Scholarship in the category of tenure-track faculty. He has additionally won young alumnus awards from both Central Methodist University (2006) and the College of Information, Library Science, and Technologies at the University of North Texas (2009).
Assistant Dean of Career Development
Angela Cruseturner earned her B.A. from Baylor University in 1998 and her J.D. from Baylor Law School in 2002. Following graduation, she practiced with Waco firm Pakis, Giotes, Page & Burleson, P.C., until she accepted the position of Staff Attorney for Judge Bill Vance at the 10th Court of Appeals in 2005. She joined the Career Development Office in 2011 after serving for four years as the Director of Admissions and Student Recruitment. She is involved in all aspects of the services provided by the CDO, including counseling students regarding career choices and opportunities; serving as a general resource to students as they evaluate and pursue career opportunities; coordinating recruiting efforts by potential employers; and conducting career information and education programs. Cruseturner is active in numerous community and professional organizations.
Director of Career Development - Employer Relations
Daniel Hare serves as the Director of Career Development - Employer Relations, a position he began in September of 2012. Daniel came back to Baylor Law School after a stints as Director of Athletics at NCAA Division II Western Oregon University, and before that Director of Athletic Compliance at the University of Central Oklahoma. While attending Baylor Law School, Hare spent the summer of 2007 interning at CBS College Sports (formerly CSTV, Inc.) in New York City. From 2003-2006, he served as Athletic Development Officer in the Baylor Bear Foundation. Hare got his start working in men's basketball at the University of Oklahoma (OU), his undergraduate and graduate alma maters. He received his bachelor's degree in business administration from OU in 2000, and then his master's in business administration with an emphasis in sports administration in 2003. Hare earned his juris doctor from Baylor University in 2009. He is married to the former Adrienne Davis. The couple resides in Hewitt, and in January 2012 welcomed their first child, Brooklyn Elizabeth, into their family.
Director of Alumni Relations
Berkley Knas joined the Baylor Law Alumni Team in Spring 2010. She focuses on developing programs and events to make the alumni experience more rewarding to our community of Baylor Lawyers. Knas graduated from Baylor Law School in 2010 after receiving her bachelor's degree with high honors from the University of Texas at Austin.
Director of Admissions and Student Recruitment
Nicole Neeley joined the admissions office September 2011. She attended University of Michigan Law School and worked in Chicago, New York, and the Twin Cities before coming to Waco, Texas. She is a licensed attorney who has worked as law firm consultant. She enjoys using everything she knows about law school and the legal market to help students in their decision to go law school and to help Baylor Law recruit the best candidates for it's program.
Director of the Law Library and Professor of Law
Brandon Quarles has served as the Director of the Law Library since February 2000. After earning his J.D. from the University of Mississippi in 1993, Quarles entered private practice in Dallas. He then returned to school and earned a Master of Library Science from the University of North Texas in 1995. Quarles teaches all of the first- and second-quarter research classes in the Legal Analysis, Research, and Communications (LARC) program. Along with Professor Matt Cordon, he is the coauthor of Researching Texas Law (3rd ed. 2012) and Specialized Topics in Texas Legal Research (2005), both published by William S. Hein & Co., Inc. In addition to his teaching responsibilities and administrative duties in the Law Library, Quarles has overseen a number of Law School projects over the years. He served on the Law Center Project Committee and coordinated the Law School's physical move to the Sheila and Walter Umphrey Law Center in 2001. He also chaired the self-study process for the past two ABA accreditation/AALS membership reviews of the Law School (2005 and 2011).
Director of Student Relations
Stephen Rispoli earned his political science degree from Baylor University in 2009 and his J.D. from Baylor Law School in 2012. Shortly before graduating, Stephen was recruited by the Practice Court program to serve as the Practice Court Associate. He and James Willis serve as the point of contact for P.C. students and handle the day-to-day administration of the program. Before coming to law school, Stephen worked as a District Director for former Texas State Representative Carol Kent. He describes his time working in the 81st Legislature as the experience that fostered his interest in the law. During law school, Stephen was active in student organizations, serving as the Executive President for the Student Bar Association, and Justice for the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity. One of his most rewarding experiences in law school was interning for Federal Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Manske. While working for Judge Manske, Stephen learned a great deal about Federal procedure and the judicial process. During Practice Court, Stephen and his P.C. Partner Kelly Hodge thoroughly enjoyed putting together their trial strategies and trying cases.
Director of Information Technology
Rick Sowell has spent more than 14 years at Baylor Law School, analyzing new technologies while keeping an ear tuned to the law school community in order to provide the most appropriate technological platforms, service and support possible. Sowell's mission is to help faculty, staff and students leverage technology in order to improve both productivity and learning.