Professor Ron Beal has developed an expertise in Texas administrative law. He has authored numerous law review articles that have been cited as authoritative by the Texas judiciary, taught training courses for administrative law judges and lectured in advanced courses for practicing lawyers.
"Procedure is the lifeblood of the practicing attorney," he says. "There is no greater error that can be committed by a lawyer than making a procedural error that deprives his/her client of the right to have a decision made on the merits of a claim or defense. At the same time, there is no other area of the law that a student perceives as more boring than studying procedural law. Thus, I am highly motivated to engage students in studying procedure and to demonstrate to them the vital importance of the subject area.
"In addition, administrative law can be properly labeled as a "hybrid system" that borrows principles from the constitutional system and blends them with informal processes of decision-making and policy formation. It is difficult for the average student to view issues with clarity when the answer is not black or white, but is found within the gray area that merges principles from both disciplines. However, if one can discern the consistent themes within this unique area of law, the sun shines through the trees and the student experiences the ĎAh-Ha' phenomenon of understanding. That is my reward and my goal for Baylor Law students."
Professor Beal earned a J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law in 1979 after receiving a B.A. in 1975 from St. Olaf College. After graduation, he was a civil trial lawyer for three years in St. Paul, Minn., at Murnane, Brandt . Professor Beal then earned a LL.M. at Temple University School of Law in Philadelphia, Penn. In 1983, he joined the faculty at Baylor Law School.
In 1991, he was honored by the State Bar of Texas Administrative and Public Law Council for writing the Outstanding Administrative Law Review Article and in 1994, Baylor University conferred upon him the award of Outstanding Research Professor. In 1997, he completed a treatise, Texas Administrative Practice and Procedure, which is considered the "bible" of Texas administrative law. He also has served as Editor-in-Chief of the General Practice Digest of the General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section of the State Bar of Texas for the last 25 years. He has also been the contributing editor for Texas Administrative Law for 25 years.
Professor Beal is an avid jogger and recently ran in the infamous Bay to Breakers race in San Francisco. He also enjoys reading, PBS Mysteries and Masterpiece Theatre, classical music, art and foreign films and model railroading.