Laura A. Hernández joined the faculty of Baylor Law School in 2008 following 11 years as a litigator. She teaches Remedies, Separation of Church and State, Law of Entertainment Industries, and Insurance Law.
Prior to Baylor Law School, Professor Hernández practiced law at Bickel & Brewer, L.L.P. in Dallas, Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer, & Feld, L.L.P., in San Antonio, and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, L.L.P. in Los Angeles. Her clients included publicly held Fortune 100 companies involved in the oil and gas, entertainment and insurance industries.
Professor Hernández attended Stanford University, where she graduated with a B.A. in Economics and a B.A. in Communications. She attended law school at Southern Methodist University. Among many other honors at SMU, she was named the Sarah T. Hughes Law Scholar for the Class of 1996, a full scholarship awarded by the Dallas Bar Foundation.
Professor Hernández's scholarship to date has focused on the legal issues facing recent immigrants to the United States. She has written for numerous publications, including The National Law Journal and the Southern California Review of Law & Social Justice, where she addressed the citizenship rights of children born in the United States to undocumented immigrants. Most recently, she presented a paper at the Oxford University Round Table titled, ""Is There a Place for the Wise Latina, or Wise Woman, in the Legal Academy?"
As a Latina and daughter of immigrants herself, Professor Hernández feels a strong responsibility and commitment to minority students interested in the law. She attends numerous recruiting events to encourage these students to pursue the dream of becoming an attorney -- hopefully at Baylor Law School.
Professor Hernández wants all prospective students to know that if they work hard enough, a juris doctorate is within their reach. "Law school is demanding. And you may have to overcome many hurdles before you're done, but the reward of a J.D. is well worth it," she said.