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This listing of faculty scholarship reflects recent work of the full-time faculty at the law school. This listing will be updated every quarter. For complete listing of scholarship, please view each faculty member's Curriculum Vita, which can be found on their profile page.

Ronald L. Beal

Professor of Law

Professional Activities

• The Finance Commission of Texas v. ACORN, Texas Supreme Court, No. 10-0121, amicus brief
• Star Houston Inc. v. Bray, Austin Third Court of Appeals, No. 03-09-00508-CV, amicus brief
• Texas Department of Public Safety v. Salazar, Austin Third Court of Appeals, No. 03-09-0222-CV

Matthew C. Cordon

Director of Legal Research Associate Director of the Law Library and Professor of Law

Publications

Civil War Blockade-Runners: Prize Claims and the Historical Record, Including the Denbigh's Court Documents, Denbigh Shipwreck Project Publication 6, Institute of Nautical Archaeology, Texas A & M University (2012). (J. Barto Arnold and Gerald Powell)

Jeremy Counseller

Professor of Law

Publications

The Restyled Rules of Evidence, Jeremy Counseller (Symposium Participant at William & Mary Law School), 53 WMMLR 1435, 1509 (2012).

Thomas M. Featherston, Jr.

Professor and The Mills Cox Professor of Law

Publications

West's Texas Practice Guide-Probate 2012 Edition, Three Volumes (co-authored)

Presentations

• "Asset Protection Planning - - Getting Ready for Marriage in Texas" at the South Texas College of Law & 28th Annual Wills and Probate Institute," Houston, September 20, 2013.
• "Recent Developments in Estate Planning and Administration," Community Bank & Trust Luncheon in Waco, September 6, 2013.
• "His, Her Or Their Property: A Primer On Marital Property Law In the Community Property States" at the 2013 Skills Training for Estate Planners, New York Law School, New York, NY on July 15, 2013.
• "Understanding The Transfer Tax and Its Impact on Estate Planning" at the 2013 Skills Training for Estate Planners at New York Law School in New York, NY on July 14, 2013.
• "Creditors' Rights In And To The Marital Estate: What Property Is Liable For Which Debts?" at the State Bar of Texas Advanced Estate Planning and Probate Course in Houston on June 26, 2013 with paper.
• "Protecting Assets for Intended Beneficiaries - Marital Property Concerns" at the Estate Planning Seminar at Baylor University Office of Gift Planning, Heart of Texas Estate Planning Council, McLennan Community College Foundation on May 16, 2013.
• "Transfer Tax Issues, eLearning program of the ABA's Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section." Internet nationwide program on April 23, 2013.
• "The Necessaries Doctrine and Spouses Mutual Duty of Support", at the State Bar of Texas Advanced Elder Law Course in Houston, TX on April 11, 2013 with paper.
•"Protecting Assets for Intended Beneficiaries - Marital Property Concerns" at the State Bar of Texas Advanced Estate Planning Strategies Course in Santa Fe, NM on April 4, 2013 with paper.

Professional Activities

• Articles Editor, Trust & Estate, Probate & Property, published six times a year by the Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section of American Bar Association.
• Member, Planning and Publications Committees of the ABA?s Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section.
• Member, Advisory Commission - - Estate Planning and Probate, Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
• Member, Legislative Review Committee, Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section, State Bar of Texas.
• Contributor, Amicus Brief of the Tax Foundation and Interested Law Professors, United States of America v. Elaine T. Marshall, et al pending before United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit concerning gift tax transferee liability.
• Commentator, at the invitation of the Joint Editorial Board, on the Uniform Disposition of Community Property Rights at Death Act.

Bridget Fuselier

Professor of Law

Professional Activities

• Contributor, to the ABA Probate & Property Magazine, Keeping up with Property
• Contributor, to the General Practice Digest

Chris Galeczka

Reference Librarian

Publications

• "Expedited Civil Actions in Texas and the U.S.: A Survey of State Procedures and a Guide to Implementing Texas?s New Expedited Actions Process", Mike Morrison, James Wren, and Chris Galeczka, 65 Baylor L. Rev., Number 3, 824-937 (2013)

Laura Hernandez

Associate Professor of Law

Publications

The Constitutional Limits of Supply and Demand Why a Successful Guest Worker Program Must Include a Path to Citizenship, 10 Stan. J. Civil Rights & Civil Liberties (2014).

Jill W. Lens

Associate Professor of Law

Publications

Warning: A Post-Sale Duty to Warn Targets Small Businesses, 2014 UTAH L. REV. (forthcoming 2014).
Tort Law's Deterrent Effect and Procedural Due Process, 50 TULSA L. REV. (forthcoming 2014) (made SSRN's Top Ten download for the LSN Journal of Judgments & Remedies).
Justice Holmes's Bad Man and the Depleted Purposes of Punitive Damages, 101 KY. L. J. 789 (2013) (made SSRN's Top Ten download for the LSN Journal of Judgments & Remedies).
Procedural Due Process and Predictable Punitive Damage Awards, 2012 BYU L. REV. 1 (2012), reprinted in DEF. LAW. J., VOL. 61, NO. 3, at 113 (2013) (made SSRN's Top Ten download for the LSN Journal of Judgments & Remedies).

Luke Meier

Associate Professor of Law

Professional Activities

• Lead Counsel, Co-Author, Amicus Brief on behalf of interested law professor, In re Crystal Power Co (No. 11-40115) (asking the 5th Circuit to reform its mandamus jurisprudence for both precedential and policy reasons)

Elizabeth Miller

Professor of Law

Publications

TEXAS METHODS OF PRACTICE, TEXAS PRACTICE SERIES (Vol. 13), West (2013) (co-author)
BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS, TEXAS PRACTICE SERIES (Vols. 19, 20 & 20A), West (3rd ed. 2011; 2013 Annual Supplement) (co-author)
UNINCORPORATED BUSINESS ENTITIES, LexisNexis (5th ed. 2013) (co-author)
Governing Persons in Action: Liability Protection and Piercing the Veil of Texas Business Entities, Essentials of Business Law, State Bar of Texas, March 6, 2014
Governing Persons in Action: Overview of Fiduciary Duties, Exculpation, and Indemnification in Texas Business Organizations, Essentials of Business Law, State Bar of Texas, March 6, 2014
Shareholder and LLC Member Oppression in Texas, 8th Annual Fiduciary Litigation Course, State Bar of Texas, December 6, 2013
Recent Case Law Developments for Texas Business Law Practitioners, 11th Annual Advanced Business Law Course, State Bar of Texas (November 7, 2013)
Selected Recent (Non-Delaware) LLC Cases, 2013 LLC Institute, LLCs, Partnerships and Unincorporated Entities Committee of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association (October 18, 2013)
Selected Recent LLC Cases, 30 LLC & PARTNERSHIP REPORTER, No. 2, p. 54 (September 2013)
Current Issues in Use of (and Litigation Involving) LLCs, Dallas Bar Association (September 6, 2013)
The Walking Dead: Forfeitures and Involuntary Terminations of Filing Entities, 2013 LLCs, LPs and Partnerships, University of Texas School of Law (July 12, 2013)
Case Law Update: A Survey of Recent Texas Partnership and LLC Cases, 2013 LLCs, LPs and Partnerships, University of Texas School of Law (July 11, 2013)
The Shareholder (and LLC Member) Oppression Doctrine in Texas, Choice and Acquisition of Entities in Texas, State Bar of Texas (May 24, 2013)
Selected Recent (Non-Delaware) LLC Cases, American Law Institute-Continuing Legal Education (March 22, 2013); American Bar Association Business Law Section Spring Meeting (April 5, 2013)
Recent Case Law Developments for Texas Practitioners, Essentials of Business Law, State Bar of Texas (March 14, 2013)
Selected Recent LLC Cases, 30 LLC & PARTNERSHIP REPORTER, No. 1, p. 69 (March 2013)

Presentations

• "Governing Persons in Action," Essentials of Business Law, State Bar of Texas, March 6, 2014
• "Shareholder Oppression," 8th Annual Fiduciary Litigation Course, State Bar of Texas, December 6, 2013
• "Case Law Update, 11th Annual Advanced Business Law Course", State Bar of Texas (November 7-8, 2013)
• "Recent Case Update, 2013 LLC Institute," LLCs, Partnerships and Unincorporated Entities Committee of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association (October 17-18, 2013)
• "Current Issues in Use of (and Litigation Involving) LLCs," Dallas Bar Association, September 6, 2013
• "The Walking Dead: Forfeitures and Involuntary Terminations of LLCs and LPs," 2013 LLCs, LPs and Partnerships in Austin, TX (July 10, 11, & 12, 2013)
• "Case Law Update," 2013 LLCs, LPs and Partnerships in Austin, TX (July 10, 11, & 12, 2013)
• "Shareholder and LLC Member Oppression," Choice and Acquisition of Entities in Texas, State Bar of Texas (May 24, 2013)
• "2013 Annual Review of LLC Case Law Developments," American Bar Association Business Law Section Spring 2013 Meeting (April 5, 2013)
• "Limited Liability Entities: 2013 Update," American Law Institute-Continuing Legal Education (March 22, 2013)
• "Business Case Law Update," Essentials of Business Law, State Bar of Texas (March 14-15, 2013)

Professional Activities

• Editorial Board, The Business Lawyer, quarterly journal of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association
• Chair, Editorial Board of publications of the LLCs, Partnerships and Unincorporated Entities Committee of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association
• Member, Business Organizations Code Committee of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of Texas
• Chair, Business Entities Form Manual of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of Texas
• ABA Advisor, Drafting Committee, Series of Unincorporated Business Entities Act, National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws
• Appeared as witness before House Business & Industry Committee and Senate Business & Commerce Committee, 83rd Legislature Regular Session

Honors

• Recipient of the 2013 Martin I. Lubaroff Award presented by the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association at the 2013 LLC Institute in Washington D.C. on October 17, 2013.

Michael Morrison

Professor of Law

Publications

Expedited Civil Actions in Texas and the U.S.: A Survey of State Procedures and a Guide to Implementing Texas's New Expedited Actions Process, Mike Morrison, James Wren, and Chris Galeczka, 65 Baylor L. Rev., Number 3, 824-937 (2013)
Expedited Civil Actions in Texas, Texas Association of Defense Counsel Magazine, Summer 2013
• Contributing Editor on Defamation and Invasion of Privacy, Texas Association of Defense Counsel Professional Newsletters/Case Law Updates, 2005 - Present

Presentations

"Ethical Decision Making Related to Study Abroad Professionals with Shared Responsibilities," Standard of Good Practice Institute: "Ethics and Integrity in Education Abroad", Forum's Ninth Annual Conference in Chicago (April 3, 2013)

Honors

• On September 20, Mike received the 2013 President's Award for Leadership, Service and Dedication from the Texas Association of Defense Counsel at the annual meeting in Boston. The other recipient of this year's award was Mitch Smith, a Baylor law graduate.
• Elected to the board of the Forum for Education Abroad. The Forum is recognized by the federal government as the official standards setting entity for U.S. study abroad programs.
• Serving on a Defense Research Institute committee to rewrite the DRI's Arbitration Policy and Procedures
• Chairing a committee of the Texas Association of Defense Council's board of directors evaluating and preparing comments on the Texas Supreme Court's proposed rules for Expedited Trials.
?Elected to the Board of Directors of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel, October 1, 2012.

Connie Powell Nichols

Associate Professor of Law

Publications

• Contributing Author: In the Matter of Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Amend the Telemarketing Sales Rule, FTC File No. 411001, Comment of the Promotion Marketing Association, at See at http://www.ftc.gov/os/comments/dncpapercomments/04/pma.pdf

Justice Jan P. Patterson

Justice in Residence

Presentations

• "What We Should Expect of Our Law Schools", at the Texas Association of Defense Counsel, Washington, DC, April 10, 2014
• "Developing Role of Women in the Law", at the Texas Women Lawyers Annual CLE, Rising Together, Houston, TX, March 1, 2013

Gerald R. Powell

Professor and The Abner V. McCall Professor of Evidence

Presentations

• "Hearsay Issues in Family Cases," Panel Discussion, Austin Bar Association Family Law Section, Austin, Texas, November 6, 2013.
• "Evidence Issues in Probate Cases," National College of Probate Judges Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX May 9, 2013
• "Evidence Jeopardy," MCLE presentation, Austin Bench Bar Converence, Austin, Texas, April 13, 2013
• "Hearsay - Common Evidentiary Mistakes/Challenges in Family Court," MCLE Presentation, Austin Bench Bar Converence, Austin, Texas, April 13, 2013

Mike Rogers

Professor of Law

Professional Activities

• Institutional Enforcement Policy: Secondary Violations and Major Infractions at the Big 12 2013 Summer Rules Workshop on June 20, 2013
• General Session - Academic Integrity and Fraud Issues: Trends and Challenges at the 2013 NAAC Convention on June 12-13, 2013

Rory Ryan

Professor of Law

Publications

• Lead Counsel, Co-Author, Amicus Brief on behalf of interested law professor, In re Crystal Power Co (No. 11-40115) (asking the 5th Circuit to reform its mandamus jurisprudence for both precedential and policy reasons)
• Lead counsel for a group of law professors, as amicus curiae, in Gunn v. Minton, a case pending before the Supreme Court. See at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2181397

Walt Shelton

Adjunct Professor of Law

Publications

Emerging from Bitterness into Gratefulness, Austin American Statesman, March 8, 2014 at E9
Living Without Waiting, Austin American Statesman, December 31, 2013 at E6.
True Friendships are Holy Union, Austin American Statesman, August 31, 2013 at F6
Health Scare Reminds of What?s Important in Life, Austin American Statesman, July 6, 2013 at E6
Live with Eye on Present, Shaped by Past, Moving to Future, Austin American Statesman, June 15, 2013 at E7
Go Beyond Stereotyping Others, Austin American Statesman, March 23, 2013, at E7

Presentations

• "Zen and the Art of Environmental Practice: Ethical Considerations When an Environmental Attorney and Consultant Represent a Common Client," Dallas Bar Association, January 23, 2014
• Coordinated and participated in Environmental Law Practice and Career panel in Houston for University of Houston and South Texas law students, October 17, 2013
• "The Intersection of Environmental Law and Construction Law," Dallas Bar Association, April 25, 2013
• Coordinated and Participated in Career Exploration: Environmental Law, University of Texas Law School, April 4, 2013

Professional Activities

•Liaison of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section of the State Bar of Texas with the Section of the Environment, Energy and Resources of the American Bar Association
• Contributing Editor, General Practice Digest, State Bar of Texas, Environmental Law
• Chair of the Law School Committee of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section of the State Bar of Texas

Honors

• Selected through peer review process for inclusion in the 2014/20th annual edition of The Best Lawyers in America (Tier One Best Law Firm/highest classification) in the practice areas of Environmental Law and Water Law. This is Professor Shelton's 15th consecutive year of selection.

David G. Swenson

Professor of Law and The George G. Kelly Professor of Law

Professional Activities

• Contributing Author, Annual Review of Intellectual Property Developments 2011, ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law, 2012
• Member, Sections of Business Law, Intellectual Property Law (IPL) and Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
• Member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
• Editor of "The AIPLA Antitrust News", a publication produced three times a year by the AIPLA Antitrust Committee
• Baylor Representative to LSAC since 1983

Bradley J. B. Toben

Dean

Publications

Clergyperson Sexual Misconduct with Congregants or Parishioners: Past Attempts at Opposing Civil and Criminal Liabilities and a Proposed Criminal Law to Increase the Likelihood of Criminal Punishment of Clergyperson Perpetrators, in Clergy Sexual Abuse: Social Science Perspectives, co-authored with Kris Helge, (Claire Renzetti & S. Yocum, eds., 2013).
Sexual Misconduct of Clergypersons with Congregants or Parishioners • Civil and Criminal Liabilities and Responsibilities, co-authored with Kris Helge (web based article published as part of the Ford Foundation grant project of Dean Diana Garland on clergyperson sexual misconduct involving congregants or parishioners)
See at www.baylor.edu/content/services/document.php/96096.pdf

Honors

• Election to the American Law Institute
• The Texas Trial Lawyers Association sponsored an Austin reception in Dean Toben's honor at which he received a TTLA recognition for "exemplary service and commitment as a guiding light in legal scholarship and the pursuit of justice.•

Professional Activities

• Board Member of Juliette Fowler Homes, Inc. Fowler, affiliated with the Disciples of Christ.
• Chaired and Member for more than 20 years of the American Bar Association (ABA) and the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), membership on-site re-inspection functions and accreditation.
• Master of the Bench of the Abner V. McCall American Inn of Court.
• Member, Board of Directors of the Waco Chamber of Commerce.

James Underwood

Professor of Law

Publications

Torts: Principles in Practice (Cases and materials) (Aspen 2014).(forthcoming)

James E. Wren

Professor of Law

Publications

Expedited Civil Actions in Texas and the U.S.: A Survey of State Procedures and a Guide to Implementing Texas's New Expedited Actions Process?, Mike Morrison, James Wren, and Chris Galeczka, 65 Baylor L. Rev., Number 3, 824-937 (2013)

Presentations

• " Economic Loss Rule: Texas 2013 Update," CLE presentation at 5th Annual Damages in Civil Litigation Conference, State Bar of Texas, Houston, March 2013, with paper (31 pages)

Academic Calendar

February 10
    Classes Begin

March 8 - 16
    Spring Break

April 18 - 20
    Easter Holiday

April 23
    Classes End

April 24 - 25
    Reading Days

April 26
    Exam Period Begins

May 2
    Exams End

May 3
    Commencement

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