Berkley Knas, Assistant Dean of Law Alumni Relations, leads our alumni community of over 7,200 Baylor Lawyers. Berkley oversees alumni relations and alumni communications for the Baylor Law School. She focuses on developing programs and events to make the alumni experience more rewarding to our community of Baylor Lawyers. She also manages and is the editor of the Docket Call, Baylor Law’s quarterly alumni magazine, and the Rocket Docket, Baylor Law’s monthly online newsletter.
Berkley graduated from Baylor Law School in 2010 and has been leading alumni relations since graduation. She attended the University of Texas at Austin for her undergraduate education and graduated with high honors in Public Relations from the University of Texas College of Communication. While a student at the University of Texas, Berkley served two terms as the Student Government Representative for the College of Communication. She served several years on the College of Communication Council, and she was elected to serve as the student, voting-member of the University of Texas Faculty Council. When Berkley was not on campus representing the students of the College of Communication, she was at the Capitol interning for the Texas Legislature and advocating for public education. Berkley also spent two years interning for HillCo Partners, a public and governmental affairs consulting firm. Through her college and HillCo experiences, Berkley developed strong political aspirations and was law school bound.
Berkley entered Baylor Law School (actually one month before she graduated from the University of Texas), and continued to represent her fellow students. Berkley was elected as the Executive President of the Student Bar Association, and she became actively involved in the Baylor Law School and Waco communities.
Berkley has served on the Board of Directors and is highly active in the Junior League of Waco. She has also served on the Board of Directors for Baylor Round Table and serves on the Baylor Club Membership Council. She is an alumna of Leadership Waco and serves on the Leadership Waco Alumni Curriculum Committee. Through the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce’s LEAD program, Berkley is a LEAD mentor to two students at McLennan Community College and University High School. Berkley serves on the Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center Ambassador Board. She holds leadership roles in Waco Cotton Palace and has served on the Advisory Board for the Kappa Alpha Theta chapter at Baylor. She has also served on the AVANCE Extravaganza and Quinceanera Gala committee.
She dedicates much of her time to serving in Waco public schools. Berkley organizes programs for Baylor Law students to volunteer with the students of Bell's Hill Elementary School, Baylor Law School's Waco ISD Adopt-a-School partner. Each week, Berkley eats lunch with and reads to third grade students at Bell's Hill Elementary School. Berkley is a leader and developer of the iCivics Baylor Model – a model that integrates Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's online civic education curriculum, iCivics.org, into Waco ISD and Midway ISD schools. Berkley is a supporter of Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) and has served as an advocate to six CASA kids.
Berkley and her husband, Kyle Knas, love Baylor – in fact they were even married on Baylor's campus by Judge Ken Starr. Berkley and Kyle are members of Harris Creek Baptist Church where she serves as a coordinator for the Preschool Hall. Berkley and Kyle have one child, and they are proud to call Waco home.