In the past few years, we have received several awards and recognition for our efforts. In 2015, Baylor Law School was selected to receive the 2015 American Bar Association (ABA) Pro bono Publico Award, making it only the third law school in the nation to be honored with the award since 1984. Each year, the ABA Standing Committee on Pro bono and Public Service presents five awards to individual lawyers and institutions in the legal profession that have demonstrated outstanding commitment to volunteer legal services for the poor and disadvantaged.
In 2014, the ABA Public Interest Award was awarded to Baylor University Law School’s Baylor Public Interest Legal Society (BPILS) for its remarkable implementation of their annual Adoption Day program. Also, in 2014, Baylor Law School received the W. Frank Newton Award from the State Bar of Texas. The W. Frank Newton Award recognizes the pro bono contribution of attorney groups, including law school faculty, whose members have made an outstanding contribution in the provision of, or access to, legal services to the poor. According to the state bar and the committee, Baylor Law was honored for its “truly exceptional” commitment to the “provision of legal services to the poor.” The award is named for W. Frank Newton, former dean of Texas Tech University School of Law and longtime pro bono advocate.
In 2012, Baylor Law student Brittany V. Wray won the Law Student Pro bono Award from the Texas Access to Justice Commission. The award recognizes a law student whose pro bono work has made a significant impact on the community and reflects a passion for advocating on behalf of underserved populations. In 2010, Baylor Law School received the Law School Commitment to Service Award from the Texas Access to Justice Commission. The award honors the law school that has most distinguished itself by actively educating its students about access to justice issues.
In addition to these awards, the law school has made a concerted effort to raise awareness of the issues many of our fellow Americans face. The law school participated in the 2015 Access to Justice Commission’s Champions of Justice Gala, as a Patron of Justice sponsor. This year, the Access to Justice Commission raised over $400,000 for veterans’ assistance programs. The law school also sponsored the 2015 Equal Justice Works Conference, which was held in Austin, Texas. This year, the law school is again sponsoring the 2016 Access to Justice Commission’s Champions of Justice Gala, as a Patron of Justice sponsor.