Baylor Law School announces Senator Murray Watson of Waco, Texas, as the 2017 Baylor Lawyer of the Year. “Senator Watson is most deserving of this honor,” Dean Brad Toben said. “Senator Watson is an exemplar of a public servant. His impact on the state of Texas, McLennan County, and Baylor is profound, and he is one of the most humble leaders I have ever known.”
April 30 - May 5, Baylor Law hosted its second annual Business Law Boot Camp at the Sheila & Walter Umphrey Law Center in Waco, Texas. The Business Law Boot Camp is a week-long program that provides Baylor Law students with a practical overview of the various areas of law a business transactional lawyer will encounter on a regular basis.
The results of the February 2017 Texas Bar exam have been released and Baylor Law is again No. 1 with an 88.89 percent pass rate. Of the 27 Baylor Law students who took the February 2017 exam, 24 passed – the highest percentage among the nine Texas law schools.
Held in Washington D.C., three panels of distinguished judges and lawyers engaged in intriguing discussions on emerging trends in intellectual property litigation at Baylor Law's third edition of Viewpoints:™ A Conversation Series.
On March 29, Baylor Law honored and recognized the outstanding achievements of current Baylor Law students in academics, advocacy, law review, and pro bono and public service at the 2017 John William & Florence Dean Minton Student Awards Ceremony and Lecture Series.
Baylor Law students Ian Todd and David Eskew and Baylor student Ashley Hodge placed Second Place overall and won Best Draft Term Sheet at the National StartUp LawMeet competition. The team featured a unique collaboration between Baylor Law and Baylor’s MBA program. Todd and Eskew are both enrolled in Baylor Law's joint MBA/JD degree plan and teammate Hodge is enrolled in Baylor’s MBA program. The team was coached by David Reid.
U.S. News & World Report ranked Baylor Law’s highly respected trial advocacy program #3 in the nation. Baylor Law School also ranked #51—a four spot jump from last year—among fully accredited law schools in the "Best Law Schools" category of the magazine's 2018 edition of "Best Graduate Schools."
Marcy Wilkins, JD '14, of the Waco law firm Beard Kultgen Brophy Bostwick & Dickson, LLP, recently was named a 2016 Outstanding Pro Bono Advocate by the Waco-McLennan County Young Lawyers Association (WMCYLA).
The Texas Bar Foundation (TBF) has recognized three distinguished Baylor Lawyers for their remarkable accomplishments and contributions to the legal profession: George E. Chandler, JD '62, Robin Russell, JD '86, and Otway B. Denny, Jr., JD '73.
On Feb. 17-19, The Philosophical Society of Texas held its 179th annual meeting in Waco, Texas. Seven members of the Baylor Law School faculty led sessions on various topics including trial by jury, the status and future of legal education, capital punishment, and the judicial system administration.
Through the continued generosity of John and Marie Chiles, the Baylor Law School hosts an annual lecture series on the Federalist Papers. The lectures are free and open to Baylor Law students, Baylor undergraduates, the local bar, and the public. On Feb. 17, Yale Law Professor Akhil Reed Amar spoke on “Probing the Minds of Hamilton, Madison & Jay: The Guidance of the Federalist Papers.”
On Feb. 11, Baylor Law School hosted the People's Law School, which offered a half-day curriculum of courses designed to educate laypersons about their legal rights and to give "user friendly" overviews of several areas of the law.
Baylor Law students Elizabeth "BB" Sanford and Keshav Nair; and Chris Arnell and Marcus Fifer competed in the National Trial Competition Regional in Dallas, TX, February 3-5. Despite facing many challenging opponents, the Baylor Law duo BB Sanford and Keshav Nair remained undefeated over the weekend and advanced to the National Trial Competition. Chris Arnell and Marcus Fifer, who were competing in their first law school mock trial competition, advanced to the quarter finals.
Under the direction of Professor Beth Miller, Baylor Law launched The Closer, a unique transactional law competition, on MLK weekend 2017. The Closer is an innovative, invitation-only transactional law tournament in which law schools that have consistently excelled at transactional LawMeets send their top student transactional negotiator to compete.