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May
15
2017
2017 Baylor Lawyer of the Year – Senator Murray Watson
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.”
May
8
2017
Baylor Law Hosts Second Annual Business Law Boot Camp
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.
May
4
2017
Baylor Law Has Top Bar Pass Rate in Texas
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.
Apr
27
2017
Spring 2017 Commencement, April 29 - Live Stream Begins at 9:45am
Live streaming of the Baylor Law 2017 Spring Commencement ceremony begins at 9:45am, April 29, 2017.
Apr
10
2017
Baylor Law Hosts Viewpoints Panel in Washington, D.C. on Patent Litigation
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.
Apr
10
2017
Baylor Law's Stephen Rispoli Wins the 2017 Outstanding Young Lawyer of McLennan County Award
Stephen Rispoli, BA '09, JD '12, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Pro Bono Programs at Baylor Law has been named the Outstanding Young Lawyer of McLennan County for 2017.
Apr
8
2017
Michael Bourland, JD '99, Wins Outstanding Pro Bono Advocate Award
Michael Bourland, JD '99, of the Waco law firm Witt, McGregor & Bourland, P.L.L.C., was named a 2016 Outstanding Pro Bono Advocate by the Waco-McLennan County Young Lawyers Association (WMCYLA).
Mar
30
2017
Baylor Law Recognizes Student Achievements at the 2017 John William & Florence Dean Minton Student Awards Ceremony and Lecture 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.
Mar
27
2017
Baylor Law Places Second and Wins Best Draft Term Sheet at the National Startup LawMeet Competition
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.
Mar
15
2017
Baylor Law Ranks #3 in Trial Advocacy, #51 Overall in National U.S. News Rankings
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."
Mar
15
2017
Marcy Wilkins, JD '14, Wins Outstanding Pro Bono Advocate Award
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).
Mar
13
2017
Baylor Lawyers Recognized for Texas Bar Foundation Awards
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.
Mar
7
2017
At Baylor Law, CLE Comes Before the JD
Baylor Law's innovative Professional Development Program follows a nationwide trend of law schools focusing on developing students' professional identities as lawyers.
Mar
1
2017
Kathryn Boatman, JD '08, Named ABA Outstanding Young Lawyer
Kathryn Boatman, JD '08, of Andrews Kurth Kenyon's Houston office, has received the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division's Wm. Reece Smith Jr. National Outstanding Young Lawyer Award.
Feb
28
2017
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.
Feb
25
2017
LEAD Counsel Inspires at Baylor Law's Inaugural Making a Difference Conference
On February 17th, Baylor Law's LEAD (Leadership Engagement and Development) Counsel hosted the inaugural Making a Difference Conference at the Sheila & Walter Umphrey Law Center.
Feb
22
2017
John and Marie Chiles Federalist Papers Lecture Series Brings Yale Law Professor Akhil Reed Amar to Baylor Law
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.”
Feb
20
2017
Baylor Law Capstone Project Leads to Largest Christian Fraternity in the Nation
Baylor Law alumnus Brett Williams, JD '99, turned his Baylor Law capstone project into the nationally recognized Christian fraternity, Beta Upsilon Chi (BYX).
Feb
14
2017
Baylor Lawyer Re-Elected as Managing Partner of Bowman and Brooke in Phoenix, AZ
Thomas Klein, JD '84, has been re-elected as Managing Partner of nationally recognized trial firm Bowman and Brooke LLP's Phoenix office.
Feb
13
2017
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.
Feb
8
2017
Baylor Law Students Go Undefeated to Advance to the National Trial Competition
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.
Feb
5
2017
Vik Deivanayagam, JD '96, Appointed to McLennan County Court at Law #1
In a unanimous decision, Baylor Lawyer and Baylor Law School Adjunct Professor Vik Deivanayagam, JD '96, was named Judge Mike Freeman's successor in McLennan County Court at Law #1.
Jan
26
2017
John Lin McCraw, JD '91 and Glenn W. Cunningham, JD '90, Elected to Lead the Texas Trial Lawyers Association
The Texas Trial Lawyers Association (TTLA) elected John Lin McCraw, JD ’91, as the 2017 president and Glenn W. Cunningham, JD ’90, as the 2017 president-elect.
Jan
25
2017
Baylor Law Justice-in-Residence, Jan Patterson, Supports Recent Graduates
Baylor Law's Justice-in-Residence, Jan Patterson, has administered the State Bar of Texas oath to over 150 recent Baylor Law graduates.
Jan
18
2017
Baylor Law Hosts Inaugural The Closer National Transactional Law Competition
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.
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