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Baylor Law Capstone Project Leads to Largest Christian Fraternity in the Nation

February 20, 2017
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Baylor Law Capstone Project Leads to Largest Christian Fraternity in the Nation


WACO, Texas -

Baylor Law alumnus Brett Williams, JD '99, turned his Baylor Law capstone project into the nationally recognized Christian fraternity, Beta Upsilon Chi (BYX).



Brett Williams

While an undergraduate student at Texas A&M, Williams helped establish the Aggie chapter of BYX. From the beginning, many college men showed interest in the organization, including students from other universities across the country who inquired about launching chapters of their own.

After starting several other chapters throughout Texas in the years following the A&M chapter's beginning, Williams believed that incorporating BYX and formally organizing a national office seemed to be the natural next step. Incorporating would also allow BYX the ability to raise support as a nonprofit organization for further expansion.

Williams went on to earn his juris doctor at Baylor Law School with a concentration in transactional law. While brainstorming ideas for his capstone project with Professor Beth Miller, Williams described his continued involvement with BYX. Utilizing the resources Baylor Law offered and the expert guidance of Professor Miller, Williams incorporated BYX as an official nonprofit organization.

Since then, BYX has grown to comprise over 35 chapters throughout the country with approximately 3,000 active members each semester. As the largest Christian fraternity in the nation, BYX continues to "establish brotherhood and unity among college men based upon the common bond of Jesus Christ."

"Simply put, as a Christian fraternity, we desire for BYX to be a relevant organization for college men seeking a great college experience in terms of brotherhood and fellowship but also grow in their relationship with God during college," said Williams. "I love what BYX is all about. We stand in the gap between the church and traditional fraternities, as a relevant alternative for college men."

Brett Williams addresses BYX members

With an interest in business and law, Williams emphasizes the value of his education at Baylor Law School. "My intent in pursuing a transaction law concentration during law school was to acquire a broad business background, with an eye towards entrepreneurship," he said. "I practiced corporate transaction law for the first five years after law school with Porter & Hedges in Houston. It gave me the background to then transition to an entrepreneurial opportunity to join and help grow a private wealth management firm."

Williams currently is a partner and client advisor at Avalon Advisors, a private wealth management firm, and he continues to be a board member of BYX. He has served on the Houston Baylor Lawyer Network Steering Committee since its inception in 2011, and he is a Sustaining Lifetime Member and Lifetime Member of the Baylor Law Alumni Association.



CONTACT: Berkley Knas, Alumni Relations
EMAIL: Berkley_Knas@baylor.edu
PHOTOS: Avalon Advisors, LLC, and Beta Upsilon Chi


ABOUT BAYLOR LAW SCHOOL
Established in 1857, Baylor Law School was one of the first law schools in Texas and one of the first west of the Mississippi River. Today, the school has more than 7,400 living alumni. It is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Baylor Law School has a record of producing outstanding lawyers, many of whom decide upon a career in public service. The Law School boasts two governors, members or former members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, two former directors of the FBI, U.S. ambassadors, federal judges, justices of the Texas Supreme Court and members of the Texas Legislature, among its notable alumni. In its law specialties rankings, U.S. News & World Report ranked Baylor Law's trial advocacy program as #4 in the nation. Baylor Law School is also ranked #55 in the magazine's 2017 edition of "America's Best Graduate Schools." The National Jurist ranks Baylor Law as one of the "Best School for Practical Training," and #4 in the nation in its most recent "Best Law School Facilities" listing. The Business Insider places Baylor Law among the top 50 law schools in the nation. Baylor Law School received the 2015 American Bar Association Pro Bono Publico Award, making it only the third law school in the nation to be honored with the award since the award's inception in 1984.

ABOUT BAYLOR UNIVERSITY
Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having "high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 16,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 D1 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big XII Conference. Learn more at baylor.edu

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