Baylor Law School will hold its fall commencement at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at Waco's First Baptist Church. Professor Jeremy Counseller will deliver the commencement address. Additionally, Roberto Nass-Worthington, the highest ranking student in the graduating class, will deliver student remarks.
Baylor President Ken Starr and Baylor Law School Dean Brad Toben also will participate in the program and will award juris doctor degrees to the graduates. Assisting Starr and Toben in awarding degrees during the commencement program will be Leah W. Jackson, professor of law and associate dean. Hooding the graduates will be Gerald Powell, the Abner V. McCall Professor of Evidence and Master Teacher, and James Wren, associate professor of law. Chase Gordon Neely, who will receive his law degree during commencement, will deliver the invocation.
Counseller joined the faculty of Baylor Law School in 2003. He graduated from Baylor Law School with honors and was a member of the Baylor Law Review, the Order of the Barristers, and the interscholastic moot court and mock trial teams. He also earned an M.B.A. from Baylor's Hankamer School of Business and a B.A. summa cum laude from Stephen F. Austin State University.
Following his graduation from law school, Counseller served as a law clerk to the Honorable Reynaldo G. Garza of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He then entered private practice in Houston, Texas, with Bracewell & Patterson, LLP (now Bracewell & Giuliani LLP), where he was an associate in the trial section. Counseller also served as an Assistant Criminal District Attorney in McLennan County, Texas, where he prosecuted both misdemeanors and felonies.
Counseller has authored articles and presented papers on various evidentiary and procedural issues. He is also the co-author and editor of the Handbook of Texas Evidence (Civil Practice). In 2006, the President of the State Bar of Texas appointed him to serve on the Administration of the Rules of Evidence Committee. He is also the Contributing Evidence Editor of the State Bar of Texas's General Practice Digest. In 2007, Baylor University designated Counseller an outstanding tenure track faculty member in recognition of distinguished teaching.
Counseller teaches Civil Procedure and Texas and Federal Procedure in Baylor Law School's renowned Practice Court program. He also is a coach of the Law School's interscholastic moot court and mock trial teams. In 2005, he was the coach of Baylor Law School's Association of Trial Lawyers of America national championship mock trial team.
A reception for graduates and their guests will take place immediately after commencement at the Sheila and Walter Umphrey Law Center.