Baylor Law School will hold its winter commencement at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at Waco's First Baptist Church. Professor Matt Cordon will deliver the commencement address. Dustin Troy Lucas, the highest ranking student in the graduating class, will deliver student remarks.
Dr. Elizabeth Davis, executive vice president and provost at Baylor University, and Baylor Law School Dean Brad Toben also will participate in the program and award juris doctor degrees to the graduates. Assisting Davis 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 David Guinn, Master Teacher and the Lyndon L. Olson and William A. Olson Professor of Local Government and Constitutional Law, and James Wren, associate professor of law. Brittney Denise Johnson, who will receive her law degree during commencement, will deliver the invocation.
Cordon serves as the director of legal research, associate director of the law library, and professor of law at Baylor Law School. He has earned several honors, including a national award for outstanding article from the American Association of Law Libraries. In 2004, Baylor University named him Outstanding Professor for Scholarship among all university tenure-track faculty members. He has additionally won young alumnus awards from both Central Methodist University (2006) and the College of Information at the University of North Texas (2009).
As a professor, he teaches courses in Legal Analysis, Research, and Communications (LARC) and Advanced Legal Research. He also has produced a significant quantity of publications. Along with Professor Brandon Quarles, he is the coauthor of Researching Texas Law (3d ed. forthcoming 2012) and Specialized Topics in Texas Legal Research (2005), both published by William S. Hein & Co., Inc. Researching Texas Law serves as the principal research textbook in all of the research classes at Baylor. Cordon and Quarles have also coauthored book chapters on Texas practice materials as well as historical Texas legal information.
Cordon frequently contributes to a variety of other publications, including Law Library Journal and Baylor Law Review. He has served as principal author of more than 1,200 encyclopedic essays for such publications as West's Encyclopedia of American Law, Gale Encyclopedia of Everyday Law, American Law Yearbook, Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States, and the International Directory of Business Biographies. He also regularly serves on editorial review and advisory boards.
He has been active as a university faculty leader, serving as the chairman of the Faculty Senate in 2007-08, as the chairman of the University Committee on Committees and as the member of more than a dozen campus-wide committees and work groups. He also serves as the chair of the Law School's Student Relations Committee.
Cordon played tennis and football at Central Methodist College (now University) in Fayette, Mo., and later became a sports writer and sports information director. He earned a black belt in taekwondo and has competed in several sparring tournaments, winning the gold medal in point sparring at the 2011 Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) National Championships in Austin.
A reception for graduates and their guests will take place immediately after commencement at the Sheila and Walter Umphrey Law Center.