James Wren, professor of law at Baylor Law School, was selected as an Outstanding University Professor (Tenure-track/Teaching) by Baylor University and was recognized at graduation ceremonies on May 12. In addition to Wren, Baylor honored five faculty members for teaching, three for scholarship and one for contributions to the academic community. The outstanding faculty each received $2,500 and a certificate.
Baylor University awards one non-tenured (tenure-track) teaching award and one non-tenured (tenure track) research award from all schools of the university. Wren actually received tenure earlier this year.
"Jim was one of our longest serving adjunct professors when we enticed him to join the full-time faculty," said Baylor Law Dean Brad Toben. "Our students so respected his teaching skills in his days as an adjunct. Now in the Practice Court program he adds all the more to the unique - and often daunting - experience that PC Director Jerry Powell, along with Jim and Professor Jeremy Counseller, give our students. I am so pleased that his teaching prowess has been recognized in this fashion by our University community."
Wren was recruited to the faculty of Baylor Law School in 2006 to teach Practice Court. He comes from a specialization in business litigation, including business fraud, professional liability and fiduciary litigation. While in private practice he was named a Texas Super Lawyer in Business Litigation each year from the time the designation originated in 2002. In December 2011, James Publishing (San Francisco) released his new book, Proving Damages to the Jury. He is board certified in Civil Trial Advocacy (by the National Board of Trial Advocacy) and in Civil Trial Law and in Personal Injury Trial Law (by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization).
Wren recently completed serving as President of the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification (2009-2011), which is the ABA-accredited national certifying board for civil trial, criminal trial, and other legal specializations. He continues to represent clients in various courts around the nation. He is licensed for federal practice before the United States Supreme Court, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and the Western, Northern, Eastern and Southern Districts of Texas, and appears in other federal and state courts by special admission. He is a graduate of Trial Lawyers College in Dubois, Wyoming, and has served on the teaching faculty of Trial Advocacy College, sponsored by the Texas Trial Lawyers Association. He is a former director of the National Board of Trial Advocacy and of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, and former president of the Waco chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates.
Wren graduated with a J.D. cum laude from Baylor Law School in 1980. He added an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Kent at Canterbury in 1982. Prior to joining the Baylor Law School faculty, he served for many years as an adjunct professor teaching the Management of Complex Litigation course to third-year students.