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Baylor Law Faculty Honored With Excellence Awards

May 29, 2014

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Baylor Law School Professors Larry Bates and Mike Rogers have been honored by Baylor University as outstanding faculty.

Professor Bates received the Outstanding Faculty (Tenured/Teaching) award. Professor Rogers received the award for Outstanding Faculty (Service).

Professors Rogers and Bates were recognized during Baylor University commencement ceremonies on May 16-17.

“I am so pleased to see these much deserved recognitions come to Professor Bates and Professor Rogers,” said Baylor Law School Dean Brad Toben.

Professor Mike Rogers is best known now for his work in college athletics, particularly his prominent service within the NCAA Division I Governance Structure. He joined the Baylor Law School faculty in 1984 and became the architect of Baylor Law's alternative dispute resolution program. He has taught more law school offerings of the course Alternative Dispute Resolution than anyone else in the U.S. He is an accomplished arbitrator and mediator who has successfully resolved scores of lawsuits. He is a founding member of the McLennan County Dispute Resolution Center. He also is on the panel of mediators for the United States District Court, Western District of Texas, and is a former director of the A.A. White Institute in Houston and formerly served on the panel of arbitrators for the American Arbitration Association. He also has served as consulting counsel in numerous securities lawsuits while teaching Securities Regulation at Baylor Law.

For more than two decades, Professor Rogers has served as chair of Baylor's Professional Sports Counseling Panel. In this capacity, he has rendered advice to numerous future pro athletes, including Olympic gold medalist Michael Johnson and Super Bowl champion Santana Dotson. More recently, he helped Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III during his agent selection process and then negotiated Griffin III's NFL Standard Representation Agreement with agent Ben Dogra.

He comes by his work in athletics naturally. Professor Rogers is the son of former Texas A&M basketball coach, Bob Rogers, and he played basketball for Texas Tech University, where he is a member of the Double T Association. While at Tech, he was admitted to membership in Phi Eta Sigma, Beta Gamma Sigma, and Phi Kappa Phi. In 1974, he received his JD from the University of Oklahoma, where he was an editor of the Oklahoma Law Review and was admitted to membership in Order of the Coif.

Baylor University, the Big 12 Conference and the NCAA have learned to rely on Professor Rogers. He is Baylor's Faculty Athletics Representative to the NCAA and the Big 12. He also served as Big 12 Conference Representative on the NCAA Division I Academic/Eligibility/Compliance Cabinet and chair of the Agents and Amateurism Subcommittee (2005-2008). In 2008, the NCAA Board of Directors appointed him chair of the newly created Division I Amateurism Cabinet. Having completed a three-year term as chair, he continues as a member of the cabinet through 2014. He also was a member of the Division I Communication and Coordination Committee for three years, which helps coordinate consideration of issues and legislative concepts within the governance structure.

Professor Rogers is a former director of the McLennan County Bar and has been elected a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. He is admitted to practice in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas.

Professor Bates joined the Baylor Law School faculty after almost nine years in practice as a corporate bankruptcy specialist with the Dallas law firm Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal, L.L.P. While in practice, he represented clients in some of the largest bankruptcy reorganization cases in the United States, including Zales Jewelers, National Gypsum, Federated Department Stores, Circle-K Stores, Southmark, The Western Company, Metro Express Airlines, Texas American Bancshares, and First City Texas Bancorp. He also represented clients in pro bono cases involving prisoners' rights and the death penalty.

Professor Bates teaches Contracts and Commercial Law-including International and Domestic Sales Law and Secured Transactions. He is also faculty advisor to the Baylor Law Review and coaches Baylor's inter-scholastic moot court teams. He is a member of the American Bar Association committee responsible for overseeing the ABA's National Appellate Advocacy Competition.

He has written extensively on commercial law and bankruptcy since joining the faculty. His publications include "Administrative Regulation of Terms in Form Contracts: A Comparative Analysis," Volume 16, Emory International Law Journal (2001-2002); "Excepting Credit Card Debt From Discharge in Bankruptcy: Why Fraud Can't Mean What the Courts Want it to Mean," Volume 78, North Dakota Law Review (2001-2002); and "Certificates of Title in Texas Under Revised Article 9," Volume 53, Baylor Law Review (Fall 2001).

Professor Bates earned his J.D. magna cum laude from Marquette University School of Law in 1983. He received an LL.M. degree from Harvard Law School in 1986, where he was an editor for the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. Professor Bates clerked for the Hon. John L. Coffey of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit from 1986-87.

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