by Brittany Hardy
Baylor Law School will hold its annual John William & Florence Dean Minton Baylor Law School Student Award Ceremony at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 31, at the Palladium. Baylor Law alumnus Mark Slough, NFL Sports Agent and owner of Ascent Sports & Entertainment, will serve as keynote speaker.
In 1997, Slough received his J.D. and MBA from Baylor. He then joined Fulbright & Jaworski, in San Antonio, where he specialized in real estate and corporate law. Thereafter, Slough founded Momentum Sports Group in San Antonio and served as a partner in Charter Management Group in Nashville. A professional sports agent since 1999, he has represented a variety of clients including entertainment professionals, coaches and professional players in football, baseball and basketball.
In addition to Slough's speech, the ceremony will include presentation of academic awards, Dean's List recognition, advocacy awards, recognition of interscholastic and intrascholastic competition team members, Baylor Law Review award, recognition of Baylor Law Review members, public interest & community service participants and recognition of Student Bar Association officers.
The Student Award Ceremony is named in honor of John William Minton and Florence Dean Minton. Their daughter, the late Polly Minton McLeRoy, established and endowed the lecture series in 1993 to honor her parents. The Student Awards Ceremony has continued to be supported by Polly Minton McLeRoy's son, William McLeRoy.
John William Minton graduated with an LLB from University of Texas School of Law. He was appointed to fill an unexpired term in the Texas Legislature from Sabine County. He was later elected to the position. He had a successful law practice until his death, particularly noted for early advocacy in connection with East Texas timber.
Florence Dean Minton was an active civic and church volunteer. The pair had five children.
Their daughter, Polly Minton McLeRoy, who passed away in 2003, graduated from Texas Woman's University.
She was a school teacher and an active member of the Audubon Society and the Nature Conservancy. She had two sons, William McLeRoy and the late Richard McLeRoy.
John Henry Minton, Mrs. McLeroy's brother, graduated from Baylor Law School in 1925. His sons, John H. Minton, Jr., of Tyler and Robert M. Minton of Henderson, also were Baylor Law School graduates. Numerous other members of the Minton family have attended and graduated from Baylor University and Baylor Law School.