From The Dean's Desk
By now, many of you have received your copies of the Spring 2014 edition of our alumni magazine, Docket Call, and you see that we have dedicated the issue to Baylor Lawyers who served during World War II.
The men who came back from that war made a significant impact on the future of Baylor Law School. Before the war, enrollment at the Law School hovered around just under 100. In 1943, Baylor Law School closed its doors as students, potential students and faculty members joined the military. Those doors would remain closed until 1946. That's when enrollment at Baylor Law began to explode. When the Law School re-opened in the fall of 1946, about 100 students enrolled. By the fall of 1949 -- thanks largely to the GI Bill -- the number of Baylor Law School students had grown to 402, a size slightly above our current enrollment more than six decades later.
That was one effect of the members of "The Greatest Generation" who passed through Baylor Law. The other is that from that point on, Baylor Lawyers' influence grew throughout the legal system. Some of those men, such as Matt "Mad Dog" Dawson (LLB '38) and the late Dean Angus McSwain (JD '49), brought their talents back to Baylor Law to influence future generations of Baylor Lawyers.
In the current issue of Docket Call we talked to four Baylor Lawyers who served during World War II -- Dawson, James W. Wray Jr. (JD '47), Judge James F. Clawson Jr. (JD '48) and Hornor Shelton (LLB '49). We selected these men because they represented some of the last living links to that momentous time in Baylor Law's and the world's history.
Sadly, the week Docket Call went to press, James W. Wray Jr. passed away -- a reminder of just how fragile our connection to that time has become. We are hopeful though that as you read his story you recognize a life well lived.
You can read more about Wray's accomplishments in a special obituary we have included in this issue of Rocket Docket. We also have taken the opportunity to expand on the life and career of another Baylor Lawyer featured in the Docket Call, Hornor Shelton.
Also in this issue of Rocket Docket, it's time to save-the-date for Baylor Law Alumni Weekend 2014. And you really will want to mark your calendars for this one. This will be our first Alumni Weekend with Baylor University's new McLane Stadium. As such, we will be holding almost all of our Alumni Weekend events, including Burgers & Blue Bell, at the Sheila and Walter Umphrey Law Center, just across the Brazos River from the new stadium. It will provide quite a backdrop to this year's festivities.