JUDGE KEN STARR
Judge Starr will be joining us at the Baylor Academy of the Advocate as part of our Distinguished Faculty. Judge Starr is the current President of Baylor University, former Solicitor General, and former U.S. Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia.
JUDGE ED KINKEADE
Judge Kinkeade is a U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Texas and part of our Distinguished Faculty at the Academy, he will give our students his perspective from the trial bench.
Professor Jeremy Counseller joined the faculty of Baylor Law School in 2003. He graduated from Baylor Law School with honors and was a member of the Baylor Law Review, the Order of the Barristers, and the interscholastic moot court and mock trial teams. He also earned an M.B.A. from Baylor's Hankamer School of Business and a B.A. summa cum laude from Stephen F. Austin State University. Professor Counseller served as a law clerk to the Honorable Reynaldo G. Garza of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Professor Counseller then entered private practice in Houston, Texas, with Bracewell & Patterson, LLP (now Bracewell & Giuliani LLP), where he was an associate in the trial section. Professor Counseller also served as an Assistant Criminal District Attorney in McLennan County, Texas, where he prosecuted both misdemeanors and felonies. Professor Counseller has authored articles and presented papers on various evidentiary and procedural issues. He is also the co-author and editor of the Handbook of Texas Evidence (Civil Practice). In 2006, the President of the State Bar of Texas appointed him to serve on the Administration of the Rules of Evidence Committee. He is also the Contributing Evidence Editor of the State Bar of Texas's General Practice Digest. In 2007, Baylor designated Professor Counseller an outstanding tenure-track faculty member in recognition of his distinguished teaching. Professor Counseller teaches Civil Procedure and Texas and Federal Procedure in Baylor's nationally renowned Practice Court program. He also is a coach of the law school's interscholastic moot court and mock trial teams. In 2005, he was the coach of Baylor's Association of Trial Lawyers of America national championship mock trial team.
Gerald R. Powell
Dean of the School of the Trial
Professor Powell is the Director of Baylor's nationally renowned Practice Court Program, and the head of the School of the Trial. He earned his JD from Baylor Law School in 1977. During his time at Baylor University School of Law, he was a member of the national mock trial team, the national moot court team and was Executive Editor of the Baylor Law Review. He joined the Dallas law firm of Vial, Hamilton, Koch & Knox in 1977 and had an active litigation practice with the firm. He was made a partner in 1982. In 1986, Professor Powell returned to Baylor Law School to teach, and in 1987 he was appointed the Abner V. McCall Professor of Evidence Law. Professor Powell was recently named a Master Teacher by Baylor University, the highest honor granted to Baylor faculty members. Professor Powell teaches Practice Court II: Trial Evidence, Procedure and Practice, as well as Practice Court III: Trial and Post-Trial Practice, Procedure and Evidence. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he is a coach of Baylor's award-winning mock trial teams. He also writes and speaks extensively on evidence, procedure and trial advocacy topics, and has co-authored two books on Texas evidence: A Practical Guide to the Texas Rules of Civil Evidence and Texas Rules of Civil Evidence with Objections. Professor Powell is an associate of the American Board of Trial Advocates, a professional association of experienced trial lawyers, and was appointed by the President of the State Bar of Texas to the Court Reorganization Task Force. He has served on the Administration of Rules of Evidence Committee for the State Bar of Texas. In 2011 he served on the Expedited Jury Trial Task Force as a representative of the American Board of Trial Advocates.
Dean of the School of the Appeal
Professor Brian Serr has been a member of the Baylor Law School faculty for more than 25 years. He teaches Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, and a Supreme Court Seminar. He is also a highly successful moot court coach. His appellate advocacy teams have recorded five national championships, one national second-place finish, and five national third-place finishes, in addition to winning numerous regional competitions. Professor Serr brings his own considerable appellate practice experience to bear in the classroom and the courtrooms of Baylor Law School. Professor Serr has briefed and argued cases before both the United States Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Professor Serr also has tremendous experience organizing and directing law school study abroad programs. He was the director of the law school's study abroad program in Guadalajara, Mexico, for more than 15 years.
Faculty, The School of the Trial
Professor Jim Wren has more than 30 years of trial experience. Baylor Law School recruited him to join its faculty in 2006, where he serves as a tenured professor teaching the law and practice of civil litigation. He was named as a Baylor University Outstanding Professor in 2012. While in private practice, Professor Wren was designated as a Texas Super Lawyer in Business Litigation every year from the time the designation originated in 2003. He is author of the book Proving Damages to the Jury (James Publishing, San Francisco, 2011). He is board certified in Civil Trial Law and in Personal Injury Trial Law (by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization), and in Civil Trial Advocacy and Civil Pretrial Practice (by the National Board of Trial Advocacy). He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocacy, and is a graduate of the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College. Professor Wren has just completed a two-year term as President of the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification (2009-2011), which is the largest ABA-accredited national certifying board for civil trial, criminal trial, and other legal specializations. He is licensed for federal practice before the United States Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and the Western, Northern, Eastern, and Southern Districts of Texas, and he continues to represent clients in other federal and state courts by special admission.
Faculty, the School of Appeal
Professor Bates joined the faculty of Baylor Law School in 1996, after almost nine years in practice as a corporate bankruptcy specialist with the Dallas law firm Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal. Professor Bates teaches Contracts, Secured Transactions, and on occasion, Constitutional Law. He was Director of the Law School's Legal Writing and Appellate Advocacy Program for ten years. He is Faculty Advisor to the Baylor Law Review and coaches multiple interscholastic teams. Professor Bates 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). He served as a Commissioner for the Bankruptcy Law Exam Commission, Texas Board of Legal Certification for a number of years. For the past seven years, he has been a member of the American Bar Association's National Appellate Advocacy Competition Committee, which runs the largest moot court competition in the United States. Professor Bates earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from Marquette University School of Law in 1983 after receiving his B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Minnesota in 1978. 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 Honorable John L. Coffey of the United States Courts of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit from 1986-87. He also served as an adjunct professor at Southern Methodist University School of Law in 1994.
More faculty from some of the nation's finest advocacy law schools will be announced soon. Stay tuned.
The School of the Trial
and School of the Appeal
In addition to the faculty listed above, the Academy of the Advocate will have guest lecturers from the United Kingdom speaking to the students about the practice of law in the U.K. These lectures will be part of both the School of the Trial and the School of the Appeal's program as students learn about the history and tradition of our legal system. In addition, these guest lecturers and the core faculty will compare the trial and appellate advocacy techniques of British and American trial and appellate lawyers.
The Program's Director is Jeremy Counseller, Professor of Law, Baylor Law School. Professor Counseller is a full-time and tenured member of the law school faculty. He has taught trial advocacy (a significant component of the proposed program) at the law school since 2003. He also has significant experience in foreign study programs. He was a member of the faculty of Baylor Law School's study abroad program in Guadalajara, Mexico from 2004 to 2010.
Additional administrative staff includes Kathy Serr, director of Baylor Law School's advocacy programs, as well as Stephen Rispoli and James Willis, administrative assistants. During the course of the program, the administration of the program will be housed at the University of St Andrews office for International Summer Programmes. The University of St Andrews will also provide an Event Coordinator familiar with both the city and university.
For more information about Baylor Law School's Academy of the Advocate at St Andrews, please contact Professor Counseller or Stephen Rispoli by phone at 254-710-3927, by fax at 254-710-2817, or by email at Stephen_Rispoli@Baylor.edu.