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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 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.



Jeremy Counseller

Program Director

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.


Brian Serr

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.


Larry Bates

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, Sales, Secured Transactions, and on occasion, Constitutional Law. He was director of the Law School's Legal Writing and Appellate Advocacy Program for 10 years. He coaches multiple interscholastic teams, winning multiple national competitions, and is currently chair of the A.B A.'s National Appellate Advocacy Competition Committee, which administers the largest moot court competition in the country. He is the only member of the Baylor Law faculty to have argued before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals sitting en banc. Professor Bates has twice been named a Baylor University Outstanding Professor. He earned his JD, 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 Hon. John L. Coffey of the United States Courts of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit from 1986-87.

Miller Award

Elizabeth Miller

Professor, Baylor Law School

Elizabeth Miller is a professor of law at Baylor Law School. She is a nationally recognized expert in her fields, and lawyers nationwide rely on the case law updates she prepares for American Bar Association publications and programs. She frequently speaks on topics involving corporate, partnership, and limited liability company law at continuing legal education programs. Miller recently was chosen to receive the 2013 Martin I. Lubaroff Award. In 2011, she received the Jean Allard Glass Cutter Award from the American Bar Association Business Law Section. Miller has been involved in the drafting of legislation affecting Texas business organizations for many years, and has served in an advisory or membership capacity on the drafting committees for numerous prototype, model, and uniform statutes and agreements relating to unincorporated business organizations. She has held leadership positions in the Business Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, as well as the American Bar Association Business Law Section. Miller is an elected member of the American Law Institute, the American Bar Foundation, and the Texas Bar Foundation. She received her JD with highest honors from Baylor Law School in 1985, and was first in her graduating class. Upon graduation, she received the highest score on the State of Texas July 1985 bar examination. Miller was in private practice for six years before she returned to Baylor Law School to join the faculty in 1991. While in practice, she represented banks and bank holding companies, as well as other privately and publicly held companies in a variety of matters, including formations, reorganizations, and acquisitions.

Beth Toben

Beth Toben

Faculty, School of the Trial

Beth Toben is an Assistant District Attorney in Limestone County. Beth received her legal education at Indiana University and Baylor Law School and was licensed in 1984. In 1989, she became Assistant District Attorney in McLennan County, where she prosecuted for 22 years, handling principally child and adult sexual abuse and assault cases. She served as the Deputy First Assistant DA for more than twenty years.

Beth was instrumental in the establishment the Advocacy Center for Crime Victims and Children in McLennan County. She has been honored for her work with sexual abuse and assault victims by many organizations, including the Governor’s Office, the Texas Senate, Baylor/Scott & White Healthcare, the McLennan County Advocacy Center, the VFW and the Bluebonnet Council. Beth was the first female president of the McLennan County Bar Association and has been active in many professional and community activities involving victims’ rights in the justice system.


Dean Brad Toben

Dean of Baylor Law School

Brad Toben looks upon his position as dean of Baylor Law School, indeed he looks upon the profession of law, as a way to help individuals, his community and our larger society.

"The law is a calling to serve. As lawyers, we meet people in their hour of greatest need. Their family relationships, their property, their business interests, and maybe even their civil liberties may be at stake. They're scared, worried, and feel adrift, and they come to their lawyer for guidance and solutions they can trust," he said. "I hope all our law students adopt the mindset that they are not in this profession to advance self, for prestige or for hoped-for financial security – they are here to serve others. This truly is a vocation."


Jim Wren

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.


Marianne Auld

Marianne Auld

Faculty, The School of Trial

Marianne Auld graduated first in her class from Baylor University School of Law, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Baylor Law Review. Following law school, she served as Law Clerk for the Honorable Thomas M. Reavley of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Ms. Auld was a Professor of Law at Baylor University School of Law, teaching Federal Civil Procedure, Remedies, and Legal Analysis, Research and Communications.


Elizabeth Fraley

Faculty, The School of the Trial

Elizabeth Fraley graduated from Baylor Law School in 1988. She is actively practicing law in Dallas at her firm, Fraley & Fraley. Mrs. Fraley has been named a Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly Magazine, one of the Best Lawyers in Dallas by D Magazine in 2010 and 2011, and is a faculty member at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy's Southern Deposition Institute. In addition to her practice, Mrs. Fraley is active in teaching trial advocacy at Baylor Law School, Southern Methodist University's Law School, and Texas Wesleyan School of Law.


Robert Galloway

Faculty, The School of the Appeal

Rob Galloway earned his JD from South Texas College of Law in 1991. During his time at South Texas, he was a law review member and Board of Advocates President. He accumulated many advocacy awards, including First Place Team in the intramural moot court competition, First Place Team in the intramural mock trial competition, Best Brief in the F. Lee Bailey Moot Court Competition, and First Place Team in the TYLA's State Moot Court Competition. Following law school, he had a one-year clerkship for Judge Pete Benavides before joining the Houston law firm of Brown, Parker & Leahy. Soon after Galloway became a partner in 1999, Brown, Parker & Leahy merged with Thompson & Knight, one of Texas' largest law firms. Named a Senior Partner in 2001, he specialized in federal and state appeals. He also directed the Houston office's recruiting efforts and developed a Trial Academy to train the firm's litigation associates. In 2007, Galloway joined the faculty as the Distinguished Lecturer of Appellate Advocacy. Though he had coached moot court teams since his graduation, his new role involves teaching brief writing workshops, coordinating the day-to-day efforts of the moot court and mock trial teams, and planning other advocacy events. In addition to his work with the Advocacy Program, he operates a private appellate practice through the firm, Robert L. Galloway, P.C.


Judge A. Lee Harris

Faculty, The School of Trial

Judge Lee Harris is a 1993 graduate of Baylor Law School. Judge Harris received his undergraduate degree from Stephen F. Austin State University where he graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. Since September 1, 2005, he has served as the first judge of the county court at law of Hill County, Texas. Harris is the judge elect of the 66th District Court in Hill County, and will assume those duties January 1, 2015. Since 2010, Judge Harris has served as an adjunct professor in the Practice Court program at Baylor Law School and as a Jaworski Fellow.


Robert Little

Faculty, The School of the Trial

Robert Little joined the firm of Naman Howell Smith & Lee in August 2005 after graduating from Baylor Law School. His practice is focused on personal injury trial law, toxic tort/asbestos defense, business litigation, and civil trial law. While in law school, he was part of the national championship mock trial team for the Association of Trial Lawyers of America competition. Little also serves as an adjunct professor at Baylor Law School, where he coaches mock trial teams, including the teams that won the prestigious National Trial Competition in 2009 and 2012, and the Tournament of Champions in 2012. Little recently was named the 2013 Young Baylor Lawyer of the Year.


Joe Rivera

Faculty, The School of Trial

Joe’s practice is devoted to civil litigation, with a focus on business litigation, employment matters, and tax litigation and controversies. Joe’s training and experience fosters his representation of clients in these areas. In addition to his work at Naman Howell, Joe teaches as an adjunct professor at Baylor University School of Law, teaching in the classroom and coaching some of the school’s mock trial teams, including the American Bar Association Labor Law team. Joe has presented employment-law topics at various professional education events, and has provided anti-discrimination and anti-harassment training to firm clients.


Kent Streseman

Faculty, The School of the Appeal

Professor Streseman received his JD magna cum laude in 1995 from Cornell Law School, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif, served as notes editor for the Cornell Law Review, and won the school's Cuccia Cup moot court competition. He received a B.A. with high honors and a graduate certificate in education from the University of California-Davis. After law school, he practiced as a litigator at Jones, Day, Reavis and Pogue, which has been honored by The American Lawyer for having the best litigation department and the top products liability practice in the nation. Professor Streseman represented corporate clients in complex products liability cases and consumer actions in federal and state courts. Professor Streseman joined the faculty at IIT Chicago-Kent in 1998. He left in 2001 to teach at Baylor University School of Law, then returned to Chicago-Kent in 2003 to direct the award-winning Ilana Diamond Rovner Program in Appellate Advocacy. He teaches Appellate Advocacy, Federal Courts, and Products Liability.


Daniel R. Tilly

Faculty, The School of the Trial

Dan Tilly earned his degree in political science from the University of Texas and thereafter began working in politics and government in Austin, Texas. He served as the deputy director of the statewide campaign for a Supreme Court of Texas justice and campaign manager for two members of the Texas House of Representatives. He later served as a chief of staff in the Texas legislature. Professor Tilly earned a JD from Baylor Law School, graduating with honors. As a student he served as a senior executive editor of the Baylor Law Review, competed as a mock trial advocate, and published an article concerning the rights of adoptive children. Dan Tilly is an experienced litigator and trial attorney who teaches students the application of evidence, procedure, and advocacy in the courtroom. He came to Campbell Law from private law practice in Texas, where he litigated claims in civil trial courts involving a range of legal issues including real estate disputes, construction defects, personal injury claims, and medical malpractice torts. During his practice, Tilly represented clients on both the plaintiff and defense side of the docket for cases taken to trial, arbitrated or resolved through mediation. While in private practice he also worked as an adjunct professor at Baylor Law School, teaching core principles of real property to first-year students. He was also instrumental in developing the second-year trial advocacy program at Baylor by teaching mock trial competitors the fundamentals of advocacy, evidence, and procedure in a courtroom environment. Tilly serves as the Director of Advocacy Programs at Campbell School of Law.



Lee Coppock

Faculty, The School of the Trial

Lee A. Coppock is the Trial Advocacy Fellow for Stetson University College of Law. In addition to teaching courses, he is responsible for Stetson's nationally-recognized trial team. Lee graduated from the University of South Florida with honors in 1994 and from Stetson with a JD in 1996, also with honors. After being admitted to Florida's Bar, he practiced in Orlando at the firm of Fisher, Rushmer, et. al., and then at Paul and Coppock, P.A., before returning as a visiting professor to Stetson Law in August 2004. As a student member of Stetson's trial team, he was recognized as the Best Advocate in both state and national competitions and was a national champion at the Association of American Trial Lawyers competition in 1996.


Hon. Jan Patterson

Faculty, The School of the Trial

Justice Patterson earned her JD at the University of Texas School of Law, where she later served as a visiting and adjunct professor teaching courses in international war crimes, criminal and civil procedure, and The Ethics in Government Act. Justice Patterson also received a Masters in Judicial Process at the University of Virginia Law School. Justice Jan Patterson currently serves as a senior judge by appointment of the Texas Supreme Court. Justice Patterson served on the State of Texas Third Court of Appeals for 12 years, writing extensively on administrative law, natural resources law and criminal law issues, among other things. While on the court of appeals, she served on the Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct and as Vice Chair of the Commission in 2009-2010. She also served as chair of the Appellate Judges of the Judiciary Section of the State Bar of Texas. As a lawyer, Justice Patterson handled complex civil litigation and white-collar defense. She is an elected member of the American Law Institute and Founder, past President and Master of the Bench in the Justice Calvert American Inns of Court. She also has served as a lecturer at the FBI Academy and was recognized by the Department of Justice for outstanding contributions in the field of drug law enforcement and for federal agent training programs and by the Department of Agriculture for outstanding contribution in fraud prosecutions.


Susan Poehls

Faculty, The School of the Trial

As a student at Loyola Law School, Susan was named Best Advocate in Loyola's annual Scott Moot Court Competition, and went on to receive the Best Advocate award for the Western regional rounds of the National Moot Court Competition, sponsored by the ABA. She also received the American Board of Trial Advocates award, won Loyola's annual Byrne competition, and participated as a member of the Loyola trial team, where her team won the regional rounds of the National Trial Competition. After graduating from Loyola in 1989, she joined the Los Angeles office of O'Melveny & Myers as a member of their litigation department, where she had an opportunity to argue in the California Court of Appeal. Two years later, in 1991, Susan began her work as a trial lawyer at the Los Angeles County Public Defender's Office and later moved on to the LA Alternate Public Defenders office, where she tried more than 50 cases, ranging from misdemeanor shoplifting to gang homicides. During her time in practice, she also began working as an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School, where she developed Loyola's Byrne Trial Advocacy Team into one of the top ranked trial teams in the country. Since 1990, the team has won seven national championships and numerous regional championships, regularly landing in the U.S. News and World Report annual ranking of the Top Trial Advocacy programs in the nation. In 1996, Susan joined the Loyola faculty as a full-time clinical professor, where she now oversees the Hobbs District Attorney Clinic and the Byrne Trial Advocacy Team. In 2002, she was the creator and Director of Loyola's National Civil Trial Competition, which has grown to be one of the most prestigious invitational tournaments in the country.

2014 ACADEMY Administration

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 Associate Program Director Stephen Rispoli. 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.


Kathy Serr

Academy of the Advocate Program Coordinator

Kathy Serr is the Advocacy Program Coordinator at Baylor Law School. Prior to that she served as a coach to many of Baylor's winning moot court and mock trial teams for more than a decade. She continues to coach teams but is now responsible for the administrative aspects of maintaining and improving Baylor's nationally ranked advocacy program including recently coordinating the highly successful National Top Gun Mock Trial Competition. Serr is a 1991 Baylor Law graduate. As a student, she competed on many of the teams she now coaches and was recognized as a member of the National Order of Barristers. After graduation, she worked as a felony prosecutor in her hometown of Midland before returning to Waco.


Stephen Rispoli

Associate Program Director

Stephen Rispoli is Director of Student Relations at Baylor Law School. He earned his political science degree from Baylor University in 2009 and his JD from Baylor Law School in 2012. Shortly before graduating, Rispoli was recruited by the Practice Court program to serve as the Practice Court Associate. Before coming to law school, Rispoli worked as a district director for former Texas State Representative Carol Kent. He describes his time working in the 81st Legislature as the experience that fostered his interest in the law. During law school, he was active in student organizations, serving as the executive president for the Student Bar Association, and justice for the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity. One of his most rewarding experiences in law school was interning for Federal Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Manske. While working for Judge Manske, Rispoli learned a great deal about federal procedure and the judicial process.

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.

The Baylor Law School Academy of the Advocate at St Andrews has been approved by the American Bar Association Accreditation Committee.

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