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Baylor University Law School Confers Degrees Upon Graduates
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WACO, Texas (May 15, 2014) - Baylor University Law School conferred juris doctor degrees on 57 students during spring commencement exercises May 3 in Waco Hall on the Baylor campus.
The Honorable Ken Starr, President and Chancellor, awarded the diplomas assisted by Dean Bradley J. B. Toben and Leah W. Jackson, associate dean and professor of law. Matthew Cordon, director of legal research, associate director of the law library and professor, was the keynote speaker. Hooding the graduates were the Honorable Jan Patterson, justice-in-residence and Texas Supreme Court judge, assisted by Gerald R. Powell, master teacher and Abner V. McCall Professor of Evidence. Jessica Elaine Underwood, the highest ranking member of the class, delivered student remarks.
ABOUT BAYLOR UNIVERSITY
Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 15,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 11 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big 12 Conference.
ABOUT BAYLOR LAW SCHOOL
Established in 1857, Baylor Law School was the first law school in Texas and one of the first west of the Mississippi River. Today, the school has more than 7,000 living alumni. It is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Baylor Law School has a record of producing outstanding lawyers, many of whom decide upon a career in public service. The Law School boasts two governors, members or former members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, two former directors of the FBI, U.S. ambassadors, federal judges, justices of the Texas SupremeCourt and members of the Texas Legislature, among its notable alumni. In its law specialties rankings, U.S.News & World Report ranked Baylor Law’s trial advocacy program as the fifth best in the nation. Baylor Law School is ranked No. 51 in the magazine’s 2012 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools.” Learn more at www.baylor.edu/law.