Five Baylor Law Alumni Inducted Into Acclaimed Legal Association

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    Rickey J. Brantley
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    Thomas K. Brown
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    George T. Shipley
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    Carol Jean Traylor
May 7, 2007

Five Baylor Law School alumni were among the 15 Texas attorneys who were inducted as Fellows into the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL), one the premier legal associations in the United States and Canada.

These attorneys were inducted before more than 800 of their peers during the College's spring meeting in La Quinta, Calif. This year, 115 attorneys from the U.S. and Canada were inducted as Fellows.

The five Baylor Law alumni are Joseph R. Alexander Jr. (JD 1983) of the Mithoff Law Firm in Houston; Rickey J. Brantley (JD 1982) of Jose, Brantley, MacLean and Alvarado LLP in Fort Worth; Thomas K. Brown (JD 1986) of Fisher, Boyd, Brown, Boudreaux and Huguenard LLP of Houston; George T. Shipley (JD 1982) of Shipley Snell Montgomery LLP in Houston; and Carol Jean Traylor (JD 1984) of the Cantey Hanger law firm in Fort Worth.

"Being named as a Fellow of the College is a career achievement that places a lawyer in the top echelon of the bar, and specifically in the trial bar," said Brad Toben, dean of the Baylor Law School. "This honor has been bestowed on a notable number of our graduates, all of whom are so well known for their courtroom skills. Their achievement reflects honor on the Law School and is a testament to the dedication and excellence of each of the Fellows in serving their clients in the hallowed venue of the courtroom. We are so very proud of each one of our Baylor lawyers who are Fellows of the College."

The ACTL was founded in 1950 and includes among its members top trial attorneys from throughout the United States and Canada. Invitation to the join the Fellows is extended only after careful investigation to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality.

Consideration for Fellowship also requires lawyers must be actively engaged in trial work as their principal activity for a minimum of 15 years and membership can never be more than 1 percent of the total lawyer population of any state or province.

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