September 1, 2010

Out with the Old, In with the New

Have you visited Baylor Law's website lately? If not, then you are in for a wonderful surprise when you visit For the last 18 months, we have been hard at work creating a robust, user-friendly and visually appealing website for Baylor Law School. The new site features many elements that will engage alumni and other constituents. Read the latest faculty, alumni and student news. Click on one of our many calendars and see what's going on. Visit our advocacy section to see competition results. Read through Class Notes or submit one of your own through our alumni section. You can even share photos with fellow Baylor Law alums or give online to Baylor Law. So troll through the new site, get to know it and share it with others. And be sure to let us know what you think. Email Berkley Scroggins your suggestions on what would make your alumni website more useful. 

Two Alumni Named to 'Texas Lawyer' 25 Greatest List

We always knew that Baylor Law produces great lawyers. Now two Baylor Law alumni--Walter Umphrey and Kelly Shackelford --have been named to Texas Lawyer's list of the "25 Greatest Lawyers of the Past Quarter Century." The magazine accepted nominations of practicing Texas lawyers who have made outstanding contributions within the 25 years the newspaper has been published. The 25 were selected from more than 475 nominations. Umphrey, managing partner of Provost Umphrey Law Firm, graduated in 1965. Shackelford, a 1988 Law grad, is President, CEO and Chief Counsel of the Liberty Institute. You can read their profiles in the June 28 issue of Texas Lawyer.


It's hunting season! Student Bar Association Presidents Noley Bice ('61), Zollie Steakley ('00), Berkley Scroggins ('10), and Travis Plummer ('11) are hunting for all former SBA Presidents and Officers. Currently, there is no record of previous Presidents or Officers and we believe such valuable resources should be documented. Also, as a group of individuals committed to serving others, we would like to invite you to aid in a new and unique way to serve current and future students. If you are a former SBA Officer or an alumnus/a with a good memory of who served during your law school days, please click this link and provide us with as many SBA Presidents as you can remember.  Season's Open!

Reunion Weekend

Calling All Baylor Lawyers that Graduated in Years Ending in "4, 5, 9 and 0" to a Better-than-Ever Reunion Weekend!
Friday, Oct. 1, & Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010

Visit Our Reunion Website for all of the Details and to RSVP:

Friday, Oct. 1:
7 p.m. - Individual Class Dinners with Faculty & Friends
  • Classes Ending in 4: Hon. Ed Kinkeade '74 & Hon. Rex Davis '74 at Ninfa's
  • Classes Ending in 5: Beth Miller '85 & Leah Jackson '85 at La Fiesta
  • Classes Ending in 9: Dean Angus McSwain '49 & Walt Shelton '89 at Gratziano's
  • Classes Ending in 0: Jim Wren '80 & Jeremy Counseller '00 at George's
9:30 p.m. Late Night at George's

Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010:
8:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. A Morning at the Sheila and Walter Umphrey Law Center. Breakfast with SBA President Travis Plummer & Officers, Tours, Mock Trial Demonstrations, Alumni Merchandise Sale, Children's Activities

Burgers, Blue Bell & a Band
with Judge Ken Starr at the Home of Dean & Mrs. Brad Toben
Time: The start of the party depends on the game time (If the game starts at 3:30 p.m. or before, this event begins at 7 p.m. If the game starts after 3:30 p.m., this event begins 4 hours prior to kick-off.)

Baylor v. Kansas Football Game

Time: TBA
Visit Reunion Website for Ticket Info:

Baylor Law School's One-of-a-Kind Top Gun Tournament Deemed Great Success

Only 24 hours to prepare a case. Sitting state and federal judges presiding at every round. A $10,000 winner-take-all cash prize. Baylor Law School's inaugural National Top Gun Mock Trial Competition was a very different breed of tournament, and competitors, coaches, judges and witnesses had nothing but praise for the one-of-a-kind event. The National Top Gun Competition was limited to 16 law schools with a single student representing each school, instead of the usual two. Baylor, as the organizing institution, did not field a team. When it was all over, Jeffrey Goodman from Temple University's Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia was named the Top Gun. more

Law Student Attends Administrative Law Conference, Discusses Importance of Students Attending Section Events

Aaron von Flatern, a 3L at Baylor Law School, attended the Administrative Law Conference of the American Bar Association in San Francisco. The section organizers contacted Flatern to write a brief article about benefits students receive from section membership and by participating in the section events. The article will be published in the "Adlaw News Express" newsletter.

Judge Ed Kinkeade Delivers Keynote Address at Commencement Exercises

Baylor University Law School held its summer commencement ceremony Saturday, July 31, in Jones Concert Hall at the Glennis McCrary Music Building on the Baylor campus.

The Honorable Ed Kinkeade, United States District Court Judge for the Northern District of Texas and beloved adjunct professor, served as keynote speaker. Additionally, Terah Moxley, the highest-ranking student in the graduating class, delivered student remarks.

Baylor President Ken Starr and Baylor Law School Dean Brad Toben also participated in the program and awarded juris doctor degrees to the 44 graduates. more

Baylor Law Review Offers New Web Page

As part of Baylor Law School's overhaul of its website, the Baylor Law Review is proud to offer its new web page.  To find our new site, simply click the "Law Review" link from the law school's homepage or click here.  The new site is easier to navigate than its predecessor, and it offers increased functionality.  Visitors to the site are able to read the articles published in the most recent volumes of the Law Review.  Additionally, visitors to the site will find instructions for submitting articles for publication.  The site also contains important contact information, a list of current and past members, and information on joining.  Finally, visitors can take advantage of links to subscribe to the Law Review or share content on any one of several social networking sites.
While not all of the features are new, the Law Review staff is certain that all visitors to the site will immediately see the improvement in navigation.  Links are more prominently displayed, and the entire site has been redesigned to make the Law Review more accessible than ever.
The redesigned website is but one of many improvements we are making in an attempt to bring our readers, writers (current, former, and potential), members, and alumni closer than ever before. We hope all of you are committed to our renewed emphasis on building lasting relationships among those who have made Baylor's Law Review respected throughout the legal community.

Meet Baylor Law's New Reference Librarian

Rachel Little became the Reference Librarian for the Baylor Law Library in June 2010. She is responsible for providing research and reference services to the faculty and students of the Law School, the University, the legal community, and the general public. She additionally assists with legal research instruction and oversees the library's public services department. more

Assistant Dean Receives President's Award of Merit from TYLA

Heather A. Creed, assistant dean of professional development and student relations at Baylor Law School, received the Texas Young Lawyers Association's (TYLA) President's Award of Merit at a dinner held by the TYLA in mid-June in Fort Worth. more

Professor Tom Featherston Stays Busy During Summer Months

Tom Featherston, the Mills Cox Chair of Law at Baylor Law School, had a busy summer filled with professional activities. He made presentations at the American Bar Association's Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Spring Symposium in Philadelphia, the State Bar of Texas'  Advanced Estate Planning and Probate Course in San Antonio and the Skills Training for Estate Planners program, sponsored by the ABA's Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section held annually  in New York City. He also attended the annual leadership meetings of the ABA's Real Property, Trust and Estate Section. But he said one of his most intriguing experiences took place in June in Chicago. Read more about his experience.

Join Us for the Inauguration of Baylor President Ken Starr

All Baylor Law alumni are invited to the inauguration of Judge Ken Starr, president of Baylor University and the Louise L. Morrison Chair of Constitutional Law, on Sept.17 at the Ferrell Center. The ceremony begins at 2 p.m. and should last approximately two hours. Baylor Law Alumni have an option of sitting together. If you're interested in attending and would enjoy gathering with fellow Baylor Lawyers, email Julie Corley. She will notify you about the section/meeting area.

The ceremony will include orchestral and choral music performed by students in Baylor's School of Music, the inaugural procession in which the presidential party, representatives of other academic institutions and learned societies, Baylor faculty, representatives of the Baylor staff and the student body, and the Baylor Board of Regents -- all robed in academic regalia -- enter the Ferrell Center, and the presidential address by Judge Starr. Stephen L. Carter, the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Yale, will deliver the keynote address. Following the installation, a reception will be held on the grounds of the Ferrell Center.

Actually, the inauguration festivities will begin that morning at 9:30 in Waco Hall. A panel of scholars will discuss the topic "The United States Supreme Court in American Society." Smaller presentations on Constitutional Law will take place at 11:30 a.m. with Professor David Guinn discussing "Packing Heat and the Second Amendment" in the Kronzer Courtroom at the Law School and Baylor Law adjunct professor Michelle Saenz-Rodriquez discussing "Constitutional Issues and the Arizona Legislation on Immigration" at the SBC Theater in the Mayborn Museum.

25 Ways to Stay Involved at Baylor Law

Today's spotlight is on #19, Include Baylor Law School in your estate plans. Email Julie Corley, Director of Development, to discuss the many ways you can make a difference or go to to request a Wills Kit, view personal planning options or learn more about the benefits of planned giving. See all 25 Ways at

It's that Time of the Year: Alumni Association Dues Renewals!

Thank you to our Baylor Lawyers who have renewed their Alumni Association dues!  If you haven't renewed your dues -- it's not too late. To renew, please mail your check, payable to Baylor Law Alumni Association to:

Berkley Scroggins
One Bear Place #97288
Waco, Texas 76798
Annual Membership: $30
Lifetime Membership: $300

A special thank you to our Lifetime Members.  See who's a Lifetime Member, as of September 1, 2010 at

Discover more about your Alumni Association at

Now Taking Nominations

We're now taking nominations for the 2010 Baylor Lawyer of the Year & the 2010 Young Baylor Lawyer of the Year.  
Please email the nominee's name and reasons the nominee is a qualified recipient to or visit the Nomination page of our website at

The Baylor Lawyer of the Year Award and the Young Baylor Lawyer of the Year Award are given annually to an outstanding alumnus/a who has brought honor and distinction to the Law School and to the legal profession.  For the Young Baylor Lawyer of the Year Award, the recipient must not reach the age 41 before January 1 of the award year.  Recipients of both awards are selected based upon the following criteria:

1. The nominee's legal ability and achievements as a lawyer;

2. The nominee's contributions to the legal profession;

3. The nominee's standing in the profession;

4. The nominee's Christian character;

5. The nominee's civic, religious and other attainments; and

6. The nominee's active interest in Baylor Law School.

Alumni Shout-Outs

Special "Alumni Shout-Outs" go to:
  • Hon. Ed Kinkeade '74
  • Jerry Clements '81
  • JoAl Cannon Sheridan '92
Hon. Ed Kinkeade, Executive Committee Member of the Alumni Association, delivered a phenomenal commencement address at the July Commencement ceremony.  This was a day of celebration for Hon. Ed Kinkeade as his son, Brad Kinkeade, graduated and joined the ranks of Baylor Lawyers.  Jerry Clements, President of the Baylor Law Alumni Association, signed letters that were included in the graduates' diploma scrolls that welcomed our graduates to the Alumni Association and waived their first year dues.  JoAl Cannon Sheridan, Executive Committee Member of the Alumni Association, welcomed the entering Fall class to the profession at a Dr Pepper Float Hour hosted by the Alumni Association.


Lubbock Alumni Reception
5-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9
Overton Hotel

Amarillo Alumni Luncheon
Noon Friday, Sept. 10
Amarillo Club

Dawson & Sodd Moot Court Competition
Preliminary Rounds begin Sept. 16
Finals on Oct. 3

Installation Ceremony of Baylor President Ken Starr
2-4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17
Ferrell Center

Planning To Conquer The Real World Of Private Practice 2010
Sept. 18
Baylor Law School (check Baylor Law's website for event time and room number)
Presented by: The Law Practice Management Committee, State Bar of Texas
Open to Alumni

Judges Breakfast
7-8:15 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22
Corpus Christi
Held in Conjunction with the Judicial Education Annual Conference

Corpus Christi Alumni Luncheon
Noon Wednesday, Sept. 22
Corpus Christi Yacht Club

Reunion Weekend 2010
Friday, Oct. 1 & Saturday, Oct. 2

BU Homecoming (Baylor vs. Kansas State)
Saturday, Oct. 23


Baylor Law's photo galleries also have a brand new look, but still contain pictures from various alumni and student events. See who attended the Annual Alumni Reception at the State Bar of Texas meeting. A large fall 2010 class participated in orientation in late August. See pictures from these students' first day of orientation, their Back-to-School Fiesta and their community service projects.

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Your Alumni Team

In efforts to keep you connected to Baylor Law School and make your alumni experience rewarding, your Alumni Team is here for you.  Let us know how we can serve you.

Julie Corley, Director of Development

Julie Carlson, Director of Communications & Marketing

Berkley Scroggins, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations

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