Sept. 6, 2011

President and Professor: Judge Ken Starr Teaches Course at Baylor Law During Fall Quarter

For the last year, Judge Ken Starr has been immersed in his role of President of Baylor University. But this fall, Starr will embrace his other title that of the Louise M. Morrison Chair of Constitutional Law at Baylor Law School when he teaches a seminar "Current Constitutional Issues." Full story

Baylor Law Alumni Weekend

Baylor Law's Alumni Weekend is just around the corner. Make plans to be in Waco on Friday, Oct. 7, & Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011.
For questions or if you would like to serve as a Class Rep & help organize your class, please e-mail Berkley Scroggins or call Berkley direct at 254.710.4346.

Click Here to RSVP

$50/person - includes all weekend events
$15/children 12 & under

Events Include:
  • Friday Night Fiesta with the Starrs at the Home of Judge & Mrs. Ken Starr
  • Burgers & Blue Bell at the home of Dean & Mrs. Brad Toben
  • Baylor vs. Iowa State Football Game
  • A Morning at the Sheila and Walter Umphrey Law Center
Questions? Email Berkley Scroggins or call Berkley direct at 254.710.4346.

New Leon Jaworski Scholarship Winner No Stranger to Success at Baylor Law

Even before she became a law student, Jenifer Pfanzelt had a run of success competing on undergraduate mock trial competitions held at Baylor Law School. After all, the newest Leon Jaworski Scholarship winner won multiple awards at tournaments hosted and held at the law school. Full story

Baylor Lawyer Mike Bourland Recognized as First 2011 Football Legend

Baylor Law Mike Bourland, founding shareholder of Bourland, Wall & Wenzel, P.C, was honored as a Baylor Football Legend at Baylor's opening game against TCU on Friday, Sept. 2.

A Fort Worth native and three-year letterman for the Bears from 1963 through 1965, Bourland arrived at Baylor on a one year "make good" scholarship before going on to earn consensus first team All-Conference honors as an offensive guard. His outstanding play on the field and solid leadership qualities prompted Head Coach John Bridgers to name him team Co-Captain for his senior year in 1965. Bourland (nicknamed "Grubby" by his team-mates) started 31 consecutive games in his career, including Baylor's 1963 Bluebonnet Bowl victory over LSU. He and his teammates also own the distinction of never having a losing varsity season.

After graduating, and then earning a law degree from Baylor Law School, Bourland entered the military and proudly served his country in the United States Air Force as a JAG Officer, receiving the 1975 Meritorious Service Medal Award.

Human Rights Activist Shannon Sedgwick Davis Named 2011 Baylor Young Lawyer of the Year

Shannon Sedgwick Davis, JD '00, has been named the recipient of the 2011 Baylor Young Lawyer of the Year award. Sedgwick Davis is CEO of the Bridgeway Foundation, the charitable-giving arm of Bridgeway Capital Management, Inc. An attorney, Sedgwick Davis is a passionate advocate for social justice and international human rights. She is a well-known strategist engaged in promoting peace and ending human atrocities across our globe. Full story

Appellate Courts Accept the Suggestions of a Baylor Law Professor

When it comes to matters pertaining to Texas Administrative Law, appellate courts often look to Baylor Law Professor Ron Beal for his expertise. Recently, the Texas Supreme Court relied on Beal as an authoritative source and cited his treatise to that effect. In the majority opinion in a 5-4 decision of City of Dallas v. Stewart, Lexis 517, W.L. 2586882 (July 2, 2011), the Texas Supreme Court, specifically Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson, cited Baylor Law Professor Ron Beal's Texas Administrative Law Treatise. Full Story

Baylor Law Welcomes 62 New Students

Baylor Law School continued with its tradition of excellence by once again enrolling a highly credentialed fall class.  There were more than 3,180 applications for the class, into which 62 students were matriculated. The median UGPA is 3.75 and the median LSAT is 163 (a 163 is in the top 13th percentile nationally).  Students represented 12 states and one foreign country and hold degrees from 35 undergraduate institutions and colleges.  Women comprise 61.29 percent of the class.  These outstanding students got their first taste of Baylor Law at a three-day orientation that took place on the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday prior to the beginning of classes on Monday, August 22.  This program started these students' journey to becoming a Baylor Lawyer.

Homecoming 2011

The Baylor Law School Alumni Association invites you to celebrate Homecoming 2011 with fellow Baylor Lawyers, faculty, staff, students & friends on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011. Watch the Baylor Bears take on the Missouri Tigers (Time TBA).
  • 8:30 a.m. Homecoming Parade & Breakfast
Join us at the Law School Tent on the front lawn of the old Law School Building, Morrison Constitutional Hall 1410 S. 5th Street. Click Here to RSVP.

On-Campus Interview Program Update

The Career Development Office enjoyed another successful On-Campus Interview program this year.  Thank you to all of the alumni and friends who interviewed at Baylor Law.  We so appreciate your support.

Of the employers who joined us, over 60 percent sought students in the top third of the class or below or had no class-rank-related criteria.  We heard from many employers that this was a particularly strong group of students and many lamented they couldn't hire most of the students they met.  If you missed this opportunity to interview Baylor Law students, we would be happy to arrange a time that is convenient for you to visit campus. 

Interestingly, the 2011 OCI program provided some indicators that the market might be loosening up:
-    27% increase in the number of employers coming on-campus
-    13% increase in the number of students who interviewed
-    34% increase in the number of interviews conducted

We would like to hear if this is consistent with what is happening in your legal market.  Please let us know about the hiring trends in your area, so we can position and prepare future Baylor lawyers as much as possible.

Baylor Law Gives a Big 'Welcome Back' to Its Students

Baylor Law School welcomed on August 25 its students back to campus with a Picnic on the Patio.  More than 175 turned out for this fourth-annual event that was held on the river terrace and student lounge areas of the Sheila and Walter Umphrey Law Center.  Faculty, staff and students enjoyed an evening of Viteks barbeque (no, we didn't serve the gut pack) and music by Waco's "Piano Man" hit a cord with student, staff and faculty.  The event was crowded, and we were honored to have Judge and Mrs. Starr join us to welcome our students back to campus. Take a look at photos from the night.

Baylor Law Upcoming Events

Baylor Law Alumni Weekend
Oct. 7-8

Preview Day for Prospective Applicants
Oct. 7

2011 Baylor Homecoming
Nov. 5

Fall Commencement
Nov. 5

Open House for Admitted Applicants
Nov. 18

Recruiting Events
MINK (Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas) Law Fair
Sept. 15

Boston LSAC Forum

Los Angeles LSAC Forum
Sept. 24

UT San Antonio Law Fair
Oct. 3

UT Austin Law Fair
Oct. 4

Texas A & M University Law Fair
Oct. 5

UT El Paso Law Fair
Oct. 5

UT Dallas Law Fair
Oct. 6

CDO Events
BINAAOCI (Because It's Not All About OCI)
Meeting to discuss various strategies for finding a job
Sept. 8
11:45 a.m.

This Just In
Students invited to CDO for coffee and donuts and to hear about the latest career development news
Sept. 12
8:30 a.m.

Search Party
Workshop in the computer lab to search online for job opportunities
Sept. 12
7 p.m.

ABA Taxation Section Information Session
Sept. 14
11:45 a.m.

I Know What You Did Last Summer
Student panel about interesting opportunities they had over the summer and how they found them
Sept. 22
3:30 p.m.


Baylor Law has lots of new photos on our website. Check out pictures from the 2011 National "Top Gun" Mock Trial Competition, the 2011 State Bar Alumni Reception, 2011 Summer Commencement and the 2011 Fall Entering Class Community Service Project. To read the latest news and see the latest photos, visit the Baylor Law website.

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