November 2, 2011

Baylor Law Notches Sixth Win in a Row at Administrative Law Competition

Baylor Law Notches Sixth Win in a Row at Administrative Law Competition It has become a tradition for a Baylor Law team to stand in the winner's circle at the Mack Kidd Administrative Law Moot Court Competition, and this year was no exception. For the sixth year in a row, Baylor Law took first place at the competition, which was held in Austin Oct. 22-23. The team of Will Thomas and Stephanie Larsen were undefeated during the tournament. Additionally, the team received the award for Best Brief and Thomas was named Best Speaker in the finals. Kathy Serr, advocacy program coordinator, served as coach.  Full Story

Baylor Law Team Wins Emory Civil Rights Moot Court Competition

Baylor Law Team Wins Emory Civil Rights Moot Court Competition A Baylor Law moot court team won the Emory Civil Rights-Liberties Moot Court Competition last weekend in Atlanta. The team of Sarah Scott, Saba Syed, Anna Williams defeated SMU in the final round to claim the win for Baylor. A second team of Taylor Romero, Laura Vermillon, and Matt Sheridan also did well in the competition. Scott, Syed and Williams also received the Best Brief Award.  Full Story

Baylor Law Alumnus Appointed to Access to Justice Commission

Baylor Law Alumnus Appointed to Access to Justice Commission Baylor Law alumnus Ike Vanden Eykel of Dallas has been appointed by the State Bar of Texas to the Texas Access to Justice Commission. Vanden Eykel will serve a three-year term. "Ike understands the lawyer's obligation to serve and follows in the path of many distinguished Baylor lawyers who have given themselves over selflessly to assume leadership roles among their peers," said Baylor Law Dean Brad Toben.  Full story

Baylor Law School Kicks Off the Inaugural Firm Challenge

The Baylor Law Firm Challenge affords law firms comprised of eight or more Baylor Lawyers an opportunity to participate in a friendly competition of giving with your fellow Baylor Lawyers at other firms. The goal of the Firm Challenge is for 100 percent of the alumni in participating firms to make a gift of any amount to Baylor Law School. Winning firms receive prominent signage in the Career Development Office and public recognition in the Docket Call, Rocket Docket and on Baylor Law's website.

A heartfelt thank you to the following firms who joined the Baylor Law School Firm Challenge as our Founding Firms. We appreciate the Founding Firms for partnering with the Law School as we fine tune the program before rolling it out to all firms next fall.

Founding Firms:

  • Beard Kultgen Brophy Bostwick Dickson & Squires LLP
  • Bracewell & Giuliani LLP
  • Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP
  • Harris, Finley & Bogle, P.C.
  • Hartline Dacus Barger Dreyer LLP
  • K&L Gates LLP
  • Looper Reed & McGraw P.C.
  • Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell
  • Naman, Howell, Smith & Lee, PLLC
  • Potter Minton, P.C.*
  • Winstead PC

*Hats off to Potter Minton, P.C., for being the first firm to achieve 100 percent giving participation! We are grateful for your support. 

All Founding Firms that achieve 100 percent participation by May 31, 2012, will receive prominent signage in the Career Development Office, announcements in the Docket Call, Rocket Docket and Baylor Law School's website.

On the Road Again

On the Road Again Members of the Admissions Committee and admissions staff have been on the road this fall promoting the law school to and meeting with prospective applicants.  We've attended recruiting events in Arizona, California, Colorado, D.C., Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Utah and Texas.  At the end of the fall recruiting season, we will have met with more than 1,000 prospective applicants.  To learn more about the events we have attended, please click here.

Alumni Weekend 2011

Alumni Weekend 2011 Alumni Weekend 2011 was a huge success! More than 200 alumni & guests traveled to Waco for the 2011 Baylor Law Alumni Weekend on October 7 & 8. Festivities included a Friday Night Fiesta at the home of Judge & Mrs. Ken Starr, Burgers & Blue Bell at the home of Dean & Mrs. Brad Toben, a morning at the Sheila & Walter Umphrey Law Center and a victory at the Baylor vs. Iowa State football game. A heartfelt thank you to our alumni & friends who joined us for an unbelievably fun Alumni Weekend. We look forward to seeing you throughout the year and having you back for Alumni Weekend 2012.

Compelling Arguments on the Definition of Marriage Made at Baylor Law Debate

Compelling Arguments on the Definition of Marriage Made at Baylor Law Debate Baylor Law students filled the Kronzer Courtroom on Tuesday, Oct. 4, to listen to a debate on a topic wrestled with by churches, states and courts across the U.S. The Baylor American Constitution Society and the Federalist Society, both new student organizations, hosted "A Debate on the Definition of Marriage," with Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, founder and president of the Ruth Institute, and Manuel Quinto-Pozos, former staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union, speaking. Baylor Law Dean Brad Toben served as moderator.  Full Story

Homecoming 2011 Baylor Law Alumni Breakfast

Homecoming 2011 Baylor Law Alumni Breakfast The Baylor Law School Alumni Association invites you to celebrate Baylor Homecoming 2011 with fellow Baylor Lawyers, faculty, staff, students and friends on Saturday, Nov. 5. Join us at 8:30 a.m. for breakfast and the Homecoming Parade in front of Morrison Constitution Hall on the Baylor campus. Later, Baylor will take on the Missouri Tigers (game time 6 p.m.). No RSVP needed! For questions, please contact Berkley Scroggins, Baylor Law Assistant Director of Alumni Relations, at 254.710.4346 or email Berkley.

Baylor Law Alumni Association Membership Update

It's that time of the year time to renew your Baylor Law Alumni Association Dues. If you have not yet renewed your dues, it's not too late. You can renew your dues as an Annual Member for $30 or join as a Lifetime Member for $300. If you graduated in the past 24 months, your dues are waived compliments of the Baylor Law Alumni Association President Traci Kenner. Please send a check, payable to "Baylor Law Alumni Association" to:
Baylor Law School
Berkley Scroggins
One Bear Place #97288
Waco, Texas 76798-7288

2011-2012 Baylor Law Alumni Association Executive Committee

President: Traci Kenner, JD '87, Tyler
President-Elect: John Ginn, JD '89, Sulphur Springs
Past President: Jerry Clements, JD '81, Austin
Secretary & Treasurer: Leah Witcher Jackson, JD '85, Waco

Class Members:
Ed Blizzard, JD '78, Houston (term expires June 2012)
Jerry Clements, JD '81 (term expires June 2012)
Hon. Ed Kinkeade, JD '74, Dallas (term expires June 2012)
Hon. Robin Malone Darr, JD '82, Midland (term expires June 2013)
Casey Moore, JD '06, Dallas (term expires June 2013)
Roy Barrera, III, JD '02, San Antonio (term expires June 2013)
Vincent Allen, JD '99 (term expires June 2014)
Bill Brian, JD '74 (term expires June 2014)
Libby King, JD '01 (term expires June 2014)
John Ginn, JD '89, Sulphur Springs (term expires 2015)

Please Show Your Support

Please Show Your Support Have you had a chance to give back to Baylor Law School this year? If so, we thank you. If not, please show your support by making a gift to the Law School Alumni Endowed Scholarship Fund.

Dallas Baylor Lawyer Reception

The Dallas Baylor Lawyer Steering Committee invites you to a Dallas Baylor Lawyer Reception sponsored by Gardere, LLP, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, at Gardere's Dallas Office. RSVP now.

Baylor Law Upcoming Events

2011 Baylor Homecoming Alumni Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Nov. 5
Morrison Constitution Hall

Fall Commencement
1:30 p.m. Nov. 5
First Baptist Church, Waco

Green and Gold Undergraduate Mock Trial Competition
Nov. 11-13

National Adoption Day Ceremony
Nov. 18

Open House for Admitted Applicants
Nov. 18

Thanksgiving Holidays
Nov. 24-25

Advocacy Competitions
Moot Court
  • National Criminal Procedure Competition - 11/3-11/5 (Coach: Greg White)
  • National Health Law Competition - 11/4-11/5 (Coach: Mike Berry)
  • Pepperdine Entertainment Law Competition - 11/11-11/13 (Coach: Prof. Laura Hernandez)
  • National Moot Court Competition 11/17-11/19 (Coach: Prof. Rory Ryan)
  • Chicago Bar Association Moot Court Competition 11/17-11/19 (Coach: Prof. Patricia Wilson)

Mock Trial
  • Loyola National Civil Trial Competition 11/11-11/13 (Prof. Jim Wren and Dave Deaconson)
  • Labor Law Competition - 11/11-11/13 (Prof. Jeremy Counseller and Joe Rivera)

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