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August 2016
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Baylor Law Ranks #21 in Best Law Schools for Securing Federal Clerkships

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Baylor Law School is honored to announce that twelve recent graduates are serving in judicial clerkships for the 2016-2017 term, which ranks Baylor Law as 21 out of the 24 Best Law Schools for Securing Federal Clerkships according to Business Insider.

The Law School gratefully thanks the judges, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of Baylor Law who have made these invaluable opportunities possible for our graduates. . . Full Story

Congratulations to our Class of 2016 judicial clerks:

Travis Underwood
clerking for Hon. Rodney Gilstrap
U.S. District Court – Eastern District of Texas

Mitch Garrett
clerking for Hon. Amos L. Mazzant
U.S. District Court – Eastern District of Texas

Sameer Hashmi
clerking for Hon. Andrew Hanen
U.S. District Court – Southern District of Texas

Maria de la Torre
clerking for Hon. Marcia A. Crone
U.S. District Court – Eastern District of Texas

Ashby Davis
clerking for Hon. S. Maurice Hicks, Jr.
U.S. District Court – Western District of Louisiana

Trey Qualls
clerking for Hon. Jane Boyle
U.S. District Court – Northern District of Texas

Monica Litle
clerking for Hon. Michael H. Schneider
U.S. District Court – Eastern District of Texas

Madeleine Hayes
clerking for Hon. Jeffrey C. Manske
U.S. Magistrate Judge – Western District of Texas

Millie Lierman
clerking for Hon. David Counts
U.S. Magistrate Judge – Western District of Texas in 2016 and
Hon. Christine Nowak
U.S. Magistrate Judge – Eastern District of Texas in 2017

Anthony Lucisano
clerking for Justice John Devine
Supreme Court of Texas

Taylor Whitlow
clerking for Justice Phil Johnson
Supreme Court of Texas

Zachary Wortham
clerking for Hon. Louis Guirola, Jr.
U.S. District Court – Southern District of Mississippi

Baylor Law School's Summer Abroad in St Andrews, Scotland is a Resounding Success

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Law students from Baylor Law and other law schools throughout the country returned from the impressive summer abroad program, Baylor Law's Academy of the Advocate at St Andrews. . . Full Story

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Friday, October 21

Dinner and Dancing at the Baylor Club
6:30 p.m., the Baylor Club at McLane Stadium

Cut loose on the dance floor and celebrate significant leadership
milestones of our beloved Baylor Law deans, faculty, and staff.

Saturday, October 22

Breakfast and CLE
Legal Innovation: Where do Lawyers and Law Schools Need to be Going?
9:00 a.m., Baylor Law School

Burgers & Blue Bell
1:00 p.m., the home of Leah and Ted Teague

To RSVP or for more information, please visit:

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As we prepare for a Baylor Law School celebration during Alumni Weekend this October 21-22, we want your favorite memories and pictures of our faculty and staff who have served at the Law School for 25 years or longer! Send us your favorite memories and photos by September 1. Please don't send the original unless we can keep it!

Faculty and staff who have served at Baylor Law
for 25 years or longer:

Dean Brad Toben 25 years as dean, 33 years at Baylor Law
Dean Leah Jackson Teague 25 years as associate dean, 27 years at Baylor Law
Professor David Guinn 50 years
Professor Mike Morrison 39 years
Professor Tom Featherston 34 years
Professor David Swenson 34 years
Professor Ron Beal 33 years
Professor Mike Rogers 32 years
Professor Jerry Powell 30 years
Professor Brian Serr 30 years
Registrar Jerri Cunningham 28 years
Professor Beth Miller 25 years

E-mail memories and photos to or mail to Baylor Law School, Attn: Berkley Knas, One Bear Place #97288, Waco, Texas 76798.

Baylor Lawyers Receive Award on Behalf of the Waco-McLennan County Young Lawyers Association

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On behalf of the Waco-McLennan County Young Lawyers Association, immediate Past President Josh Borderud, JD '09, and President-Elect Matt Czimskey, JD '12, accepted the Deborah G. Hankinson Access to Justice Award for Young Lawyers. . . Full Story

Fall On-Campus Interviews Continue in October

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Register today to participate in Session II of Fall On-Campus Interviews, October 3-7. Regardless of whether you attend in person, via Skype or just collect resumes, there are exceptional Baylor Law students and graduates ready to meet your needs. To register or for more information, click here, email or call 254.710.1210. Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you!

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Recently Moved Jobs or Residences?
Send us your new contact information so we can stay in touch with you!

You may e-mail your updated contact information to or update your information through our
online alumni directory.

Alumni NOTES
Alumni Notes are published based on the information we receive from our alumni.
If you have been recognized or have other professional news to share, please e-mail, for inclusion in the next issue of Rocket Docket.

Hon. D. Gordon Bryant, Jr., JD '86, was selected by the district judges of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas to serve as United States Magistrate Judge at the Lubbock Division. . . Read More
Hon. T. John Ward, JD '67, of the East Texas law firm Ward, Smith & Hill, PLLC, was recognized by the legal publication Law360 as one of the nation's Top 25 Icons of Intellectual Property Law.
Hon. Penny Roberts, JD '89, of Tom Green County Court at Law #2 in San Angelo was elected Fellows Chair-Elect of the Texas Bar Foundation.
David Dickson, JD '76, of Beard Kultgen Brophy Bostwick Dickson, LLP in Waco was appointed as board chair of the Texas Board of Legal Specializations (TBLS). . . Read More
Shannon Dacus, JD '94, of The Dacus Firm, P.C. in Tyler was elected as 2016-2017 Fellows Chair for the Texas Bar Foundation.
Cindy Tisdale, JD '95, of the Law Offices of Cindy Tisdale in Granbury, Texas was elected as Chair-Elect for the Texas Bar Foundation Board of Trustees.
Julie Wade, JD '01, has joined Barnes Group Inc. as Corporate Counsel at its Bristol, Connecticut headquarters.
Chris R. Brasure, JD '02, of Brasure Law Firm in Edinburg was elected to be a fellow in the Texas Bar Foundation.
Britta Stanton, JD '02, of boutique Texas litigation firm Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst has been listed as a "Texas Rising Star" by Super Lawyers and named a "Litigation Future Star" by Benchmark Litigation. Additionally, Stanton has served as this year's chair of the Dallas Bar Association's Trial Skills section and has been selected to serve on the Federal Court Advisory Committee.
Keisha Ware, JD '03, was named the Director of the University of North Texas Student Legal Services.
Danielle V. Ahlrich, JD '09, has been elected President-Elect of the Travis County Women Lawyers' Association and selected as a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation.
Alex J. Bell, JD '09, was appointed to a second three-year term on the State Bar of Texas' Committee on the Administration of the Rules of Evidence.
Nathan Cash, JD '10, was named Associate General Counsel for the Boy Scouts of America.
In Memoriam
Andrew W. Stroebel, JD '53 Full Obituary
Kenneth Charles Kautz, JD '72, Full Obituary
Michael E. Weiss, JD '80 Full Obituary
September 7, 2016

7:00 - 8:30 a.m.
JW Marriott
23808 Resort Pkwy
San Antonio, Texas 78261

September 22, 2016

5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Savrick Schumann Johnson McGarr Kaminski & Shirley, L.L.P.
The Overlook at Gaines Ranch
4330 Gaines Ranch Loop, Suite 150
Austin, Texas 78735

September 26, 2016

Hosted by Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller, LLP
Doors open at 6:05 p.m.
Game starts at 7:05 p.m.
Globe Life Park
1000 Ballpark Way #400
Arlington, TX 76011

September 27

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Nix Patterson & Roach, LLP
Advancial Building
1845 Woodall Rodgers Fwy.
Suite 1050
Dallas, TX 75201

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