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Baylor Law Earns Highest Ultimate Bar Passage Rate in the U.S.

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According to a report released by the ABA's Section of Legal Education, 100% of Baylor Law's 2015 graduates passed the bar exam within two years of graduation, the highest rate of all 204 ABA-approved law schools in the U.S. Baylor Law was the only school to score 100%. . . Full Story

Hon. J. Rodney Gilstrap, JD '81, Named 2018 Baylor Lawyer of the Year

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Hon. J. Rodney Gilstrap, JD '81, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, was selected by the Baylor Law Alumni Association Executive Committee as the 2018 Baylor Lawyer of the Year.

In honor of Judge Gilstrap, Baylor Law hosted a luncheon in Longview, TX on April 26.

"Judge Gilstrap has exemplified the characteristics of a Baylor Lawyer and is richly deserving of this recognition," said Dean Brad Toben, JD '77. "His impact in the intellectual property domain is profound. Judge Gilstrap has a reputation as a hard-working jurist with a fervent devotion to fairness and justice, along with an unwavering support of the jury system," Toben said. . . Full Story

Congratulations to Our April 2018 Graduates!

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The Spring Commencement ceremony was held Saturday, April 28, at Columbus Avenue Baptist Church. The class of 74 graduates selected Professor Bridget Fuselier, JD '98, to deliver the commencement address. The class selected Professors Gerald Powell, JD '77, and Jim Wren, JD '80, to hood the graduates. Alexandra Burke gave the invocation, and Rachel Koehn addressed the class as the highest-ranking student in the graduation class. View more photos on Baylor Law's official Facebook page.


Christopher Pryor Allison

Michael Christopher Applewhite

Christopher James Arnell

Timothy Ted Clifton Barham

Savanna Lee Barlow

Shannon Ashbrook Bonn

Anthony Wayne Brown

Stephen Lawrence Burbank

Alexandra Ashley Burke

Jeffrey Reid Burley

Cameron Reid Cano

Jami Rebecca Carlisle

Maira Fabiola Carrillo Ibarra

Jason Randall Cobb

David Patrick Coles

Stephani Elizabeth Cook

Hamil Michael Cupero III

Christen Lynn Dannhaus Terry

Kyle James Dennis

Blain Miller Donnell

Ty Allan Drury

Amanda Claire Dykeman

Marcus Lamone Fifer

Taylor Conrad Fischer

Jacob Edward Fisher

Hayley Rebecca Glisson

Will Galex Greenlee

Christopher Hardin Griffin

Cassandra Nicole Hansen

Kate Elizabeth Harrison

Neils Christian Hazen

Preston Errington Hino

Matthew Ryan Hinojosa

Jackson Miles Huffstetler

Elin Ingrid Isenhower

Andrea Helena Jarero

Jordan Elizabeth Jarreau

Brooke Elizabeth Jones

Bradley Curtis Kitada

Rachel Nicole Koehn

Marc Taylor Levesque

Samantha Carolyn Lewis

Lauren Tiffany Livingston

Nicole Elizabeth Manley

Macy Lane Matthews

Doni Mazaheri-Mirzaei

Tara Glasener McAfee

Brad Benjamin Mead

Kurt Dietrich Metscher

Donald Dean Moore III

Alexander Cameron Morris

Maria Pena

Stefani Lynn Preston

Julia Morgan Pullin

Kayli Elizabeth Ragsdale

John Keagan Riley

Ryan George Ritenour

Sarah Elizabeth Ryburn

Jody Jessica Saylor

Cody Tyler Scruggs

Megan Elizabeth Servage

Mark David Siemer

Kyle Colin Steingreaber

Chloe Ann Stevens

Bailey Elizabeth Strohmeyer

Katherine Elizabeth Thompson

Caroline Tai Lun Tom

Ward Carroll Weber

Molly Elizabeth Wilson

Brian Alan Wolfskill

Emilia Grace Wood

Gemma Zuniga

Baylor Law Ranks #18 in Most Recent Law School Graduates Hiring Report

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Law.com has released its analysis of American Bar Association data on graduate employment, and Baylor Law ranks at #18 in the nation, and #1 among all Texas law schools, for full-time employment in what is considered the "gold standard" category of positions requiring a bar license. . . Full Story

Baylor Law's Veterans Clinic Highlighted at 2018 Champions of Justice Gala

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Baylor Law's Josh Borderud, JD '09, Director of Baylor Law's Veterans Clinic, was invited to speak at the Champions of Justice Gala co-sponsored by the Texas Access to Justice Commission and the State Bar of Texas. The Gala raised over $404,000 to provide civil legal services and other assistance to low-income Texan veterans. . . Full Story

Baylor Law Students Honored at the 2018 John William & Florence Dean Minton Student Awards Ceremony and Lecture Series

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Baylor Law honored students for outstanding achievements at the John William & Florence Dean Minton Student Awards Ceremony and Lecture Series held in the Barfield Drawing Room on the Baylor University campus.

Darrell Lee Keith, JD '70, founder of the Keith Law Firm, P.C. in Fort Worth, served as the event's distinguished speaker. Chosen as the speaker by the students, Mr. Keith addressed more than 200 students, faculty, staff, alumni, and guests who attended the ceremony. . . Full Story

A special thank you to our Baylor Lawyers and friends who financially support the wide array of awards marking academic, advocacy, and service achievements. A full listing of the donors and award recipients is available here.

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Register today to participate in 2018's Fall On-Campus Interview program, taking place August 9-17 and October 5-9. 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 BaylorLawJobs@baylor.edu, or call Baylor Law's
Career Development Office at 254.710.1210.
Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you!

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Join the deans, faculty, staff, and fellow Baylor Lawyers for a tailgate on the lawn of the Sheila and Walter Umphrey Law Center prior to the Baylor vs. Kansas football game.

For more information, please e-mail Berkley_knas@baylor.edu or call 254.710.8357.

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 Berkley_Knas@baylor.edu, for inclusion in the next issue of Rocket Docket.

Dr. Rick Richardson, JD '81, was named chief financial officer for Tarleton State University and senior vice president for the Division of Finance and Administration. Richardson joined Tarleton State University in 2009 as vice president of institutional advancement and has been instrumental in helping develop Tarleton's new planned campus in Fort Worth, scheduled to open in fall 2019.
John Gillespie, JD '99, won the primary election for District Attorney in Wichita County. He will run unopposed in November.
Rebecca King, JD '00, was named a partner of Tracey & Fox.
Hon. Gilland Chenault, JD '04, was appointed as an Associate Municipal Judge for the City of Roanoke, Texas. He currently serves as an Associate Municipal Judge in several cities in Denton County. He is the founder of the Chenault Law Firm, a firm focusing on estate, trust, and fiduciary litigation.
Dominic Braus, JD '09, of the The Carlson Law Firm in Waco, TX, was named the 2018 Outstanding Young Lawyer of McLennan County by the McLennan County Young Lawyers Association.
Ben Howell, JD '09, joined Sklar Kirsh in Los Angeles. Howell is an associate in the firm's corporate practice. He focuses on complex corporate transactions representing technology and media companies, private equity sponsors, and sports franchises.
Terah Moxley, JD '10, with the Dallas litigation boutique Estes Thorne & Carr, was recognized as a 2018 Texas Rising Star for her employment litigation defense work. She is board certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Mark "T.J." Jones, JD '15, joined Crawford Wishnew & Lang PLLC in Dallas as an associate.
In Memoriam
William Edward "Bill" Hailey, JD '49, Full Obituary
Events
June 2018

BAYLOR LAWYER RECEPTION HELD IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE SBOT ANNUAL MEETING
June 21, 2018
5:30-7:00 p.m.
Marriott Marquis Houston
RSVP

July 2018

DALLAS BAYLOR LAWYER NETWORK RECEPTION
Date TBD
Hosted by Hartline Dacus Barger Dreyer LLP

SAN ANTONIO BAYLOR LAWYER RECEPTION WITH DEAN BRAD TOBEN
July 12, 2018
5:30-7:30 p.m.
The Petroleum Club
RSVP

September 2018

HOUSTON BAYLOR LAWYER NETWORK RECEPTION
September 4, 2018
6:00-7:30
Marriott Marquis Houston


There are many more upcoming alumni events! Visit the Baylor Law Alumni Association Events webpage for a full list of upcoming Baylor Law alumni events.
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254.710.8357 | baylor.edu/law/alumni

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