March 5, 2023
Baylor Law Announces 0% Tuition Increase for Fourth Straight Year
Baylor Law will keep tuition costs flat for the fourth consecutive year. This decision is part of the school’s ongoing efforts to make legal education more accessible and affordable to students. The 0% tuition increase means that students will continue to pay $1,471 per course hour per quarter, the same rate since the 2018-19 academic year. . . Full Story
U.S. Senate Confirms Cindy Dyer, JD ’93, as Director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking
The U.S. Senate has confirmed Cindy Dyer, JD ’93, as the next Director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (J/TIP), with the rank of Ambassador. Dyer’s appointment by President Biden earlier this year was confirmed by a unanimous bipartisan vote of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. . . Full Story
Baylor Law Will Host the 2023 American Bar Association Client Counseling National Competition, Judges Needed
The ABA Client Counseling Competition addresses fundamental skills necessary for all successful attorneys, namely the ability to interview, counsel, and support a client through their legal issue. Competitors conduct an initial interview with a person playing the role of the client and then address both the client’s legal and non-legal needs. Students are called on to explain various aspects of the attorney-client relationship, build rapport, determine client goals, and consider applicable law and options that may be available to the client. . . Full Story
AALS Honors Dean Stephen Rispoli With Major Pro Bono Award
Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Strategic Initiatives Stephen Rispoli has been named the 2023 Access to Justice Award recipient by the Association of American Law Schools. . . Full Story
Professional Development Program Panel Discussion “Reflections on Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America”
On Feb. 23, Baylor Law Associate Dean Patricia Wilson, Professor Whitney Holmes, and Baylor Lawyer Robert Callahan, JD ’06, shared their poignant reflections on the documentary “Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America” during Baylor Law's Professional Development Program panel discussion. | More Photos
Winners Announced in the 2023 Edition of The Closer, Baylor Law’s Elite National Transactional Law Competition
The Competition winners and final round judges pose with Baylor Law Professor Beth Miller following the closing of the 2023 edition of The Closer Transactional Law Competition. From L-R Ashley Jackson, Janice Davis, Jennifer Lindsey, Competition Champion Ryann Connell of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Professor of Law Beth Miller, Greg Looser, Competition Champion Will Cowan of the University of Houston Law Center, and E. Steve Bolden.
Ryann Connell of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and Will Cowan of the University of Houston Law Center are this year’s winners of The Closer, the nation’s most challenging transactional law competition. The runners-up in this year’s demanding competition were Alyx Thompson of the University of Tennessee College of Law and Evan Nelson of Emory University School of Law. . . Full Story
Gloria Jones of The University of Texas School of Law Wins The 2022 Edition of The Paper Chase Legal Writing Competition
On Thursday, January 26, Baylor Law announced the winners of the 2022 The Paper Chase Legal Writing Competition, Texas’ premier legal writing contest. According to the Judges from the Texas Young Lawyer Association (TYLA), this year’s winner is Gloria Jones of the University of Texas School of Law. Second place was awarded to Colin Hickl of SMU Dedman School of Law, and Jacob C. Swanson of SMU Dedman School of Law took third place. The high-stakes legal writing competition stands out for its challenging real-world writing prompt and a significant cash prize award of $5,000 for first-place winner Gloria Jones and $7,000 in total prizes. . . Full Story
Baylor Law Competes in Back-To-Back Finals at the Hunton Andrews & Kurth Invitational National Moot Court Competition
Sarah Megan Erb, Michel Tagliabue, and Vivian Noyd, runners-up at the 2023 Hunton Andrews & Kurth Invitational National Moot Court Competition
The Baylor Law team of Michel Tagliabue, Sarah Megan Erb, and Vivian Noyd were runners-up at the 2023 Hunton Andrews & Kurth Invitational National Moot Court Competition, the ‘National Championship’ of moot court competitions. . . Full Story
Baylor Law Participates in Roundtable Discussion With Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis R. McDonough
(L-R) Baylor Law's Director of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs and Clinical Lecturer Josh Borderud, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis R. McDonough, and Baylor Law 3L, U.S. Army Captain Rhasean Stephens.
On February 9th, Rhasean Stephens, President of Baylor Law’s Veteran and Military Legal Society and Director of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs Josh Borderud attended a roundtable discussion with the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Denis R. McDonough. . . Full Story
Hundreds of Central Texans Participate in the 18th Annual People’s Law School
The Hon. Bobby Garcia Teaches on 'Navigating the Court System From Arrest to Prosecution' at the People's Law School on February 11, 2023.
On February 11, 2023, Baylor Law hosted the 18th annual People’s Law School, a half-day event offering free courses designed to make the law more accessible. More than 200 participants came to Baylor Law for the first in-person People’s Law School since 2020. . . Full Story
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Jearl D. Walker, JD ’49, celebrated his 103rd birthday on January 29, 2023.
Fredrick F. “Rick” Rogers, Jr., JD ’68, was recognized with the Outstanding 50 Year Lawyer Award by the Texas Bar Foundation.
Roy L. Barrett, JD ’69, was recognized with the Outstanding 50 Year Lawyer Award by the Texas Bar Foundation.
Charles W. Zahn, Jr., JD ’70, Port Chairman of Corpus Christi’s governing commission, was named Corpus Christi Caller-Times Newsmaker of the Year.
Alfred “Fred” Davis II, JD ’72, was recognized for 50 years of service and dedication as a licensed attorney in Bryan/College Station.
Hon. Don Dowd, JD ’72, Cass County Court at Law judge, is retiring after 17 years of service to the county and over 40 years of service within the legal profession.
Fred McClure, JD ’81, will be inducted into the Cotton Bowl Classic Hall of Fame, joining a network of athletes, coaches, and other notable figures who have left their mark on the iconic college football bowl game since it was first played in 1937.
Kevin Cherry, JD ’82, has been selected to serve on Baylor University’s NIL Advisory Council. The executive group engages on all university NIL initiatives, including a partnership with Startup Waco CEO Jon Passavant and former Baylor quarterback Cody Carlson to manage funds directed to GXG™. All six members of the Advisory Council are Baylor graduates and generous supporters of the university.
Cary Gray, JD ’83, has been selected to serve on Baylor University’s NIL Advisory Council. The executive group engages on all university NIL initiatives, including a partnership with Startup Waco CEO Jon Passavant and former Baylor quarterback Cody Carlson to manage funds directed to GXG™. All six members of the Advisory Council are Baylor graduates and generous supporters of the university.
C. Bradford Lowry, JD ’89, has been appointed chair of the real estate practice for Jackson Walker. Brad is based in the Dallas office.
Alan Bennett, JD ’90, was appointed by Governor Greg Abbott to the 474th Judicial District Court in McLennan County. Alan is an attorney and shareholder for Sheehy, Lovelace & Mayfield, PC. Previously, he served as a Staff Attorney for the Tenth Court of Appeals and as an Assistant District Attorney for the McLennan County District Attorney’s Office. He is board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Criminal Law and Criminal Appellate Law. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Federalist Society, and the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. Additionally, he is the President of the McLennan County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.
Hon. Amy Ward, JD ’91, was sworn in as the new 87th Judicial District Judge serving Freestone, Limestone, Leon, and Anderson counties.
Hon. David J. Schenck, JD ’92, rejoins Dykema’s Dallas office after serving as Justice for the Texas Fifth Court of Appeals since 2015.
Ashley C. Hoff, JD ’94, has returned to her role as the First Assistant U.S. Attorney overseeing the Criminal and Civil divisions for the Western District of Texas.
James Peacock, JD ’94, LL.M. ’20, joined Greenberg Traurig as a shareholder in the firm’s health care and FDA practice in the Dallas office.
S. Tyler Scheuerman, JD ’94, with the Scheuerman Law Firm PLLC, has been appointed to the new San Antonio Bar Foundation Fellows Program.
Jeff Rambin, JD ’94, was appointed to the Sixth Court of Appeals Place 2 by Governor Greg Abbott. Jeff is currently a partner at the Nacogdoches firm of Fairchild, Price, Haley & Smith LLP.
Bart McKay, JD ’95, has been promoted to Senior Vice President, General Counsel at McLane Company, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary based in Temple, Texas.
Julia V. Taylor, JD ’97, recently joined Armstrong Teasdale as partner in the corporate services practice group in Philadelphia and Washington, DC.
Ryan S. Holcomb, JD ’98, a partner in Bracewell’s Houston office and chair of the firm’s power practice, has been elected to serve a three-year term on the firm’s management committee.
Lindsay Nickle, JD ’98, serves as a vice chair of the Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete LLP Cyber Team and practices in Dallas.
Laura Hilton Hallmon, JD ’99, Chair of the Labor and Employment Law practice group of Cantey Hanger, was named to the 2022 & 2023 “Fort Worth 400” list as one of 400 North Texas business leaders.
Brandon Jones, JD ’00, has returned to Haynes Boone LLP in Fort Worth as a partner working in the firm’s business planning and tax practice.
Robin Scott Fadal, JD ’01, was recently promoted to Assistant General Tax Counsel/Administrative Tax Officer at Chevron Phillips Chemical.
Jonathan P. Grady, MD, JD ’03, is a Cataract and Corneal Specialist with the Brazosport Eye Institute in Lake Jackson, Texas.
Michele C. Spillman, JD ’04, with Phillips Murrah PC in Dallas, has been elected as a new Director for the firm.
Kimberly Williams, JD ’05, has joined the Labor and Employment Practice Group of O’Melveny & Myers LLP as a partner in the Dallas office. She has been recognized among the “Best Lawyers in Dallas” by D Magazine.
Justin Hill, JD ’07, has been elected President of the San Antonio Trial Lawyers Association (SATLA) for 2023.
Mitch Mitchell III, JD ’10, is now board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Estate Planning and Probate Law. Mitch practices in Nacogdoches, Texas.
Adam Arrington, JD ’12, is a staff attorney for the Second Court of Appeals in Fort Worth, Texas.
Andy Jones, JD ’13, serves on the Board of Directors for the Dallas Bar Association and the Dallas Trial Lawyers Association.
Saba Syed, JD ’13, a Partner at Bell Nunnally in Dallas, has been selected to the 2023 “Fellows Program” class for the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD)—an organization comprised of more than 400 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners dedicated to building a more open and diverse legal profession.
Katie Beaird, JD ’14, has been elevated to partner at Bell Nunnally in Dallas. Katie assists employers in all aspects of labor and employment and related workplace litigation.
David Hammack, JD ’14, a commercial litigator, has been elected a shareholder at Hallett & Perrin in Dallas.
T.J. Jones, JD ’15, is Partner at Crawford Wishnew Lang in Dallas.
Micah L. Satterwhite, JD ’16, has been promoted to Partner at Sloan, Hatcher, Perry, Runge, Robertson & Smith (“the Sloan Firm”) in Longview, Texas. Micah is actively involved in the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, in which he serves as the chair-elect for 2023 of the Advocates Board, a group within the Association composed of attorneys who have been members of the Association for ten years or less. In 2024, Micah will serve as chair of the Advocates Board. He currently serves as president of the Gregg County Bar Association and volunteers his time as a judge of the Longview Teen Court.
Brooke Blackwell, JD ’19, has joined Rainwater Holt Sexton in Little Rock, Arkansas focusing on personal injury.
Elaine Moore, JD ’22, has joined the Healthcare Practice Group at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP in Dallas.
Jessie Nelson, JD ’22, has joined the Healthcare Practice Group at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP in Dallas.
L. Glenn Stewart, JD ’52, Full Obituary
Jimmie Darrell Oglesby, JD ’66, Full Obituary
Hon. Charles “Kit” Cooke, III, JD ’70, Full Obituary
John “Richard” Wilson, JD ’72, Full Obituary
John Ernest Smith, JD ’80, Full Obituary
Brenda Evelyn Brockner, JD ’91, Full Obituary
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