Baylor Law Ranks #3 in Trial Advocacy, #51 Overall in National U.S. News Rankings
U.S. News & World Report ranked Baylor Law’s highly respected trial advocacy program #3 in the nation. Baylor Law also ranked #51—a four spot jump from last year—among fully accredited law schools in the "Best Law Schools" category of the magazine's 2018 edition of "Best Graduate Schools."
John and Marie Chiles Federalist Papers Lecture Series Brings Yale Law Professor Akhil Reed Amar to Baylor Law
Through the continued generosity of John and Marie Chiles, Baylor Law School hosts an annual lecture series on the Federalist Papers, to our knowledge the only lecture series of its kind in the nation. The lectures are free and open to Baylor Law students, Baylor undergraduates, the local bar, and the public. On Feb. 17, Yale Law School Professor Akhil Reed Amar, one of America's leading Constitutional scholars, spoke on "Probing the Minds of Hamilton, Madison & Jay: The Guidance of the Federalist Papers." Full Story
Baylor Law Faculty Speak at 179th Annual Meeting of The Philosophical Society of Texas
On Feb. 17-19, The Philosophical Society of Texas held its 179th annual meeting in Waco, Texas. Seven members of the Baylor Law School faculty led sessions on various topics including trial by jury, the status and future of legal education, capital punishment, and the judicial system administration.
LEAD Counsel Inspires at Baylor Law's Inaugural Making a Difference Conference
On February 17th, Baylor Law's LEAD (Leadership Engagement and Development) Counsel hosted the inaugural Making a Difference Conference at the Sheila & Walter Umphrey Law Center. The purpose of the conference was to inspire students and young lawyers to use their legal training to make meaningful contributions to their communities. Congratulations to 1L Jenny Forgey for establishing LEAD Counsel and the inaugural conference and for all of the students who helped orchestrate a successful event! Full Story
Speakers for the Inaugural Conference Included:
Senator Kirk Watson
State of Texas Senator, Senate District 14
Congressman Chet Edwards
Former U.S. Congressman, House of Representatives District 17
Mayor Ken Shetter
Mayor, City of Burleson, Texas
Councilman Dillon Meek
Council Member, Waco City Council
Joe B. Allen
Attorney and Lobbyist (retired)
Lobbyist, HillCo Partners
Dean, Baylor Law School
Associate Dean, Baylor Law School
Director, Waco Foundation
Baylor Law Alumni Relations and Waco Community Leader
Baylor Law student and Founder, Golden Door Foundation
Baylor Law School Hosts 12th Annual People's Law School
On Feb. 11, Baylor Law School hosted the 12th annual People's Law School, which offered a half-day curriculum of courses designed to educate laypersons about their legal rights and to give "user friendly" overviews of several areas of the law. Full Story
New courses this year included:
- A Behind the Scenes Look at Jury Selection
- Taxation for the Self-Employed
- The Legislative Process: Statutes, Rules, and Executive Orders
A special thank you to Professor Pat Wilson for leading the People's Law School for the past 12 years!
Baylor Law Students Go Undefeated to Advance to the National Trial Competition
Under the leadership of Coach Robert Little, JD '05, Baylor Law student teams BB Sanford & Keshav Nair and Chris Arnell & Marcus Fifer competed in the National Trial Competition Regional in Dallas, TX, Feb. 3-5. Sanford and Nair remained undefeated over the weekend and advanced to the National Trial Competition. Arnell and Fifer, who were competing in their first law school mock trial competition, advanced to the quarter finals. Full Story
Kathryn Boatman, JD '08, Named ABA Outstanding Young Lawyer
Kathryn Boatman, JD '08, of Andrews Kurth Kenyon's Houston office, has received the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division's Wm. Reece Smith Jr. National Outstanding Young Lawyer Award. Full Story
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Hon. Steve Ables, JD '73, was reappointed by Gov. Abbott as the regional presiding judge of the 6th Judicial Region of Texas. The 6th Region is comprised of 27 counties stretching from Kendall County to El Paso County.
David C. Kent, JD '78, of Drinker Biddle in Dallas, co-chaired the Dallas Bar Association's (DBA) Equal Access to Justice Campaign, the DBA's largest fundraiser. The campaign raised a record $1.1 million. . . Read More
Keith Calcote, JD '81, was named associate general counsel and head of litigation for Motiva Enterprises LLC, a downstream joint venture between Shell and Saudi Aramco with an annual gross revenue of $50 billion in sales of refined products.
Greg White, JD '82, legal writing lecturer at Baylor Law, was selected as a 2017 Texas Super Lawyer for appellate law.
Thomas Klein, JD '84, was re-elected as managing partner of Bowman and Brooke's Phoenix office. Klein has more than 25 years of experience defending product manufacturers in complex product liability litigation, dealer and distributor termination litigation, and toxic tort litigation.
Debbi Goertz, JD '93, was appointed to the Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative's Board of Directors, where she will fill the vacant District 3 seat representing Bastrop County.
Laura Hilton Hallmon, JD '99, of Cantey Hanger LLP, in Fort Worth, was elected to the firm's equity partnership. Laura's practice focuses upon litigation of a variety. . . Read More
John LeJeune, JD '02, of the Zimmerman Law Firm in Waco, was presented with the 2016 Baylor Law School Veterans Clinic Advocate of the Year award. . . Read More
Mitchell Murphy, JD '02 rejoined Winstead PC as of counsel in the firm's Fort Worth office. He returns as a member of the Energy Law and Environmental Law Practice Groups.
Joshua C. Zive, JD '02, was elected senior principal of the Washington D.C. office of Bracewell LLP.
Shannon Rickett, JD '05, was named interim assistant vice president for government relations at the University of Louisville.
Katy Boatman, JD '08, of Andrews Kurth in Houston won the ABA National Outstanding Young Lawyer Award. . . Read More
Josh Borderud, JD '09, director of the Veteran's Clinic at Baylor Law and past president of the McLennan County Young Lawyers Association, was awarded the Lone Star Legal Aid Community Partner Award.
Stephen Rispoli, JD '12, assistant dean of student affairs and pro bono programs at Baylor Law School, was awarded the Lone Star Legal Aid Helping Hands Award.
Emily Cottingham, JD '13, joined the Office of the Inspector General as Litigation Associate Counsel.
Andrew Schrader, JD '07, of Beard Kultgen Brophy Bostwick & Dickson, LLP in Waco was promoted to partner.
Travis Gamble, JD '97, Jude Hickland, JD '08, Brittney Johnson, JD '12, David Kent, JD '78, George McCall, JD '77, Kristen Broyles Perry, JD '14, Neil Rambin, JD '79, Alan Vickery, JD '86, and Vance Wittie, JD '85, joined the Dallas office of Drinker, Biddle & Reath.
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