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July 2017
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Baylor Law Hosts the 2017 Top Gun National Mock Trial Competition

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Baylor Law hosted the 8th Annual Top Gun National Mock Trial Competition May 31-June 4. The mock case involved a plaintiff who filed a lawsuit to set aside an inter vivos gift and to recover personal property belonging to a decedent's estate. Jacob M. Morse of Campbell University, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law, was named "Top Gun." As the 2017 champion, Morse received a $10,000 prize given by Naman Howell Smith & Lee, PLLC and the title of the nation's "Top Gun" in mock trial competitions. . . Full Story

Baylor Law Ranks #22 for Graduate Employment and #19 for Federal Judicial Clerkship Placement in the Nation

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Baylor Law School ranked #22 for law schools that placed the highest percentage of 2016 graduates in full-time, long-term jobs that require bar passage and were not funded by the schools themselves. Baylor Law also ranked #19 for law schools that had the highest percentage of students accepted to federal judicial clerkships. . . Full Story

Professor Bridget Fuselier, JD '98, Receives the Colonel Bryan S. Spencer Award From the State Bar of Texas

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Baylor Law Professor Bridget Fuselier, JD '98, was honored by the Texas Military & Veterans Law Section of the State Bar of Texas with the Colonel Bryan S. Spencer Award during the 2017 State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting. Professor Fuselier founded the Baylor Law Veterans Clinic which helps provide legal assistance to a population of over 16,000 veterans in McLennan County and its surrounding areas. . . Full Story

The Baylor Law Alumni Association Welcomes Incoming Executive Committee Members and Officers

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Thank you to the following Baylor Lawyers who serve the Baylor Law Alumni Association. We extend a special thank you to our outgoing president, Anne Potts-Jackson, and outgoing Executive Committee Members, Laura Brown, Hon. Sam Cummings, Marilea Lewis, and Hon. Nicole Mitchell. The 2017-2018 Executive Committee was announced at the Baylor Law Alumni Reception held in conjunction with the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting June 22.

2017-2018 Baylor Law Alumni Association
Executive Committee Officers

President: Hon. Jeffrey Cureton, JD '93, Fort Worth
President-Elect: Ike Vanden Eykel, JD, '73, Dallas
Past President: Anne Potts-Jackson, JD '95, Belton
Secretary & Treasurer: Leah Witcher Jackson Teague, JD '85, Waco

Executive Committee Members
Hon. Jeffrey Cureton, JD '93, Fort Worth – term expires June 2018
Anne Potts-Jackson, JD '95, Belton – term expires June 2018
Don Jackson, JD '83, Houston – term expires June 2018
Shivali Sharma, JD '05, Texarkana – term expires June 2018
Monte F. James, JD '92, Austin – term expires in June 2019
Michelle Simpson Tuegel, JD '10, Waco – term expires in June 2019
Ike Vanden Eykel, JD '73, Dallas – term expires in June 2019
Cynthia Clack, JD '78, Odessa – term expires in June 2020
Robin Dubas, JD '88, Dallas – term expires June 2020
Dick Tye, JD '89, San Antonio – term expires June 2020

Outgoing Executive Committee Members
(terms expired June 2017)

Laura Brown, JD '92, Waco
Hon. Sam R. Cummings, JD '70, Lubbock
Marilea Lewis, JD '78, Dallas
Hon. Nicole Mitchell, JD '06, Tyler

Baylor Lawyers Gather During 2017 State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting

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Thanks to all the Baylor Lawyers and friends who attended for the Baylor Law Alumni Reception held during the State Bar of Texas 2017 Annual Meeting! View more photos on the official Baylor Law Facebook Page.

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Friday, September 22

Baylor Law Alumni Association Luncheon
Luncheon for the Baylor Law Alumni Association Sustaining Lifetime Members, Executive Committee Members, and 50th Year Baylor Lawyers
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
The Baylor Club at McLane Stadium

Ethics CLE at the Baylor Club
"Living an Impactful Life in the Law" Presented by Lewis Sifford, JD '72
2:00 - 3:00 p.m., The Baylor Club at McLane Stadium

Saturday, September 23

"Big-O"ccasion at George's
Happy Hour and Fajitas at George's Banquet Hall
5:00 - 10:00 p.m., 925 Speight Avenue

Tailgate on the River
Burgers and Blue Bell at the Law School Prior to
the Baylor vs. Oklahoma Football Game
Two Hours Prior to Kickoff, Baylor Law School


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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.

Ike Vanden Eykel, JD '73, managing shareholder and CEO of KoonsFuller, received the 2017 Alumni Achievement Award from Drake University, his undergraduate institution. Vanden Eykel is the president-elect of the Baylor Law Alumni Association.
Jeff Jury, JD '86, of Burns Anderson Jury & Brenner, LLP in Austin, was inducted as president of The International Academy of Mediators. Additionally, the firm, Burns Anderson Jury & Brenner, was included in the Austin Business Journal for the renovation of their offices, which includes a meticulously recreated mock courtroom.
Christopher W. Martin, JD '90, of Martin, Disiere, Jefferson & Wisdom, LLP in Houston, received the Garland R. Walker American Inn of Court 2017 Attorney Professionalism Award.
Professor Bridget Fuselier, JD '98, professor of law and executive director of the Baylor Law Veterans Clinic at Baylor Law School, received the Colonel Bryan S. Spencer Award from the State Bar of Texas Military and Veterans Law Section. Fuselier was presented with the award at the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting in June 2017. . . Read More
Rhonda Thompson, JD '01, was selected as a 2017 Best Lawyers by D Magazine
Eric Nordstrom, JD '02, of the Hudgins Law Firm in Houston, joined the board of directors of The Center, a Houston not-for-profit agency serving persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities through innovative programs and compassionate care.
Craig Stone, JD '03, senior counsel of Phillips 66, was named to World Trademark Review's inaugural "WTR 300," a list recognizing 300 individuals as the world's top corporate brand counsel. Stone also was named a 2017 Corporate IP Star by Managing Intellectual Property.
Michael Carruth, JD '06, of Klinedinst PC in Sacramento, California, was promoted to counsel. Carruth's practice focuses on civil litigation, with an emphasis on complex business and commercial disputes. He was named a Rising Star by Northern California Super Lawyers® in 2016 and a Top Lawyer for Commercial Litigation by Sacramento Magazine in 2015.
Danielle K. Herring, JD '03, of Littler in Houston, was elected as co-chair of the firm's ERISA and Benefit Plan Litigation Practice Group.
Leiza Dolghih, JD '06, joined the Dallas office of Lewis Brisbois as a partner in the Employment and Labor Practice.
Lauren Damen, JD '11, joined Winstead's Austin office as an associate in the Public and Regulatory Law and Environmental Law Practice Groups.
William King, JD '11, joined Feldman & Feldman PC in Houston as an associate attorney focused on commercial litigation.
Brittney Cooperrider, JD '13, joined Andrews Myers in Houston as an associate in the litigation section.
Katie Beaird, JD '14, joined Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP in Dallas as an associate.
In Memoriam
Michael Robbins Knox, JD '67 Full Obituary
September 2017

September 5, 2017
Marriott Marquis Houston

September 6, 2017
Marriott Marquis Houston

September 22-23, 2017
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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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