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August 2017
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Baylor Law Team Places Second at Texas Young Lawyers Association's (TYLA) State Moot Court Competition

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Congratulations to the Baylor Law TYLA state moot court team of Hailey Knab, Alex Oestreich, and Katy Thompson. The first-year Baylor Law team won second place at the state tournament that was held in conjunction with the 2017 State Bar Annual Meeting in Dallas. Knab also won the award for third best speaker.

Baylor Law Leads in Addressing Student Health and Wellness

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Baylor Law was recently recognized in an article published on for taking the initiative in addressing law students' health and wellness while preparing them for the practice of law. . . Full Story

Baylor Law Applauds Our Alumni Who Have Been Recognized by the Texas Bar Foundation and the State Bar of Texas

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Baylor Law applauds our alumni who serve in leadership roles for the Texas Bar Foundation and State Bar of Texas as well as those honored with awards!

2017-2018 Texas Young Lawyers Association
Incoming President: Baili Rhodes, JD '08, of West, Webb, Allbritton & Gentry, PC in College Station, Texas.

2017-2018 Texas Bar Foundation Board of Trustees
Incoming Chair: Cindy Tisdale, JD '95, of the Law Office of Cindy Tisdale in Granbury, Texas. Tisdale also is the incoming chair of the Family Law section of the State Bar of Texas.
Board of Trustee Member: Baili Rhodes, JD '08, of West, Webb, Allbritton & Gentry, PC in College Station, Texas, is the Texas Young Lawyers Association liaison to the Foundation Board.

2017-2018 Texas Bar Foundation Fellows Officers
Incoming Chair: Hon. Penny Roberts, JD '89, of the Tom Green County Court at Law #2 in San Angelo, Texas.
Outgoing Chair: Shannon Dacus, JD '94, of The Dacus Firm in Tyler, Texas.

Texas Bar Foundation Award Honorees
Outstanding 50th Year Lawyer Award: George E. Chandler, JD '62, founder, and chairman of Chandler, Mathis & Zivley, PC in Lufkin, Texas.
Terry Lee Grantham Memorial Award: Otway B. Denny, Jr., JD '73, Partner at Norton Rose Fulbright's Houston office.
Dan Rugeley Price Memorial Award: Robin Russell, JD '86, Managing Partner of law firm Andrews Kurth's Houston office.
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State Bar of Texas Board of Directors
Hon. Amos L. Mazzant, III, JD '90, of the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas, serves as the federal judicial liaison (term expires 2018).
Curtis Pritchard, JD '77, of Lummus, Hallman, Pritchard, and Baker, PC in Cleburne, Texas (term expires 2019).
David C. Kent, JD '78, of Drinker Biddle Reath, LLP in Dallas Texas (term expires 2020).

Leadership SBOT Program Awards
Andy Jones, JD '13, of the Sawicki Law in Dallas, Texas.
Brittany Johnson, JD '12, of Drinker Biddle Reath LLP in Dallas, Texas.

Waco-McLennan County Young Lawyers Association Partnership with Baylor Law Receives TYLA Award

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The Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA) awarded the Waco-McLennan County Young Lawyers Association first place in the Single Project Service to the Public category in recognition of the association's Pro Bono Challenge Program. The Pro Bono Challenge is a partnership with Baylor Law and encourages. . . Full Story

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Friday, September 22

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

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

Meet & Greet with President Linda Livingstone
3:00 - 3:45 p.m., The Baylor Club at McLane Stadium
(All Baylor Lawyers and guests invited)

Judicial Clerkship Reception
3:00 - 4:30 p.m., The Baylor Club at McLane Stadium, Second Floor Bar Lounge
Baylor Law School's 2017 judicial clerkship class invites Baylor Law judges, former judicial clerks, and current students to an informal gathering.

"Big-O"ccasion at George's
5:00 - 10:00 p.m., 925 Speight Avenue
Happy Hour and Fajitas at George's Banquet Hall
(All Baylor Lawyers and guests invited)

Saturday, September 23

Tailgating and Watch Party for the Baylor vs. OU game
Two Hours Prior to Kickoff, Baylor Law School
Join Dean Brad Toben, Dean Leah Teague, faculty, and fellow Baylor Lawyers on the back lawn of the Sheila and Walter Umphrey Law Center for Burgers and Blue Bell and tailgating.

Want to stay at the Law School and watch the game? Join us under the tent or inside the air-conditioned Student Lounge for a watch party. The Baylor vs. OU game, as well as other games, will be televised. Snacks will be provided.


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Looking for Baylor Law shirts, hats, mugs, and koozies? The Student Bar Association wants to help! Click here to see the SBA's latest Baylor Law items. Orders must be made by Wednesday, Sept. 6 at 4 PM.

For questions, please email current SBA President Gracie Wood.

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Register today to participate in 2017's Fall Session II On-Campus Interview program, taking place October 6th, 9th, and 10th. Session II focuses on small and mid-sized firms, government, and nonprofit employers. 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!

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.

Baylor family Mike Simpson, JD '77, Michelle Simpson Tuegel, JD '10, Andrew Tuegel, JD '10, Mackenzie Simpson Wallace, BBA, MTA, '07, JD '11, and Maryssa Simpson, BA '10 were featured in Super Lawyers. . . Read More
Thomas A. Forbes, JD '75, partner in Kemp Smith LLP's Public and Environmental Law Department, was named Best Lawyers' 2017 Austin - Government Relations Practice - Lawyer of the Year. Forbes also has been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers of America from 2007 to 2017.
Hank Judin, JD '80, was elected to his third term as director of the Texas Association of Specialty Courts.
Susan Morrison, JD '83, joined O'Hanlon, Demerath & Castillo in Austin. Morrison is a 30-year veteran of school law, employment law, legislative affairs, and community engagement, serving as general counsel to her education and commercial clients. She also serves as workforce trainer and workplace investigator for complaints of wrongdoing.
David E. Moore, JD '84, was named president of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA). With 3,100 members, the TCDLA is the largest statewide association of criminal defense lawyers in the country, as well as being the nation's oldest - now celebrating 46 years defending individual freedoms. Moore is a partner in the Longview firm Holmes, Moore, Waldron & Parrish, PLLC.
Robin Russell, JD '86, managing partner of Andrews Kurth's Houston office received the 2017 Dan Rugeley Price Memorial Award given by the Texas Bar Foundation. Russell is only the fourth woman to receive the award in its 23-year history and the first woman to receive the award in over ten years.
Lucy Ortiz Wilke, JD '96, was elected district attorney for the 216th Judicial District of Texas (Kerr and Gillespie counties). Wilke took office January 1, 2017. Prior to becoming the district attorney, she was a felony prosecutor for the 216th Judicial District for 20 years.
Jad Dial, JD '09, was promoted to partner of Weinberg Wheeler Hudgins Gunn & Dial in Atlanta, Georgia. Dial's practice focuses on premises liability, transportation, and legal malpractice.
Danielle Hatchitt, JD '11, joined Wesibart Springer Hayes LLP in Austin. Hatchitt has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of complex commercial disputes involving real estate, employment, fraud, trademark infringement, trade secrets, and non-competition agreements.
Adrienne Griffis, JD '12, joined the Little Rock, Arkansas firm of Dover Dixon Horne as an associate in the family law practice.
Mercedes Ordonez, JD '17, joined Weinberg Wheeler Hudgins Gunn & Dial in Atlanta, Georgia as an associate. Her practice focuses on construction litigation, healthcare, professional liability, and transportation.
In Memoriam
Hon. Wyatt H. Heard, JD '52 Full Obituary
C. Haden "Sonny" Cribbs, Jr., JD '64 Full Obituary
September 2017

September 1, 2017
Paloma Blanca Mexican Cuisine

Date and location TBD

September 22-23, 2017
For a detailed schedule of events, please click here

October 2017

October 24, 2017
Cedar Crest House
Hosted by Kelly, Durham & Pittard, LLP

October 24, 2017
Jack Ryan's

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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