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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
3:30 - 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.
Please RSVP for this event to

"Big-O"ccasion at George's
5:00 - 9:00 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
Tailgate begins at 3:30 p.m. (5:30 kick-off), 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.

Parking at Morrison Hall on game day available to registered guests. Your registration and payment must be received by September 15 to receive a parking spot.


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September 1 marks the beginning of the fiscal year for the Baylor Law Alumni Association. Please considering renewing your membership or joining the Association.

Contributes at least $100 per year for five consecutive years.

Sustaining Fellow
Achieves the Fellow level and continues to contribute at least $200 per year for five consecutive years.

Lifetime Member
Status is achieved once $1,500 has been given.

Sustaining Lifetime Member
Continues to contribute $200 or more per year after becoming a Lifetime Member.

Membership dues can be paid online by clicking here or sent by mail. For a list of Sustaining Lifetime and Lifetime Members, please visit

If sending dues by mail, please make checks payable to "Baylor Law School" with "Baylor Law Alumni Association membership dues" in the memo line. Checks may be mailed to:
Baylor Law Alumni Association, One Bear Place #97026, Waco, Texas 76798

Questions? Contact

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Baylor Law's Legal Mapmaker Program Helps Young Lawyers Open Cost-Conscious Firms

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Baylor Law School founded its Legal Mapmaker program in 2016 on two primary goals: 1) help young lawyers launch successful and efficient law practices and 2) address the growing "access to justice" gap affecting more than 100 million Americans. This year's three-day program ran Aug. 16-18 in Fort Worth and was hosted by partner institution Texas A&M University School of Law. . . Full Story

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Baylor Law's Academy of the Advocate in St Andrews, Scotland

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Baylor Law hosted the annual Academy of the Advocate in St Andrews July 29-August 12. Students from Baylor Law and other law schools with top advocacy programs across the country joined the impressive roster of distinguished faculty for an intense, yet fun, two-week advocacy-focused summer abroad program.

Group Photo of Sr. Andrews participants

View more photos here.

To learn more about the program, visit the Baylor Law's Academy of the Advocate in St Andrews webpage.

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Professor Bridget Fuselier Selected as 2017-2018 Baylor Teaching Fellow

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Professor Bridget Fuselier is among ten Baylor University faculty members selected to serve as a 2017-2018 Baylor Teaching Fellow because of her excellence in teaching and desire to transform student through innovation. . . Full Story

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The Baylor Law Career Development Office extends a heartfelt thank you to the following employers who participated in Session I of On-Campus Interviews. If you are interested in participating in Session II of On-Campus Interviews, which will be held October 6, 9, and 10, please register online, call 254.710.1210, or contact Daniel Hare, director of career development and employer engagement at

47th District Attorney's

Andrews Myers, PC

Arnold & Itkin, LLP

Arnold & Porter Kaye
Scholer, LLP

Baker Botts, LLP

Baker, Donelson,
Bearman, Caldwell &
Berkowitz, PC

Beck Redden, LLP

Bell Nunnally &
Martin, LLP

Bergquist Law Firm

Bowman and Brooke, LLP

Bracewell, LLP

Burdett, Morgan, Williamson
& Boykin, LLP

Burford & Ryburn, LLP

Carstens & Cahoon, LLP

Clark County District
Attorney's Office

Cole Schotz, PC

Crowe & Dunlevy, PC

Davis, Gerald &
Cremer, PC

Decker, Jones,
McMackin, McClane,
Hall & Bates, PC

Dorsett Johnson &
Swift, LLP

Dykema Cox Smith

Engvall & York, LLP

Fish & Richardson, PC

Fizer Beck Webster
Bentley & Scroggins, PC

Foster, LLP


Gardere Wynne Sewell,

Gray Reed & McGraw,

Haley & Olson, PC

Hall Estill, PC

Harris, Finley &
Bogle, PC

Hartline Dacus
Barger Dreyer, LLP

Haynes and Boone,

Hiersche, Hayward,
Drakeley & Urbach, PC

Hogan Lovells US,

Holland & Knight,

Husch Blackwell,

Jackson Walker,

K&L Gates, LLP

Kelly Hart &
Hallman, LLP

Kirkland & Ellis,

Law Office of M.
Bryon Barnhill,

Lloyd Gosselink
Rochelle &
Townsend, PC

Locke Lord, LLP

Lone Star College

Lopez Law Group,

McCathern, PLLC

McDermott Will
& Emery, LLP

McDonald Sanders,


McMahon Surovik
Suttle, PC

Munsch Hardt Kopf
& Harr, PC

Nix, Patterson &
Roach, LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright

Osborne, Helman,
Knebel & Scott, LLP

Patterson & Sheridan,

Phelps Dunbar, LLP

Pirkey Barber, PLLC

Polsinelli, PC

Porter Hedges, LLP

Reed Smith, LLP

Scherr Legate, PLLC

Scott Hulse, PC

Serpe Jones Andrews
Callender & Bell, PLLC

Sico, Hoelscher, Harris
& Braugh, LLP

Simpson Thacher &
Bartlett, LLP

Slater Matsil, LLP

Sprouse Shrader
Smith, PC

The Lanier Law
Firm, PC

Thompson & Knight,

Thompson, Coe,
Cousins & Irons, LLP

Underwood Law
Firm, PC


Waller Lansden Dortch
& Davis, LLP

Walters, Balido &
Crain, LLP

Ware, Jackson, Lee,
O'Neill, Smith &
Barrow, LLP

Weinberg Wheeler
Hudgins Gunn &
Dial, LLC

Zinda Law Group, PLLC

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Baylor Law Graduates 34 New Baylor Lawyers

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Congratulations to the 34 graduates who officially became Baylor Lawyers during the Summer 2017 commencement ceremony. Professor Rory Ryan was selected by the class to deliver the commencement speech and Professors Bridget Fuselier and David Guinn were selected by the class to hood the graduates.

Special thanks to Dr. Linda Livingstone who presided over her very first commencement as Baylor University President! View more photos on Baylor Law's official Facebook page.

Juris Doctor Degrees Conferred July 29, 2017

Brandi Marie Addison

Catherine Susan Bartles

Andrew Steven Bird

Roger David Bishop

Brittney Abbatiello Bramlett

Christopher David Brinser

Rachel A. Buchhorn

Brittany Nicole Bunch

Brittany Gail Cleere

Virginia Elizabeth Hysell Cox

Michael Joseph Crowe

Robert Jackson Decker

Taylor Jeffrey Diamond

Jonathan Cole Emert

Victoria Sawyer Feather

Lauren Ashley Fetty

Aileen Marie Glaeser

Savanna Rain Griffith

Johan-Charls Jarden Holter

Sarah Michelle Holub

Daniel Willard Hopper

Matthew James Johns

Chi Young Kim

Kristi Kneedler

Tara LeDay

Erin Ruth Lovejoy

Melanie D. Medina

Jack M. Olsen

Michael Stephen Perez

Christopher James Ratway

Mark Thomas Ratway

Andrea Noel Seffens

Mitchell James Thrower

Bin Wang

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Baylor Law Welcomes 87 Students to the Fall 2017 Class

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Quick Facts for the Fall 2017 Starters:
46 females and 41 males
26% Ethnically Diverse
2 Military Veterans
46 Undergraduate Institutions from 21 States

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.

John L. "Lin" McCraw, JD '91, of the McCraw Law Group in McKinney, Texas, is the current president of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association (TTLA). McCraw previously served as legislative vice president of the TTLA.
Bryan O. Blevins Jr., JD '90, of Provost Umphrey Law Firm, LLP in Beaumont, was selected to Texas Super Lawyers list by Thomson Reuters for the 15th year. He also was recently interviewed for Law360's Plaintiff's Bar Perspective. Blevins also served as president of the TTLA in 2015.
Glenn W. Cunningham, JD '90, of the Law Offices of Glenn W. Cunningham in San Antonio, Texas, is the current president-elect of the TTLA. He was elected to serve as president of TTLA for 2018.
Bruce Oakley, JD '89, managing partner of the Houston office of Hogan Lovells, has been elected as The Americas representative on the firm's board.
Richard E. Stanley, Jr., JD '99, of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP in Indianapolis, Indiana, was elected to the firm's partnership. Stanley is a member of Taft's Intellectual Property and Litigation groups and focuses on patent prosecution and litigation in the mechanical and electrical arts.
Matthew Matheny, JD '03, of Provost Umphrey Law Firm, LLP in Beaumont, was selected to the 2017 Texas Super Lawyers list by Thomson Reuters.
Leslie L. Hunt, JD '04, shareholder at Decker Jones PC, was elected to serve as the vice-president of membership for the Junior League of Fort Worth. In this capacity, she will serve on the Junior League's Board of Directors. Hunt also was selected as a "Top Attorney" in two categories (Business Law and Wills, Estates & Probate Law) by 360 West Magazine.
Tom Jacob, JD '09, was promoted to partner at Whitehurst, Harkness, Brees, Cheng, Alsaffar, Higginbotham & Jacob, PLLC in Austin.
Ronnie Turner Jr., JD '10, of Provost Umphrey Law Firm, LLP in Beaumont, had a 2016 premises liability verdict named to the Top 100 Texas Verdicts 2016. Turner's verdict was ranked #80 overall and #5 for premises liability. Turner also was named a 2017 Texas Rising Star, and he was named to the Up & Coming 100 list by Thomson Reuters.
Lauren Renee Sepulveda, JD '11, assistant criminal district attorney for Hidalgo County, Texas, was elected to serve as Texas Young Lawyers Association Director for District 13. She also received the 2017 Rising Advocate in Government Law Award from the Government Law Section of the State Bar of Texas.
Ryan Luna, JD '16, an associate with the Carlson Law Firm in Waco is serving as Mission Waco's volunteer legal assistance coordinator. Beyond his own legal work, he will serve in this role to support Mission Waco's effort to serve the poor and marginalized who cannot afford and need legal assistance to help them overcome barriers to employment, housing, and personal dilemmas that impede their lives.
Taylor Thompson, JD '16, joined Provost Umphrey Law Firm, LLP in Beaumont as an associate.
In Memoriam
Gov. Mark Wells White Jr., JD '62 Full Obituary
Thomas "Tom" Mulford Diamond, JD '57 Full Obituary
Steve L. Hurt, JD '57 Full Obituary
William Ralph "Bill" McKinney Jr., JD '71 Full Obituary
David Allen Leon, JD '85 Full Obituary
Gwen Gist, JD '04 Full Obituary

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