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November 2017
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The Baylor Law Career Development Office extends a thank you to the following employers who participated in Session II of On-Campus Interviews. For information about hiring a Baylor Lawyer or providing an opportunity for our students, please contact Daniel Hare, director of employer relations and engagement, at or call 254.710.1210.

Adams & Graham, LLP

Cantey Hanger, LLP

Cokinos | Young

Collin County Criminal District Attorney

Cooper & Scully, PC

Corbett Gwilliam, PLLC

Dallas County Public Defender's Office

Francis & Totusek, LLP

Haltom & Doan

Holman Fenwick Willan, LLP

Law Offices of Joseph R. Gallo

Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, LLP

Naman, Howell, Smith & Lee, PLLC

Office of the Attorney General - Administrative and Legal Divisions

Office of the Attorney General - Child Support Division

Ryan Law Partners, LLP

Sico, Hoelscher, Harris & Braugh, LLP

Sommerman, McCaffity & Quesada, LLP

State Counsel for Offenders

Texas General Land Office

The Davis Firm, PC

The Dove Firm

United States Air Force JAG Corps

United States Attorney's Office - Eastern District of Texas

United States Marine Corps

Wagstaff, LLP

Wilson, Cribbs + Goren, PC

Baylor Law Graduates 13 New Baylor Lawyers

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Congratulations to our newest Baylor Lawyers! Baylor Law celebrated the graduation of 13 Baylor Lawyers on November 4, 2017. Welcome to the Baylor Law family.

Renson M. Abraham
Scott Zachary Bray
Carmen Rocio Castro
Gregory Bradford Cox
Hayley Ann Cutler
Erika J. Griffin
Nickelette Page Lotspeich
William Edward McMichael
Marykate Bartlett Moore
Megan Leigh Pepper
Nathaniel Thomas Rutherford
Chandler Marie Shirley
Caroline Wright

Meet Baylor Law School's First Female Graduate: Emeline Abood Jackson

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Emeline Abood Jackson grew up in Texas, though her grandparents came to America from the Syrian region in the late 1800s. She entered into Baylor Law School in 1924 as a “junior law student” (as they were known back then) along with 13 students and graduated in 1926. . . Full Story

The Future of Legal Advice is Here: Baylor Law Students and Texas Attorneys Deliver Pro Bono Legal Aid Through E-Portal

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Baylor Law partnered with Naman, Howell, Smith & Lee, PLLC to offer an innovative pro bono clinic—"Answer-a-Thon"—using the Texas Legal Answers website of the State Bar of Texas. The purpose of the clinic is threefold: to increase access to justice for low-income Texans; to provide law students with an opportunity to gain practical, real-life experience helping clients and working with experienced attorneys; and to remove barriers facing attorneys providing pro bono services. . . Full Story

Baylor2Baylor Law Program

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Each year, Baylor Law School selects six highly talented freshmen to join the Baylor2Baylor Law School Program. This program guarantees admission into Baylor Law provided students meet the academic criteria when they complete their undergraduate degree and apply to the Law School. Selection into the program carries with it a scholarship of $10,000 per academic year toward a Baylor undergraduate degree and at least $21,000 per academic year (3 quarters) toward a Baylor Law degree.

While these Scholars are completing their undergraduate degrees at Baylor, the Law School gets to know them by hosting events with Baylor Law faculty each semester. Recently, Professors Bridget Fuselier and Jim Underwood hosted a lunch for the Baylor2Baylor Law Scholars. Following lunch, the students observed a Practice Court mini trial.

Sic 'em, Baylor2Baylor Law Scholars!

Baylor Law and the Texas Young Lawyers Association Sponsor Unique Regional Legal Writing Competition

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The winners of Baylor Law's 2017 Ultimate Writer Regional Legal Writing Competition have been announced. Co-sponsored by the Texas Young Lawyers Association, the regional competition is exclusive to Texas law schools. The competition tests competitors' abilities to review a packet of materials and draft a real-world legal document based on the packet. . . Full Story

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.

Ron Bunch, JD '83, of Waxahachie, was appointed by the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors to the State Commission on Judicial Conduct for a six-year term.
Jana Litsey, JD '86, was named general counsel of Huntington Bancshares Incorporated. She will join Huntington from Bank of America, where she served in multiple leadership roles for more than 20 years. In her new role, Litsey will be only the third general counsel of Huntington.
JoAl Cannon Sheridan, JD '92, of Sheridan Barrett Coble and Andrae in Austin, is the 2017-2018 president of the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists. She also was named as one of the Top 50 Lawyers in Central and West Texas by Super Lawyer.
Christopher B. Townbridge, JD '98, of Bell Nunnally & Martin, LLP in Dallas, was named to the 2017 Texas Super Lawyers list for business litigation.
Kristy J. Orr, JD '03, will join Baylor as the University's new Board Professional. In this new role, Orr will provide advice, guidance and support to President Linda A. Livingstone and the Board to facilitate communication in a manner that enhances effective Board operations, governance and relationships among the Regents, senior administration and other constituencies of the University.
Hon. John Webster, JD '03, was unanimously elected by the judges of Kern County in California to serve as a subordinate judicial officer. He is assigned to the East Kern Division, primarily in the Ridgecrest, CA branch. He hears traffic, family law, small claims, and other civil matters by assignment and criminal matters.
Dustin Paschal, JD '05, of Simon Paschal PLLC in Frisco was honored for his firm being named by Frisco Style Magazine as the 2017 Best of Business Award for Giving Back to the Community winner.
Sean Hicks, JD '10, of the Dallas office of Thompson, Coe, Cousins & Irons was promoted to partner. Hicks is a member of the Litigation and Products Liability & Mass Torts sections.
Hunter Polvi, JD '12, joined Sayles Webner in Dallas as a commercial litigation attorney.
In Memoriam
James Ralph Horton, JD '61 Full Obituary
Hon. James Oldrey Mullin, JD '65 Full Obituary
Hon. James E. Crouch, JD '66 Full Obituary
Danny Allen Makowsky, JD '70 Full Obituary
C. David Porter, JD '71 Full Obituary
David R. Childress, Sr., JD '88 Full Obituary
November 2017

November 30, 2017
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

January 2018

January 11, 2018
5:30-7:00 p.m.
Hosted by Cantey Hanger

January 23, 2018
6:00-7:30 p.m.
Hosted by Drinker Biddle

February 2018

February 1, 2018
Hosted by Sheridan Barrett Coble and Andrae, PLLC

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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