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January 2018
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Join Baylor Law and LEAD Counsel at the 2nd Annual Making a Difference Conference

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With the goal to inspire law students and lawyers to use their legal training to make meaningful contributions to their communities, this year's conference will encourage and equip attendees to become servant leaders and to put their passions into practice.

The conference will feature the Hon. Nathan Hecht, Chief Justice for the Supreme Court of Texas, addressing the state of access to justice in Texas, Shannon Sedgwick Davis, CEO of Bridgeway Foundation and Kirsta Melton, Deputy Criminal Chief of the Office of the Texas Attorney General, discussing combating human trafficking, and a keynote address by Professor Jim Gash, Director of the Global Justice Program at Pepperdine Law School. A reception will immediately follow.

Baylor law students will receive two dual professional and leadership development credits for attending the full conference.

This course has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of Texas Committee on MCLE in the amount of 3 credit hours of which 2 credit hours will apply to legal ethics/professional responsibility credit. . . RSVP HERE

Winners Announced for Baylor Law's Second Annual National Transactional Law Competition, The Closer

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On January 11-14, students from ten of the most accomplished transactional law programs in the country gathered at Baylor Law to participate in the 2018 Transactional Law competition: The Closer. . . Full Story

Baylor Law School Recognizes 2017 Advocates of the Year at the Waco-McLennan County Bar Association Veterans Day Luncheon

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Baylor Law School recognized retired Air Force Lt. Col. Jack Rochelle and Christie Ryan, JD '08, of Dunnam & Dunnam as its 2017 Advocates of the Year at the Waco-McLennan County Bar Association Veterans Day luncheon on Nov. 10.

The annual award is given to the Baylor Law School Veterans Clinic volunteer lawyer or lawyers who go above and beyond in pro bono legal service to veterans and to veterans' spouses over the past year. The luncheon was sponsored by a grant from the Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. . . Full Story

Baylor Lawyer, Joshua Van Eaton, JD '01, named Federal Employee of the Year

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Joshua Van Eaton, JD '01, attorney for nine years with the Department of Justice, earned a Federal Employee of the Year award from the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals. Van Eaton was the lead attorney on a team that litigated and negotiated a $4.3 billion settlement with Volkswagen in connection with vehicle emissions control requirements.

Baylor Law Family Shares Christmas Joy with Local Elementary School Children

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Baylor Law's Waco ISD Adopt-A-School, Bell's Hill Elementary, is an inner-city school where almost 100% of the children qualify for free or reduced lunch. For the sixth consecutive year, the Student Bar Association (SBA) partnered with Valley Mills H-E-B Plus! to raise money for new Christmas gifts for approximately 900 children. This year SBA hosted a faculty auction where students bid on exciting auction items donated by faculty such as dinner at faculty members' homes, dog walking and dinner with the dean, and more.

For many years, the Law School also has hosted the Bell's Hill Christmas Choir for a luncheon at the Law School. The Bell's Hill choir serenades the Baylor Law family, and following their performance, the Law School provides the children with a holiday feast. The annual Christmas performance exposes many students to Baylor's campus, and provides the students with a warm, filling meal. Hopefully, at least one of these sweet students will become a Baylor Bear!

A special thank you to Meredith Meyer, who serves as Baylor Law's special events coordinator, office manager, and assistant to the associate dean, and the faculty, SBA officers, and law students who graciously shared their time and resources to deliver Christmas joy to children in need.
Baylor Law @ Bell's Hill | Bell's Hill Choir

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We need volunteers at this year's ABA Regional Client Counseling Competition! Saturday, February 17th. Opportunities are available at 8am (Prelims), 12pm (Semi-finals) and 2.30pm (Finals). To volunteer or for more information, contact

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Register today to find your next Baylor Law clerk or graduate at our Spring On-Campus Interview program, taking place February 23, 26 and 27. 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 Baylor Law's
Career Development Office at 254.710.1210.
Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you!

Congratulations to the Winners of Baylor Law's 2017 Ultimate Writer Intrascholastic Legal Writing Competition

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When tested to draft a real-world legal document based on a packet of materials and writing prompt, Baylor Law students shine. Baylor Law's Ultimate Writer Intrascholastic Legal Writing Competition offers a pool of cash prizes totaling $5,000, plus interview opportunities for a clerkship with prestigious appellate law firm Kelly, Durham & Pittard, LLP in Dallas, Texas.
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Congratulations to the winners!

1st Place: Kurt Metscher
2nd Place: Bray Bergstrom
3rd Place: Patrick Kelly

Honorable Mention:
Ali Mosser
Aryanna Bradford

Kate Harrison Is Baylor Law's Fall 2017 'Mad Dog' Champion

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Baylor Law student Kate Harrison is the latest Baylor Law "Mad Dog," after winning the Fall 2017 Bob and Karen Wortham "Mad Dog" Mock Trial Competition. Fellow student Matthew Hinojosa was the finalist, and students Cameron Cano and Claire Dykeman were the semi-finalists. The Hon. Nicole Mitchell of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas served as the final round's presiding judge. . . More Photos

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.

Roy Stacy, JD '74, received the Dallas Bar Association Morris Harrell Professionalism Award. This award is presented annually to the "attorney who best exemplifies, by conduct and character, truly professional traits who others seek to emulate and who all in the bar admire" in memory of Morris Harrell, JD '42.
David C. Kent, JD '75, received a Presidential Citation from the Dallas Bar Association for his meritorious service.
John Penn, JD '82, was named firm-wide chair of Perkins Coie's Bankruptcy & Restructuring practice.
Lori Givens Little, JD '88, was named president and chief executive officer of National Affordable Housing Trust.
Elizabeth Ingram Carlyle, JD '95, was named vice president and general counsel of Vision Source, the largest alliance of independent optometrist in the North America.
Laura Hallmon, JD '99, of Cantey Hanger, was selected as a 2017 Top Attorney in Fort Worth by Fort Worth Magazine.
Brian K. Carroll, JD '02, of Sanderford & Carroll, P.C. in Temple, Texas, was selected to the 2017 Texas Super Lawyers list for construction litigation. He also was in the first class of board certified construction law attorneys in Texas in 2017.
Stephen Mason, JD '03, joined Munck Wilson Mandela, LLP, in Austin, Texas, as senior counsel in the Intellectual Property group.
Taylor Kilway, JD '14, joined Winstead's Houston office focusing on labor and employment matters.
James Muela, JD '17, joined Bell Nunnally's commercial litigation group. Prior to joining Bell Nunnally, he served as an intern for U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Manske of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas.
In Memoriam
Leslie August Rasner, JD '50 Full Obituary
Paul Thomas Jones, JD '71 Full Obituary
Hon. Joseph Harold O'Bryan, JD '73 Full Obituary
Jay C. Bobbitt, JD '75 Full Obituary
Galen Robert "Bob" Alderman, Jr., JD '79 Full Obituary
February 2018

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

April/May 2018

April 17, 2018
Hosted by Kelly, Durham & Pittard LLP at the Cedar Crest House

April/May 2018 (Date TBD)
Hosted by Chamberlain Hrdlicka

April 2018 (Date TBD)
Hosted by Kelly Hart

May 2018 (Date TBD)
Hosted by Cain & Skarnulis 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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254.710.8357 |

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