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March 2018
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Professor Tom Featherston, JD '72, Awarded the Terry Lee Grantham Memorial Award by the Texas Bar Foundation

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The Terry Lee Grantham Memorial Award was endowed through the Texas Bar Foundation in 2014 by Terry Lee Grantham's family and friends. This award is made annually to an outstanding Texas lawyer. "In addition to Professor Featherston's outstanding work as a teacher and a scholar and his dedication to mentoring our students in their pro bono estate planning for veterans, he has personally served as the supervising attorney for over 100 wills at Baylor Law's Veterans Clinic over the past few years and was the driving force behind expanding the service to first responders. His lifetime of service to the State Bar, his long-time work crafting legislation, his high profile influence in his field, and his recent legacy of serving veterans and first responders made for a compelling application," said Dean Brad Toben.

Bridget Fuselier, JD '98, Professor of Law and Executive Director of the Veterans Clinic, and Joshua Borderud, JD '09, Director of Baylor Law's Veterans Clinic, Trial Advocacy Clinic, and Estate Planning Clinic, shepherded the nomination process. Professor Featherston will be honored in June at the Texas Bar Foundation dinner held in conjunction with the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting.

Baylor Lawyer, Lewis R. Sifford, JD '72, Receives American Board of Trial Advocates Lifetime Achievement Award

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The American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) presented its highest honor—the Lifetime Achievement Award—to Baylor Lawyer and former ABOTA National President Lewis R. Sifford, JD '72. Sifford is a former president of the Baylor Law Alumni Association. . . Full Story

Leadership Article by Dean Leah Witcher Jackson Teague, JD '85, Published in Texas Bar Journal

Feature Story 6 Image As one of the longest-serving associate deans of an American law school, Dean Teague teaches Leadership Engagement and Development (LEAD) at Baylor Law. Dean Teague is an acclaimed leader in the community and legal profession. Her complete article, "Lawyers as Leaders: Community Engagement and Leadership Benefit All," as published in the February 2018 issue of the Texas Bar Journal, can be read here.

Stay tuned for the Spring issue of Docket Call magazine which will feature more on Baylor Law's leadership initiatives.

Baylor Law Professor Featured on KWBU-FM Radio Show

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Laura Hernández, professor at Baylor Law, is the co-founder of the Baylor Law Immigration Clinic and a leading expert in the experiences of new immigrants to the United States. In this episode of Baylor Connections, she talks about serving immigrants in Central Texas, and the broader impact of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) requests. . . Listen Here

Baylor Law Takes First Place at Pace National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition

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Beating more than 50 teams from around the country, the Baylor Law team of Josh Dunegan, Morgan Blair, and Price Brannen were named National Champions at the 2018 Jeffrey G. Miller National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition. . . Full Story

Baylor Law Client Counseling Team Takes Second Place at ABA Regional Competition

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The Baylor Law Client Counseling Team of Jess Gambrell, Marylynn Smitherman, and Brenda Carrillo took second place at the ABA Regional Client Counseling Competition on the Tampa, Florida campus of the Western Michigan University-Cooley Law School. . . Full Story

Baylor Law Teams Excel at Multiple Competitions

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Baylor Law students score several strong showings in competitions held February 23-25: National Champions at at the 2018 Pace National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition; runners-up in two separate regional Transactional LawMeets; third place and best speaker at the Elliott Cup Regional Moot Court competition. . . Full Story

Baylor Law Student, Shaina Hayes, Receives Community Meritorious Service Award from Baylor University Police Department

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Baylor Police Department Chief, Brad Wigtil surprised student Shaina Hayes, 3L, with a Community Meritorious Service Award following a four-month internship with the department where she worked in partnership with human resources, general counsel, and the department's Accreditation Board, the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, to completely revamp the department's Policy and Procedures manual. . . Full Story

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Register today to participate in 2018's Fall On-Campus Interview program, taking place August 9-17 and October 5, 8-9. 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!

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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.

Everett J. "Ebb" Grindstaff, JD '54, stepped down as Ballinger City Attorney after serving for more than 60 years. Grindstaff was likely the longest serving city attorney in the state's history. Grindstaff will continue to work in his private law practice.
Lewis Sifford, JD '72, was presented the American Board of Trial Advocates' (ABOTA) highest honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award. The ABOTA award honors those whose leadership efforts have advanced the preservation of the right to trial by jury guaranteed by the Seventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Sifford is the founding officer of Sifford, Anderson & Company in Dallas and a longtime ABOTA member. He was admitted into the invitation-only association in 1990 and has been active ever since, including serving as President of the Dallas chapter in 1994, President of TEX-ABOTA in 1999, and National President in 2007. He is the ninth recipient of this award in the organization's 60-year history.
Justin Presnal, JD '93, joined the complex litigation group at Simmons Hanly Conroy.
David Toney, JD '96, partner and construction team leader, has been named partner in charge of the Adams and Reese LLP office in Houston.
Christopher B. Trowbridge, JD '98, partner with Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP in Dallas, has been elected chairman of the board of the Thanks-Giving Foundation. The non-profit group owns and operates Thanks-Giving Square, an urban oasis in the heart of downtown Dallas which opened in 1976 as the city's first public-private partnership designed to inspire gratitude and honor the great American and world traditions of Thanksgiving. Trowbridge was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in 2017 and 2018, honored as a "Texas Super Lawyer" from 2013 to 2017, and previously named in "Legal Leaders on the Rise" and "Litigator of the Week" by Texas Lawyer. He is a recent chairman of the board for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas, a member of the Communities Foundation of Texas Advisory Council, and a member of the Dallas Regional Chamber, Southern Dallas Task Force.
Rebecca Briggs King, JD '00, has been named partner at Tracey & Fox Law Firm in Houston.
A. Ann Ratnayake, JD '09, Managing Director of the National Center for Child Abuse Statistics and Policy in Washington, DC, was selected as a national Presidential Leadership Scholar (PLS) for the Class of 2018. PLS brings diverse leaders together to collaborate as they learn about leadership through the presidential experiences of George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Lyndon B. Johnson. Members are selected based on their leadership growth potential and the strength of their personal leadership projects aimed at addressing community or industry problems and improving the civic or social good.
Anne L. Idsal, JD '10, was appointed regional administrator for Region 6 (Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Texas, and 66 Tribal Nations) of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Idsal joined the agency having spent her career working for the Texas state government in helping shape environmental and land policy for the state.
Hunter Lewis, JD '10 with the family law boutique Orsinger, Nelson, Downing & Anderson in Dallas, has been appointed to the Committee for Qualified Judiciary (CQJ), a non-profit with a mission to advance a competent, fair and impartial judicial system by deciding whether candidates are qualified based on merit, not political party. Lewis has earned selection to the Texas Super Lawyers listing each year since 2013, was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America guide in 2016, and is a member of The National Advocate: Top 40 Under 40.
Jennifer Salim Richards, JD '11, received the Rising Raggio Award from the Dallas Association of Women Lawyers. The annual honor is presented to an individual who has demonstrated the highest level of professionalism while making significant contributions to the advancement of women attorneys.
Tiffany P. Means, JD '13, joined the Oil and Gas/Energy Section at Kelly Hart in Midland, TX.
In Memoriam
Louis Oliver Satterfield, Jr., LLB '60, Full Obituary
Terry Glen Betenbough, JD '66, Full Obituary
April 2018

April 19, 2018
Hosted by Gray, Reed & McGraw LLP

April 24, 2018
5:30-7:00 p.m.
City Club of Fort Worth
Hosted by Kelly Hart

May 2018

May 8, 2018
Hosted by Cain & Skarnulis PLLC

May 15, 2018
Hosted by Chamberlain Hrdlicka

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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