Rocket Docket | April 2018

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April 2018
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Baylor Law Ranks in Top Five in Trial Advocacy, #50 Overall in National U.S. News Rankings

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Baylor Law climbed into the Top 50 in U.S. News & World Report's "Best Law Schools" listing for 2019. In the law specialties rankings, Baylor Law's trial advocacy program remains one of the top five programs in the nation.

The U.S. News rankings of 194 law schools fully accredited by the American Bar Association are based on a weighted average of the 12 measures of quality. Data were collected in fall 2017 and early 2018. Specialty rankings are based solely on nominations by legal educators at peer institutions. . . Full Story

Baylor Law Student, Gracie Wood, Honored as "Law Student of the Year" by National Jurist Magazine

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Baylor Law's Gracie Wood was named one of National Jurist magazine's "Law Students of the Year." The designation recognizes Wood and 20 other law students from across the country who excel in leadership, focus, and commitment to justice.

Wood serves as the Executive President of the Student Bar Association, Executive Editor of Baylor Law Review, and President of the Public Interest Legal Society. Wood's true passion is advocating on behalf of abused and neglected children. She has served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for four years. Wood has contributed over 500 hours of pro bono services during her time at Baylor Law.

"Gracie Wood is the epitome of the Baylor Lawyer that we strive to foster—a service-oriented, hardworking leader committed to excellence," said Baylor Law Associate Dean Leah Teague, JD '85. . . Full Story

Deputy Criminal Chief of the Office of the Texas Attorney General Hosts Seminar to Combat Human Trafficking

Feature Story 6 Image Baylor Law and LEAD Counsel welcomed Kirsta Melton, Deputy Criminal Chief of the Human Trafficking and Transnational/Organized Crime Section of the Office of the Texas Attorney General, who shared information on human trafficking in Texas, and how to recognize the potential red flags and indicators of human trafficking. . . Full Story

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The Baylor Law Alumni Association fiscal year runs Sept. 1-Aug. 31. If you have not yet joined the BLAA this year or renewed your dues, please consider making your dues payment today.

All new Sustaining Lifetime Members and Lifetime Members who join by May 1 will be published in the Fall Docket Call alumni magazine.

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

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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.

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Docket Call, Baylor Law's alumni magazine, now features a special section called "Baylor Law Testimony." This section highlights sentiments and compliments from Baylor Lawyers about their experience at Baylor Law and the impact Baylor Law has had on their lives and careers.

For consideration, please submit your "Baylor Law Testimony" to We would love to hear from you!

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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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Join the deans, faculty, staff, and fellow Baylor Lawyers for a tailgate on the lawn of the Sheila and Walter Umphrey Law Center prior to the Baylor vs. Kansas football game.

For more information, please e-mail or call 254.710.8357.

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.

Len A. Wade, JD '87, joined Jackson Walker's Fort Worth office as a partner in the litigation group. His practice focuses on complex litigation, mediation and arbitration.
Rick V. Anderson, JD '07, shareholder at RMWBH PC in Houston, was elected as the chair for the Houston Bar Association's CLE Committee; elected as the board president for the ACA of Texas; reelected to serve a second term as the board president for the Epilepsy Foundation of Texas; will serve as the chair for the Epilepsy Foundation of Texas' annual gala; and has been selected for the seventh consecutive year as a Super Lawyers Rising Star.
Joel Towner, JD '12, with Beck Redden in Houston, was named as a 2018 Texas Rising Star by Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers.
Mark Altman II, JD '16, Lieutenant, US Navy JAG Corps, was recognized as Command Services Attorney of the Year. Altman volunteered at the Baylor Law Veterans Clinic while a student at Baylor Law.
In Memoriam
M. Wayne Cummings, JD '51, Full Obituary
Larry M. Cunningham, JD '74, Full Obituary
May 2018

May 8, 2018
Hosted by Cain & Skarnulis PLLC

May 15, 2018
Hosted by Chamberlain Hrdlicka

June 2018

June 21, 2018
5:30-7:00 p.m.
Marriott Marquis Houston

September 2018

September 4, 2018
Marriott Marquis Houston

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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