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June 2018
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Baylor Law Hosts 9th Annual Top Gun National Mock Trial Competition

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Philip Pasquarello of Drexel University Kline School of Law was declared the winner of Baylor Law's 2018 Top Gun National Mock Trial Competition, one of the nation's most prestigious, invitation-only mock trial tournaments. Pasquarello persuaded a jury of experienced trial attorneys to return a verdict in his favor at the end of the competition's intense final round, beating out runner-up, Eric Fleddermann of University of Michigan Law School. . . Full Story

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Baylor Law Hosts Business Law Boot Camp and Criminal Law Boot Camp

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Baylor Law hosted the Business Law Boot Camp and the Criminal Law Boot Camp between the spring and summer quarters.

Now in its third year, the Business Law Boot Camp is an intensive, week-long course directed by Professor Elizabeth Miller, JD '85, and taught by practicing transactional attorneys. Specifically created for Baylor Law students interested in business transactions, the course offers a practical perspective on multiple aspects of business and its legal requirements and implications. Course material includes forming a business, commercial borrowing, raising capital, trademark and advertising issues, succession planning, selling a business, basic accounting, contract drafting, and negotiation skills. Participating students take part in networking events and supplemental opportunities for professional development and mentoring.

A special thank you to the Business Law Boot Camp underwriters, Kim and Bill (JD '77) Shaddock, and to the sponsors, Beard Kultgen Brophy Bostwick & Dickson; Haynes and Boone; and Greg Looser (JD '94) of Clarion Ventures, LLC.

The Criminal Law Boot Camp, directed by Professors James Wren, JD '80, and Elizabeth Fraley, JD '88, launched this year between the spring and summer quarters. The three-day course exposed students to a real-world view of the practice of criminal law. The faculty included prosecutors, defense lawyers, and judges. Throughout the course, students participated in lectures, panel discussions, and trial exercises. The trial exercises used the mock case Statesville vs. Everly, and students were assigned to the state or the defense. The breakout sessions were divided into state and defense and were designed to aid students in developing trial strategies for their respective side. The course also provided mentoring sessions from the distinguished faculty.

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The Seventh Court of Appeals Convenes at Baylor Law

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Three justices of the Seventh Court of Appeals, Amarillo, visited Baylor Law to hear oral arguments in three cases. The hearings, which were open to students and the general public, were held in the Jim Kronzer Appellate Advocacy Classroom and Courtroom in the Sheila and Walter Umphrey Law Center on the Baylor University campus. . . Full Story

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Baylor Law's Legal Mapmaker 2018 Teaches Law Grads How to Start a Law Firm and Reach Underserved Communities

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An effective solution to combat the access-to-justice gap, Legal Mapmaker is a collaborative program sponsored by every law school in the state of Texas as well as various other organizations in the legal profession. Designed by Baylor Law, Legal Mapmaker is a three-day series of workshops and seminars that instructs lawyers and recent law school graduates how to start their own law firms with overhead that is far less expensive than the norm. These newly-created firms have the ability to offer affordable legal services to traditionally underserved communities.

Legal Mapmaker 2018 will be held at Baylor Law and will feature more than 25 experts, 19 sessions, workshops, and personalized one-on-one coaching. An estimated 15-17 hours of CLE credit is also anticipated for the seminar.

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Dean Teague Among Founders of The Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Section on Leadership

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Over the past few years, Dean Leah Teague has been instrumental in the creation of the AALS Section on Leadership. This section promotes scholarship, teaching, and related activities that help prepare lawyers and law students to serve in leadership roles in their communities. Dean Teague currently serves as the Chair-Elect of the section. . .

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Baylor Law Welcomes Jay D. Rao to the Faculty as a Legal Writing Lecturer

Jay D. Rao is a graduate of Columbia Law School where he served as a research assistant to professors of contracts and mergers and acquisitions. He graduated with honors from the University of Texas, (the McCombs School of Business) with a B.B.A. Rao practiced corporate law at two firms in New York City. He also worked in investment banking at Credit Suisse. Most recently, Rao has served as an adjunct professor of law at UNT Dallas College of Law while also representing two start-up organizations in Dallas.

Rao's primary area of responsibility at Baylor Law will be teaching transactional drafting in the LARC 5 course. We look forward to Rao's arrival this August.

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Register today to participate in 2018's Fall On-Campus Interview program, taking place August 9-17 and October 5-9. 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 visit, e-mail, or call 254.710.8357.

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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.

Lewis Sifford, JD '72, received the Texas Trial Legend Award from the Dallas Bar Association.
Judge Sidney A. Fitzwater, JD '76, was recognized with the 2018 American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the Fifth Circuit.
Ruben G. Reyes, JD '90, was appointed by the Texas Supreme Court to the State Commission on Judicial Conduct for a six-year term.
Kevin Haney, JD '92, joined McGinnis Lochridge as partner in the Austin office. He will represent clients in the firm's electric energy practice. He will also represent clients in the real estate and corporate and business transactions practice areas out of the firm's new Decatur office.
Andy Payne, JD '94, of PayneMitchell Law Group, was named a Best Lawyer in Dallas by D Magazine. He has been recognized as a Best Lawyer in Dallas since 2008.
Elizabeth Carol Freeman, JD '97, joined the Houston office of Jackson Walker LLP as a partner in the bankruptcy practice group. She previously served as permanent law clerk to the chief bankruptcy judge for the Southern District of Texas. Freeman is board certified in business bankruptcy law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Butch Hulse, JD '99, joined the Commercial Litigation Practice Group at Dykema in San Antonio. Hulse served for nearly a decade as in-house counsel and later chief compliance officer with Acelity (formerly Kinetic Concepts, Inc.). He is a former shareholder with Cox Smith Matthews.
Derek Cook, JD '11, of Lynch Chappell & Alsup in Midland, was elected as a State Bar of Texas Director for District 16. He also was nominated as a Sustaining Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation.
James Ray, JD '11, was promoted to shareholder at Munsch Hardt in Austin. Ray is a member of both the environmental litigation and intellectual property litigation practices.
Stephen Rispoli, JD '12, assistant dean of student affairs and pro bono programs at Baylor Law, was elected president of the Waco-McLennan County Young Lawyers Association. Rispoli developed and actively administers the young lawyers' annual Pro Bono Challenge, the first local pro bono bar programming in recent history. The Challenge has garnered statewide awards from the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Young Lawyers Association, and the Texas Access to Justice Commission, and local awards from Lone Star Legal Aid.
Andrea M. Palmer, JD '13, joined Higginbotham in Forth Worth as a senior risk management analyst.
Travis L. Johnson, JD '14, joined BoyarMiller in Houston as a business litigation associate.
Justus Lindsey, JD '17, joined Naman Howell Smith & Lee in Waco as a litigation associate.
In Memoriam
Hon. Frank C. Price, JD '63, Full Obituary
Robert E. "Bob" Barron, JD '67, Full Obituary
Nancy Katherine Matchus, JD '81, Full Obituary
Frank Nevin Cremer Jr., JD '85, Full Obituary
July 2018

July 10, 2018
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Hosted by Hartline Dacus Barger Dreyer LLP

July 12, 2018
5:30-7:30 p.m.
The Petroleum Club

August 2018

Date TBD

September 2018

Held in conjunction with the Annual Judicial Educational Conference
September 5, 2018
7:00-8:30 a.m.
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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