Rocket Docket | July 2018

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July 2018
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Baylor Law Announces the M. Stephen and Alyce A. Beard Chair in Business and Transactional Law

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Stephen, JD '73, and Alyce Beard generously funded The M. Stephen and Alyce A. Beard Chair in Business and Transactional Law. The endowment will support this faculty position in perpetuity, allowing Baylor Law to enhance practical training and scholarship in this critical discipline. Dean Brad Toben named Professor Elizabeth Miller as the chair's inaugural holder. . . Full Story

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Baylor Law Professor Tom Featherston Honored with Texas Bar Foundation's Terry Lee Grantham Memorial Award

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Baylor Law professor Tom Featherston, renowned attorney, educator, and legal expert in trusts, estate and marital property law, has been honored as a recipient of the Texas Bar Foundation's Terry Lee Grantham Memorial Award. Established to celebrate Grantham's life as a gifted and committed lawyer, the award is given to lawyers who exemplify the qualities of an accomplished, talented, and dedicated practitioner, and who demonstrate a passion for service. . . Full Story

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Baylor Law Congratulates the Honorable Elizabeth Ray, Recipient of the Sarah T. Hughes Women Lawyers of Achievement Award

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Baylor Lawyer, the Honorable Elizabeth (Peach) Ray, JD '78, was named the 2018 recipient of the Sarah T. Hughes Women Lawyers of Achievement Award by the Women and the Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. The award ''honors the accomplishments of women who have achieved outstanding recognition in their professional area and who, by doing so, have paved the way for success for other women attorneys. . . 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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Baylor Law's Titanic on Trial

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Baylor Law partnered with Baylor University's Mayborn Museum to host a five-day trial, "Titanic on Trial." Practice Court faculty and students led the trial and community volunteers served as jurors and witnesses. The Mayborn Museum is hosting the Titanic Artifact Exhibit through January 6, 2019. . . Full Story

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Baylor Law #33 Among the 204 ABA Accredited Law Schools in the 2018 Above the Law Top 50 Annual Rankings

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Ranking #33, Baylor Law is up seven spots from last year in the Above the Law annual rankings. . . Full Story

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John Eddie Williams, Jr., Inducted into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame by the National Trial Lawyers Association

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Legendary Baylor Lawyer John Eddie Williams, JD '78, has been honored by the National Trial Lawyers Association with induction into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame. Williams was one of five lawyers recognized during the Hall of Fame induction ceremony at a conference in Las Vegas in April 2018. . . Full Story

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Baylor Law Wins 2018 Texas Young Lawyers Association Moot Court Tournament

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Congratulations to Baylor Law students Max Brown, Haley Mowdy, Kyle Stone, and Ryan Owen (bailiff) for winning the 2018 Texas State Moot Court Competition sponsored by TYLA. . . 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 5-9. 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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Friday, September 21: Join the deans, faculty, staff, and fellow Baylor Lawyers for "Burgers and Blue Bell" at the home of Dean Brad and Beth Toben as we recognize members of the Class of 1968 and thank current Sustaining Lifetime Members and the Executive Committee of the Baylor Law Alumni Association.

Saturday, September 22: Cheer on your Baylor Bears! All Baylor Lawyers and their guests, as well as current Baylor Law students are invited to join Dean Brad Toben, Dean Leah Teague, faculty, and staff at the Sheila and Walter Umphrey Law Center for a tailgate prior to the Baylor vs. Kansas football game.

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

Director of Alumni Relations

Berkley Knas, Baylor Law's Director of Alumni Relations, has resigned from her role at Baylor Law in order to spend more time with her two small children. We greatly appreciate her years of dedicated service to Baylor Law and her many contributions to the Baylor Law team. We wish her the very best in this next season of her life - she will be deeply missed.

Berkley's resignation creates an immediate opening for a Director of Alumni Relations.

Joining the Baylor Law Team

Baylor Law is seeking applicants who can advance the tradition of outstanding Baylor Law alumni experiences and serve as a vital connection between Baylor Law and over 7,400 Baylor Lawyers. The Director of Alumni Relations is responsible for creating a broad array of strategies for meaningful interaction with alumni; developing and executing alumni events and programs for the Baylor Law alumni community; working on alumni publications and other communication vehicles to keep Baylor Law alumni informed and engaged with Baylor Law; and serving as an ambassador for Baylor Law to alumni, Baylor University constituents, and to the public.

See for yourself why Baylor has been named a "2017 Great College to Work For," by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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 a future issue of Rocket Docket.

Hon. Ruben G. Reyes, JD '90, presiding judge of the 72nd District Court, was elected chair of the Governor's Specialty Courts Advisory Council advising the governor on Texas Specialty Treatment Courts.
Kenda Dalrymple, JD '93, and Laura Diamond, JD '04, formed Dalrymple, Shellhorse, Ellis & Diamond, LLP in Austin. Dalrymple and Diamond practice administrative and health law.
Darin Beck, JD '96, was selected as the director of Police Training for the State of Kansas and the executive director of the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center.
Leane K. Capps, JD '96, a shareholder in Polsinelli's Dallas office, was selected as an honoree in the Dallas Business Journal's 2018 Women in Business Awards.
Tracie (Hobbs) Cason, JD '97, was elected to the Superior Court in Gwinnett County, Georgia. She will take office January 2019.
Vincent Allen, JD '’'99, of Carstens & Cahoon in Dallas, was elected as a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation.
Kevin T. Schutte, JD '01, joined the Dallas office Shapiro Bieging Barber Otteson LLP as partner. His practice focuses on general commercial and business litigation as well as arbitrations and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.
Angela Cruseturner, JD '02, assistant dean of career development at Baylor Law, was elected as a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. Cruseturner also was elected as a Regional Representative for the National Association for Law Placement.
Carrie R. Cappel, JD '07, was named the 89th President of the Junior League of Fort Worth for the 2018-2019 year. She is senior counsel in the commercial real estate section of Harris, Finley & Bogle, P.C.
Kathryn Childress, JD '12, joined the Dallas office of Lewis Brisbois as a member of the Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice.
Stephen Rispoli, JD '12, assistant dean of student affairs and pro bono programs at Baylor Law, was elected as a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation.
Kim Jones Penepacker, JD '13, was named partner with Mike Simpson, JD '77. The Bridgeport, Texas firm is now Simpson & Penepacker.
Monte James, Jr., JD '14, joined Winstead's Real Estate Development and Investments/Construction Practice Groups as an associate in the Austin office.
Lindsey Vanden Eykel, JD '14 of KoonsFuller in Dallas, was elected to the Board of Texas Young Lawyers.
In Memoriam
Cecil William Emerson, LLB '65, Full Obituary
Godfrey R. Sullivan, Sr., LLB '51, Full Obituary
William H. Roberts, LLB '67, Full Obituary
August 2018

August 16, 2018
Hosted by Zinda Law Group

September 2018

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

September 21-22, 2018
More Information and RSVP

October 2018

October 18, 2018
Hosted by Kelly, Durham & Pittard, LLP

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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