November 2018

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 law_alumni@baylor.edu, for inclusion in the next issue of Rocket Docket.

The Hon. Dabney Bassel, JD '82

The Hon. Dabney Bassel has been appointed by Governor Greg Abbott to the Second Court of Appeals in Fort Worth, Texas.




Judy R. Hodgkiss, JD '86

Judy R. Hodgkiss of the Moore Law Firm, LLP, in Paris, Texas, has been inducted into the Paris Junior College Academic Hall of Honor Class of 2018.




Kris Algert, JD '88

Kris Algert of GoransonBain Ausley in Austin, Texas, has been named a Best Lawyers® Lawyer of the Year in the field of Family Law Mediation. This is the sixth time Algert has been recognized by her peers for her leadership in the field of family law, collaborative family law, and mediation.




The Hon. Charles Spain, JD '88

The Hon. Charles Spain has been elected to the 14th District Court of Appeals in Houston, Texas. He will be sworn in January 1, 2019. Spain has served as an associate municipal court judge for the City of Houston since 2010.




The Hon. Ruben G. Reyes, JD '90

The Hon. Ruben G. Reyes, Presiding Judge of the 72nd District Court in Lubbock, Texas, has been awarded the Judge Goldstein Hall of Fame Award by the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP). The award is presented by the NADCP for "preeminent contribution to the treatment court field." Judge Reyes was also inducted into the NADCP's Hall of Fame.




Jonathan Bates, JD '93

Jonathan Bates of Kinser & Bates, LLP in Dallas, Texas, has been selected to the national Board of Governors for the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He is currently the Treasurer for the State Bar of Texas Family Law Section and was past president of the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists.




The Hon. Christopher R. Wolfe, JD '98

The Hon. Christopher R. Wolfe has been appointed by Governor Greg Abbott to the 213th Judicial District Court in Tarrant County.




Celeste C. Lawton, JD '01

Celeste C. Lawton of Norton Rose Fulbright in Houston, Texas, has been elected as a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). The ACTEC is a national organization of approximately 2,600 lawyers with extensive experience in both the preparation of wills and trusts, estate planning, and probate procedure; and the administration of trusts and estates. Membership is peer-elected and candidates must have a minimum of 10 years' experience in the practice of probate and trust law and/or estate planning.




Wesley L. Bowers, JD '07

Wesley L. Bowers of Fizer Beck in Houston, Texas, has been elected as a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). The ACTEC is a national organization of approximately 2,600 lawyers with extensive experience in both the preparation of wills and trusts, estate planning, and probate procedure; and the administration of trusts and estates. Membership is peer-elected and candidates must have a minimum of 10 years' experience in the practice of probate and trust law and/or estate planning.




Ben Howell, JD '09

Ben Howell has been named an associate at Los Angeles law firm Sklar Kirsh LLP. He serves in the firm's Corporate practice, focusing on complex corporate transactions representing technology and media companies, private equity sponsors, and sports franchises.