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January 2019
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Baylor Law to Host People's Law School Feb. 9

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Free and open to the public, the People's Law School offers a half-day curriculum featuring volunteer attorneys and legal experts who teach courses designed to educate members of the community about their legal rights and to make the law “user friendly.” Established and organized in 2005 by Professor Pat Wilson, the People's Law School has become an annual event for the benefit of the Central Texas community.

In addition to courses on topics such as elder law, wills and estate planning, family law, veterans' rights, and traffic stops, new courses this year include: Birthright Citizenship and the Fourteenth Amendment, The Mueller Report: What's Next?, The Criminal Justice System and Plea Bargains, and Understanding Gun Trusts and Other Gun Regulations. . . Full Course List and Registration

The Nation's Best Transactional Law Students Compete at Baylor Law's The Closer

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Rajdeep Roger Bains of the University of San Diego School of Law and Westford Lang of the University of Colorado Law School are this year's winners of The Closer, the most challenging transactional law competition in the country. Finalists for this year's competition were John Adgent of the University of Tennessee College of Law and Roy Smith of the University of Mississippi School of Law. John Kyed of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law was chosen by his fellow competitors as the winner of the Professionalism Award. . . Full Story

Join Baylor Law and LEAD Counsel for the 3rd Annual Making a Difference Conference

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The theme of the third annual Making a Difference Conference is "Rising Up Against Injustice" and aims to inspire and equip attendees to become servant leaders and to put their own passions into practice.

Richard Muñoz, Assistant General Counsel for Buckner International, will address the importance of advocating for vulnerable populations followed by a panel discussion on challenging racial disparities moderated by Michelle Simpson Tuegel, Partner, The Simpson Tuegel Law Firm, PLLC and featuring Michael Heiskell, Senior Attorney, Johnson, Vaughn, & Heiskell, and Mark O'Mara, Founder, O'Mara Law Group.

Breakout sessions with Heiskell, O'Mara, and Tuegel will follow. Refreshments will be provided plus community involvement opportunities will be available.

Baylor law students will receive two dual professional and leadership development credits for attending the full conference.

This course has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of Texas Committee on MCLE in the amount of 3 credit hours of which 2 credit hours will apply to legal ethics/professional responsibility credit. . . RSVP HERE

Baylor Law's Executive LL.M. Candidates Complete Intensive On-Campus Session

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Baylor Law's Executive LL.M. in Litigation Management is the first LL.M. program that innovatively combines flexible online and in-person learning to allow working attorneys to continue practice while earning their advanced degree. Three times during the program, candidates engage in weeklong, intensive, on-campus sessions at the award-winning Sheila and Walter Umphrey Law Center at Baylor Law.

These sessions feature extensive personal interaction with leading litigation counsel from across the nation. During these intensive periods, students dive deeply into cutting edge strategy, work collaboratively with other candidates, faculty, and mentors, and hone their strategic skills. . . More Photos

Baylor Lawyer Advances in NBC's Titan Games

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Congratulations to Baylor Lawyer Derik Scott, JD '13, who advanced to NBC's Titan Games Championships and will compete in the season finale. Did Practice Court help prepare him for the intensity of the Titan Games? . . . Watch Video

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Register to participate in 2019's Spring On-Campus Interview program, taking place March 1, 4-5. 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. Student bidding begins February 4.

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!

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.

The Hon. Thomas Redwine, JD '71, was honored by the city of Van Alstyne, Texas, for more than 40 years of service. He is one of the longest-serving municipal judges for one city in the state.
The Hon. Dana Womack, JD '83, was appointed by Governor Greg Abbott to the Second Court of Appeals. She is a senior district judge in Ft. Worth and previously served as judge of the 348th Judicial District Court for 20 years. Judge Womack is board certified in Civil Appellate Law and Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Nelson Barnes, JD '91, a long-time prosecutor in Bell County, was named the first assistant district attorney in McLennan County. Nelson retired from Bell County with more than 26 years of service.
The Hon. Craig Bennett, JD '95, was recently named senior counsel focusing on regulatory litigation, regulatory compliance, and employment law for Enoch Kever PLLC, in Austin. Judge Bennett previously served as an administrative law judge for 19 years with the State Office of Administrative Hearings. He will continue teaching administrative law at The University of Texas Law School.
Britta Stanton, JD '02, is now the Trial Strategy Director at The Focal Point in Dallas.
Jaren Taylor, JD '07, was promoted to partnership with Vinson & Elkins LLP in Dallas. His practice focuses on two main areas: representation of utility and energy clients and eminent domain law.
Justin T. Scott, JD '09, has been elevated to partner of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings law firm. He is a member of the Litigation Practice Group in Houston and focuses on commercial litigation, specifically in the energy, construction and real estate fields. He also represents clients in the energy and heavy equipment manufacturing sectors in personal injury matters.
Stephen M. Boone, JD '10, was elected partner at Akin Gump. Stephen works on oil and gas matters as a member of the firm's energy practice in Houston and is board certified in Oil, Gas, and Mineral Law.
Brian Brisco, JD '10, has been admitted as equity partner at Cantey Hanger LLP in Ft. Worth. Brian's practice focuses primarily on health care litigation.
Lauren H. McDonald, JD '13, recently became an in-house attorney for Tarrant County College District.
Derik Scott, JD '13, managing attorney at the Law Offices of Derik Aspen Scott in St. Louis, is a competitor on Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson's Titan Games on NBC. The Games feature extreme athletes from across the country competing for a $100,000 championship award.
Phillip M. Gordon, JD '15, was recently promoted to litigation counsel at Holtzman Vogel Josefiak Torchinsky PLLC in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. His practice focuses on First Amendment, redistricting, and election-related litigation and appeals.
Jordan Hernandez, JD '18, joined the Scott Law Firm in Conroe.
In Memoriam
Harry Payton Wright, JD '54, Full Obituary
Atmar W. Davis, Jr., JD '63, Full Obituary
John Robert Saringer, JD '73, Full Obituary
February 2019

Celebrating Professor David Guinn's 80th Birthday
February 19, 2019
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Hosted Cameron Redding, PLLC
Roosevelt Library
311 Roosevelt Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78210

April 2019

April 4, 2019
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Hosted by Bell Nunnally
2323 Ross Avenue
Suite 1900
Dallas, TX 75201

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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