Rocket Docket | March 2019

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March 2019
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After 19 years with Baylor University, and the last seven with Baylor Law, Susan Wommack, the Law School's Senior Director of Development, is retiring. Susan has worked closely with so many of our Baylor Lawyers throughout the years and we are forever grateful for the impact she has had on our school. Baylor Law would not be what it is today without her. Susan and her husband Chris will still be in Waco and look forward to spending more time with family and friends as well as running into many of you at Baylor events.

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Director of Development

In the wake of Susan Wommack's retirement, Baylor Law is seeking a new Director of Development. The Director is an employee in Baylor University Advancement, but is officed in the Law Center and works closely with Dean Brad Toben and the Baylor Law team. The Director has the responsibility and privilege of raising funds and nurturing philanthropic support for Baylor Law.

There are several qualification factors. The Director must possess strong relational skills and be a self-motivated, results-driven thinker. The position blends interpersonal skills, relationships, and friendships with processes and metrics, with the goal of guiding Baylor Law alumni and friends forward in their giving and resource support of Baylor Law. A Baylor Lawyer who is already knowledgeable with the program, culture, and mission of Baylor Law is preferred.

The Director works with alumni and friends throughout the state and beyond. Meaningful day travel and some occasional overnight travel is required. The Director must be able to work effectively, in tandem with Dean Toben and independently. In addition to soliciting major gift commitments, the Director works with University Advancement and the Baylor Law team on annual fund gifts, deferred/estate gifts, annual endowment reports, donor recognition and stewardship, and other duties as assigned

See for yourself why Baylor has been named a "2018 Great College to Work For," by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

New York Times Best-Selling Author and Historian Evan Thomas Speaks at Baylor Law

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Baylor Law welcomed Evan Thomas, historian, journalist, and New York Times best-selling author, and special guest Judge Jennifer Walker Elrod of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, as they discussed his most recent biography, First: Sandra Day O'Connor. Drawing on exclusive interviews and first-time access to Justice O'Connor's personal archives, Thomas shared an intimate and captivating biography of the first female justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. . . More Photos

Baylor Law Rises in 2019 U.S. News Law School Rankings

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Baylor Law is now ranked at #48 within the "Top 50" in U.S. News & World Report's 2019 edition of "America's Best Graduate Schools." This marks the second consecutive year of ascent for Baylor Law, the only Texas law school to achieve this goal. In 2018, Baylor Law ranked #50 in the same ranking. There are 203 ABA-accredited law schools in the nation. . . Full Story

Baylor Law Federalist Society Welcomes Solicitor General of Texas Kyle Hawkins

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Texas Solicitor General Kyle Hawkins joined Baylor Law Professor Ron Beal in a thought-provoking conversation about the "Death of Administrative Law as We Know It." The discussion focused on a pending Supreme Court case that could reset the balance of power in regulatory interpretation. . . More Photos

The 'Godfather' Turns 80

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Baylor Law celebrated the 80th birthday of "The Godfather" Prof. David Guinn during a San Antonio Baylor Lawyer Network Reception and an intimate gathering in the Law School student lounge. Prof. Guinn is now in his 53rd year of teaching at Baylor Law. . . More Photos

Baylor Law Students Help Lawyers Prepare for Arguments Before the TX Supreme Court

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Baylor Law students Carson May, Molly Maier, and Tori Coates assisted a lawyer from the Waco firm of Scanes & Routh prepare for an argument before the Texas Supreme Court. The case, Worsdale v. City of Killeen, Texas, involved the issue of requirement of. . . Full Story

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Whether you're looking for a summer clerk or full-time attorney, someone experienced or right out of school, the Career Development Office stands ready to assist you. You can post a job on our website or contact the Career Development Office at or 254.710.1210 to discuss your specific need. Hire a Baylor Lawyer Today!

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.

Robin Russell, JD '86, was named deputy managing partner for Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP. The accomplished attorney has held many titles throughout her 33-year run with the firm. She previously served as managing partner of the Houston office, and for many years co-chaired its national bankruptcy and restructuring practice.
Jenny McCumber, JD '93, has been appointed to the Los Alamos Community Foundation Board of Directors. She also serves on the Los Alamos School Board and is a board member of the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation.
Sydney B. Hewlett, JD '97, was appointed by Governor Greg Abbott as Judge of the 18th District Court in Johnson and Somervell Counties. She serves as the chairman of the Cleburne Business & Standards Commission.
Matthew Nielsen, JD '01, has joined the white collar defense group as a partner in the Dallas office of Bracewell LLP. Matthew has over 17 years of experience defending corporations, corporate executives and employees, and securities industry professionals in civil and criminal investigations, as well as securities investigations and litigation. He represents U.S. and international clients on matters related to federal and state securities laws, U.S. export controls and sanctions laws and regulations, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, whistleblower complaints, accounting fraud and healthcare fraud.
Jennifer Adams, JD '02, has joined Hogan Lovells' Houston office as a partner in its Environment and Natural Resource practice. Jennifer joins the firm from Koch Companies Public Sector, where she served as chief counsel of litigation for eight years leading large teams focused on environmental matters that involved complex interplay between legal, regulatory, commercial, governmental, and public stakeholders.
Calvin Cowan, JD '03, a partner at Sanderford & Carroll, P.C. in Temple, Texas, was one of seven attorneys that earned board certification in Construction Law in 2018 as determined by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Allison Dickson, JD '07, was selected as this year's Rising Star by the Girl Scouts of Central Texas.
Danielle Ahlrich, JD '09, has been selected as one of five finalists for the legal category of Austin Under 40, which recognizes Austinites under 40 who demonstrate professional excellence and a commitment to community service. She is with Martens, Todd, Leonard & Ahlrich in Austin.
Jennifer Salim Richards, JD '11, has been named a partner with Stanton LLP in Dallas.
Scott W. Weatherford, JD '11, has been elected partner at Jackson Walker (Austin). His trial practice focuses on trade secret, intellectual property, and technology-related commercial disputes. Scott advocates on behalf of Fortune 500 companies, start-ups, and local business owners in state courts, federal courts, arbitrations, and administrative agencies across the state.
Andee L. Hartig, JD '12, has been elected partner at Jackson Walker in Austin. She represents public and private companies, real estate investment trusts, real estate investment funds and institutional real estate investors as sellers, purchasers, developers, and equity investors in the acquisition, development, debt and equity financing, management, leasing, and sale of improved and unimproved real estate. Andee's experience includes multi-asset portfolio acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures, and the acquisition and disposition of real estate assets through various corporate and partnership structures.
William P. Dunne III, JD '15, has joined the Dallas office of Shapiro Bieging Barber Otteson LLP as an associate and a litigator in the firm's Banking & Financial Services and Insurance practice areas.
Ryan Sinclair, JD '16, was appointed District Attorney for the 355th Judicial District in Hood County. He previously served as the first assistant district attorney and is an adjunct professor at Southwestern Adventist University. He is president and former vice president of the Hood County Bar Association and a member of the State Bar of Texas, National District Attorneys Association, Texas District & County Attorneys Association, and the American Bar Association. He is board treasurer of the Paluxy River Children's Advocacy Center, board member of the Hood County Children's Charity Fund, and a member of Leadership Granbury. Additionally, Ryan is a former board member of Preserve Granbury and the Waco Historic Landmark Preservation Commission.
Hannah Brewer, JD '17, recently joined the Dallas District Attorney's Office as an Assistant District Attorney. Her article entitled "Expungement in Texas" (2019) was accepted for publication in the South Texas Law Review, Volume 60, Issue 2, and she was invited to present the article at the South Texas Law Review's 25th Annual Symposium: Ethics in Criminal Law.
In Memoriam
L. Lloyd MacDonald, LLB '57, Full Obituary
Leslie B. Vance, JD '65, Full Obituary
Hon. Albert LeRue Dixon III, JD '70, Full Obituary
James E. Cummins, JD '80, Full Obituary
April 2019

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

April 12, 2019
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Hosted by the Baylor Law Alumni Association and the Baylor Public Interest Legal Society
Baylor Law School
1114 S. University Parks Drive
Waco, TX 76706

April 23, 2019
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Hosted by Scott Douglass & McConnico
303 Colorado Street
Suite 2400
Austin, TX 78701

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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