Rocket Docket | May 2019

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May 2019
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Lewis R. Sifford Named 2019 Baylor Lawyer of the Year

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Lewis R. Sifford, accomplished trial lawyer and founding officer of Sifford, Anderson & Company, P.C. in Dallas has been honored by Baylor Law as its 2019 Baylor Lawyer of the Year. To honor Sifford, Baylor Law hosted a luncheon at the Belo Mansion. . . Full Story

Baylor Lawyers Receive Awards From Waco-McLennan County Young Lawyers Association

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During a luncheon hosted by the Waco-McLennan County Bar Association, Judge Vikram 'Vik' Deivanayagam, JD '93, was honored with the 2019 Outstanding Mentor Award, Vic Feazell, JD '79, was named one of two Outstanding Pro Bono Advocates, and Jason Milam, JD '09, was honored as Outstanding Young Lawyer. . . Full Story

Texas Senate Honors Baylor Lawyer Walter Umphrey

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The Texas Senate unanimously adopted a resolution honoring Baylor Lawyer Walter Umphrey, JD '65, for his legal accomplishments and philanthropic service to the people of Texas. Senate Resolution No. 641 was promoted by fellow Baylor Lawyer Senator Kirk Watson, JD '81. . . Full Story

Professor Matt Cordon Honored as Outstanding Professor by Baylor University

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Professor of Law Matt Cordon has been selected as one of only twelve Baylor University professors to be honored with Outstanding Faculty Awards for teaching, scholarship, and contributions to the academic community for the 2018-2019 academic year. . . Full Story

Baylor Lawyer Roland K. Johnson Honored by Texas Bar Foundation

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The Texas Bar Foundation has selected Baylor Lawyer Roland K. Johnson, JD '79, as the 2019 recipient of the 'Lola Wright Foundation Award,' for outstanding public service and the promotion of legal ethics. . . Full Story

Baylor Law's Legal Clinics Declare May First Responders Month

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Baylor Law's legal clinics are honoring the hard work, dedication, and sacrifices of McLennan County's law enforcement, firefighters, and emergency medical personnel by providing free estate planning services for active or retired full-time first responders and their spouses. . . Full Story

Baylor Law Announces Law Schools Participating in Top Gun X

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Baylor Law's Top Gun National Mock Trial Competition is an invitation-only mock trial tournament with a reputation as one of the nation's most prestigious and intense competitions. During this year's special 10-year anniversary event, dubbed Top Gun X, the best advocates from the nation's top 16 trial advocacy law schools will compete head-to-head in the winner-take-all tournament. . . Full Story

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Did you know? Baylor Law offers alumni mentoring to its graduating students still looking for that first job. If you are looking for a way to give back that requires little time but has major impact, please contact for more details and to sign up for our Home Stretch Mentor Program.

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.

Ike Vanden Eykel, JD '73, was named by Texas Super Lawyers as one of the Top Ten Attorneys in Texas for the fifth consecutive year. He is CEO of KoonsFuller, the largest Family Law firm in Texas.
Roland K. Johnson, JD '79, is the recipient of the 2019 Lola Wright Foundation Award from the Texas Bar Foundation. The Lola Wright Foundation Award, established in 1985, is presented in memory of Coleman Gay, who was a distinguished Texas lawyer who exemplified the highest standards of professional ethics. The award is presented in recognition of outstanding public service in advancing and enhancing legal ethics in Texas.
Jerry Clements, JD '81, has been selected to serve as chair of the Baylor University Board of Regents. Clements is a partner in the international Dallas-based law firm Locke Lord LLP. She served as chair of the firm from 2006 to 2017, overseeing two mergers and an increase in annual revenue from $222 million to $449 million.
Janice Davis, JD '86, a corporate attorney who focuses on mergers and acquisitions, primarily in the health care and technology spaces, has joined Morgan Lewis after almost 20 years with Bracewell.
Jeffery T. Nobles, JD '86, recently joined Husch Blackwell as a partner in the Houston office. A well-known and respected member of the appellate bar, Nobles joins the firm's Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation industry group and its Commercial Litigation practice group. He is board certified as a Civil Appellate Specialist by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He has appeared in Texas Super Lawyers since 2003 in its Civil Appellate Law category and was recognized in Top 100 Houston Super Lawyers in 2018.
Cristopher Farrar, JD '93, has joined Bradley Arant Boult Cummings' Houston office as a partner in the Construction Practice Group. Farrar focuses his practice on drafting construction, engineering, and architectural agreements, as well as service and operation-related contracts and oilfield transactions. He represents clients in a wide range of sophisticated and complex project development matters related to commercial, energy, oil and gas, power, renewable, manufacturing, chemical, pipeline, offshore, and infrastructure. He has extensive experience managing major matters involving capital improvements and large asset-based transactions ranging from $25 million to more than $8 billion. Farrar also frequently presents at conferences and seminars on topics related to risk allocation in construction contracts. Prior to joining Bradley, Farrar was a principal at Cokinos Young.
Artie Renee Pobjecky, JD '01, was honored with the Julie Pope Award by Girls, Inc. of Winter Haven, FL, at their 28th Annual "She Knows Where She's Going" luncheon. Girls, Inc. honored her for embodying their program's core values, serving as a viable female role model, and making great contributions to the community. Through her law firm, Pobjecky & Pobjecky Global Immigration Law, she has served as an advocate for many immigrants and has helped them achieve the American Dream of becoming United States citizens. She also serves as the immediate past chair of the Florida Lawyers Association.
Amanda G. Taylor, JD '04, received the 2019 Litigation/Appellate Attorney Award from the Travis County Women Lawyers' Association (TCWLA). Award recipients are nominated by their peers for their work merit, volunteer activities and the atmosphere they create in the workplace. Taylor is a board-certified civil appellate specialist who routinely represents clients in both district and appellate courts across Texas. Her practice areas are widely varied and include disputes regarding contracts, business organizations, employment, shareholders, fiduciaries, trusts, the Texas Citizens' Participation Act, fraud/misrepresentation, real property, franchise and sales tax, and consumers. She has been recognized by Super Lawyers as a Texas Super Lawyer for civil appellate practice every year since 2014 and was named as a Top 50 Central/West Texas Lawyer in 2018. Taylor is the current Chair of the Civil Appellate Section of the Austin Bar Association and has served on the ABA Board of Directors for the last four years.
Allison Dickson, JD '07, has been selected as a "Rising Star" by the Central Texas Girl Scouts (Women of Distinction).
Jessie Freud, JD '15, and Walter "Skip" Reaves of Waco will be honored by the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association with the Charlie Butts Pro Bono Award on Thursday, June 13 in San Antonio.
Chase Lalouette Taskred, JD '19, recently served as a judge for the Harker Heights Teen Court Competition, a program in which she had participated as a teen defender/prosecutor. She has also been selected to serve as a JAG attorney in the U.S. Air Force.
May 2019

June 13, 2019
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Hosted by Baylor Law Alumni Association
JW Marriott
110 E. 2nd Street
Austin, Texas 78701

June 18, 2019
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Hosted by Baylor Law Alumni Association
Stone Werks
5807 Worth Parkway
San Antonio, Texas 78257

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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