Rocket Docket | June 2019

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June 2019
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Baylor Law Assistant Dean Honored with State Bar of Texas 2019 Pro Bono Coordinator Award

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Joe K. Longley, Immediate Past President of the State Bar of Texas, presents Stephen Rispoli with the State Bar of Texas 2019 Pro Bono Coordinator Award.

Stephen Rispoli, JD '12, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Pro Bono Programs at Baylor Law has been awarded the Pro Bono Coordinator of the Year Award by the State Bar of Texas, an honor presented to an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to the delivery of, and access to, legal services for the poor. . . Full Story

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Waco City Councilman Dillon Meek Named the 2019 Baylor Young Lawyer of the Year

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Waco City Councilman Dillon Meek (2nd from right) celebrates with
Dean Brad Toben (R) and the Meek family.

Waco attorney and District IV Waco City Councilman Dillon Meek, JD '10, has been named the Baylor Young Lawyer of the Year. Meek received the award from Baylor Law Dean Brad Toben at the City Council meeting at the Waco Convention Center's Bosque Theater, on Tuesday, June 18th. . . Full Story

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Tatiana Terry of Campbell Law School Wins the 2019 Baylor Law Top Gun National Mock Trial Competition

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Tatiana Terry of Campbell University's Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law was declared the winner of "Top Gun X," Baylor Law's special tenth anniversary edition of the Top Gun National Mock Trial Competition. . . Full Story

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Engineering and the Law: A Powerful Combination Creates a Unique Case File for Top Gun X

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Baylor University School of Engineering Professor Joe Donndelinger used his extensive engineering and design experience to create a realistic analysis of the design of a bike part, and 3D printed pieces, for use by advocates throughout Baylor Law's Top Gun X National Mock Trial Competition. . . Full Story

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Baylor Lawyer AJ Jameel Leads the Way in Billion Dollar Esports Industry

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Recent Baylor Law graduate AJ Jameel, JD '19, is the first Baylor Lawyer in history to graduate with the ambition of being an "esports attorney." Esports is an exciting new industry with a desperate need for legal counsel. . . Full Story

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Waco Tribune - Veterans' Voices: Arthur Stelley

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The Waco Tribune highlights the life of veteran, and Baylor Lawyer, Arthur Stelley, JD '49. . . Full Story

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For more information, please visit, e-mail Katie Casper, or call 254.710.4346.

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Whether you're looking for a summer clerk or full-time attorney, someone experienced or right out of school, the Baylor Law 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.

Thomas A. Forbes, JD '75, has joined the regulatory and government group of the Butler Snow office in Austin. He has been recognized by Best Lawyers for administrative/regulatory law and government relations practice since 2007 and as Austin's government relations practice "Lawyer of the Year" in 2017.
Steve McConnico, JD '76, was named 2019 Trial Lawyer of the Year by TEX-ABOTA. Steve has been an active and ardent supporter of ABOTA and TEX-ABOTA for more than 30 years. He served as the president of TEX-ABOTA in 1997, and president of the Austin chapter from 1993-95.
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.
Charles Olson, JD '79, was named to the Board of Trustees of Southwestern University. He also serves as the president of the Southwestern Alumni Association.
Andy Messer, JD '85, announced that north Texas-based Messer, Fort & McDonald has merged with Austin-based Akers & Akers. Andy has more than 28 years of municipal legal experience.
Jeffrey T. Nobles, JD '86, joined Husch Blackwell's Houston office as a partner. He works with the firm's technology, manufacturing and transportation industry group, and its commercial litigation practice group.
Hon. Kevin R. Sweazea, JD '88, was nominated to serve as Judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico. Kevin is currently serving as Magistrate Judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico. Before being selected as a Magistrate Judge in 2017, Judge Sweazea served as a Judge on New Mexico's Seventh Judicial District Court since 2001, including ten years as Chief Judge.
David Schulze, JD '90, was recently appointed as the first executive level Chief of Staff for Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART).
Eric Hill, JD '96, was appointed to the Board of Directors for Light Engine Design Corporation and will serve as Chief Executive Officer for the company.
Melanie Okon, JD '99, has joined the complex litigation and employment law teams of Munck Wilson Mandala in Dallas.
Heath Cheek, JD '06, with Bell Nunnally & Martin, was recognized as one of D Magazine's "Best Lawyers Under 40 in Dallas."
Bruce Wilkin, JD '06, joined Shackelford Bowen McKinley & Norton LLP to open their new Houston office. Wilkin handles trials and appellate cases in the practice areas of energy, environmental, and insurance disputes.
George Gutierrez, JD '07, joined Reed Smith LLP as a partner in its recently opened Dallas office. He handles transactions in the oil and gas space, with a focus on exploration and production and midstream companies. He helps companies with acquisitions and divestitures and assists banks in their deals with E&P entities.
Casie Rivas, JD '08, founded the firm Rivas Law, PLLC in Sherman, Texas. Rivas Law specializes in business, transactional, corporate, and health law.
Jessica Kirker, JD '10, was named as Employment Relations Counsel for Torchy's Tacos in Austin
Jeanine Novosad Rispoli, JD '11, has been elected to serve as District 9 Director for the Texas Young Lawyers Association's Board of Directors.
Lauren Renee Sepulveda, JD '11, has been sworn in as the President of the Hidalgo County Young Lawyers Association and has been re-elected to serve as District 13 Director for the Texas Young Lawyers Association's Board of Directors.
Veronica Lynn Sepulveda, JD '11, has rejoined the Hidalgo County Criminal District Attorney's Office Felony Division.
Leah Maxwell Graham, JD '13, was named to the Top 40 under 40 roster of Texas civil plaintiff trail lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers. She was also recognized as a 2019 Texas Rising Star. Leah is with Hicks Thomas LLP in Houston.
In Memoriam
Hon. William Arthur Thomas Jr., JD '52, Full Obituary
Donald J. Baker, JD '64, Full Obituary
Frank P. Dickson Jr., JD '65, Full Obituary
Jack Randall Crews, JD '83, Full Obituary
September 2019

September 10, 2019
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Hosted by Burford & Ryburn, LLP
500 North Akard, Suite 3100
Dallas, Texas 75201

September 17, 2019
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Hosted by Whitaker Chalk Swindle & Schwartz PLLC
301 Commerce Street, Suite 3500
Fort Worth, Texas 76102

September 26, 2019
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Hosted by The Hudgins Law Firm
24 Greenway Plaza, Suite 2000
Houston, Texas 77046

October 2019

October 3, 2019
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Hosted by Jackson Walker LLP
100 Congress Ave., Suite 1100
Austin, Texas 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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