Rocket Docket | July 2019

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July 2019
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Director of Employer Relations and Engagement

Baylor Law is seeking a new Director of Employer Relations and Engagement as Daniel Hare is leaving his position in the fall to launch his own business. The Director will work with Asst. Dean Angela Cruseturner and the Career Development team and will be responsible for cultivating relationships with legal employers for the benefit of our students and alumni in achieving their career objectives.

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 creativity, versatility, and results. A Baylor Lawyer who is already knowledgeable with the program, culture, and mission of Baylor Law is preferred.

The Director works with lawyers throughout the state and beyond, with a primary focus on the largest Texas cities. Meaningful day travel and some occasional overnight travel is required.

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

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Benefit to Support Baylor Lawyer Battling Cancer

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A benefit to support Baylor Lawyer Ty Drury, JD '18, and his family will be held Saturday, Aug. 10, at Stephenville City Park under the big pavilion and Sunday, Aug. 11, at Lonestar Arena in Stephenville, Texas. In May 2018, just days before his graduation from Baylor Law and only 26 at the time, Ty was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer. . .

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Baylor Law Again Ranks Highly in Law School Graduates Hiring Report

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Baylor Law’s 2018 class ranks 21st in the nation for employment according to an analysis of American Bar Association (ABA) data by Almost 85% of the 2018 graduates from Baylor Law were employed in what is considered the "gold standard" category of positions requiring a bar license roughly 10 months after finishing their studies. . . Full Story

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Baylor Law Mourns the Passing of Legal Aid Legend Bill Kimble

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William "Bill" Kimble, photo courtesy of Rod Aydelotte, Waco Tribune-Herald

William "Bill" Kimble, JD '69, of Waco, Texas, passed away on June 14th, 2019. He was born on September 14th, 1945, in Uvalde, Texas, to Gussie and Paul Kimble. He graduated from Baylor University with his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1967 and his Juris Doctor in 1969 and worked for more than 25 years at Lone Star Legal Aid, where he dedicated his life to providing legal representation, education, and advocacy to underserved communities in Texas. . . 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.

J. Mark Lawless, JD '80, with McGuire Woods, will be honored by Texas Lawyer with the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Professional Excellence Award on September 18 at the Belo Mansion in Dallas.
Brett Flagg, JD '83, was appointed by Governor Greg Abbott to serve on the board of directors for Texas Mutual Insurance Company.
Jay Condie, JD '88, was sworn in as the new DeWitt County attorney on July 1. He follows Baylor Lawyer Ray Reese, JD '84, who served as county attorney for 25 years.
David Pfeuffer, JD '91, joined three other attorneys to create the New Braunfels practice of Langley Banack & Pfeuffer. Pfeuffer has practiced law in New Braunfels for 26 years and focuses on real estate and business transactional matters and litigation involving a broad variety of commercial matters, family law, and trusts and estates.
Patricia Sherman Bruce, JD '95, joined Jackson Walker LLP in Austin.
Vickie L. Driver, JD '00, joined Crowe & Dunlevy as a director in the firm's Dallas office. She is a member of the Bankruptcy and Creditor's Rights, Corporate and Securities, Healthcare, and Indian Law and Gaming Practice Groups. Driver is a board member of the International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation, co-founder and inaugural president of the DFW Association of Young Bankruptcy Lawyers and former chair of the Dallas Bar Association's Bankruptcy Section.
Aimee Guidry Szygenda, JD '00, joined Lillard Wise Szygenda PLLC as Of Counsel. She handles commercial and general litigation matters in both state and federal courts.
Eric Carl Nordstrom, JD '02, was elected Vice President of the Board of Governors of The Center for Pursuit, a Houston-area nonprofit dedicated to achieving choice, growth, and independence for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Traylor Rains, JD '04, was named Chief Operating Officer for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.
Anne Idsal, JD '10, is serving as Acting Assistant Administrator for the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
Nicholas A.F. Sarokhanian, JD '10, with Holland & Knight, will be honored by Texas Lawyer with the 2019 On the Rise Professional Excellence Award on September 18 at the Belo Mansion in Dallas.
In Memoriam
Everett J. "Ebb" Grindstaff, JD '54, Full Obituary
Jimmy Jack Hatcher, JD '60, Full Obituary
William "Bill" Kimble, JD '69, Full Obituary
Christopher Edward Lane, JD '78, 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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