Rocket Docket | August 2019

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August 2019
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Meet Your Baylor Law Development and Alumni Relations Directors

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In her role as Director of Development, Kristine Bridges brings her experience in higher education and non-profit leadership together with her affinity for Baylor Law. A native of Waco, Kristine graduated from Baylor University in 1998 and Baylor Law in 2003. After practicing law for many years, she served as Associate Dean and Director of Professional Development at the University of Tulsa College of Law and was the executive director for the Tulsa County Child Protection Coalition and The Parent Child Center of Tulsa, advocating for deprived children. She is excited to have returned to the Law School and looks forward to helping the alumni and friends of Baylor Law make a lasting impression through gifts, endowments, scholarships, and program support. Please contact Kristine at or 254-710-8537 for all your Baylor Law Development needs.

Katie Casper serves as the Director of Alumni Relations at Baylor Law. She is a 2007 graduate of Fordham University in New York and a 2010 graduate of Baylor Law. During her eight years in private practice, Katie worked in the areas of family law and criminal defense. The last four years of her practice were devoted to working as an attorney ad litem for foster children in McLennan County. Katie says the best part of her position as Director of Alumni Relations is reconnecting with Baylor Law alumni who have gone on to do amazing work in the legal field. Please contact Katie at or 254-710-4346 for all your Baylor Law Alumni Relations needs.

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Don't Miss Your Opportunity to Join Baylor Law's Executive LL.M in Litigation Management

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The application deadline to join the second class of Baylor Law's Executive LL.M. in Litigation Management is fast approaching! Our Executive LL.M. is the only program of its kind in the nation. Open to experienced lawyers, the program focuses on controlling rising litigation costs and developing an effective (winning) litigation strategy. . . Full Story

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The Starr Federalist Papers Lecture Series Presented by John and Marie Chiles welcomes Professor Robert P. George, Ph.D., McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program at Princeton University.

Join us as one of America's leading constitutional scholars discusses how the Founders intended to keep the federal government's power in check, and how civil discourse and civic virtue can reform today's highly fractured, hyper-partisan, political discourse.

September 18, 2019
4:00 – 5:00 PM
Baylor Law, Room 127

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This event is free and open to the public.
Walk-ins welcome subject to seating.
This course has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the
State Bar of Texas Committee on MCLE in the amount of one credit hour.

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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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Baylor Law Takes Top Spot at E. Earle Zehmer National Workers' Compensation Moot Court Competition

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Baylor Law has started the 2019-2020 competition year off with a bang with a win in the 31st Annual E. Earle Zehmer Workers' Compensation Moot Court Competition. Baylor Law has now won the Zehmer Competition two years in a row. . . Full Story

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Law Review Article Written by Baylor Law Student Juan Antonio Solis Cited in Motion for Rehearing Before the Texas Supreme Court

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Juan Antonio Solis' Closing the Door on Fraud Plaintiffs: Carduco's Effect on Claims for Fraudulent Inducement in Texas, published in the Baylor Law Review in the Spring of 2019, was cited in a Motion for Rehearing before the Supreme Court of Texas. . . Full Story

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Taylor A. McConnell, JD '19, Veteran and Mad Dog Competition Winner, Most Recent Baylor Law Leadership Fellow

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Recent Baylor Law graduate, U.S. Army veteran, and Spring 2018 Mad Dog Competition Winner, Taylor A. McConnell, has been designated a Leadership Fellow at Baylor Law. . . Full Story

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Baylor Law Incoming Class of 2022 Ends Orientation with Multiple Community Service Projects

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On Friday, August 23, more than 100 incoming Baylor Law students volunteered with multiple local nonprofits throughout the Waco area. . . 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.

Michael McCoy, JD '79, has joined Lugenbuhl, Wheaton, Peck, Rankin & Hubbard as Senior Counsel in the Houston office. He brings a wealth of experience in insurance and litigation.
Laura Bellegie Sharp, JD '86, a partner at The Sharp Firm in Austin, TX, was elected to the American Bar Association Board of Governors at the 2019 ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA. She was elected from District 8, representing Texas and Florida attorneys, and will serve for a three-year term. Sharp has served as a Baylor Law Alumni Executive Committee member (2013-2016), President of the Austin Bar Association (2003-2004), State Bar of Texas director (2004-2007) and trustee for the National Conference of Bar Foundations (2011-2018). She is also on the Board of Directors for the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and treasurer of the Austin Bar Foundation.
Sharla Frost, JD '87, with Tucker Ellis LLP, has been selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for 2020.
Bryan O. Blevins, Jr., JD '90, Equity Partner with Provost Umphrey Law Firm in Beaumont, earned "Lawyer of the Year" for his work with mass tort litigation and class actions on behalf of plaintiffs in The Best Lawyers in America listing for 2020. He was also listed with additional honors for plaintiffs' personal injury and product liability litigation.
Darren Brown, JD '91, with Provost Umphrey Law Firm LLP in Beaumont, received "Lawyer of the Year" recognition for plaintiffs' product liability litigation with additional recognition for plaintiffs' personal injury litigation in The Best Lawyers in America for 2020.
Leane Capps, JD '96, with Polsinelli PC in Dallas, has been named one of the 2020 Best Lawyers in America in the Appellate Practice category.
Libby King, JD '01, has a new firm name and location: Moerer & King, LLP, located at 701 S. 11th Street, Suite A in Richmond, Texas. The group focuses on probate, guardianship, real estate and business transactions, litigation, and mediation.
Matthew Matheny, JD '03, with Provost Umphrey Law Firm in Beaumont, was listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2020 for mass torts, class actions and personal injury. This is his fifth consecutive listing.
D. Luke McMahan, JD '05, has been named a shareholder with Harrison Steck, P.C. in Fort Worth.
Lawrence Morales II, JD '05, was recently elected Secretary of the San Antonio Bar Association for the 2019-2020 term.
Ronnie Turner, Jr., JD '10, with Provost Umphrey Law Firm in Beaumont, was listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2020, for personal injury and product liability. This is his third consecutive listing.
Hunter Oliver, JD '13, has joined the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (U.S. Department of Transportation) as a litigation attorney in the Office of the Chief Counsel in Washington, D.C.
Andrea M. Palmer, JD '13, has been named Director of Coverage & Litigation with Higginbotham in Fort Worth. Andrea was also recently selected as one of the "400 Most Influential People in Fort Worth" by Fort Worth Inc. Magazine.
In Memoriam
Keith Milton Fletcher, JD '79, Full Obituary
Desmond Terraine Jenkins, JD '12, Full Obituary
Ty Allan Drury, JD '18, 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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