Rocket Docket | October 2019

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October 2019
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Baylor Law First in Texas Bar Passage Rate

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The July bar exam results for the state of Texas are in and Baylor Law again ranks first among Texas' ten law schools for first-time bar passage. The Texas bar exam is given twice each year and Baylor Law has an unparalleled record of success - ranking #1 on 25 of the 38 bar exams since 2001. . . Full Story

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During Pro Bono Week, Baylor Law Faculty and Staff Honored as Solid Gold Neighbors for Commitment to Quality of Life in Central Texas

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Baylor Law, with its unwavering commitment to public service and community engagement, in partnership with Baylor University's Office of External Affairs, celebrated Pro Bono week by shining a spotlight on the outstanding work of faculty and staff who volunteer their professional expertise at Baylor Law's Legal Clinics and other community-focused programs throughout the year. Seven faculty and staff were presented with 'Solid Gold Neighbor' Awards. . . Full Story

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TEXAS ATTORNEYS: Earn 5.50 hrs of CLE credit, view the entire course agenda and RSVP here.

BAYLOR LAW STUDENTS: Earn 2 hrs of Professional Development Credit by attending two hours of this program. Email to register!

November 8, 2019
8:00 AM – 4:15 PM
Baylor Law, Room 127

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This course has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the
State Bar of Texas Committee on MCLE in the amount of 5.5 credit hours.

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For more information contact Sarah Wannarka at or Craig Cherry at

Payments can be made to Sarah Wannarka at:
Venmo: @Sarah-Wannarka or PayPal:

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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.

Hon. Priscilla Richman Owen, JD '77, has assumed the chief judge position of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Judge Owen has served on the federal appeals court since 2005.
Fred Adams, JD '81, of KoonsFuller in Dallas, has been selected among the Top 100 Dallas-Fort Worth attorneys in the 2019 edition of the Texas Super Lawyers legal guide. This is his 16th consecutive mention. He is also listed among the Best Lawyers in America in family law as recognized by Best Lawyers, LLC. Fred is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, a Fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and a Member of the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists. He is board-certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Laura Bellegie Sharp, JD '86, a partner in the Sharp Firm in Austin, was elected to a three-year term on the American Bar Association Board of Governors during the 2019 ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco. She will represent District 8, which encompasses Texas and Florida. Laura will help oversee the general operation of the ABA and develop action plans. She joins a 44-member board that has the authority to act and speak for the ABA, consistent with previous action of the House of Delegates when the House is not in session.
Gregory L. Simmons, JD '89, was selected by U.S. Attorney General William Barr as a new immigration judge for the San Francisco Immigration Court.
Allen Griffin, JD '92, has joined the Dallas boutique family law firm of Orsinger, Nelson, Downing & Anderson, LLP.
Laura Hilton Hallmon, JD '99, a partner with Cantey Hanger in Fort Worth, was installed as president of the Baylor Line Foundation (originally the Baylor Alumni Association) at the foundation's annual meeting Oct. 12. Hallmon's term will run through Dec. 31, 2021. The Baylor Line Foundation is a nonprofit organization that represents the independent and diverse voices of Baylor alumni. Founded in 1859, it is committed to informing, inspiring, and empowering Baylor alumni. The foundation's fundraising efforts provide for its annual award of student scholarships, the publication of the The Baylor Line magazine (since 1946), and other various activities and events that support its mission.
George Tompkins, JD '01, is a new Assistant District Attorney for the Navarro County District Attorney's office.
Leslie Hunt, JD '04, has transitioned out of private practice to become the Civil Division Chief for the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney's office. She is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Tarrant County Bar Association and past president of the Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association.
Tom Nowak, JD '05, has been appointed to serve as judge of the 366th Judicial District Court in Collin County by Governor Greg Abbott. Nowak was born in Poland and immigrated to the United States as a refugee from communism.
Steven Ogle, JD '05, General Counsel with the Sunset Advisory Commission has been promoted to Assistant Director of Reviews. He will also continue to serve as General Counsel.
Stephanie C. Gaston, JD '08, is a partner in the Labor and Employment Practice Group at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings in Houston.
Cody Stafford, JD '10, was named partner at Dobrowski, Larkin, and Johnson LLC in Houston. He was also named a 2019 Rising Star in Civil Litigation: Plaintiff by Texas Monthly.
Lanny Begley, JD '11, of Knapp and Associates in Fort Worth, has been named a "Top Criminal Law Attorney" by Fort Worth Magazine for the third year in a row.
Kimberly Knapp, JD '12, of Knapp and Associates in Fort Worth, has been named a "Top Criminal Law Attorney" by Fort Worth Magazine for the fourth year in a row.
Kyle Beckrich, JD '17, is working as a trial attorney with the Civil Division at the Department of Justice.
In Memoriam
Robert Owen "Buck" Harris III, JD '75, Full Obituary
Andrew Martin Miller, JD '85, Full Obituary
November 2019

CLE Presented by the Baylor Law Alumni Association and MCCDLA
November 8, 2019
8:30 AM - 4:15 PM
Baylor Law School, Room 127
1114 S. University Parks Drive
Waco, TX 76706

November 9, 2019
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Z's At The Curry
611 Washington Avenue
Waco, Texas 76701

November 12, 2019
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Hosted by Duffee + Eitzen
4311 Oak Lawn Avenue, Suite 600
Dallas, Texas 75219

November 15, 2019
Hosted by the Baylor Law Alumni Association
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Baylor Club, McLane Stadium
1001 South Martin Luther King Blvd., North Lounge
Waco, Texas 76704

November 16, 2019
Hosted by the Baylor Law Alumni Association
Time: TBD (2 1/2 hours prior to kickoff)
Baylor Law School, Student Lounge
1114 University Parks Drive
Waco, Texas 76706

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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