Rocket Docket | January 2020

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January 2019
Past Issues

Winners of Baylor Law's Fourth Annual Transactional Law Competition, The Closer, Announced

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On January 17-19, students from twelve of the best transactional law programs in the country gathered at Baylor Law to participate in the most challenging transactional law competition in the nation. Carolyn Griffith from Indiana University Maurer School of Law and Allyson Fleming from The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law were named the winners. . . Full Story

Baylor Law's Executive LL.M. Candidates Complete Intensive On-Campus Session

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Baylor Law's Executive LL.M. in Litigation Management is the first LL.M. program that innovatively combines flexible online and in-person learning to allow working attorneys to continue practice while earning their advanced degree. Three times during the program, candidates engage in weeklong, intensive, on-campus sessions at the award-winning Sheila and Walter Umphrey Law Center at Baylor Law.

These sessions feature extensive personal interaction with leading litigation counsel from across the nation. During these intensive periods, students dive deeply into cutting edge strategy, work collaboratively with other candidates, faculty, and mentors, and hone their strategic skills. . . More Photos

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Jaworski Fellows Program Hosts First Annual Fellow and Candidate Dinner

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On January 14, the Jaworski Fellows Program at Baylor Law hosted a special reception and dinner honoring Baylor Law's esteemed Jaworski Fellows and Candidates. Beginning with lively fellowship and meaningful conversation, the night culminated in the spirited recounting of the group's best anecdotes and stories from their very own Practice Court experiences. . . More Photos

The Jaworski Fellows Program draws upon some of Baylor Law's most accomplished, seasoned trial lawyers and judges to critique Practice Court advocacy exercises in Baylor Law's Practice Court Program. Over the last decade, the Jaworski Fellows Program has become a major tradition of the storied Baylor Law Practice Court experience.

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Register to participate in 2020's Spring On-Campus Interview program, taking place February 21 and 24, and March 27 and 30. Regardless of whether you attend in person, via Skype, or just collect resumes, there are exceptional Baylor Law students and graduates ready to meet your needs.

To register or for more information, click here,
email, or call Baylor Law's
Career Development Office at 254.710.1210.
Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you!

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.

Chad Everingham, JD '93, has joined Ward, Smith & Hill, PLLC in Longview. A former magistrate judge in the U.S. Eastern District Court of Texas, Chad has earned recognition as a leading practitioner in intellectual property law since rejoining private practice in 2011. He is recognized by Chambers USA and The Best Lawyers in America for his IP and patent litigation work.
Jennifer McCumber, JD '93, is the new executive director for the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation. Jennifer served as a school board member for the district from 2015-2019.
Bart McKay, JD '95, Vice President and Division General Counsel at Carrollton-based McLane Foodservice, Inc., a nationwide distributor of food and related supplies, has been appointed by Governor Greg Abbott to the Business Advisory Council to the Texas Division of Emergency Management. The Council provides advice and expertise on actions state and local governments can take to assist businesses in recovering from a disaster. Bart has extensive experience in commercial insurance and risk management and holds the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter credential.
Gregory S. Cagle, JD '98, is a founding partner of Cagle Pugh, Ltd. LLP, a full service Texas law firm that focuses its practice on business law, real estate law, and the representation of property owners associations.
Jorjana Beaubien Marx, JD '98, moved her practice from Seattle, Washington, to Tulsa, Oklahoma, and joined three other attorneys to form Oklahoma Elder Law Group PLLC. They are the largest firm in Oklahoma focusing on Medicaid and Veterans' benefits planning for long-term care as well as guardianships and estate planning.
Matthew G. Nielsen, JD '01, is a partner in Bracewell's Dallas office. He advises clients in matters relating to federal and state securities laws, accounting fraud, U.S. export control and sanctions law, and anti-bribery laws.
David Findley, JD '03, joined the boutique family law firm, Orsinger, Nelson, Downing & Anderson, as an associate in the Frisco office.
Sara Chelette, JD '04, of the boutique litigation firm, Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst, has been recognized as a "Texas Rising Star" for 2013-2018. Sara has also been named to "Best Lawyers in America" for 2020.
Brandon Bundren, JD '05, with Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP in Nashville, has been named partner. Bundren is a member of the Intellectual Property Practice Group.
R. Heath Cheek, JD '06, partner at Bell Nunnally, has been named to D Magazine's 2020 "Best Lawyers Under 40 in Dallas" list. Heath is a member of the firm's Litigation, Labor, Employment and Benefits, and Intellectual Property practices, focusing on trials and disputes.
Joseph Hoelscher, JD '06, Managing Attorney with Hoelscher Gebbia Cepeda PLLC in San Antonio, was elected to the Board of Directors for the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. He will be sworn in at the Rusty Duncan Seminar in San Antonio in June 2020. The board is a working board and members are expected to publish articles, present at CLEs across Texas, and join working committees for one of the largest criminal lawyer associations in the U.S.
Amy Miller, JD '06, was named a partner at Boon Calk Echols Coleman & Goolsby PLLC of Longview. Amy's practice areas are estate planning, probate and general civil litigation. She is the incoming president of the Gregg County Bar Association.
Lauren Melhart, JD '07, is now a Partner at Kinser & Bates in Dallas.
Kristopher D. Hill, JD '08, partner at Bell Nunnally, has been named to D Magazine's 2020 "Best Lawyers Under 40 in Dallas" list. Kris is a member of the firm's Litigation, Labor, Employment and Benefits practices.
Taylor Mohr, JD '12, with Orsinger, Nelson, Downing & Anderson, was named to D Magazine's list of Best Lawyers Under 40 for 2020. It is the first selection for Taylor, who works in the firm's Frisco office. She is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and a member of the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists. Her practice focuses on complex family law matters involving divorces, modifications, enforcements and child custody disputes. She also advises clients on estate planning and elder law.
Leah Smith Sanchez, JD '16, joined Jackson Walker's real estate practice in the San Antonio office.
In Memoriam
J. Leon Lebowitz, JD '43, Full Obituary
Sherwin A. "Sherm" Winniford, JD '58, Full Obituary
Joseph Edwards Bures, JD '63 Full Obituary
Charles Edwin "Ed" Hinshaw, JD '74, Full Obituary
Richard Martin Leverick, JD '81, Full Obituary
Kirby Jiles Roberts, JD '82, Full Obituary
February 2020

February 13, 2020
5:30 - 7:00 PM
Hosted by McGinnis Lochridge
600 Congress Avenue, Suite 2600
Austin, Texas 78701

February 27, 2020
Kirby Ice House
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
3333 Eastside Street
Houston, Texas 77098

March 2020

March 5, 2020
Hosted by The Morales Firm, P.C.
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
6243 W. Interstate 10, Suite 132
San Antonio, Texas 78201

March 24, 2020
Hosted by BoyarMiller
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
2925 Richmond Ave., 14th Floor
Houston, Texas 77098

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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