Rocket Docket | March 2020

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March 2020
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Amid the COVID-19 pandemic and in an effort to help protect the health of our communities, Baylor Law has suspended all official events hosted by the Law School through May 1. We will continue to monitor guidance from health officials as it relates to events that are scheduled after May 1.

Remote course instruction for Baylor Law students began March 16 and will continue through the remainder of the spring quarter.

We place a high priority on the safety and well-being of the entire Baylor Law Family, and we are grateful for your partnership in this effort.

More information and detailed updates are available at

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Baylor Lawyers Leading on the Texas Young Lawyers Association Board

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The Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA) recently nominated Jeanine Novosad Rispoli, BA '08, JD '11, of Waco as a candidate for TYLA president-elect. Donald Delgado of College Station was also nominated. Voting begins April 1 and ends May 29. Lauren Renee Sepulveda, JD '11, was also elected Secretary for the 2020-2021 TYLA Executive Committee. . . Full Story

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Amid Wave of 'Social Distancing' Directives, Baylor Law Launches Online Version of Its Groundbreaking Legal Mapmaker Program

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Designed to help U.S. lawyers operate efficient firms online, Baylor Law's Legal Mapmaker Program is approved for 13 hours of Continuing Legal Education in Texas, of which 2 hours will apply to legal ethics/professional responsibility credit. Baylor Law's Legal Mapmaker program is now available for free to any U.S. attorney via an online learning portal. . . Full Story

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Ambassador Lyndon L. Olson Jr., Speaks at Baylor Law on the Need for Civility in Our Culture

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The Honorable Lyndon L. Olson Jr., former United States Ambassador to the Kingdom of Sweden, spoke to Baylor Law students on the topic of "Civility and Civic Responsibility," on Thursday, February 27, 2020. . . Full Story

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On 250th Anniversary of the Boston Massacre, Baylor Law Students Participate in Dramatic Retrials

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On March 5, students and faculty of both Baylor University's School of Law and History Departments united to reenact and relitigate the dramatic Boston Massacre trial in commemoration of its 250th anniversary. The mock trial demonstrated a collaborative effort between undergraduate history students and third-year law students. . . Full Story

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Baylor Law Announces Winners of Fourth Annual Ultimate Writer Competition

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On February 27, Baylor Law announced the winners of the 2020 Ultimate Writer Legal Writing Competition. This competition is unlike any other legal writing challenge. In addition to cash awards for the top three competitors, each winner is awarded an opportunity to interview for a clerkship with the prestigious appellate law firm Durham, Pittard, and Spalding, LLP in Dallas. . . Full Story

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.

Neal W. Adams, JD '70, is the recipient of the 2020 Dan Rugeley Price Memorial Award from the Texas Bar Foundation. The award is given in memory of Dan Price who practiced law in Austin, Texas, and who passed away in January 1994. The award celebrates Dan's life as an outstanding lawyer who devoted himself completely to any task he undertook. The recipient exemplifies the qualities of an accomplished legal writer and researcher, a talented and dedicated practicing lawyer, a servant of the profession as a volunteer and an advocate on its behalf. The recipient exhibits an unreserved commitment to clients and to the practice of law and demonstrates dedication to the Bar and service to the public with the same commitment, dedication, and zeal which defined Dan Price's life and work. Neal has been practicing law in Texas and Tarrant County, Texas, since 1972.
Senator Kirk Watson, JD '81, has been appointed the Founding Dean of the University of Houston Hobby School of Public Affairs. Senator Watson was formerly mayor of Austin and has served in the Texas Senate since 2007. He was elected by his Senate colleagues as Senate President Pro Tem during the 2019 Legislative Session and was named by Texas Monthly as one of the top legislators. He will leave the Senate on April 30.
Fletcher H. Brown, JD '91, was recently selected as the Chair-Elect of the State Bar of Texas Health Law Council for 2020. Fletcher is a partner in the health law section of Waller, Lansden, Dortch & Davis, LLP in Austin and is board certified in health law.
Laura Alaniz, JD '96, has joined the employment law litigation group in the Houston office of Porter Hedges LLP.
Hon. Ana Esteven, JD '97, has been appointed by Governor Greg Abbott to be the Presiding Judge of the Ninth Administrative Judicial Region.
Robert Moody, JD '07, began a new career as an Assistant U.S. Attorney at the United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of Louisiana in Shreveport.
Christopher K. Fletcher, JD '09, a staff attorney with Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. in Houston, was awarded "Top Lawyer" recognition by H Texas Magazine.
Jeanine Novosad Rispoli, JD '11, of Rispoli Law Firm in Waco, has been nominated as a candidate for President-Elect of the Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA). Donald Delgado of College Station was also nominated. Voting begins April 1 and ends May 29.
Lauren Renee Sepulveda, JD '11, of the Office of the Criminal District Attorney in Hidalgo County, was elected Secretary for the 2020-2021 TYLA Executive Committee.
Jake A. Boyd, JD '13, with Whitaker Chalk Swindle & Schwartz PLLC, has been elected to membership in the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation.
In Memoriam
Kelly Lee Newman, JD '69, Full Obituary
Hon. Patricia "Pat" B. Andrews, JD '74, Full Obituary
Clifford Nelson Humphrey III, JD '76, Full Obituary
Gordon George Asbury III, JD '86, Full Obituary
Mark Skelton, JD '95, Full Obituary
May 2020

May 12, 2020
Hosted by Butler Snow LLP
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
1400 Lavaca Street, Suite 1000
Austin, Texas 78701

June 2020

June 25, 2020
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Hilton Anatole
2201 N. Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, TX 75207

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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