Rocket Docket | May 2020

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May 2020
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Eminent Family Lawyer Ike Vanden Eykel Named 2020 Baylor Lawyer of the Year

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Ike Vanden Eykel, JD '73, CEO and Managing Partner of KoonsFuller and one of the most respected family lawyers in the country, has been selected as the 2020 Baylor Lawyer of the Year by the Executive Committee of the Baylor Law Alumni Association. . . Full Story

Baylor Lawyer Alicia Alvarado Becomes First Baylor Law Graduate to Receive Equal Justice Works Fellowship

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Alicia Alvarado, JD '19, (L) with Analí Looper, JD '14, (R) at the immigration legal services provider American Gateways in Waco, TX

Baylor Lawyer Alicia Alvarado, JD '19, will advocate for immigrant rights in Waco and Central Texas through a two-year fellowship with Equal Justice Works, a national program that connects financial support to recent law school graduates who wish to engage in legal advocacy at a qualified non-profit that supports underrepresented populations. . . Full Story

2020 Top Gun National Mock Trial Competition Is the Nation's First-Ever Live, Virtual Mock Trial Competition

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The best trial advocates from the nation's top advocacy law schools compete head-to-head in a winner-takes-all competition for the honor of being named the National Top Gun. The 2020 competition, held May 27-31st, is the first-ever national mock trial competition held live, entirely online.

Watch the livestreams of each round, introduction video, or read the full case file at

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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.

Marilea W. Lewis, JD '78, partner at the Dallas based family law firm Duffee + Eitzen, was honored as a Top 50 female Super Lawyer and Top 100 DFW Super Lawyer for 2019, a Lawdragon Top 500 Leading Family Lawyer for 2020, and a Best Lawyer in America in Family Law, Family Law Mediation, and Mediation for 2020. She is also co-director of the SBOT Firearms Conference: 9th Annual Firearms Law: What Every Texas Lawyer Needs to Know.

Sharla J. Frost, JD '87, with Tucker Ellis LLP, has been ranked in Chambers USA 2020.
Glenn B. Callison, JD '88, with Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, P.C., has been ranked in Chambers USA 2020.
Dawn Wright, JD '89, a mass tort and product liability litigator, has joined Thompson Coburn's Dallas office as a partner. Dawn serves on the board of The Arts Community Alliance (TACA) of Dallas and serves as a grants panelist for TACA's grants programs. She is a founding member and government chair of Women with Promise, which provides college scholarships and professional mentorship to north Texas women emerging from challenging circumstances. Dawn is also a founding member of the Young Leaders Board of the former YWCA of Metropolitan Dallas (now WiNGS).
Tina Delight Amberboy, JD '96, has been named CEO of Pathways Youth and Family Services, a non-profit organization providing a wide array of social-services programs to communities across Texas. Tina has served as executive director of the Supreme Court of Texas Children's Commission since its inception in 2007. In that role, she was charged with improving child-welfare outcomes for children and families through judicial-system reform and leadership. Prior to working for the Supreme Court, Tina practiced as an attorney representing children and parents in the child-welfare system.
Eric Carl Nordstrom, JD '02, joined the Houston office of Markel Service, Incorporated as a Senior Claims Examiner.
Tom Nowak, JD '05, is being promoted to Major in the United States Air Force.
Dustin Benham, JD '06, a professor of law, received a 2020 Chancellor's Council Distinguished Teaching Award at Texas Tech University. The award honors outstanding faculty members who provide exceptional opportunities for students both in and out of the classroom.
Tim Williams, JD '08, has been elected to serve as Chair of the Texas Young Lawyers Association through 2021.
T. Hunter Lewis, JD '10, partner at Dallas family law firm Duffee + Eitzen, was recently honored as a D Magazine 2020 Best Lawyer under 40 and was named a Texas Super Lawyer in the practice of Family Law in 2019. He was also recognized as a Best Lawyer in Family Law for 2020 by Best Lawyers in America. Hunter currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Dallas Bar Association's Family Law Section and acted as Chair of the DBA Bench Bar 2020 conference.
Kristin Cameron McDonald, JD '12, recently joined Avison Young as a brokerage associate focusing on industrial sales and leasing.
Matthew Myers, JD '14, of Foster LLP in Austin, is the Chair Elect of the State Bar of Texas Immigration & Nationality Section.
Ward Weber, JD '18, an Assistant District Attorney for Dallas County, was named "Rookie of the Year," an honor given to the Misdemeanor Prosecutor of the Year for Dallas County.
Samantha Leifeste, JD '19, joined The Ferguson Law Firm, LLP in Beaumont.
Allen Streetman, JD '19, joined Sutton Milam & Fanning in Waco. He will work on the litigation team focusing on criminal, DWI, and family law matters.
Carolyn Beck, LLM '20, joined Goldstein & McClintock LLLP in New York, NY.
Brittany Rupple, JD '20, joined Bourland, Wall & Wenzel as its newest associate.
Kali A. Park, JD '20, joined Harris, Finley & Bogle, P.C. as an associate. Her practice is primarily civil and commercial litigation.
In Memoriam
William Robert "Bill" Pakis, JD '60, Full Obituary
Matthew Edward Sloan, JD '18, Full Obituary
October 2020

October 24, 2020
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Morrison Constitution Hall Lawn
Waco, TX 76706

October 24, 2020
Time TBD
Baylor Law
Sheila & Walter Umphrey Law Center
1114 S. University Parks Dr.
Waco, TX 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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