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June 2021
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Zoe Appler of Chicago-Kent College of Law Wins the 12th Annual Top Gun National Mock Trial Competition

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Zoe Appler of Chicago-Kent College of Law was crowned the winner of Baylor Law’s 2021 edition of the Top Gun National Mock Trial Competition, narrowly defeating Jenna Forster of the University of California Berkeley. . .Full Story


Kathryn Snapka, Baylor Lawyer and Jaworski Fellow, Honored as Trial Lawyer of the Year by TEX-ABOTA

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The Texas Chapters of the American Board of Trial Advocates (TEX-ABOTA) has selected Baylor Lawyer and Jaworski Fellow Kathryn Snapka, JD ’80, as the 2021 Trial Lawyer of the Year. Snapka will receive her award on Saturday, October 30th at the TEX-ABOTA Annual Dinner in Santa Fe. . . Full Story


Baylor Law Welcomes Professor Chris Jaeger

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Following two years as an Acting Assistant Professor of Lawyering at NYU School of Law, Prof. Chris Jaeger joined the Baylor Law faculty in the Summer Quarter 2021. In addition to continuing his research, Jaeger will be teaching Contracts I and II. . .Full Story


Kinsey Lakey Is Baylor Law’s Spring 2021 ‘Mad Dog’ Champion

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Baylor Law student Kinsey Lakey is the latest Baylor Law School ‘Mad Dog,’ after winning the spring 2021 Mad Dog Mock Trial Competition. Fellow student Nicho Stevens was the finalist. . .Full Story


Baylor Law’s Black Law Student Association Remembers Juneteenth

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Members of Baylor Law’s Black Law Student Association along with fellow students, faculty, and staff celebrated Juneteenth with an informal gathering and information sharing session on Friday, June 18, 2021. . .Full Story


Baylor Law’s Jenny Branson Named the 2021 Outstanding Young Lawyer of McLennan County

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Assistant Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Jenny Branson was selected by the Waco-McLennan County Young Lawyers Association (WMCYLA) as the Outstanding Young Lawyer of McLennan County for 2021. . .Full Story


Baylor Law Student Tara Smith Awarded State Bar of Texas Tax Section Annual Scholarship

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Baylor Law 3L Tara Smith was recently awarded the State Bar of Texas Tax Section annual scholarship. Smith graduates from Baylor Law and plans to take the bar in July. She has accepted an offer from the IRS Office of Chief Counsel and will work in the Large and International Business Division in Dallas. . .Full Story



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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 law_alumni@baylor.edu for inclusion in a future issue of Rocket Docket.

James Connelly, JD ’66, was appointed as an associate judge for the city of Sugar Land Municipal Court.
Lyn Fenwick, JD ’75, from Macksville, Kansas, shared news that her recently published book, Prairie Bachelor: The Story of a Kansas Homesteader and the Populist Movement, was named a Notable Book about Kansas for 2021 by the State Librarian of Kansas.
Jim Kennerly, JD ’86, was named General Manager and CEO of the Mount Olivet Cemetery Association (MOCA). He joined the funeral, cremation, and cemetery company as its in-house counsel in 2011 before being named president in 2016. MOCA is the leading provider of funeral, cremation and burial services in the greater Fort Worth area.
Hon. Daniel O'Brien, JD ’01, was appointed Judge of the Hays County Court at Law No. 3. He also serves as President of the Hays County Bar Association. Upon his appointment, he commenced closure of his private practice, Daniel O'Brien Law, P.C., a civil litigation and mediation firm.
Hon. Artie Renee Pobjecky, JD ’01, has been selected as a federal immigration judge in Houston. After years of representing immigrants in legal matters from her Winter Haven, Florida, office, she will be assigned to removal proceedings for non-residents facing deportation.
Britta Stanton, JD ’02, has joined the Castaneda Firm in Dallas as a partner. She currently serves as chair of the Court Advisory Committee for the Northern District of Texas.
Jennifer Seale Job, JD ’07, counsel for ExxonMobil in Beaumont, Texas, has accepted an invitation to join the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), the preeminent invitation-only global legal organization for attorneys who represent corporate and insurance interests. She serves as the sole in-house counsel for the ExxonMobil manufacturing complex in Beaumont. She manages a broad range of issues including environmental and safety compliance, contractual matters, real estate, personal injury litigation, dispute negotiations, and labor and employment.
Kathryn Boatman, JD ’08, counsel at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, was recognized by Houston Business Journal as a 40 Under 40 honoree.
Alex J. Bell, JD ’09, is a founding member of Ziegler Gardner Bell PLLC in Dallas. The firm expands on its decades of success representing Architecture and Engineering (A&E) firms in all aspects of their day-to-day operations. The firm also has other industry clients in the construction, real estate, and insurance fields.
Clay Allen, JD ’10, has been promoted to General Counsel of the Houston Rockets. Clay began his career with the Rockets as a part-time Marketing Associate in 2001, working his way up within the organization for six years before leaving to attend Baylor Law. He returned to the Rockets as Associate General Counsel in 2013.
Bryan Bufkin, JD ’11, has been appointed Judge of the 355th Judicial District Court in Hood County by Governor Greg Abbott. Bryan is a partner at Bufkin & Adams, PLLC., and previously served as an assistant district attorney for the Johnson and Somervell Counties District Attorney’s Office. He is a volunteer coach for the Granbury Athletic Association and former member of the United Way of Hood County Board of Directors.
Gabrielle M. Shayeb, JD ’16, was promoted from Associate Litigation Attorney to Senior Counsel this year at Martin, Disiere, Jefferson & Wisdom, LLP in Dallas.
Joshua Dunegan, JD ’19, joined Ford + Bergner LLP’s Houston office as an associate in the Estate Planning and Administration Groups.
Joseph Shaneyfelt, JD ’19, has joined Greenberg Traurig as an associate in the Litigation Practice Group in Austin.
Molly Maier, JD ’20, has joined Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP in Houston as an associate.
In Memoriam
Michael “Mike” Brooks Calliham, Sr., JD ’72, Full Obituary

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