Rocket Docket | October 2021

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October 2021
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Professor Jerry Powell Named Baylor Lawyer of the Year

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Former Director of Baylor Law’s award-winning Practice Court Program and recently retired Abner V. McCall Professor of Evidence, Gerald R. Powell (JD ’77), has been selected by the Baylor Law Alumni Association Executive Committee as the 2021 Baylor Lawyer of the Year. . . Full Story

Baylor Law Professor Mike Morrison to Participate in Texas Redistricting Discussion

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Professor of Law Emeritus Mike Morrison will bring his 40+ years of experience representing cities, counties, and school districts throughout Texas and Arkansas on redistricting issues to a virtual panel discussion entitled "Redrawing Texas: Who Chooses Whom?" on Nov. 1 at 3:30 p.m., hosted by Baylor University’s W.R. Poage Legislative Library and the Institute for oral history. The panel, which is free and open to the public, will discuss the redistricting process in Texas and provide insights into the process currently underway. . . Full Story

Baylor Law Celebrates 50th Year Baylor Lawyers

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On Oct. 22, Baylor Law held a special reunion and luncheon at the Baylor Club honoring the classes of 1970 and 1971 for 50 years of being Baylor Lawyers!

During Pro Bono Week, Baylor Law Assistant Dean Stephen Rispoli Emphasizes the Importance of Pro Bono During CJE Course for Texas Judges

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On Wednesday, October 27th, Assistant Dean Stephen Rispoli participated in a panel discussion hosted by the State Bar of Texas Pro Bono Workgroup – Judiciary Subcommittee. . . Full Story

Baylor Law Veterans Clinic Offers Free Estate Planning for Veterans and Their Spouses as Part of 2021 Veterans Day Commemoration

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To honor local veterans, Baylor Law students offered, for the 10th consecutive year, free estate planning for veterans and their spouses as part of Baylor Law's Veterans Day commemorations. Veterans were able to obtain wills, powers of attorney, medical powers of attorney, declarations of guardian, and directives to physician documents drafted free of charge. . . Full Story

Judge K. Nicole Mitchell Named the 2021 Young Baylor Lawyer of the Year

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Judge K. Nicole Mitchell (JD, '06), United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Texas, has been named the 2021 Young Baylor Lawyer of the Year. Dean Brad Toben publicly announced Judge Mitchell's honor at the 24th Annual Eastern District of Texas Bench Bar Conference in October. . . Full Story

Baylor Law Announces Teams Selected to Compete in The Closer 2022 Transactional Law Competition

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Baylor Law has announced the 14 law schools that will participate in the sixth annual The Closer Transactional Law Competition in January 2022. The Closer is a highly selective competition with invitations extended to law schools whose programming demonstrates a commitment to excellence in practical transactional law training. . . Full Story

Baylor Law Professor Leah Teague Appears on EdUp Legal Podcast

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Baylor Law’s Director of Business Law Programs and Leadership Development, Professor Leah Teague, was recently interviewed by Dean Patricia Roberts of St. Mary’s Law School for the EdUp Legal Podcast. The duo discussed Professor Teague’s work in creating a national movement of intentional leadership development in law schools. . . Full Story

Baylor Law Celebrates Wellness Week 2021

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The week of October 4 – 10 has been designated ‘Law Student Mental Health Week’ by the ABA Law Student Division and the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs. To celebrate, Baylor Law scheduled several events for students. . . Full Story

Baylor Law Hosts Another Successful Criminal Law Bootcamp

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Award-winning prosecutor, successful author, and Baylor Law adjunct professor Richard Alpert led another successful Criminal Law Boot Camp for Baylor Law students. Baylor Law’s unique Bootcamp exposes students to the legal, practical, and ethical challenges faced by prosecutors and defense attorneys in criminal practice. . . Full Story

Gender, Race and Justice: The Future of American Policing

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Baylor Law and Baylor University’s ‘Baylor in Washington’ program, hosted a special event to discuss a variety of current and future issues within the American policing system. . . 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.

D. Bradley Hutchison, JD ’69, was bestowed the 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award by Paris Junior College. Brad was recognized for spending his career supporting the community of Paris through his law practice and his service to numerous local organizations and non-profits.
Larry G. Holt, JD ’71, was appointed by Governor Greg Abbott as a member to the Texas Public Finance Authority. Larry recently completed two terms as commissioner to the Texas Library and Archives Commission. He is in private practice in Bryan, Texas.
Todd Boykin, JD ’90, of Amarillo, has been reappointed by Texas Governor Greg Abbott to the Red River Authority of Texas Board of Directors.
Brad A. Allen, JD ’96, is returning as a partner to Martin, Disiere, Jefferson & Wisdom LLP after thirteen years at USAA. For the past eight years, Brad managed USAA’s Texas Staff Counsel Operations. He previously was part of USAA’s team that managed a national docket of extra-contractual litigation involving property, auto, and class action cases. Brad is joining MDJW’s San Antonio office, focusing on South Texas and Hill County litigation involving first- and third-party disputes. Brad brings an in-house perspective to creating strategies, building teams, and leading trial lawyers to proactively manage litigation dockets, trying cases, and managing risk for corporations. Brad is glad to be back home with the firm where he first made partner many years ago.
Charles Myers, JD ’98, of Ward & Myers LLP, in Midland, was named a Texas Monthly Super Lawyer for 2021 in the area of Family Law. He was also voted Best Divorce Lawyer in Midland for 2021.
Matthew Matheny, JD ’03, has been made an equity partner with Provost Umphrey Law Firm in Beaumont, Texas.
Brian Shaw, JD ’06, has joined Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal, LLP in Dallas as partner. His business litigation work earned recognition in the 2021 Texas Super Lawyers legal guide.
Angela Buchanan, JD ’09, joined Phillips Murrah in Dallas as an of counsel attorney. Angela is a litigation attorney whose primary focus is complex commercial litigation and disputes.
Dean J. Roggia, JD ’09, has been appointed City Attorney of Laredo, Texas.
Cassie Hoyer, JD ’10, will serve as Chief of Staff for State House District 10 Representative-Elect Brian Harrison.
Stuart White, JD ’10, has joined Liles White PLLC in Corpus Christi/Santa Fe. He is board certified in Truck Accident Law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.
Jessica L. Dunne, JD ’11, with Farrow-Gillespie Heath Witter LLP in Dallas, has been named to Best Lawyers 2022 “Ones to Watch” list for Trusts and Estates and Trusts and Estates Litigation. She was also named to the list of 2021 Texas Super Lawyer “Rising Stars,” as well as D Magazine’s list of 2021 Best Lawyers under 40. Jessica practices in the areas of probate, guardianship, and fiduciary litigation and administrations, with a special interest in adoptions.
Logan Adcock, JD ’14, has joined Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr. His practice focuses on construction law, including construction-related transactions and litigation matters.
Shay P. Talbitzer, JD ’14, joined Fraser Stryker PC LLO in Omaha, Nebraska, as an associate attorney to their commercial litigation, products liability, and professional negligence practice areas.
J. Travis Underwood, JD ’16, has joined Gillam & Smith LLP in Tyler focusing on patent and personal injury cases in Texas federal and state courts.
M. Spencer Turner, JD ’16, with Farrow-Gillespie Heath Witter LLP in Dallas, has been named to Best Lawyers 2022 “Ones to Watch” list for Trusts and Estates and Trusts and Estates Litigation. He practices in the areas of estate planning, probate, guardianship, and fiduciary litigation and administrations.
Tania Sethi, JD ’17, joined Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal, LLP in Dallas as a litigation associate. Tania is also a certified alternative dispute resolution (ADR) mediator.
Kyle Gardner, JD ’19, has joined Lynn Pinker Hurst & Schwegmann in Dallas.
Sarah Biemer, JD ’21, has joined the Real Estate practice of Munsch Hardt in Dallas.
James Wilson, JD ’21, has joined the Real Estate practice of Munsch Hardt in Dallas.
In Memoriam
Richard R. Morrison, III, JD ’65, Full Obituary
John Carlos, JD ’75, Full Obituary
Michelle Marie DeVoe McIntyre, JD ’91, Full Obituary

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