Faculty News & Notes

This listing of faculty scholarship reflects recent work of the full-time faculty at the law school. This listing will be updated every quarter. For complete listing of scholarship, please view each faculty member's Curriculum Vitae, which can be found on their profile page.

Ron Beal

Professor of Law

Publications
  • Op Ed in the Dallas Morning News on the power of the Governor and his ability to participate in agency rulemaking, October 28, 2018.
  • Op Ed article in the San Antonio Express News, the Texas Tribune and the Waco Tribune regarding the crisis at the State Office of Administrative Hearings and the unwillingness of Governor Abbott to fix it, August 8, 2018.
Presentations
  • Interview regarding "The Power of the Governor of the State of Texas", on Spectrum's Campital Tonight, August 20, 2018.
  • "The Anatomy of a Contested Case", this was a day long meeting and Professor Beal spoke on the Motion for Rehearing practice, Administrative Law Section of the Travis County Bar Association, Austin, March 9, 2018.
  • "Statutory Interpretation and How to Determine the Meaning of a Statute", 31st Annual Juvenile Law Conference, Horseshoe Bay Resort, February 26, 2018.

Matthew Cordon

Professor of Law

Publications
  • Co-author, Researching Texas Law (forthcoming, 4th ed.)
  • Contributing author and editor, American Law Yearbook 2017 (forthcoming)
Professional Activities
  • Contributing author, Gale Encyclopedia of Senior Health (2d ed. 2015).
  • Featured Author Spotlight, William S. Hein & Co., Inc.: Author Spotlight

Jeremy Counseller

Professor of Law

Publications
  • Civil Procedure In Focus (with Eric Porterfield), Wolters Kluwer, NY, NY (2018).

Thomas M. Featherston, Jr.

Professor and The Mills Cox Professor of Law

Publications
  • West's Texas Practice Guide-Probate 2017/2018 Edition, Three Volumes (Co-Authored).
  • Marital Property Liability Post Tedder, State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section Report. (September 2017) and State Bar of Texas, Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Reporter (January 2018).
Presentations
  • "Marital Property Interests in Trusts and Their Distributions" at the Houston Bar’s Probate Bar Association in Houston (January 2018).
  • "Marital Property Interests in Trusts and Their Distributions" at the Tarrant County Probate Bar Association in Fort Worth (December 2017).
  • "Marital Property Law for Estate Planning and Administration" at the Waco-McLennan County Bar Association, in Waco (November 2017).
Professional Activities
  • Senior Editor, Probate & Property, published six times a year by the Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section of American Bar Association.
  • Member, Publications Committee of the ABA's Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section.
  • Member, Legislative Review Committee, Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section, State Bar of Texas.

Elizabeth M. Fraley

Associate Professor of Law

Publications
  • Texas Rules of Evidence with Objections, 5th Edition co-authored with Gerald Powell and Judge Ed Kinkeade.
Presentations
  • Speaker, Voir Dire, TMLT Defense Counsel Seminar, November 9, 2018.
  • Moderator and Panelist, Dallas Bar Association’s Inspiring Women X, October 31, 2018.
  • RelativityFest: Panelist, Innovation and Law School Education, October 2, 2018.
  • Speaker, “Proving a Better Damages Case”, TADC, September 20, 2018.
  • Speaker, “Back to the Basics:  Evidence,” Judicial Education Conference, September 6, 2018.
  • Keynote Speaker, “#Hell on Heels” luncheon, August 13, 2018.
  • Speaker, “Better Story Telling” American University:  Coaches and Competitions Conference.  Panelist -Updates in Scholarship and educational objectives with Mock Trial. August 10 –11, 2018.
  • Speaker, “What You Need to Know About Social Media and the TMB,” Texas A&M Graduate Medical Education Course, June 28, 2018.
  • Speaker, “Teachers and Social Media.” ABOTA Teachers’ Law School – course director, June 15, 2018.
  • Speaker, “What Lawyers do in Researching Experts” Kerrville State Hospital Spring Forensic Conference, May 16, 2018.
  • Speaker, “Preparing for Deposition” Chair, State Bar of Texas Advanced Medical Torts Course, March 8-9, 2018.
  • "Opening Statements and Closing Arguments - Advanced Trial Strategies" (State Bar of Texas and ABOTA), February 2018.
  • "A Unique Approach to Access to Justice: Training Lawyers Ready to Serve", AALS, January 2018.

Scott Fraley

Director of Legal Writing

Publications
  • “A Primer on Essential Classical Rhetoric for Practicing Attorneys,” 15 Legal Communication & Rhetoric: JALWD (Fall 2017), pp. 99-117.
  • A Practical Guide to Litigation Drafting: the Art and Craft, Cognella, Fall 2017.
Presentations
  • “Digital Justice: Shining Future or Illusory Chimera?” at the International Conference on Digital Ontology and Epistemology: Between Law, Literature, and the Visual Arts, Verona, Italy, November 14-16, 2018.
Professional Activities
  • Co-chair, AALS LWRR Program Committee for the 2019 AALS Conference in New Orleans.
  • Co-chair, AALS LWRR Program Committee for 2018.
  • Member, AALS LWRR Program Committee 2017.
  • Member, ALWD Program Committee 2017.

Bridget Fuselier

Professor of Law

Publications
  • Defining 7 Acquiring Interests in Property (Aspen 2018).
Presentations
  • Reicher High School Mock trial Class, "Lawyers as Community Servants" (April 2018).
  • Appalachian Justice Symposium at West Virginia Law School, "Providing Legal Services to Rural Veterans" (Feb 2018).
Professional Activities
  • Baylor Teaching Fellow
  • Executive Director, Baylor Veterans Clinic
  • Editor (Easements & Covenants), REPTL Reporter
  • Contributing Editor (Real Estate), General Practice Digest

Laura Hernandez

Professor of Law

Publications
  • "Separate and Legally Unequal-How the Demonization of Immigrants Affects United States Policy," 9 DUKE F. L. & SOC. CHANGE 37 (2017).
Professional Activities
  • Named as a Latina Commissioner by Pedro J. Torres-Diaz, the Presidentof the Hispanic National Bar Association ("HNBA"). She will be working on diversity pipeline issues in the legal profession. During Professor Hernandez's time as the coach for the Baylor Law moot court team, the HNBA has presented several Baylor Law students with over $30,000 in cash awards for their outstanding advocacy.

Luke Meier

Professor of Law

Publications
  • "The Reviewability of Denied Twombly Motions," 84 U. OF CINCINNATI L. REV.(forthcoming).

Elizabeth Miller

Professor of Law

Publications
  • TEXAS METHODS OF PRACTICE, TEXAS PRACTICE SERIES (Vol. 13), West, 2018 (co-author).
  • BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS, TEXAS PRACTICE SERIES (Vols. 19, 20 & 20A), West (3rd ed. 2011; 2017-2018 Annual Supplement) (co-author).
  • “Miscellaneous (Non-Delaware) Partnership and LLC Cases,” 2018 LLC Institute, Committee on LLCs, Partnerships and Unincorporated Entities, American Bar Association, October 11 2018.
  • “The Walking Dead: Forfeitures and Involuntary Terminations of Filing Entities,” Collin County Bar Association Corporate Counsel Section, August 9, 2018.
  • “Case Law Update: A Survey of Recent Texas Partnership and LLC Cases,” 27th Annual LLCs, LPs and Partnerships, University of Texas School of Law, July 12, 2018.
  • “Model Company Agreements,” Nuts and Bolts of LLCs, LPs and Partnerships, University of Texas School of Law, July 11, 2018.
  •  “Fiduciary Duties, Exculpation, and Indemnification in Texas Business Organizations,” 16th Annual Choice, Governance & Acquisition of Entities Course, State Bar of Texas, May 18, 2018.
  • “Model LLC Agreements,” 16th Annual Choice, Governance & Acquisition of Entities Course, State Bar of Texas, May 18, 2018.
  • “Recent Delaware Cases Interpreting LLC Agreements in Acquisition Context,” Business Law Section Spring Meeting, American Bar Association, April 14, 2018.
  • “Fiduciary Duties, Exculpation, and Indemnification in Texas Business Organizations,” Business Law Section Spring Meeting, American Bar Association, April 14, 2018.
  • “A Sampler of Recent (Non-Delaware) Partnership and LLC Cases,” Business Law Section Spring Meeting, American Bar Association, April 13, 2018.
  • “The Walking Dead: Forfeitures and Involuntary Terminations of Filing Entities,” Essentials of Business Law, State Bar of Texas, March 8, 2018.
  • “Fiduciary Duties, Exculpation, and Indemnification in Texas Business Organizations,” 12th Annual Fiduciary Litigation Course, State Bar of Texas, November 30, 2017.
  • “A Potpourri of Recent (Non-Delaware) Partnership and LLC Cases,” 2017 LLC Institute, Committee on LLCs, Partnerships and Unincorporated Entities, American Bar Association, November 2, 2017.
Presentations
  • “Case Law Update (Non-Delaware),” 2018 LLC Institute, Committee on LLCs, Partnerships and Unincorporated Entities, American Bar Association, October 11 2018.
  • “The Walking Dead: Forfeitures and Involuntary Terminations of Filing Entities,” Collin County Bar Association Corporate Counsel Section, August 9, 2018.
  • “Case Law Update,” 27th Annual LLCs, LPs and Partnerships, University of Texas School of Law, July 12, 2018.
  • “Restricting/Eliminating Fiduciary Duties in Texas and Delaware,” 16th Annual Choice, Governance & Acquisition of Entities Course, State Bar of Texas, May 18, 2018.
  • “Model LLC Agreement, Including Partnership Audit Rules,” 16th Annual Choice, Governance & Acquisition of Entities Course, State Bar of Texas, May 18, 2018.
  • “Entity Selection for the M&A Lawyer,” Business Law Section Spring Meeting, American Bar Association, April 14, 2018.
  • “2018 LLC Case Law Update,” Business Law Section Spring Meeting, American Bar Association, April 13, 2018.
  • “Inadvertent Termination of a Business Entity,” Essentials of Business Law, State Bar of Texas, March 8, 2018.
  • “Partnership Fiduciary Claims and Defenses,” 12th Annual Fiduciary Litigation Course, State Bar of Texas, November 30, 2017.
  • “Recent Developments in Texas Business Organizations Law,” Austin Bar Association Business, Corporate, and Tax Section, November 29, 2017.
  • “Case Law Update (Non-Delaware),” 2017 LLC Institute, Committee on LLCs, Partnerships and Unincorporated Entities, American Bar Association, November 2, 2017.
Professional Activities
  • Joint Editorial Board for Uniform Unincorporated Organizations Acts, Uniform Law Commission and American Bar Association.
  • Editorial Board, The Business Lawyer, quarterly journal of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association.
  • Chair, Editorial Board of Publications of the LLCs, Partnerships and Unincorporated Entities Committee of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association.
  • Member, Business Organizations Code Committee of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of Texas.
  • ABA Advisor, Drafting Committee, Series of Unincorporated Business Entities Act, Uniform Law Commission.
  • Elected Member, American Law Institute.

Michael Morrison

Professor of Law

Professional Activities
  • Elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Waco and Trustee of the First Presbyterian Church of Waco Foundation
  • Trustee of The Madison Cooper and Martha Roane Cooper   Foundation
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel, Board of Directors and Programs Vice President
  • Moderator of the Waco Leadership Forum, 2005
  • Board of Directors, Association for Good Government
  • Public Policy Fellow of the U.T. Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution
Honors
  • Texas Association of Defense Council President’s Award
  • Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the Texas Bar Foundation
  • Baylor University Outstanding Professor Award
  • Texas Bar Foundation Outstanding Journal Article Award

Connie Powell Nichols

Professor of Law

Publications
  • "Sex, Lies and Internet Shaming: New Media Considerations for Defamation and Privacy Moody-Ramirez," Nichols & Lewis (under consideration with NEW MEDIA AND SOCIETY JOURNAL).

Gerald Powell

Professor of Law

Publications
  • Texas Rules of Evidence with Objections, 5th Edition co-authored with Elizabeth Fraley and Judge Ed Kinkeade.

Michael Rogers

Professor of Law

Professional Activities
  • Director of the McLennan County Dispute Resolution Center.
  • Chair, Baylor's NCAA Pro Sports Counseling Panel.
  • Program Director for the General Practice Institute on April 22, 2016.
  • Board Member, Dispute Resolution Center (McLennan County).
  • Coach for the Mediator Training Program in March and April 2016.

Rory Ryan

Professor of Law

Presentations
  • Presided over the Trump Travel Ban Mock Argument, Waco Inns of Court, September 2017.

Walt Shelton

Adjunct Professor of Law

Publications
  • "What do you See and What are you Missing?", Austin American Statesman, October 27, 2018, at E9.
  • "Pursue Justice as Part of Faith Tradition," Austin American Statesman, August 4, 2018, at E9.
  • "Teaching Empathy an Important Lesson to Learn," Austin American Statesman, July 7, 2018, at E9.
  • "Zen and the Art of Practice: Ethical Considerations When an Attorney and Consultant Represent the Same Client," 48 Texas Environmental Law Journal 63 (Spring 2018).
  • "Drink in this Life Like a Favorite Beverage," Austin American Statesman, January 6, 2018, at E9.
  • "Practice the Ancient Tradition of Creating Social Justice," Austin American Statesman, December 23, 2017 at E9.
Presentations
  • "The Workplace as Sanctuary," Highland Park Baptist Church, Austin, October 10 and 17, 2018.
  • "Yesterday and Today: Amos and Social Justice," 2017 World Community Day, Church Women United, Austin, November 3, 2017.
Professional Activities
  • Liaison of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section of the State Bar of Texas with the Section of the Environment, Energy and Resources of the American Bar Association.
  • Contributing Editor, General Practice Digest, State Bar of Texas, Environmental Law.
  • Co-Chair of the Law School Committee of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section of the State Bar of Texas.
Honors
  • Selected through peer review process for inclusion in the 2019/25th annual edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the practice areas of Environmental Law and Water Law.  Professor Shelton has been recognized in Best Lawyers for 20 consecutive years.

Leah Witcher Jackson Teague

Associate Dean and Professor of Law

Publications
  • "Lawyers as Leaders: Community Engagement and Leadership Benefits All," 81 Tex. B. J. 88 (2018).
Presentations
  • "Leadership Development in Law Schools," 2018 AALS Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA (January 6, 2018).
Professional Activities
  • Chair-Elect, AALS Section on Leadership.
  • Chair, Strategic Initiative Committee, American Council on Education’s Women’s Network Executive Council.
  • Secretary and Treasurer, Baylor Law Alumni Association.
  • Executive Committee, Board of Directors, Texas Federal Tax Institution.

Bradley J. B. Toben

Dean and M.C. & Mattie Caston Chair of Law

Honors
  • Panelist, "The Crisis in Legal Education Today: Structual Impediments to Change," highlighting the challenges facing legal education at the Fifth Circuit Conference in Houston, May 2016.
  • Panelist, "How to Be the Best Lawyer: Religion, Moraility, and Justice," the presentation on the relationship of the legal profession and faith and moral perspectives at the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting in Fort Worth, June 2016.
  • The Texas Trial Lawyers Association sponsored an Austin reception in Dean Toben's honor at which he received a TTLA recognition for "exemplary service and commitment as a guiding light in legal scholarship and the pursuit of justice.
Professional Activities
  • Elected Member, American Law Institute.
  • Board Member of Juliette Fowler Homes, Inc. Fowler, affiliated with the Disciples of Christ.
  • Chaired and Member for more than 20 years of the American Bar Association (ABA) and the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), membership on-site re-inspection functions and accreditation.
  • Master of the Bench of the Abner V. McCall American Inn of Court.
  • Member, Board of Directors of the Waco Chamber of Commerce.

James Underwood

Professor of Law

Publications
  • Torts: Principles in Practice (2nd ed. Wolters Kluwer 2018).
  • Complex Litigation: A Context and Practice Casebook (1st ed. Carolina Academic Press 2017).
Presentations
  • Panelist, “Proposed Changes to Class Action Practice”, 18th Annual Complex Litigation Symposium, Friday, November 9, 2018, New Orleans, LA.

Patricia Wilson

Professor of Law

Honors
  • Governing Board Member, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and Chair of Legal Committee.
  • Vice-President, Waco-McLennan County Bar Association.
  • Board Member, Dispute Resolution Center (McLennan County).
  • Chair, ABA Law Student Division, Client Counseling Subcommittee.
  • Contributor, General Practice Digest (Family Law).