Faculty Scholarship

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.

Larry Bates

Professor of Law

Publications
  • Sales Problems and Materials, Revised First Editions (Cognella 2020).

Matthew Cordon

Professor of Law

Publications
  • Contributing author and editor, American Law Yearbook 2020
  • Contributing author and editor, Gale Encyclopedia of American Law, Fourth Ed.
  • Author, Legal Analysis, Research, and Communications (Tophatmonocle Corp.).
Professional Activities
  • Chair, Baylor Faculty Senate, 2020-21.

Jeremy Counseller

Professor of Law

Publications
  • "Texas Trial Procedure and Evidence," Rev. 2, ALM Media, New York (2020), co-authored with James Wren.

Thomas M. Featherston, Jr.

Professor and The Mills Cox Professor of Law

Publications
  • West's Texas Practice Guide-Probate 2020/2021 Edition, Three Volumes (Co-Authored).
Presentations
  • State Bar of Texas Advanced Estate Planning and Probate Course,  “Texas Marital Property Law: An Estate Planning and Administration Perspective,”  June 2021.
  • Baylor Law School, General Practice Institute, Marital Property  Characterization After a Change of Domicile or Situs, May 2021.
  • San Antonio  Estate Planning Council,  Marital Property  Characterization After a Change of Domicile or Situs,  May 2021.
  • Tarrant County Probate Bar Association, Marital Property  Characterization After a Change of Domicile or Situs,  May 2021.
  • Texas Tech School of Law, Community Property  and Estate Planning Symposium, February, repeat GPI topic, February 2021.
Professional Activities
  • ABA Advisor to the Uniform Law Commission's Drafting Committee to Revise the Uniform Disposition of Community Property Rights at Death Act.
  • 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

Professor of Law and Co-Director
of the Executive LL.M. in Litigation Management

Publications
  • "Texas Commercial Causes of Action: Claims, Defenses and Remedies," Rev. 3, Fastcase Inc., Washington D.C. (scheduled for publication 2020).
  • "Of What Value is a Jury Today", Creighton Law Review, Spring 2020. 
  • “Where the Rubber Hits the Road: How Do Law Schools Demonstrate a Commitment to Training Leaders?”, University of Tennessee Law Review, co-authored with Leah Jackson Teague.
  • “It’s All in the Details:  Making Texas Local Rules Helpful, Accessible and Sensible”, University of North Texas.
  • "Law and Theory Behind Apologies in Litigation", Allied World Professional Publication.

Bridget Fuselier

Professor of Law

Professional Activities
  • Baylor Teaching Fellow
  • Executive Director, Baylor Veterans Clinic
  • Editor (Easements & Covenants), REPTL Reporter
  • Contributing Editor (Real Estate), General Practice Digest

Laura Hernández

Professor of Law

Professional Activities
  • Named as a Latina Commissioner by Pedro J. Torres-Diaz, the President of 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.

Chris Jaeger

Assistant Professor of Law

Publications
  • "The Empirical Reasonable Person", 72 ALA. L. REV. 887 (forthcoming 2021).

Kayla Landeros

Legal Writing Lecturer

Presentations
  • "Back to Basics: A Review of Important Contract Drafting Rules to Help Keep Your Contract Out of the Courtroom", Baylor Law School Online CLE, September 2020.

Luke Meier

Professor of Law

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

Elizabeth Miller

Professor of Law and M. Stephen and Alyce A. Beard Chair in Business and Transactional Law

Publications
  • TEXAS METHODS OF PRACTICE, TEXAS PRACTICE SERIES (Vol. 13), West, 2020-2021 (co-author).
  • BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS, TEXAS PRACTICE SERIES (Vols. 19, 20 & 20A), West (3rd ed. 2011; 2020-2021 Annual Supplement) (co-author).
  • “Overview of Fiduciary Duties, Exculpation, and Indemnification in Texas Business Organizations,” 49 TEX. J. BUS. L. 1 (2020).
  • “Miscellaneous (Non-Delaware) Partnership and LLC Cases,” 2020 LLC Institute, Committee on LLCs, Partnerships and Unincorporated Entities, American Bar Association, November 11, 2020.
  • “Fiduciary Duties, Exculpation, and Indemnification in Texas Business Organizations,” 13th Annual Advanced Business Law, State Bar of Texas, November 5, 2020.
Presentations
  • “Case Law Update (Non-Delaware),” 2020 LLC Institute, Committee on LLCs, Partnerships and Unincorporated Entities, American Bar Association, November 11, 2020.
  • “Fiduciary Duties,” 13th Annual Advanced Business Law, State Bar of Texas, November 5, 2020.
Professional Activities
  • Joint Editorial Board for Uniform Unincorporated Organizations Acts, Uniform Law Commission and 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.
  • Founding Fellow and Board of Directors, American College of LLC and Partnership Attorneys.
  • Member, Business Organizations Code Committee of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of Texas.
  • Elected Member, American Law Institute.

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).

Stephen Rispoli

Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Pro Bono Programs

Publications
  • "Fundamentals of Lawyer Leadership," Wolters Kluwer (2021) co-authored with Leah W. Teague and Elizabeth M. Fraley.
  • “Courting Access to Justice,” 29 S. Cal. Rev. L. & Soc. Just. (Fall 2020).
Presentations
  • "Contesting Your Property Taxes.” Baylor Law People’s Law School (February 13, 2021).
Professional Activities
  • McLennan County Young Lawyers, Past President—2020; President—2019
  • American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, Legal Innovation Team Member
  • American Association of Law Schools, Pro Bono and Public Service Opportunities Section: Newsletter Editor—2020; President—2019
  • American Association of Law Schools, Leadership Section: Newsletter Editor—2019-Present
  • State Bar of Texas Pro Bono Workgroup
Honors 
  • 2020 Lone Star Legal Aid Remote Legal Services – Community Partner Award – given  “[i]n appreciation of extraordinary efforts to ensure access to the legal system for low-income residents of McLennan County, Texas by providing legal assistance and promoting the administration of equal justice to all.”
  • 2019 State Bar of Texas Pro Bono Coordinator Award.

Walt Shelton

Adjunct Professor of Law

Publications
Presentations
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 and Water Law.
  • Co-Chair of the Law School Committee of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section of the State Bar of Texas.
Honors
  • Nautilus Book Awards, Silver Award Winner (announced April 2021), Religion/Spirituality of Western Thought, The Daily Practice of Life (CrossLink 2020)
  • The Daily Practice of Life (CrossLink 2020), Listed as a Progressive Christianity Resource Book, https://progressivechristianity.org/resources/the-daily-practice-of-life-practical-reflections-toward-meaningful-living/
  • Selected through peer review process for inclusion in the 2022 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 24 consecutive years.
  • Recognized as one of America's Most Honored Lawyers and a Top Texas Attorney for 2021 for the second consecutive year (2020 was the inaugural year) via the American Registry.

Leah Witcher Jackson Teague

Professor of Law

Publications
  • Growing Number of Leadership Programs and Courses Supports Professional Identity Formation (forthcoming in the Santa Clara Law Review’s 2021 Leadership Symposium Issue).
  • Making Progress in Legal Education: Leadership Development Training in Law Schools, 73 Baylor Law Rev. 1
  • "More Diversity Requires More Inclusive Leaders Leading by Example in Law Organizations," 48 Hofstra L. Rev. 681 (2020), co-authored with Donald J. Polden.
  • Where the Rubber Hits the Road: How do Law Schools Demonstrate a Commitment to Training Leaders? 14 TENN. J. OF L. & POL. 369 (2020), co-authored with Elizabeth M. Fraley.
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

Professional Activities
  • Panelist, "The Crisis in Legal Education Today: Structural Impediments to Change," highlighting the challenges facing legal education at the Fifth Circuit Conference and at the Eastern District of Texas Bench Bar Conference.
  • Panelist, "How to Be the Best Lawyer: Religion, Morality, and Justice," the presentation on the relationship of the legal profession and faith and moral perspectives at the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting.
  • Panelist, “Implications of T.C. Heartland in Setting Venue in Intellectual Property Litigation.”
  • 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.
Honors
  • 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 25 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.

Greg White

Legal Writing Lecturer

Publications
  • “Writing Your First Appellate Brief” Kendall Hunt Publishing, August 2020.

Patricia Wilson

Associate Dean

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).

James Wren

Leon Jaworski Chair of Practice & Procedure
and Co-Director of the Executive LL.M. in Litigation Management

Publications
  • "Proving Damages to the Jury," Rev. 4," James Publishing, San Francisco, (schedule for publication 2020), co-authored with Laura Brown.
  • "Texas Commercial Causes of Action: Claims, Defenses and Remedies," Rev. 3, Fastcase Inc., Washington D.C. (scheduled for publication 2020), co-authored with Elizabeth Fraley.
  • "Texas Trial Procedure and Evidence," Rev. 2, ALM Media, New York (2020), co-authored with Jeremy Counseller.