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).
  • Secured Transactions Problems and Materials, Newly Revised First Edition (Cognella 2019).

Ron Beal

Professor of Law

Publications
  • “Texas: A Weak Governor’s State or Is It?”, St. Mary’s Law Journal (Fall 2020).
  • “Waiver of Governmental Immunity: Agency Contested Case Proceedings and Its Application to Settlements,” Baylor Law Review (Fall 2019).
  • Submitted amicus briefs in the following cases regarding Texas administrative law: Hyundai Motors America v. Tex. Dept. of Motor Veh., 03-17-00761-CV (3rd Court)(2 briefs); Denbury Onshore v. TCEQ, 03-17-00499-CV (3rd Court)(two briefs); Freshour v. Van Boven, 03-18-00817-CV (3rd Court)(4 briefs); Sullivan v. TEC, 18-0580 (S.Ct.)(1 brief); and City of Waco v. Citizens To Save Lake Waco, 10-17-00202-CV (10th Court)(1 brief).
  • The 22nd yearly update to the two volume treatise of Texas Administrative Practice and Procedure (Lexis, 21st Ed. 2018). Professor Beal’s treatise is routinely cited by the Texas Supreme Court and the Austin Court of Appeals in matters of administrative law.

Matthew Cordon

Professor of Law

Publications
  • Co-author, Researching Texas Law (forthcoming, 4th ed.) with Professor Brandon Quarles. 
  • Contributing author and editor, American Law Yearbook 2019.
  • Author, Legal Analysis, Research, and Communications (Tophatmonocle Corp.).
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
  • "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 2019/2020 Edition, Three Volumes (Co-Authored).
  • “Marital Property Character of Property After a Change of Domicile or Shift of Situs,” State Bar of Texas Advanced Estate Planning and Probate Course, June 2020.
  •  “An Introduction to Texas Marital Property Law (Community Property)”, Texas Law Course, Texas Board of Law Examiners, November 2019.
Presentations
  • ABA, Real Property, Trust and Estate Section, Skills Training for Estate Planners, "Gift and Estate Taxation," August 2020.
  • State Bar of Texas Advanced Estate Planning and Probate Course,  “Marital Property Character of Property After a Change of Domicile or Shift in Situs,” June 2020.
  • Austin Bar Association, All Day Probate Course, “Phantom Estate Administration,” May 2020.
  • Tarrant County Probate Bar Association, “Phantom Estate Administration,” December 2019.
  • Texas Board of Law Examiners, Texas Law Course (video, Austin), “Marital Property Law in Texas, November, 2019.
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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

Associate Professor of Law

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 Hernandez

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.

Lee Ann James

Legal Writing Lecturer

Presentations
  • McLennan County Bar Association, “The State of Disclaimers of Reliance,” February 2020.

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.
  • "Keeping Your Contract Out of the Courtroom: Contractual Rules for Drafting Partnership and Operating Agreements" (presented with Robert Keatinge of Holland & Hart), Texas MCLE, 29th Annual LLCs, LPs, and Partnerships, July 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, 2019-2020 (co-author).
  • BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS, TEXAS PRACTICE SERIES (Vols. 19, 20 & 20A), West (3rd ed. 2011; 2019-2020 Annual Supplement) (co-author).
  • “Overview of Fiduciary Duties, Exculpation, and Indemnification in Texas Business Organizations,” 53 Tex. J. Bus. L. __, 2020 (forthcoming).
  • “Model Company Agreements for Closely Held LLCs,” 29th Annual LLCs, LPs and Partnerships, University of Texas School of Law, July 23, 2020.
  • “Case Law Update: A Survey of Recent Texas Partnership and LLC Cases,” 29th Annual LLCs, LPs and Partnerships, University of Texas School of Law, July 23, 2020.
  • “Drafting LLC Agreements in Delaware and Texas: Model Company Agreements,” 18th Annual Choice, Governance & Acquisition of Entities Course, State Bar of Texas, May 22, 2020.
  • “Miscellaneous Recent (Non-Delaware) Partnership and LLC Cases,” Annual LLC Case Law Update, American Bar Association Business Law Section Spring Meeting 2020, March 27, 2020.
  • “The Limits of Limited Liability: Veil Piercing and Other Bases of Personal Liability of Owners, Governing Persons, and Agents of Texas Business Entities,” 13th Annual Advanced Real Estate Strategies, State Bar of Texas, December 5, 2019.
  • “Fiduciary Duties, Exculpation, and Indemnification in Texas Business Organizations,” 13th Annual Advanced Real Estate Strategies, State Bar of Texas, December 5, 2019.
  • “Miscellaneous (Non-Delaware) Partnership and LLC Cases,” 2019 LLC Institute, Committee on LLCs, Partnerships and Unincorporated Entities, American Bar Association, November 7, 2019.
Presentations
  • “Model Company Agreements for Closely Held LLCs,” 29th Annual LLCs, LPs and Partnerships, University of Texas School of Law, July 23, 2020.
  • “Case Law Update: A Survey of Recent Texas Partnership and LLC Cases,” 29th Annual LLCs, LPs and Partnerships, University of Texas School of Law, July 23, 2020.
  • “Drafting LLC Agreements in Delaware and Texas,” 18th Annual Choice, Governance & Acquisition of Entities Course, State Bar of Texas, May 22, 2020.
  • “Current Developments in Texas Business Organizations Law,” Austin Bar Association—Business, Corporate and Tax Section, January 29, 2020.
  • “Current Trends in Delaware Corporate Law,” State of Delaware and CT Corporation, December 5, 2019.
  • “Developments in Series LLCs, Divisions and Other Organic Transactions,” 2019 LLC Institute, Committee on LLCs, Partnerships and Unincorporated Entities, American Bar Association, November 8, 2019.
  • “Case Law Update (Non-Delaware),” 2019 LLC Institute, Committee on LLCs, Partnerships and Unincorporated Entities, American Bar Association, November 7, 2019.
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.

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
  • 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).

Brandon Quarles

Director of the Law Library & Professor of Law

Publications
  • Co-author, Researching Texas Law(4th ed. 2019)

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

Publications
  • "Amicus Letter in Credit Suisse AG v. Claymore Holdings, LLC, Texas Supreme Court," August 2020.
  • "What Happens in State Court Stays in State Court: Comity and the Relitigation Exception to the Anti-Injunction Act" with Juan Antonio Solis, under review for publication.

Walt Shelton

Adjunct Professor of Law

Publications
  • "Practicing Law in Unexpected Seasons," CLE ethics publication for upcoming Oil & Gas Disputes 2021 Webcast (January 2021), TexasBar CLE.
  • "What can you do in This Life Rather than Waiting for the Next?" Austin American Statesman, November 28, 2020, at E9.
  • "We can Learn from steps of Repentance During Jewish High Holy Days," Austin American Statesman, October 3, 2020, at E9.
  • "The Choice to do Good in Biblical Times and in Pandemic Times," Austin American Statesman, August 22, 2020, at E9.
  • "Seek Justice as Faith Traditions Teach in this Difficult Time," Austin American Statesman, June 27, 2020, at E9.
  • The Daily Practice of Life: Practical Reflections Toward Meaningful Living (CrossLink Publishing 2020).
  • "Live with Compassion, Kindness, Humility in this Time of Easter," Austin American Statesman, April 11, 2020, at E9.
  • “What is the Most Important Book Ever Written?” Austin American Statesman, February 29, 2020, at E9.
  • “Practicing Law in 2020: Focused, Fearless, and Prioritized,” 21st Annual Changing Face of Water Law, February 21, 2020, TexasBarCLE.
  • “Great Readings to Help Your Introspection for the New Year,” Austin American Statesman, January 18, 2020, at E9.
  • “Finding Meaning in Christianity’s Roots, the Practices of Judaism,” Austin American Statesman, December 7, 2019, at E9.
Presentations
  • "Coping With An Unexpected Season: Focused, Fearless, & Prioritized", baylor.edu/law/onlinecle, June 15-19, 2020.
  •  “Practicing Law in 2020: Focused, Fearless, and Prioritized,” 21st Annual Changing Face of Water Law, San Antonio, Texas, February 21, 2020.
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
  • Selected through peer review process for inclusion in the 2021 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 23 consecutive years.
  • Recognized as one of America's Most Honored Lawyers for 2020 (inaugural year) via the American Registry.

Leah Witcher Jackson Teague

Associate Dean and Professor of Law

Publications
  • "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.
Presentations
  • "Ethical Leadership," Leadership Waco, Waco, Tx (January 21, 2020).
  • What LSSSE Data Can Teach Us About Developing Our Law Students for Influence and Impact as Leaders,” Webinar hosted by AALS Section on Leadership, AALS Section for the Empirical Studies of Legal Education and the Legal Profession, AALS Section on Law and Social Sciences and LSSSE (November 5, 2019).
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

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).

James Wren

Leon Jaworski Chair of Practice & Procedure

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.