In her role as Director of Development, Kristine Bridges brings her experience in higher education and non-profit leadership together with her affinity for Baylor Law. “Baylor Lawyers are trained for advocacy and service. As a Baylor Lawyer myself, I am excited to have the opportunity to serve the students, faculty, and administration of Baylor Law by advocating for the support of the Law School’s programs and its critical mission,” she said.
A native of Waco, Kristine graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communication in 1998. She worked her way through Baylor as the Humane Educator for the Waco Humane Society/Animal Shelter. Kristine also became a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children in state conservatorship and served as a voice for abused and neglected children in those cases. Upon graduation, she joined the Advocacy Center for Crime Victims and Children as a client services specialist and realized that advocacy was her vocational passion. She began her studies at Baylor Law in 2001.
During her time at Baylor Law, Kristine served as the president of the Women’s Legal Society and was a member of the Order of Barristers. As a member of the moot court team, she and her partner won the Texas Administrative Law Moot Court Competition in 2002. Kristine was selected as a Children’s Justice Act grant recipient serving as a summer fellow for the Barton Child Law and Policy Clinic at Emory Law School. She was a briefing clerk for Magistrate Judge Jeffrey C. Manske in the Western District of Texas, Waco Division, where she supported work on his first published opinion, In Re: Extradition of Ramos Herrera, 268 F. Supp.2d 688 (W.D.Tex. 2003).
Kristine practiced as a trial associate at the centenarian Texas business law firm, Burford and Ryburn LLP in Dallas where she represented businesses and utility companies in non-jury and jury trials. She also returned to her passion of advocating for families in complex child custody cases in her own solo practice in Dallas where she was recognized as a Rising Star in Family Law in 2008 by Texas Lawyer and was an active member of the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers (DAYL). As a member of DAYL’s Aid to the Homeless Committee, she served as the co-chair for the Community Court Project for 2 years, including the project’s inaugural year.
While Kristine’s family has Texas roots dating to the time of the Republic, she and her young family moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma close to her husband’s family. In 2009, she joined the University of Tulsa (TU) College of Law as Associate Dean and Director of Professional Development. She created a comprehensive 3-year professional development curricular program which included co-teaching the Dean’s Seminar on the Legal Profession with the dean of TU's law school. As a member of the Dean’s senior administrative team at TU Law, Kristine also assisted in development endeavors, including drafting gift proposals and agreements for endowed programs and law school positions. She also taught Texas Civil Procedure for five semesters.
After six years at TU Law, Kristine returned to advocating for deprived children. She was the executive director for two Tulsa non-profit organizations: Tulsa County Child Protection Coalition and The Parent Child Center of Tulsa. One of her most important roles as executive director was stewarding the philanthropic interests of community investors for the benefit of the Coalition and Center’s critical missions. Kristine closely collaborated with local family foundations, independent funders, state agencies, and the area United Way to secure funding for critical service and policy initiatives. Kristine also enjoyed a return to practice as the Director of Family and Juvenile Law at Boeheim Freeman PLLP. During her time in Tulsa, Kristine was an active member of the Tulsa County Bar Association serving as both an ex officio and at-large director of the Board.
Kristine is excited to return home to Waco, and Baylor, to advocate for Baylor Law via development endeavors for endowments, scholarships, and program support. Kristine and her husband, Beau, met during their undergraduate studies at Baylor University and they have three daughters.