Jaworski Fellows Program

Jaworski Fellows Program

Students who have the opportunity to hone their skills in the nation’s premier Practice Court Program at Baylor Law recognize they are earning their spurs a day at a time. To do that—under the watchful eye of some of America’s top trial lawyers—is both a challenge and a privilege.

Baylor Law’s depth of advocacy experience goes beyond its full-time advocacy faculty. Recognizing the massive extent of advocacy experience among our Baylor Law alumni, the Baylor Law Jaworski Fellows Program (named in honor of Watergate prosecutor and Baylor Lawyer Leon Jaworski) brings the expertise of these outstanding advocates to the students who one day will follow in their footsteps. The Jaworski Fellows program taps some of our most accomplished, seasoned trial lawyers and judges to come to Baylor Law to critique Practice Court advocacy exercises in the second quarter of the Practice Court Program.

Each candidate for Jaworski Fellow initially commits to spend five afternoons in Practice Court exercises as schedules allow. After consultation with the full-time Practice Court faculty, the Jaworski Candidate then joins the rotation of Jaworski supervisory instructors, conducting advocacy exercises with students in both jury selection and jury trial exercises, and offering real-world insights, perspectives, and suggestions based on years of successful trial advocacy. The Jaworski Fellow designation recognizes the Jaworski instructors who have completed at least five afternoons of Practice Court exercises. Our Baylor students benefit from a legacy of instruction by Jaworski Fellows who continue to return regularly far beyond the initial commitment. Over the last decade, the Jaworski Fellows Program has become a major tradition of the storied Baylor Practice Court experience.

For students, the rewards are obvious:

"Having George Chandler serve as a Jaworski Fellow and observe our trial at Baylor Law was invaluable. Mr. Chandler's years of experience were evident in his to-the-point and instructive comments. Mr. Chandler took every opportunity to show us how to identify and fix shortcomings, move from 'good' to ‘great' and improve our storytelling skills."

"Julie Springer cut to the core of our weaknesses, addressing them frankly and giving us suggestions to overcome them. I worked hard to focus on those areas and felt more polished, professional and ready to practice during the second day of trial. Two days spent with her taught me lessons that will stay with me for a lifetime and make me a better Baylor Lawyer."

"Mr. Bice gave us excellent real-world insight into trial advocacy. He allowed us to present our case freely but followed up with helpful criticism and encouragement on how to be a Baylor Lawyer."

"It is an amazing opportunity to hear such an authoritative voice of experience in the corner of a Baylor Law courtroom coaching us, teaching us and talking with us—all coming from outside the faculty."

"When I fumbled through a charge conference, Mr. Ayres took the time to stop the exercise and help me grasp not only the proper way to make the objection but gave easy tips to ensure that I did not waive error during a charge conference again. This is just one example of the valuable insight I gained into being a trial lawyer during my Big Trial experience."

To be selected to serve as a Jaworski Fellow is a high honor, and those so recognized accept it as a great responsibility. Many travel hundreds of miles returning to the school that launched their careers, to help shape the next generation of Baylor Lawyers. Baylor Law is proud of each of them, and is grateful for their contributions.

JAWORSKI FELLOWS

R. Jack Ayres, Jr.
Cathy Bailey
Roy Barrett
Noley Bice
Tom Brown
George Chandler
Charles Clark
Kyle Dreyer
Hon. A. Lee Harris
Steve Harrison
David Hill
Marty Jones
Jennifer King
J. Mark Mann
Steve McConnico
John Minton
H. Robert Powell
Woodrow Roark
Lewis Sifford
Mike Simpson
Julie Springer
James M. Stanton
Beth Toben
Carol Traylor
John Eddie Williams

JAWORSKI CANDIDATES

Jamal Alsaffer
Missy Atwood
Laura Brown
Jerry Clements
David Deaconson
Steve Dillard
Craig Eiland
Wayne Fisher
Sharla Frost
Harry “Gil” Gillam, Jr.
Derek Hollingsworth
Libby King
Craig Lewis
Hon. K. Nicole Mitchell
Tracie Renfroe
Mark Sales
Melissa Richards Smith
Michele Y. Smith
Kathy Snapka
Britta Erin Stanton
Joel Steed
Lyn Stevens
Lenny Vitullo