Leadership, Engagement, and Development, or LEAD Counsel for short, is a student organization comprised of Baylor Law students. The purpose of this group is to equip and inspire law students to serve in the public arena, whether that be as officeholders, lobbyists, or leaders in the non-profit sector.
LEAD Counsel organizes and hosts the annual Making a Difference Conference with the purpose of engaging and inspiring members of the legal profession to get involved in public life, to use their legal training to make meaningful contributions to their communities, and to equip them to think critically and strategically about public service. The speakers and panels focus upon ways in which law students and lawyers can combine their passions with their legal training – both now and in their future careers – to expand access to justice.
Attendees to the Making a Difference Conference gain practical advice and are given suggested action items that will enable them to develop a strategic plan for their future public service, whether serving on a non-profit board, running for office, lobbying for legislation, or testifying at the Capitol.
The conference is open to the general public and is routinely approved for State Bar of Texas MCLE credit. Any interested person is welcome to attend.
For additional information, please contact LEADCounsel@baylor.edu.
The LEAD Counsel Making a Difference Conference is sponsored by the litigation law firm of FVF Law | Fogelman & Von Flatern.
Josh Fogelman and Aaron von Flatern, both Baylor Law grads, worked together at a small litigation firm in Austin, where they successfully handled a variety of complex cases and developed a close friendship. Working together, Josh and Aaron recognized they shared the same values about personal injury law: that people whose lives have been unexpectedly disrupted should be treated with respect and transparency, and be given the best opportunity possible to pick up the pieces and move forward. So, in 2014, Josh and Aaron founded FVF with the mission of educating injured Texans so they can better understand their options and make informed decisions. By undertaking this mission one person at a time, it is their ultimate goal to change the way the public perceives personal injury lawyers, and instill trust back into this area of practice.