MAD Conference 2019

MAD Conference 2019

Making a Difference Conference
"Rising Up Against Injustice"

Using your law degree to pursue your passion and serve those in your community

Hosted by Baylor Law School and LEAD Counsel

Friday, February 15, 2019, 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Baylor Law School
Jim Kronzer Appellate Advocacy Classroom & Courtroom,
Room 127, Sheila & Walter Umphrey Law Center
1114 South University Parks Drive, Waco, TX 76706

An Open Invitation

The goal of the Making a Difference Conference is to inspire law students and lawyers to use their legal training to make meaningful contributions to their communities.

The theme of the third annual conference is Rising Up Against Injustice and aims to inspire and equip attendees to become servant leaders and to put their own passions into practice. The speakers and panels will 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 rise up against injustice. Areas of focus will include advocating on behalf of the vulnerable, challenging racial disparities, and defending sexual assault victims. LEAD Counsel has identified these topics as areas of interest for its diverse group of law students, as well as relevant to the current legal climate in our community.

This conference is open to the public. Any interested person is welcome to attend.

For additional information, please contact

Baylor law students will receive two dual professional and leadership development credits for attending the full conference.*

This course has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of Texas Committee on MCLE in the amount of 3 credit hours of which 2 credit hours will apply to legal ethics/professional responsibility credit.

*If you are a non-Baylor law student but have a similar requirement for professional development at your institution, please email with the correct contact information at your law school. We will contact your school regarding credit for your attendance.

Schedule of Events

2:00 p.m.

Cassie Patterson, LEAD Counsel President

2:05 p.m.

Leah W. Teague
Associate Dean, Baylor Law
Founder, LEAD Mentoring Program

2:10 p.m.
A Voice for the Vulnerable

Advocating for Vulnerable Populations
Richard Muñoz, Assistant General Counsel for Buckner International

3:00 - 3:10 p.m.
Transition Period

3:10 p.m.
Justice for All

Challenging Racial Disparities
Co-Sponsored by the Baylor Law Black Law Student Association (BLSA)
Michael Heiskell, Senior Attorney, Johnson, Vaughn, & Heiskell
Mark O’Mara, Founder, O'Mara Law Group
Moderated by:
Michelle Simpson Tuegel, Partner, The Simpson Tuegel Law Firm, PLLC

4:10 - 4:30 p.m.
Break for tea and hors d’oeuvres and Vendor Fair
Please visit the booths in the adjoining hallway regarding different ways to get involved in the Waco community.
4:30 p.m.
Breakout Sessions
Honing In Your Passion

Room 120:
"Breakout Session Two,"
by Michael Heiskell

Room 122:
"Breakout Session One,"
by Mark O'Mara
Room 127:
#MeToo Cases & Litigating Sexual Abuse in Sports,
by Michelle Simpson Tuegel

5:00 p.m.
Closing Remarks:

LEAD Representatives

The Vendor Fair Will Continue Immediately Following Closing Remarks

Booths will continue to be set up in the adjoining hallway regarding ways to get involved in the Waco community.