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May
26
2022
Baylor University Honors Professor Jeremy Counseller as Outstanding Faculty for 2021-2022
Baylor University has selected Professor of Law Jeremy Counseller to receive the 2021-2022 Outstanding Faculty Award for Teaching (Tenured).
May
24
2022
3L Lizzie Allen Earns Highly Competitive Equal Justice Works Fellowship
Baylor Law 3L Lizzie Allen was recently selected to receive a highly selective Equal Justice Works Fellowship. She will provide direct representation and advocacy for students with disabilities at risk of, and currently navigating, the juvenile justice system.
May
19
2022
16 of the Nation's Best Student Advocates to Compete for the  Title of 'Top Gun' in June
Student advocates who will compete in Baylor Law's Top Gun National Mock Trial Competition, the most challenging mock trial competition in the country, have been named. The invitation-only tournament pits the best advocates from 16 trial advocacy schools against one another in a head-to-head, winner-take-all contest June 1-5 at Baylor Law.
May
3
2022
Baylor Law Announces Law Schools Participating in Top Gun XIII
Law students from the best trial advocacy programs in the country will travel to Waco June 1-5 to take part in Baylor Law’s thirteenth annual National Top Gun Mock Trial Competition. The invitation-only, winner-takes-all contest is the nation's most prestigious and intense mock trial competition.
May
2
2022
Baylor Law Celebrates Exceeding Its Campaign Goal
Baylor Law celebrates its achievement of exceeding its $50M Give Light fundraising goal through the generosity of Baylor Law alumni and friends. Baylor Law’s Give Light priorities included opportunities which expand areas of existing excellence and pursue new areas of strategic importance with the support of growing endowment resources.
Apr
26
2022
Baylor Law Offers Free Wills for First Responders
For the fifth straight year, Baylor Law’s Legal Clinics will honor the hard work, dedication, and sacrifice of McLennan County’s law enforcement, firefighters, and emergency medical services. During May, Baylor Law’s Estate Planning Clinic will offer free wills and simple estate planning to police, firefighters, EMTs, and their spouses living or working in McLennan County.
Apr
5
2022
Baylor Law Honors Outstanding Students at the 2022 John William and Florence Dean Minton Student Awards Ceremony and Lecture Series
On Thursday, March 31, 2022, Baylor Law held its annual awards ceremony to honor outstanding student accomplishments during the past year. The John William and Florence Dean Minton Student Awards Ceremony and Lecture Series celebrates those Baylor Law students who excel both in and out of the classroom. Baylor Law honored students for excellence in academics, advocacy, work on the Baylor Law Review, and pro bono and public service at the ceremony.
Mar
29
2022
Professor Josh Borderud (J.D. ‘09) honored by the American Inns of Court at the United States Supreme Court
Baylor Law faculty member and Waco City Councilman Joshua G. Borderud (J.D.’ 09) received the 2020 American Inns of Court Sandra Day O’Connor Award for Professional Service at the Supreme Court of the United States in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, March 26th, 2022. The American Inns of Court presents the Sandra Day O’Connor Award to honor a member in the first ten years of practice for excellence in public interest or pro bono activities.
Mar
22
2022
Lauren Leveno and Jamie Mills Win Baylor Law's 2022  Faegre Drinker Spring Moot Court Competition
Baylor Law’s annual Faegre Drinker Spring Moot Court Competition ended on Monday, March 21, with students Lauren Leveno and Jamie Mills taking the top spots. Eighty-four teams participated in this challenging competition, making it one of the largest tournaments ever held at Baylor Law.
Mar
11
2022
Baylor Lawyer Ben Selman (JD ’73) To Be Honored by Texas Bar Foundation
The Texas Bar Foundation has selected Baylor Lawyer and Adjunct Professor of Law Ben Selman (JD ’73) as the 2022 recipient of the Lola Wright Foundation Award for outstanding public service and the promotion of legal ethics in Texas.
Mar
10
2022
Baylor Lawyer Hon. T. John Ward, JD ‘67 to be Honored by Texas Bar Foundation
Judge T. John Ward, JD ‘67, the United States District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Texas who retired from the bench in 2011, will be honored as a recipient of the Texas Bar Foundation’s Outstanding 50 Year Lawyer Award.
Mar
8
2022
Baylor Lawyer Shannon Sedgwick Davis (JD ’00) Honored As the 2022 International Citizen of the Year by the World Affairs Council of San Antonio
Baylor Law congratulates Shannon Sedgwick Davis (JD ’00) on her selection as the 2022 International Citizen of the Year by the World Affairs Council of San Antonio. Sedgwick Davis was honored at a celebration on March 2 at the Red Berry Estate in San Antonio.
Mar
2
2022
Andrew Boone Takes Top Spot in Sixth Annual Ultimate Writer Competition at Baylor Law
Andrew Boone has won first place in Baylor Law’s annual The Ultimate Writer legal writing competition, drafting the best legal document out of several competitors. For his efforts, he was awarded an $8,000 cash prize thanks to the generous underwriting of the Charles and Lisa Frazier Endowed Fund for Excellence in Writing and the law firm of Durham, Pittard & Spalding LLP.
Feb
28
2022
Baylor Lawyer, Lewis R. Sifford (JD ’72) Confirmed as National President of the American Board of Trial Advocates
Baylor Law congratulates Lewis R. Sifford (JD ’72) on his selection as the 2022 President of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). Sifford was unanimously confirmed at the organization’s National Committee Meeting on January 3.
Feb
1
2022
Baylor Law Team Takes First Place at the 2022 Hunton Andrews Kurth Moot Court National Invitational Championship
Students Lexie Ammons, Michael Tagliabue, and brief writer Sarah Megan Erb took top honors in the field of the top sixteen advocacy programs in the nation at the 2022 Hunton Andrews Kurth Moot Court National Invitational Championship hosted by the University of Houston Law Center.
Jan
28
2022
First Wellness-Focused Program of 2022 A Success
More than 100 Baylor Law students recently attended a special presentation by Adjunct Professor of Law Walt Shelton titled “Daily and Periodic Practices to Enhance your Life Quality: Staying Focused and Keeping Balanced.” The virtual session on mindfulness and balance, along with a signed copy of Professor Shelton’s latest book were made possible thanks to a recent grant to the law school from the Texas Bar Foundation to implement comprehensive mental health and wellness offerings at the Law School.
Jan
18
2022
ABA Regional Client Counseling Competition - Volunteers Needed
Baylor Law has been selected to host one of the 2022 ABA National Client Counseling Regional Competitions via Zoom and invites alumni and lawyers within the legal community to participate as virtual judges.
Jan
17
2022
Top Prizes in <em>The Closer</em>, Baylor Law's Elite National Transactional Law Competition, Won by Bess Fisher, University of Mississippi School of Law, and Zachery Hunter, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
Bess Fisher of University of Mississippi School of Law and Zachery Hunter of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law are this year's winners of The Closer, the nation's most challenging transactional law competition. Runners up in this year's challenging competition were James Keegan of University of San Diego School of Law and Megan Sugrue of University of Denver Sturm College of Law.
Jan
12
2022
Kristine Bridges to Lead Baylor Law’s Career Development Office
Kristine Bridges (JD ’03), current Director of Development for Baylor Law, will transition to become Baylor Law’s Assistant Dean of Career Services. She will take over the role previously held by now-Senior Assistant Dean Angela Cruseturner on January 18, 2022.
Jan
10
2022
Baylor Law Hosts National Transactional Law Competition, The Closer,  This Week
Baylor Law's sixth annual transactional law competition, The Closer, one the nation's preeminent law competitions, gets underway this week. In this innovative and invitation-only competition, students from participating schools vie to win a total of $10,000 in top prizes and bragging rights as a top closer.
Jan
6
2022
Baylor Law Mourns Passing of Beloved Professor David Guinn, ‘The Godfather’
Baylor Law School mourns the loss of Master Teacher David Guinn, the retired Lyndon L. Olson and William A. Olson Professor of Local Government and Constitutional Law. Lovingly referred to as "the Godfather," Professor Guinn earned his nickname for his long tenure at the law school, but also for the wide influence he had on state policy and generations of Baylor Lawyers.
Dec
9
2021
Matthew Maupin is Baylor Law's Fall 2021 'Mad Dog' Champion
Baylor Law student Matthew Maupin has been named the most recent Baylor Law 'Mad Dog,' after winning the Fall 2021 Mad Dog Mock Trial Competition. Fellow student Kristopher Ruiz was the finalist.
A long-running tradition at Baylor Law, every Practice Court class competes in the Bob and Karen Wortham "Mad Dog" Practice Court Competition, a week-long contest that occurs at the beginning of the second quarter of the famed Practice Court program.
Dec
6
2021
Baylor Law Hosts 10th Successful Criminal Law Boot Camp
The tenth Criminal Law Boot Camp, and third of 2021, offered an intense introduction to Texas state criminal practice taught by highly experienced prosecutors and defense lawyers. Over a period of three days students were exposed to real-world criminal case theories and preparation skills that are essential for successful criminal prosecution and defense. The final Boot Camp of 2021 began on Friday, December 3, and ran through Sunday, December 5.
Dec
2
2021
Baylor Lawyer Brit Featherston Sworn in as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas
On Tuesday, November 16, Baylor Lawyer Brit Featherston (JD ’92) was sworn in as United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas. Featherston was appointed by U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland and took the oath of office from fellow Baylor Lawyer, Chief District Judge Rodney Gilstrap (JD ’81).
Nov
29
2021
A New Beginning - Baylor Law Participates in ‘Moana’-Themed Adoption Day
On Friday, November 19th, 14 new families were legally formed and 20 former foster children were finally adopted into their new families. For the fourteenth straight year, Baylor Law faculty, staff, and students joined with members of the McLennan County Department of Families and Child Protective Services and the judiciary to celebrate McLennan County’s Adoption Day.
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