Baylor Law’s Leadership Engagement and Development (LEAD) Counsel held the second annual Making a Difference Conference, “Passion for Justice,” on Friday, February 9, 2018. At the free, public event students, attorneys and other community leaders learned about how they can make a positive impact on their communities through engagement, policy, and legislation.
Baylor Law’s Chris Arnell and Marcus Fifer will compete in the national championship of the National Trial Competition in Austin this April, after winning the Region 10 regional competition. Baylor Law’s Stephani Cook, Matthew Hinojosa and Jordan Jarreau also represented Baylor Law at the regional competition, falling just short of qualifying for nationals. Daniel Pellegrin played a critical role in preparing both teams for competition.
Baylor Law will host its annual “People’s Law School” at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10. Attorneys and legal experts will offer 19, free one-hour courses, of which guests can register for three. The courses offered range from family law to consumer rights and many others.
Several Baylor Law faculty members have been named to key leadership roles in the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), the nation's largest legal education nonprofit dedicated to upholding and advancing excellence in legal education.
Baylor Law School recognized retired Air Force Lt. Col. Jack Rochelle and Christie Ryan of Dunnam & Dunnam as its 2017 Advocates of the Year at its Waco-McLennan County Bar Association Veterans Day luncheon on Nov. 10.
In 2012, Professor Bridget Fuselier founded the Baylor Law Veterans Clinic to serve military veterans and their spouses with their civil legal needs. Now in its fifth year, the Veterans Clinic has provided legal assistance to over 750 veterans in Central Texas.
Baylor Law School hosted the 10th annual McLennan County Adoption Day on Nov. 17, and the Star Wars theme was a hit for the hundreds of people who attended to celebrate the legal adoptions of 33 children into their new families.
The winners of Baylor Law's 2017 Ultimate Writer Regional Legal Writing Competition have been announced. Co-sponsored by the Texas Young Lawyers Association, the regional competition is exclusive to Texas law schools. The competition tests competitors’ abilities to review a packet of materials and draft a real-world legal document based on the packet and writing prompt.
Baylor Law was honored to host the National Judicial College’s 2017 Dividing the Waters General Conference on November 1-4 in Waco, Texas. The conference prepares judicial officers for adjudicating and resolving groundwater conflicts. The faculty, comprised of prominent scientists and judges from across the nation, focus on the enduring and emerging conflicts over groundwater in Texas and across the West.
It’s no secret that the world of law hasn’t always been welcoming to women. At the same time that the women’s suffrage movement was gaining steam at the turn of the 20th century, formal law schools were being created across the nation. Law had been taught at Baylor as early as 1857, making BU the second university west of the Mississippi River to offer law classes, and Baylor Law School built off that with its formal establishment in 1920 — coincidentally, the same year the 19th Amendment granted women the right to vote.
It takes a brave person to fly Army helicopters into battle zones in Afghanistan, landing amidst the fighting to evacuate injured soldiers who need treatment. It also takes a brave person to dedicate both their personal and professional lives to serving orphaned children, kids who need someone to fight for them. Baylor law student Stephen Carl is both.
One of the hallmarks of Baylor Law School's 160-year existence has been the consistent development of successful Baylor Lawyers. While law schools across the country are beginning to transition to a more practice-focused curriculum, Baylor Law has remained attentive to its students' professional needs since its inception through long-standing programs like Practice Court and a well-rounded curriculum.
Baylor University today announced a gift of $2 million from Sherri W. and Robert “Bobby” L. Patton Jr. of Fort Worth that will enhance the legal writing and pro bono programs in the nationally ranked Baylor Law School. Their gift will help underwrite two programs that already distinguish Baylor Law among its peers, while also providing student scholarship assistance.
Baylor Law has partnered with Naman, Howell, Smith & Lee, PLLC to offer an innovative new kind of pro bono clinic–an “Answer-a-Thon”–using the Texas Legal Answers website of the State Bar of Texas. The purpose of the clinic is threefold: to increase access to justice for low-income Texans; to provide law students with an opportunity to gain practical, real-life experience helping clients and working with experienced attorneys; and to remove barriers to attorneys providing pro bono services.
With the federal government's phasing out of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the Baylor Law Immigration Clinic offers renewal assistance to those who's DACA status expires on or before March 5, 2018.
Baylor Law School Professor Laura Hernandez is an expert on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the founder of the Baylor Law Immigration Clinic. Professor Hernandez shared her insight on the termination of the program with award-winning journalist Simi Sara on CKNW Newstalk 980 AM's "The Simi Sara Show."
With Texans reeling from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, Baylor Law students are stepping up to help. The flooding and devastation of the hurricane have forced thousands of Texans to evacuate their homes and communities. Baylor Law students, working alongside Lone Star Legal Aid, have organized a fundraiser and donation drive to help their families, friends and neighbors on the Gulf Coast.
Baylor Law School's annual three-day Legal Mapmaker program runs Aug. 16-18 in Fort Worth. Attendees will attend workshops led by experts in numerous areas ranging from business planning and alternative fee arrangements to marketing, client relations and community involvement.
Baylor Law hosted the annual Academy of the Advocate in St Andrews July 29-August 12. Students from Baylor Law and other law schools with top advocacy programs across the country joined the impressive roster of distinguished faculty for an intense, yet fun, two-week advocacy-focused summer abroad program.
The Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA) awarded the Waco-McLennan County Young Lawyers Association first place in the Single Project Service to the Public category in recognition of the association's Pro Bono Challenge Program.