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Jan
26
2023
Gloria Jones of The University of Texas School of Law Wins The 2022 Edition of The Paper Chase Legal Writing Competition
On Thursday, January 26, Baylor Law announced the winners of the 2022 The Paper Chase Legal Writing Competition, Texas’s premier legal writing contest. According to the Judges from the Texas Young Lawyer Association (TYLA), this year’s winner is Gloria Jones of the University of Texas School of Law. Second Place was awarded to Colin Hickl of SMU Dedman School of Law, and Jacob C. Swanson of SMU Dedman School of Law took Third Place. The high-stakes legal writing competition stands out for its challenging real-world writing prompt and a significant cash prize award of $5,000 for first-place winner Gloria Jones and $7,000 in total prizes.
Jan
18
2023
Winners Announced in the 2023 Edition of The Closer, Baylor Law’s Elite National Transactional Law Competition
Ryann Connell of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and Will Cowan of the University of Houston Law Center are this year’s winners of The Closer, the nation’s most challenging transactional law competition. The runners-up in this year’s demanding competition were Alyx Thompson of the University of Tennessee College of Law and Evan Nelson of Emory University School of Law.
Jan
13
2023
AALS Honors Dean Stephen Rispoli with Major Pro Bono Award
Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Strategic Initiatives Stephen Rispoli has been named the 2023 Access to Justice Award recipient by the Association of American Law Schools.
Jan
10
2023
US Senate Confirms Cindy Dyer, JD ’93,  as Director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking
The US Senate has confirmed Cindy Dyer, JD ’93, to become the next Director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (J/TIP), with the rank of Ambassador. Dyer’s appointment by President Biden earlier this year was confirmed by a unanimous bipartisan vote of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Dec
5
2022
Baylor Law Announces Schools Selected to Compete in the 2023 The Closer Transactional Law Competition
Baylor University School of Law announces the 14 law schools and student competitors that will participate in the seventh annual The Closer Transactional Law Competition in January 2023.
Dec
2
2022
Baylor Law Student Amanda Alvez Receives TYLA Scholarship
Baylor Law student Amanda Alvez is one of three recipients of the 2022 Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA) Diversity Scholarship.
Nov
21
2022
36 Children Adopted into 28 Forever Families at  McLennan County’s 15th Annual Adoption Day at Baylor Law
On Friday, November 18, McLennan County celebrated Adoption Day, where 36 children in foster care realized their dream of finding a forever family at Baylor Law before McLennan County Judge Nikki Mundkowsky.
Nov
10
2022
Baylor Law Veterans Clinic Honors Advocates of the Year for 2022: Dominic Braus (JD ’09) and Curtis Brown
Baylor Law Veterans Clinic recognized Curtis Brown and Dominic Braus (JD ’09) as the 2022 Advocates of the Year at the Waco-McLennan County Bar Association luncheon on Friday, November 4.
Oct
7
2022
Baylor Law Professor Jim Wren Recognized by the Texas Chapters of the American Board of Trial Advocates with Ethics and Civility Award
The Waco Chapter of The Texas Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (TEX-ABOTA) has selected Baylor Law’s Jim Wren to receive the 2022 Civility and Ethics Award for outstanding ethics and civility in his professional career.
Sep
27
2022
McKinney and Zermeno Simon Win Baylor Law’s 2022  Dawson & Sodd Moot Court Competition
The team of Catherine McKinney and Maria Zermeno Simon edged out the team of Danielle Hayes and Tiffany Dunkin to take the top spot as winners of the 2022 Dawson & Sodd, PLLC Moot Court Competition at Baylor Law.
Sep
15
2022
Michael P. Heiskell (J.D. ’74) Named 2022 Baylor Lawyer of the Year
The Executive Committee of the Baylor Law Alumni Association has selected Michael P. Heiskell (J.D. ’74) as the 2022 Baylor Lawyer of the Year. Cynthia Clack (J.D. ’78), President of the Baylor Law Alumni Association, presented Heiskell with the award during a recognition luncheon at the Fort Worth Club on Thursday, September 15th.
Sep
9
2022
Patricia Diaz-Rodriguez (LL.M.'19) Elected To Serve as Region II President of the Hispanic National Bar Association
Patricia Diaz-Rodriguez (LL.M.'19) was recently elected Region II President of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA). Region II serves members of the HNBA in New York. She was sworn in during the National Hispanic Bar Conference in Washington, D.C., on September 9, 2022.
Sep
1
2022
Baylor Law Wins E. Earle Zehmer  Workers’ Compensation Moot Court Competition
For the third time in five years, Baylor Law’s Moot Court interscholastic team has clinched another national championship at the E. Earle Zehmer Moot Court competition held in Orlando. In a testament to the depth of talent of Baylor Law’s moot court teams, two Baylor Law teams advanced to the final round of the competition and faced off for the championship on Monday, August 21, 2022.
Aug
31
2022
Baylor Law and the Texas District and County Attorneys Association Celebrate a 20-Year Partnership
Since 2002, Baylor Law has hosted the Texas District and County Attorneys Association’s (TDCAA) Advanced Trial Advocacy Course during the ‘intersession’ between the Summer and Fall Quarters. Building on this decades-long partnership, Baylor hosted two of TDCAA’s educational programs this summer: its Advanced Trial Advocacy Course and its Advanced Appellate Course.
Aug
10
2022
Baylor Law Leadership Program Wins Prestigious ABA Gambrell Award
For the second time in four years, the American Bar Association (ABA) has awarded Baylor Law with its prestigious E. Smythe Gambrell Professionalism Award. The ABA has selected Baylor Law’s innovative Leadership Development Program to receive the 2022 Award, following the selection of Baylor Law’s Practice Ready Program in 2018.
Jun
30
2022
Baylor Lawyer Cindy V. Tisdale Elected President-Elect of the State Bar of Texas
Baylor Lawyer Cindy V. Tisdale (JD '95) of Granbury was sworn in as President-Elect of the State Bar of Texas during the State Bar's Board of Directors meeting on June 9, 2022. Tisdale will serve as the Bar's President from June 2023 to June 2024. She is the owner and principal of the Law Office of Cindy V. Tisdale and is Of Counsel at Lynch, Chappell & Alsup in Midland.
Jun
29
2022
Baylor Law Welcomes Stephanie Mabry as Director of Development
Stephanie Dunnam Mabry joined Baylor Law as its Director of Development in the Spring of 2022. She received her Bachelor of Arts in history and political science from Baylor University and a Master of Arts in Politics and Society in Historical Perspective from Utrecht University in the Netherlands.
Jun
14
2022
Adjunct Professor David Deaconson (JD ’83) Honored as 2022 Outstanding Mentor of Texas
Adjunct Professor David Deaconson, JD ’83, has been honored by the Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA) as the 2022 Outstanding Mentor of Texas. The TYLA honored Deaconson for his dedication to mentoring young lawyers and furthering the importance of mentoring in the legal profession.
Jun
13
2022
Rachel Rickel Takes the Title of Summer 2022 Mad Dog Champion
Baylor Law student Rachel Rickel has been named Baylor Law’s most recent ‘Mad Dog’ after winning the Summer 2022 Mad Dog Mock Trial Competition. Fellow student Lexie Ammons was the finalist.
Jun
8
2022
Assistant District Attorney for Brazos County, Ryan Calvert, Offers First Voir Dire Boot Camp to Baylor Law Students
How does a winning trial attorney ensure that the jurors are well-suited to decide the specific case on trial? That is the objective of a successful voir dire—and the aim of ADA Ryan Calvert’s first-ever Voir Dire Boot Camp offered to Baylor Law students in May 2022.
Jun
6
2022
University of Georgia School of Law student Haley Kairab is Baylor Law's Top Gun National Mock Trial Competition Champion for 2022
After three grueling days of rigorous competition, Haley Kairab of the University of Georgia School of Law was declared the winner of Top Gun XIII, the thirteenth annual iteration of Baylor Law's intense National Mock Trial Competition.
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.
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