Renowned trial lawyer George Chandler, founder and chairman of Chandler, Mathis & Zivley in Lufkin, Texas, has been named the 2009 Baylor Lawyer of the Year by Baylor Law School. Chandler will be honored at a luncheon on Jan. 15 at the Crown Colony Country Club in Lufkin.
At its Annual Board and Membership Meeting in Austin, the Texas Trial Lawyers Association (TTLA) installed Baylor Law alumnus and Dallas lawyer George "Tex" Quesada as its 2010 president. Quesada follows fellow Baylor Law alumnus Nelson Roach as head of the professional organization comprised exclusively of attorneys whose primary area of practice is representing plaintiffs in the civil justice system.
The Baylor Alumni Association will present two awards during a luncheon on Saturday, Dec. 19, at the Hughes-Dillard Alumni Center. The Price Daniel Distinguished Public Service Award will go to State Sen. Kirk Watson '81, and Melissa Rogers '88 will receive the Abner V. McCall Religious Liberty Award.
Carson Runge, a third-year law student from Grand Prairie, was named the Baylor Law School's latest Top Gun on Monday, Dec. 7. Runge won the intrascholastic Bob and Karen Wortham mini-trial competition and took home the "Mad Dog," an 18-inch bronze statuette of Matt "Mad Dog" Dawson, the legendary Baylor Law professor who started the tradition of mini-trial competitions during his tenure as director of Baylor Law's Practice Court Program.
Baylor Law dogs and their people gathered at Dogtopia on Dec. 8 for the second annual Howlidays. The canines gulped down dog treats while their owners enjoyed cupcakes decorated with a paw print. Both men and beasts had fun.
Mark Osler, who has spent more than a decade studying, testifying on and arguing cases about sentencing crack cocaine offenders, will present "Crackheads, Senators, Money and Power: A Legal and Social History of Crack Cocaine," Monday, Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m. in room 127 of the Shelia and Walter Umphrey Law Center at Baylor.