Baylor Law School will hold its annual John William & Florence Dean Minton Baylor Law School Student Award Ceremony at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 31, at the Palladium. Baylor Law alumnus Mark Slough, NFL Sports Agent and owner of Ascent Sports & Entertainment, will serve as keynote speaker.
It's not every day that Baylor Law students get to present oral arguments to a former U.S. Solicitor General, three Texas Supreme Court justices and a former justice of the Texas Third Court of Appeals but that is exactly what happened to Blayne Thompson, Derik Scott, Hunter Oliver and Harrison Powers. The four were the finalists in Baylor Law School's M.D. Anderson Foundation Moot Court Competition and delivered their arguments to what has to be one of the most distinguished judges' panel for a law school competition.
Baylor Law School held the finals of its M.D. Anderson Foundation Moot Court Competition on Monday, March 21. Baylor President Ken Starr; Justices Nathan Hecht, Dale Wainwright and Don Willett of the Texas Supreme Court; and Justice Jan Patterson, formerly of the Texas Third Court of Appeals, presided at the finals.
Gerald R. Powell, Abner V. McCall Professor of Evidence Law and director of the Practice Court Program, gave a MCLE presentation on "The Law of Expert Witnesses," to Bell County Bench & Bar Conference on March 24, 2011, at Bell County Justice Complex.
The Baylor Alumni Association honored two Baylor Law School alumni at the organization's inaugural Hall of Fame Ceremony in late January. Chase Palmer, '98, was the recipient of the Herbert H. Reynolds Outstanding Young Alumni Award while Dr. Derek Davis, '73, received the Abner V. McCall Religious Liberty Award.
A series of interviews that was conducted by a Baylor Law professor with some of Texas most influential judges is now available as part of the State Bar of Texas CLE Online Classroom. Prof. Ron Beal's "From the Bench: Judicial Perspectives on Environmental/Administrative Cases" features sessions with the Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court, two Third Court of Appeals Justices, the Chief Administrative Judge of the Travis County District Court and four administrative law judges. The interviews were taped and digitalized for access via the internet.
Baylor Law students Reagan Vernon and Pamela Sieja placed third at the Thurgood Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition, which was held in Washington, D.C., March 17-18. The team was coached by Baylor Law Professor Rory Ryan. The competition is sponsored by the Young Lawyers division of the Federal Bar Association.
Baylor Law alumna Leslie L. Hunt, a senior associate with Decker Jones McMackin McClane Hall & Bates, P.C., has been named the 2011 Outstanding Young Lawyer of Fort Worth and Tarrant County by the Fort Worth-Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association (FW-TCYLA). She will be honored by the Tarrant County Bar Association (TCBA) at its Law Day award dinner May 5, 2011.
Baylor Law students Reagan Vernon and Pamela Sieja and their coach Professor Rory Ryan have been researching, brief-writing and participating in oral arguments in preparation for the Thurgood Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition, to be held in Washington, D.C., on March 17-18.
Four Baylor Law Students have been accepted into the Texas Access to Justice Internship Program. Through this program, Lee Roy Calderson, Brittany Cravens, Taylor Romero and Brittany Wray have been awarded the opportunity to participate in internships with non-profit providers of civil legal services.
Baylor Law School's M.D. Anderson Foundation Moot Court Competition, an internal competition for Baylor Law students is under way and will end March 21. Sixty-nine teams entered the competition, the largest number for the internal competition. Sixteen made it to the post-rounds, which are happening now, single-elimination style.
At the 2011 CASE District III and IV Fusion Conference Feb. 20-23 in New Orleans, Baylor Law School won five awards, including including two grand awards (gold), two awards of excellence (silver) and one special award (honorable mention). CASE recognizes achievements in the areas of marketing, advancement, communications, alumni relations and fundraising, among others.
Brittney Johnson and Paul Green will leave March 11 to represent Baylor Law School at the ABA Client Counseling Nationals. The team won the regional competition in February. The two-student team is coached by Student Coach Lauren Sepulveda and Coach Vik Deivanayagam.
Two teams from Baylor Law School will leave March 3 for the AAJ Regional Mock Trial Competition. Shannon Brandt, Robert Wharton, Danielle Odom and Ben Yelverton make up one team. James Ray, Mark Walraven, Chaille Graft and Joel Towner make up another. Both teams are coached by Professor Jim Wren and Kathy Serr. The winner of the regional competition will qualify for the national competition.
Baylor Law students Akilah Craig and John Litzler along with John Headrick, who acts as team brief writer, will leave for the Tulane Sports Law Moot Court Competition today, March 2. Team coach is Professor Rory Ryan.
Two teams from Baylor Law School will leave Friday morning, March 4, for the Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition. James Willis and Kristen Blakely and Kyle Counce and Trey Duck make up the two teams, with Judge Larry Kelly, Bill Drabble and Kathy Serr at their coaches. The teams also had the assistance of two brief writers -- Josue Caballero for the Counce/Duck team and Dustin Lucas for Blakely/Willis.
Surprising many of its competitors, the Baylor Law School team of Sara Kimbrough, Matt Smith, and Kelsi Lauger made the finals of the Environmental Law Moot Court competition at Pace Law School in White Plains, NY. This was the first time a Baylor Law team had taken part in the large competition, which drew 73 teams.
A Baylor Law School team went 5-0 in oral argument rounds to become champions at the ABA Regional Appellate Advocacy Competition, which was held the last weekend in February in San Francisco. With the win, the team automatically qualified for the national finals, scheduled for early April in Chicago.