Robert Little Jr. Named Young Baylor Lawyer of the Year

June 24, 2013

Waco attorney and Baylor Law School Adjunct Professor Robert Little Jr. (JD '05) has been selected as the 2013 Young Baylor Lawyer of the Year.

His award was announced on June 20, at the Baylor Law Alumni Reception in Dallas, which was held in conjunction with the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting.

"I am very honored to receive this award," Little said. "I believe in Baylor Law School's mission of making advocacy and trial skills a priority for young lawyers, and I am proud to be a small part of fulfilling that mission."

Little works in the Waco office of the firm Naman, Howell, Smith & Lee, PLLC. His practice is focused on personal injury trial law, toxic tort/asbestos defense, business litigation, and civil trial law.

"Robert came to our firm from Baylor Law School with excellent knowledge of evidence and procedure, and very good advocacy skills," said Roy L. Barrett, president of Naman, Howell, Smith & Lee. "In the almost eight years he has been with us, Robert has become an exceptional lawyer. We are proud of him."

At Baylor Law School, Little coaches mock trial teams, including the teams that won the prestigious National Trial Competition in 2009 and 2012, and the Tournament of Champions in 2012.

"Robert has a wonderful insight into what it takes to prepare students for interscholastic competition," Baylor Law School Dean Brad Toben said. "That, combined with his passion for sharing his skills and experience with our students, has made him a consistently successful coach and teacher."

The Young Baylor Lawyer of the Year Award is given to an outstanding alumnus/a who has brought honor and distinction to the Law School and to the legal profession. The recipient must not reach age 41 before Jan. 1 of the award year. Recipients are selected based upon the following criteria:

  • Legal ability and achievements as a lawyer
  • Contributions to the legal profession
  • Standing in the profession
  • Christian character
  • Civic, religious, and other attainments
  • Active interest in Baylor Law School

"I would like to thank my parents, all of the faculty and staff at Baylor Law School, and my partners and friends at Naman, Howell, Smith & Lee for giving me the education and mentoring that has allowed me to come this far, and for giving me the opportunities that have allowed me to accomplish so much," Little said. "Also, thanks to all of the students who I've had the opportunity to coach and have made me look good."

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