WACO, Texas -
On Friday, November 18, 2016, Baylor Law School hosted its largest Adoption Day ever. Aided by fifty-nine Baylor Law School students, a record-breaking forty-one children were adopted into loving, permanent families.
Baylor Law School hosts Adoption Day in recognition of November as National Adoption Month. Each year, Baylor Law School celebrates the joys of adoption and encourages more people to pursue adoption as a way to give children permanent families. Baylor Law School's ninth annual celebration is part of a nationwide effort to call special attention to the foster children waiting in the United States and to celebrate all loving families that adopt.
Through the dedicated efforts of many Baylor Law School students, the first floor of the law center was colorfully decorated and transformed into a fun, family celebration based on the childrens' movie "Finding Dory,"— this year's Adoption Day theme: "Adoptions: Finding Families." Faculty and students greeted families, entertained children, and attended to "Finding Dory" inspired games and activities dressed as characters from the popular film such as Marlin, Hank, Nemo, and of course — Dory. Gift baskets, a well stocked luncheon, and custom cakes were provided thanks to the generosity of numerous sponsors.
Baylor Law School students consistently proclaim how Baylor Law's Adoption Day is one of the best, and most memorable days they have during their time at Baylor Law School. It is a program that the law students truly enjoy planning and participating in and serves as a way to give back to the community, which is a fundamental aspect of Baylor Law's emphasis on pro bono activities and public service.
"All of us at Baylor Law School are humbled and grateful to be able to provide a day of celebration to these well-deserving children and their families," said Professor Bridget Fuselier, founder of Baylor Law's Adoption Day program. "But we couldn't do it without all of the tremendous support from our students, administrators, faculty, and community sponsors."
Baylor Law School hosts the event in collaboration with the Baylor Law Public Interest Legal Society, the Waco-McLennan County Bar Association, and the McLennan County office of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.
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Established in 1857, Baylor Law School was one of the first law schools in Texas and one of the first west of the Mississippi River. Today, the school has more than 7,400 living alumni. It is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Baylor Law School has a record of producing outstanding lawyers, many of whom decide upon a career in public service. The Law School boasts two governors, members or former members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, two former directors of the FBI, U.S. ambassadors, federal judges, justices of the Texas Supreme Court and members of the Texas Legislature, among its notable alumni. In its law specialties rankings, U.S. News & World Report ranked Baylor Law's trial advocacy program as #4 in the nation. Baylor Law School is also ranked #55 in the magazine's 2017 edition of "America's Best Graduate Schools." The National Jurist ranks Baylor Law as one of the "Best School for Practical Training," and #4 in the nation in its most recent "Best Law School Facilities" listing. The Business Insider places Baylor Law among the top 50 law schools in the nation. Baylor Law School received the 2015 American Bar Association Pro Bono Publico Award, making it only the third law school in the nation to be honored with the award since the award's inception in 1984.
Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having "high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 16,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 D1 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big XII Conference. Learn more at baylor.edu