Baylor Law Gives Back to Waco Community

January 5, 2017

Baylor Law Gives Back to Waco Community

Meredith Meyer with students
Meredith Meyer, Special Events Coordinator and Office Manager at Baylor Law School, with students from Bell's Hill Elementary

WACO, Texas -

Each Christmas season, the Baylor Law family gives back to the Waco community in a myriad of ways.

Serving the Community

Bell's Hill student receives a gift from a Baylor Law student in Elf Costume
Baylor Law School student Claire Dykeman visits with a Bell's Hill student after passing out gifts before Christmas

Baylor Law's Waco ISD Adopt-A-School, Bell's Hill Elementary, is an inner-city school where almost 100% of the children qualify for free or reduced lunch. For the fifth consecutive year, the Student Bar Association (SBA) has raised money and solicited donations to purchase a new Christmas gift for all 900 children! This tradition started about nine years ago when Baylor Law's Adopt-A-School was Sul Ross Elementary. When Sul Ross was shut down, most of the families moved to Bell's Hill, and Baylor Law followed. This year, Bell's Hill requested a "Baylor Christmas," and the SBA purchased Baylor Law t-shirts for all 900 children. Meredith Meyer and several law students graciously shared their time on Friday, December 16 to share their Christmas joy and distribute the t-shirts. To these kids, a t-shirt is not only a "new" gift but also a necessity as many of these children wear the same shirt on a regular basis. Bell's Hill will allow the children to wear their Baylor Law shirt as part of their mandatory dress code.

The law students of Phi Alpha Delta orchestrated a Christmas "Angel Tree" for the 20 Bell's Hill children who are in the most need (as determined by the school counselor) and law students selected an angel and purchased the items on their wish list. Through this heartwarming effort, over 200 toys were purchased, wrapped and delivered to Bell's Hill.

For many years, the Bell's Hill Christmas Choir has serenaded the Baylor Law family, and following their performance, the Law School provides them with a delicious holiday feast. The annual Christmas performance exposes so many students to a beautiful college campus, and hopefully, at least one of these sweet students will become a Baylor Bear.

For 13 years, the faculty and staff of Baylor Law have raised money for Caritas, a local food pantry, by hosting a potluck luncheon. This year the luncheon raised $1,676.00 (equivalent to 4,190 pounds of food)! This year's luncheon was extra festive as it was hosted on Election Day and had a patriotic theme. The halls of the Dean's Suite were lined with tables overflowing with hot dogs, potato salad, baked beans, and, of course, decadent desserts.

Baylor Law School extends a heartfelt thank you to the students, faculty and staff who graciously give their time and talent to those in need – during the Christmas season and all year long.

CONTACT: Berkley Knas, Alumni Relations

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

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