Judge Brad Cates, JD '80, Receives Outstanding Mentor Award

May 18, 2017

Judge Brad Cates, JD '80, Receives Outstanding Mentor Award

Photo of Judge Brad Cates in action in a classroom

WACO, Texas -

Judge Brad Cates, JD '80, of McLennan County Court at Law No. 2 in Waco, Texas, received the 2017 Outstanding Mentor Award from the Waco-McLennan County Young Lawyers Association (WMCYLA).

Judge Cates oposes with Matt Czimskey, while receiving his award
Matt Czimskey, president-elect of the Waco-McLennan County Young Lawyers Association, presents Judge Brad Cates with the 2017 Outstanding Mentor Award.
Judge Cates holds his award

Cates was recognized during the Waco-McLennan County Bar Association luncheon on May 5, 2017, held in the pressbox of McLane Stadium. Waco-McLennan County Young Lawyers Association President-Elect Matt Czimskey of Beard Kultgen Brophy Bostwick & Dickson presented Cates with the award.

The Outstanding Mentor Award recognizes one attorney who has consistently demonstrated a commitment to mentoring young lawyers in his or her legal community.

Cates has mentored countless young lawyers in private practice and from the bench. He has set a strong example with his exemplary bar service, and he recently made his long-running golf tournament into a successful fundraiser benefiting the Region 12 High School Mock Trial competition. Cates has served as both a coach and a judge for decades in the mock trial competition.

CONTACT: Nick Teixeira, Baylor Law School
EMAIL: Nick_Teixeira@baylor.edu, PHONE: 254.710.4823
PHOTOS BY: Nick Teixeira. Baylor Law School
Original press release courtesy of the Waco Tribune-Herald

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 #3 in the nation. Baylor Law School is also ranked #51 in the magazine's 2018 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.

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