Baylor Law Hosts Another Successful People's Law School

February 18, 2018

Baylor Law Hosts Another Successful People's Law School

Professor Powell lectures a classroom
Professor Gerald Powell explains the jury selection process during Baylor Law's People's Law School

WACO, Texas -

On February 10th, Baylor Law hosted the 13th annual People's Law School, a half-day event offering free courses designed to help members of our Central Texas communities understand their legal rights.

A full classroom at Baylor Law
Professor Patricia Wilson addresses attendees prior to the start of the People's Law School
Professor Borderud in front of a class of students
Josh Borderud teaching a class about veterans' rights
Attorney Enid Wade standing in front of a classroom of students
Waco attorney Enid Wade teaching a class on harassment and the workplace

On Saturday, February 10th, Baylor Law once again hosted its popular, People's Law School, a free half-day public event designed to educate consumers about their legal rights and to make the law "user friendly." This year's event brought out more than 250 community members.

"The law can sometimes be confusing," said Patricia Wilson, professor at Baylor Law and Director of the People's Law School. "This event will not answer every question for every specific situation, but it can help individuals get a grasp and understand some fundamentals that may help them in their day-to-day personal and business lives."

Volunteer attorneys and legal experts offered a total of 19 hour-long courses. Participants could attend up to three throughout the day. Along with the topics on major current events like impeachment, the new tax bill, and immigration, this year's courses focused on other important issues such as consumer rights, the jury selection process, debt collection & identity theft, landlord & tenant rights, privacy and social media, and many others. In addition to the courses, all attendees received a pocket Constitution and a helpful fact sheet on how Central Texas residents can access publicly available legal services. The Law School offers this event to the public free of charge, thanks to the generous support of many local businesses, including several new organizations this year.

I look forward to the People's Law School every year. This year there are three generations of my family with me all taking different classes. We're going home to share with each other what we learned," said Ms. Mann, a grandmother from Killeen.
"We simply could not host this event without help from our students," said Professor Wilson. "I appreciate their willingness to help in the preparation and to be here bright and early on a Saturday when there are so many demands on their time." More than a dozen Baylor Law students are involved in the People's Law School every year, assisting with everything from advertising to day-of registration and helping participants find their classrooms.

Attorney David Tekell fields all of a classroom's questions
Adjunct Professor and Waco attorney David Tekell answers questions during the 2018 People's Law School

This year's People's Law School was co-sponsored in part by:

  • The Waco-McLennan County Bar Association
  • Center for Consumer Law
  • Sheehy, Lovelace & Mayfield, PC
  • State Farm - Terry Strickland Agency
  • The State Bar of Texas Consumer and Commercial Law Section
  • Shipley Do-Nuts (Waco Drive location)
  • STG Waco
  • Blanek's Custom Catering
  • Mars, Inc.
Media sponsors included:
  • The Waco Tribune-Herald
  • KWTX
  • Power 108 FM
  • 106.7, the Eagle
  • Lamar Outdoor Advertising
The complete list of courses included:
  • A Behind the Scenes Look at the Jury Selection Process
  • Consumer Law
  • Debt Collectors and Identity Theft
  • Elder Law
  • Family Law I
  • Family Law II
  • Finding the Law
  • Impeachment
  • Intellectual Property Law for the Common Person
  • Introduction to Special Education Law
  • Landlord/Tenant Law
  • Law School: How to Get In
  • Preview/Review of the Supreme Court Term
  • Privacy and Social Media
  • Sexual Harassment and the Workplace
  • The Immigration Travel Ban: What the President Can and Can't Do and Why You Should Care
  • The New Tax Bill and What It Means for the Ordinary Taxpayer
  • Veterans' Rights
  • Wills and Estate Planning

MEDIA CONTACT: Ed Nelson, Director of Marketing & Communications
PHONE: 254-710-6681
PHOTOS: Ed Nelson, Baylor Law

Established in 1857, Baylor Law 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 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 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 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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