WACO, Texas, March 2018 -
Baylor Law’s Gracie Wood has been named one of National Jurist magazine’s “Law Students of the Year.” The designation recognizes Wood and 20 other law students from across the country who excel in leadership, focus, and commitment to justice.
Baylor Law's Gracie Wood
Wood Addresses a Student Bar Association Meeting at Baylor Law in 2017
The Baylor Law Client Counseling Team of Jess Gambrell, Marylynn Smitherman and Brenda Carrillo took second place at the at the ABA Regional Client Counseling Competition on the Tampa, Florida campus of the Western Michigan University-Cooley Law School. A second Baylor Law team of Christina Grey, Dave Thomas, and coach Rebeckah Lawson also competed in Tampa.
Wood serves as the Executive President of the Student Bar Association, Executive Editor of Baylor Law Review, and President of the Public Interest Legal Society. Wood’s true passion is advocating on behalf of abused and neglected children. She was the first Baylor Law student to volunteer with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), where she has served for four years. Her strong belief in the work of CASA and her passionate advocacy has encouraged nearly 20 other Baylor Law students to join her as CASA volunteers. In addition to excelling in her academic achievements, Wood, who plans to work with Friday Milner Lambert Turner PLLC, a family law firm located in Austin, TX, has contributed over 500 hours of pro-bono services during her time at Baylor Law.
Gracie Wood is the epitome of the Baylor Lawyer that we strive to foster—a service-oriented, hardworking leader committed to excellence. (Leah Teague, Baylor Law).
Associate Dean and Professor of Law Leah Witcher Jackson Teague says of Wood, “Gracie Wood is the epitome of the Baylor Lawyer that we strive to foster—a service-oriented, hardworking leader committed to excellence. Any one of her student leadership positions would be a significant responsibility on top of the heavy workload of Baylor Law students. The fact that she is in senior leadership positions in three student organizations is astounding.” She added, “Gracie is a pleasure to partner with in any endeavor. Her attention to detail and determination to get the best possible outcome is admirable. We cannot imagine a more deserving student to be recognized as Law Student of the Year.”
“I’m thankful for all of the opportunities I have been given at Baylor Law and the support I received when trying to implement positive change. I know these experiences will help me going forward with my career and future involvement with my local bar and community.” Wood stated. She added, “When attempting to decide what path I should take, last summer as I was about to begin my third year of law school, I pulled out the personal statement I wrote to be admitted to law school. Reading those words, I realized family law has always been what I am passionate about, and the reason I came to law school to begin with. Through my upbringing, personal experiences, and involvement with CASA, I believe I have been equipped with a skillset that particularly lends itself to practicing family law. I want to be help empower people during extremely difficult and emotional times in their lives.”
Read the National Jurist Story, Law Students of the Year, here.
Wood, at "The Family Awakens," Baylor Law's 10th Annual McLennan County Adoption Day
ABOUT 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.
ABOUT BAYLOR UNIVERSITY
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