Dean Brad Toben honors Judge James M. Stanton (R) at the Dallas Baylor Lawyers Network meeting in July. C. Vernon Hartline (L) Partner at Hartline Dacus Barger Dreyer, host of the networking event, looks on.
WACO, Texas -
The Honorable James M. Stanton, former judge of the 134th Judicial District Court, founder of Stanton LLP, and prolific author and presenter has been named the 2018 Young Baylor Lawyer of the Year. Dean Brad Toben publicly announced Judge Stanton’s honor at the Dallas Baylor Lawyer Network reception on July 10, 2018.
Dean Brad Toben presents Judge Stanton with the 2018 Young Baylor Lawyer of the Year Award.
“So many of my mentors are Baylor lawyers. Judge Ed Kinkeade met me as a law student and molded me to be the Christian, father, and lawyer I am today. Mike Cash, Bill Jones, and Jack Ayres judged my advocacy competitions, hired me after law school, and taught me how to try cases. I will forever be indebted to Baylor Law for what it did for me personally and professionally.”
The Young Lawyer of the Year Award was created in 1995 to recognize an outstanding Baylor Lawyer under the age of 40, who has brought honor and distinction to Baylor Law and to the legal profession. Recipients of the award are selected by the Executive Committee of the Baylor Law Alumni Association.
I will forever be indebted to Baylor Law for what it did for me personally and professionally.”–Judge James M. Stanton
“Judge Stanton exemplifies the qualities we try and instill in every Baylor Lawyer,” stated Dean Brad Toben, “He practices with a servant’s heart and leads in each venue of life in which he is placed.”
Over the course of his career as an attorney and judge, Stanton has been involved in more than 100 trials and countless hearings. He previously served as presiding judge of the 134th Judicial District Court in Dallas County, Texas, and practiced in the trial sections at Andrews Kurth LLP and Cozen O’Connor PC. In 2013, he founded his current firm, Stanton LLP, which is comprised of 14 lawyers, including 6 Baylor lawyers. He is board certified in Civil Trial Law and Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. In 2017, Stanton LLP was honored by Benchmark Magazine as a Recommended Firm, and Stanton was identified as a Litigation Star and designated on the 40 & Under Hot List for his litigation work. D Magazine also identified Stanton as one of the preeminent attorneys in Dallas.
Stanton received his BA, magna cum laude, from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and while at Baylor Law he was Senior Executive Editor of the Baylor Law Review, represented Baylor Law at moot court and mock trial competitions, and was awarded the Louis Muldrow Jury Argument and W. Frank Newton Law Review-Advocacy Awards.
Stanton serves as a lay leader in his church, The Grove, a campus church of Highland Park United Methodist Church, and he is on the Board of Trustees for Uplift Education. Stanton’s children – Alexandra, Luke, Eric, and Caroline - attend Uplift North Hills Preparatory.
The Baylor Young Lawyer of the Year Award is given annually to an outstanding alumnus/a who has brought honor and distinction to the Law School and to the legal profession. The recipient must not reach age 41 before Jan. 1 of the award year. Recipients are selected based upon the following criteria:
2017 - Allison Dickson
2016 - Ryan Squires
2015 - Matthew C. Matheny
2014 - Libby King
2013 - Robert Little
2012 - Vincent Allen
2011 - Shannon Sedgwick Davis
2009 - Keith Langston
2008 - Bryan Hughes
2007 - Christopher Martin
2006 - Bryan Blevins
2005 - Greg Jackson
2004 - JoAl Cannon Sheridan
2003 - Julie Springer
2002 - Amos Mazzant
2001 - Jim Dunnam
2000 - Craig Eiland
1999 - John Meredith
1998 - Dan Malone
1997 - Bill Jones
1996 - Kirk Watson
1995 - Priscilla Owen
Baylor Law School will accept nominations for the 2019 Young Baylor Lawyer of the Year through December 1, 2018. The Executive Committee of the Baylor Law Alumni Association will review a resume and the first three letters received for each nominee.
To submit a nomination for the 2019 Young Baylor Lawyer of the Year, please send a nomination letter describing why the nominee meets the below criteria to:
Dean Brad Toben
One Bear Place #97288
Waco, Texas 76798
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