Baylor Law LEAD Counsel ‘Making a Difference’ Annual Conference

February 11, 2019

Baylor Law LEAD Counsel ‘Making a Difference’ Annual Conference

‘Rising up Against Injustice’ is the theme of this year’s event

WACO, Texas -

Baylor Law’s Leadership Engagement and Development (LEAD) Counsel announces an open invitation to the third annual Making a Difference Conference, “Rising Up Against Injustice,” to be held at Baylor Law on Friday, February 15, 2018 from 2 – 5:30 pm. The event is free and open to the public. Speakers will inspire and equip attendees to become servant leaders and to put their own passions into practice, explain how to get involved in making a difference in their local communities, how to impact public policy and legislation, and offer options for working with local nonprofit partners to rise up against injustice.

Keynote speaker Richard Muñoz, Assistant General Counsel for Buckner International, will share on being a voice for vulnerable populations. Buckner International is a 139-year-old nonprofit organization, is the second largest provider of senior living services in Texas, and has international child-welfare operations in six countries. Following the keynote, attendees will hear from a panel of specialists on ‘Challenging Racial Disparities,’ co-sponsored by the Baylor Law Black Law Student Association (BLSA). The panel, moderated by Michelle Simpson Tuegel of The Simpson Tuegel Law Firm, will include speakers Michael Heiskell, of Johnson, Vaughn, & Heiskell, and Mark O’Mara, of the O'Mara Law Group. Attendees will then be able to move to one of three breakout sessions, “Does the Race of the Lawyer Matter?” with Michael Heiskell, “Implicit Bias” with Mark O'Mara, and “#MeToo Cases & Litigating Sexual Abuse in Sports” with Michelle Simpson Tuegel.

“The Making a Difference Conference will highlight ways that law students, lawyers, and the public at large can combine their passions with legal education to rise up against injustice.,” said Emily Patton, LEAD Counsel’s 2019 conference coordinator. “We want everyone to leave the conference inspired to advocate on behalf of underserved and vulnerable populations, and know how to positively impact their own communities.”

For local lawyers and those in the surrounding areas, the State Bar of Texas has approved three hours of Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Credits, two hours of which are Legal Ethics Credit. In addition, all Baylor Law Students will receive two professional development and leadership development credits.

LEAD Counsel is a student-led group at Baylor Law whose mission is to equip and inspire law students to make an impact in their communities both now and in the future.

For more information about the 2019 LEAD Counsel Making a Difference Conference, or to register for this free event, visit: or contact

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