Judge Vikram ‘Vik’ Deivanayagam, J.D. ’93, of McLennan County Court at Law in Waco, was honored with the 2019 Outstanding Mentor Award by the Waco-McLennan County Young Lawyers Association (WMCYLA).
Judge Vik at the 2019 McLennan County Bar Association Annual Luncheon
Judge Vik was recognized during the Waco-McLennan County Bar Association luncheon on May 10, 2019, held at the Baylor Club in McLane Stadium. Waco-McLennan County Young Lawyers Association (WMCYLA) President, Baylor Law’s Assistant Dean Stephen Rispoli, J.D. ’12, and Vice President, Jeanine Rispoli, J.D. ’11, presented the award.
According to the WMCYLA, the Outstanding Mentor Award recognizes one attorney who has consistently demonstrated a commitment to mentoring young lawyers in his or her legal community and is someone who significantly contributes to the profession and the community.
Judge Vik has mentored countless young lawyers, and future lawyers, during his time in private practice and from the bench. He has been an adjunct professor at Baylor Law and has dedicated countless hours to mentoring, training, and advising Baylor Law’s award-winning client counseling teams. In addition, Judge Vik has volunteered as judge for Baylor Law’s Mad Dog, Top Gun, Client Counseling, and several other competitions.
“My general attitude and disposition towards people I attribute to my parents and my upbringing,” stated Judge Vik upon receiving his award, and added, “But my understanding of ‘the law’ being a service profession, and our duty to serve our clients, other attorneys, and those around us in the community comes directly from Dean Brad Toben and the other professors at Baylor Law. The emphasis to make a positive impact on all those around us on a daily basis is firmly rooted in my days at Baylor.”
Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year, Jason Milam, J.D. '13 at the 2019 McLennan County Bar Association Annual Luncheon
At the same event, several other Baylor Lawyers were also honored for their service to the legal community and the quality of life in Central Texas. Jason Milam, J.D. ’13, was honored as Outstanding Young Lawyer. Milam has served as President of the McLennan County Criminal Defense Layers Association for the past three years, served on the Heart of Texas Region MHMR Jail Division Committee, and regularly volunteers at Baylor Law’s Veterans Clinics. In addition, Jason has been actively advocating to bring attention to the abuse of Texas criminal law by ‘rent-to-own’ companies that use the threat of criminal prosecution to collect private debts.
The Outstanding Young Lawyer award is presented by the WMCYLA to a lawyer under age 36 or who is within his or her first five years of practice who demonstrates outstanding professional proficiency, service to the legal profession, and service to the greater community.
Outstanding Pro Bono Advocate of the Year Vic Feazell J.D. '79 (R) with Dean Brad Toben (L) at Waco-McLennan County Bar Association luncheon, May 2019
Attorney Vic Feazell, J.D. ’79, was named one of two ‘Outstanding Pro Bono Advocates of the Year’ by the MCYLA. Baylor Law partnered with the WMCYLA in 2015 to create the ‘Pro Bono Challenge’ to meet the State Bar of Texas aspirational goal that each Texas attorney render at least 50 hours of legal services to underserved populations – and to collectively meet a goal in McLennan County of 2,500 hours. In 2018, Vic Feazell dedicated a staggering number of hours and collectively, McLennan County Young Lawyers achieved a total of 2,570 hours.
“Part of the calling to become a lawyer is the calling to give back and help others. We’re proud of the impact that Baylor Lawyers have on the communities they serve,” stated Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Pro Bono Programs at Baylor Law, Stephen Rispoli, who added, “Their work is a positive influence not just for their clients, but benefits the entire Waco and McLennan County community.”
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