On Monday, September 16, Dean Brad Toben announced to faculty that Professor James (Jim) Wren has been named the Leon Jaworski Chair of Practice & Procedure at Baylor Law.
"Jim is a passionate and gifted teacher,” stated Dean Brad Toben. “He is an experienced and proven trial lawyer, and our students are so fortunate to have the benefit of his intellect and example in our Practice Court program.”
The Chair was previously held by Baylor Law luminaries Matt “Mad Dog” Dawson, Louis Muldrow, and Bill Underwood.
Wren was recruited to the faculty of Baylor Law in 2006 to teach in its award-winning Practice Court program and was selected as an Outstanding University Professor (Tenure-track/Teaching) by Baylor University in 2012. He is the current Practice Court Director and is the creative drive behind Baylor Law’s Executive LL.M. in Litigation Management.
He comes from a specialization in business litigation, including business fraud, professional liability and fiduciary litigation. During his time in private practice, he was repeatedly named a Texas Super Lawyer in Business Litigation. In December 2011, James Publishing (San Francisco) released his book, Proving Damages to the Jury, that is currently in its fourth edition. Since that time, he has also co-authored two additional books, Texas Trial Procedure & Evidence and Texas Commercial Causes of Action (ALM, New York). He is board certified in Civil Trial Advocacy (by the National Board of Trial Advocacy) and in Civil Trial Law and in Personal Injury Trial Law (by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization).
Wren previously served as President of the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification (2009-2011), which is the ABA-accredited national certifying board for civil trial, criminal trial, and other legal specializations. He continues to represent clients in various courts around the nation. He is licensed for federal practice before the United States Supreme Court, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and the Western, Northern, Eastern and Southern Districts of Texas, and appears in other federal and state courts by special admission. Wren is a graduate of Trial Lawyers College in Dubois, Wyoming, and has served on the teaching faculty of Trial Advocacy College, sponsored by the Texas Trial Lawyers Association. He is a current director of the National Board of Trial Advocacy, former director of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, and founding president of the Waco chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates.
Wren graduated with cum laude honors from Baylor Law in 1980. He served as an editor of the Baylor Law Review and as a member of both the Baylor Moot Court Team and the Baylor Mock Trial Team. He added an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Kent at Canterbury in 1982.
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