Honoring the Military at Baylor Law

November 11, 2020

Honoring the Military at Baylor Law

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At Baylor Law, we are deeply proud of our veterans and service members throughout the year, but on this Veterans Day, we publicly honor our military students and celebrate those who have dedicated their time and talents to protect and defend our Constitutional Republic and freedom across the globe.

Baylor Law currently has 16 active, reserve, and veteran members of three different branches of the U.S. military. Five of our students are studying with us using the military’s Funded Legal Education Program (FLEP). FLEP is a highly competitive program that is generally limited to only 25 service members each year.

Our Service Members

Boone, Andrew • Sergeant • Marines • Veteran
Clark, Kimberly • FLEP • Captain • Army • Active
Evans, Thomas • FLEP • Captain • Army • Active
Gonzales, Jordan • Second Lieutenant • Army • Active
Hadjis, Jacob • Captain • Army • Reserves/Veteran
Jones, Donte • Specialist • Army • Veteran
Lesser, Corey • FLEP • 1LT • Army • Active
Mauro, Eric • Army
Odre, E.J. • Sergeant • Marines • Veteran
Schmidt, Havana • Captain • Army • Veteran
Pennycuick, Caitlin • FLEP • Captain • Army • Active
Rolinson, Ian • 2LT • Marines • Active
Rowley, Ryan • Sergeant • Army • Veteran
Wagdalt, Paul • FLEP • Army
Walker Blackwell, Lauren • 2LT • Marines • Active
Williams, Tylor • Sr. Airman • Air Force • Veteran

“Service to the community, to the rule of law, and to each other is a persistent, recurring theme at Baylor Law,” remarked Dean Brad Toben, who added, “We know that there would be no rule of law and no people to serve if it weren’t for our brave military men and women. We are grateful for their service and sacrifice.”

Our Commitment to Veterans

Baylor Law Veterans Clinic: Our Veterans clinic is our largest clinic. The Clinic provides free legal services and advice to Veterans living in McLennan County and the surrounding communities, many of whom cannot afford to hire an attorney. To date, Baylor Law Veterans Clinics have assisted over 1,600 Central Texas Veterans. For more information, visit: https://www.baylor.edu/law/index.php?id=934140

Free Estate Planning for Veterans and their Spouses: For nine years, the Baylor Law Veterans Clinic has offered free estate planning for veterans and their spouses as part of our Veterans Day commemorations. At the clinics Baylor Law faculty, staff, and students work together to create five important legal documents: wills, powers of attorney, medical powers of attorney, guardianship declarations, and directives to physicians. Response to this year’s Estate Planning Clinic has been overwhelming, and Baylor Law will not be accepting additional clients until 2021.

Military Law Society and V.E.T.S.: These organizations exist to support Baylor’s military members. Our Military Law Society honors those who have served and helps prepare students who are interested in becoming JAG officers. Baylor’s V.E.T.S. program (Veteran Educational and Transition Services), sponsors the Veterans Lounge, a special retreat for veterans inside the Paul L. Foster Success Center on Baylor’s Main Campus, provides a Veterans Transition Course, a mentor program, and specialized guidance on academics, career and professional development, and financial support. Students interested in joining the Military Law Society should contact Professor of Law, Bridget Fuselier, at bridget_fuselier@baylor.edu. Veterans who are interested in learning more about Baylor’s V.E.T.S. program should visit: https://www.baylor.edu/vets/.

MEDIA CONTACT: Ed Nelson, Director of Marketing & Communications
EMAIL: Ed_Nelson@Baylor.edu
PHONE: 254-710-6681

Established in 1857, Baylor University School of Law was one of the first law schools in Texas and one of the first west of the Mississippi River. Accredited by the American Bar Association and a member of the Association of American Law Schools, Baylor Law is one of the leading smaller law schools in the nation, known for its rigorous, results-oriented legal training. With more than 7,600 living alumni and a record of producing outstanding lawyers, many of whom decide upon a career in public service, the Law School boasts among its notable alumni 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. In its law specialties rankings, U.S. News & World Report ranks Baylor Law’s trial advocacy program as among the best in the nation at No. 2, while the Law School is ranked in the Top 50 of the 2021 edition of “Best Graduate Schools.” The National Jurist ranks Baylor Law as one of the “Best Schools for Practical Training,” and in the top 15 “Best Law School Facilities” in the country. 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. Learn more at baylor.edu/law

Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 19,000 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 90 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions. Learn more at baylor.edu

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