Assistant Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Jenny Branson was selected by the Waco-McLennan County Young Lawyers Association (WMCYLA) as the Outstanding Young Lawyer of McLennan County for 2021.
The Outstanding Young Lawyer Award is selected by a vote of the association’s members. According to WMCYLA, it is presented to a young lawyer with qualities including, but not limited to, professional proficiency, service to the profession, and service to the community.
A Dallas native, Branson received her A.B. from Harvard University in 2007 and her M.B.A. and her J.D., cum laude, from Southern Methodist University in 2011. She is actively involved as a co-regional coordinator for the Texas High School Mock Trial Competition and has served WMCYLA in that capacity for 4 years.
She is also outgoing President of Baylor Round Table, outgoing President of Texas Women in Higher Education, a member of the Leadership Waco Curriculum Committee, faculty advisor for Baylor Undergraduate Mock Trial, and a member of the management team of the Junior League of Waco.
Branson notes that she is “incredibly touched and honored by the recognition. The young lawyers in our county are top-notch, and I cannot think of a better community in which to live and better people with whom to work and serve.”
“WMCYLA is so excited to honor Jenny for all of the passion and hard work she has given to the legal profession and the high school student mock trial competitors,” asserted WMCYLA President Jeanine Rispoli. “Jenny has been so welcoming to me and other young lawyers joining our community. She clearly has a heart for future lawyers and her colleagues,” she added.
Dean Brad Toben emphasized, “Jenny is creative, insightful, and indefatigable in her work in recruiting the type of student we want at Baylor Law. She is top-notch in every meaning of the word professional.”
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