Baylor Law Participates in Roundtable Discussion with Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis R. McDonough

February 10, 2023

Baylor Law Participates in Roundtable Discussion with Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis R. McDonough

(L-R) Baylor Law's Director of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs and Clinical Lecturer Josh Borderud, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis R. McDonough, and Baylor Law 3L, U.S. Army Captain Rhasean Stephens.


On Friday, Thursday, February 9th, Rhasean Stephens, President of Baylor Law’s Veteran and Military Legal Society and Director of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs Josh Borderud attended a roundtable discussion with the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Denis R. McDonough.

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis R. McDonough and Baylor Law 2L, U.S. Army Captain Rhasean Stephens Exchange Challenge Coins During the Secretary's Visit to Waco

Among other topics, Secretary McDonough discussed the newly signed Pact ACT which seeks to extend medical coverage for Veterans and hire 55,000 employees this year through the VA.

Baylor Law 3L, U.S. Army Captain Rhasean Stephens, spoke with Secretary McDonough about extending the Yellow Ribbon Program. If coverage is extended, Student Veterans at Baylor Law would potentially pay nothing out of pocket for tuition.

At the end of the discussion, Rhasean Stephens and Veterans Affairs Secretary McDonough exchanged challenge coins to honor the connection between Baylor Law and the Department of Veteran Affairs.

For additional information on Secretary McDonough's visit to Waco, see the Baylor Lariat story, here: Biden’s secretary of veterans affairs talks to active duty, Baylor veteran students.

MEDIA CONTACT: Ed Nelson, Director of Marketing & Communications
PHONE: 254-710-6681

Established in 1857, Baylor Law was one of the first law schools in Texas and one of the first west of the Mississippi River. Today, the school has more than 7,800 living alumni. Accredited by the American Bar Association and a member of the Association of American Law Schools, Baylor Law has a record of producing outstanding lawyers, many of whom decide upon a career in public service. Baylor Law 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 ranked Baylor Law’s trial advocacy program as among the best in the nation at No. 2. Baylor Law School also is ranked No. 48 in the magazine’s 2020 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools.” The National Jurist ranks Baylor Law as one of the “Best School for Practical Training” and No. 4 in the nation in its most recent “Best Law School Facilities” listing. Business Insider places Baylor Law among the top 50 law schools in the nation. Baylor Law School 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 its inception in 1984. Learn more at

Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 17,000 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 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions. Learn more at

Are you looking for more News?