Hundreds of Central Texans Participate in the 18th Annual The People’s Law School

February 13, 2023

Hundreds of Central Texans Participate in the 18th Annual The People’s Law School

On February 11, 2023, Baylor Law hosted the 18th annual People’s Law School, a half-day event offering free courses designed to make the law more accessible. More than 200 participants came to Baylor Law for the first in-person People’s Law School since 2020

The Hon. Bobby Garcia Teaches on 'Navigating the Court System from Arrest to Prosecution' at the People's Law School on February 11, 2023.


On Saturday, February 11th, 2023, hundreds of people visited the Umphrey Law Center to participate in Baylor Law’s popular People’s Law School, a free half-day event designed to educate consumers about their legal rights and to make the law “user-friendly.”

Volunteer attorneys and other experts offered 18 hour-long courses. Participants could attend up to three throughout the day. Along with the topics on significant current events like ‘Blockchain and Digital Assets,’ ‘Side Gigs and Tax Traps for the Unwary,’ and ‘Navigating the Court System from Arrest to Prosecution,’ other courses focused on other vital issues such as family law, landlord & tenants’ rights, how the Supreme Court operates, and many others. In addition to the courses, all attendees received copies of the U.S. Constitution and other giveaways. Baylor Law offers this community-focused event to the public free of charge thanks to the generous support of many local associations, businesses, law firms, and media entities.

Attorney Gerald Villarrial Speaks About 'Insurance Law: What Coverage You Thought You Had but Didn’t Get' at the 18th Annual the People's Law School at Baylor Law.

“Here at Baylor Law, we strongly emphasize to our students that the legal profession is a service profession. Lawyers are called to be servant leaders in our community and Baylor Law takes our service mission very seriously,” noted Director of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs and Clinical Lecturer Josh Borderud during his opening remarks. Borderud, who also serves on the City of Waco City Council added, “whether it is hosting foster care adoptions at Adoption Day, making the law accessible here at the People’s Law School, or drafting wills for veterans and first responders through our clinical programs, we are proud to serve our community.”

“I hadn’t been able to attend [The People’s Law School] for a few years since I moved away from Waco,” noted attendee David Clark, “Now that I’m back, I’m so glad I came, I only wish you offered this more often so I could attend more of the sessions.”

Attorney James Rainey teaches on Wills & Estate Planning at the 2023 People's Law School.

Thank You To Our Sponsors

The People’s Law School would be impossible for Baylor Law to host without the support from local law firms, associations, and businesses. In addition to the work of dozens of Baylor Law faculty, staff, and volunteer students, The 2023 The People’s Law School was generously co-sponsored in part by the Waco-McLennan County Bar Association; Sheehy, Lovelace & Mayfield, PC; the State Bar of Texas Consumer and Commercial Law Section; Shipley Do-Nuts (Waco Drive location); Blanek’s Custom Catering, Hole in the Roof, and Mars, Inc. Official media sponsors for this year’s event were: The City of Waco; The Waco Tribune-Herald; KWTX Channel 10; Power 108 FM, 106.7 - the Eagle; and Lamar Outdoor Advertising.

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