William “Bill” Kimble of Waco, Texas, passed away on June 14th, 2019. He was born on September 14th, 1945, in Uvalde, Texas, to Gussie and Paul Kimble. He graduated from Baylor University with his Bachelor of Arts in 1967 and his Juris Doctor in 1969 and worked for more than 25 years at Lone Star Legal Aid, where he dedicated his life to providing legal representation, education, and advocacy to underserved communities in Texas.
Waco attorney and District IV Waco City Councilman Dillon Meek has been named Baylor's Young Lawyer of the Year. Meek received the award from Baylor Law Dean Brad Toben at the City Council meeting at Waco Convention Center's Bosque Theater, on Tuesday, June 18th.
Stephen Rispoli, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Pro Bono Programs at Baylor Law has been awarded the Pro Bono Coordinator of the Year Award by the State Bar of Texas, an honor presented to an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to the delivery of, and access to, legal services for the poor.
Recent Baylor Law graduate AJ Jameel, JD ’19, is the first Baylor Lawyer in history to graduate with the ambition of being an “esports attorney.” - an exciting new industry with a desperate need for legal counsel.
Judge Vikram ‘Vik’ Deivanayagam, J.D. ’93, of McLennan County Court at Law in Waco, was honored with the 2019 Outstanding Mentor Award by the Waco-McLennan County Young Lawyers Association. Other Baylor Lawyers among those honored by McLennan County Young Lawyers Association.
Baylor Law’s legal clinics are honoring the hard work, dedication, and sacrifices of McLennan County’s law enforcement, firefighters, and emergency medical services by providing free estate planning services for active or retired full-time first responders and their spouses.
Professor of Law Matt Cordon has been selected as one of only twelve Baylor University professors to be honored with Outstanding Faculty Awards for teaching, scholarship, and contributions to the academic community for the 2018-2019 academic year.
On April 25th, The Texas Senate unanimously adopted a resolution honoring Baylor Lawyer Walter Umphrey (J.D. ’65) for his legal accomplishments and philanthropic service to the people of Texas. Senate Resolution No. 641 was promoted by fellow Baylor Lawyer Senator Kirk Watson (J.D. ’81).
Lewis R. Sifford, accomplished trial lawyer and founding officer of Sifford, Anderson & Company, P.C. in Dallas has been honored by Baylor Law as its 2019 Baylor Lawyer of the Year. To honor Sifford, Baylor Law hosted a luncheon at the Belo Mansion on May 1, 2019.
Baylor Law’s Top Gun National Mock Trial Competition is an invitation-only mock trial tournament that is one of the nation’s most prestigious, and intense, competitions. At the special 10-year anniversary event, dubbed Top Gun X, the best advocates from 16 trial advocacy schools will compete head-to-head in the winner-take-all tournament that will be held June 5-9 at Baylor Law.
The Texas Bar Foundation has selected Baylor Lawyer Roland K. Johnson (JD ’79) as the 2019 recipient of the ‘Lola Wright Foundation Award,’ for outstanding public service and the promotion of legal ethics in Texas.
Results of the February 2019 Texas Bar exam show that 24 out of 29 first-time test takers from Baylor Law passed the Bar exam, an 82.76% pass rate, more than 13.5% points higher than the state’s overall passage rate of 69.23%.
Baylor Law will hold its fourth annual Business Law Boot Camp from Sunday April 28th through Friday, May 3rd. The Boot Camp is a rigorous course consisting of a series of workshops held between the spring and summer quarters at Baylor Law.
The American Bar Association’s (ABA) Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law has appointed trust, estate, and marital property law expert and Professor of Law Thomas M. (Tom) Featherston, Jr. as an advisor to the drafting committee charged with revising the Disposition of Community Property Rights at Death Act.
Evan Thomas, historian, journalist and New York Times best-selling author, will speak on March 26 at 4pm at Baylor Law. Together with Judge Jennifer Walker Elrod of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Thomas will discuss his most recent biography "First: Sandra Day O'Connor."
Baylor Law is now ranked at #48 within the “Top 50” in U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools.” This marks the second consecutive year of ascent for Baylor Law, the only Texas law school to achieve this goal. In 2018, Baylor Law ranked #50 in the same ranking. There are 203 ABA-accredited law schools in the nation.
On Saturday, February 9th, hundreds of central Texas residents braved the cold rainy weather 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 legal experts offered a total of 19 hour-long courses.
Baylor Law’s Leadership Engagement and Development (LEAD) Counsel announces an open invitation to the third annual Making a Difference Conference, “Rising Up Against Injustice,” to be held at Baylor Law on Friday, February 15, 2018 from 2 – 5:30 pm. The event is free and open to the public.
Rajdeep Roger Bains of the University of San Diego School of Law and Westford Lang of the University of Colorado Law School are this year’s winners of The Closer, the most challenging transactional law competition in the country. Finalists for this year’s competition were John Adgent of the University of Tennessee College of Law and Roy Smith of the University of Mississippi School of Law. John Kyed of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law was chosen by his fellow competitors as the winner of the Professionalism Award.
On Saturday, December 8, more than two dozen Central Texas residents were able to participate in Baylor Law’s first-ever Naturalization Clinic to assist lawful permanent residents eligible to become U.S. citizens via naturalization, under the direction of Laura A. Hernandez, Professor of Law.
Baylor Law is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Ultimate Writer Competition. The first-place winner is Aaron Horner (‘20), second-place winner is Ryan Owen (‘20), and Patrick Kelly (‘19) took third place. Honorable mentions were received by Anthony Stokes (’19) and Sarah Van Sciver (’20). In addition to cash awards for the top three competitors, each were awarded an opportunity to interview for an internship with the prestigious appellate law firm Kelly, Durham, and Pittard, LLP in Dallas, Texas.
In late October, The American Law Institute (ALI) elected 32 new members including Baylor Lawyer Darren B. Moore (J.D. ‘00), shareholder of Bourland, Wall & Wenzel in Fort Worth, and adjunct professor at Baylor Law where he teaches on Nonprofit Organizations.
Baylor Law hosted its Third Annual Judicial Reception as part of its ‘Clerkship Weekend’ on Friday, November 16, 2018. The event, which is attended each year by judges from the Federal Bench in Texas, is Baylor Law’s way of thanking the judges for the important work they do hiring and mentoring Baylor Law students and graduates as judicial law clerks and interns.