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Jul
9
2019
Baylor Law mourns the passing of Legal Aid legend Bill Kimble (J.D. ’69)
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.
Jun
21
2019
Waco City Councilman Dillon Meek named the 2019  Baylor Young Lawyer of the Year
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.
Jun
19
2019
Waco Tribune - Veterans’ Voices: Arthur Stelley
The Waco Tribune highlights the life of veteran, and Baylor Lawyer, Arthur Stelley (J.D. '49).
Jun
17
2019
Assistant Dean Stephen Rispoli Honored with  State Bar of Texas 2019 Pro Bono Coordinator Award
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.
Jun
6
2019
Baylor Lawyer AJ Jameel Leads the Way in Billion Dollar Esports Industry
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.
May
16
2019
Judge Vik Deivanayagam, JD '93, Receives Outstanding Mentor Award
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.
May
15
2019
Baylor Law’s Legal Clinics Declare  May <em>First Responders Month</em>
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.
May
8
2019
Professor Matt Cordon Honored as Outstanding Professor by Baylor University
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.
May
6
2019
Texas Senate Honors Baylor Lawyer Walter Umphrey
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).
May
3
2019
Lewis R. Sifford Named the 2019 Baylor Lawyer of the Year
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.
May
2
2019
Baylor Law Announces Law Schools Participating in Top Gun X, the Special Ten-Year Anniversary Mock Trial Competition
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.
May
1
2019
Baylor Lawyer Roland K. Johnson (JD ’79) To Be Honored by Texas Bar Foundation
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.
Apr
30
2019
February 2019 Texas Bar Exam Results show 24 out of 29 First-Time Baylor Law Exam Takers Pass
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%.
Apr
25
2019
Baylor Law Will Host Fourth Annual Business Law Boot Camp April 28-May 3
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.
Apr
10
2019
Tom Featherston Appointed to Uniform Law Commission
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.
Apr
9
2019
Governor Abbott Appoints Recent Baylor Law Graduate as District Attorney for the 355th Judicial District
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Baylor Lawyer Ryan Sinclair (J.D. ‘16) as District Attorney for the 355th Judicial District in Hood County to succeed retiring District Attorney Rob Christian.
Mar
19
2019
New York Times Best-Selling Author and Historian Evan Thomas to Speak at Baylor Law.
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."
Mar
12
2019
Baylor Law Rises Two Spots Within the Top 50 in 2019 U.S. News Law School Rankings & Three Spots to #2 in Trial Advocacy
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.
Feb
13
2019
Hundreds Visit Baylor Law to Participate in the 2019  “People's Law School”
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.
Feb
11
2019
Baylor Law LEAD Counsel ‘Making a Difference’  Annual Conference
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.
Jan
31
2019
2019 Winners Announced for The Closer
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.
Dec
18
2018
Baylor Law Hosts First Naturalization Clinic
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.
Dec
13
2018
2018 Ultimate Writer Competition Winners Announced
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.
Dec
4
2018
American Law Institute Elects Baylor Lawyer Darren B. Moore
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.
Nov
27
2018
Third Annual Judicial Reception Caps Clerkship Weekend at Baylor Law
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.
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