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Jun
6
2018
Baylor Law Announces New Endowed Chair in  Business and Transactional Law
Baylor Law has announced the creation of the M. Stephen and Alyce A. Beard Chair in Business and Transactional Law that will be funded through a generous gift from M. Stephen (B.B.A. ’71, J.D. ’73) and Alyce A. Beard (B.A. ’70). Proceeds from the endowment will support this faculty position in perpetuity, allowing Baylor Law to enhance practical training and scholarship in this critical discipline.
Jun
6
2018
Will Gray Named Baylor Law’s Spring 2018 ‘Mad Dog’ Champion
Baylor Law student Will Gray is the latest Baylor Law School Mad Dog, after winning the Spring 2018 Mad Dog Mock Trial Competition. Fellow student Mike Hartnett was the finalist.

This year's Summer 2018 Mad Dog competition was held Monday, May 21 through Thursday, May 24.
Jun
3
2018
Watch the Live Stream of the 2018 Top Gun Final Round
Who will be crowned the champion of the 2018 Baylor Law Top Gun National Mock Trial Competition? Watch the final round to find out! Live coverage begins at 1:50pm CST.
May
25
2018
Baylor Lawyers: Ready to Practice, Prepared to Lead
At Baylor Law, we take pride in the fact that so many Baylor Lawyers serve in a vast array of leadership roles in their communities and throughout the legal profession. Baylor Law’s mission statement expresses our “obligation to develop students who have the character, maturity, skills, and values needed to assume leadership positions.” Baylor Law seeks to challenge the status quo of legal education by placing a strong emphasis on training students to care about the well-being of those around them and encouraging service to their communities. Baylor Lawyers are widely known for their willingness to serve as leaders across a broad spectrum of community organizations
May
14
2018
Third Annual Business Law Boot Camp – 26 Students Learned the Essentials of Business Transactions
Baylor Law held its third annual Business Law Boot Camp from Sunday, April 29th through Friday, May 4th. An intensive intersession course held between the spring and summer quarters at Baylor Law, the Boot Camp offered practical training on multiple aspects of business formation, commercial borrowing, raising capital, trademark and advertising issues, succession planning, selling a business, basic accounting, contract drafting, and negotiation skills.
May
11
2018
Seventh Court of Appeals Convenes at Baylor Law
Three justices of the Seventh Court of Appeals, Amarillo, visited Baylor Law on Thursday, May 10, to hear oral arguments in three cases. The hearings, which were open to students and the general public, were held in the Jim Kronzer Appellate Advocacy Classroom and Courtroom (Room 127) in the Sheila and Walter Umphrey Law Center on the Baylor University campus.
May
8
2018
Baylor Law Tops Texas Bar Exam Pass Rate - Again
Baylor Law’s winning tradition continues as its students again posted the highest first-time passing rate on the latest Texas Bar Exam. Results announced on May 3rd, show that Baylor law students achieved an 87.5 percent pass rate for the bar exam taken in February 2018, topping the pass rates of students from the other nine law schools in the state.

Baylor Law has ranked #1 on 22 of the 34 bar exams since 2001.
May
3
2018
Baylor Law Announces Law Schools Participating in the 2018 Top Gun Competition
Baylor Law’s Top Gun National Mock Trial Competition is an invitation-only mock trial tournament that has become one of the nation’s most prestigious competitions.

The best advocates from sixteen trial advocacy schools compete head-to-head in the winner-take-all tournament that will be held May 30 through June 3 at Baylor Law.
May
2
2018
Baylor Law's Veterans Clinic Highlighted at 2018 Champions of Justice Gala
On Wednesday, April 25, Baylor Law's Josh Borderud, Attorney-Director of Baylor Law's Veterans Clinic, was invited to speak at the Champions of Justice Gala co-sponsored by the Texas Access to Justice Commission and the State Bar of Texas. The Gala raised over $404,000 to provide civil legal services and other assistance to low-income Texan veterans.

The funds raised at the 2018 Gala will help support the Veterans Clinic and other programs across the state.
May
1
2018
Baylor Law Ranks #18 in 2017 Law School Graduates Hiring Report
Law.com has released its analysis of American Bar Association data on graduate employment, and Baylor Law ranks at #18 in the nation, and #1 among all Texas law schools, for full-time employment in what is considered the "gold standard" category of positions requiring a bar license.
Apr
30
2018
The Honorable J. Rodney Gilstrap Named 2018 Baylor Lawyer of the Year
The Honorable J. Rodney Gilstrap, J.D. ‘81, Chief District Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, has been selected by the Baylor Law Alumni Association Executive Committee as the 2018 Baylor Lawyer of the Year.
Apr
4
2018
Baylor Law Students Honored at the 2018 John William & Florence Dean Minton Student Awards Ceremony and Lecture Series
On March 28, Baylor Law honored dozens of students for outstanding achievements at the John William & Florence Dean Minton Student Awards Ceremony and Lecture Series hosted at the Bill Daniel Student Union Building on the Baylor University campus.
Mar
26
2018
LEAD Counsel Invites Kirsta Melton, Deputy Criminal Chief of the Office of the Texas Attorney General, to Host Seminar to Combat Human Trafficking
On Friday, March 23rd, Baylor Law and LEAD Counsel welcomed Kirsta Melton, Deputy Criminal Chief of the Human Trafficking and Transnational/Organized Crime Section of the Office of the Texas Attorney General, who shared information on human trafficking in Texas, and how to recognize the potential red flags and indicators of human trafficking.
Mar
20
2018
Baylor Law Ranks in Top Five in Trial Advocacy, #50 Overall in National <i>U.S. News</i> Rankings
Baylor Law climbed into the Top 50 in the U.S. News & World Report "Best Law Schools" listing for 2019. In the law specialties rankings, Baylor's trial advocacy program is one of the top five programs in the nation.
Mar
6
2018
Baylor Law Student, Gracie Wood, Honored as “Law Student of the Year” by National Jurist Magazine
Baylor Law’s Gracie Wood has been named one of The National Jurist magazine’s “Law Students of the Year.” The designation recognizes Wood and 20 other law students from across the country who excel in leadership, focus, and commitment to justice.
Mar
6
2018
Baylor Law Student, Shaina Hayes, Receives Community Meritorious Service Award from Baylor University Police Department
On Friday, March 2nd, Baylor Police Department Chief, Brad Wigtil surprised student Shaina Hayes, 3L, with a Community Meritorious Service Award following a four-month internship with the department where she worked in partnership with human resources, general counsel, and the department’s Accreditation Board, the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, to completely revamp the department’s Policy and Procedures manual.
Feb
28
2018
Baylor Law Teams Excel at Multiple Competitions
Baylor Law students score several strong showings in competitions held February 23-25: National Champions at at the 2018 Pace National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition; runners-up in two separate regional Transactional LawMeets; third place and best speaker at the Elliott Cup Regional Moot Court competition.
Feb
27
2018
Baylor Law Takes First Place at Pace National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition
Beating more than 50 teams from around the country, the Baylor Law team of Josh Dunegan, Morgan Blair, and Price Brannen were named National Champions at the 2018 Jeffrey G. Miller National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition.
Feb
26
2018
Baylor Law Student, Joseph Shaneyfelt,  Candidate for Chair of ABA Law Student Division
Baylor Law 2L student, Joseph Shaneyfelt, has been selected by the nominating committee of the Law Student Division of the American Bar Association (ABA) to run for chair of the Law Student Division. As a candidate for the position of chair, Shaneyfelt will face American University, Washington College of Law, student Negeen Sadeghi-Movahed in the Spring online vote of the more than 400 members of the Law Student Division Assembly
Feb
22
2018
Baylor Law Client Counseling Team Takes Second Place at ABA Regional Competition
The Baylor Law Client Counseling Team of Jess Gambrell, Marylynn Smitherman, and Brenda Carrillo took second place at the ABA Regional Client Counseling Competition on the Tampa, Florida campus of the Western Michigan University-Cooley Law School.
Feb
15
2018
Baylor Law Students Inspired to <i>Make a Difference</i> at this year's LEAD Counsel Conference
Baylor Law’s Leadership Engagement and Development (LEAD) Counsel held the second annual Making a Difference Conference, “Passion for Justice,” on Friday, February 9, 2018. At the free, public event students, attorneys and other community leaders learned about how they can make a positive impact on their communities through engagement, policy, and legislation.
Feb
13
2018
Baylor Law National Trial Teams Excel at Regional Competition
Baylor Law’s Chris Arnell and Marcus Fifer will compete in the national championship of the National Trial Competition in Austin this April, after winning the Region 10 regional competition. Baylor Law’s Stephani Cook, Matthew Hinojosa and Jordan Jarreau also represented Baylor Law at the regional competition, falling just short of qualifying for nationals. Daniel Pellegrin played a critical role in preparing both teams for competition.
Nov
21
2017
Texas Access to Justice Foundation Awards Baylor Law $67,000 Grant for Veterans Clinic
In 2012, Professor Bridget Fuselier founded the Baylor Law Veterans Clinic to serve military veterans and their spouses with their civil legal needs. Now in its fifth year, the Veterans Clinic has provided legal assistance to over 750 veterans in Central Texas.
Nov
17
2017
The Family Awakens: Baylor Law School Hosts 10th Annual McLennan County Adoption Day
Baylor Law School hosted the 10th annual McLennan County Adoption Day on Nov. 17, and the Star Wars theme was a hit for the hundreds of people who attended to celebrate the legal adoptions of 33 children into their new families.
Nov
14
2017
Baylor Law Expands Clinical Programs with $60,000 Grant from the Cooper Foundation
Baylor Law School plans to expand its clinical programming through its new Trial Advocacy Clinic with a $60,000 grant from the Cooper Foundation of Waco.
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