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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.