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.
It’s no secret that the world of law hasn’t always been welcoming to women. At the same time that the women’s suffrage movement was gaining steam at the turn of the 20th century, formal law schools were being created across the nation. Law had been taught at Baylor as early as 1857, making BU the second university west of the Mississippi River to offer law classes, and Baylor Law School built off that with its formal establishment in 1920 — coincidentally, the same year the 19th Amendment granted women the right to vote.
It takes a brave person to fly Army helicopters into battle zones in Afghanistan, landing amidst the fighting to evacuate injured soldiers who need treatment. It also takes a brave person to dedicate both their personal and professional lives to serving orphaned children, kids who need someone to fight for them. Baylor law student Stephen Carl is both.
One of the hallmarks of Baylor Law School's 160-year existence has been the consistent development of successful Baylor Lawyers. While law schools across the country are beginning to transition to a more practice-focused curriculum, Baylor Law has remained attentive to its students' professional needs since its inception through long-standing programs like Practice Court and a well-rounded curriculum.
Baylor University today announced a gift of $2 million from Sherri W. and Robert “Bobby” L. Patton Jr. of Fort Worth that will enhance the legal writing and pro bono programs in the nationally ranked Baylor Law School. Their gift will help underwrite two programs that already distinguish Baylor Law among its peers, while also providing student scholarship assistance.
Baylor Law has partnered with Naman, Howell, Smith & Lee, PLLC to offer an innovative new kind of pro bono clinic–an “Answer-a-Thon”–using the Texas Legal Answers website of the State Bar of Texas. The purpose of the clinic is threefold: to increase access to justice for low-income Texans; to provide law students with an opportunity to gain practical, real-life experience helping clients and working with experienced attorneys; and to remove barriers to attorneys providing pro bono services.
With the federal government's phasing out of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the Baylor Law Immigration Clinic offers renewal assistance to those who's DACA status expires on or before March 5, 2018.
Baylor Law School Professor Laura Hernandez is an expert on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the founder of the Baylor Law Immigration Clinic. Professor Hernandez shared her insight on the termination of the program with award-winning journalist Simi Sara on CKNW Newstalk 980 AM's "The Simi Sara Show."
With Texans reeling from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, Baylor Law students are stepping up to help. The flooding and devastation of the hurricane have forced thousands of Texans to evacuate their homes and communities. Baylor Law students, working alongside Lone Star Legal Aid, have organized a fundraiser and donation drive to help their families, friends and neighbors on the Gulf Coast.
The Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA) awarded the Waco-McLennan County Young Lawyers Association first place in the Single Project Service to the Public category in recognition of the association's Pro Bono Challenge Program.