The American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Professionalism has named Baylor Law a recipient of the 2018 E. Smythe Gambrell Professionalism Award for its “Practice Ready” program. The Gambrel Award honors excellence and innovation in career and professional development programs that enhance professionalism among lawyers.
Jay D. Rao has joined the Baylor Law faculty as a full-time lecturer in Baylor Law’s groundbreaking legal writing program. Rao is a graduate of Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, member of the editorial board of the Columbia Journal of Law and Social Problems and served as a research assistant to two prominent professors in the fields of contracts and mergers and acquisitions.
Murray Watson Jr., (J.D. ’54) former state representative and senator, education champion, and noted philanthropist, passed away on Tuesday, July 24th. He was 86. Senator Watson graduated from Baylor University in 1952 with a B.B.A. in accounting and economics, and from Baylor Law in 1954 with a juris doctor.
The Honorable James M. Stanton, former judge of the 134th Judicial District Court, founder of Stanton LLP, and prolific author and presenter has been named the 2018 Young Baylor Lawyer of the Year. Dean Brad Toben publicly announced Judge Stanton’s honor at the Dallas Baylor Lawyer Network reception on July 10, 2018.
Baylor Lawyer, the Honorable Elizabeth (Peach) Ray, was recently named the 2018 recipient of the Sarah T. Hughes Women Lawyers of Achievement Award by the Women and the Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. The award ''honors the accomplishments of women who have achieved outstanding recognition in their professional area and who, by doing so, have paved the way for success for other women attorneys.''
Baylor Law professor Tom Featherston, renowned attorney, educator and legal expert in trusts, estate and marital property law, has been honored as a recipient of the Texas Bar Foundation’s Terry Lee Grantham Memorial Award. Established to celebrate Grantham's life as a gifted and committed lawyer, the award is given to lawyers who exemplify the qualities of an accomplished, talented, and dedicated practitioner, and who demonstrate a passion for service.
Legal Mapmaker is a collaborative program sponsored by every law school in the state of Texas and other organizations designed as an effective solution to this problem. Designed by Baylor Law, Legal Mapmaker is a three-day series of workshops and seminars that instructs lawyers and recent law school graduates how to start their own law firm with overhead that is far less expensive than the norm.
The Baylor Law team of Max Brown, Haley Mowdy, and Kyle Stone along with Ryan Owen as team bailiff, won the 2018 Moot Court Competition sponsored by the Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA) during the recent State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting in Houston.
This win marks the third time that Baylor Law has won since 2010.
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.