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Nov
29
2021
A New Beginning - Baylor Law Participates in ‘Moana’-Themed Adoption Day
On Friday, November 19th, 14 new families were legally formed and 20 former foster children were finally adopted into their new families. For the fourteenth straight year, Baylor Law faculty, staff, and students joined with members of the McLennan County Department of Families and Child Protective Services and the judiciary to celebrate McLennan County’s Adoption Day.
Nov
11
2021
Baylor Law Honors Our Military Members This Veterans Day
Baylor Law is always immensely proud of our veterans and service members throughout the year, but on this Veterans Day, we publicly honor our military students and celebrate those who have dedicated their time and talents to protect and defend our Constitutional Republic and freedom across the globe.

Baylor Law currently has 17 active, reserve, and veteran members of four different branches of the U.S. and Texas militaries.
Nov
9
2021
The Texas Bar Foundation Has Awarded Baylor Law a Grant to  Implement Robust Mental Health & Wellness Initiatives
The Texas Bar Foundation recently awarded Baylor Law a grant of $6,500 to implement comprehensive and consistent mental health and wellness programming at the Law School. With assistance from the Texas Bar Foundation, under the banner of ‘Mind, Body, and Spirit,’ Baylor Law will execute a multi-faceted program to better support the mental health and wellness of its students.
Nov
8
2021
Baylor Law Veterans Clinic Recognizes Two Waco Attorneys  for their Pro Bono Service to Central Texas Veterans
On Friday, November 5th, Baylor University School of Law’s Veterans Clinic honored Waco attorneys Gavin Lane and Darren Obenoskey with its Advocate of the Year Awards. The annual awards are given to volunteer attorneys who go above and beyond in pro bono legal service to Central Texas veterans and their spouses in the past year.
Oct
29
2021
During Pro Bono Week, Baylor Law Assistant Dean Stephen Rispoli Emphasizes the Importance of Pro Bono During CJE Course for Texas Judges
On Wednesday, October 27th, Assistant Dean Stephen Rispoli participated in a panel discussion hosted by the State Bar of Texas Pro Bono Workgroup – Judiciary Subcommittee.
Oct
27
2021
Professor Jerry Powell Named Baylor Lawyer of the Year
Former Director of Baylor Law’s award-winning Practice Court program and recently retired Abner V. McCall Professor of Evidence, Gerald R. Powell (JD ’77), has been selected by the Baylor Law Alumni Association Executive Committee as the 2021 Baylor Lawyer of the Year.
Oct
26
2021
Baylor Law Professor Mike Morrison to Participate in Texas Redistricting Discussion
Professor of Law Emeritus Mike Morrison will bring his 40+ years of experience representing cities, counties, and school districts throughout Texas and Arkansas on redistricting issues to a virtual panel discussion entitled "Redrawing Texas: Who Chooses Whom?" on Nov. 1 at 3:30 p.m., hosted by Baylor University’s W.R. Poage Legislative Library and the Institute for oral history. The panel, which is free and open to the public, will discuss the redistricting process in Texas and provide insights into the process currently underway.
Oct
26
2021
Baylor Law Veterans Clinic Announces Free Estate Planning for Veterans and Their Spouses as Part of 2021 Veterans Day Commemoration
To honor local veterans, Baylor Law students will offer, for the 10th consecutive year, free estate planning for veterans and their spouses as part of Baylor Law's Veterans Day commemorations. Veterans may obtain up to five documents that will be drafted free of charge: will, power of attorney, medical power of attorney, declaration of guardian, and directive to physicians.
Oct
26
2021
Judge K. Nicole Mitchell Named the 2021 Young Baylor Lawyer of the Year
Judge K. Nicole Mitchell (JD, '06), United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Texas, has been named the 2021 Young Baylor Lawyer of the Year. Dean Brad Toben publicly announced Judge Mitchell's honor at the 24th Annual Eastern District of Texas Bench Bar Conference in October.
Oct
13
2021
Baylor University Bookstore Will Host Book Signing for Professor Walt Shelton During Homecoming Weekend
The Baylor University Bookstore will host an in-store book signing event on Friday, October 15th from 4 to 6 pm for visitors to meet and have books signed by Walt Shelton, Adjunct Professor at Baylor Law and one of the most-read faith columnists in Texas.
Oct
12
2021
Baylor Law Announces Teams Selected to Compete in The Closer 2022 Transactional Law Competition
Baylor University School of Law has announced the 14 law schools that will participate in the sixth annual The Closer Transactional Law Competition in January 2022. The Closer is a highly selective competition with invitations extended to law schools whose programming demonstrates a commitment to excellence in practical transactional law training.
Oct
8
2021
Baylor Law Professor Leah Teague Appears on EdUp Legal Podcast
Baylor Law’s Director of Business Law Programs and Leadership Development, Professor Leah Teague, was recently interviewed by Dean Patricia Roberts of St. Mary’s Law School for the EdUp Legal Podcast. The duo discussed Professor Teague’s work in creating a national movement of intentional leadership development in law schools.
Oct
6
2021
Baylor Law Celebrates Wellness Week 2021
The week of October 4 – 10 has been designated ‘Law Student Mental Health Week’ by the ABA Law Student Division and the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs. To celebrate, Baylor Law has scheduled several events for student.
Oct
4
2021
Baylor Law Hosts Another Successful Criminal Law Bootcamp
Award-winning prosecutor, successful author, and Baylor Law adjunct professor Richard Alpert led another successful Criminal Law Boot Camp for Baylor Law students. Baylor Law’s unique Bootcamp exposes students to the legal, practical, and ethical Challenges faced by prosecutors and defense Attorneys in Criminal Practice.
Oct
1
2021
Gender, Race and Justice: The Future of American Policing
On Thursday evening, September 23, Baylor Law and Baylor University’s ‘Baylor in Washington’ program, hosted a special event to discuss a variety of current and future issues within the American policing system.
Sep
30
2021
Baylor Law Professor Laura Hernández to Participate in Immigration Discussion at the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum
On Tuesday, October 5th at 7 pm, Professor Laura Hernández, a leading authority on immigration law and civil rights actions, will join a distinguished panel of policy experts at the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum’s Civil Discourse Series on U.S. Immigration Policy.
Sep
28
2021
Michaelina Sirkel and Amanda Hildebrand Take Top Spots in  Baylor Law's 2021 Dawson & Sodd Fall Moot Court Competition
Baylor Law School's annual Dawson & Sodd, LLP Moot Court Competition, a week-long intramural event held every fall, ended on Monday, September 27th, with students Michaelina Sirkel and Amanda Hildebrand winning the top spots. The team of Victor Jarvis and Hope Burkhalter took 2nd place.
Sep
17
2021
Baylor Law Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month
September 15th marked the start of Hispanic Heritage month, a four-week cultural celebration that runs through October 15th. To celebrate, Baylor Law’s Hispanic Law Student Association (HALSA) is hosting several events for the Baylor Law community to shed light on the contributions that the Hispanic and Latino cultures have brought to the United States.
Sep
8
2021
Baylor Law Secures Another Two-Year, $135,000 Grant from the Texas Access to Justice Foundation to Support the Veterans Clinic
The Texas Access to Justice Foundation has announced its continued support of Baylor Law’s Veterans Clinic program. This grant allows Baylor Law and its Veterans Clinic to continue its monthly clinical program for local veterans to receive legal advice and counsel from faculty and local attorneys with assistance from law students.
Sep
7
2021
The Passing of Walter Umphrey - A Message From Dean Toben
Walter Umphrey – along with his beloved life partner and best friend, Sheila – have touched a legion of lives for the better. For decades, Walter has been on every listing of “go-to” lawyers by advocating on behalf of those to whom harm had been done, but who otherwise would not have had a champion to represent them in our judicial system.
Aug
16
2021
Baylor Law Welcomes Professor Rachel Kincaid
Rachel Kincaid, former prosecutor at the U.S. Department of Justice and civil rights advocate, has joined the Baylor Law faculty. She is slated to teach criminal law and criminal procedure, and her scholarship focuses on criminal law reform and civil rights.
Aug
3
2021
Changes at Baylor Law
Changes are underway at Baylor Law as the Law School prepares to welcome a highly credentialed fall entering class. Dean Leah Teague (JD ’85) has announced that she is stepping away from her role as Associate Dean to return to a full-time faculty position. Patricia Wilson, a member of Baylor Law’s faculty since 1993, has agreed to serve as Associate Dean, with responsibilities focusing on academic-related matters involving faculty or students.
Jul
29
2021
2021 Summer Commencement Ceremony
Baylor Law's Summer 2021 Commencement ceremony will take place July 31, 2021 at 10:00am CDT at First Baptist Church of Waco. Click here to view the livestream beginning at 9:45am.
Jul
27
2021
Baylor Law’s Connection to ’12 Mighty Orphans’
The movie “12 Mighty Orphans,” tells the true story of the Mighty Mites, the Depression-era football teams from the Masonic Home and School of Texas. This inspiring true story is of particular interest to those associated with Baylor University and Baylor Law: Judge Abner Vernon McCall, who served as the Dean of the law school for eleven years beginning in 1948 was one of the Mighty Mites.
Jun
21
2021
Kathryn Snapka, Baylor Lawyer and Jaworski Fellow, Honored as Trial Lawyer of the Year by TEX-ABOTA
The Texas Chapters of the American Board of Trial Advocates (TEX-ABOTA) has selected Baylor Lawyer and Jaworski Fellow Kathryn Snapka (JD ’80) as the 2021 Trial Lawyer of the Year. Snapka will receive her award on Saturday, October 30th at the TEX-ABOTA Annual Dinner in Santa Fe.
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