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Aug
13
2018
Baylor Law Receives Prestigious E. Smythe Gambrell Professionalism Award from the American Bar Association
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.
Aug
3
2018
Accomplished Attorney Jay D. Rao Joins Baylor Law Faculty  as Legal Writing Lecturer
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.
Jul
28
2018
Baylor Law's 2018 Summer Commencement
Baylor Law's Summer Commencement Ceremony took place Saturday July 28th, 2018. Congratulations to the latest Baylor Law graduates who officially became Baylor Lawyers. Watch the full ceremony here.
Jul
25
2018
Baylor Law Mourns the Passing of Senator Murray Watson Jr.
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.
Jul
17
2018
Judge James M. Stanton Named the 2018  Young Baylor Lawyer of the Year
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.
Jul
12
2018
Baylor Law Congratulates the Honorable Elizabeth Ray, recipient of the Sarah T. Hughes Women Lawyers of Achievement Award
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.''
Jun
29
2018
Baylor Law Professor Tom Featherston Honored with Texas Bar Foundation’s Terry Lee Grantham Memorial Award
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.
Jun
28
2018
Baylor Law’s Legal Mapmaker 2018 teaches law grads how to start a law firm and reach underserved communities
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.
Jun
27
2018
Baylor Law Wins 2018 Texas Young Lawyers Association Moot Court Tournament
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.
Jun
13
2018
Titanic on Trial - Call for Volunteers
Baylor Law, in collaboration with the Mayborn Museum, is seeking volunteers for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to serve as jurors or "witnesses" for the Titanic on Trial.

Titanic on Trial is one of Baylor Law "big trials" about a fictional civil lawsuit relating to the sinking of the Titanic. Big Trials are the culminating experience for all third-year Baylor Law students, as a part of its renowned, nationally-ranked Practice Court program.
Jun
8
2018
Philip Pasquarello of Drexel University Kline School of Law wins the 2018 Top Gun National Mock Trial Competition.
Philip Pasquarello of Drexel University Kline School of Law was declared the winner of Baylor Law’s 2018 Top Gun National Mock Trial Competition, the nation’s most prestigious, invitation-only mock trial tournament, on June 3rd in Waco, Texas. Pasquarello persuaded a jury of experienced trial attorneys to return a verdict in his favor at the end of the competition's intense final round, beating out runner-up, Eric Fleddermann of University of Michigan Law School.
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
4
2018
Baylor Lawyer John Eddie Williams, Jr. Inducted into Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame
Legendary Baylor Lawyer John Eddie Williams (J.D. ’78) has been honored by the National Trial Lawyers Association with induction into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame.

The National Trial Lawyers Association acknowledges exceptional lawyers who leave an indelible mark on the American legal tradition through a lifetime of service to the public, the Constitution, and the trial bar.

Williams was one of five lawyers recognized during the Hall of Fame induction ceremony at a conference in Las Vegas in April 2018
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
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.
Apr
3
2018
Baylor Law Earns Highest Ultimate Bar Passage Rate in the U.S.
100% of Baylor Law’s 2015 graduates passed the bar exam within two years of graduation, the highest rate of all 204 ABA-approved law schools, according to the Managing Director’s Office of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.
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.
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