News: Faculty and Staff

Sep
15
2022
Michael P. Heiskell (J.D. ’74) Named 2022 Baylor Lawyer of the Year
The Executive Committee of the Baylor Law Alumni Association has selected Michael P. Heiskell (J.D. ’74) as the 2022 Baylor Lawyer of the Year. Cynthia Clack (J.D. ’78), President of the Baylor Law Alumni Association, presented Heiskell with the award during a recognition luncheon at the Fort Worth Club on Thursday, September 15th.
Sep
9
2022
Baylor Lawyer Patricia Diaz-Rodriguez (LL.M.'19) Elected To Serve as Region II President of the Hispanic National Bar Association
Patricia Diaz-Rodriguez (LL.M.'19) was recently elected Region II President of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA). Region II serves members of the HNBA in New York. She was sworn in during the National Hispanic Bar Conference in Washington, D.C., on September 9, 2022.
Sep
1
2022
Baylor Law Wins E. Earle Zehmer  Workers’ Compensation Moot Court Competition
For the third time in five years, Baylor Law’s Moot Court interscholastic team has clinched another national championship at the E. Earle Zehmer Moot Court competition held in Orlando. In a testament to the depth of talent of Baylor Law’s moot court teams, two Baylor Law teams advanced to the final round of the competition and faced off for the championship on Monday, August 21, 2022.
Aug
31
2022
Baylor Law and the Texas District and County Attorney Association Celebrate a 20-Year Partnership
Since 2002, Baylor Law has hosted the Texas District and County Attorney Association’s (TDCAA) Advanced Trial Advocacy Course during the ‘intersession’ between the Summer and Fall Quarters. Building on this decades-long partnership, Baylor hosted two of TDCAA’s educational programs this summer: its Advanced Trial Advocacy Course and its Advanced Appellate Course.
Aug
10
2022
Baylor Law Leadership Program Wins Prestigious ABA Gambrell Award
For the second time in four years, the American Bar Association (ABA) has awarded Baylor Law with its prestigious E. Smythe Gambrell Professionalism Award. The ABA has selected Baylor Law’s innovative Leadership Development Program to receive the 2022 Award, following the selection of Baylor Law’s Practice Ready Program in 2018.
Jun
30
2022
Baylor Lawyer Cindy V. Tisdale Elected President-Elect of the State Bar of Texas
Baylor Lawyer Cindy V. Tisdale (JD '95) of Granbury was sworn in as President-Elect of the State Bar of Texas during the State Bar's Board of Directors meeting on June 9, 2022. Tisdale will serve as the Bar's President from June 2023 to June 2024. She is the owner and principal of the Law Office of Cindy V. Tisdale and is Of Counsel at Lynch, Chappell & Alsup in Midland.
Jun
29
2022
Baylor Law Welcomes Stephanie Mabry as Director of Development
Stephanie Dunnam Mabry joined Baylor Law as its Director of Development in the Spring of 2022. She received her Bachelor of Arts in history and political science from Baylor University and a Master of Arts in Politics and Society in Historical Perspective from Utrecht University in the Netherlands.
Jun
14
2022
Adjunct Professor David Deaconson (JD ’83) Honored as 2022 Outstanding Mentor of Texas
Adjunct Professor David Deaconson, JD ’83, has been honored by the Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA) as the 2022 Outstanding Mentor of Texas. The TYLA honored Deaconson for his dedication to mentoring young lawyers and furthering the importance of mentoring in the legal profession.
Jun
13
2022
Rachel Rickel Takes the Title of Summer 2022 Mad Dog Champion
Baylor Law student Rachel Rickel has been named Baylor Law’s most recent ‘Mad Dog’ after winning the Summer 2022 Mad Dog Mock Trial Competition. Fellow student Lexie Ammons was the finalist.
Jun
8
2022
Assistant District Attorney for Brazos County, Ryan Calvert, Offers First Voir Dire Boot Camp to Baylor Law Students
How does a winning trial attorney ensure that the jurors are well-suited to decide the specific case on trial? That is the objective of a successful voir dire—and the aim of ADA Ryan Calvert’s first-ever Voir Dire Boot Camp offered to Baylor Law students in May 2022.
Jun
6
2022
University of Georgia School of Law student Haley Kairab is Baylor Law's Top Gun National Mock Trial Competition Champion for 2022
After three grueling days of rigorous competition, Haley Kairab of the University of Georgia School of Law was declared the winner of Top Gun XIII, the thirteenth annual iteration of Baylor Law's intense National Mock Trial Competition.
May
26
2022
Baylor University Honors Professor Jeremy Counseller as Outstanding Faculty for 2021-2022
Baylor University has selected Professor of Law Jeremy Counseller to receive the 2021-2022 Outstanding Faculty Award for Teaching (Tenured).
May
24
2022
3L Lizzie Allen Earns Highly Competitive Equal Justice Works Fellowship
Baylor Law 3L Lizzie Allen was recently selected to receive a highly selective Equal Justice Works Fellowship. She will provide direct representation and advocacy for students with disabilities at risk of, and currently navigating, the juvenile justice system.
May
19
2022
16 of the Nation's Best Student Advocates to Compete for the  Title of 'Top Gun' in June
Student advocates who will compete in Baylor Law's Top Gun National Mock Trial Competition, the most challenging mock trial competition in the country, have been named. The invitation-only tournament pits the best advocates from 16 trial advocacy schools against one another in a head-to-head, winner-take-all contest June 1-5 at Baylor Law.
May
3
2022
Baylor Law Announces Law Schools Participating in Top Gun XIII
Law students from the best trial advocacy programs in the country will travel to Waco June 1-5 to take part in Baylor Law’s thirteenth annual National Top Gun Mock Trial Competition. The invitation-only, winner-takes-all contest is the nation's most prestigious and intense mock trial competition.
May
2
2022
Baylor Law Celebrates Exceeding Its Campaign Goal
Baylor Law celebrates its achievement of exceeding its $50M Give Light fundraising goal through the generosity of Baylor Law alumni and friends. Baylor Law’s Give Light priorities included opportunities which expand areas of existing excellence and pursue new areas of strategic importance with the support of growing endowment resources.
Apr
26
2022
Baylor Law Offers Free Wills for First Responders
For the fifth straight year, Baylor Law’s Legal Clinics will honor the hard work, dedication, and sacrifice of McLennan County’s law enforcement, firefighters, and emergency medical services. During May, Baylor Law’s Estate Planning Clinic will offer free wills and simple estate planning to police, firefighters, EMTs, and their spouses living or working in McLennan County.
Apr
5
2022
Baylor Law Honors Outstanding Students at the 2022 John William and Florence Dean Minton Student Awards Ceremony and Lecture Series
On Thursday, March 31, 2022, Baylor Law held its annual awards ceremony to honor outstanding student accomplishments during the past year. The John William and Florence Dean Minton Student Awards Ceremony and Lecture Series celebrates those Baylor Law students who excel both in and out of the classroom. Baylor Law honored students for excellence in academics, advocacy, work on the Baylor Law Review, and pro bono and public service at the ceremony.
Mar
29
2022
Professor Josh Borderud (J.D. ‘09) honored by the American Inns of Court at the United States Supreme Court
Baylor Law faculty member and Waco City Councilman Joshua G. Borderud (J.D.’ 09) received the 2020 American Inns of Court Sandra Day O’Connor Award for Professional Service at the Supreme Court of the United States in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, March 26th, 2022. The American Inns of Court presents the Sandra Day O’Connor Award to honor a member in the first ten years of practice for excellence in public interest or pro bono activities.
Mar
22
2022
Lauren Leveno and Jamie Mills Win Baylor Law's 2022  Faegre Drinker Spring Moot Court Competition
Baylor Law’s annual Faegre Drinker Spring Moot Court Competition ended on Monday, March 21, with students Lauren Leveno and Jamie Mills taking the top spots. Eighty-four teams participated in this challenging competition, making it one of the largest tournaments ever held at Baylor Law.
Mar
11
2022
Baylor Lawyer Ben Selman (JD ’73) To Be Honored by Texas Bar Foundation
The Texas Bar Foundation has selected Baylor Lawyer and Adjunct Professor of Law Ben Selman (JD ’73) as the 2022 recipient of the Lola Wright Foundation Award for outstanding public service and the promotion of legal ethics in Texas.
Mar
10
2022
Baylor Lawyer Hon. T. John Ward, JD ‘67 to be Honored by Texas Bar Foundation
Judge T. John Ward, JD ‘67, the United States District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Texas who retired from the bench in 2011, will be honored as a recipient of the Texas Bar Foundation’s Outstanding 50 Year Lawyer Award.
Mar
8
2022
Baylor Lawyer Shannon Sedgwick Davis (JD ’00) Honored As the 2022 International Citizen of the Year by the World Affairs Council of San Antonio
Baylor Law congratulates Shannon Sedgwick Davis (JD ’00) on her selection as the 2022 International Citizen of the Year by the World Affairs Council of San Antonio. Sedgwick Davis was honored at a celebration on March 2 at the Red Berry Estate in San Antonio.
Mar
2
2022
Andrew Boone Takes Top Spot in Sixth Annual Ultimate Writer Competition at Baylor Law
Andrew Boone has won first place in Baylor Law’s annual The Ultimate Writer legal writing competition, drafting the best legal document out of several competitors. For his efforts, he was awarded an $8,000 cash prize thanks to the generous underwriting of the Charles and Lisa Frazier Endowed Fund for Excellence in Writing and the law firm of Durham, Pittard & Spalding LLP.
Feb
28
2022
Baylor Lawyer, Lewis R. Sifford (JD ’72) Confirmed as National President of the American Board of Trial Advocates
Baylor Law congratulates Lewis R. Sifford (JD ’72) on his selection as the 2022 President of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). Sifford was unanimously confirmed at the organization’s National Committee Meeting on January 3.
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