News: Faculty and Staff

Feb
22
2021
Baylor Law Confers LL.M. Degrees on Its  Second Graduating Class
On February 8, 2021, Baylor Law awarded LL.M. degrees to the second graduating class of its Executive LL.M. in Litigation Management. This graduating cohort was composed of 15 legal professionals who serve as senior partners, trial consultants, general counsel and litigation leaders from prestigious companies and law firms around the country.
Feb
10
2021
The Paper Chase Legal Writing Competition Returns with $7k in Prize Money on the Line
Baylor Law is pleased to announce the Fifth Annual The Paper Chase Legal Writing Competition. The competition is the premier legal writing competition in Texas and winners receive bragging rights as well as cash prizes, sponsored by FVF Law, totaling $7,000.
Feb
1
2021
2021 People’s Law School at Baylor Law Makes Legal Issues Clear and Accessible
The People's Law School at Baylor Law will return for its 16th consecutive year on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021 in an all-virtual format. Each People's Law course will be taught by a Baylor Law professor or licensed attorney. Register and view the complete course list at www.baylor.edu/law/PLS.
Jan
28
2021
Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Pro Bono Programs Stephen Rispoli’s Statement on Proposed Rule 6.05
I write to encourage you to vote to adopt Proposed Rule 6.05 of the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct. As you know, our current Texas conflicts rule requires that each lawyer ensure that there is not a conflict with a potential client before meeting with the potential client to learn about the situation and give advice and counsel. However, this sound rule does have an unintended consequence. The rule poses a particular hardship for law school clinics and pro bono providers across the state who have walk-in clients
Jan
27
2021
Baylor Law’s Executive LL.M. in Litigation Management Announces New National Advisory Panel
Baylor Law’s Executive LL.M. in Litigation Management leads the field in teaching effective litigation strategy and developing innovative and systematic approaches for lowering and controlling litigation costs. To enhance this expertise, Baylor Law announces the creation of a National Advisory Panel. Comprised of nationally recognized experts, the Panel includes elite trial lawyers representing both sides of the docket, top in-house counsel, judges, and legal technology specialists.
Jan
25
2021
The R. Matt Dawson Endowed Lecture Series Welcomes Richard Susskind
On Jan. 29, Richard Susskind, President of the Society for Computers and Law, a best-selling author, futurist, legal tech expert, and adviser to major law firms and national governments, will discuss how lawyers may prepare for the disruption brought by technology, costs, and competition to litigation and advocacy. He will share how lawyers can adapt to new and evolving technologies radically changing the litigation landscape. REGISTER TODAY!
Jan
19
2021
Winners Announced for <em>The Closer</em>, Baylor Law's Elite National Transactional Law Competition
On Sunday, January 17th, Floy Gaidarski, of SMU Dedman School of Law, and Preston Chaffee, of University of San Diego School of Law, were named the winners of the 2021 The Closer Competition, the most challenging transactional law competition in the country. Runners up for this year's competition were Madalyn Clary of Indiana University Maurer School of Law, and Jacob Landsberg of University of Oregon School of Law.
Jan
14
2021
A Conversation With the Godfather
Dean Brad Toben and Professor David Guinn discuss Professor Guinn's 50 years of teaching Constitutional Law, highlighting landmark United States Supreme Court decisions that have impacted our society and the practice of law.
Jan
13
2021
Celebrating 100 Years of Practice Court
Since its inception over a century ago, the bedrock of Baylor Law’s Practice Court Program has been a commitment to preparing Baylor Lawyers for excellence in the practice of advocacy, precise knowledge of evidence and procedure, and the highest degree of professional conduct. This is our story.
Jan
8
2021
The Fifth Annual <em>The Closer</em> Transactional Law Competition: A Unique Experience for Law School Students to Compete to Close the Deal
The fifth annual The Closer transactional law competition will see students from the nation’s top transactional law programs vying for a total of $10,000 in cash prizes and bragging rights as a top closer.
Dec
15
2020
Texas Opportunity & Justice Incubator Selects Baylor Lawyer, Joshua Weaver (JD ’15) as New Director
Baylor Lawyer Joshua Weaver (JD ’15) has been selected as director of the Texas Opportunity & Justice Incubator (TOJI). Weaver, an attorney, entrepreneur, and former Baylor Law employee, took the reins of the State Bar of Texas program in November.
Nov
23
2020
Baylor Law’s Commitment to Adoption Day Continues
Even in our current COVID environment, nothing could stop the commitment of the Baylor Law Public Interest Legal Society and Professor of Law Bridget Fuselier to continue to celebrate McLennan County’s Adoption Day on Friday, November 2oth.
Nov
20
2020
Baylor Law Honors Local Attorneys for Pro Bono Service to Veterans
Baylor University School of Law’s Veterans Clinic continues its Veterans Day commemorations by honoring attorneys Lori Krasienko and Carlie C. Gause with its Veterans Clinic Advocate of the Year Awards.
Nov
18
2020
Baylor Law Announces Celebration of 100 Years of Practice Court
To celebrate 100 years of offering the most intense advocacy training program in the nation, Baylor Law has announced a series of opportunities for the Baylor Law family to ‘celebrate’ its nationally recognized Practice Court program.
Nov
12
2020
Getting IT Done – Baylor Law’s Tireless Tech Team
Multiple years of technology modernization efforts by our I.T. team, and planning for what-if strategies to wargame potential scenarios prior to the pandemic, has allowed Baylor Law to continue its rigorous academic programming.
Nov
11
2020
Baylor Law’s Veterans Clinic: Making a Difference in the Lives of 1,600 Central Texas Veterans
This Veterans Day, Baylor Law is proud to announce it has assisted over 1,600 veterans and their spouses through its Veterans Clinic.
Nov
11
2020
Honoring the Military at Baylor Law
Baylor Law currently has 16 active, reserve, and veteran members of three different branches of the U.S. military. we are deeply 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.
Nov
6
2020
2020 Fall Commencement Ceremony
Baylor Law's 2020 Fall Commencement ceremony takes place November 7, 2020 at 10:00am CDT. Click here to view the livestream beginning at 9:45am.
Nov
3
2020
Professor of Law Gerald Powell, JD ’77, Receives Outstanding Mentor Award
Professor of Law Gerald Powell (JD '77) was honored with the 2020 Outstanding Mentor Award by the Waco-McLennan County Young Lawyers Association (WMCYLA) at a surprise presentation during the October 23rd Practice Court class.
Oct
28
2020
During <em>Pro Bono Week</em>, Baylor Law Celebrates its 14th Award for Access to Justice and Pro-Bono Services
Lone Star Legal Aid, a nonprofit law firm focused on advocacy on behalf of low-income and underserved populations in Texas, has awarded Baylor Law their 2020 Pro Bono Excellence Award, in appreciation of “extraordinary efforts to ensure access to the legal system for low-income residents in multiple Texas Counties.” This is Baylor Law’s 14th Award for Access to Justice and Pro Bono Services since 2010.
Oct
27
2020
Baylor Law Veterans Clinic Announce Free Estate Planning for Veterans and Their Spouses as Part of 2020 Veterans Day Commemoration
The Baylor Law Veterans Clinic has announced that for the ninth consecutive year, it will offer free estate planning for veterans and their spouses in Central Texas to commemorate Veterans Day. Space is limited and is available by appointment only from Monday, November 2, through Friday November 6, 2020.
Oct
22
2020
Dallas Bar Association and the Texas Center for Legal Ethics Honors Baylor Lawyer, Lewis R. Sifford, with Professionalism Award
Dallas attorney, and the 2019 Baylor Lawyer of the Year, Lewis R. Sifford, JD '72, has been named recipient of the 2020 Morris Harrell Professionalism Award. The award is presented annually by the Dallas Bar Association and the Texas Center for Legal Ethics to exceptional attorneys who best exemplify professional traits that other attorneys admire and should strive to emulate.
Oct
13
2020
Baylor Law Announces Addition of Spring Start to its Executive LL.M. in Litigation Management Program
In response to the demand from well-qualified applicants, Baylor Law is pleased to announce it will add a Spring cohort to its Executive LL.M. in Litigation Management. With a full Fall cohort now underway, the addition of an annual Spring cohort will allow more lawyers to join this elite network of candidates.
Oct
13
2020
Longtime Adjunct Professor Walt Shelton Releases New Book of Meditations
Walt Shelton, Adjunct Professor of Law and one of the most-read faith columnists in Texas, will celebrate the release his latest book of meditations, The Daily Practice of Life: Practical Reflections Toward Meaningful Living on Thursday, October 15th.
Oct
5
2020
Baylor Law Hosts Second Criminal Law Bootcamp of 2020
The second Criminal Law Bootcamp of 2020 offered an intense introduction to Texas state criminal practice taught by highly experienced prosecutors, criminal defense lawyers, and judges. Through a series of lectures, strategic breakout discussions, and mock trial exercises, students were exposed to real-world criminal case theories and preparation skills that are essential for successful criminal prosecution and defense.
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