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Jun
21
2019
Waco City Councilman Dillon Meek named the 2019  Baylor Young Lawyer of the Year
Waco attorney and District IV Waco City Councilman Dillon Meek has been named Baylor's Young Lawyer of the Year. Meek received the award from Baylor Law Dean Brad Toben at the City Council meeting at Waco Convention Center's Bosque Theater, on Tuesday, June 18th.
Jun
19
2019
Waco Tribune - Veterans’ Voices: Arthur Stelley
The Waco Tribune highlights the life of veteran, and Baylor Lawyer, Arthur Stelley (J.D. '49).
Jun
17
2019
Assistant Dean Stephen Rispoli Honored with  State Bar of Texas 2019 Pro Bono Coordinator Award
Stephen Rispoli, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Pro Bono Programs at Baylor Law has been awarded the Pro Bono Coordinator of the Year Award by the State Bar of Texas, an honor presented to an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to the delivery of, and access to, legal services for the poor.
Jun
14
2019
Tatiana Terry of Campbell Law School Wins the 2019 Top Gun National Mock Trial Competition
Tatiana Terry of Campbell University’s Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law was declared the winner of “Top Gun X,” Baylor Law’s special tenth anniversary edition of the Top Gun National Mock Trial Competition.
Jun
6
2019
Baylor Lawyer AJ Jameel Leads the Way in Billion Dollar Esports Industry
Recent Baylor Law graduate AJ Jameel, JD ’19, is the first
Baylor Lawyer in history to graduate with the ambition of being an “esports attorney.” - an exciting new industry with a desperate need for legal counsel.
May
16
2019
Judge Vik Deivanayagam, JD '93, Receives Outstanding Mentor Award
Judge Vikram ‘Vik’ Deivanayagam, J.D. ’93, of McLennan County Court at Law in Waco, was honored with the 2019 Outstanding Mentor Award by the Waco-McLennan County Young Lawyers Association. Other Baylor Lawyers among those honored by McLennan County Young Lawyers Association.
May
15
2019
Baylor Law’s Legal Clinics Declare  May <em>First Responders Month</em>
Baylor Law’s legal clinics are honoring the hard work, dedication, and sacrifices of McLennan County’s law enforcement, firefighters, and emergency medical services by providing free estate planning services for active or retired full-time first responders and their spouses.
May
8
2019
Professor Matt Cordon Honored as Outstanding Professor by Baylor University
Professor of Law Matt Cordon has been selected as one of only twelve Baylor University professors to be honored with Outstanding Faculty Awards for teaching, scholarship, and contributions to the academic community for the 2018-2019 academic year.
May
6
2019
Texas Senate Honors Baylor Lawyer Walter Umphrey
On April 25th, The Texas Senate unanimously adopted a resolution honoring Baylor Lawyer Walter Umphrey (J.D. ’65) for his legal accomplishments and philanthropic service to the people of Texas. Senate Resolution No. 641 was promoted by fellow Baylor Lawyer Senator Kirk Watson (J.D. ’81).
May
3
2019
Lewis R. Sifford Named the 2019 Baylor Lawyer of the Year
Lewis R. Sifford, accomplished trial lawyer and founding officer of Sifford, Anderson & Company, P.C. in Dallas has been honored by Baylor Law as its 2019 Baylor Lawyer of the Year. To honor Sifford, Baylor Law hosted a luncheon at the Belo Mansion on May 1, 2019.
May
2
2019
Baylor Law Announces Law Schools Participating in Top Gun X, the Special Ten-Year Anniversary Mock Trial Competition
Baylor Law’s Top Gun National Mock Trial Competition is an invitation-only mock trial tournament that is one of the nation’s most prestigious, and intense, competitions. At the special 10-year anniversary event, dubbed Top Gun X, the best advocates from 16 trial advocacy schools will compete head-to-head in the winner-take-all tournament that will be held June 5-9 at Baylor Law.
May
1
2019
Baylor Lawyer Roland K. Johnson (JD ’79) To Be Honored by Texas Bar Foundation
The Texas Bar Foundation has selected Baylor Lawyer Roland K. Johnson (JD ’79) as the 2019 recipient of the ‘Lola Wright Foundation Award,’ for outstanding public service and the promotion of legal ethics in Texas.
Apr
25
2019
Baylor Law Will Host Fourth Annual Business Law Boot Camp April 28-May 3
Baylor Law will hold its fourth annual Business Law Boot Camp from Sunday April 28th through Friday, May 3rd. The Boot Camp is a rigorous course consisting of a series of workshops held between the spring and summer quarters at Baylor Law.
Apr
24
2019
Baylor Law Takes Top Spot in Most Recent Moot Court Ranking
According to new data compiled by the University of Houston Law Center’s Blakely Advocacy Institute, Baylor Law’s Moot Court Program is now the #1 program in the nation for the 2018-2019 moot court competition season.
Apr
17
2019
Baylor Law Advocacy Team Sweeps  ABA’s National Appellate Advocacy Competition
In a unanimous final-round decision, the Baylor Law team of Kyle Gardner, Haley Mowdy and Kyle Stone won the 2019 National Championship of the American Bar Association's National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC), the largest moot court competition in the nation.
Apr
10
2019
Tom Featherston Appointed to Uniform Law Commission
The American Bar Association’s (ABA) Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law has appointed trust, estate, and marital property law expert and Professor of Law Thomas M. (Tom) Featherston, Jr. as an advisor to the drafting committee charged with revising the Disposition of Community Property Rights at Death Act.
Mar
19
2019
New York Times Best-Selling Author and Historian Evan Thomas to Speak at Baylor Law.
Evan Thomas, historian, journalist and New York Times best-selling author, will speak on March 26 at 4pm at Baylor Law. Together with Judge Jennifer Walker Elrod of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Thomas will discuss his most recent biography "First: Sandra Day O'Connor."
Mar
12
2019
Baylor Law Rises Two Spots Within the Top 50 in 2019 U.S. News Law School Rankings & Three Spots to #2 in Trial Advocacy
Baylor Law is now ranked at #48 within the “Top 50” in U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools.” This marks the second consecutive year of ascent for Baylor Law, the only Texas law school to achieve this goal. In 2018, Baylor Law ranked #50 in the same ranking. There are 203 ABA-accredited law schools in the nation.
Mar
11
2019
Baylor Law Team Advances to American Association for Justice National Mock Trial Competition by Defeating... a Baylor Law Team
Two Baylor Law teams went head-to-head in the finals of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) regional Student Advocacy Competition after both teams swept their semi-finals.
Mar
5
2019
Baylor Law Students Help Lawyers Prepare for Arguments Before the TX Supreme Court
Baylor Law students Carson May, Molly Maier, and Tori Coates assisted a lawyer from the Waco firm of Scanes & Routh prepare for an argument before the Texas Supreme Court. The case, Worsdale v. City of Killeen, Texas involved the issue of requirement of ‘notice’ under the Texas Tort Claims Act.
Feb
19
2019
'The Defamation Experience'</em> To Be Held At Baylor Law This Week
The ‘Trial’ explores how questions of race, religion, class and gender in our modern society intersect and clash. Audience members will hear the evidence in the case of an African-American woman who is suing a Jewish businessman after he accuses her of theft just as if they were serving on the jury during a real courtroom battle. After the exciting trial, jurors are polled to determine if they are leaning toward finding for the plaintiff, the defendant, or if they are undecided.
Feb
13
2019
Hundreds Visit Baylor Law to Participate in the 2019  “People's Law School”
On Saturday, February 9th, hundreds of central Texas residents braved the cold rainy weather to participate in Baylor Law’s popular People's Law School, a free half-day event designed to educate consumers about their legal rights and to make the law "user friendly."

Volunteer attorneys and legal experts offered a total of 19 hour-long courses.
Feb
11
2019
Baylor Law LEAD Counsel ‘Making a Difference’  Annual Conference
Baylor Law’s Leadership Engagement and Development (LEAD) Counsel announces an open invitation to the third annual Making a Difference Conference, “Rising Up Against Injustice,” to be held at Baylor Law on Friday, February 15, 2018 from 2 – 5:30 pm. The event is free and open to the public.
Jan
31
2019
2019 Winners Announced for The Closer
Rajdeep Roger Bains of the University of San Diego School of Law and Westford Lang of the University of Colorado Law School are this year’s winners of The Closer, the most challenging transactional law competition in the country. Finalists for this year’s competition were John Adgent of the University of Tennessee College of Law and Roy Smith of the University of Mississippi School of Law. John Kyed of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law was chosen by his fellow competitors as the winner of the Professionalism Award.
Dec
18
2018
Baylor Law Hosts First Naturalization Clinic
On Saturday, December 8, more than two dozen Central Texas residents were able to participate in Baylor Law’s first-ever Naturalization Clinic to assist lawful permanent residents eligible to become U.S. citizens via naturalization, under the direction of Laura A. Hernandez, Professor of Law.
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