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Winter 2020 Graduates



Baylor University Law School Confers Degrees Upon Graduates


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WACO, Texas (Mar. 2, 2020) - Baylor University Law School conferred degrees on 45 students during winter commencement exercises Feb. 8 in a ceremony held at First Baptist Church of Waco.

Bradley J.B. Toben, Dean of Baylor Law and The M.C. and Mattie Caston Chair of Law, welcomed the graduates and presented the class.

Baylor Provost Nancy Brickhouse, Ph.D., and Dean Toben presented the diplomas, assisted by Leah W. Teague, associate dean and professor of law, and James E. Wren, The Leon Jaworski Chair of Practice and Procedure and co-director of the Executive LL.M. in Litigation Management. Professor of Law William Jeremy Counseller brought the address to the graduates.

Christina Holch Godard, the highest-ranking member of the Baylor Law graduating class, and Tara Smith, a member of the Master of Laws class, delivered student remarks.

Hooding the Juris Doctor graduates were David M. Guinn, Master Teacher and The Lyndon L. Olson and William A. Olson Professor of Local Government and Constitutional Law, and Gerald R. Powell, Master Teacher and The Abner V. McCall Professor of Evidence. Hooding the Master of Laws graduates were The Honorable Ed Kinkeade, Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, and Stephen Rispoli, assistant dean of student affairs and pro bono programs.

Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 16,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions.

Established in 1857, Baylor University School of Law was one of the first law schools in Texas and one of the first west of the Mississippi River. Accredited by the American Bar Association and a member of the Association of American Law Schools, Baylor Law has more than 7,500 living alumni and a record of producing outstanding lawyers, many of whom decide upon a career in public service. The Law School boasts among its notable alumni two governors, members or former members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, two former directors of the FBI, U.S. ambassadors, federal judges, justices of the Texas Supreme Court and members of the Texas Legislature. In its law specialties rankings, U.S. News & World Report ranks Baylor Law’s trial advocacy program as among the best in the nation at No. 2, while the Law School is ranked No. 48 in the magazine’s 2020 edition of “Best Graduate Schools.” The National Jurist ranks Baylor Law as one of the “Best School for Practical Training,” and in the top 15 “Best Law School Facilities” in the country. The Business Insider places Baylor Law among the top 50 law schools in the nation. Baylor Law received the 2015 American Bar Association Pro Bono Publico Award, making it only the third law school in the nation to be honored with the award since the award’s inception in 1984.  Learn more at