Five Baylor Law Grads Inducted Into American College of Trial Lawyers

May 31, 2005

by Alan Hunt, (254) 710-6271

Five Baylor law graduates are among 14 Texas attorneys recently inducted as Fellows of the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers.

The five Baylor law grads are Daniel W. Bishop, II (JD 1982) of Bishop, London & Brophy, P.C. Austin; Jerry K. Clements (JD 1981) of Locke Liddell & Sapp LLP, Dallas; Marvin (Marty) W. Jones (JD 1977) of Sprouse Shrader Smith P.C., Amarillo; J. Mark Mann (JD 1981) of Wellborn & Houston, L.L.P., Henderson, and Lewis R. Sifford (JD 1972) of Sifford, Anderson, Vice & MacFarlane, L.L.P., Dallas. In 2007, Sifford will also take the reins as president of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), a national association of 6,000 trial lawyers and judges. Currently, he serves as national vice president of ABOTA.

Announcing the new Texas inductions, the American College of Trial Lawyers points out that invitation to the join the Fellows is extended only after careful investigation to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. The College was founded in 1950 and includes among its members top trial attorneys from throughout the United States and Canada.

"Lawyers must have a minimum of 15 years trial experience before they can be considered for Fellowship and membership in the College and membership cannot exceed 1% of the total lawyer population of any State or Province," the College states.

Baylor Law Dean Brad Toben said the large Baylor Law contingent among the new Texas Fellows is representative of the high regard Baylor law grads enjoy in the legal profession.

"Being named as a Fellow of the College is a career achievement that places a lawyer in the top echelon of the bar, and specifically in the trial bar. This honor has been bestowed on a notable number of our graduates, all of whom are so well known for their courtroom skills. Their achievement reflects honor on the Law School and is a testament to the dedication and excellence of each of the Fellows in serving their clients in the hallowed venue of the courtroom. We are so very proud of each one of our Baylor lawyers who are Fellows of the College."

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