Associate Law School Dean to Present Paper at Prestigious Oxford Roundtable

Aug. 3, 2007

by Julie Carlson, director of communications, Baylor Law School, (254) 710-6681

Leah Jackson, associate dean of Baylor Law School, will discuss women in the legal profession during a conference held at Oxford University. Jackson will present "Women in Leadership Positions in the Legal Professions: Do They Face a Glass Ceiling or Clogged Pipeline, or Is It Now a Ceiling of Lifestyle Bubble?" on Monday, Aug. 6, at the Oxford Roundtable "Women's Rights and Leadership: Regaining the Momentum."

"This will be a wonderful opportunity to represent Baylor at a distinguished venue and to meet with women from other disciplines to discuss this important issue," Jackson said.

Jackson graduated summa cum laude from Baylor University in 1983, receiving a B.B.A. in accounting. She earned her J.D. cum laude from Baylor Law School in 1985, where she served as an editor of the Baylor Law Review. After graduation, Jackson entered private practice with the law firm of Naman, Howell, Smith & Lee, P.C., where her practice focused on taxation and general business.

She joined the Baylor Law School faculty in 1989 and was named associate dean in 1991. In addition to her administrative duties, Jackson teaches basic tax and accounting for lawyers, individual taxation, and partnership taxation. She also is serving as state coordinator for Texas Women in Higher Education, a network of the American Council on Education's Office of Women in Higher Education.

Jackson is active in professional, community and charitable organizations. She is an elected member of the Texas Bar Foundation and a past president of the Waco McLennan County Bar Association and the Midway I.S.D. Education Foundation. She was selected as a member of the 1996 class of Leadership Texas and the 1997 class of Leadership America. She was named the 1996 Outstanding Alumna for Leadership Waco. In 1997 she was selected as a Woman of Distinction by the Bluebonnet Council of Girl Scouts.

Earlier this summer, David Guinn, The Lyndon L. Olson and William A. Olson Professor of Local Government and Constitutional Law and Master Teacher, attended the invitation-only Oxford Roundtable titled "Separation of Church and State: The Decline and Fall?"

The Oxford Roundtable was founded in 1989, as a colloquium for small groups of governmental and business leaders to engage in discussions of contemporary public policy that affect nations and states worldwide. The Women in Leadership Roundtable will run from Aug. 5-10.

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