Baylor University's Office of General Counsel employs nine full time staff; five attorneys and four administrative staff. Members of the Office of General Counsel participate in a number of higher education organizations, including the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), National Association of College and University Business Officer (NACUBO), Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) and Higher Education Legal Managers (HELM).
Christopher Holmes is responsible for providing legal advice to Baylor in a number of areas including corporate governance, tax, privacy, development, and financial and investment operations. Prior to coming to Baylor in 2002, he served as general counsel to Dallas Baptist University and worked in private practice in Dallas. Holmes currently serves as the Chair of the National Association of College and University Attorneys’ Committee on Legal Education. He has previously served on NACUA’s board of directors and is a recipient of NACUA’s First Decade Award for his volunteer service to the organization. Holmes is a frequent speaker on legal issues for NACUA and other higher education organizations. Holmes has also served on Internet2’s InCommon Steering Committee. Holmes received his J.D., with Honors, from the University of Texas School of Law in 1991 and a B.A. in political science from Baylor University in 1988.
David Alexander joined the Office of General Counsel as Assistant General Counsel in August 2016 after a 25-year career in private practice in Pocatello, Idaho, with Racine Olson Nye Budge & Bailey, Chtd. He also served as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for Idaho State University from 2012 to 2015. He graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio in 1983, and after four years covering sports for an Arkansas newspaper, David earned a J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis in 1990. After graduation, he served as a law clerk for Judge Harold Satz of the Missouri Court of Appeals. His responsibilities at Baylor include student conduct issues, HIPAA and FERPA compliance, and immigration.\
Lenda Callaway is a Legal Support Specialist in the Office of General Counsel. She assists OGC attorneys in the administration of the International Travel, Domestic Travel, and Special Events programs. Lenda holds a BA in English and History from the University of Mary Hardin Baylor and has 25 years of higher education experience.
Felicia Cruz joined the Office of General Counsel in 2004 as a Legal Secretary. She currently serves as Director of Legal International Services for Baylor University in the Office of General Counsel and has held that position since 2014. She also serves as Assistant Secretary to the Board of Regents. Felicia currently has 19 years of legal experience in various fields. She coordinates the immigration and work authorization programs for faculty and/or staff at Baylor. She provides support to all attorneys and staff within the Office of General Counsel and assists with legal needs of other university departments.
Marsha Duckworth is Senior Director for Board and Legal Services for Baylor University, Waco, Texas. She has been employed at Baylor and held this position since May 1985. Marsha holds a B.A. from Baylor University. Her duties within OGC include oversee, assign and coordination of incoming and outgoing assignments for the attorneys; handle Board of Regents matters; serve as Assistant Secretary to the Board; oversee litigation support services; contact person between attorneys and clients on sensitive issues; and work on special projects as directed by the Board of Regents, the Office of the President and/or General Counsel.
David R. Iler
David Iler is primarily responsible for coordinating litigation for the University and assisting the General Counsel on other matters as requested. Prior to coming to Baylor, David spent over 31 years in the litigation department of Norton Rose Fulbright (formerly Fulbright & Jaworski). David received his B.A. from Baylor University and his J.D. from Baylor University School of Law. He previously served as an adjunct faculty member at University of Houston Law School.
Betty Kelly joined the Office of General Counsel in 2015 as a legal support specialist. She works with all academic areas in the drafting of internship and practicum agreements. She also assists attorneys with compliance issues, litigation support, and assists in the administration of international travel, domestic travel and special event programs. Betty brings to Baylor many years of legal experience in various fields.
Pat is an Assistant General Counsel for Baylor. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration, Magna Cum Laude, from Baylor, and his Juris Doctor from the Baylor School of Law where he was an Associate Editor of the Baylor Law Review. Pat was in private practice for approximately twenty-six years before joining Baylor's Office of General Counsel in 2009. His primary areas of concentration are: aviation/travel issues, construction, copyright, insurance, intern/affiliation agreements, risk management, and public information act issues.
Kit Riehl is an Associate General Counsel for Baylor University. Kit joined Baylor's Office of General Counsel in June 2002. Before coming to Baylor he spent ten years in private practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Kit received his Juris Doctor from Baylor University School of Law. His primary areas of responsibility at Baylor include: intellectual property, sponsored research, technology transfer, trademark licensing, and export control regulations.
Lisa Turner is an Associate General Counsel for Baylor University. Lisa received her J.D. from Arizona State University. She has earned two M.S. degrees. Prior to Baylor, she served in the federal government where her duties included teaching at a post-J.D. law school. She also served as the senior lawyer for an organization responsible for a range of instruction, including technical schools through an SACSCOC accredited university which awards master and doctoral degrees. Her primary areas of concentration at Baylor include employment law, athletics, and policy review and support.