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FA LL 13 Trial By Fire Practice Court Program Five Directors, Five Eras of Baylor Laws PLUS TOP GUN 2013 BAYLOR ACADEMY AT ST ANDREWS COMPETITION TEAMS

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V O LU M E 1 2 1 Fal l 1 3 B AY LO R U N I V E R S I T Y S C H O O L O F L AW M A G A Z I N E BAYLOR LAW SCHOOLS VAUNTED PRACTICE COURT PROGRAM HAS EVOLVED AND EXCELLED FOR MORE THAN 90 YEARS 6 TRIAL BY FIRE TAKING ADVOCACY ON THE HIGH ROAD BAYLOR ACADEMY OF THE ADVOCATE AT ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND IS BAYLOR LAWS NEW STUDYABROAD PROGRAM OUTGUNNING THE COMPETITION 4 Deans Letter 22 Student Notes 23 Class Snapshot 24 Obituaries 25 Faculty Notes 26 Alumni Notes 27 Commencement Photos 28 Out A

Docket Call is published by the Baylor University School of Law for its alumni, faculty, staff, students, supporters, and friends. A Message from Dean Toben MATT DAWSON. THATS MY ANSWER WHEN A BAYLOR LAWYER ASKS, WHO WAS YOUR PRACTICE COURT PROFESSOR THAT SINGLE QUESTION AND THE SAME REJOINDER QUESTION POSED TO THE QUESTIONER HAS CREATED A BOND AMONG GENERATIONS OF BAYLOR LAWYERS. REGARDLESS OF WHO YOUR PC PROFESSOR WAS, WE ALL HAVE OUR PC WAR STORIES AND WERE ALL JUST A LITTLE BIT PROUD OF T

Aargh Fast forward Matt became one of my mentors, along with the Godfather David Guinn and the late Dean Angus McSwain. I owe them so much. I would never have found my way into teaching or back to Baylor Law School in 1983 but for their encouragement of, and confidence in, me. I have other PC stories but Ill not embarrass those involved by sharing them. As you read how Practice Court has changed and yet stayed the same in an important way from when you went through it, I believe you will gai

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WHO WAS YOUR PC PROFESSOR While alumni at other law schools bond over what year they graduated, Baylor Lawyers are linked sometimes over generations by their Practice Court experience. Since 1946, there have been only five PC directors JUDGE FRANK WILSON, MATT DAWSON, LOUIS MULDROW, BILL UNDERWOOD, AND GERALD JERRY POWELL. Each director has shaped the PC program to evolve with the times and the needs of the legal system, and each has played a role in earning Baylor Law School the reputation as

I N 1943, WITH WORLD WAR II RAGING, BAYLOR LAW SCHOOL SHUT ITS DOORS FOR THE DURATION. When the Law School reopened in 1946, a large number of veterans enrolled, requiring several instructors to teach Practice Court. One of those instructors was Judge Frank Wilson of the 10th Court of Civil Appeals. Wilson, while still a sitting judge, was PC director from 1947 to just a few months before his death in 1971. It was during Wilsons tenure that PC began its boot camp tradition for 3Ls. Under Wilson

Baylor Law School describes its Practice Court Program as one of the most rigorous in the nation. Most Baylor Law graduates believe that they undoubtedly had the most intimidating and irascible Practice Court professor of them all. I personally feel that way about Judge Frank Wilson, who conducted the Practice Court program at Baylor from 1947 until 1971, and who served as an associate justice on the 10th Court of Appeals in Waco from 1959 to 1971. As law students we all knew that if we did not

B AYLOR LAW SCHOOL DID NOT HAVE A FULLTIME MEMBER OF THE FACULTY SERVE AS PRACTICE COURT INSTRUCTOR UNTIL 1971, when Wilson passed away and was replaced by the man who would become known to generations of students as Mad Dog Matt Dawson. Dawson essentially kept the procedure part of the course and the assigned materials as Wilson had left them. However, Dawson expanded the Practice Court program considerably, particularly in the area of advocacy exercises. Under Dawson, students still had to t

Although I have a number of memories in Practice Court with Professor Dawson, one that happened about 12 years after we graduated occurred on a soccer field in Henderson, Texas. I was coaching my eightyearold in a soccer game on Saturday morning, totally into the game, when I heard an unmistakable voice behind me Well Mark Mann, what are you doing here Before I turned around I knew who it was and all types of thoughts and memories raced through my mind as I thrust out my hand. He was in town wi

Evidence was offered in the second year and PC was in the third year, Powell said. We never really liked that because its hard for somebody to learn evidence without actually trying a case. The problem is you cant try a case unless you know evidence. But you cant know evidence until you use it in a trial. Its a chicken and egg thing. We decided it would be a more effective teaching tool if PC and Evidence were taught in the same quarter. That began in the early 90s. I remember at the time when w

B ILL UNDERWOODS TENURE AS PC DIRECTOR WAS BRIEF COMPARED TO THOSE OF HIS PREDECESSORS. Of course, his predecessors were never tasked as interim presidents of Baylor University. Underwood served as Baylors interim president in 2005, after which he assumed the presidency of Mercer University in Georgia, a position he holds to this day. During Underwoods directorship, Baylor Law Schools PC program stayed the course set by Muldrow with one exception he brought back the competitions. It was mandat

FTER UNDERWOOD DEPARTED TO BECOME INTERIM PRESIDENT OF BAYLOR UNIVERSITY, POWELL WAS NAMED PC DIRECTOR and brought aboard Jim Wren as a fulltime instructor. Jeremy Counseller joined the faculty in 2003. The three then set about an ambitious restructuring of the program. Basically what we did was take subjects from the different PC courses and the evidence course before and put them together by subject matter so that it was a more logical structure, Powell said. The now 17credithour Practice Cour

During minitrial 3, a car accident case involving faulty seat belts, the professor assigned to our courtroom was Professor Powell. After having Professor Powell during minitrial 2, which involved many tears and a couple of memos, we were very disappointed and slightly terrified when he walked in. About 15 minutes into the trial, Professor Powell walked out of the room and told us to proceed in his absence. We later found out that he had made a run to the vending machine for some Oreo Cakesters,

Taking Advocacy on the High Road HUGGING THE EASTERN COAST OF SCOTLAND AND OVERLOOKING THE TUMULTUOUS NORTH SEA STANDS THE THIRDOLDEST UNIVERSITY IN THE ENGLISHSPEAKING WORLD THE UNIVERSITY OF ST ANDREWS. THIS SUMMER, THE 600YEAROLD UNIVERSITY OF ST ANDREWS RECEIVED A TASTE OF ADVOCACY TRAINING BAYLOR LAW SCHOOL STYLE. The Baylor Academy of the Advocate at St Andrews is the Law Schools newest studyabroad program. Its first session took place July 28 through Aug. 11. The Academy is a twoweek

Visiting faculty also taught at the Academy, including Robert Little Jr. JD 05 from the law firm Naman, Howell, Smith Lee, PLLC Elizabeth Fraley JD 88 from the law firm Fraley Fraley Dan Tilly JD 05 from Campbell Law School Susan Poehls from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Robert Galloway from South Texas College of Law and Kent Streseman of the Illinois Institute of Technology, ChicagoKent College of Law. The art of storytelling is a theme that runs throughout the program, which also places tr

BAYLOR LAW SCHOOL FIELDS INCREASING NUMBER OF ADVOCACY COMPETITION TEAMS In law school circles, winning the Triple Crown in mock trial competition is more rare than winning the Triple Crown in horse racing. But in 2012, Baylor Law School teams came tantalizingly close, taking home two of the Triple Crown jewels with wins at the Tournament of Champions and the National Trial Competition, and revealing to the advocacy world the deep stable of teams Baylor Law fields. I think the more remarkable th

From left to right, Dean Brad Toben with the team that won the 2012 Elliott Cup Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition, Hunter Oliver JD 13, Morgan Harkins JD 13, and Travis Cox JD 13. the American Bar Association Client Counseling Competition, National Sports Law Negotiation, Transactional LawMeet Competition, and the Show Me Challenge National Voir Dire Competition. We have seen a marked increase in the number of Baylor Law teams in the last few years, said Kathy Serr, Baylor Law advocacy coord

Outgunning the Competition Baylor Law students, especially those in the Practice Court program, are accustomed to having their abilities pushed often further than they ever dreamed possible. In June, a group of 16 students from law schools across the U.S. experienced Baylor Laws baptism by fire when they competed in Baylor Law Schools 2013 Top Gun National Mock Trial Competition. Top Gun is an innovative, invitationonly mock trial tournament where the best advocates from some of the countrys to

COMPETING IN THIS YEARS TOP GUN WERE John Paul Cedillo District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. He gave the competitors a true taste of what it would be like to appear in federal court, at one point admonishing Tierney to stand up straight. Judge Gilstrap made the drive from East Texas, even though he would be presiding over a complex trial in his own court the next day. I was very honored to be asked to come down and play a small part in the finals, he said. It is a pleasure any time

ST U D E N T N OTE S TYLA State Moot Court Competition BAYLOR LAW TOPS TEXAS BAR EXAM RESULTS AGAIN JORT REFORM WINS SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP Congratulations to Jacqueline Hamer and Faith Johnson for advancing to the semifinals of the TYLA State Moot Court Competition. Hamer also was recognized as the Best Speaker. The results of the February Texas Bar exam have been released and Baylor Law is again No. 1 with a 95.56 percent pass rate. Texas has nine law schools, and since 2001 Baylor Law has be

S N A P S H OT 31 ENROLLED PROFILE OF THE SUMMER 2013 ENTERING CLASS FEMALES GENDER MALES MEDIAN LSAT .....................................................158 25 LSAT .............................................................156 75 LSAT .............................................................161 12 6 19 ETHNICITY MINORITIES 19.35 KELSEY L. WARREN RESIDENCY OUTOFSTATE RESIDENTS 12 19 INSTATE RESIDENTS 3 NATIVE Jaworski Scholars Rewarded for Undergraduate Advocacy Work Baylo

A LU M N I O B I T UA R I E S Charles Thurmond Cole JD 73, 63, passed away at his home in Dallas on March 29, 2013. He received his undergraduate degree from Baylor University in 1971 and JD from Baylor Law School in 1973. After practicing civil and criminal law in Texas, Cole became a hearing judge for the Workmans Compensation Division of the Texas Department of Insurance. He was a member in good standing of the Texas Bar and spoke frequently at the State Bar Annual Advanced Workers Compensati

FAC U LT Y N OTE S Professor Elizabeth Beth Miller was chosen to receive the 2013 Martin I. Lubaroff Award. The Martin I. Lubaroff is awarded by the Committee on LLCs, Partnership and Unincorporated Entities, Section of Business Law, American Bar Association in recognition of Millers leadership, scholarship, and outstanding service to the law of LLCs, partnerships, and unincorporated business entities. Miller is a former chair of the committee and is an authority in Texas and nationwide on the l

Chair, Editorial Board of Publications of the LLCs, Partnerships and Unincorporated Entities Committee of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association Member, Business Organizations Code Committee of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of Texas Chair, Business Entities Form Manual of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of Texas Appeared as witness before House Business Industry Committee and Senate Business Commerce Committee, 83rd Legislature Regular Session to Am

Graduation Day BAYLOR LAW SCHOOLS SPRING 2013 COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY took place May 4 at Waco Hall. Congratulations Baylor Lawyers 27 D O C KET C A LL FA LL 1 3

BAYLOR LAWYERS IN FORT WORTH HELD A SPECIAL RECEPTION FEATURING A FORUM WITH JUDGE KEN STARR AND DEAN BRAD TOBEN. JUNE18 28 D O C KET C A LL FA LL 1 3 Fort Worth Baylor Lawyers

JUNE 20 THE BAYLOR LAW ALUMNI RECEPTION IN DALLAS WAS HELD IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE STATE BAR OF TEXAS ANNUAL MEETING. Alumni Reception

BACK IN TI M E As any Baylor Lawyer can attest, Practice Court can get rather heated. This 1949 photo of a Practice Court class was taken in the old Law School Annex. Seated on the bench is the late Rex Houston JD 50. Gibson Gayle Jr. JD 50 has identified some of the other students in the photo the late Ivanhoe Followell JD 50, witness chair the late Don Barfield JD 51, standing advocate Ben Ferrell JD 50, front row, far right in the jury box and the late Ben Johnson JD 51, back row, middle jur

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