At Baylor Law, CLE Comes Before the JD

Tough love. That’s how young lawyer Brenna Buchanan saw a new program at Baylor University School of Law that put an extra hurdle between her and the law degree she earned last year. Buchanan was among the first crop of students who made it through Baylor Law’s professional development program.

The innovative program follows a nationwide trend of law schools focusing on developing students’ professional identities as lawyers. Baylor Law’s program has surpassed those at other Texas law schools and drawn national accolades.

Published in Texas Lawyer magazine’s March 2017 issue.

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Texas A&M Law Offers Two Online Graduate Degree Programs

Students of two new distance learning programs at Texas A&M University School of Law might be separated by cities, states or even countries—but they’ll still be bound together in their “cultish” identities as Aggies, said William Byrnes, who created the programs.


PDF: Texas A amp M Law Offers Two Online Graduate Degree Programs _ Texas Lawyer

After a Tough Week, Media Scores Texas High Court Win

In contrast to the hit last week that the media took from the Trump administration, a Texas reporter and newspaper—and their pro bono lawyers of 13 years—have won a First Amendment victory in the Texas Supreme Court.

The Texas Supreme Court in an opinion released Jan. 27 found that a news article in the West Fort Bend Star covered a matter of public concern, which meant the trial court below should have made plaintiff Wade Brady meet a tougher standard in proving that statements in the article were false and that the media defendants acted with actual malice. The decision in Brady v. Klentzman, however, was not a complete victory for the newspaper. The justices ordered a new trial.




‘There’s a lot of Fear,’ Gordon Quan on Immigration Ban

Houston lawyer Gordon Quan knows more than a little about immigration bans. His parents and grandparents all came from China, and Quan was born there, but raised in the United States from a young age. He thought the United States would have learned its lesson from the Chinese Exclusion Act, which banned laborers coming from China from 1882 to 1943.


PDF: There s a lot of Fear Gordon Quan on Immigration Ban _ Texas Lawyer

Big Law Onsite Day Care: The Trend That Wasn’t

(This story published originally on on Jan. 13, 2017.)

Big Law couple Liz and Matthew Dubeck both made partner at their respective Los Angeles firms this year, thanks in part to wallabies, cheetahs, pandas and giraffes.

“I currently have a giraffe and a panda,” said Liz Dubeck, referring to her son Emmett, 5, and daughter Lillian, 3. Their animal identities came from their classes at Hope Street Friends, a day care co-sponsored by Dubeck’s firm, O’Melveny & Myers—which partnered with Munger, Tolles & Olson and an investment firm to start the day care.

“We don’t see how it would have worked without the flexibility of having the day care center there,” said Dubeck, whose practice focuses on finance and real estate development, and whose husband is a partner in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. “It has made it possible to stay. From a practical standpoint, I really don’t know how I would continue working full-time without it.”

It’s common for law firms to provide emergency or back-up child care for lawyers who must work nights or weekends, or who need child care during school holidays or when kids are sick. But very few have taken the next step by opening full-time, onsite day care, despite their lamentations about the exodus of women from Big Law once they start families. Cost, it seems, is the primary reason the service hasn’t caught on.

Law firms that are providing onsite day care for the children of attorneys and staff say they see benefits in recruiting lawyers and keeping them at the firm.

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