WACO (June 4, 2014) The State Bar of Texas has honored the Baylor Law School for its efforts to provide legal services to underserved communities in Central Texas.
The law school was selected as recipient of the bar association’s 2014 W. Frank Newton Award for its “truly exceptional” commitment to the “provision of legal services to the poor.”
The law school will be recognized at a luncheon during the annual meeting of the State Bar of Texas on June 26 in Austin.
The award, named for a former dean of the Texas Tech Law School, recognizes attorney groups including law school faculties whose members have provided free legal services to the poor.
“At Baylor Law School, our mission is to develop in our students a sense of commitment to service and leadership within the legal profession and community as well as to ensure meaningful public access to our system of justice," said Baylor Law Dean Brad Toben.
Under the supervision of faculty members, the law school has created an immigration clinic and a military veterans’ assistance clinic, and students also have an opportunity to serve the community on an individual basis.
Since the program was created, students have provided more than 2,300 hours of service.