Championing Veterans: Baylor Law Veterans Clinic Honors Advocates of the Year
The Baylor Law Veterans Clinic proudly announces the 2023 Advocate of the Year Awards, recognizing exceptional commitment and dedication to serving the legal needs of Central Texas veterans. The awards were presented during the Waco-McLennan County Bar Association Luncheon at the Baylor Club on Friday, November 10, 2023.
This year’s honorees are:
Dan MacLemore, partner at Beard Kultgen Brophy Bostwick & Dickson, PLLC.
Dan MacLemore has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to veterans in need. In 2019, he took on a complex pro bono foreclosure case on behalf of a veteran in Bell County. His relentless efforts have resulted in the defeat of numerous motions for summary judgment, and he negotiated a settlement agreement that allows the veteran to remain in her home with an affordable monthly payment schedule.
Hailee Yip (JD ’18), Associate at West, Webb, Allbritton & Gentry
Hailee Yip’s dedication to veterans dates back to her law school days when she was honored with the Bill Kimble Service Award. Hailee has been a devoted volunteer at the monthly legal advice clinics at the Heart of Texas Veterans One Stop, offering vital legal advice and counsel to veterans and their spouses in family law and civil litigation matters.
The Baylor Law Veterans Clinic has a rich history of honoring advocates who selflessly serve veterans in Central Texas. Previous recipients of the Advocate of the Year Award include:
- 2022 – Dominic Braus and Curtis Brown
- 2021 – Gavin Lane and Darren Obenoskey
- 2020 – Carlie C. Gause and Lori Krasienko
- 2019 – Col. Jon R. Ker (USA, ret.) and Mark S. Knapp
- 2018 – Janette Baldwin and Garrett Beach
- 2017 – Lt. Col. Jack Rochelle (USAF, ret.) and Christie Ryan
- 2016 – John B. LeJeune
Since its founding in 2012 by Professor Bridget Fuselier, the Baylor Law Veterans Clinic has served over 2,000 veteran households in Central Texas and drafted over 450 wills for veterans and first responders under the guidance of Professor Tom Featherston.
The Baylor Law Veterans Clinic extends its heartfelt gratitude to the volunteer lawyers and supporters who have significantly impacted the lives of veterans and their families. The clinic wishes to acknowledge the invaluable contributions of David Alford, Lt. Cmdr. Mark Altman II (USNR), Garrett Beach, Travis Blake, Chris Brinser, Curtis Brown, Fred Brown, Zach Brown, Austin Byrom, Chris Carbonaro, Stephen Carl, Tessa Denman, Austin England, Patricia Ferguson, Bridget Fuselier, Carlie Gause, Rebecca Griffin, Jim Hering, Scott James, Jennings Kennady, Col. Jon Ker (USA, ret.), Mark S. Knapp, Lori Krasienko, Gavin Lane, Elisabeth Llamas, Brandon Luce, Dan MacLemore, Marcus Mataga, Jason Milam, Tony Nguyen, Darren Obenoskey, Scott Omo, John Palmer, Krupali Patel, Joshua C. Pearson, Maria Pena, DeAndrea Petty, Karl Quebe, Elisa Rainey, Damon Reed, Joe Rivera, Lt. Col. Jack Rochelle (USAF, ret.), Jessenia Ruiz, Christie Ryan, Ben Selman, Erin Shank, David Shatto, Amanda Simpson, Evan Simpson, Reid Simpson, Tyler Sims, Spencer Smith, Savannah Stroud, Grace Strange, Alan Streetman, David Tekell, Frank Thomas, Gerald Villarrial, Allen Wilson, Henry Wright, and Hailee Yip.
The Baylor Law Veterans Clinic also acknowledges the unwavering support of its faculty, staff, students, and community partners and the generous support of the Texas Access to Justice Foundation.
For more information about the Baylor Law Veterans Clinic and its mission to serve veterans, please visit law.baylor.edu/VeteransClinic.
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