Director of Advocacy Programs and Lecturer
Robert Little joined the faculty of Baylor Law School as Director of Advocacy Programs and Lecturer in 2019. He graduated from Baylor University with a B.A. in political science in 2002 and graduated from Baylor Law School in 2005. During law school, he was a member of the Order of the Barristers, various moot court teams, and various mock trial teams. In fact, in the spring of 2005, he was a member of the mock trial team that won a National Championship at the prestigious American Association of Justice Student Trial Advocacy Competition.
After graduating from Baylor Law School, Robert entered private practice in Waco, Texas with Naman, Howell, Smith & Lee, PLLC, where he was an associate in the trial section. In 2012, Robert became a partner at Naman, Howell, Smith & Lee, PLLC. Over the course of his almost fourteen years with the firm, Robert handled cases in areas like personal injury, construction, probate, commercial litigation, and appeals.
In 2008, Robert began coaching mock trial teams at Baylor Law School as an adjunct member of the faculty. In his first year as a coach, Robert coached the team that won the National Championship at the 2009 National Trial Competition, which was hosted by the Texas Young Lawyers Association and the American College of Trial Lawyers. In 2012, Robert again coached a team that won the National Championship at the National Trial Competition and coached a second team that got second place in that same tournament. In 2012, Robert also coached a team that won a National Championship at the Tournament of Champions, which was hosted by the Chicago-Kent College of Law. Robert has also coached two different teams that made the quarterfinals at the National Trial Competition (2015 and 2018) and one team that made the semifinals at the National Trial Competition (2019). Teams coached by Robert Little have won ten Regional Championships as part of the National Trial Competition as well.
As part of his work for Baylor Law School Robert has taught as part of Baylor Law School’s Practice Court program for third-year law students and has also been named the Dean of the Advanced School of the Trial as part of Baylor’s Academy of the Advocate in St. Andrews, Scotland, and has taught trial advocacy as part of that program since it began in 2013, teaching trial advocacy to law students from all over the country. Robert has also assisted in running Baylor Law School’s Top Gun tournament for the past ten years, which brings the top advocates from law schools around the country to Waco, Texas. Robert was also named Baylor Law School’s 2013 Young Lawyer of the Year.
Since Robert began coaching mock trial teams and teaching trial advocacy as adjunct faculty at Baylor Law School in 2009, Baylor Law School has been ranked in the Top 10 of US News World Report’s rankings of the best trial advocacy law schools every year, including being ranked 2nd in the country in 2019. Additionally, since Robert began coaching mock trial teams at Baylor Law School in 2009, Baylor Law School has qualified for the prestigious Tournament of Champions every year and has qualified for nationals at the National Trial Competition seven times.