Fuselier award

Professor Bridget Fuselier (center) is joined by Associate Dean Leah Teague and Dean Brad Toben after receving her honor at the State Bar of Texas annual meeting in Dallas this summer.

Baylor Law School photo — Nick Teixiera

Baylor Law School professor Bridget Fuselier was honored by the Texas Military and Veterans Law Section of the State Bar of Texas with the Col. Bryan S. Spencer Award during the State Bar of Texas annual meeting this summer.

The award is presented to a Texas attorney whose efforts throughout the preceding year best exemplify the unselfish provision of legal assistance to Armed Forces personnel from or stationed in Texas and to Texas’ veterans, or whose efforts in encouraging, assisting and supporting other attorneys in doing the same is particularly noteworthy.

The award is given to only one attorney per year. Previous recipients of this award include past State Bar of Texas presidents Terry Tottenham and Allan DuBois.

“Never in a million years did I expect something like this to come my way,” Fuselier said. “I so appreciate all of the wonderful people at the Law School who have made it possible to do something I am passionate about and to share it with others. At the end of the day, the success comes from the lives we touch and change through the work that we do.”

Baylor Law Dean Brad Toben said that Fuslier is a tireless advocate of pro bono service at the law school. “She is an exemplar of the Baylor Law spirit: ‘Service. Service to clients. Service to the bar. Service to the community.’ We are all so proud of the great work that Bridget does and the example that she sets for our young lawyers.”

Fuselier founded the Baylor Law Veterans Clinic . Now, in its fifth year, the veterans clinic provides legal assistance to a veteran population of more than 16,000 in McLennan County and many more in its surrounding counties.

The clinic also is a training ground for Baylor Law students who volunteer at the clinic. The students get hands-on experience with real-world problems, and the program instills in them a passion for pro bono work.

The veterans clinic is made possible by a continuing grant from the Texas Access to Justice Foundation. The Texas Bar Foundation also provided funds to help start the program . The Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas recently awarded grant money for technological needs.

For more information on the Baylor Law Veterans Clinic, email director Josh Borderud at josh_borderud@baylor.edu.