Retired Baylor law professor Powell to speak Nov. 3 at TJC | TJC

Retired Baylor law professor Powell to speak Nov. 3 at TJC

Gerald R. Powell, retired Professor Emeritus from Baylor University School of Law, will be the guest speaker at the Constitution Day 2022 event sponsored by the Smith County Bar Foundation and TJC.

Powell will speak at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, in the Rogers Palmer Performing Arts Center on the TJC Central Campus.

The topic of his speech will be “John Adams, The Boston Massacre & the Rule of Law.”

Admission is free, but reservations are recommended by going to and registering for the Constitution Day 2022 event. Constitution Day is traditionally celebrated on Sept. 17, in honor of the day the U.S. Constitution was signed in 1787. This event was postponed from Sept. 17, due to a scheduling change.

About the speaker
Gerald R. Powell retired from a 35-year tenure of teaching at the Baylor University School of Law at the end of the 2020-21 academic year.

A Waco native, Powell earned his juris doctor degree from Baylor Law in 1977 and was ranked first in his class. During his time at Baylor Law, he was a member of the national mock trial team and national moot court team, and executive editor of the Baylor Law Review.

He joined the Dallas law firm of Vial, Hamilton, Koch & Knox in 1977, and had an active litigation practice with the firm. He made partner in 1982. In 1986, Powell returned to Baylor Law to teach, and in 1987, was appointed the Abner V. McCall Professor of Evidence Law. He was also named a Master Teacher by Baylor University, the highest honor granted to Baylor faculty members.

He has written and spoken extensively on evidence, procedure and trial advocacy topics and has co-authored two books on Texas evidence, “A Practical Guide to the Texas Rules of Civil Evidence” and “Texas Rules of Civil Evidence with Objections.”

Powell is an associate of the American Board of Trial Advocates, a professional association of experienced trial lawyers, and was appointed by the President of the State Bar of Texas to the Court Reorganization Task Force. He has served on the Administration of Rules of Evidence Committee for the State Bar of Texas. Additionally, he has taught judicial training courses for the Texas Center for the Judiciary.

For more information on the event, call 903-526-2700 or go to


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