ACU pre-law adviser recognized as best in the country

With more than 20 years spent providing guidance to undergraduate students considering a career in the law, Mel Hailey of Abilene Christian University has been recognized as the top pre-law adviser in the nation. On March 23, 2015, the Pre-Law Advisors National Council announced that Hailey would be the recipient of its 2015 Dean Gerald Wilson Award for Excellence in Pre-Law Advising, which he will accept at the council’s southwestern regional association meeting in October. He was selected for the recognition among pre-law advisers at all U.S. colleges and universities.

Since 1994, Hailey has been advising hundreds of ACU students as a professor in the Department of Political Science. University statistics show that its students gain admission into law school at a rate of more than 90 percent—and political science students are admitted at a 99 percent rate.

“Dr. Hailey is known for his outstanding knowledge of law schools and the superb advice he gives,” said Neal Coates, chair of the ACU Department of Political Science. “He is also quite keen in helping students match their qualifications with a law school that will result in successful completion of their degree. Dr. Hailey even maintains relationships with many of our ACU graduates through their careers in law. This is a testimony to Dr. Hailey as an adviser but more importantly as a person.”

For more information on Hailey and his award, go to ACU’s press release. The Pre-Law Advisors National Council website is available at

State Bar conducting attorney income, hourly rates survey

Starting today through April 14, the State Bar of Texas is conducting the 2013 Texas Attorney Survey to provide attorneys with information on the economics of the practice of law.

By participating, Texas attorneys can help ensure they have the most current economic information available. Also, participants will be entered in a drawing to win one of two new iPad Airs.

Reports generated from the survey provide statewide and regional information on current economic trends. The reports feature detailed breakdowns of income and hourly rates by firm size, years of experience, practice area, occupation, race/ethnicity, sex, and metropolitan area. 

The survey also includes questions regarding pro bono. This data will be used to highlight how Texas attorneys are doing their part to help low-income residents.

The survey is anonymous, and the process is secure. Email addresses will be used for the iPad Air drawing and will then be deleted and not associated with attorneys’ responses.

To participate, please click here. The deadline to complete the survey is 5 p.m. Monday, April 14.

Results will be published on the Department of Research and Analysis website.