Baylor Law School faculty member and Waco City Councilman Joshua G. Borderud was honored with the 2020 American Inns of Court Sandra Day O’Connor Award for Professional Service in the U.S. Supreme Court courtroom in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, March 26.

The award recognizes a lawyer who displays excellence in public interest or pro bono activities during the first 10 years of legal practice. Borderud received the 2020 award following a two-year delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It is the honor of a lifetime to be recognized by the American Inns of Court,” said Borderud, supervising attorney for the veterans, trial advocacy, and estate planning clinics at Baylor Law, in a press release. “The work of mentoring law students in service to others is a joy. I am grateful to the American Inns of Court for validating the good work of our students who serve those in need through the legal clinics.”

A 2009 graduate of Baylor Law, Borderud began his career as a prosecutor in Milam County. As an assistant district attorney, he prosecuted criminal cases and served as legal adviser to the county judge. He later became a civil litigator for the private firm Pakis, Giotes, Page & Burleson, where he was eventually named the Outstanding Young Lawyer of McLennan County. On November 3, 2020, Borderud was elected to the Waco City Council.

Borderud is a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, a member of the State Bar of Texas Local Bar Services Committee, and a master of the bench in the Judge Abner V. McCall American Inn of Court. He also serves on the board of directors of the Waco-McLennan County Bar Association.

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