Professor Patricia A. Wilson has been a member of the Baylor Law faculty since 1993. Her teaching responsibilities include Employment Discrimination, Employment Relations, Labor Law, and Family Law. She taught the first year Property course for 12 years, and she has also taught courses on Antitrust, Intellectual Property, Consumer Protection, and Legal Writing. Professor Wilson serves as the Minority Law Student Advisor. She is currently taking a hiatus from serving as the Faculty Advisor to Baylor Law's Client Counseling Team given her duties as a member of the ABA Law Student Division Competitions Committee, which include writing the problems used in the Regional and National Client Counseling Competitions.
In the classroom, students benefit from Professor Wilson's professional and personal experience, where she supplements textbook cases with real-life examples. Before joining the Baylor Law Faculty, Wilson practiced law for seven years, including four years with American Airlines, Inc. There, she litigated matters worth millions of dollars, negotiated and drafted contracts for topics as diverse as software licensing and health care plan administration, and handled matters involving airline regulation and employment discrimination.
Family Law is of particular importance to Professor Wilson. In addition to raising two children of their own, she and her husband, Michael Jones, have fostered more than 20 children over two decades and adopted two children in the process. This immersion in the foster care system has given Wilson has a clearer understanding of the complexities of family law. It is Professor Wilson's goal to train her students to become fair, ethical advocates in the face of such complicated, life-altering issues.
Professor Wilson speaks regularly at continuing legal education seminars in New York, San Francisco, and Chicago on such topics as legal ethics and complex real estate negotiations. She has presented and led discussions at the Oxford Round Tables at Oxford University on gender issues in the tenure process. She is a former member of the State Bar of Texas Consumer and Commercial Law Council, and served as the Council secretary from August 2006 to July 2008. She is currently contributing editor for the Family Law section of the General Practice Digest of the State Bar of Texas. Wilson is a trained mediator and she is actively involved in the Waco community serving on the boards of a number of local nonprofit organizations.
Areas of Expertise (5)
Employment and Labor Law
Northwestern University Law School: J.D., International Law and Business 1985
Editorial Board, Northwestern Journal of International Law and Business John Henry Wigmore Scholar (full tuition scholarship)
Purdue University: B.A., Sociology 1982
Graduated "With Distinction"
- General Practice Digest : Contributing editor
- Kaplan PMBR Bar Review Course : Lecturer
- ABA Client Counseling Subcommittee : Chair
- Waco/McLennan County Bar Association : Director
- Cooperative Baptist Fellowship : Member
- Vanguard College Preparatory School Board of Trustees : Member
- Brazos Valley Public Broadcasting Board of Trustees : Member
- McLennan County Dispute Resolution Center Board of Directors: Member
- Seventh & James Baptist Church: Deacon-Chair Elect
- Waco McLennan County Bar Association: Past President
- National Cooperative Baptist Fellowship: Nominating Committee: Member. Former Member of the Governing Board; former Chair of the Legal Committee.
- Vanguard College Preparatory School Board of Trustees: Former Member
- Brazos Valley Public Broadcasting Board of Trustees: Former Member
Media Appearances (11)
CBF general assembly challenged to ‘come and see’
Baptist Standard online
Patricia Wilson, J.D., professor and associate dean at Baylor Law School and member of Seventh and James Baptist Church in Waco, completed her time as moderator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, reflected on serving during a global pandemic following the CBF general assembly in Dallas.
Do not lose heart while tending the soil of God’s work, speakers urge CBF assembly
Baptist News Global online
Patricia Wilson, Associate Dean and professor of law, was promoted from her position as moderator-elect to moderator at a Cooperative Baptist Fellowship business session. She is one of the three women leading this national organization for an unprecedented three-year period.
Voices: Justice is making sure Black lives matter
Baptist Standard online
Patricia Wilson, J.D., professor of law, writes about the history behind the Black Lives Matter movement, how systematic racism has affected justice in the U.S. and her perspective on justice as a lawyer and Christian.
Bill Whitaker: Civil rights icon John Lewis taught America, Waco courage, optimism
Waco Tribune-Herald online
Baylor Law Professor Patricia Wilson, who hosted Congressman John Lewis when he spoke at Baylor Law School in February 2007, was interviewed for this column about the legacies of Congressman Lewis and others in the Civil Rights Movement that have not been in vain.
Patricia Wilson to become CBF Moderator-Elect at virtual General Assembly
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Blog online
Baylor Law Professor Patricia Wilson, JD, a lay leader deeply involved in CBF, is the nominee to become the next Moderator-Elect for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. She is a member of Seventh & James Baptist Church, a CBF congregation, where she currently serves as a deacon.
Free Law Classes: People’s Law School
Baylor Law School will host its 15th annual People’s Law School on Feb. 15, which helps make the law easier to understand for everyone. Interviewed are Baylor Law Professor Patricia A. Wilson and Ed Nelson, director of marketing and communications for Baylor Law.
City Talk - February 2, 2020
Baylor Law professor Patricia Wilson is a guest on the City Talk podcast to discuss the People’s Law School on Feb. 15, a half-day curriculum of courses designed to educate consumers about their legal rights and to make the law “user friendly.”
Lawyers lobby for local appointment to Waco federal judge seat
Patricia Wilson, a Baylor University law professor and president of the Waco-McLennan County Bar Association, and Nora Farah, president of the local criminal defense bar, both said they are aware that at least one judge has expressed interest in transferring to Waco. That is why they said their associations thought it important to write letters endorsing a local resident as Smith’s successor. “The bar association believes strongly in the importance and the value of having someone from this community appointed to serve this community,” Wilson said Tuesday...
What Should Employers Do About Misrepresentation?
Patricia Wilson, J.D., professor of law at Baylor Law School, provides expert commentary in this article about employers’ rights when they believe employees have misrepresented information. This story, originally published by Entrepreneur magazine, was spurred by the acknowledgement by NBC News anchor Brian Williams that he misrepresented his wartime reporting experience. "Most employees are employees at will, meaning that barring a statute or case law that precludes termination, they can be terminated for any reason or no reason at all,” Wilson said. "If those employees are terminated for lying or exaggerating, they have no legal recourse.”
People’s Law School to teach need-to-know law
The Baylor Lariat
Hosted by the Baylor Law School and sponsored by various contributors, the program includes 18 hour-long law courses, Patricia Wilson, Baylor professor of law, said. Wilson has had primary responsibility for the program since it began. “This program is meant to provide information to the community about law-related topics that they might be interested in,” she said...
Baylor Law School celebrates Black History Month with 'voices of freedom' dramatic presentation
"This is a good event for Baylor because many of us either had not been born or were too young to remember this era," said law professor Patricia Wilson, who is helping organize the event. "Dr. Tutt's performance brings these two civil rights figures alive, giving us a chance to sense what it might have been like to hear Dr. King or Malcolm X speak in person as opposed to simply reading the text of their speeches."...
Recreating the Law School to Increase Minority Participation: The Conceptual Law SchoolTexas Wesleyan Law Review
Patricia A. Wilson
2010 By now, there is more than enough evidence that minorities are significantly under-represented in the legal profession...