Sam and Helen M. Pessarra Computer Lab and Legal Research Center


This facility was opened in the Fall of 1988 and is composed of eight IBM- compatible, Dell pentium
computers. Students have access to various DOS and Windows based word processing programs,
spreadsheet software and WESTLAW and LEXIS. The Pessarra Lab is fully networked, thus students also
have access to the Internet, e-mail, the World Wide Web and numerous networked CD-ROM titles. BayCat,
the Law Library's automated catalog, is also accessible using the Pessarra Lab computers. There are four
HP laser jet printers here as well. Additionally, there are dedicated WESTLAW and LEXIS terminals and
two high-speed, vendor supplied laser printers located in the Pessarra Lab. An electronic typewriter is also
found in the facility.

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Alumni News
... Baylor Law School and the McLennan County Dispute Resolution Center joined
... Texarkana, has been awarded the Samuel Pessarra Outstanding Jurist Award ...
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Library Services and Policies
... Computer-Assisted Legal Research, Word Processing & Typing. The Sam and
Helen M. Pessarra Computer Lab and Legal Research Center. ...
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Student Catalog
... Sam and Helen M. Pessarra Computer Lab and Legal Research Center This facility was
opened in the Fall of 1988 and is composed of eight IBM- compatible, Dell ...
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Additional Entries
Chief Justice William J. Cornelius (LLB 1949) of the 6th District Court of Appeals, Texarkana, has been
awarded the Samuel Pessarra Outstanding Jurist Award from the Texas Bar Foundation.
The award carries a $1,000 scholarship in the recipient’s name to the law school of his choice. Judge
Cornelius designated Baylor Law School to receive the scholarship. First presented in 1987, the award
goes to a judge who is actively serving on the bench who exhibits “an exceptionally outstanding reputation
for competency, efficiency and integrity.” Both state and federal judges are considered for the award.
The Pessarra Award is named for Sam Pessarra, who graduated from Baylor Law School in 1942. Pessarra
practiced in Brazoria County and later he and his wife, Helen, lived in California. He died on July 19, 1987.

Judge Norman Black. Chief Judge of the Southern District of Texas. Nomination for Samuel Pessarra
Outstanding Jurist Award for 1996., 1996

MAHON, JUDGE ELDON B. Samuel Pessarra Outstanding Jurist
Jan 21, 1997,That same weekend, Baylor is sponsoring the Helen and Sam Pessarra High School Debate
tournament. Nine high school teams from around the United States will compete round-robin fashion.

William Jeffrey Paradowski Biography: Delta Theta Phi. Candidate, Baylor Law Review. Recipient: Sam
Pessarra Endowed Scholarship; Worsham, Forsythe, Sampels and Wooldridge Scholarship. Board
Certified, Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Alumni
Samuel Pessarra, Lloyd Pessarra, Harvey Ford Pessarra, Charlotte Amelia Pessarra,
Charlotte Amelia Pessarra-Seward, Shelby Seward, John Owen Seward
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PESSARRA COMPUTER RESEARCH CENTER