Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

Religion

July 15, 2011

Baylor president to speak Sunday at FBC

Judge Ken Starr, president of Baylor University, will speak at 11 a.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church of Cleburne.

Jordan Hannah, a Cleburne native and graduate of Cleburne High School, has worked as a special assistant to the Baylor president since Starr began his stint in June 2010.

Starr has enjoyed a distinguished career in academia, the law and public service.

Before his unanimous election by the Baylor Board of Regents, he served as Duane and Kelly Roberts Dean and Professor of Law at Pepperdine University from 2004-10. He was of counsel and a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP from 1993-2010, specializing in appellate work, antitrust, federal courts, and constitutional law. He practiced law with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP from 1974-81. Elected to the firm’s partnership in 1980, he resigned effective Jan. 20, 1981, to become counselor and chief of staff to U.S. Attorney General William French Smith.

Starr served as U.S. Circuit Judge for the D.C. Circuit from 1983-89 and as Solicitor General of the United States from 1989-93. He has argued 36 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. He was a law clerk to both Chief Justice Warren E. Burger from 1975-77 and to Fifth Circuit Judge David W. Dyer from 1973-74. He was appointed independent counsel for five investigations, including Whitewater, from 1994-99.

Starr taught constitutional law as an adjunct professor at NYU School of Law for 13 years and was a distinguished visiting professor at George Mason University School of Law and Chapman Law School.

A graduate of San Antonio’s Sam Houston High School, he earned his B.A. from George Washington University in 1968, his M.A. from Brown University in 1969 and his J.D. degree from Duke University Law School in 1973.

He is admitted to practice in California, the District of Columbia, Virginia and the U.S. Supreme Court. He has honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from Hampton-Sydney College, Pepperdine University and Shenandoah University.

Starr has authored more than 25 publications, and his book, “First Among Equals: The Supreme Court in American Life,” was published in 2002. He has received many significant honors and awards, including the Edmund Randolph Award for Outstanding Service in the Department of Justice, the Capitol Book Award, the Jefferson Cup award from the FBI, and the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service.

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