Kenneth Starr to speak on campus, Mar. 18
March 11, 2013
James L. Huffman Lecture In Honor of the Western Resources Legal Center
Monday, March 18, 2013 at 5:30pm
Agnes Flanagan Chapel, Lewis & Clark College
KENNETH WINSTON STARR, President of Baylor University, has had a distinguished career in academia, the law, and public service. Prior to serving as President of Baylor University, he served for six years as the Duane and Kelly Roberts Dean and Professor of Law at Pepperdine, where he taught current constitutional issues and civil procedure. He also is of counsel to the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where he was a partner from 1993 to 2004, specializing in appellate work, antitrust, federal courts, federal jurisdiction, and constitutional law.
Starr has argued 36 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, including 25 cases during his service as Solicitor General of the United States from 1989-93. He also served as United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit from 1983 to 1989, as law clerk to Chief Justice Warren E. Burger from 1975 to 1977 and as law clerk to Fifth Circuit Judge David W. Dyer from 1973 to 1974. Starr was appointed to serve as Independent Counsel for five investigations, including Whitewater, from 1994 to 1999.
Starr is the author of more than 25 publications, and his book, First Among Equals: The Supreme Court in American Life, published in 2002, was praised by U.S. Circuit Judge David B. Sentelle as “eminently readable and informative…not just the best treatment to-date of the Court after (Chief Justice Earl) Warren, it is likely to have that distinction for a long, long time.”
Starr has received a multitude of honors and awards, including the J. Reuben Clark Law Society 2005 Distinguished Service Award, the 2004 Capital Book Award, the Jefferson Cup award from the FBI, the Edmund Randolph Award for Outstanding Service in the Department of Justice, and the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service.
The Western Resources Legal Center (WRLC) is a legal education program that provides top law students an opportunity to develop practical legal skills and specific knowledge of natural resources and environmental laws by assisting with the legal representation of farmers, ranchers, miners, foresters, resource developers, and other natural resource dependent entities.
Students gain an understanding of the litigation process and how laws impact the day to day operations of natural resource dependent businesses. Students also experience a more profound educational experience by personally observing how laws and litigation impact businesses, the economy, and local communities.