For the last year, Judge Ken Starr has been immersed in his role of President of Baylor University. But this fall, Starr will embrace his other title - that of the Louise M. Morrison Chair of Constitutional Law at Baylor Law School -- when he teaches a seminar "Current Constitutional Issues." The class, which already has met twice, will meet at 3:30 p.m. on Aug. Sept. 12 and Oct. 3 and 17.
"Judge Ken Starr keeps an impossibly busy schedule, so his taking time to teach this seminar shows in yet another way how he wholeheartedly loves Baylor Law School and our mission," said Baylor Law Dean Brad Toben. "Our students are the blessed beneficiaries of his teaching, and those enrolled in this course stand to gain so much from tapping into Judge Starr's wealth of constitutional knowledge and insight in discussion with him."
Students enrolled in the course were enthusiastic in their comments about their high-profile professor.
"I love constitutional law courses, but this class will be a great opportunity to hear about issues from someone who, as Solicitor General, actually argued numerous times before the highest court in the land. It will be great to actually get to enjoy an intellectual discussion with Judge Starr," said Eric Pursley, a 3L at Baylor Law.
During the course's first session, Starr was an engaging instructor. He led the class in lively debate as he discussed theories of constitutional interpretation and used Article III of the Constitution and assigned readings from Alexander Hamilton's "The Federalist No. 78," Lochner v. New York, 198 U.S. 45; Antonin Scalia's A Matter of Interpretation: Federal Courts and the Law; and Stephen Breyer's Active Liberty: Interpreting Our Democratic Constitution.
Future sessions will focus on the limits of judicial power, the anatomy of the free speech clause, congress and the courts and "Obamacare" Congress and the State. Students also will prepare a 15-page bench memorandum analyzing a constitutional case pending before the court to be submitted to an identified Supreme Court Justice of their choice.