The Honors College is excited to announce that Ben Aguiñaga, BBA ‘12, will provide the keynote address at the Honors Convocation on April 20th. Aguiñaga was recently selected to serve as a law clerk to United States Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito. During his time at Baylor, Aguiñaga was in the Honors Program double majoring in political science and philosophy with minors in mathematics and history. The academic opportunities and mentorship he experienced while in the Honors College helped develop Aguiñaga’s interest in law. It was during an Honors Course, American Constitutional Development, with Dr. Elizabeth Corey where Aguiñaga cultivated his research and debate skills as well as the ability to handle the intense time pressure and questioning classroom format which would later serve him throughout his time at Louisiana State University (LSU).
“The Honors College challenged me to be a better reader, a better thinker, and a better writer. And by their kindness, sincerity, and humility, my mentors in the Honors College have challenged me to be a better person. For me, then, the Honors College was a one-stop-shop for mentorship on all of the crucial aspects of life, and I am grateful to the Honors College for its support,” Aguiñaga reflected. Aguiñaga was active on campus outside of his academics serving as a Senator in Student Government, a member of the Hispanic Students’ Association, a Summer Line Camp Leader, and Student Manager for the Baylor Men’s Basketball Team.
After his time at Baylor, Aguiñaga graduated Summa Cum Laude and first in his class of 179 from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University in 2015. While at LSU, he served as the Production Editor for the Louisiana Law Review Board and a Research Assistant. Aguiñaga also successfully briefed, argued, and obtained a reversal before the Supreme Court of Louisiana.
Since graduating from LSU Law in 2015, Aguiñaga worked for Texas Senator Ted Cruz’s Senate Judiciary Committee staff, and clerked for Judge Edith H. Jones of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. In Addition, Aguiñaga clerked for Honors College Alumnus Justice Don R. Willet who previously served on the Supreme Court of Texas and is presently Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Justice Willet also currently serves on Baylor’s Honors College Advisory Council.
“It is wonderful to have Ben back on campus for the Honors Convocation. Even though he graduated just a few years ago, he has already accomplished much. He remains deeply connected to Baylor, making important connections with our students in DC and returning to campus regularly to help with recruitment events,” Honors College Dean Thomas Hibbs said.