WACO, Texas -
On Feb. 17-19, The Philosophical Society of Texas held its 179th annual meeting in Waco, Texas. Seven members of the Baylor Law School faculty led sessions on various topics including trial by jury, the status and future of legal education, capital punishment, and the judicial system administration.
Led by Judge Ken Starr, the society's president, the purpose of the 2017 meeting was to discuss current topical issues pertinent to the rule of law and the justice system in Texas and the nation. The event was open to all members of the society and their guests, but closed to the public.
Beginning with opening remarks by Baylor Law School Dean Brad Toben and carrying on through the weekend sessions, Baylor Law faculty prominently participated in the Philosophical Society's sessions as speakers and moderators. Dean Brad Toben, Baylor Law Practice Court Professors Gerald Powell, Jim Wren, and Liz Fraley, along with Professors Bridget Fuselier and Patricia Wilson, and Justice in Residence the Honorable Jan Patterson led sessions on trial by jury, the status and future of legal education, capital punishment, and the judicial system administration.
"My colleagues and I were pleased to be invited to present before such a distinguished audience. All agreed that the discussions of the members and the various presentations were interesting, provocative, and productive," said Dean Toben.
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