On Thursday, September 27th at 4pm, Baylor Law will host Judge Thomas M. Reavley, Senior Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, who has spent most of his 70-year legal career in public service. Speaking on “A Life in the Law,” with Baylor Law’s Dean Brad Toben, Judge Reavley will share about his faith, morality, professionalism, and his unwavering dedication to protecting and advancing the rule of law.
After serving as a Navy lieutenant during World War II, Reavley entered Harvard Law School and received his J.D. in 1948. He began his law career in Dallas, where he served as assistant district attorney. He practiced law in Nacogdoches, Lufkin, and Jasper from 1949 until 1955. He served as county attorney for Nacogdoches County in 1951.
Reavley was appointed Texas Secretary of State from 1955 to 1957. He opened a private practice in Austin from 1957 to 1964, and served as a judge for the 167th State District Court from 1964 to 1968. In 1968, he was appointed associate justice of the Texas Supreme court by then-Governor John Connally, and served in this position for nearly a decade before returning to private practice.
In 1979, he was nominated by President Jimmy Carter to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, took senior status in 1990, and has maintained an active docket ever since.
Judge Reavley exemplifies the role of a public servant. His utmost concern is that, as a judge, his rulings advance the rule of law by promoting predictability and fairness."–Dean Brad Toben
“Judge Reavley is an icon of the federal judiciary and it is an honor to have him share his experiences, insights, and wit with us here at Baylor Law.” Stated Dean Brad Toben, who will be moderating the conversation with Judge Reavley. Dean Toben added, “Judge Reavley exemplifies the role of a public servant. His utmost concern is that, as a judge, his rulings advance the rule of law by promoting predictability and fairness.”
The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Walk-ins welcome subject to seating. To RSVP, please email Lauren_Porter@baylor.edu.
Baylor Law students receive 1 hour of Professional Development credit for attendance.
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