Baylor President Starr to Discuss Federalist Papers at Baylor Law School

  • Baylor President and Chancellor Ken Starr, who also serves as The Louise L. Morrison Chair of Constitutional Law at Baylor Law School, teaches a yearly seminar that focuses on specific constitutional issues pending in the federal courts, including in the United States Supreme Court. (Robert Rogers/Baylor Marketing & Communications)
  • Ken Starr
    Baylor President and Chancellor Ken Starr
Sept. 15, 2014

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WACO, Texas (Sept. 15, 2014) - In honor of Constitution Day, which is celebrated on Sept. 17, Baylor President and Chancellor Ken Starr will present a lecture on the Federalist Papers for the inaugural John and Marie Chiles Federalist Papers Lecture Series. The event will be held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at Baylor Law School, Room 127.

“Judge Starr is one of the foremost constitutional scholars and appellate practitioners in our nation,” said Brad Toben, J.D., dean and The M.C. & Mattie Caston Chair of Law at Baylor Law School. “Baylor Law is honored to present this event that will be both educational and inspiring.”

The Federalist Papers are a collection of 85 essays written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay between 1787 and 1788. The authors wrote under the name “Publius” and attempted to make the case for the ratification of the U.S. Constitution, outlining how the new government would operate and why it was the best choice for the United States of America.

Toben said longtime Baylor benefactors John and Marie Chiles established the lecture series to showcase the importance of the Federalist Papers.

“They hope it will enable each new generation to come to a full and clear appreciation of the wisdom of the principles articulated by the authors of the Federalist Papers,” he said.

A Dr Pepper float reception will precede the lecture at 3 p.m. Baylor Law School is located at 1114 S. University Parks Drive.

For more information, call (254) 710-1911.

by Kristen Bennett, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


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