Rule of Law, Rule of Judges Focus of Oct. 29 Panel Discussion at National Press Club

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Baylor University President and Chancellor, Judge Ken Starr, will join Fifth Circuit Judge Thomas M. Reavley and District of Columbia Circuit Judge Sri Srinivasan at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., for a panel discussion on the difference between the rule of law and the rule of judges.
Oct. 26, 2015

Baylor Law School’s 'Viewpoints' Series Will Feature Judges Ken Starr, Thomas Reavley, Sri Srinivasan

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WACO, Texas (Oct. 26, 2015) – Baylor University President and Chancellor, Judge Ken Starr, will join Fifth Circuit Judge Thomas M. Reavley and District of Columbia Circuit Judge Sri Srinivasan at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., for a panel discussion on the difference between the rule of law and the rule of judges.

Baylor Law School has partnered with the Bar Association of the Federal Fifth Circuit to host the event, the first in the Law School’s new “Viewpoints” series. The conversation, “The Judge’s Objective: Prediction or a Preferred ‘Correct’ Rule,” will be moderated by Daniel Attridge, J.D., dean of the Columbus School of Law and Knights of Columbus Professor of Law at The Catholic University of America.

“Baylor Law School is honored to host its inaugural ‘Viewpoints’ conversation, highlighting the role of differing judicial philosophies in the administration of justice,” said Brad Toben, J.D., dean of Baylor Law School. “This panel will present insightful and experienced judicial commentators exploring in discussion the implications of different approaches to judicial decision-making, the consequences of those approaches and the relative value and standing of the differing approaches when tested against history and the constitutional underpinnings of our republic.”

A reception preceding the event will begin at 6 p.m. Admission is free, but space is limited. RSVP online.

ABOUT JUDGE KEN STARR

Judge Ken Starr serves as president and chancellor of Baylor University and also serves on the faculty of Baylor Law School as The Louise L. Morrison Chair of Constitutional Law. A Brown University and Duke Law School graduate, he served as solicitor general of the United States from 1989 to 1993 and United States circuit judge for the District of Columbia from 1983 to 1989.

ABOUT JUDGE THOMAS M. REAVLEY

Judge Thomas Morrow Reavley serves as a judge (senior status) for the Fifth Circuit. A University of Texas and Harvard Law School graduate, he was appointed to that position by President Jimmy Carter in 1979. Prior to his presidential appointment, he served as a justice on the Texas Supreme Court from 1968 to 1977.

ABOUT JUDGE SRI SRINIVASAN

Judge Sri Srinivasan was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals in May 2013. A Stanford graduate from the university, law school and graduate school, he served as an assistant to the solicitor general from 2002 to 2007 and as principal deputy solicitor general of the United States from 2011 to 2013.

ABOUT DEAN DANIEL ATTRIDGE

Daniel F. Attridge began his service as dean at Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law on Feb. 1, 2013. Attridge received his B.A. degree, magna cum laude, in 1976 from the University of Pennsylvania. He received his J.D. degree, cum laude, in 1979 from the Georgetown University Law Center, where he was executive editor of the Georgetown Law Journal.

ABOUT BAYLOR UNIVERSITY

Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 16,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big 12 Conference.

ABOUT BAYLOR LAW SCHOOL

Established in 1849, Baylor Law School was the first law school in Texas and one of the first west of the Mississippi River. Today, the school has more than 7,000 living alumni. It is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Baylor Law School has a record of producing outstanding lawyers, many of whom decide on a career in public service. The Law School boasts two Texas governors, members or former members of the U.S. Congress and U.S. Senate, two former directors of the FBI, ambassadors, federal judges, justices of the Texas Supreme Court and members of the Texas Legislature among its notable alumni. In its law specialties rankings, U.S.News & World Report ranked Baylor Law’s trial advocacy program as the third best in the nation. Baylor Law School is ranked No. 56 in the magazine’s 2012 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools.” Learn more at www.baylor.edu/law.

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