The Sixth AnnualWilliam French Smith Memorial Lecture
Mock Oral Argument Bench
President Kenneth W. Starr
KENNETH W. STARR, is the 14th president of Baylor University. Judge Starr has had a distinguished career in academia, the law, and public service. Prior to coming to Baylor, he served for six years as the Duane and Kelly Roberts Dean and Professor of Law at Pepperdine University School of Law, where he taught current constitutional issues and civil procedure. He also is of counsel to the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where he was a partner from 1993 to 2004, specializing in appellate work, antitrust, federal courts, federal jurisdiction and constitutional law. Judge Starr served as Solicitor General of the United States from 1989 to 1993, as United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit from 1983 to 1989, as law clerk to Chief Justice Warren E. Burger from 1975 to 1977, and as law clerk to Fifth U.S. Circuit Judge David W. Dyer for the Fifth Circuit from 1973 to 1974.
Judge Starr is the author of more than 25 publications, including, First Among Equals: The Supreme Court in American Life, published in 2002. He has received a multitude of honors and awards, including the J. Reuben Clark Law Society 2005 Distinguished Service Award, the 2004 Capital Book Award, the Jefferson Cup award from the FBI, the Edmund Randolph Award for Outstanding Service in the Department of Justice, and the Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service.
He earned his BA from George Washington University in 1968, his MA from Brown University in 1969, and his JD from Duke University Law School in 1973. He is admitted to practice in California, the District of Columbia, Virginia, and before the U.S. Supreme Court.