PERSONNEL FILE: Ten Baylor Law graduates admitted to bar of US Supreme Court

By The SE Texas Record | Nov 18, 2014

Ten Baylor University Law School graduates traveled this week to Washington, D.C., where they were admitted to the Bar of the U.S. Supreme Court after being sworn in by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.

The lawyers now have the privilege of being allowed to argue cases before the Court.

Those admitted were Richard Butler (J.D. ’77), Glenn Callison (J.D. ’88), Joe Coleman (J.D. ’57), Judge Robin Darr (J.D. ’82), Billy Davis (J.D. ’76), Bill Gooding (J.D. ’75), Mike Lindsay (J.D. ’76), Judge Rebecca Simmons (J.D. ’80), Dean Leah Witcher Teague (J.D. ’85) and Steve Wisch (J.D. ’77). Bill Brian (J.D. ’74), current Baylor Lawyer of the Year, also attended the event. Brian has previously been admitted to the Supreme Court.

The lawyers and guests traveled to Washington, D.C., Nov. 9, as guests of Baylor University President and Chancellor Ken Starr, his wife Alice, Brad Toben, J.D., dean of Baylor Law School, and Leah Witcher Teague, J.D., associate dean of the Law School.

“We are deeply grateful to Judge Ken and Alice Starr for leading our Baylor Law group through Washington, D.C., and through the Supreme Court of the United States. It was a high honor for all who were involved,” Toben said.

The trip began with a dinner with U.S. Congressman Chet Edwards and his wife, Lea Ann, followed by an exclusive tour of the United States Capitol.

On Monday, Nov. 10, the Starrs led the Baylor Law group through the Supreme Court, where they had the honor of meeting Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Anthony M. Kennedy. Judge Starr then moved the admission of the group, and Chief Justice Roberts swore in the Baylor lawyers. The group then enjoyed hearing two cases argued before the Court.

Baylor Law School hosts the Supreme Court trip biennially for distinguished Baylor Lawyers and guests. This year marked Baylor Law’s fourth trip to the Supreme Court.

Established in 1857, Baylor Law School was the first law school in Texas and one of the first west of the Mississippi River.

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