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Press Release for Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Starr Report Author/Lawyer Discusses Conflict over Freedom of Religion

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Associate Director 

Department of Public Relations 

(904) 620-2102 



Ken Starr, an American Lawyer, higher education administrator and author of the Starr Report will discuss “Conflict over Freedom of Religion in America” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, at the University of North Florida’s Adam W. Herbert University Center, Building 43, Banquet Hall, as part of the College of Arts and Sciences Pre-Law Lecture Series. 


Starr served as a federal Court of Appeals judge and as solicitor general for George H. W. Bush . He received the most publicity for his tenure as independent counsel while Bill Clinton was president . He was initially appointed to investigate the suicide death of deputy White House counsel Vince Foster and the Whitewater real estate investments of Clinton. The three-judge panel charged with administering the Independent Counsel Act later expanded the inquiry into numerous areas, including an extramarital affair Clinton had with Monica Lewinsky . After several years of investigation, Starr filed the Starr Report , which alleged Clinton lied about existence of the affair during a sworn deposition. The allegation opened the door for the impeachment of Clinton and the five-year suspension of his law license. 


Starr has had a distinguished career in academia, the law and public service. He became the 14th president of Baylor University in 2010. Prior to Baylor, he served for six years as the Duane and Kelly Roberts Dean and Professor of Law at Pepperdine, where he taught current constitutional issues and civil procedure. He is also 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.  


He has argued 36 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, including 25 cases during his service as solicitor general of the United States. He also served as United States circuit judge for the District of Columbia Circuit as law clerk to Chief Justice Warren E. Burger and as law clerk to Fifth Circuit Judge David W. Dyer. Starr was appointed to serve as independent counsel for five investigations, including Whitewater, from 1994 to 1999.  


Starr is the author of more than 25 publications, and his book, “First Among Equals: The Supreme Court in American Life,” was praised by U.S. Circuit Judge David B. Sentelle as “eminently readable and informative...not just the best treatment to-date of the Court after (Chief Justice Earl) Warren, it is likely to have that distinction for a long, long time.” 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.  


The College of Arts and Sciences Pre-Law Lecture Series is sponsored by Barbara Hetrick, COAS dean, and Martin Edwards, Pre-Law Program director. For more information about the lecture, which requires an e-ticket, contact Pre-Law Program Assistant Peggy Baldt at (904) 620-1069 or . To obtain an e-ticket, visit . 


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