Tomorrow, Sept. 17, at 3 p.m., Baylor University president, former U.S. Solicitor General, former U.S. circuit court judge for the District of Columbia and independent counsel for the Whitewater investigations, Judge Kenneth Starr, will be speaking in the Apache Rooms in the Rogers Student Center on the main TJC campus.
Dr. Mike Metke, TJC president, will give brief opening remarks, followed by Geoffery Willbanks, history and government professor and chair of the TJC Department of Social Sciences and then local attorney Andy Tindle.
Judge Starr will mark the signing of the Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787 by speaking on the Constitution and its continuing importance in our daily lives for half an hour. Afterward, he will answer questions from students.
Audience members will include TJC students, staff, and administration, as well as high school students from Tyler ISD’s Advancement Via Individual Determination program.
Ken Starr served as law clerk to Fifth Circuit Judge David W. Dyer from 1973 to 1974, and to Chief Justice Warren E. Burger from 1975 to 1977. He later served as United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia from 1981 to 1983, and as Solicitor General of the United States from 1989 to 1993.
Judge Starr was later appointed as independent counsel for five investigations in the 1990’s, including the Whitewater scandal. He is most remembered as the author of the Starr Report, which exposed Clinton’s extra-marrital affair with Monica Lewinski.