Austin College’s annual Dr. Kenneth Street Law Symposium is set for Friday, February 21, beginning at 11 a.m. on campus. The overall theme for the 2014 event is “Law, Public Policy, and Legal Ethics: The Lawyer as Counsel, Advocate, and Statesman.”
UPDATE: 4.75 HOURS CLE CREDIT APPROVED
The event is open to attorneys, students interested in careers in law, and interested members of the public. Approval of continuing legal education (CLE) hours is pending. Registration costs for the general public is $20. Members of the Grayson County Bar Association and the Paul Brown Inn of Court pay only $15 due to event sponsorship. All other attorneys pay $50 for the event, which includes a luncheon and keynote address.
All panel sessions are held in Hoxie Thompson Auditorium of Sherman Hall, with the luncheon in Mabee Hall of Wright Campus Center.
The event gets underway at 11 a.m. in Sherman Hall with a welcome following participant check-in.
PANEL 1—“Energy Policy and Environmental Law”
11:00 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
Moderator: Joe Sanders ’00, Scott, Douglass & McConnico
Panelists: Keith Hopson ’73, Husch Blackwell; Jim Webb ’89, chief legal counsel and executive vice president, Chesapeake Energy
Luncheon and Keynote Address: Harriet Miers
12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
The luncheon begins with a welcome to guests from Austin College President Marjorie Hass and then Stephanie Cook Barnes ’98, attorney with Siebman, Burg, Phillips & Smith and a member of the Austin College Alumni “L” Law Association board, will introduce the keynote speaker.
Harriet Miers joined the Dallas firm of Locke Purnell Boren Laney & Neely in 1972 and advanced at the firm through various mergers until she left her position as co-managing partner at Locke Liddell & Sapp in 2001 to serve in President George W. Bush’s administration. She spent two years as assistant to the president and staff secretary, two years as assistant to the president and deputy chief of staff, and two years as counsel to the president, serving as the top lawyer to the president, for which she received the Department of Justice Edmund J. Randolph Award and CIA Agency Seal Medal. In 2007, she returned to Locke Lord as partner.
Long committed to public service, Miers has been an elected official, served as an appointed official at the state and national levels and in many professional and community volunteer positions. In 1985, she was selected as the first woman to become president of the Dallas Bar Association and in 1992 was elected as the first woman president of the State Bar of Texas. From 1995 until 2000, Miers also served as chair of the Texas Lottery Commission. She has received numerous awards and recognitions for her professional and community work, including the Dallas Legends of Service Award in 2013.
Before the group return to afternoon panel discussions, junior Nico Arias, president of the Austin College Pre-Law Society, will recognize the service of select Alumni “L” Law Association members.
Panel II: “Immigration, Human Rights, and Legal Rights”
2:15 – 3:25 p.m.
Moderator: Rosemary Vega ’97,
Tausk & VegaPanelists: Geoff Hoffman, University of Houston Law Center Immigration Clinic
William K. Zimmer, Retired Immigration Judge
Panel III: “Health Care Policy, the Affordable Care Act, and the American Federal System”
3:30 – 4:40 p.m.
Moderator: James Carroll, legal counsel, Baylor Scott & White Health Care Services
Panelists: David Hilgers, partner, Husch Blackwell
J. James Rohack, Chief Health Care Policy Officer, Baylor, Scott, & White Health Services & Professor of Medicine & Humanities, Texas A & M University
Panel IV: “Same-Sex Marriage, Constitutional Rights, and Human Freedom”
4:45 – 5:55 p.m.
Moderator: Richard Peeples ’70, Peeples & Hilburn
Panelists: Lynne H. Rambo, Texas A&M Law School
Second panelist to be approved
6 – 7:15 p.m.
The day ends with a reception for all participants in the College’s Margaret Binkley Collins and William W. Collins, Jr., Alumni Center.
Event sponsors include Austin College Pre-Law Society, Austin College Student Assembly, Austin College Alumni “L” Law Association, Grayson County Bar Association, Hatton W. Sumners Foundation, and the Paul Brown American Inn of Court.
The annual symposium honors Austin College Professor Emeritus Kenneth W. Street. A professor of political science at Austin College from 1959 to 1997, Street held the John D. Moseley Chair of Government and Public Policy and founded and directed the Social Science Laboratory, which allowed students to experience field research, observe political and social behavior, and test hypotheses about needs in the community. He also served many years as the advisor for students considering careers in law and launched many professionals in the field.
Austin College is a leading national independent liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas. Founded in 1849, making it the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original charter and name, the college is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA). Recognized nationally for academic excellence in the areas of international education, pre-professional training, and leadership studies, Austin College is one of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges That Change Lives.