It’s with great pride that I alert you that Tom Phillips, the former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas, will serve as the keynote speaker for Law Center commencement exercises on Friday, May 15, 2009.
I have known Tom for more than two decades, and I have repeatedly congratulated him over the years for adding yet another achievement or accolade to his remarkable career in law. As Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court, he literally transformed the justice system in Texas. After earning wide recognition for his outstanding work as Chief Justice, Tom closed nearly a quarter-century of judicial service and joined the Austin office of Baker Botts. He has received numerous national and regional awards for his contributions to the profession.
Since returning to private practice, Tom has represented scores of clients in appeals to state and federal appellate courts on a wide variety of commercial, personal injury, regulatory, and constitutional issues. Even a quick glance at his biography will confirm the deep understanding of the law that Tom will draw upon as he launches the legal careers of our Class of 2009.
Our commencement exercises always provide an excellent opportunity for our alumni to connect with our Law Center and its newest graduates. FYI, we will host a reception on our campus after the ceremony on May 15 at Hofheinz Pavilion, and I encourage you to mark your calendar and join us for both of these events.