Former Presidential Aide to Speak at Law Graduation
by Alan Hunt
Fred McClure, former special assistant for legislative affairs to President Ronald Reagan and President George Bush, will present the keynote address during graduation ceremonies for the Baylor University School of Law at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 29, in Waco Hall.
Fifty-nine law graduates are scheduled to receive juris doctor degrees during the commencement program. The diplomas will be presented by Brad Toben, law school dean and the Gov. Bill and Vara Faye Daniel Professor of Law, assisted by Leah W. Jackson, associate professor of law and associate dean.
McClure, a 1981 Baylor law graduate and a 1976 summa cum laude graduate of Texas A&M University, today serves as senior vice president and Dallas office director of Public Strategies Inc., a public affairs consulting firm based in Austin. Prior to his White House appointment, he served as Associate Deputy Attorney General of the United States and as Legislative Director and Legal Counsel to the late U.S. Sen. John Tower of Texas.
Recently, Time magazine included McClure in its "roster for the 21st century," a list of what the publication terms "America's most promising leaders age 40 and under."
The honor of hooding the graduates will go to Louis S. Muldrow, the Leon Jaworski Professor of Practice and Procedural Law, and David M. Guinn, Master Teacher, who serves as the Louise L. Morrison Professor of Constitutional Law. The invocation will be given by Angus S. McSwain Jr., Master Teacher and law dean emeritus.
After the ceremony, a reception for the graduates and their guests will be hosted by the Baylor Law Alumni Association in the Barfield Drawing Room of the Bill Daniel Student Center.
Training in law was offered at Baylor as early as 1849, and the school of law was formally organized in 1857. The law school currently carries an enrollment of about 400 students.