George W. Bush Presidential Center
2943 SMU Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75205
On September 17-18, 2021, The Federalist Society's Texas chapters sponsored the seventh annual Texas Chapters Conference at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas. The conference featured the fourth annual Gregory S. Coleman Memorial Lecture, with former Attorney General John Ashcroft as the keynote speaker.
On November 23, 2010, the Lone Star State lost one of its brightest appellate stars: Gregory S. Coleman, the first Solicitor General of the State of Texas, founding partner of Yetter Coleman LLP, distinguished Supreme Court advocate, honors graduate of Texas A&M University (B.S., M.B.A.) and the University of Texas Law School (J.D.), and former law clerk to Fifth Circuit Judge Edith Jones and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
At the age of 47 and at the height of his professional and personal life, Mr. Coleman died in an airplane crash that also claimed the lives of his mother-in-law Charlene Miller and brother-in-law James Black. Tragically, Mr. Coleman was traveling from Texas to Florida to attend a Thanksgiving celebration with the people who mattered most to him and were at the center of his life, love, and devotion: his wife Stephanie and his three sons Chase, Austin, and Reid.
On September 8, 2018, the Texas Chapters of the Federalist Society inaugurated the Gregory S. Coleman Memorial Lecture Series to honor the life, memory, and legacy of Texas’s first Solicitor General. Justice Clarence Thomas served as the first Lecturer in this series. Each year, the Federalist Society will remember Gregory S. Coleman at its annual Texas Chapters Conference by selecting and presenting a lecturer who exemplifies his commitment to the Constitution, the rule of law, and public service.
- John Ashcroft, Chairman, The Ashcroft Law Firm, LLC; former Attorney General, Department of Justice
- Moderator: Luis A. Reyes, Partner, The Ashcroft Law Firm, LLC
- Introduction: Austin R. Nimocks, Partner, The Ashcroft Law Firm, LLC
As always, the Federalist Society takes no position on particular legal or public policy issues; all expressions of opinion are those of the speakers.