What If McCain Wins? What If Obama Wins?

St. Louis Lawyers Chapter


  • Thomas R. Phillips, Baker Botts

On Monday, October 27, Chief Justice Tom Phillips will present a lecture explaining the 2008 Presidential election's possible impact on the United States Supreme Court. Thomas R. Phillips, a partner in the Austin office of Baker Botts, LLP., was Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas from 1988 - 2004. Initially appointed by Governor William P. Clements, he was elected in 1988 as one of the first four successful down-ballot statewide Republican candidates since Reconstruction.

A graduate of Baylor University and Harvard Law School, Phillips clerked for Justice Ruel C. Walker of the Supreme Court of Texas. He practiced law in the trial department of the Houston office of Baker & Botts until 1981, when he became a district judge in Harris County.

Among his many awards, Phillips has recently received the 2007 Justice Award from the American Judicature Society, the Harry L. Carrico Judicial Innovation Award from the National Center for State Courts in 2005, the First Annual Professionalism in Law Award from the Burton Awards for Legal Achievement in 2004, and the Price Daniel Distinguished Public Service Award from Baylor University in 2004.

Lunch will be served promptly at noon and the lecture will begin at 12:20 p.m. RSVP to stlfedsoc@gmail.com by Sunday, October 26.

Attendance is free, but lunch costs $20.00. As usual, this event is open to the public--not just Federalist Society members and regulars.  Visit http://www.stlfedsoc.com/ for more information.