Kenneth Starr Early Life
Kenneth Starr (Kenneth W. Starr, Kenneth Winston Starr) was born on July 21, 1946, in Vernon, Texas, and was raised in San Antonio. Starr’s areas of expertise are antitrust, federal courts and federal jurisdiction, and constitutional law. In the 1970’s, he clerked for The Honorable David W. Dyer of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, and for U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren E. Burger. He has volunteered many hours teaching in the inner city and assisting disadvantaged students with summer internships, after-school programs and guidance for financing a college education. Starr was elected unanimously by the Baylor University Board of Regents on Feb. 12, 2010, to become the 14th president of Baylor.
Starr has held numerous positions throughout his career. In government, he served as a law clerk to Fifth Circuit Judge David W. Dyer (1973-1974) and to Chief Justice Warren Burger (1975–1977), as a counselor to the U.S. attorney general (1981–1983), as a United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit (1983-1989), and as Solicitor General of the United States (1989–1993). In 1994 Starr led the Whitewater affair investigation into a land deal in Arkansas. Throughout the 1990s, Starr investigated numerous White House incidents including the suicide of White House counsel Vincent Foster, financial improprieties in the Travel Office operation (known as Travelgate), and improper access to FBI security-clearance documents (known as Filegate). In 1998, the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal dominated his career.
Kenneth W. Starr Biography and Profile
Kenneth Winston Starr (July 21, 1946) is a lawyer, former U.S. solicitor general and federal judge, and former President of Baylor University. He is well recognized as the independent counsel who led the investigation into former U.S. President Bill Clinton’s relationship with Monica Lewinsky which ultimately resulted in Clinton’s impeachment. Starr’s 2016 ousting from his Presidential position at Baylor University due to the mishandling of multiple sexual assault allegations also garnered international attention.
Who is Kenneth W. Starr?
Kenneth W. Starr, J.D., has had a distinguished career in academia, the law and public service. He has served since 2004 as the Duane and Kelly Roberts Dean and Professor of Law at Pepperdine, where he teaches current constitutional issues and civil procedure. He also is of counsel to the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where he was a partner from 1993 to 2004, specializing in appellate work, antitrust, federal courts, federal jurisdiction and constitutional law.
As Solicitor General of the United States from 1989 to 1993, Starr argued 25 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. He also served as United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit from 1983 to 1989, as law clerk to Chief Justice Warren E. Burger from 1975 to 1977 and as law clerk to Fifth Circuit Judge David W. Dyer from 1973 to 1974. Starr was appointed to serve as Independent Counsel for five investigations, including Whitewater, from 1994 to 1999.
Starr previously taught constitutional law as an adjunct professor at New York University School of Law and was a distinguished visiting professor at George Mason University School of Law and Chapman Law School. After graduating from San Antonio’s Sam Houston High School, he earned his B.A. from George Washington University in 1968, his M.A. from Brown University in 1969 and his J.D. degree from Duke University Law School in 1973. He is admitted to practice in California, the District of Columbia, Virginia and the U.S. Supreme Court.
He is the author of more than 25 publications, and his book, First Among Equals: The Supreme Court in American Life, published in 2002, was praised by U.S. Circuit Judge David B. Sentelle as “eminently readable and informative…not just the best treatment to-date of the Court after (Chief Justice Earl) Warren, it is likely to have that distinction for a long, long time.”
He has received a multitude of honors and awards, including the J. Reuben Clark Law Society 2005 Distinguished Service Award, the 2004 Capital Book Award, the Jefferson Cup award from the FBI, the Edmund Randolph Award for Outstanding Service in the Department of Justice and the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service.
After attending George Washington University (B.A., 1968) and Brown University (M.A., 1969), he earned a Juris Doctor degree (1973) from Duke University. He married Alice Mendell in 1970. The couple have three children together: son Randy Starr, and daughters Carolyn Doolittle and Cynthia Starr. Just like their parents, all three children are active in community outreach.
Impeachment of US President Bill Clinton
In 1998, the media exploded with allegations regarding a sexual relationship between then 49-year-old President Bill Clinton and 22-year-old White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Attorney Kenneth Starr was placed in charge of the investigation into the sex scandal, but Clinton repeatedly publicly denied the allegations. Kenneth Starr’s books, The Starr Report: The Independent Counsel’s Complete Report to the Congress on the Investigation of Bill Clinton (1998) and The Starr Evidence: The Complete Text of the Grand Jury Testimony of President Clinton and Monica Lewinsky (1998) revealed salacious details about Bill Clinton’s sexual encounters with Miss Lewinsky and provided compelling evidence to support perjury charges. Details about the semen-stained dress, tapes of telephone conversations, and grand jury testimony came together in Starr’s copious findings to reveal that Clinton had lied under oath about a sexual relationship with Lewinsky and had made efforts to cover up his lies. Based on Starr’s evidence, President Bill Clinton was impeached in December 1998 by the U.S. House of Representatives but was acquitted by the Senate in 1999.
Baylor University Scandal
In an unanimous vote, Starr was elected by the Baylor University Board of Regents to become its 14th President in 2010. In 2013 Starr was also elected as Chancellor. In the short time he was in office, multiple sexual assault allegations were made by female students, many of which accused football players. However, Baylor University did not bring charges against the accused. Instead, criminal court proceedings revealed that former Baylor linebacker Tevin Elliot was guilty of two counts of sexual assault of a Baylor student (decided in 2014) and that former Baylor defensive end Sam Ukwuachu was guilty of raping a student (decided in 2015, overturned and granted a new trial in 2017). During Ukwuachu’s trial, it was revealed that Baylor knew about the rape allegations against Ukwuachu but had made no efforts to punish him. A short time later, in May 2016 an independent investigation released a report revealing that head football coach Art Briles and others at the University were aware of multiple rapes of Baylor students committed by football players. Specifically, the report indicated:
“Baylor failed to take appropriate action to respond to reports of sexual assault and dating violence reportedly committed by football players. The choices made by football staff and athletics leadership, in some instances, posed a risk to campus safety and the integrity of the University. In certain instances, including reports of a sexual assault by multiple football players, athletics and football personnel affirmatively chose not to report sexual violence and dating violence to an appropriate administrator outside of athletics. In those instances, football coaches or staff met directly with a complainant and/or a parent of a complainant and did not report the misconduct.”
Shortly thereafter, Starr was ousted from his position as President of Baylor University and later resigned as Chancellor.
Starr received numerous honors and awards for his government service and academic contributions, including the J. Reuben Clark Law Society 2005 Distinguished Service Award, the 2004 Capital Book Award, the Jefferson Cup award from the FBI, the Edmund Randolph Award for Outstanding Service in the Department of Justice and the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service.
Kenneth Starr Family
He and his wife Alice have three children and four grandchildren. The Starrs made their home in Malibu, Calif., from 2004 to the present, and lived in McLean, Va., from 1978 to 2004.
Kenneth Winston Starr Biography and Profile