An alert weblog reader noticed that the invitations sent out for this year's Hall lecture at ETBU's Ornelas Student Center had a discrepancy on the date - the date of March 22 is correct, and that is a Tuesday, not Thursday, as the original announcements stated. ETBU has since mailed a revised invitation - but the date in the press release and the ad has always been the correct one.
I also wanted to provide a little more background about the event itself. The lecture series program commemorates the late Congressman and U.S. District Court Judge Sam B. Hall, Jr., of the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall and Texarkana Divisions, who was a Marshall native and an alumnus of the College of Marshall, ETBU's forerunner.
This year I will be speaking at the evening event on the topic “The Rule of Law” and will also reminisce (I am told) about my work as judicial law clerk with Judge Hall.
A significant portion of the proceeds from this year’s program will be contributed to the Sam B. Hall Jr. Scholarships for graduating seniors at Marshall High School. Two scholarships of $5,000 will be given. Proceeds from the event otherwise are applied to Sam B. Hall Endowed Programs at ETBU.
The program will also include presentation of the sixth annual Sam B. Hall Civic Service Award by Harrison County District Judge Brad Morin. Previous honorees were Madeleine Segal Hall (in memoriam), Ray and Mona Lawson of Marshall, Sue Jordan (formerly administrative assistant to Congressman and Judge Hall), Frank and Bonnie Strauss of Marshall, Sam R. Moseley of Marshall, and Glenn Bickerdike of Marshall. According to the press release, I am the honoree this year, but they could always change their mind, I suppose, and after hearing my talk, they might.
Tickets for the event are $65 per person and can be reserved by calling Janet Breckenridge in the President’s Office at ETBU at 903-923-2222 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please inquire regarding table reservations- tables may be reserved at the Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, and Diamond levels. Advance reservations are recommended by March 17 as seating is limited. (They're not kidding about that - the event is in the Woods and Cornish Great Rooms, but the adjective is more related to the height than the actual floor space).
The Sam B. Hall Professorship and the Lecture Series were endowed in 1993 by the family and friends of Judge Hall. A native of Marshall and an alumnus of the College of Marshall, now ETBU, and the Baylor University School of Law, Judge Hall served in and was president of several civic organizations and the Board of Directors of the Marshall Regional Medical Center before his death in 1994. The Hall Professor of History is Dr. Jerry L. Summers, Dean of the School of Humanities at ETBU.