I was honored earlier this week to receive the Sam B. Hall Jr. Civil Service Award at East Texas Baptist University from ETBU President Dr. J. Blair Blackburn, and to present the annual Judge Hall lecture, this time on the importance of the rule of law. I included anecdotes from working with Judge Hall as his law clerk 23 years ago, and stories about the development of the rule of law beginning in medieval England and working my way forward through the Magna Carta, the English Civil War, the Glorious Revolution, the American Revolution, and the drafting of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. (It wasn't as bad as it sounds. At least I think it wasn't. I must note that Collin had that same look on his face before I started).