William Steele Sessions

Personal

Birthday: 
1930
Birthplace: 
Fort Smith, AR
Race or Ethnicity: 
White
Gender: 
Male
Prior Employment: 

Private practice, Waco, Texas, 1958-1969
Chief, Government Operations Section, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice, 1969-1971
U.S. attorney for the Western District of Texas, 1971-1974
Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation, 1987-1993
Private practice, San Antonio, Texas, 1995-

Education

Name of School: 
Baylor University
Degree: 
B.A.
Degree Year: 
1956
Name of School - Second: 

Baylor Law School

Baylor Law School is the oldest law school in Texas. Baylor Law School is affiliated with Baylor University and located in Waco, Texas. The school has been accredited by the American Bar Association since 1931, and has been a member of the Association of American Law Schools since 1938. The program offers training in all facets of law, including theoretical analysis, practical application, legal writing, advocacy, professional responsibility, and negotiation and counseling skills.

Established in 1849, Baylor Law School was the first law school in Texas and one of the first west of the Mississippi River. Today, the school has more than 7,000 living alumni. Among alumni of the school are two Texas governors, members or former members of the U.S. Congress and U.S. Senate, two former directors of the FBI, ambassadors, federal judges, justices of the Texas Supreme Court and members of the Texas Legislature. In its law specialties rankings, U.S. News & World Report ranked Baylor Law's trial advocacy program as the third best in the nation. Baylor Law School is ranked No. 51 in the magazine's 2012 edition of "America's Best Graduate Schools."

According to Baylor's 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 67.6% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation.

Degree - Second: 
LL.B.
Degree Year - Second: 
1958

Judicial Career

Court Name: 
U. S. District Court, Western District of Texas
Court Name: 

Texas Western District Court

President Nominating: 
Gerald Ford
Party Affiliation of President: 
Republican
Commission Date: 
12/20/1974
Termination Date: 
11/1/1987
Termination Reason: 
Resignation
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