Juris Doctorate Degree (J.D.), Southern Methodist University School of Law, 1978
Cum Laude
, Southern Methodist University School of  Law, 1978
Graduated top 4% of class
Graduated Order of the Coif
Southwestern Law Journal
American Jurisprudence Awards
First Place--Russell Baker Moot Court
Phi Delta Phi Legal Honorary Fraternity

Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.), Southern Methodist University, 1975
Cum Laude
, Southern Methodist University, 1975
M Award (highest student/faculty honor bestowed by Southern Methodist University)
Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges
President S.M.U. Blue Key Honorary Society
President S.M.U. Cycen Fjdor Honorary Society
Beta Gamma Sigma Business School Honorary
S.M.U. Student Foundation, Charter Officer
Student Senator
S.M.U. Mustang Band
Residential Advisor
Teaching Assistant, University College
Youth Director, Wesley United Methodist Church, Longview, Texas

Graduated upper 10% of high school class, Longview High School, 1971
National Honor Society
President Student Council, Longview High School
President InterClub Council, Longview High School
Who's Who Among High School Students in America
Vice President Interact Club
Texas Boy's State
President Teen Triangle Club
Eagle Scout
God & Country Award, Boy Scouts of America

Texas Bar Association
Houston Bar Association
American Bar Association
College of the State Bar of Texas
Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas
Alliance Defense Fund
American Center for Law and Justice
Christian Legal Society

State Bar of Texas, 1978 to present
U.S. District Court (Southern District of Texas)
U.S. Court of Appeals (Fifth Circuit)
U.S. Supreme Court

Recipient of Martindale-Hubble Legal Directory's highest rating for attorney competency and ethics
(1988 to present)
"Impact Player" of the year, Texas Lawyer
Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation
Life Fellow of the Houston Bar Foundation
Fellow of the College of the State Bar of Texas
Who's Who in American Law
Who's Who in America
Who's Who of Emerging Leaders in America
Who's Who Among Young American Professionals
Honor Guard of the Alliance Defense Fund
Ronald Reagan Gold Medal Recipient
Life Member National Eagle Scout Association

Board of Directors, K.S.B.J. Educational Foundation, 17 years
Secretary, K.S.B.J. Educational Foundation
Vice President, K.S.B.J. Educational Foundation
Steering Committee Palmer Drug Abuse Program
Deacon, Second Baptist Church, Houston
High School and Jr. High Adult Volunteer, Second Baptist Church
Bible Study teacher, Second Baptist Church

NBC; ABC; CBS; CNN; Fox News; MS-NBC; Court T.V.; British Broadcasting Corporation (B.B.C. Europe and U.S.); Good Morning America; The Bryant Gumble Early Show; The Debra Duncan Show

USA Today (Nov. 16, 1999, 1-A; Mar. 29, 2000, 1-A); Houston Chronicle (Aug. 19, 1999, 25-A; Sept. 3, 1999, 29-A; Sept. 4, 1999, 1-A; Oct. 17, 1999, 1-E; June 21, 2000, 1-A; Ap. 13, 2002, 36-A; May 5, 2003, 15-A); The Dallas Morning News (Nov. 7, 1999, 1-A; Aug. 2, 2000, 27-A; Ap. 13, 2002, 33-A); Texas Lawyer (Sept. 9, 1999, 1; Dec. 20, 1999; June, 2004); The American Bar Association Journal (March, 2000, p. 34); The New York Times (Mar. 30, 2000, A-24); The Washington Post (Mar. 27, 2000, A-2); The Washington Times (March 30, 2000, A-4); World Magazine (Nov. 13, 1999); Longview News-Journal (Sept. 19, 1999, 1-A; Oct. 8, 1999); Amarillo Daily News (Nov. 10, 1999, 1-A); Texas City Sun (Sept. 4, 1999, 2-A); The Beaumont Enterprise (Sept. 4, 1999, 1-A); Baltimore Sun (Sept. 3, 1999, 3-A); Texas Monthly (Nov. 2000, p. 116 following)

Kelly Coghlan, Those Dangerous Student Prayers, 32 St. Mary’s Law 4, 809-880.  Click here for article

The Dallas Morning News (Religion gets equal treatment, Sept 6,2007, Viewpints 15-A); Memorial Examiner (School Prayer? Maybe. Maybe not, Sept. 6, 2007, Viewpoints 4-A); Houston Chronicle (Schools Don’t Need Prayer Police, March 26, 2000, Outlook 1-C; Schools Never Intended to be ‘Prayer Free’ Zones, May 2, 2002, Outlook 35-A; Shock and Awe of a Resurgence in School Prayer, May 1, 2003, Outlook 33-A); Longview News-Journal (School Boards: Let Students Take Lead in Resolving School Prayer Issue, Ed., 1999, Ed. Page); School Board Silences Students. Why?, Oct. 21, 1999, 3-B; Students Win Prayer Wars in Courts, Mar. 13, 2003, 3-C;); Gilmer Mirror (Will Schools Keep ‘Dissing’ God, May 5, 1999, 4-A); The Sealy News (Students Take Lead in School Prayer Issue, June 4, 1999).