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Kelly Coghlan is a cum laude and Order of the Coif graduate of Southern Methodist University School of Law and a cum laude and M Award graduate of the S.M.U. School of Business, with more than 30 years of legal experience. He is a former Vinson & Elkins attorney and internationally recognized for defending student's rights to voluntarily pray in public schools, representing 159 Sante Fe High School students and parents pro bono as amici curiae before the U.S. Supreme Court in Sante Fe I.S.D. v. Doe, and representing Marina Ward in Ward v. Sante Fe. I.S.D. in obtaining the first injunction ever issued by a U.S. Federal Court preventing censorship of a student's voluntary public prayer, culminating in a final judgment for the student. Kelly Coghlan is a Texas Lawyer "Impact Player" of the year, Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, and Fellow of the Houston Bar Foundation.



LAW SCHOOL:
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

UNDERGRADUATE SCHOOL: 
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

PRE-COLLEGE:
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

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS:
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

LICENSES:
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

HONORS:
2009 CWA Family Advocate of the Year Award

2008 Houstion Area Pastor Council Faith in Action Award
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

CIVIC/CHURCH ACTIVITIES:
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

INTERVIEWS:
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

ARTICLES:
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)

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

EDITORIALS AUTHORED:
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).


 

   
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