The Rule of Law in a Troubled World

As part of the Higginbotham Lecture Series

in Houston, Texas, USA

Hyatt Regency Houston
1200 Louisiana St
Houston, TX 77002

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Overview

  • Speaker: Admiral William H. McRaven, (U. S. Navy Retired)

Admiral William McRaven, US Navy (Retired), former University of Texas System Chancellor, is a Professor of National Security at The University of Texas at Austin. As chancellor, he oversaw 14 institutions that educate 221,000 students and employ 20,000 faculty and more than 80,000 health care professionals, researchers and staff. As the commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, Admiral McRaven led a force of 69,000 responsible for conducting counter-terrorism operations worldwide. He is a recognized national authority on U.S. foreign policy, advising presidents and other U.S. leaders on defense issues. Admiral McRaven oversaw the 2011 Navy SEAL raid in Pakistan that killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

Admiral McRaven will share his perspective of The Rule of Law in a Troubled Word.

Also at the Lecture, David J. Beck, Beck Redden LLP, will receive CAIL’s most significant honor, its Award for Achievement in the Pursuit of Justice for All.

Luncheon Co-Chairs

  • Charles W. Hall, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP,
  • Dee J. Kelly, Jr., Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP, and
  • The Hon. Dale Wainwright, Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Event Information

  • Program starts at 12:00 p.m.

About the Speaker

Admiral William H. McRaven
US Navy (Retired)
Austin, Texas

Admiral William H. McRaven, is a retired U.S. Navy Four-Star admiral and the former Chancellor of the University of Texas System.  During his time in the military, he commanded special operations forces at every level, eventually taking charge of the U.S. Special Operations Command.  His career included combat during Desert Storm and both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.  He commanded the troops that captured Saddam Hussein and rescued Captain Phillips.  McRaven is also credited with developing the plan and leading the Osama bin Laden mission in 2011. 

As the Chancellor of the UT System he led one of the nation’s largest and most respected systems of higher education. As the chief executive officer of the UT System, McRaven oversaw 14 institutions that educated 220,000 students and employed 20,000 faculty and more than 80,000 health care professionals, researchers, and staff.  

McRaven is a recognized national authority on U.S. foreign policy and has advised Presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama and other U.S. leaders on defense issues.  He currently serves on the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and the National Football Foundation.

McRaven has been recognized for his leadership numerous times.  In 2011, he was the first runner-up for TIME magazine’s “Person of the Year.”  In 2012, Foreign Policy magazine named McRaven one of the nation’s “Top 10 Foreign Policy Experts.” In 2014, Politico magazine named McRaven one of the “Politico 50”, citing his leadership as instrumental in cutting though Washington bureaucracy. In 2015, he received the Intrepid Freedom Award for his distinguished service in defending the values of democracy. In 2016, McRaven was named the recipient of the Ambassador Richard M. Helms Award by the CIA Officers’ Memorial Foundation.  This year, 2018, he will be receiving the Judge William H. Webster Distinguished Service Award for a lifetime of service to the nation.

McRaven graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 1977 with a degree in Journalism, and received his master’s degree from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey in 1991.

McRaven is the author of two books, SPEC OPS: Case Studies in Special Operations Warfare and Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life and Maybe the World, based on his 2014 UT Commencement Speech that received worldwide attention.

He met his wife, Georgeann, while they were students at UT Austin, and they have three grown children.  McRaven is now a consultant and stays active with his writing, speaking and board commitments.

Sponsorship Opportunities

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Presenting Sponsor - $10,000 (One available)

  • Two (2) tables of ten (10) at the Lecture with exceptional seating
  • Top level recognition in all event materials, online, and at the Lecture
  • Invitations for twenty (20) to attend the VIP reception immediately preceding the luncheon
  • Signage recognizing your contribution and naming rights at the VIP reception
  • Picture with Keynote Speaker
  • Gift for table host and guests
  • One (1) full-page full color 5.5" (w) by 8.5" (h) ad in the event program.

Valet Parking Sponsor - $7,500 (One available)

  • One (1) table of ten (10) at the Lecture, priority seating
  • Sponsor listing displayed prominently at the valet stand
  • Opportunity to provide branded favor/collateral for guests to receive upon collecting their car
  • Recognition as Valet Parking Sponsor in all event materials, online and at the Lecture
  • Invitations for ten (10) to attend the VIP reception immediately preceding the luncheon
  • One (1) half-page full color 5.5" (w) by 4.25" (h) ad in the event program

Centerpiece Sponsor - $7,500 (One available)

  • One (1) table of ten (10) at the Lecture, priority seating
  • Sponsor listing displayed at each table
  • Recognition as Centerpiece Sponsor in all event materials, online and at the Lecture
  • Invitations for ten (10) to attend the VIP reception immediately preceding the luncheon

Gold Sponsor - $7,500

  • Two (2) tables of ten (10) at the Lecture, priority seating
  • Recognition on invitations, program, event signage, slideshow during lunch and website
  • Invitations for twenty (20) to attend the VIP reception immediately preceding the luncheon
  • One (1) half-page full color 5.5" (w) by 4.25" (h) ad in the event program

Registration Sponsor - $5,000 (One available)

  • One (1) table of ten (10) at the Lecture, priority seating
  • Sponsor listing displayed prominently at the registration desk
  • Recognition as Registration Sponsor in all event materials, online, and at the Lecture
  • Invitations for ten (10) to attend the VIP reception immediately preceding the luncheon

Silver Sponsor - $5,000

  • One (1) table of ten (10) at the Lecture, priority seating
  • Recognition as Silver Sponsor in all event materials, online, and at the Lecture
  • Invitations for ten (10) to attend the VIP reception immediately preceding the luncheon

Bronze Sponsor - $2,000

  • One (1) table of ten (10) at the Lecture
  • Recognition in program, online, and at the Lecture

About the Higginbotham Lecture Series

The Higginbotham Lecture Series was created in 2013 as a tribute to Judge Patrick E. Higginbotham, thanking him for the twelve years he spent at the helm of The Center for American and International Law’s (CAIL) Board of Trustees.

The Series provides meaningful commentary on current trends pertaining to the rule of law and brings together the biggest legal names for education and discussion. It also raises much-needed funds and awareness for CAIL.

Since its inception, the event has attracted over 700 attendees from the legal, business and judicial community.

The CAIL Award for Achievement in the Pursuit of Justice for All

The CAIL Award for Achievement in the Pursuit of Justice for All will be given to an individual or group whose life/lives and work embodies CAIL’s commitment to the rule of law. Just as CAIL is an international organization, the Award is not limited to people of one country or one region. Just as CAIL, through its lawyer and law enforcement programs, addresses the needs of the entire justice system, the Award may be presented to anyone who is part of that system.

In choosing the recipient, the Executive Committee will be guided by the candidate’s leadership, vision, courage and impact. Recognizing that, at its best, the justice system levels the playing field and provides access, protection and relief to all persons, the Award is intended for those whose work has most effectively promoted justice.

David J. Beck has been selected as the 2019 Honoree and will be accepting his Award at the event on April 17.

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