Nineteenth Clerk of the U.S. Supreme Court William K. Suter travels to Staunton on November 12 to address cadets of the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership (VWIL) at Mary Baldwin University.
Suter retired from the U.S. Army as a two-star major general in 1990, where he served as a lawyer and as Judge Advocate General (JAG), overseeing the U.S. Army JAG corps of lawyers and paralegals. Since 1991, he has held the distinguished position at the Supreme Court, where he oversees the docket and calendar, in addition to sitting in on oral cases.
Suter holds a bachelor’s degree from Trinity University in San Antonio and a law degree from Tulane University in New Orleans. He was admitted to the bar in 1962.
During his visit with the VWIL corps, Suter plans to familiarize cadets with his role at the Supreme Court and speak on several cases he has overseen. He also plans to address the importance of leadership at every stage of life, and the impact cadets’ actions in college could have on their future careers. Several cadets within the corps are pursuing careers in civilian or military law, making this a rare opportunity for inside knowledge.
Suter heard about the corps through longtime friend Michael Bissell, VWIL commandant of cadets and is anxious to share this experience with his wife, Jeanie. The talk begins at 8 p.m. in Francis Auditorium and is free and open to the public.