Kenneth S. Broun, Henry Brandis Professor of Law Emeritus at UNC School of Law, has been elected an Honorary Bencher of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple in London.
The Middle Temple is one of the four Inns of Court in London exclusively entitled to call their members to the English Bar as barristers. The Inn is governed by its benchers, senior members of the bar and judges.
Honorary Benchers include distinguished statesmen, people involved in the arts and members of the Royal Family – currently including Prince William. Sir Walter Raleigh was a bencher, as was William Blackstone, the great English legal scholar. The short and distinguished list of Middle Temple Honorary Benchers from the United States includes Chief Justices of the United States, William Howard Taft, Warren E. Burger, William H. Rehnquist and John G. Roberts Jr., several American Ambassadors to the Court of St. James and current Attorney General Eric Holder.
Broun will be inducted as an Honorary Bencher July 10, 2012, at a dinner at Middle Temple Hall.
“I am humbled by the honor the Middle Temple has given me,” Broun said. “To be in the ranks of the other distinguished honorary members and to be part of the great English Inn of Court tradition is one of the highlights of my legal career.”
Broun earned his J.D. with high honors and Order of the Coif from the University of Illinois and began his tenure at UNC School of Law in 1968. Broun was director of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) from 1976 to 1979. He served as dean of UNC School of Law from 1979 to 1987. He served on the NITA Board from 1980 through 2005. Broun was the mayor of the Town of Chapel Hill from 1991 to 1995. Broun retired officially from the University in 2011 but continues to teach evidence both at UNC and Duke Law School.
UNC School of Law has a close relationship with the Middle Temple Society. UNC School of Law students and British barristers-in-training at the Middle Temple Society have participated for five years in an exchange program. The students, who alternate annually between traveling to North Carolina and London, learn about each country’s legal system and compete in friendly moot court competitions. This international exchange began at the invitation of Richard Wilmot-Smith, Queens Counsel at the London bar and former UNC Morehead Scholar. Broun serves as the faculty liaison for the program, serving as a judge for the competition both in London and Chapel Hill.
-January 17, 2012