Knas is a second-year Baylor law student, and Scroggins is a 2010 Baylor law grad who now is director of alumni relations at the law school. So naturally, they will be married on the Waco campus by none other than Ken Starr, the university’s president and a former justice on the D.C. U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
But two months ago, a Baylor University alumnus who also happens to sit on the Texas Supreme Court spotted a legal issue with Knas’ and Scroggins’ wedding plans. Justice Don Willett, for whom Knas interned this summer, had seen a June 4 posting on Texas Lawyer’s Tex Parte blog, prompting him to yell in his chambers: “Hey, Kyle, you better come see this," Willett recalls.
The post described a Texas Attorney General opinion that spelled out in no uncertain terms that former federal judges are not allowed to perform marriages in the Lone Star State.
But Willett had an answer to the problem, Knas says: Texas Supreme Court justices are allowed to perform weddings. Starr could still perform the ceremony, and Willett would perform a second legal wedding immediately after the ceremony.
“And I immediately loved the idea. And Berkley loved it too,” Knas says. “What better way to get married than to have two judges perform our wedding?”
Scroggins is relieved, as well. “I just want to make sure that we’re legally married. . . . [b]ecause I’m only putting that thing [her wedding dress] on one time in my life,” Scroggins says. “And then it’s going in a shadow box.”
--- John Council