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A statement from Texas Law

Dear Texas Law Community,

At the University of Texas School of Law, we take pride in providing a supportive and welcoming environment for students from every background. We are the flagship public law school for one of the most diverse states in the nation, yet with that comes an acute awareness of our role in history. In the middle of the 20th century, we had to be sued to desegregate. The plaintiff in the lawsuit, Heman Sweatt, is now a hero in our school’s history, and he along with others paved the way for law students from all backgrounds to pursue a legal education. For this and many other reasons, the fight against injustice is a deeply felt part of our mission. Over our doors are etched the words: “that they may truly and impartially administer justice.” Our school views every instance of racial violence and discrimination as a grave affront to that mission, and we are committed to producing lawyers who lead the fight for justice under law in this and all other respects.

Our commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment is led by Professor Shavonne Henderson, Director of Student Inclusion and Equity. But carrying out this charge is not the job of any one member of our staff. It is the shared work of everyone in our community – every faculty member, every staff member, and every student. We are all thinking – we must all be thinking always – about how we can make ourselves part of the solution to the racial challenges that confront our nation, our state, and our school. We must ask ourselves at all times what we can do to ensure that everyone who works or studies here feels recognized, supported, and valued by all others. The work of ensuring justice starts at home, and it begins again every day.

Learn more about Texas Law’s mission and the University’s commitment to diversity.

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Photo montage of Texas Law Alumni recognized during Black History Month

Black History Month: Our World-Changing Alumni

During Black History Month, we are recognizing the excellence and achievements of Texas Law alumni who are impacting society today in Texas and beyond! Read on to learn more about some of our remarkable alumni who started here and are changing the world.
Headshot of Gloria Bradford in her 1954 Senior Law Composite. Courtesy of the Tarlton Law Library, The University of Texas at Austin.

A Profile in Courage: Gloria Katrina Bradford

During Black History Month, the Law School is recognizing the central role of impactful Black figures in our past, present, and future, highlighting their achievements and celebrating their successes. One such pioneering figure is Gloria Bradford (’54), the first African American woman to graduate from Texas Law.
Cover graphic of Katrina Bradford coloring book

Gloria Katrina Bradford Educational Coloring Book

A coloring book celebrating the life of Texas legal pioneer Gloria Bradford shares Gloria’s experiences as a student on the newly integrated UT Law School campus and the early years of her career. Born in 1930 in Houston, Gloria was the first African American woman to graduate from the University of Texas School of Law.
Headshot: Judge Aurora Martinez Jones

Alumni News

The Honorable Aurora Martinez Jones (’07) received the Joseph C. Parker Jr. Diversity Award at the 18th Annual Austin Bar Foundation Gala. The award honors those who lead the way in bringing diversity to Austin’s legal community. She presides over the 126th District Court in Travis County, Texas.