Gloria K. Bradford Society

Gloria K. Bradford (1930-2013) applied to the University of Texas School of Law for the 1951-1952 school year, and in May 1954, became the first African-American woman to graduate from the University of Texas School of Law. Following graduation, Bradford practiced in Houston becoming the first African-American woman to try a case in Harris County District Court. In 2006, Ms. Bradford returned to visit the University of Texas School of Law and participated in an oral history. Published in 2011, the transcript of her remembrances may be found here.

For her full biography, visit her page on the Tarlton Law Library website.

Photo courtesy of the Tarlton Law Library.

Faculty Advisor

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Professor Robert G. Bone

Professor of Law

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Community Fellow

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Judge Lee H. Rosenthal

Judge for the United States District Court, Southern District of Texas

Judge Lee H. Rosenthal was appointed a United States District Court Judge for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division in 1992. Before then, she was a partner at Baker & Botts in Houston, Texas, where she tried civil cases and handled appeals in the state and federal courts. She received her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Chicago and served as law clerk to Chief Judge John R. Brown, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Chief Justice Rehnquist appointed Judge Rosenthal as a member of the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Civil Rules in 1996. She served as chair of the Class Actions subcommittee during the development of the 2003 amendments to Rule 23. Chief Justice Rehnquist appointed Judge Rosenthal chair of the Civil Rules Committee in 2003. In 2007, Chief Justice Roberts appointed Judge Rosenthal to chair the Judicial Conference Committee on the Rules of Practice and Procedure, which coordinates and oversees the work of the Advisory Committees for the Civil, Criminal, Evidence, Appellate, and Bankruptcy Rules. That appointment was extended through October 1, 2011.

Judge Rosenthal is a member of the American Law Institute, where she serves as an advisor for the Employment Law project and the Aggregate Litigation project and was an advisor for the Transnational Rules of Civil Procedure project. In 2007, she was elected to the ALI Council and in 2011 became chair of the Program Committee. Judge Rosenthal has taught, written, and lectured extensively, concentrating on topics in complex litigation and civil procedure, including class actions and electronic discovery.

Judge Rosenthal serves on the Board of Trustees of Rice University in Houston, Texas, chairing the Academic Affairs Committee, and on the Duke University School of Law Board of Visitors. She is vice-chair of the Board of Trustees of the Center for American and International Law and immediate past president of the District Judges’ Association of the Fifth Circuit. Judge Rosenthal is the 2012 recipient of the Lewis F. Powell, Jr. Award for Professionalism and Ethics given by the American Inns of Court. She and her husband have four daughters.

Society Student Leaders

James Follett ('21)

James is a 2L from Morgan Hill, California. He moved to California from Houston before second grade, but his parents are originally from Canada. James graduated from the University of the Pacific in 2014 with a degree in International Relations. He worked for Covington and Burling's San Francisco office in client services after graduation for a few years, then YouTube's copyright department before starting at Texas Law in 2018.

After taking a particularly fascinating elective as a 1L, James has taken a keen interest in capital defense work, and is taking the Capital Punishment Clinic in the fall. He worked for Judge Hervey at the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals over the summer. James was also heavily involved in Texas Law Fellowships and Assault and Flattery, and hopes to continue that into his 2L year. Since he was an active participant in many society activities over the course of his 1L year and had his time at Texas Law personally enriched by the program, James views his participation in the Society Program as the least he can do to give back.

James is a huge music nerd and has been to 14 of the Texas Monthly Top 50 BBQ joints so far, with a goal of finishing the list by graduation.

Amber Magee ('20)

Amber is a 3L, originally from McComb, Mississippi. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin after high school and has lived in Austin since 2013. She has more Longhorn school spirit than almost anyone, and the Longhorn baseball team is her favorite team!

Amber will serve as President of the Thurgood Marshall Legal Society and is a member of the Supreme Court clinic. She has also been a civil procedure research assistant, staff editor on the Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law, moot court regional champion, member of Assault and Flattery, and a representative in the Student Bar Association. During law school summers, Amber worked for law firms in both Austin and Dallas. She plans to pursue a career in complex commercial litigation and civil defense, and she is especially interested in civil procedure.

Amber would like to thrift and paint in her spare time, but her actual hobbies are less creative. She spends most of her free time watching her brothers play baseball and re-watching the Harry Potter films.

Greer Goss ('20)

Greer Goss is a 3L from Dallas, Texas. In 2017, she graduated with distinction from The University of Virginia, where she double majored in Political Philosophy, Policy and Law (PPL) and Media Studies. Through her studies of policy and law, she realized she wanted to pursue a legal career. Wanting to return to her Texas roots and officially be a part of her family’s longhorn tradition, she enrolled at The University of Texas School of Law.

Having felt the positive impact of the Society Program on her 1L experience, Greer was eager to join the program as a 2L. She is excited to return for her second year as a Society Coordinator. She looks forward to helping the members of the class of 2022 get to know one another and enjoy their Texas Law experience.

Greer is an Associate Editor of the Texas Journal on Civil Liberties & Civil Rights. She is also a member of Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity and Women’s Law Caucus. After graduation, she hopes to become a commercial litigator.

Greer loves dogs (her family’s and strangers’). She enjoys exploring the restaurant scene, playing intramural flag football, finding Instagram-worthy spots, reading on the beach, and ’90s music.