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

Professor John Dzienkowski

Dean John F. Sutton, Jr. Chair in Lawyering and the Legal Process

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Community Fellow

Judge Lee H. Rosenthal headshot photo

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

David Holmes ('18)

David Holmes is from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he lived until moving to Nashville to attend Vanderbilt University, where he majored in political science and minored in economics. David's legal interests include litigation, government policy and regulation, international law, and civil liberties. He loves Texas Law, and choosing to attend here has been one of the best decisions of his life! David decided to become a Dean's Fellow to contribute what he can to a Society Program that was an integral part of making his 1L year a success. David enjoys basketball, college football, history, and politics, and probably has too many Nikes.

Madeline Smart ('19)

Madeline is a 2L, originally from Seattle, WA. She attended Smith College in Northampton, MA and taught high school in the Rio Grande Valley for four years before coming to law school. Nowadays, Madeline is happy to call herself a Texan. She knows way too much about Bevo, and refuses to ever move north again.  In her 1L year, Madeline completed several pro-bono projects, including working with the TRLA Public Defender's Office during the Pro Bono in January trip to the Rio Grande Valley.  After her 1L year, Madeline split her summer between a firm in Weslaco, TX and an internship with Judge Xavier Rodriguez, exploring as many areas of the law as possible. She plans to pursue a career in the areas of civil defense, employment, or property. In her spare time, Madeline enjoys hanging out with her dog Paisley, working out, reading, and Googling things. Madeline was a proud Bradford Society 1L, and is excited to be a Bradford Dean's Fellow in her 2L year.

Alexa Gould ('18)

Alexa Gould considers herself to be an Austin native and a die-hard Longhorns fan. She graduated from The University of Texas and loved it so much that she decided to stay at UT for another 3 years! Alexa is an associate editor of the Texas Law Review and she plans to practice civil litigation after graduation. As Bradford's Society Coordinator, Alexa is looking forward to planning exciting events to help law students (including herself) have fun and blow off steam in between study sessions. If Alexa is not out exploring Austin restaurants in search of the perfect cheese board and glass of sangria, she is probably at home watching Netflix with her cat, Leo.