Carlos Cadena Society

Carlos Cadena (1917-2001) was the only Mexican-American in his class when he received his LL.B. summa cum laude from the University of Texas School of Law in 1940, after serving as an editor of the Texas Law Review. After graduation, Cadena worked as an assistant city attorney in San Antonio. On January 11, 1954, Cadena and co-counsel, Gustavo "Gus" C. Garcia, became the first Mexican-American attorneys to argue a case before the United States Supreme Court (Hernández v. Texas, 347 U.S. 475 (1954)). Cadena and Garcia won their case when the Court unanimously agreed that excluding Mexican-Americans from jury service was a violation of the Equal Protection Clause. Following the Hernández case, Cadena would be appointed to the Fourth Court of Appeals, first as Associate Justice in 1961, and later as the first Mexican-American Chief Justice in 1977. Cadena would also help establish the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), serving as the president of the board of directors from the organization's inception in 1968.

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

Photo courtesy of the Tarlton Law Library.

Faculty Advisor

Professor Susan C. Morse

Professor of Law

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Community Fellow

Headshot photo of Judge Robert L. Pitman, '88

Judge Robert L. Pitman, '88

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

Robert Lee Pitman is federal judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas. Prior to joining the court, he was the United States Attorney for the same district. On June 26, 2014, President Barack Obama nominated Pitman to the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas. The United States Senate confirmed Pitman on December 16, 2014, by a voice vote.

Pitman earned his undergraduate degree from Abilene Christian University in 1985 and his J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1988. He also holds a Master of Studies in Legal Research from the University of Oxford, which he earned in 2011.

Society Student Leaders

Stephanie Agu ('19)

Stephanie is a rising 2L from Austin, Texas. She is a proud graduate of Rice University, and spent two years exploring the real world before returning home to Austin for law school. She is committed to seeing you finish your first year of law school with no academic or personal regrets. Stephanie loves old Hollywood films, eats way too much ice cream, and hosts trivia nights in her spare time. She plans on practicing labor and employment law when she grows up.

Weston Kowert ('18)

Weston is a 3L from Austin, Texas. He attended undergrad at the greatest school in the country: Texas A&M. He studied Biology. Weston decided to attend Texas Law because he loves Austin and let's be real, Texas Law is the bomb-dot-com. Weston loves all law, but is especially interested in tax, corporate law, litigation and patent law. As previously mentioned, Weston thinks UT Law is the bees-knees and his love of the school drove him to join the Society Program. Weston loves football, barbecue, shooting shotguns, family, friends, and his dog. In his spare time, Weston likes to fly planes.

Patrick Aana ('19)

Patrick is a rising 2L from Houston and he had actually never lived anywhere else before making the long journey to Austin.  Before being admitted to Texas Law, he studied history at the University of Houston, earned a master’s in international studies from the University of St. Thomas (also in Houston), and worked at the World Affairs Council of Greater—you guessed it—Houston.  His legal interests include bird law, labor and employment, and international law.  Patrick is excited to serve as the Society Coordinator for Cadena and hopes to help students make time to relax and enjoy the law school experience.