Antonio “T.J.” Martinez Society
Antonio "T.J." Martinez was born in San Antonio, Texas, but grew up in Brownsville, Texas. Martinez went on to attend and graduate from Boston College with a B.A. in Political Science and Communications. After college, he attended Texas Law, graduating in 1996.
In 1996, ten days after sitting for the bar exam, he entered the Society of Jesus. After taking his vows, he earned a Master of Arts in Philosophy at Loyola University Chicago and began teaching theology at Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas. Martinez completed his own studies in theology at Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, MA, receiving an M.Div. and Th.M., and was ordained on June 9, 2007. After ordination, he earned a Master of Education in School Leadership at Harvard University and received the Intellectual Contribution Award given by Harvard's School Leadership Program.
After graduating from Harvard, Fr. Martinez moved to Houston and served as founding president of Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory of Houston. The school opened in 2009 and exclusively serves children living at or below the poverty line.
In 2013, every member of the school's first graduating class received acceptance to a college or university.
In 2014, Fr. Martinez died after battling stomach cancer.
To learn more about Cristo Rey Jesuit College Prep of Houston, visit here.
To learn more about Father Martinez, visit here.
Professor Kevin V. Haynes
Judge Nancy F. Atlas
Senior Judge, United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
Nancy Atlas was appointed a United States District Judge for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division, in 1995. Judge Atlas is active in the American Bar Association and its Section of Litigation. She is a member of the Section of Litigation’s governing council, Chaired the ABA Standing Committee on Federal Judicial Improvements, and held many other leadership positions within the Litigation Section, such including chairing committees on multi-jurisdictional practice, ethical settlement guidelines, and Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee. Judge Atlas also is a member of the American Law Institute. Judge Atlas was a council member of the State Bar of Texas Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, co-chaired the committee that created the Texas Ethical Guidelines for Mediators, and served as director and treasurer of the Houston Bar Foundation. She founded, and was a Director and Vice President of, the Association of Attorney-Mediators, Inc. (Houston Chapter).
Judge Atlas is a member of the Judicial Conference of the United States’ Committee on Judicial Security, which oversees issues pertaining to security of United States Judges both at courthouses and elsewhere. She also chairs that Committee’s Subcommittee on Budget and Finance, which has direct oversight of the United States Marshal Services’ court security budget. Before taking the bench, Judge Atlas chaired the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and was active in various charities. Judge Atlas graduated from Tufts University (1971) magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from New York University School of Law (NYU) (1974), where she served as Managing Editor of NYU’s Annual Survey of American Law, and received the law school’s Vanderbilt Award for outstanding service.
Society Student Leaders
Devon Diggs ('19)
Devon was raised the son of military service members, moving around frequently while growing up. He attended high school in Copperas Cove, TX and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2013 with a B.A. in Economics and a minor in Government. Prior to attending law school, he worked for two years in a sales support role for an insurance broker. Devon is involved in multiple different organizations throughout the law school, including the Thurgood Marshall Legal Society, the American Constitution Society, the Texas Business Law Society, and the American Journal for Criminal Law. During his 1L year, he also channeled his love for the University of Texas into providing tours for prospective law students as a member of the Student Recruitment and Orientation Committee. Devon has spent his law school summers working for Big Law firms in San Francisco and Dallas. He plans to pursue a career in commercial litigation after graduation.
In his free time, Devon loves to watch, play, and debate sports. He is especially a fan of football, basketball, and soccer. He also enjoys watching movies at Alamo Drafthouse, playing trivia, and taking his dog to swim at Auditorium Shores. Devon became a Dean’s Fellow to play a personal role in ensuring that 1Ls feel the support that comes with being a member of the Texas Law community.
Andrew Klokiw ('20)
Andrew is a 2L, who had never visited Austin before Spring 2017! He is from New York (the suburbs, but then the city!), where he spent the first 26 years of his life, save for four awesome years in Boston at Boston College (graduating class of 2013). After attaining a degree in some combination of International Studies/Political Science/Hispanic Studies/History, he returned to New York as part of an Analyst Program in Corporate and Transaction Banking at Citibank, where he rotated through positions in Relationship Management, Client Operations and Product Management. He spent four years at Citi before deciding the law was his true calling (he hopes), thus bringing him to Austin and UT.
During his 1L year at UT, Andrew was a 1L rep for the Student Bar Association and the Texas Business Law Society, and was a member of several other organizations, including the Texas Journal of Oil, Gas & Energy Law (Staff Editor), Law Students Mentoring Undergraduates (Mentor), Delta Theta Phi as well as participating in the Pro Bono Program's Pro Bono in January service trip to the Rio Grande Valley. For his 1L summer, Andrew will be working in Dallas with Akin Gump, rotating through several of their practice groups.
Having been very involved in recruiting at Citi, Andrew is excited to join the Society Program this year. In his free time, he enjoys (and highly recommends) exploring Austin's thriving brewery scene and great parks, eating at the city's myriad Mexican restaurants, running, soccer (playing and watching his beloved Liverpool), any/all New York sports (Rangers, Giants, Yankees, Knicks) and fantasy baseball (which takes up an unhealthy portion of his time). Understanding the important role that the Society Program can play in easing students' transition into their 1L year, Andrew is really excited to support the incoming 1L class however he can.
Sandra Benyamin ('19)
Sandra was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, but raised in Austin, Texas. She studied Early Child Development while she attended The University of Texas at Austin. She soon realized two things—first, the power the law had on people’s lives, and second, interpreting the law in different ways could result in different outcomes. Passionate about making a difference, she chose The University of Texas School of Law and with encouragement from friends and family, she made it through her 1L year. Sandra intends to help 1L’s love their law school experience just as much as she did. Sandra loves to play sports and eat. She also likes to run and loves to listen to music.