Judge Ruby Kless Sondock Lectureship in Legal Ethics Jurist-In-Residence

Dean Leonard M. Baynes
and the Health Law & Policy Institute
cordially invite you to an event honoring

Justice Ruby Kless Sondock Lectureship in Legal Ethics

Judge Adalberto Jordán
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

Observations on Wollschlaeger v. Governor: The So-Called "Docs v. Glocks" Case

Monday, March 19, 2018 | 12:00-1:00 p.m.

University of Houston Law Center
Room 144 BLB
1 Hour CLE

Click here to register by March 15

Limited parking available in Lot 19B


Sondock Jurist-In-Residence
Honorable Adalberto Jordán
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

Adalberto Jordán was born in Havana, Cuba in 1961 and emigrated to the United States with his family in 1968. He and his wife, Esther, have two daughters, Diana and Elizabeth.

He obtained his bachelor's degree in 1984 and his juris doctor degree in 1987 from the University of Miami. After law school he clerked for Judge Thomas Clark of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and for Justice Sandra Day O'Connor of the United States Supreme Court. He then returned to Miami and was in private practice at Steel Hector & Davis from 1989-1994 before working as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of Florida from 1994-1999. During his last year and a half at the U.S. Attorney's Office, he was head of the appellate division.

In 1999 President Clinton appointed him as a district judge for the Southern District of Florida. He served in that capacity until 2012, when President Obama appointed him as a circuit judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

He is an adjunct professor at the University of Miami School of Law and at the Florida International University College of Law, and he has been a lecturer at Harvard Law School. He served on the ABA Standing Committee on Federal Judicial Improvements from 2010-12 and on the Judicial Conference's Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules from 2010-16. He is a member of the American Law Institute and the Judicial Advisory Board of the American Society of International Law.  




About the Sondock Jurist in Residence Program

The Judge Ruby Kless Sondock Lectureship in Legal Ethics Jurist-In-Residence program, starting its third year, brings sitting jurists to campus for a day of interaction with students, faculty and the Houston legal community.  Each jurist provides a lecture on a legal ethics issue important to the community.

"Through the Sondock Jurist In Residence Program, the Law Center brings outstanding jurists to the campus who will give lectures and meet with UHLC faculty, alumni and students," said Law Center Dean Leonard M. Baynes. "These interactions will bring the Law Center community closer to the bench so we can learn from each other.  It also will help inspire our students to be the next generation of outstanding jurists. We are very proud to host the Jurist in Residence Program so aptly named after Justice Ruby Kless Sondock who is a role model and trailblazer."  "Justice Ruby Sondock is truly a living legend," said Professor Meredith Duncan who coordinates the program. "It is a privilege for UHLC to host prominent jurists from around the country in her honor.  We are thrilled for the opportunities this program provides for our students, faculty and the Houston legal community."

The Jurist In Residence program is named in honor of Sondock, a pioneer in the law who graduated as valedictorian and one of only five women in the UH law school class of 1962.  After practicing law for many years, Sondock was appointed to the 234th District Court in 1977, making her the first female state district judge in Harris County. She was appointed to the Texas Supreme Court in 1982, making her the first woman to serve in a regular session of the court. Earlier this year, she was proclaimed a "Texas Legal Legend" by the litigation section of the State Bar of Texas.

Past Jurists-In-Residence