Oct. 13, 2020 - University of Houston Law Center Professor Sandra Guerra Thompson was the recipient of the Mayor's Hispanic Heritage Education in the Community Award in a virtual ceremony on Tuesday.
"She has dedicated her life to persevering and making contributions for the betterment of the Latino community," Mayor Sylvester Turner said in a proclamation. "Her expertise in the areas of wrongful convictions, forensic science, discrimination in jury selection, prosecutorial ethics, and police interrogations is highly sought after, especially during this current movement for critical criminal justice reform to reduce racial and ethnic disparities."
Thompson is the Newell H. Blakely Professor of Law and director of the Criminal Justice Institute at the Law Center. She teaches Criminal Evidence, Criminal Law, Evidence and Hot Topics in Criminal Law and Procedure. Part of the recognition included the City of Houston proclaiming Sept. 15, 2020 as Sandra Guerra Thompson Day.
"The City of Houston commends Dr. Sandra Guerra Thompson for her outstanding commitment to education in the community and extends best wishes for continued success in all endeavors," the proclamation continued.