Jan. 27, 2016 – The University of Houston Law Center will begin the Ruby Kless Sondock Jurist in Residence Program this afternoon with U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Chief Judge Robert A. Katzmann. The session will begin at 4:30 p.m. in Room BLB 109 and will be followed by a reception at 5:30 p.m. in the Hendricks Heritage Room. Attorneys in attendance will receive one hour of CLE credit.
Katzmann received his A.B. (summa cum laude) from Columbia College, A.M. and Ph.D in government from Harvard University, and a J.D. from the Yale Law School, where he was an article and book review editor of the Yale Law Journal. At his appointment to the federal bench in 1999, he was Walsh Professor of Government, Professor of Law, and Professor of Public Policy at Georgetown University; a Fellow of the Governmental Studies Program of the Brookings Institution; and president of the Governance Institute.
As part of a tribute to UHLC alum and Texas Legal Legend Judge Ruby Kless Sondock ’62, the recently-established program brings judges to campus to speak on topics regarding legal ethics. There will be four sessions this semester. Other speakers will include U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of Texas Lee H. Rosenthal on Feb. 16, U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of Texas George C. Hanks on March 21, and Texas Supreme Court Justice Jeffrey V. Brown on April 18.
University of Houston Law Center alumna Judge Sondock will be honored on Feb. 9 for her induction as a Texas Legal Legend by the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas. The celebration, hosted by the Law Center, will take place at the Petroleum Club of Houston. UH Law Center students, faculty, and staff are invited. Cocktails will be served at 6 p.m. followed by a dinner at 7 p.m. Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP by Feb. 5 on the UH Law Center website or by phone at 713-743-2107.
Sondock was one of only five women in her graduating law class and was named valedictorian. After practicing law for 12 years, Sondock was appointed to the 234th District Court in 1977, making her the first woman district court judge in Harris County. Sondock was later appointed to the Texas Supreme Court in 1982, making her the first woman to serve in a regular session of the court.