Jan. 29, 2018 — A memorial service for Adele Hedges, a University of Houston Law Center alumna and retired chief justice of the 14th Court of Appeals, will be held Thursday at St. John the Divine Episcopal Church. Hedges died Jan. 24 at the age of 70.
A native of Orange, Texas, Hedges graduated summa cum laude from the Law Center in 1974. She obtained a B.A. degree from UH in 1968, an M.A. degree from Rice University in 1971, and a Ph.D. in 1972 at Rice University in 1973, all in French Literature.
She practiced as an attorney with several law firms and served as general counsel with a real estate company and a bank before election to the bench in 1992.
After serving 11 years as a justice on the 1st Court of Appeals in Houston, she was appointed Chief Justice of the 14th Court of Appeals in Houston in 2003. She retired from the bench in 2013 after five successful elections and returned to the practice of law, specializing in litigation, appeals, mediation and arbitration.
Hedges was an active writer and frequent speaker. She wrote three volumes of the Thomson/West Texas Practice Guides (Pretrial, Trial, and Appeals). She was honored twice as Appellate Judge of the Year by the Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists and was honored as the 2013 UH Law Center Alumnae of the Year. She served as chair of the Texas Governance Committee on EFiling and spearheaded the development and implementation of case management and document management for appellate courts statewide.
She is survived by her husband, Dan Hedges, an attorney with PorterHedges in Houston, and son, Clinton, of Houston.
The memorial service will be 1:00 p.m., Thursday, at St. John the Divine, 2450 River Oaks Blvd in Houston.