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March 27, 2003

Press Contact: Kirston Fortune, UT Law Communications, (512) 471.7330
Event Contact: Carliss Chatman, TMLS Banquet Director, 512-232-1393

Event: TMLS Celebrates 22nd Annual Banquet, April 3

Texas Sen. Royce West to speak at banquet honoring distinguished alumni, graduating members and friends

WHAT: 22nd Annual Banquet
WHERE: UT Alumni Center (2110 San Jacinto; Connally Ballroom)
WHEN: 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 3, 2003
COST: $45 for non-students; $35 for students (For tickets call 512-232-1393)

AUSTIN, Texas – The Thurgood Marshall Legal Society (TMLS) at The University of Texas School of Law will celebrate its 22nd Annual Banquet on April 3 with keynote speaker Texas Senator Royce West of Dallas. West was first elected to the state legislature in 1992 and is a senior partner with the law firm of West & Gooden, P.C., in Dallas.

The theme of this year’s event is “Reaching Back, While Looking Forward.” The banquet will honor some of UT Law’s most distinguished African-American alumni, while looking to the future by recognizing the accomplishments of our current African-American students, and honoring the winner of the Heman Sweatt Essay Contest for high school students.

Honorees include: Texas Supreme Court Justice Wallace Jefferson, Texas Sen. Rodney Ellis, Texas Rep. Ron Wilson, Demetrius McDaniel, Myra McDaniel, Judge Andrew Jefferson, UT Law Professor Tracy McCormack, Judge Harriet Murphy, Machree Gibson and Ron Kirk. Additionally, Joe Jamail and Joe Long, two of the Law School’s most successful alumni, will help commemorate this landmark event as the special guests of TMLS President Craig Moore. They will be honored for their continued commitment to enhancing diversity at UT Law.

Tickets are on sale to students for $35 and to non-students for $45. The event is open to the public. Dress is formal/semi-formal. For more information, tickets, or to make a charitable contribution, please call TMLS at 512-232-1393.

TMLS is the University of Texas chapter of the Black Law Students’ Association, a national coalition of black law students from nearly every law school in the country.