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November 9, 2004

Press Contacts: Kirston Fortune, UT Law Communications, or Jodi Bart, UT Law Communications, (512) 471-7330

Formal Investiture Set for Alumnus Wallace B. Jefferson, ’88

AUSTIN, Texas — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia will administer the office oath to Texas Supreme Court chief justice Wallace B. Jefferson in a formal investiture ceremony that is open to the public at 1 p.m. Thurs., Nov. 11, in the Texas House of Representatives. The Honorable Wallace B. Jefferson, a 1988 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin School of Law, was named chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court by Governor Rick Perry in September.

Jefferson’s swearing in will be preceded by a “swearing out” of former Chief Justice Thomas R. Phillips, who left office September 3. Justice Nathan L. Hecht will offer a tribute to Phillips.

Gov. Rick Perry announced Jefferson’s appointment to replace Phillips on September 14. Jefferson took his oath September 20 in a private ceremony in the Supreme Court.

Related Links:
Alumnus Wallace B. Jefferson, ’88, Appointed First African American Chief Justice of Texas Supreme Court: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2004/091404_jefferson.html
Supreme Court of Texas: http://www.supreme.courts.state.tx.us/