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April 28, 2005

Press Contact:
Kirston Fortune, UT Law Communications, (512) 471.7330 or Jodi Bart, UT Law Communications, (512) 471-7330.

Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Jefferson, '88, to Speak at Sunflower Ceremony

AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas at Austin School of Law will host the Spring Sunflower Ceremony for graduating law students on Sat., May 21, at 3:30 p.m. at the Frank C. Erwin, Jr. Special Events Center at UT-Austin.

Chief Justice Wallace B. Jefferson, J.D. ’88, of the Texas Supreme Court, will deliver a speech during the ceremony. Jefferson is first African American to serve on the Texas Supreme Court. When he was appointed, Jefferson already had won two cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, within 10 years of graduating from UT Law.

After the Sunflower Ceremony, there will be a reception for UT Law graduates and their guests in the Susman Godfrey Atrium at the Law School (map: http://www.utexas.edu/law/about/maps/).

That evening, UT Law graduates are invited to participate in the 122nd 2005 Spring Commencement Ceremony for all graduates of UT at the UT-Austin Tower (rain location is the Erwin Center). Graduating law students will line up at 7:00 p.m., the commencement concert begins at 7:20 p.m., and the commencement ceremony begins at 8:00 p.m. The Commencement Address will be given by Sara Martinez Tucker, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.

Related Links:
The Sunflower Ceremony: http://www.utexas.edu/law/depts/sao/graduation/sunflower.html