Perspectives Series: A Conversation with Wallace Jefferson, Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court
Fri December 4, 2009 at Bass Lecture Hall - See Directions Below
About Wallace Jefferson
Wallace Jefferson was appointed chief justice September 14, 2004, by Gov. Rick Perry. He succeeded former Chief Justice Thomas R. Phillips as the 26th chief justice in Texas.
Chief Justice Jefferson was elected in August 2008 to be first vice president of the Conference of Chief Justices, and is scheduled to lead the organization as its president in 2010. The Conference is an association of chief justices from each of the 50 states and the U.S. territories. As president, Chief Justice Jefferson will be chair of the National Center for State Courts, a policy and resource organization in Williamsburg, Va.
Governor Perry first appointed Jefferson to the Court in March 2001 and he was elected in November 2002 before becoming chief justice in 2004.
Jefferson joined the Court from private practice in San Antonio. As a partner in the appellate-specialty firm Crofts, Callaway & Jefferson, he successfully argued two cases before the United States Supreme Court. He is a graduate of the James Madison College at Michigan State University and the University of Texas School of Law.
Chief Justice Jefferson is certified in civil appellate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He was San Antonio Bar Association president in 1998-99 and was the San Antonio Young Lawyers Association's Outstanding Young Lawyer in 1997.
He received the "Pillars of the Foundation" award by the North Side Independent School District and is the namesake for the Wallace B. Jefferson Middle School in San Antonio. He has served as a director of the San Antonio Public Library Foundation, of the Alamo Area Big Brothers/Big Sisters and on the education committee of the San Antonio Area Foundation.
His appointment as chief justice was confirmed unanimously by the Texas Senate on March 9, 2005. He was elected chief justice in 2006 and re-elected to a full term in 2008. His term ends December 31, 2014.
He and his wife, Rhonda, have three sons, William Douglas, Samuel Lewis, and Michael Andrew.
Directions to Bass Lecture Hall
This auditorium is located in the basement level of Sid Richardson Hall (The LBJ School of Public Affairs) on the main campus of The University of Texas at Austin. The building is located on Red River, near the 26th Street.
From I-35 Parking Lots
Follow the breezeway between Sid Richardson Hall unit 1 and 2 to the main campus side of the building. Proceed down the stairs past the Lady Bird Fountain to glass doors. Enter the lobby and Bass Auditorium is up the stairs to the right.
From The University of Texas Campus
Follow the walkway around Lady Bird Fountain and proceed to the glass doors in the LBJ building. Enter the lobby and Bass Auditorium is up the stairs to the right.