“The question is not how is the judiciary? We must ask instead whether our system of justice is working for the people it has promised to serve. Do we have liberty and justice for all? Or have we come to accept liberty and justice only for some?” – Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson’s State of the Judiciary, March 2013.
Last week the state’s highest jurist stepped down. Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson left public service to re-enter private practice after 12 years on the Texas Supreme Court, where his voice was credited with moderating what has been seen as a pro-business bench.
He has won numerous awards, had a school named after him in Northside ISD and was both the first African American on the Texas Supreme Court as well as its first African American Chief Justice.
Jefferson joins us to talk about his story and the issues of justice he sees facing Texas as he leaves public life.
Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson joined the law firm of Alexander, Dubose, Jefferson & Townsend
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