Ellis Praises Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson


(Austin, Texas) – Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) today released the following statement on the announced retirement of Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson:

“I wish Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson the very best as he moves on to the next chapter in his life. As the first African American Justice and Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court, Chief Justice Jefferson moved this state beyond a racial barrier and will forever be in our history books. But he will also leave a legacy as a consistent champion for civil legal aid and improving the quality of representation for the poor in our criminal courtrooms – to ensure that Texas fulfills its duty to guarantee that all Texans, rich or poor, stand equal before the law.”

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