Thursday, May 14, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Graduation edition

by Heather Kushnerick, Special Collections Librarian & College Archivist

Chief Justice John Hill speaks to STCL graduates, May 15, 1985.

Congratulations to the class of 2015, which will graduate this Saturday, May 16. Thirty years ago, Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice John L. Hill, Jr. spoke to our graduates at Temple Emanu-El, where the graduation ceremony was held. Hill was elected chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court the previous year, and took office in January of 1985.  Hill raised $1 million to support his campaign; however, he felt it was scandalous that lawyers were allowed to donate to judicial campaigns when they may have cases before those same judges. He resigned from office in 1988 to advocate election reform for Supreme Court justices.