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Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law is located in Houston, Texas, the fourth largest city with a population of approximately 1.7 million. The metropolitan area with a population of 3.3 million offers all of the arts and leisure amenities associated with an urban environment as well as the opportunity to live in a number of surrounding suburban communities. The University and the Law School are located within the city limits, just outside the downtown business district. It is a convenient distance from all major thoroughfares into the City of Houston. In addition, law students receive priority consideration for on‑campus private apartments.


The School of Law is housed in an attractive, modern building located at the east end of the Texas Southern University campus. The building is a tri‑level structure with classrooms and administrative offices on the first and second floors, and the law library on the first floor and basement level. Numerous study carrels are located on the lower level of the library which, along with the entire law school, has been recently renovated and is a state‑of‑the‑art facility.


Many attributes contribute to the making of an institution. At Texas Southern University, two of the most important attributes are the faculty and the law library. The faculty consists of 40 full‑time instructors, including the dean and two associate deans and one Assistant Dean. The faculty members hold degrees from leading law schools across the nation. Nearly half hold LL.M. degrees from schools such as Stanford, University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown, Harvard, University of California at Berkeley, University of Texas and Yale. In addition, the School of Law benefits from the association of several adjunct faculty members prominent in the Houston bar and judiciary, as well as writing skills specialists and a distinguished visiting professor.


The School of Law affords its students an opportunity to pursue a complete and systematic course of legal study in preparation for the practice of law.




Texas Southern University was established in 1947 under Texas State Senate Bill 140, granting it authority to offer courses of higher learning in pharmacy, dentistry, journalism, education, arts and sciences, literature, law, medicine, and other professional courses. The University, as established by the Fiftieth Texas Legislature, was originally known as "Texas State University for Negroes." However, the name was changed by the legislature in 1951 to Texas Southern University. The School of Law, as well as the University at large, was undoubtedly created as a consequence of a 1946 lawsuit brought by Heman M. Sweatt. Under the Texas Constitution, which required separate but equal treatment, Mr. Sweatt was refused admission to the University of Texas School of Law because he was black. As a result, the legislature provided for an interim and separate law school for Negroes. During its first academic year, the law school was housed in Austin, Texas, and was subsequently transferred to the new university campus in Houston. In the famous case of Sweatt v. Painter, the United States Supreme Court ruled in 1950 that the creation of a separate law school for a black student violated the Equal Protection Clause of the US constitution.


Since that time, the School of Law has become an integral part of the university campus. Prior to 1976, the law school was housed in Hannah Hall ‑ the University's administrative complex. On February 14, 1976, the school was formally designated as the Thurgood Marshall School of Law in honor of the distinguished former U.S. Supreme Court Justice and was moved to its present location. It is appropriate to note that Justice Marshall, at the time chief counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, successfully argued Heman M. Sweatt's case before the United States Supreme Court.


The history of the law school has been greatly enriched by the contribution of students and faculty of diverse cultural heritage. Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law is proud that it has produced a substantial number of attorneys whose ethnicity covers all minority categories and significantly impacts upon the national pool of such attorneys.




In 1973, the University was designated by the State Legislature as a special purpose institution for urban programming. The Law School established a curriculum designed to meet not only the needs of students in general but also those special needs of minority and disadvantaged students. Graduates receive thorough training in the fundamental principles of law, enabling them to practice not only in the State of Texas, but throughout the United States.


In addition to traditional legal careers, the School of Law provides training for those who plan careers in business, government, politics, the foreign service, journalism, and many other fields in which knowledge of the law is increasingly necessary.


Special attention is placed on the legal problems of the poor and disadvantaged. This is accomplished through enrichment courses and the clinical program.



McKen V. Carrington (713) 313‑1071


Edward W. Rene (713) 313‑1004

Financial Aid Coordinator:

Karen Percival (713) 313‑7243


DeCarlous Spearman (713) 313‑7328


Mary Q. Antin (713) 313‑7372

Alumni Affairs:

Prudence Smith (713) 313‑1142

Associate Dean:

L. Darnell Weeden (713) 313‑4249

Associate Dean:

Fernando Colon‑Navarro (713) 313‑1918



MCKEN V. CARRINGTON, (Dean & Professor), born St. Vincent, West Indies, December 22, 1949; admitted to bar, 1983, New York. Education: Brooklyn College (B.S., 1979); City College of New York; Albany Law School (J.D., 1982). COURSES: Wills, Estates, Trusts, Estate Planning. Email: carrington_mv@tsu.edu

GABRIEL AITSEBAOMO, (Associate Professor of Law), born Auchi, Edo State, Nigeria; admitted to bar, 1997, Texas. Education: University of Houston (B.B.A., Accounting, 1988); Thurgood Marshall School of Law (J.D., 1995); University of Florida (LL.M., Taxation, 1996). COURSES: Taxation. Email: gaitsebaomo@tmslaw.tsu.edu


JAMES WILLIAM BEARD, JR., (Associate Professor of Law), born Chillicothe, Ohio, September 16, 1941; admitted to bar, Texas. Education: Hardin‑Simmons University (B.S., 1967); Texas Southern University (J.D., 1973); University of Texas (LL.M., 1976). COURSES: Tax, Income, Estate & Gift. Email: jbeard@tmslaw.tsu.edu


JAMES BULLOCK, (Associate Professor), born Charleston, Mississippi, August 22, 1926; admitted to bar, 1967, Texas. Education: Texas Southern University (B.A., 1970; J.D., 1970). COURSES: Contracts, Wills and Trust, Oil and Gas.


MARGUERITE LOUISE BUTLER, (Associate Professor), born Kansas City, Kansas, October 19, 1952; admitted to bar, 1981, New York; 1982, Missouri. Education: Wilberforce University (B.A., 1974); Syracuse University (J.D., 1979); University of Texas (M.LIS., 1992). COURSES: Legal Research, Appellate Litigation, Torts.


MARTINA E. CARTWRIGHT, (Clinical Instructor / Managing Attorney), born Miami Beach, Florida, March 31, 1970; admitted to bar, 1995, Texas. Education: Miami‑Dade Community College (A.D., 1986); University of Baltimore (B.A. 1988); American University, Washington College of Law (J.D. 1993). COURSES: Environmental Law, Administrative Trial Practice, Clinic. Email: mcartwright@tmslaw.tsu.edu


WALTER CHAMPION, (Professor), born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 22, 1950; admitted to bar, 1982, Pennsylvania; 1993, Texas. Education: St. Joseph's University (B.A., 1973); Western Illinois University (M.A., 1975); Drexel University (M.S., 1977); Temple University (J.D., 1982). COURSES: Sports Law, Torts, Recreational Injuries.


OKEZIE CHUKWUMERIJE, (Professor), admitted to bar, 2000, California. Education: University of Benin (LL.B., 1987); University of British Columbia (LL.M., 1989); Osgoode Hall Law School (D. Jur., 1993). COURSES: Commercial Law, International Trade, Dispute Resolution. Email: omerije@tmslaw.tsu.edu


FERNANDO COLON‑NAVARRO, (Associate Dean & Associate Professor), born Arroyo, Puerto Rico, October 8, 1952; admitted to bar, 1982, Minnesota; 1983, Illinois; 1988, Massachusetts. Education: St. John's University (B.A., 1974); University of Minnesota (J.D., 1981); Harvard (M.Ed., 1990; LL.M., 1991). COURSES: Property, Contracts, Immigration, Clinical. Email: fcolon@tmslaw.tsu.edu


JAMES ALEXANDRE COTTON, (Associate Professor), born Pt. Riley, Kansas, November 22, 1939; admitted to bar, 1973, New York. Education: The Colorado College (A.B., 1963); University of Colorado (J.D., 1970). COURSES: Business Association, Securities Regulation.


MARTHA S. DAVIS, (Professor), born Austin, Texas, January 7, 1939; admitted to bar, 1981, Texas; 1986, South Dakota. Education: University of Texas (B.A., 1966); Baylor (J.D., 1981); Harvard (LL.M., 1982). COURSES: Property, Labor & Employment, Civil Rights. Email: MDAVIS@tmslaw.tsu.edu


JASON DOMINGUEZ, (Assistant Professor), admitted to bar, 1996, California. Education: Stanford University (B.A., 1990); University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law (J.D., 1995); University of Neidelberg (LL.M., 1996). COURSES: Evidence, Criminal Law. Email: jdominguez@tmslaw.tsu.edu


JAMES MATTHEW DOUGLAS, (Distinguished Professor), born Onalaska, Texas, February 11, 1944; admitted to bar, 1970, Texas. Education: Texas Southern University (B.A., 1966; J.D., 1970); Stanford University (J.S.M., 1971). COURSES: Contracts, Computer Law, Legislation. Email: jdouglas@tmslaw.tsu.edu


EMEKA DURUIGBO, (Assistant Professor), admitted to bar, 2003, California. Education: Golden Gate University (S.J.D., 2002); University of Benin, Nigeria (LL.B., 1992); University of Alberta, Canada (LL.M., 1998). COURSES: Business Associations, International Environmental Law, Oil & Gas Law. Email: eduruigbo@tmslaw.tsu.edu


CONSTANCE FRISBY FAIN, (Professor), born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, February 11, 1949; admitted to bar, 1975, Texas; 1981, Pennsylvania. Education: Cheyney University (B.S., 1970); Texas Southern University Law School (J.D., 1974); University of Pennsylvania (LL.M., 1981). COURSES: Torts, Constitutional Law, Medical Liability.


LONNIE JOHN GOODEN, (Associate Professor Emeritus), born Galveston, Texas, June 12, 1939; admitted to bar, 1965, Texas. Education: Texas Southern University (B.A., 1962); Thurgood Marshall (LL.B., 1965). COURSES: Professional Responsibility.


SALLY GREEN, (Assistant Professor), born Cleveland, Ohio, March 17, 1965; admitted to bar, 1990, Texas. Education: Stanford University (B.A., 1987); Tulane University (J.D., 1990). COURSES: Lawyering Process I & II. Email: sgreen@tmslaw.tsu.edu


THELMA L. HARMON, (Instructor), born Houston, Texas, August 11, 1954; admitted to bar, 1985, Louisiana; 1986, Texas; 1987, Georgia. Education: University of Houston (B.B.A., 1977); Loyola University (J.D., 1985). COURSES: Legal Writing, Appellate Litigation. Email: tlharmon@tmslaw.tsu.edu


MAURICE HEW JR., (Assistant Clinical Professor), born New Orleans, Louisiana, January, 1966; admitted to bar, 1992, Louisiana; 2001, Texas. Education: Loyola University (B.S., 1988); Loyola University School of Law (J.D., 1991). COURSES: Immigration & Naturalization. Email: mahew@tmslaw.tsu.edu


DANNYE HOLLEY, (Professor), born Buffalo, New York, July 23, 1945; admitted to bar, 1971, New York. Education: State University of New York at Buffalo (B.A., 1967; J.D., 1970); University of California at Berkeley (LL.M., 1971). COURSES: Evidence, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure. Email: dholley@tmslaw.tsu.edu


CRAIG LEONARD JACKSON, (Associate Professor), born Beaumont, Texas, September 21, 1955; admitted to bar, 1980, Texas. Education: Rice University (B.A., 1977); University of Texas (J.D., 1980). COURSES: International Law, International Trade, Contracts. Email: cjackson@tmslaw.tsu.edu


FAITH JOSEPH JACKSON, (Assistant Professor), born Houston, Texas, January 20, 1965; admitted to bar, 1991, Texas. Education: Xavier University of Louisiana (B.A., 1988); Thurgood Marshall School of Law (J.D., 1991). COURSES: Administrative Law, Government Powers. Email: fjjackson@tmslaw.tsu.edu


ANNA TAYLOR JAMES, (Associate Professor), born Texas. Education: Texas Southern University (B.A., 1969); Thurgood Marshall School of Law (J.D., 1969); University of Washington (M.L.L., 1973). COURSES: Professional Responsibility, Domestic Relations, Texas Marital Property. Email: ajames@tmslaw.tsu.edu


ASMARA TEKLE JOHNSON, (Assistant Professor), admitted to bar, 2002, Texas and Massachusetts. Education: Harvard College (A.B., 1995); Cornell Law School (J.D., 2007). COURSES: Property, Business Associations, Evidence. Email: atjohnson@tmslaw.tsu.edu


LYDIA DARLENE JOHNSON, (Director of Clinical Legal Studies), born Nacogdoches, Texas; admitted to bar, 1988, Texas. Education: Texas A & M University (B.A., 1982); South Texas College of Law (J.D., 1988). COURSES: Criminal. Email: lydjohnson@tmslaw.tsu.edu


MARCIA JOHNSON, (Professor), born Jacksonville, Florida, 1953; admitted to bar, 1978, Texas. Education: University of Florida (B.S., 1974; J.D., 1976). COURSES: Federal Civil Procedure, Real Estate Law, Business Associations. Email: mjohnson@tmslaw.tsu.edu


E. ERICKA KELSAW, (Assistant Professor of Law), born Houston, Texas; admitted to bar, 1994, Texas; 2002, Ohio. Education: University of Houston (B.B.A., 1990); Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law (J.D., 1994). COURSES: Legal Research & Writing. Email: ekelsaw@tmslaw.tsu.edu


THOMAS KLEVEN, (Professor), born Cambridge, Massachusetts, August 30, 1942; admitted to bar, 1968, Massachusetts. Education: Yale University (B.A., 1964; LL.B., 1967). COURSES: Property, Public Education, Local Government. Email: tkleven@tmslaw.tsu.edu


MANUEL D. LEAL, (Professor), admitted to bar, 1976, Texas. Education: University of Houston (B.S., 1969); South Texas College of Law (J.D., 1976); New York University School of Law (LL.M., 1982). COURSES: Bankruptcy, Federal Jurisdiction. Email: mleal@tmslaw.tsu.edu


MARTIN L. LEVY, (Professor), born South Bend, Indiana, July 19, 1945; admitted to bar, 1974, Texas. Education: Indiana University (A.B., 1967); Indiana University (J.D., 1970). COURSES: Constitutional Law, Jurisprudence, Criminal Procedure, Federal Courts. Email: MLEVY@IBM.NET


RUBEN LUGO‑RIGAU, (Associate Professor), born July 22, 1928; admitted to bar, 1968, Texas. Education: Davis and Elkins College (B.S., 1956); Texas Southern University (J.D., 1965). COURSES: Criminal Law, Insurance, Juvenile Torts.


ANA OTERO, (Associate Professor), born Havana, Cuba, April 5, 1951; admitted to bar, 1986, Florida; 1995, Texas. Education: Columbia University (B.A., 1975; M.I.A., 1977); Rutgers University (J.D., 1985). COURSES: Texas Practice & Procedure. Email: aotero@tmslaw.tsu.edu


ANTHONY PALASOTA, (Instructor), Education: University of St. Thomas (B.A., 1969); University of Toronto (M.A., 1975); Institute of Medieval Studies (L.M.S., 1975); Rice University (Ph.D., 1985). COURSES: Lawyering Process/Writing. Email: apalas@tmslaw.tsu.edu


DEANNA POLLARD, (Associate Professor of Law), born Tacoma, Washington, March 5, 1964; admitted to bar, 1989, California; 1994, Washington. Education: University of Washington (B.A., 1986); University of Southern California (J.D., 1989); University of California Berkeley (LL.M., 1999). COURSES: Torts, Civil Rights. Email: pollardda@aol.com


ELSA YVETTE RANSOM, (Associate Professor), born Houston, Texas, August 12, 1947; admitted to bar, 1990, Texas. Education: Indiana University (B.S., 1969); Syracuse University (M.S., 1970); University of Texas (J.D., 1987). COURSES: Torts, Mass Media Law, Intellectual Property Law. Email: eransom@tmslaw.tsu.edu


DOCIA RUDLEY, (Professor), born Shreveport, L.A., 1953; admitted to bar, 1979, Texas; 1984, Louisiana; 1989, Tennessee. Education: Michigan State University (B.A., 1975); University of Washington (J.D., 1978). COURSES: Professional Responsibility, Antitrust, Consumer Rights. Email: dorudley@tmslaw.tsu.edu


LUPE S. SALINAS, (Professor), born McAllen, Texas, July 29, 1948; admitted to bar, 1972, Texas. Education: University of Houston (B.A., 1970); University of Houston Law Center (J.D., 1972). COURSES: Evidence, Criminal Law, Civil Rights, Criminal Procedure. Email: lsalinas@tmslaw.tsu.edu


APRIL JILL WALKER, (Assistant Professor of Law), born Muskegon, Michigan, April 12, 1960; admitted to bar, 1985, Texas. Education: University of Michigan (B.A., 1982); Texas Southern University (J.D., 1985). COURSES: Criminal Law, Lawyering Process, Appellate Litigation. Email: awalker@tmslaw.tsu.edu


LARRY DARNELL WEEDEN, (Professor & Associate Dean), born Tunica, Mississippi, April 20, 1950; admitted to bar, 1975, Mississippi. Education: University of Mississippi (B.A., 1972; J.D., 1975). COURSES: Criminal Procedure, Employment Discrimination, Constitutional Law. Email: lweeden@tmslaw.tsu.edu


EDIETH YVETTE WU, (Professor), born June 7, 1959; admitted to bar, 1992, Texas. Education: University of Houston (B.A., 1988); Thurgood Marshall School of Law (J.D., 1992); University of Houston Law Center (LL.M., 1994). COURSES: Federal Civil Procedure, International Law, European Union. Email: ewu@tmslaw.tsu.edu