Briefcase: Trailblazer Raul A. Gonzalez, Jr.

Host: Dean Leonard Baynes


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For National Hispanic Heritage Month, Dean Leonard Baynes with the University of Houston Law Center honors Raul A. Gonzalez, Jr., who made history in 1984 as the first Hispanic associate justice of the Texas Supreme Court.

"Born in 1940, Gonzalez grew up in the Rio Grande Valley, where he helped his parents, migrants from Mexico, harvest crops. With a fierce work ethic, Gonzalez graduated from U.T., earned a law degree from the University of Houston, graduated from the National Judicial College, and earned a master of law from U.V.A.

Compelled toward public service, he worked for the Houston City Attorney and the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Texas. In 1978, he was appointed to the 103rd Judicial District.

Governor Bill Clements appointed Gonzalez to the thirteenth court of appeals, and Governor Mark White appointed him to the Texas Supreme Court where he served until his retirement. He is recognized by the state bar as a Texas legal legend."