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University of Houston LawCenter Alumni Association

Honors Three Texas Judges

Justice Jeff Brown Received 2015 Alumnus of the Year

The Honorable Jeff Brown was appointed to the Texas Supreme Court

by Governor Rick Perry in September 2013. Previously, he served on

the 14

th

Court of Appeals from 2007 to 2013 and the 55th District

Court from 2001 to 2007. He earned his bachelor’s degree in English

from the University of Texas and his law degree with high honors from

the University of Houston Law Center in 1995. While in law school, he

served as chief note and comment editor of the Houston Law Review.

Justice Laura Carter Higley Received 2015 Public Sector

Achievement Award

The Honorable Laura Carter Higley was elected as Justice of the

First Court of Appeals in November 2002. Justice Higley received her

undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University and her masters’

degree in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas in

Austin. In 1986, Laura returned to the University of Houston Law

School receiving her Juris Doctorate in 1989. Justice Higley graduated

among the top of her class, having been selected as an associate

editor of the Law Review, a member of the Order of the Barons and

the Order of the Coif.

Judge R. K. Sandill Received 2015 Public Sector

Achievement Award

Ravi K. Sandill is the Judge of the 127th District Court in Harris

County. Judge Sandill was elected in November 2008 and became the

first south Asian to be elected county-wide, as well as the first south

Asian to be elected to the district court bench in Texas. Judge Sandill

is a 2001 graduate of the University of Houston Law Center.

Photo by UH Law Center and Thomas Dubrock. Pictured: Justi