St. Mary’s University School of Law Dean Charles E. Cantú and St. Mary’s University President Charles L. Cotrell, Ph.D., unveiled a portrait of former Texas Supreme Court Justice Rose B. Spector in the the Sarita Kenedy East Law Library’s Law Alumni Room Wall of Honor on Sept. 23. Spector was the first woman elected to the Texas Supreme Court, where she served from 1993 to 1998.

“Justice Spector is a dear friend, former classmate, distinguished jurist and an outstanding member of the Texas Bar,” said Cantú. “I am very pleased that she is being honored by her alma mater.”

Currently, Spector practices in Austin with the law firm of Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta, LLP, and is an adjunct professor at University of Texas School of Law.

Spector graduated magna cum laude from St. Mary’s Law School in 1965. Prior to her time on the Texas Supreme Court, she served as a judge for Bexar County Court at Law and for the 131st Judicial District, respectively.

St. Mary’s awarded her with the Rosewood Gavel Award for Outstanding Jurist in 1993 and she was named 1995’s Distinguished Law Graduate. Spector has also been honored with the Corporate Fund for Children’s “Tell It Like It Is” Award and the Sandra Day O’Connor Award for Professional Excellence from the Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism.

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