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Posted on November 2006

Zedrick T. Braden III
was recently admitted to practice before the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. Ms. Braden resides in Hammond, IN and she practices contract, family law, and criminal defense in Chicago, IL. Her email address is

Richard E. Banks
received the Ashley Award from Legal Services of Missouri and the Governor’s MLK Outstanding Business Award. Mr. Banks practices civil litigation for Banks & Associates, PC in St. Louis, MO. His email address is

Vernon Lewis
, United States Attorney, won the criminal trial in which jurors found a Houston physician, Ira Klein, guilty on all 44 counts of healthcare fraud and mail fraud. The jury awarded the United States a money judgment in the amount of $10,000,000.

Yolanda Montgomery
resides in Ridge, LA and practices labor and employment law for Proskauer Rose, LLP in New Orleans, LA. Her email address is

Derrick D. King
was recently named General Counsel for a mid-size church. Mr. King has a general practice in Houston, TX, where he and his wife Victoria reside. His email address is

Lennon S. Prince
resides in Pearland, TX and practices criminal law for The Prince Law Firm in Houston. Mr. Prince’s email address is

Ericka Y. Turk
practices commercial litigation for Fulbright & Jaworski LLP in Houston, Texas. Her email address is

Meredith Lilly resides in Fairfield, AL and is a general practitioner for Spurling & Associates, LLC in Birmingham, AL. Ms. Lilly thanks Thurgood Marshall School of Law for preparing her “to the uttermost.” She additionally states that she “ enjoyed being the President of the Black Law Student Association while … attending TMSL.” Her email address is

Constance F. Johnson resides in Inez, TX. She practices criminal law for the Filley Law Firm in Victoria, TX. Ms. Johnson currently serves as President-Elect of the Victoria County Bar Association. Her email address is

Soleiman K. Raie
is pleased to announce that she passed both the PA and NJ bar exams. She resides in Philadelphia, PA where she practices immigration, criminal defense, family law and wills. Ms. Raie works for the Common Pleas Court and is a solo practitioner. Her email address is


Teresa Hudson, ‘2006 lost her father on September 19, 2006. Her email address is

Kira Cross, ‘2003 and Director, Annual Fund & Giving lost her stepmother on October 17, 2006. Her email address is

DeCarlous Spearman, ‘1995, father recently passed.

Posted on October 2006

Class of 1972

Daniel E. Maesoresides in Montgomery, Texas practicing Criminal Law. His email address is

Class of 1976

Andrew Lehrman practices mediation and civil litigation in Corpus Christi, TX for the Anderson Lehrman Barre & Maraist company. His email address is In addition, Andrew was selected as a 2006 Texas Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly magazine.

Class of 1981

Delia Stephens has a general civil practice in Houston, TX. Her email address is

Class of 1986

Anthony D. Lyons, former TSU Regent is on the cover of the September 4, 2006 issue of the Texas Lawyer, Vol. 22, No. 27. The article is titled, The Real Deal.

Class of 1991

Angela Lancelinwas named Assistant Attorney General of the Year by the Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. She was honored for her diligent work on behalf of children and families in Texas. 

Class of 1992

Larry V. Green was recently named Director of Governmental Affairs by The Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund, Inc. Larry now resides in Washington, D.C.

Class of 1995

Michael Young practices Criminal law in Brownsville, Texas. His email address is

Class of 1996

Yolanda Montgomery practices ERISA and Labor/Employment law for Proskauer Rose, LLP in New Orleans, LA. Her email address is

Class of 1999

Norma Lynn Jarrett,shared a review of her latest novel Sweet Magnolia with the Sports & Entertainment Law Society of Thurgood Marshall School of Law. Those in attendance received autographed copies of her novel. Jarrett says that she is preparing for her next novel.

Class of 2003

Patrick Strong practices Business & Entertainment law with The Strong Law Firm in Houston, Texas. 

Jarrett Perkins practices Real Estate, Estate Planning, Probate & Bankruptcy law with Johnson & Perkins, PLLC. Perkins¡¯ email address is

Maja Scott resides in Katy, TX and practices labor & employment law with the law firm Clarke & Akpaffiong, PLLC. Her email address is

Class of 2004

Anthony Robinson is currently working on his LL.M in Chinese Law and working for RCI Consulting International. Robinson plans to open an affiliated office in China and his email address is

Class of 2005

Rogers Hughes resides in Houston, Texas and his email address is

Class of 2006

Israel Salazar, Jr. works for the Office of Illinois Lt. Governor Pat Quinn in Springfield, IL. He works in the area of public policy and government. Salazar¡¯s email address is

Eric J. Hernandez resides in Houston, Texas and his email address is


Maja Scott, Class of 2003 gave birth to son Jules Caleb Alexander Scott on October 12, 2005.


Israel Salazar, Jr., Class of 2006 announces his engagement. The wedding is set for April 2007.

Dallas/Fort Worth Area News:

If you are interested in joining this alumni association, please contact either, Altresha

Burchett, or Lori Brooks


Class of 1997:

The Class of 1997 is currently in the planning stages for their 10 year reunion. The tentative date is the weekend of May 26-28, 2007. So Mark Your Calendar!!!

In an effort to gather contact information for all members of the class of 1997, the planning committee has set up an email address to gather information, exchange information and keep you informed of all reunion plans. Email your updated information to

Posted on July 2006

Class of 1974
Congressman Al Green was named one of the 100 Most Influential Black Americans in the May 2006 issue of Ebony Magazine.

Class of 1975
Mary A. Daffin was named managing partner of the law firm Barrett Burke Wilson Castle Daffin & Frappier, LLP. Mary was reported stating in a news release that her position displays the firm’s “leadership in promoting diversity in the legal profession.” Daffin is yet another display of the diverse leaders amongst our distinguished alumni.

Class of 1983
Judge Harold Kennedy. The Houston Chronicle reported on July 19, 2006 in an article titled Jail Called ‘Safest’ Place for Suspect that Judge Harold Kennedy informed defendant, Mathew R. McCombs that he was charged with murder and being held on 1 million dollar bail. This is the very high profile case in Fort Bend County which involved two (2) Clements High School males suspected of killing their female classmate, burying her body and then were caught in Michigan allegedly trying to escape to Canada.

The complete video of the arraignment by Judge Kennedy can be seen on the click 2 Houston website.

Class of 1986
Leonard H.O. Spearman, Jr. conducted his first Board meeting as the President of the University of Florida Alumni Association on July 14-15th in Orlando, FL. Spearman has served on the UFAA Board for the past 6 years and as past president of both the Houston Gator Club and the University of Florida Association of Black Alumni.

Class of 1992
Ray Jordan was photographed along with members of the African-American Police Officers League and several other community leaders at a news conference held Tuesday, July 18th showing his support for Houston Police Chief Harold Hurtt. The complete article can be found in the July 19, 2006 issue of the Houston Chronicle, section B5 entitled, HPP Chief’s Supporters Speak Out.

Class of 1993
Jeffrey W. Molenda practices civil litigation at the law firm Pullin, Fowler & Flanagan, PLLC in Charleston, WV. Jeffrey recently received a favorable decision from the West Virginia Supreme Court in the case Johnson v. Killmer & Richmond. Jeffrey’s email address is

Class of 1995
Tonya Holt has joined the legal department of LSG Sky Chefs in Dallas, Texas. Her email addresses are: or

Class of 1996
Katrina Patrick is the attorney representing plaintiffs against Shipley Do-nuts for alleged worker abuse and retaliation claims. The lawsuit was highlighted in a Houston Chronicle article on June 27, 2006 titled Shipley Do-nuts Hit with Two Lawsuits Worker Abuse Alleged; EEOC Claims Retaliation.

Class of 1997
Dominick Bonino practices Social Security Disability law for Binder and Binder. Dominick resides in Atlanta, Georgia and his email address is

Class of 1999
James Sustaita left his position with Harris County on July 7th to open his practice, James Sustaita, LLC on July 17, 2006. His office address is 505 West 15th, Austin, Texas 78701; phone: (512) 673-3999; email:

Norma Lynn Jarrett’s latest novel Sweet Magnolia was featured in Essence Magazine. It details the story of two sisters struggle to forgive each other and renew their faith in God.

Class of 2000
Kim Kroenung has her own firm, Law Offices of Henderson & Kroenung, LLP in Dallas, Texas that deals strictly with workers compensation claims. Kim assist injured workers in their claims against insurance companies. She resides in Dallas, Texas with 4 sons, ages 3,4,6 and 9 and says that she is “loving every minute of it all.” Kim’s email address is

Class of 2001
L. Rahmond Staggers formerly with the law firm of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham in Pittsburgh, PA, recently joined the in-house Business Development and Transactional group of the American Electric Power (AEP) legal department. Staggers resides in New Albany, OH and may receive email at

Class of 2002
Ravelle D. Smith works for Cordell & Cordell, P.C. in Atlanta, Georgia. Ravelle and his wife Kalisha Smith reside in Acworth, GA and his email address is

Class of 2003
Mark Harris has accepted a position as an associate with Meville Johnson, P.C. in Atlanta, Georgia where he will practice Labor and Employment Discrimination Law. After graduating from TMSL in 2003, Mark worked for the Southwest Area Legal Department of the U.S. Postal Service. His email address is

Class of 2004
Danielle Lavender is the new Family Law Associate at the Law Offices of Lori Clark Viviano, located in San Diego, California. Danielle’s email address is


Harold Dutton, Class of 1991 became a grandfather on June 28th with the birth of his granddaughter, Tatum Francis Dutton Lewis.

Professor Maurice Hew’s wife gave birth to their second child, Sarah Elizabeth on July 23rd at 8:43 am. Sarah weighed 61/2 lbs and was 191/2 inches long.

Professor Martina Cartwright welcomed baby Aiden Ellis-Cartwright on Tuesday, July 4th at 10:00 a.m.


Sonia Carter Hines, Class of 1996 is expecting her first child.


Janeen N. Loften, Class of 2002 will marry Timothy Abraham on August 12th in St. Thomas, VI.


Danielle Lavender, Class of 2004 is pleased to announce her engagement to Rev. Bruce T. Jackson of the Bayview Baptist Church, San Diego, California. Their wedding date is set for September 2, 2006.


Willie Rhodes, Class of 1973, lost his battle with throat cancer on the morning of May 28, 2006. Several members of the TMSL Family attended his funeral service on June 3rd at the King’s Dome.

Peggy Spurgeon Garcia, wife of former mayor of Edinburg, Richard H. Garcia, Class of 1973, passed on Friday, July 14, 2006. She is survived by her husband, two daughters, two grandsons and three brothers.

Ursula Joi Woods-Jones, Class of 1998 recently lost her father, Cotis Woods of Dallas, Texas. Our condolences go out to Joi and the rest of her family.

David Rogers, Class of 2002 lost his grandfather, Judge Lloyd R. Haynes, Sr., at the age of 89, on June 10, 2006. Judge Haynes was the first African-American Municipal Court Judge in Youngstown, Ohio and served on the bench for over twenty years.

Posted on June 07, 2006

Class of 1992

Wilene Dozier resides in Jacksonville, FL and works for Edocero Ltd. Company.  Dozier's email address is

Class of 1993

Leon Pegg who is married to Mercedes Arocha-Pegg practices corporate law for U.S. Physical Therapy, Inc. in Houston, TX.  His email address is

Class of 1995

Marc Metzehas established himself as a true entrepreneur.  A practicing attorney, Metze is also the owner of Better Now Than Later Bail Bond located at 5221 Almeda, Suite A Houston, Texas 77004 (713) 521-2004; and Waterfalls hair salon located on Southmore.

Kevin Satterfield left the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office in February and opened his own practice in March.  His practice address and phone are:  250 Fulton Ave. Suite M-201, Hempstead, NY 11550 (516) 292-2998 phone and (516) 292-3858 fax.  

Class of 1997

Steven Sanchez who is married to Anne Sanchez is practicing criminal law with the San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office in San Bernardino, CA.  Sanchez resides in Yucaipa, CA and his email address is

Class of 1998

Ursula Joi Woods-Jones, married to Jeff Jones, resides in Memphis, TN.  Woods-Jones is practicing in the area of real estate and works for Preferred Title and Escrow, LLC in Memphis, TN.  Her email address is

Class of 2000

Darryl Driver who is married to Rhonda Driver resides in Jefferson City, MO.  Since law school, the Driver's have added a daughter to their family, Danyelle Aniece Driver, born April 15, 2003.  Driver is an Assistant Public Defender with the Office of the Missouri Public Defender in Fulton MO. His email address is

Class of 2004

Kevin Hicks resides in Houston, TX and practices Family Law and Immigration Law.  Hicks works for Aguilar & Hicks, P.C. in Houston, TX.  His email address is

Class of 2006

Shelley Morrison practices Health and Medicine Law for Gideon & Wiseman, PLC in Nashville, TN.  Morrison's email address is

David Canales and his wife Cecilia presently reside in Sugar Land, TX but will soon move to Chicago, IL where Canales will practice in the area of Class Action and Reinsurance Litigation.  Canales works for Sidley Austin, LLP in Chicago, IL and his email address is


Professor Constance Fain lost her father, William Frisby.  Funeral services were held on May 26, 2006 in Philadelphia, PA.  Our condolences go out to Professor Fain, Herbert Fain, Kimberly Fain and the rest of their family.

Dallas/Fort Worth Area News:

If you are interested in joining this alumni association, please contact either, Altresha Burchett, or Lori Brooks,

New York Area News:

Kevin Satterfield '95 is trying to plan an alumni boat ride for all alumni in the New York Area.  If you are interested, please contact Kevin at (917) 723-4961 cell, or (516) 292-2998 office.



























































































































































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