Dannnye K. Holley, Dean and Professor of Law

April Walker
Professor of Law

Phone: (713) 313-4473
Email: april.walker@tmslaw.tsu.edu
Joined the faculty in 2004

J.D., Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Houston, TX, 1985
B.A., Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 1982

Courses Taught

  • Criminal Law
  • Juvenile Law
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Trial Simulation

Biographical Information

  • Professor, Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Houston, TX (2016-Present)
  • Associate Professor, Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Houston, TX (2008-2016)
  • Assistant Professor, Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Houston, TX (2004-2008)
  • Associate Judge for the City of Houston (2000-2010)
  • Assistant Attorney General for the State of Texas (1986-1987)
  • Instructor of law 1991 - 2004
  • Director of Legal Education Advancement Program (LEAP) - current

Works in Progress

  • The Good The Bad and Ugly of Hospice Care: What Everyone Should Know Before You Let the Angels of Death Near
    Your Loved One
  • License to Kill: Open Season on African American Men


  • Racial Profiling-Separate and Unequal Keeping the Minorities in Line-The Role of Law Enforcement in America, 23 St. Thomas L. Rev. 576 (2011).
  • From State of California v. Scott Peterson to State of Utah v. Mark Hacking Will More States Adopt Fetal Protection Law American University Washington College of Law-2009

  • His, Hers or Ours? - Who Has The Right to Determine the Disposition of Frozen Embryos After Separation or Divorce?, 16 BUFF. WOMEN'S L.J. 39 (2008).
  • The Extreme Consequence of Parental Alienation Syndrome - The Richard Lohstroh Case of a Child Driven to Kill His Father - Will Courts Move Toward Allowing Children to Use Parental Alienation Syndrome as a Defense to the Crime of Murder of Their Own Parent, 27 WOMEN'S RTS. L. REP. 153 (2006).
  • Application of the Insanity Defense to Postpartum Disorder-Driven Infanticide in the United States: A Look toward the Enactment of an Infanticide Act. University of Maryland Law Journal of Race,
    Religion, Gender and Class/Spring-2006

  • Taking Flight: A Tribute to the Class of Texas Southern University 2005- Thurgood Marshall Law Review Fall-2005


  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
  • American Bar Association
  • Black Women's Lawyers' Association
  • National Bar Associates
  • Phi Alpha Delta


  • General Counsel, TSU Faculty Senate
  • Chairperson, Student Faculty Relations Committee, 2007-2009
  • Member, Faculty Appointments Committee, 2007
  • Member, Academic Standards Committee, 2005-2007
  • Faculty Advisor, Black Law Students Association, 2000-2009
  • Associate Judge, City of Houston, 2000-2009
  • Orientation Instructor, 2000-2008
  • Assisted Troop 296, Boy Scouts of America in Fund Raising
  • Supervised Law Students with Independent Research Project, Summer & Spring 2005-2009
  • Professor of the Year, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, 2005, 2015
  • Recipient of the 2005 Trail Blazer Award, Muskegon, MI
  • Volunteer, Fallbrook Church



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