Dannnye K. Holley, Dean and Professor of Law

Thomas E. Kleven
Professor of Law

Phone: (713) 313-7355
Email: thomas.kleven@tmslaw.tsu.edu
Joined the faculty in 1974.

B.A., 1964 Yale University
L.L.B., 1967 Yale University

Courses Taught
Property I
Property II
Local Government
Public Education
Environmental Law

Biographical Information

  • Professor, Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Houston, TX (1980 - Present)
  • University of San Diego (1978-1979)
  • University of Southern California (1972-1974)
  • Boston Model Cities Program (1969-1972)
  • Associate, Goulston & Storrs, Boston, MA (1967-1969)

Select Publications

  • Education Law, Strategic Policy and Sustainable Development in Africa, T.E. Kleven et al eds., Palgrave Macmillan, 2018
  • Equitable Sharing: Distributing the Benefits and Detriments of Democratic Society, Lexington Books, 2014.
  • Federalizing Public Education, 55 VILL. L. REV. 369 (2010).
  • Systemic Classism, Systemic Racism: Are Social and Racial Justice Achievable in the United States?, 8 CONN. PUB. INT. L. J. 37 (2009).
  • Mandating Public School Attendance: A Proposal for Achieving Racial and Class Integration, 34 T. MARSHALL L. REV. 109 (2008).
  • The Democratic Right to Full Bilingual Education, 7 NEV. L. J. 933 (2007).
  • Is Capital Punishment Immoral Even If It Deters Murder?, 46 SANTA CLARA L. REV. 599 (2006). Reprinted in Death Penalty: New Dimensions 24-60 (Ifcai Univ. Press, 2007).
  • Brown's Lesson: To Integrate or Separate Is Not the Question, But How to Achieve a Non-Racist Society, 5 U. MD. L. J. RACE, RELIGION, GENDER & CLASS 43 (2005).
  • On the Freedom To Associate or Not To Associate With Others, 1 TENN. J. L. & POL'Y 69 (2004).
  • Why International Law Favors Emigration Over Immigration, 33 U. MIAMI INTER-AM L. REV. 69 (2002).
  • Private Property and Democratic Socialism, 21 LEGAL STUD. F. 1 (1997).
  • Ideology as Moral Discourse or Struggle for Power, SOCIAL PHILOSOPHY TODAY, 8:37-50 (1993).
  • Free Speech and the Struggle for Power, 9 N.Y.L. SCH. J. HUM. RTS. 315 (1992).
  • Book Report, P. Harvey, Securing the Right to Employment: Social Welfare Policy and the Unemployed in the United States, Nature, Society, and Thought, 5:124-128 (1992).
  • The Public Private Distinction: Does It Promote Democracy or Serve the Ruling Class?, Nature, Society, and Thought, 4:393-410 (1991).
  • The Bar Examination and Other Barriers to African and Hispanic American Fair Representation Among American Lawyers: A 1990 Update, 16 T. MARSHALL L. REV. 477 (1991) (co-author).
  • The Relative Autonomy of the United States Supreme Court, 1 YALE J. L. & LIB. 43 (1989).
    Coping With Contradiction: Reason, Intuition, and Praxis,
  • Critical Thinking and the Absence of Foundations, NEWSLETTER OF THE CONFERENCE ON CRITICAL LEGAL STUDIES, 52-54, (July 1988). Reprinted in Macquarie Law Students' Journal, 1:13-15 (1989).
  • Cultural Bias and the Issue of Bilingual Educations, SOCIAL POLICY, 19:9-12 (Summer, 1988).
  • Minorities and the Legal Profession: Current Platitudes, Current Barriers, 12 T. MARSHALL L. REV. 299 (1987) (co-author).
  • Inclusionary Ordinances and the Nexus Issue, in Inclusionary Zoning Moves Downtown, 109-129 (1985)
  • The Moral Implications of the Draft, 10 T. MARSHALL L. REV. 57 (1985).
  • The Constitutional Philosophy of Justice William H. Rehnquist, 8 VT. L. REV. 1 (1983). Reprinted in The Supreme Court of the United States, Vol. 12A, 1695-1748 (Wm. S. Hein & Co., (1989).
  • The Supreme Court, Race, and the Class Struggle, 9 HOFSTRA L. REV. 795 (1981).
  • Inclusionary Ordinances-Policy and Legal Issues in Requiring Private Developers to Build Low Cost Housing, 21 UCLA L. REV. 1432 (1974).

Recognition and Awards

  • Graduation Speaker, 2008-09
  • Faculty Member of the Year, 2002-03
  • TSU Outstanding Teacher of the Year, 1995-96
  • CLSA Professor of the Year, 1995-96
  • TSU Outstanding Teacher of the Year, 1991-92
  • Third Year Class Favorite Professor, 1991-92


  • ClassCrits Conference
  • People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference
  • Radical Philosophers Association

Unpublished Papers

  • The Communist Ideal
  • A Critique of Libertarianism


  • Cuba: Our Other Neighbor to the South, University Faculty Voice, October, 2002
  • Time Has Come to End Cruelty of Iraq Embargo, Houston Chronicle, March 8, 1995
  • Moral Justifications for Death Penalty Invalid, Houston Chronicle, March 21, 1994
  • De Facto Segregation Still Exists-and All of Us Suffer From It, Houston Post, August 17, 1992
  • Why Not a World Full of Equals? Houston Chronicle, May 24, 1992
  • Cynical Thomas Bid Should Be Rejected, Houston Post, September 1, 1991
  • The Gulf War, Vietnam, and Our Way of Life, The Solicitor, TSU Law School, March 1991
  • Respect, The University Faculty Voice, February 1986
  • Views of South Africa: People Never Cede Power Voluntarily, Houston Chronicle, July 12, 1985
  • Jackson Trip Tells Us About Reagan Policy, Houston Chronicle, January 17, 1984


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