Dean Leonard M. Baynes
cordially invites you and a guest to a
celebration of

Justice Ruby Kless Sondock ’62
on her induction as a
Texas Legal Legend

By the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Petroleum Club of Houston
35th Floor, 1201 Louisiana St, Houston, TX 77002
Complimentary Valet Parking

Business Attire | Cocktails at 6:00 p.m. | Dinner at 7:00 p.m.

As of 1/27, we have reached capacity for this event.
Please call 713.743.2107 to be placed on a waiting list to attend. Thank you for your support!

 

 

Justice Ruby Kless Sondock ’62

Ruby Kless Sondock was born in 1926 in Houston and attended Cottey College in Nevada, Missouri before marrying and starting a family. She later enrolled in the University of Houston Law Center with the intention, she has said, of becoming “the best legal secretary in town.”

As one of only five women in her class, Sondock graduated as valedictorian in 1962. She had been admitted to the bar a year earlier – in fact, she passed the bar without taking a bar review class. Following graduation, she went on to practice, arguing a case before the Texas Supreme Court in her first year.

Gov. Preston Smith offered her the appointment to the bench of the Harris County Domestic Relations Court in 1973. Four years later, Gov. Dolph Briscoe appointed her to the 234th District Court, earning her the distinction of being the first woman district court judge in Harris County.

In 1982, Gov. William P. Clements appointed Sondock to the Texas Supreme Court to serve the unexpired term of a deceased justice. With this appointment, she became the first woman to serve on the Texas Supreme Court in a regular session of the court, and the first woman to serve on the court since a special session in 1925.

Sondock neither sought election for a full term nor accepted the later nomination to serve the unexpired term of then-retiring Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Joe Greenhill. Instead, she returned to district court and ran unopposed. Since retiring from the bench, Sondock has worked for many years as a successful private mediator in Houston.

Her alma mater, the University of Houston Law Center hosts, in her honor, the Judge Ruby Kless Sondock Lectureship in Legal Ethics Jurist-in-Residence Program. The program brings distinguished judges to campus to discuss topics in legal ethics. For more information visit, www.law.uh.edu/jurist.