Some law students had been displeased with the dean’s progress, according to an email obtained by the Houston Chronicle. Texas Southern announced professor Okezie Chukwumerije as the law school’s interim dean.
Judge Alexandra Smoots-Thomas has been removed from her bench without pay after she was indicted on federal wire fraud charges for allegedly misspending campaign donations.
Justice Laura Carter Higley has submitted her resignation to Gov. Greg Abbott, the clerk for the First Court of Appeals confirmed Tuesday. Higley has served on the Houston appellate court since 2002. Her resignation comes days after reports that she was sitting on the bench while diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.