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The Honorable Andrew L. Jefferson, Jr.

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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Federal District Court Judge
Trial Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Barbecue (Ribs)
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Pebble Beach, California
Favorite Quote:
If You Can't Explain It To Your Mama, Don't Do It.

Birthplace

Born:
8/19/1934
Birth Location:
Dallas, Texas

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Federal District Court Judge
Trial Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Barbecue (Ribs)
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Pebble Beach, California
Favorite Quote:
If You Can't Explain It To Your Mama, Don't Do It.

Birthplace

Born:
8/19/1934
Birth Location:
Dallas
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Biography

Andrew Leon Thomas Jefferson, Jr. was born on August 19, 1934, in Dallas, Texas, to Bertha Jefferson and Andrew Jefferson, Sr. After Jefferson and his family moved to Houston, Texas, in 1936, he attended Jack Yates High School which he graduated from in 1952. Jefferson received his B.A. degree from Texas Southern University in 1956, and his J.D. degree from the University of Texas School of Law in 1959.

During his first year out of law school, 1960, Jefferson worked as a partner for Washington & Jefferson Attorneys at Law. In 1962, Jefferson worked as an assistant criminal district attorney for San Antonio County, and later in the year served as the chief assistant to the U.S. Attorney in the Western District of Texas.

In 1968, Jefferson was hired as a trial and labor relations counsel for Humble Oil & Refinery Company, which was renamed Exxon Corporation. From 1970 to 1973, Jefferson presided as a judge for the Harris County Family District Courts in conjunction with the Harris County Domestic Relations Office, before serving as a judge for the 208th District Court in Harris County until 1975.

In 1975, Jefferson worked in private practice with Jefferson, Sherman & Mims. During this time, Jefferson became the president of the Nu Boule’ chapter of the Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, an association considered to be the first African American Greek letter organization. Between 1986 and 1987, Jefferson served on the Presidential Search Committee of Texas Southern University and the Merit Selection of Judges Committee. In 1996, Jefferson became a member of the International Society of Barristers, a society of outstanding trial lawyers chosen by their peers on the basis of excellence and integrity in advocacy.

In 2001, the Andrew L. Jefferson Endowment for Trial Advocacy was established at Texas Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston, Texas. The endowment seeks to preserve the jury trial in order to consider issues of ethics and excellence in advocacy and the role of litigation in society. Jefferson was a member of numerous professional and civic organizations including the American Bar Association, the Houston Lawyers Association, the Houston Area Urban League and the NAACP.

Jefferson passed away on December 8, 2008 at the age of 74.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - The Honorable Andrew L. Jefferson, Jr. describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - The Honorable Andrew L. Jefferson, Jr. describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - The Honorable Andrew L. Jefferson, Jr. describes how his parents met and their education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - The Honorable Andrew L. Jefferson, Jr. describes his likeness to his parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - The Honorable Andrew L. Jefferson, Jr. lists his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - The Honorable Andrew L. Jefferson, Jr. recalls his childhood in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - The Honorable Andrew L. Jefferson, Jr. describes his earliest childhood memory
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  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - The Honorable Andrew L. Jefferson, Jr. talks about his early role models
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - The Honorable Andrew L. Jefferson, Jr. describes the role of religion in his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - The Honorable Andrew L. Jefferson, Jr. recalls his early knowledge of African American history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - The Honorable Andrew L. Jefferson, Jr. remembers his influential teachers
  • Tape: 1 Story: 15 - The Honorable Andrew L. Jefferson, Jr. describes the entertainment of his youth
  • Tape: 1 Story: 16 - The Honorable Andrew L. Jefferson, Jr. remembers Jack Yates High School in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 17 - The Honorable Andrew L. Jefferson, Jr. describes his early work experiences
  • Tape: 1 Story: 18 - The Honorable Andrew L. Jefferson, Jr. recalls his decision to attend Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - The Honorable Andrew L. Jefferson, Jr. remembers his interest in architecture
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - The Honorable Andrew L. Jefferson, Jr. talks about John S. Chase
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - The Honorable Andrew L. Jefferson, Jr. describes his mentors at Texas Southern University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - The Honorable Andrew L. Jefferson, Jr. remembers Barbara Jordan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - The Honorable Andrew L. Jefferson, Jr. recalls his employment during college
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - The Honorable Andrew L. Jefferson, Jr. recalls his decision to pursue a law career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - The Honorable Andrew L. Jefferson, Jr. describes the Sweatt v. Painter decision
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - The Honorable Andrew L. Jefferson, Jr. describes his ink spot painting
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - The Honorable Andrew L. Jefferson, Jr. describes his experience at Texas Southern University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - The Honorable Andrew L. Jefferson, Jr. remembers the University of Texas at Austin School of Law
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - The Honorable Andrew L. Jefferson, Jr. describes his experiences of discrimination at the University of Texas, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - The Honorable Andrew L. Jefferson, Jr. describes his experiences of discrimination at the University of Texas, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - The Honorable Andrew L. Jefferson, Jr. recalls his law professors and courses
  • Tape: 2 Story: 14 - The Honorable Andrew L. Jefferson, Jr. describes his graduation from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - The Honorable Andrew L. Jefferson, Jr. remembers Washington and Jefferson, Attorneys at Law
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - The Honorable Andrew L. Jefferson, Jr. recalls becoming an assistant district attorney
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - The Honorable Andrew L. Jefferson, Jr. describes his early law career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - The Honorable Andrew L. Jefferson, Jr. describes his work with the Freedom Riders
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - The Honorable Andrew L. Jefferson, Jr. talks about the Black Panther Party in Texas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - The Honorable Andrew L. Jefferson, Jr. remembers Ovide Duncantell
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - The Honorable Andrew L. Jefferson, Jr. describes the changes in the U.S Department of Justice
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - The Honorable Andrew L. Jefferson, Jr. recalls his experiences of discrimination at the district attorney's office
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - The Honorable Andrew L. Jefferson, Jr. recalls becoming the chief assistant U.S. Attorney in the Western District of Texas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - The Honorable Andrew L. Jefferson, Jr. recalls his recruitment to Humble Oil and Refining Company
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - The Honorable Andrew L. Jefferson, Jr. remembers working at Humble Oil and Refinery Company
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - The Honorable Andrew L. Jefferson, Jr. remembers the Petroleum Club in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - The Honorable Andrew L. Jefferson, Jr. recalls joining the Harris County Family District Court
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - The Honorable Andrew L. Jefferson, Jr. describes his most notable legal decisions
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - The Honorable Andrew L. Jefferson, Jr. describes the black community's relationship with the police in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - The Honorable Andrew L. Jefferson, Jr. recalls his first election as a judge
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - The Honorable Andrew L. Jefferson, Jr. recalls his consideration of running for mayor
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - The Honorable Andrew L. Jefferson, Jr. describes his private legal casework
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - The Honorable Andrew L. Jefferson, Jr. describes his legal philosophy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - The Honorable Andrew L. Jefferson, Jr. describes his hopes for the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - The Honorable Andrew L. Jefferson, Jr. reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - The Honorable Andrew L. Jefferson, Jr. reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - The Honorable Andrew L. Jefferson, Jr. talks about his involvement with Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - The Honorable Andrew L. Jefferson, Jr. describes how he would like to be remembered