Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson, a descendant of slaves, broke a key barrier 12½ years ago when he became the first African-American to serve on the Texas Supreme Court.
On Tuesday, Jefferson announced that he will resign from the nine-member court on Oct. 1 to return to private legal practice, where he had established himself as one of the state’s leading appellate lawyers before Gov. Rick Perry appointed him to the Supreme Court in 2001.
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