Former Texas Supreme Court Justice and US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales visited pre-law students at Sam Houston State University last Tuesday.
The meeting took place in the studio in the Dan Rather building and aired on channel 7. Gonzales, a Humble, Texas native told his story to the group.
Gonzales grew up in an immigrant family and according to Gonzales, college was not a thought for him. He joined the Air Force after graduating high school. After showing high intellect and talent, superiors urged him to apply to the Air Force Academy.
Thereafter, Gonzales transferred to Rice University in Houston where he received his bachelors degree in political science. Gonzales then went on to Harvard Law school.
Upon graduation Gonzales did litigation work for businesses. Eventually he became a justice on the Texas Supreme Court.
Gonzales then went on to work for another Texan, President George W. Bush. Gonzales became the first Hispanic US Attorney General. He worked under Bush on 9/11 and through the start of the wars. Gonzales also served as White House council.
During the presentation, Gonzales showed a video slide of his tenure as Attorney General with pictures of him and Bush and other players in the Bush Administration.
Pre-Law students were allowed to ask questions and meet Gonzales.
Afterwards, he signed copies of his book “True Faith and Allegiance: A Story of Service and Sacrifice in War and Peace,” and took pictures with the students.
Gonzales now works as the chair of the Belmont University Law school in Nashville, Tennessee.
Pre-Law students previously met with the current Texas Supreme Court and conducted a Q and A. The Next event for the students is a mock law class on Thursday from 3:30-5 p.m.