Reverence for justice

David Barranco

On Saturday, April 13, the University honored former Dean of Students Sharon Justice by endowing a scholarship in her name. The award is well-deserved. Back in the 1990s, I served as a member of  Student Government, on the Student Services Fee Committee, in the Office of the Students’ Attorney and as The Daily Texan’s Legal Research Director. In these roles, I had the opportunity to interact with and learn from Dean Justice on many fronts. I witnessed her passion for higher education and her unwavering commitment to protecting and improving student life. During her years of service, Sharon Justice did many things to enhance the University. Yet each mission expressed one common, unifying theme: She always put students first.

Our University is justifiably proud of its illustrious faculty and staff. Since 1883, many fine men and women have graced the 40 Acres with their time and their efforts. Although I never had the privilege of meeting the great Harry Ransom, I can assert with great confidence that the University has had no finer administrator or dean in its history than Sharon Justice.

Hook ‘em.

David C. Barranco
Plan II 1994
UT Law 1997