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State District Court Judge Nettie Joe Kegans

Judge Joe Kegans (1927-1997), a member of the class of 1957, was a pioneer in Texas criminal law, becoming the first woman serving as a criminal district court judge in Texas in 1977.

Kegans held the judgeship for twenty years until her death in 1997. Kegans spent two decades practicing criminal law, then a field dominated by men, before being appointed to the 230th Criminal District Court by Texas Governor Dolph Briscoe.

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