Professor Lupe Salinas Receives Eugene Harrington Professorship

Apr. 16, 2012 | Houston, TX – On April 9, 2012, Dean Dannye Holley of Texas Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law announced the Faculty’s selection of Professor Lupe Salinas for the Eugene Harrington Professorship.  The professorship is named for the late Eugene Harrington, a longtime professor at Thurgood Marshall School of Law (TMSL).  Professor Harrington was well known as a legal scholar, an activist for civil rights, especially in and for the GLBT community, and an advocate generally for human rights in Houston, Texas, and nationally.

Professor Salinas began his career as a civil rights attorney with MALDEF and continues his commitment in this field through not only his scholarship but also his involvement as Chair of the Civil Rights Committees of the HNBA and the Mexican American Bar Association of Houston.  As a former Assistant U.S. Attorney in the late 1970s, Judge Salinas prosecuted HPD officers for civil rights violations in circumstances involving homicides and unwarranted excessive force.  He then served as a state district judge before joining the TMSL faculty in 2000.  Since that time Judge Salinas has been a prolific writer and commentator on justice issues.  In 2008, Justice John Paul Stevens cited Salinas’s article in his concurrence in Baze v. Rees, the lethal injection decision (Lupe S. Salinas, Is It Time to Kill the Death Penalty?, 34 Am. J. Crim. L. 39 (2006)).  More recently, Professor Salinas signed a book contract with the Michigan State University Press to publish a book entitled Latinos and Criminal Injustice.  He is a veteran teacher of Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, and a seminar on Latinos and The Law. CONGRATULATIONS PROFESSOR/JUDGE SALINAS!!