The first African American woman to graduate from the University of Texas School of Law, Gloria Bradford entered law school in 1951 and graduated with her LL.B. in 1954. After graduation, she practiced civil and criminal law with the Houston firm of Dent, Ford, King, and Wickliff. In October 1954, Ms. Bradford became the first African American woman to try a case in a Harris County district court. The Law School’s Bradford Society is named in her honor.