Gonzalez, Raul A 1976-12-08

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Texas Supreme Court Justice Raul Gonzalez discusses the Texas Supreme Court, politics, migrant work and the University of Texas.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Raul A. Gonzalez

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Date: December 8, 1998

Location: Lubbock, Texas via phone from Austin, Texas

Interviewer: Daniel Sanchez

Length: 1 hour


Tape 1: Born in Weslaco Texas on March 22 1940, Parents, Origins, Mexico, Migrant farm work, Education, Schools attended, High school, Courses and activities, Cotton picking contest, California, Farm work, Motivation to work hard, University of Texas – Austin Texas, Cooperative housing, Hispanics, Newman Center, Organization involvement, Young Republicans, Civil rights, ROTC, Texas Rangers Drill Team, Graduated in 1963, University of Houston School of Law, Jobs, Married during first year of law school, Legal fraternity, Graduated in 1966, Bar exam, Houston Texas, Worked for a law firm, Assistant city attorney, Prosecutor for municipal court, Became a lawyer for the poor, Types of cases, Became assistant United States attorney, Brownsville Texas, Cases involved with, Cases involved with (continued), Spiritual change 1976, Politics, Became District Judge in Brownsville Texas 1978, Appointed to the Court of Appeals 1981, Types of cases, Texas Supreme Court, Appointed 1984, First Hispanic to be a Justice in Texas, Moving into new office, Campaign to retain seat 1986, Early experiences as a justice, Campaign to retain seat 1986 (again), Difficulties, Platform, Experience as judge, Retirement, Community involvement, Church, Tutor, Citizen involvement in community, Groups for community betterment, Apathy, Solution.

Range Dates: 1940-1998

Bulk Dates: 1959-1998

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