Brown, Cliff and Mike 1999-01-14

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Lubbock attorney Cliff Brown talks about going through law school, flying a B-17 in World War II and practicing law in Lubbock, Texas

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Interviewee Name: Cliff and Mike Brown

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Date: January 14, 1999

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Fred Allison

Length: 2 hours


Tape 1: Brown, Cliff, Raised in Higgins, Texas, Father, Wheat farmer, SiblingsHigh school English teacher, Harris, Verna, Higgins, Texas, Case, [Mike Brown talking, hard to hear], Brown, Cliff (again), Born in 1920, Interest in law, High school, Growing up in a small town, Tarbox, Elmer, Texas Tech University (Texas Technological College), 1938-1942, Roommate with Elmer Tarbox, Paid some tuition with cows, Worked summer jobs in Amarillo, Texas, Leeway Motor Freight, Jobs during school, Tarbox, Elmer (again), Texas Tech University (Texas Technological College) (again), Student life, Lubbock, Texas, Majored in government, Worked for government engineers, 1941, Beginning of World War II, Marine Corp., Officer, B-17 pilot, Flew 51 missions, Received award 43 years later, Training, Flight missions in Europe (1944), Flying Night Bomb Group Historical Society, German fighter attacks, Flight missions (again), University of Texas School of Law, GI Bill, Graduated 1948, Lubbock, Texas, Law practice, Burks and McNeil, Worked for 10 years, Salary - $100 a month or 10% of profit, Went out on own, Made $176,000 first year, [Son Mike talking, hard to hear], Relationship between lawyers, University of Texas School of Law (again), McCormick, Charles T., Professor

Tape 2: University of Texas School of Law (continued), First trial, Lorenzo, Texas fire station, Bootlegging cases, Lawyers – Lubbock, Texas, Criminal, Chappell, Byron, Shelton, Travis, Carr, Wagoner, Appellant work, Wittaker case, Burks, Burton, Characteristics, Courtroom manner, Shelton, Travis (again), Griffin, Alton, Liquor cases, Tried three cases in one week, Harris, Grady - Sheriff, Process of releasing prisoners, Cases, Cases (continued), Judge Gwynn, Stanley case, Hot check case, United States Supreme Court, 1986, Lubbock Bar Association, Opinions, Texas Defense Criminal Lawyers Association, President, (1982-1983), Lubbock Bar Association (again), Problems, Young lawyers, Law practice (again), Feelings, Texas Tech University School of Law, Relationship with Lubbock, First United Methodist Church marijuana case, [Son Mike talking, hard to hear], Wittaker case (again), Court of criminal appeals, Judges, Judge Morrison, Story, Dowling, Carl, Judge

Range Dates: 1920-1998

Bulk Dates: 1938-1986

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