Hunt, Don 1998-10

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Don Hunt discusses his life and career as a Civil Appellate Attorney in Lubbock.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Don Hunt

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Date: October 5 and 13, 1998

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Fred Allison

Length: 3 hours


Tape 1, Side 1: Don Hunt, Born: June 1934 in Yowell Texas (Hunt County), Father, a Methodist circuit rider, Lived in a number of small towns around Texas, Education, McMurry College in Abilene Texas (1952-1956), Undergraduate degree in speech, Don Hunt (again), Mother: public school teacher, Contact with attorneys, Non-existent, World War II, Father (again), Helped build a new air base (1941 or 1942), Minister’s salary, Uncle (mother’s brother), Drafted, U. S. Marines, Boyhood heroes, Attending school in Norway, Summer school program, Decided to attend law school after this experience, Radio, Political parties, Texas primarily Democrats.

Tape 1, Side 2: Parents (again), Education, Importance of higher education, Preparation for law school, U. S. Army (1956-1958), Germany, Moral, Draft, University of Texas School of Law (1958-1961), 500-600 students (3 classes), Women: 12 students, Minorities: a few Hispanics, Political parties (again), Don Hunt (again), Republican, Change of the legal education, Theoretical: 1950s and 1960s, Practical: today (1990s), Texas Tech University School of Law, Appellate attorney, Courts, Job description, Training, Characteristics.

Tape 2, Side 1: Appellate lawyers (continued), Cases based on appeal, Factors, Demand for lawyers, Protection of rights, Student loans, Texas Public Employees Association, Worked here during law school (30 to 40 hours a week), Interview for a law firm, Demand for lawyer (again), Law school, Emphasis placed on skill not grades, Texas Tech University School of Law Lubbock Texas, Key Carr Carr and Clark law firm (1961 to present) Law practiced, Transaction work documents deeds mortgages notary witness, Billy Sol Estes (April 1962), Warlick Carr filed 36 lawsuits against Estes in 2 days, Taking depositions, Cuban Missile Crisis (October 1962), Story, Billy Sol Estes (again), Finance companies and farmers taken advantage of by Estes, Scam.

Tape 2, Side 2: Lubbock County Bar Association, Differences between other bars, Memorial service for bar members, Opinions of the bar, Lubbock, Texas (again), Parents (again), Texas Tech School of Law (again), Students, [ends after 10 minutes].

Tape 3, Side 1: Losing a case Emotions, Attorney client relationships, Legal fees, Legal malpractice, Medical malpractice, Court reform, Political unrest, Began at age 10, Political news, Parents (again), Father (again), Built churches, Town and Country Commission, Political interest (again), Waggoner Carr, Lost interest in state but gained interest in judiciary, Republicans, Governor Bill Clements, Running for judge, Joann Susan Hunt, Met in 1963 married the fall of 1964, Nursing school, Political interest (again), Appointments made by Bill Clements.

Tape 3, Side 2: Political interest (continued), Bill Clements (again), Republican Party involvement in Lubbock, Election pole watcher, The state of Lubbock election sites, Opinions of Republican Party vs. Democratic Party, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Policies, Texas opinions of him, Roles of a public servant, Shift of West Texas from Democratic to Republican, Lyndon B. Johnson, Policies, Great Society, Women, Involvement in society, Abortion issue, Republican Party, Joann Hunt (again), Drug and alcohol counsel, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

Tape 4, Side 1: Joann Hunt (continued), Children, Religion, Methodist, Children (again), Advice to potential attorneys, Examine the life they want then choose where to practice law, Appellate law, Requirements to practice, Afterthoughts, [ends after 20 minutes].

Tape 4, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1934-1998

Bulk Dates: 1934-1998

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