Moody, Bobby J 1998-07-14

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Bobby Moody discusses his career as an attorney in Lubbock. He also talks about his business with St. Mary’s Hospital.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Bobby J. Moody

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: July 14, 1998

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Fred Allison

Length: 1 hour 20 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Came to Lubbock in 1958, Licensed lawyer since 1955, ROTC, Air Force attorney, duties, travels, Evans, Trout and Jones law firm (1958), Job description, in-house lawyer, probate wills and estates, taxes, land development, Family, Reese Air Force Base, host family, job, Education, Aircraft, military, Lamesa, Texas, father, jewelry store owner, graduated from high school (1948), Family (again), relatives in the law profession, Hardin-Simmons University, serves on Board of Trustees, Baylor University Law School, Dr. Davis, president of Wayland Baptist University, was his roommate, Judge George R. Bean, anecdote, Price of land, $1 per acre in early 1900s, Texas land scrip, Story of XIT Ranch, Judge George R. Bean (again), Avenue Q: Lubbock, Texas, Fort Worth and Denver Railway, client, Disadvantages of the railroad system, own land in feet, Land give-away in Texas, Judge George R. Bean (again), jobs held, E. L. Klett, died 1955, George Bean’s law partner, characteristics, first law graduate in the county, characteristics (again), William H. (Bill) Evans, opinions.

Tape 1, Side 2: Bill Evans (continued), Texas scrip, used to pay Texas government employees, a form of currency, when Texas had money, those with scrip could, redeem it for cash, Depression (1930s), Robert Bean, son of Judge George R. Bean, characteristics, anecdotes, 140th district court—formed in 1955, Chet (?) Trout, Opinions, Charles B. Jones, characteristics, Ethics, Law firm philosophy, Lubbock County Bar Association, very congenial—everyone gets along, high ethics, Free lawyers, opinions, Role of secretary in the legal profession, Perception of lawyers, portrayal of lawyers on television, Different types of law systems, common law, what is present in the United States, civil law, Salem Witch Trials, St. Mary’s Hospital, a client of the firm built for $3,200,000.

Tape 2, Side 1: St. Mary’s Hospital (continued), funds for the hospital, loans, grants, bonds, Legal perspectives/opinions, Sister Maureen, Gill-Burton Act, Interview for attorney jobs, anecdotes, Job opportunities for attorneys, Advertising—lawyers, old school—best advertising is your reputation, Anecdotes, Cases.

Tape 2, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1948-1998

Bulk Dates: 1958-1998

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