Nagy, Joe H 1998-07-06

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Joe Nagy discusses his life as a Lubbock, Texas attorney.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Joe H. Nagy

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: July 06, 1998

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Gene B. Preuss

Length: 1 hour 25 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Joe Howard Nagy, Born: December 17, 1928, in Pearsall, Texas, Parents: Joseph H. Nagy and Pauline Howard Nagy, Father: worked in oil field, Mother: taught school, housewife, mother, Sister: Betty Grace Nagy, a retired naval captain, lives in San Marcos, Texas, Education, Korea, 1952, Infantry officer, October 25—was shot, sent home on medical leave, Experiences: poverty, misery of people, Careers after coming back from Korea, Law School, Married: May 6, 1951: Dorothy Shelton, Daughter: Margaret Carol Nagy, Lubbock, Texas, Law practice, Salary: $350 a month, G. I. Bill, Lubbock (again), Observation/opinions, Law practice: Crenshaw, Dupree & Milam, Insurance defense, mediation, Reed Quillam, Legal secretaries, Insurance defense (again), Other cases he worked on, Divorces, Places he tried cases, Impressions of judges and lawyers outside of Lubbock, Judges, What makes a good judge, Fair, knows law, tolerant, wants to do right, gives them a day in court, Local Bar Association, Director, president, Junior Bar Association, Committees, State Bar Association, Board of Directors, 1975-1978, President, 1987-1988, Local Bar Association (again), President, Job description, State Bar Association (again), 53, 000 members (1987-88), President’s responsibilities, Problems Texas lawyers had, Interest on lawyers’ trust account, Judges "for sale", Lubbock, Texas, Well-respected legal community, Strong lawyers, active in Bar Association, Running for president of the State Bar, Lawyers: opinions, Proud to be a lawyer, Practicing law in West Texas, Word is a bond.

Tape 1, Side 2: Public perceptions of lawyers—bad, Television shows, Bad lawyers, bad press, Insurance defense, Changes, Settlements, Texas Tech University Law School, Involvement, Finest law school in the state of Texas, Opposition, Didn’t need another law school, Brought more lawyers, Changed practice in Lubbock, Competition, Legal fees, Specialization, Important for young lawyers, Advertising, lawyers, Opinion—worst thing for lawyers, Ethics, Influences, Court reporters, clerks, judges, lawyers in firm, Orville Smith, Legal secretaries, May not know law, but know procedures, Judge George R. Bean, Judge Crusty, Opinions/characteristics, Jim Milam, Opinions/characteristics, George Dupree, Opinions/characteristics, Crenshaw, Dupree (again), Interesting lawyers in Lubbock.

Tape 2, Side 1: Representation for women and minorities, More minorities on juries, Women lawyers, Minority lawyers, Advice for students interested in becoming lawyers, Opinions on legal profession, Future of the legal profession, Problems, Insurance companies, Analyzing problems, Process of most legal cases, Cases, Jury trials, Best way to try a case, Potential interviews.

Tape 2, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1928-1998

Bulk Dates: 1928-1998

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