Rivere, Ann 1998-09-04

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Ann Rivere, a legal assistant, reminisces about Lubbock lawyers and judges.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Ann Rivere

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: September 04, 1998

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Fred Allison

Length: 1 hour


Tape 1, Side 1: Lubbock, Texas, Born in Floydada, Texas, Originally from Orange, Texas, Lubbock (again), Father worked at a car dealership (1940s), Cactus Theater, Early memory of Lubbock on a theater, Graduated from Lubbock High School (1957), After graduation, Began working for Edward W. Napier, lawyer, Maintained library and read case laws, Myrick Building, Salary--$35.00 a week, Downtown Lubbock (1958), Hemphill-Wells store, Shops, Lubbock citizens (1958), Laid back, Close community, Technology then compared to now, Copying documents, Lubbock lawyers, Unique, Gentlemen’s agreement, Jim Milam, Dealing with lawyers from bigger cities, Had to work to pay for college, Married, Husband joined the service, Moved to Wichita Falls, Texas, Freelance legal work, Regal (?), South Carolina, Haynesworth (?), Children: three, Employment in Lubbock, Texas, Another law firm, Change in Lubbock, Growth, Texas Tech University Law School, Thoughts of Lubbock attorneys, Proud the school received a law school, Afraid of competition, Thoughts of legal secretaries, Resentful, Received her professional legal secretary certificate (1968), Received her professional legal assistant certificate (1972), Three day exam, Legal assistant, Job Description: another lawyer in the legal process, National Lawsuit, IBM Case, Impacted practice, Jim Milam (again), 1974, Worked for him 24 years, Hunt Brothers case, Typed all the paperwork for case, Worked for the court reporters, Jim Milam (again), Opinions/description/characteristics, Crenshaw and Dupree (1935), Women in the work force, Lubbock (1980s), Reaction to other women in law.

Tape 1, Side 2: Being a homemaker, Thoughts, Kids, Economics, George Dupree, Jim Milam (again), Carlton Dodson, Other legal secretaries, Bill Evans, Triple S Drugstore case, Characteristics, Jim Milam (again), Thoughts of going into law, Did not want to be responsible for taking care of someone else’s problems, Lawyers, Egos as big as Texas, but they have to, Young attorneys have a money attitude, Thoughts on the profession, Best attorneys, Opinions, Ralph Brock, Bosses’ Night—boss and secretary went out, Jim Milam would not participate in the event, He deemed it improper, Charlie Jones, Characteristics, Judges, Judge Davis (?), Roger Miller, youngest federal court reporter, Judges (again), Judge Hal Woodward, Judge Heeley (?), Federal judge, lifetime appointment.

Range Dates: 1940s-1998

Bulk Dates: 1958-1998

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