Alumni Class Notes

H. Dustin Fillmore, Sr., Class of

H. Dustin Fillmore, Sr. passed away on November 11, 2020 as a result of pancreatic cancer. In 1957, he began his service as an Assistant District Attorney in Dallas County under famed District Attorney Henry Wade. Fillmore returned to Wichita Falls to join his father's law firm in 1960. From there, he launched what would become a 42-year career as a civil trial lawyer, representing clients and trying cases in civil courts all over Texas. Fillmore was inducted into The American College of Trial Lawyers and The American Board of Trial Advocates. In 2005, the Tarrant County Bar Association awarded Dusty its prestigious Blackstone Award.

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Jasmine M. Harding, Class of

Jasmine M. Harding has joined Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.— 2021 “Law Firm of the Year” in the Litigation – Labor & Employment category as ranked by U. S. News – Best Lawyers®.

Dewey Jude Gonsoulin, Class of

Dewey Jude Gonsoulin passed away peacefully in his home at age 90 on November 3, 2020, surrounded by family. After graduating from Texas Law, he served in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps and was honorably discharged as a First Lieutenant. Gonsoulin returned to Texas and practiced as an attorney at the Beaumont law firm of Mehaffy Weber for over 60 years. Gonsoulin was certified in labor law in 1975 and later in civil appellate law in 1989. He served as President of the Texas Associate of Defense Counsel, and the Jefferson County Bar Association, where he was also awarded the Blackstone Award. Memorial contributions may be made to the Dewey Jude Gonsoulin, Sr. Endowment for Excellence Scholarship in Law at Texas Law.

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Robert P. Braubach, Class of

Robert P. Braubach, San Antonio International Real Estate Attorney, has been honored by the Government of Belgium by being appointed an “Officer in the Order of Leopold II,” bestowed by King Phillipe of Belgium, for over twenty-five years of service representing Belgium in San Antonio as an Honorary Consul and foreign trade representative.

Richard Krumholz, Class of

Norton Rose Fulbright’s Global Chief Executive Gerry Pecht appointed Richard Krumholz as the law firm’s new Global Head of Litigation and Disputes. Krumholz will lead one of the world’s largest Litigation and Disputes Practice Groups, with more than 1,200 lawyers across 52 cities worldwide. Krumholz has led the US Litigation and Disputes Practice Group since 2014.

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Emily Stephens, Class of

Partner

Emily Stephens has joined Vinson & Elkins LLP as a partner in its Investment Funds practice. Stephens, who previously served for more than 14 years in managing director roles for global alternative investment management firm Oaktree Capital Management, participated in all aspects of fundraising for several of Oaktree’s largest funds, including what was, at the time, the world’s largest closed-end distressed debt fund at $10.9 billion. She also served as an investment team member and lead lawyer for Oaktree’s flagship investment strategy focused primarily on distressed credit opportunities.

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John Strohmeyer, Class of

John Strohmeyer was elected as a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estates Counsel. ACTEC is a nonprofit association of lawyers and law professors skilled and experienced in the preparation of wills and trusts; estate planning; and probate procedure and administration of trusts and estates of decedents, minors, and incompetents.

William L. Cotulla, Class of

William Lawrence Cotulla passed away in San Antonio, Texas, on Oct. 19, 2020, at the age of 84. Cotulla was very proud and passionate about his heritage as the great-grandson of Joseph Cotulla, a Polish immigrant who founded the town of Cotulla. He took pride in living in Cotulla and serving his community. Cotulla was an attorney for the United States Army, oversaw multiple family ranches, and was the director of the Stockmens National Bank for 25 years. In 2011, he established the William L. Cotulla Endowment with the Laredo Area Community Foundation to benefit the First Baptist Church.

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Larry D. Thompson, Class of

A life brilliantly lived, Houston famed trial attorney and renowned author, Lawrence Duncan Thompson, "Larry", died leaving a legacy of greatness for his loved ones to embrace. He and his cousin Tom formed the law firm Lorance and Thompson in Houston in 1970, where Thompson practiced for over 55 years. He led the firm through good times and hard times with a firm hand, compassionate heart and enthusiasm for the law. He finished the Boston marathon twice as well as numerous other marathons across the country. Most of all he was full of enthusiasm for life, compassion for all and grace in all endeavors.

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Arthur C. Troilo, Jr., Class of

Arthur C. Troilo, Jr. was born in San Antonio, Texas on Sept. 17, 1931, and passed away on Oct. 8, 2020, at the age of 89. After serving in the Army and Reserve, Troilo moved his family to Austin to earn his law degree. In 1962, he joined the law firm of Sawtelle, Hardy, Davis & Goode and was one of the founders of the firm, Sawtelle, Goode, Troilo & Leighton, which later became the Law Firm of Davidson & Troilo; now known as Davidson, Troilo, Ream & Garza. He served as managing partner and senior board chairman; and was Senior Counsel for Davidson, Troilo, Ream & Garza until his death.

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Zach Burford, Class of

Trial Attorney

Zach Burford has joined Reynolds Frizzell LLP as a litigation associate. As a trial attorney, Burford advises clients across a wide array of industries. Previously he clerked for Judge Jane J. Boyle of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas and served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Lee Yeakel in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas.

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Kevin M. Richardson, Class of

Partner-elect

Kevin M. Richardson has been elected to the partnership at Latham & Watkins LLP in Houston, effective January 1, 2021. He is a member of the firm's Corporate Department who focuses his practice on complex corporate transactions, including M&A, capital markets transactions, securities, and corporate governance matters. He regularly advises public and private companies in the energy industry, private equity sponsors, and investment banking firms.

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D. Mitchell McFarland, Class of

Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, P.C. announced that 15 of its attorneys have been recognized on the 2020 Texas Super Lawyers® list, including D. Mitchell McFarland, who is recognized for his expertise in business litigation. This is McFarland's tenth year on the list.

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David Coligado, Class of

Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, P.C. announced that 15 of its attorneys have been recognized on the 2020 Texas Super Lawyers® list, including David Coligado, who serves as head of the firm's Real Estate Section.

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Mason Hester, Class of

Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, P.C. announced that 15 of its attorneys have been recognized on the 2020 Texas Super Lawyers® list, including Mason P. Hester, who is recognized for his expertise in construction litigation.

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Stuart Miller, Class of

Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, P.C. announced that 15 of its attorneys have been recognized on the 2020 Texas Super Lawyers® list, including Stuart F. Miller, who is recognized for his expertise in health care law.

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James Bettis, Class of

Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, P.C. announced that 15 of its attorneys have been recognized on the 2020 Texas Super Lawyers® list, including James M. Bettis, Jr., recognized for his expertise in personal injury defense.

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Joe W. Redden, Jr., Class of

Texas Super Lawyers has again recognized Beck Redden LLP in its 2020 annual award listing, featuring 16 lawyers including Joe W. Redden, Jr., who specializes in defense of civil litigation.

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Allison S. Miller, Class of

Texas Super Lawyers has again recognized Beck Redden LLP in its 2020 annual award listing, featuring 16 lawyers including Allison S. Miller, who specializes in defense of professional liability.

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Portrait of Geoff Gannaway

Geoff Gannaway, Class of

Texas Super Lawyers has again recognized Beck Redden LLP in its 2020 annual award listing, featuring 16 lawyers including Geoff Gannaway, who is specialized in business litigation.

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Portrait of Fields Alexander

Fields Alexander, Class of

Texas Super Lawyers has again recognized Beck Redden LLP in its 2020 annual award listing, featuring 16 lawyers including Fields Alexander, who is specialized in general litigation.

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David J. Beck, Class of

Texas Super Lawyers has again recognized Beck Redden LLP in its 2020 annual award listing, featuring 16 lawyers with four included in the Tops of Texas rankings. Beck Redden lawyers highlighted in the Tops of Texas rankings includes David J. Beck, who specialized in business litigation and is recognized in Top 100 Texas and Top 100 Houston.

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Portrait of Alistair B. Dawson

Alistair B. Dawson, Class of

Texas Super Lawyers has again recognized Beck Redden LLP in its 2020 annual award listing, featuring 16 lawyers with four included in the Tops of Texas rankings. Beck Redden lawyers highlighted in the Tops of Texas rankings includes Alistair B. Dawson, who is specialized in business litigation and recognized in Top 100 Texas and Top 100 Houston.

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Portrait of Robert Tobey

Robert Tobey, Class of

All of the attorneys at Dallas law firm Johnston Tobey Baruch have been named to the list of Texas Super Lawyers for 2020, including Robert Tobey. Robert Tobey is a trial lawyer who currently serves as president of the Dallas Bar Association.

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Portrait of Randy Johnston

Randy Johnston, Class of

All of the attorneys at Dallas law firm Johnston Tobey Baruch have been named to the list of Texas Super Lawyers for 2020, including Randy Johnston. Randy Johnston is known as one of the state’s foremost authorities on issues of legal ethics and handles cases involving professional malpractice.

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Louis Whittenburg, Class of

Louis Palma McKee Whittenburg passed away October 19, 2020, at the age of 74 from complications of Parkinson's. Whittenburg obtained his JD from Texas Law in 1970 where he was editor of the Law Review. He practiced law in Amarillo, Texas for nearly 49 years alongside his brother, George Allen Whittenburg, II. The family asks in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the Parkinson's Foundation (parkinson.org) or the charity of your choice.

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Benjamin Turner, Class of

Benjamin Bynum Turner, Jr. passed away on October 16, 2020. Between his undergrad at Rice and Texas Law, he spent three years on active duty with the U.S. Navy. Following active duty, Turner spent 18 years in the reserve and retired as a Captain. Turner practiced law for over 50 years, was board certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law, and a C.P.A. At various times he was a Trustee member of the Board of Governors for the Sewanee Military Academy, a Trustee member of the Board of Directors for the Harris County Heritage Society, and President of the Houston Chapter of the Archeological Institute of America. Any memorials in Turner's honor are requested to be made to the St. Andrews-Sewanee School, 290 Quintard Road, Sewanee, TN 37375.

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Julian T. Lopez, Class of

Julian T. Lopez is a personal injury attorney who practices at the Villarreal & Begum Law Firm and helps injured clients throughout Texas. He is a graduate of the Class of 1980 and worked as a prosecutor before becoming a plaintiff's attorney. He is a member of several local law associations, including the State Bar of Texas, San Antonio Trial Lawyers, and the Texas Bar College.

Julian loves one-on-one interactions with his clients and helping them recover the maximum compensation.

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Roger B. Greenberg, Class of

Founding Member, Sponsel Miller Greenberg PLLC

Best Lawyers in America© has recognized Roger B. Greenberg as a 2021 Lawyer of the Year for his work in arbitration. Greenberg has earned selection to the Best Lawyers list since 2015 for his practice in the areas of commercial litigation and arbitration. Mr. Greenberg, a founding member of Sponsel Miller Greenberg PLLC, also teaches arbitration as an adjunct professor at South Texas College of Law Houston.

Jeffrey Simon, Class of

In recognition of his leadership role in the state’s ongoing opioid multidistrict litigation (MDL), Simon Greenstone Panatier, P.C., founding partner Jeffrey Simon has been named a 2020 Texas Trailblazer by Texas Lawyer magazine. Simon serves as chairman of the Texas Opioid MDL Plaintiffs Steering Committee, which seeks to hold drug manufacturers and supply chain corporations responsible for their roles in creating and prolonging the opioid epidemic in Texas.

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Fields Alexander, Class of

Benchmark Litigation 2021 has recognized Fields Alexander in its 2021 ranking of the nation's top litigation talent. Alexander is considered to be a "Local Litigation Star", recommended consistently as a reputable and effective litigator by clients and peers.

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Alistair B. Dawson, Class of

Benchmark Litigation 2021 has recognized Alistair B. Dawson in its 2021 ranking of the nation's top litigation talent. Dawson is considered to be a "Local Litigation Star", recommended consistently as a reputable and effective litigator by clients and peers.

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David J. Beck, Class of

Benchmark Litigation 2021 has recognized David J. Beck in its 2021 ranking of the nation's top litigation talent. Beck has been recognized in Top 100 Trial Lawyers, and is considered to be a "National Practice Area Star" and "Local Litigation Star", recommended consistently as a reputable and effective litigator by clients and peers.

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Debra Yaniko Rogers Dupont, Class of

Debra Yaniko Rogers Dupont passed away on May 9, 2017, at her home in Aledo. Her legal career began with the Supreme Court of Texas, Austin as a Judicial Intern and as an Associate for Loe, Warren, Rosenfield, Kaitcher & Hibbs in Fort Worth. Rogers then worked as Assistant District Attorney for Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney's Office; Volunteer Attorney for Immigration Services for the Catholic Charities Diocese of Fort Worth; Adjunct Professor in Business Law at Weatherford College, Rogers LLP in Weatherford; and her own private practice as Attorney at Law in Aledo. Rogers was awarded the Eldon B. Mahon Inn of Court.

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Hon. Harold Raymond DeMoss, Jr., Class of

Harold Raymond DeMoss, Jr. passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on April 29, 2020 in Houston, at the age of 89. DeMoss was stationed at the Pentagon with the Army's Judge Advocate General's Corps. After his discharge, DeMoss and his wife moved to Houston where he joined the Bracewell & Patterson law firm. DeMoss's second career began in 1991 with his appointment to U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals by President George H.W. Bush. In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests that memorial contributions be directed to The Judge Harold R. DeMoss, Jr. Endowed Scholarship in Law for Constitutional Excellence, c/o The University of Texas Law School Foundation, 727 E. Dean Keeton Street, Austin, TX 78705.

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Paul Herve Dionne, Class of

Paul Herve Dionne died peacefully with his family by his side in Fort Stockton on Sept. 14, 2020. He received his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in 1959. Dionne served in the US Army Counterintelligence Corps during the Korean War. He practiced Law in Fort Stockton for over 60 years in both private and community capacities. Upon retirement from general practice, he adopted the Pecos County State Bank as his “work family.” In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to the charity of your choice.

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Daniel Z. Sternthal, Class of

Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, P.C. hired three Houston Shareholders from the law firm of Baker Donelson, including Texas Law alumnus Daniel Z. Sternthal. This team of well-respected attorneys helps Munsch Hardt significantly broaden the capabilities of its health care practice, as well as further strengthens the Firm’s commercial litigation experience. Chambers USA-Texas (2020) ranked and Board Certified in Health Law, Daniel Sternthal is a recognized authority in advising on regulatory, business, and policy issues related to health care.

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Stuart F. Miller, Class of

Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, P.C. hired three Houston Shareholders from the law firm of Baker Donelson, including Texas Law alumnus Stuart F. Miller. This team of well-respected attorneys helps Munsch Hardt significantly broaden the capabilities of its health care practice, as well as further strengthens the Firm’s commercial litigation experience. Chambers USA-Texas (2019-2020) ranked Stuart F. Miller helps health care providers and other health care entities manage their legal and business needs in an efficient and compliant manner.

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Hon. Reagan Helm, Class of

Hon. Reagan Cartwright Helm died peacefully on Aug. 24, 2020, surrounded by his loving family and caregivers at their family cabin in Estes Park, Colorado. Helm was a double Longhorn. After graduating from Texas Law, he entered the FBI and served in Denver and New York City. Helm then owned and operated the first BMW dealership in Houston, where he won several BMW North America Dealer of the Year Awards. He went on to own Galleria Area Ford. In 1994, Helms was elected Judge of Harris County Criminal Court #1, where he served until is retirement in 2010. Those wishing to make a contribution in Helm's memory may donate to St. John's School or The Rocky Mountain Conservancy in Estes Park, CO.

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Steven Paul Boney, Class of

Steven Paul Boney passed away surrounded by his family on May 25, 2020. He was a double Longhorn and a proud Austinite for more than 50 years. For 44 years, Boney served as a criminal defense attorney. He was a regular volunteer for Legal Aid in Austin, constantly committed to helping others in need. In lieu of flowers or other remembrances, donations may be made in Boney's name to the ALS Association of Texas.

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Thomas Greene III, Class of

Thomas Baker Greene III passed away on March 10, 2020. Greene spent many years as a successful litigator. He was a partner at the firms of Crain, Winters, Deaton, James & Briggs (now Crain Caton & James); Ware, Snow, Fogel, Jackson & Greene; and Kajander & Greene. Greene spent his final years as a solo practitioner. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Rice University, Office of Development MS-81, P. O. Box 1892, Houston, TX 77251-1892 or Main Street Theater, 2540 Times Blvd., Houston, TX 77005.

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John R. Locke, Jr., Class of

John R. Locke, Jr. died on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, at age 96. Locke is a double Longhorn. After getting his undergraduate degree, he volunteered for pilot training in the U.S. Army Air Force. Upon graduation from Texas Law, Locke first practiced as an United States Attorney for the Western District of Texas. In 1950, he joined his father’s law firm Kelso, Locke & King, which later became Groce, Locke & Hebdon. Locke served on the Board of Directors of Cullen Frost and was a member of numerous civic and social organizations. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Texas Cavaliers Charitable Foundation, 1250 NE Loop 410, Suite 234, San Antonio, TX 78209.

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Timothy William Johnson, Class of

Timothy William Johnson, age 67, passed away on Sept. 9, 2020, at his home in Atlanta, Georgia, after a long illness. After graduating, Johnson joined the Atlanta law firm of Smith, Currie & Hancock, where he became a partner. He opened his own specialized labor and employment law firms: Crenshaw & Johnson and Johnson, Matte & Hobgood. Later, Johnson joined Coca-Cola Enterprises as Vice President of Labor Relations until his retirement in 2007. He returned to Smith Currie in an "of counsel" role until his illness forced him to fully retire in 2015. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Holy Spirit Catholic Church, The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration, or the Farber Fund at University of South Dakota.

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Ronald R. Calhoun, Class of

Ronald R. Calhoun passed away on Aug. 29, 2020, in Albuquerque, NM. Calhoun graduated from Texas Law in 1958. He never worked for anyone else, establishing his career as an attorney in El Paso until he retired in 2000. Calhoun loved to travel, visiting more than 80 countries in his lifetime. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, (donate3.cancer.org).

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Jimmie B. Todd, Class of

Jimmie B. Todd, 82, of Odessa died on Sept. 1, 2020 following a brief illness. Todd was the founding attorney and President of Todd, Barron, Thomason, Hudman & Bebout, P.C., where he continued to practice law and served as the managing partner. He was heavily involved in community service; Todd assisted in securing The University of Texas of the Permian Basin for Odessa. He helped establish the Village Place Charitable Trust and served as a Trustee of that Trust until its dissolution. Todd also served as a Director of the State and Western National Banks, and as President of E. L. Farmer & Company. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund. Visit frankwwilson.com to leave online condolences.

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Donald L. Gaffney, Class of

Donald L. Gaffney, age 68, died peacefully in his sleep on Sept. 3, 2020, at his home in Phoenix, Arizona after a multi-year battle with cancer. He joined Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. in 1989, where he was the leader of the firm's Bankruptcy Group for over 25 years. His professional recognitions include The Best Lawyers in America, Lawyer of the Year, and many, many more. In 2018, Gaffney was presented the State Bar of Arizona Bankruptcy Section Pro Bono Superhero Award. He was also active in many associations, including the Federal Bar Association, Phoenix Chapter where he was President from 2015-2016 and the Texas Law Executive Council of Alumni Association. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to The Phoenix Symphony.

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Hon. Joseph Bonner Dorsey, Class of

Hon. Joseph Bonner Dorsey died on Aug. 27, 2020, at home surrounded by loving family members. After Texas Law, he served as an ROTC officer, deployed to Vietnam during 1969. He was later loaned to the Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps of the United States Army. For his service, the U.S. Army awarded Dorsey with many medals and released him at the rank of Major. After serving in Vietnam, he returned home to Corpus Christi, where he continued to serve in the Army Reserves, working as a criminal defense attorney and raising his family. Following retirement, Dorsey travelled across South Texas serving as a "Visiting Judge". In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to either: Mother Teresa's Shelter or KEDT-Public Broadcasting System.

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Sam D. Sparks, Class of

Noted trial lawyer Sam D. Sparks of San Angelo died Aug. 31, 2020, following a heroic battle with Pancreatic cancer. Sparks had been a partner in the law firm of Webb, Stokes & Sparks, LLP since 1972. He was a member of the State Bar of Texas, American Bar Association, American Board of Trial Advocates and the Texas Trial Lawyers Association where he served as a Director for many years. Sparks was considered to be a passionate advocate for his clients and active within his own community.

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C. Fielding Early, Jr., Class of

C. Fielding Early Jr. passed away Aug. 7, 2020. He was a double Longhorn, earning his undergraduate and law degrees from The University of Texas at Ausin. Fielding worked at Texaco in Houston and several state agencies in Austin. He loved to travel and spending time on the family ranch in Brownwood, TX. Those who wish to leave a remembrance of Fielding or express condolences are encouraged to do so at the link below.

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John Browning '89

John Browning, Class of

Justice John Browning was appointed to the Fifth District Court of Appeals by Governor Greg Abbott on Aug. 24, 2020. Before joining the Court, he was a trial and appellate lawyer for 31 years as a partner with large national law firms and his own small law firm.

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