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    {DLAS BA\ A I AON 198f9                                                           : '


Great Texas Lawyers of the Past

              PART II:

     GILLIS JOHNSON
     OF FORT WORTH

             ~Gillis Johnson s
                    reputation and fierce de-
                    rnanor terrified nmost
                    opponents and i you
                    saw him being kindly or
                    couIreous to a lawyer on
                the other side, you ught
      obe forgiven for SUSpec
  A'h -  acauer hun ting an ulterior motive
  John L.           whm tWhen Thomas R
Hartnett m[ was a young lawyer in the old T'umr,
White w      t,to Malane & Francis firm  he
represented the stepdaughter of a very wealthy
oil man who had (lied in an airplane crash in
Alaska on a hunting trip, leaving a hastily-
prepared will which made no provision whatever
for the stepdaughter of whom the deceased had
been very fond.
  It was clear from all the facts that the omis-
sion of his stepdaughter as a legatee wals solely
due t the haste with which the will was prepared
as the deccased left for Alaska. He had intend-
ed to treat his stepdaughter exactly as he was
treating the daughter of his own blood who was
her insparable friend and companion. Hartnett
sued on behal of the stepdaughter ot  a share
of the enorious estate
  The executor of the deceased oil man hired
Gillis Johnson t represent him in the lawsuit.
Gillis piornptly and thoroughly researched the
law, of lapsd legacies. One dy he called Hart
nett and suggested that they have co lue and
discuss the case. Eim agreed, and after some
piasnt conversation, Giltis said.
  ibr, I have hired the best firm of solicitors
I could find in England and the 1. nited1 Kingdom
to research the point and they tell inc that the
ancient rc pieventing the revival of lapsed
legacies is just as strong today as it ever w*as, and
that it operates to bar your client's recovery. In
other words, the applicable rule of construction
will not permit you to change the will by con-
struing thc language of a w it to nmakc a
beticirar out of a person who is not named
or otherwise specifically identilied in the will
itself. Tis is true even where, as here, there is
absolutely no doubt that the testator's intent is
being frustrated
  Grillis suggested to linm that be should read tie
ancient FEnglish leading case on the subject, and
                        (coniud on page 6)


1989 SECTIONS AND CHAIRMEN


Antitrust & Trade Regulation . Edward Masek
Bankruptcy &
  Commercial Law       . H DeWayne Hale
Business Litigation    Robert M  ihoint ii
Consiructon Law    Paul D. Underkofler, Jr
Corporate Counsel           Carol Hi burn
Criminal L aw ........Kimberly K   Gilles
Eniployee Benefits/
  Executive Compensation   Craig Goodrun


Finvironmental Law ..
tamily Law.
International L aw ...
Oil, Gas & Mineral Iaw
Probate, Trusts
  & FEstates......
Real Propery.
Solo & Small Firm...
'lax .   . . . . . .  .


.. James Veach
Jon Michael Franks
... Hunt Buckley
  ...Arthur Wright

     Curtis Brown
  ... Chris Peirson
  . Dennis Houfek
  Michael K Stone


1989 COMMITTEES AND CHAIRMEN


Admissions &
  Membership
Advisory ......
Alternate Dispute
  Resolution
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C ontiniuing ,.ega
  Education ...
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Criminal Justice
Entertainment ..
Executive .......
Fee Disputes
Finance
Housec  .....
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Judiciary'....
Law Day ....
Law in a Changing
  Society . ....


  Allen W, Kimbrough
        J. Mike Joplin

        Jay J. Madrid
   Martha J. Hardwick
         Frank HyItk'i
         Linda F, Wise

     Joe Bailey Hyden
 T ravis E. Vanderpool
   ...  Mark A. Troy
   I Brian I). Melton
   Spencer C, Retyea
     Steven G. Paner
 Orrin L. Harrison, Ill
     Joseph E. Nowlin
     I... Doak Bishop
     Robeit W  Jordan
Renee C. Martin-Nagle

... Kevin B. Wiggins


faw Practice Economics
  & Managemcnt .       James M. Klancnik
L awyer Referral
  Se vice ..............Thelma Sanders
Legal Aid &
  Legal Services ........Penny L. Parker
Leal Fthics   .. . Roland Love
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Memorial & History Gordon H, Rowe, Jr.
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New Laws &
  Constitutional
  Amendments ......      Robert E. Luxen
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Publications     Daniel E. McDonald, Jr.
Speakers     ........... Stephen P. Tokoly
Special Services      . , Katherine C. Hall
Sports Law .     .    Dan L. Nicewander


Strategic
  Planning ..


Christine C. Buchmeyer


             MEET AND BE MERRY


  The best entertinment of the year will be the Dallas Bar Assouiation's Annual Inaugurd Reception,
Dinner and Dance
                                Saturday, January 21
                                   Fairmont Hotel
  The receptin, with open bar will begin at 7 o'clock in the Regency Foer with dinner at 8 o'clock
in the Regency Ballroom. There will be dancing until I ami, to the music of the Marc Jaco Band.
  Resived tables of 10 are available, but the NYi way to reserve a table is by' bringing your
check for $400 1or a group of checks totling that amount) to the Dallas Bar Association Office,
2101 Ross Avenue, All tickets foi a table will be given to only one person.
  Individual tickets are $40.00 each aid niay als be purchased at the Bar office. Deadline for
ticket sales is 5 p.m., Wednesday, January 18. No tickets will be sold at the door.
  There will be ample good seating at non-reserved tables throughout the ballroom, so get your
tickets now for the complimentary cocktails and festive feast presnted as only the Fairmont can.
There will be two bottles of wine at each table with additional wtne available for purchase.
  Use the valet parking ($7.50) at the main entrance of the Fairmont on Akard Street; other parking
facilities are adjacent to the hotel.                                              0

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