By Edgar Freeman Smith,Michelle M. Haas
As Assistant legal professional common accountable for the land table, Edgar Smith came across himself a interested observer and an energetic participant in a few an important instances within the historical past of Texas land and oil law.
"I'm going to be a lawyer."
Do you ever imagine humans used to have extra gumption than they do now?
Let's examine Edgar Smith, the youngest baby of a circuit preacher. by way of age 11 he needed to paintings in a coal mine to help his widowed mom. while he was once eighteen they misplaced their domestic to foreclosures. humans informed him to profit a alternate if he desired to get by means of. Edgar's ears have been plugged to that. All he ever desired to be used to be a lawyer.
He sweated all day and studied into the evening. This was once again should you might learn for the legislation. After six years of interpreting, Edgar took the bar examination. He handed. Edgar Freeman Smith was once a lawyer.
Before he was once thirty he could function a mayor, president of a college board and at last as Assistant legal professional basic. one other 4 years and he will be First Assistant legal professional General.
"Lawsuits aren't crimson teas. they're battles."
Big circumstances the place discovering their method to the land table then. instances that may switch the whole criminal panorama. It used to be Edgar's task to argue for the nation of Texas. His rivals the place males of giant studying with ambitious minds. His weapon: arduous preparation.
A Saga of Texas Land and Oil legislations is Edgar Smith's felony autobiography, written in 1940. no longer many have been revealed again then, so it is tough to discover. within he lays out the the proof of the circumstances he argued and why he gained, whereas providing the arguments of his rivals in a good light.
"A authentic tale of Texas legislations, attorneys, Judges
and well-known Lawsuits"
The situations he covers include:
The Capitol Syndicate case
The purple River Boundary case
The Relinquishment Act
The case of the 'So-called Oil Leases'
Edgar Smith went directly to paintings for Baker, Botts & Parker & Garwood (now Baker Botts) and encompasses a concise heritage of the enterprise, in addition to a great personality cartoon of pass judgement on Garwood.
He additionally information his involvement in:
The Pool corridor cases
Martial legislation at Galveston (1920)
Martial legislations within the East Texas Oil Field
1922 college Textbook case
J. Frank Dobie suggestion sufficient of Edgar's publication to incorporate it in his consultant to existence and Literature of the Southwest, a kind of grasp studying checklist if you would like a fantastic grounding within the tradition and heritage of our region.
Edgar Smith manages an extraordinary feat during this booklet: he's transparent minded, reasonable and interesting unexpectedly. you can find him to be respectable, diligent, observant and devoted to the pursuits of his clients.
When he left Baker, Botts, Parker & Garwood shape his personal perform in Austin, pass judgement on Garwood wrote this commitment to him:
In reminiscence of good fought fields;
to have misplaced with no dejection; to have received with out elation;
to have fought for romance of fact that justice may perhaps prevail,
without considered end result to self
- what larger existence can the area afford?
This booklet merits a spot in your shelf and on your heart.
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