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Memoir of John Hill as Texas Attorney General

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Texas Lawyer brought my attention to the publication of Ernie Stromberger’s John Hill for the State of Texas. John Hill, who collaborated on the book before his death in 2007, also served as Secretary of State and Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court in his long career.

I had the pleasure of talking with Justice Hill before he passed on when I met him at a reception Winstead held for UH law students. He had a seemingly never ending reservoir of stories, but looking back the most remarkable aspect was that he never really let on who he was. He mentioned that he ‘had been a judge’ and had ‘worked for the state’ for a while. It would seem odd to describe such a larger-than-life personality as humble, but so he was.

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  1. lukegilman says:

    From Mary Flood's Legal Trade blog, John Hill book signing Wed. 5-7 p.m.

    This Wednesday night at River Oaks Bookstore, one of my favorite places to book browse, Ernie Stomberger will sign his book "John Hill: For the State of Texas".

    The late Texas chief justice John Hill's children Graham Hill and Martha Hill Jamison report that the book was co-written by their father and it focuses on his service as attorney general of Texas during the 1970's.

    "It covers a unique period of Texas history and my father's advancement of consumer rights, environmental protection, open records, state regulation of utility companies, etc. as Texas AG. He was the only person in Texas history to have served as AG, Secretary of State and Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court," the Hill children note.

    The bookstore is at 3270 Westheimer and it and its owner are a delight even when there is no book signing.

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