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Remembering John O’Quinn

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John O’Quinn, the well known Houston plaintiff’s lawyer and alumni of the University of Houston Law Center passed away in a car accident this morning. He was a larger than life figure at the University of Houston and you couldn’t avoid seeing his name – it was on the law library, the football field and others.

Most students remember John for the talk he gave each year for the John Black Moot Court Competition – the intraschool oral arguments that are a rite of passage for all 1L students in the spring each year. John never missed a year in the time I’ve been here. He always gave the same talk. He told the story of John Black, a classmate of his at the University of Houston Law Center in much more modest times, a blue-collar guy who developed brain cancer after his first year but was so committed to the idea of becoming a trial lawyer who could represent the little guy that he kept coming to class even after the disease had robbed him of the ability to achieve that dream. When John Black passed away, O’Quinn, with some of the others in his class established the competition in his honor. John teared up every time.

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