(Aug. 20, 1913 – Aug. 15, 2004)
MAURICE R. BULLOCK
State Bar President, 1955-1956
Maurice R. Bullock, the son of County Judge Jesse H. and Georgia W.
Bullock, was born in Colorado City, Texas, on August 20, 1913. As an
undergraduate, he attended North Texas Agricultural College and the
University of Texas. He received his LL.B. degree in 1936 from the
University of Texas, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif.
Later that year he was admitted to the Bar, practiced briefly in Fort
Worth, and then went to Fort Stockton where he remained until 1965 when
he moved to Midland. Bullock married Wildo Marie Frost in 1939 and has
a son and a daughter.
A member of the Midland County, Trans-Pecos, and American Bar
Associations, Bullock served as a director of the State Bar and as
vice-president in 1954-1955 before being elected to the presidency in
1955. As president, Bullock initiated changes in the State Bar Rules to
provide for better continuity of executive leadership through a
president-elect system and to strengthen disciplinary rules. He
established a full-time office of Director of Public Information; and
during his term the Texas Probate Code, ''the product of more than ten
years of study and effort,'' which had been sponsored primarily by the
State Bar, finally became a law. Bullock, who served as Pecos County
attorney in 1939-1943 and as chairman of the State Securities Board in
1957-1966, was a Fellow of the American and Texas Bar Foundations and
the American College of Probate Counsel. He was a member of the
A.B.A.'s House of Delegates in 1958-1962, was a director of the
American Judicature Society, and was a trustee of the Southwestern Legal
Foundation. In 1962 he was a member of the Texas Advisory Committee to
the Civil Rights Commission. Bullock was a Methodist, Democrat, and
Mason. He belonged to the Midland Chamber of Commerce, Country Club,
and Petroleum Club and is the author of several articles on oil and gas
lease law in Texas.