(Jan. 30, 1921 – July 10, 2003)
TRAVIS D. SHELTON
State Bar President, 1977-1978
Travis D. Shelton became President of the State Bar of Texas in
1977. He succeeded in passing the one-time assessment referendum to
raise the necessary money to complete the payments for the Texas Law
Center. During Shelton's presidency, the Bar hired a new Executive
Director, finished the year with a surplus of funds, and submitted
guidelines for lawyer advertising to the Supreme Court of Texas.
Travis D. Shelton is the son of Santford and Lena Shelton. He was
born on January 30, 1921, in Tahoka, Texas. He attended Texas Tech
University as an undergraduate before he obtained his LL.B. degree in
1949 from the University of Texas where he was a member of the Phi
Alpha Delta legal fraternity. Shelton was admitted to the Bar in late
1948, shortly before he graduated from law school, and began his
practice in Lubbock. Shelton married Mary Lou Metcalf in 1946. They
have two daughters and a son, Steve Shelton, who is also an attorney.
During World War II Shelton served in the U.S. Coast Guard. He enlisted
as an apprentice seaman in 1942 and was discharged in 1946 as a junior
Shelton served as president of the Lubbock County Bar in 1952.
Before assuming the office of State Bar President, he was a director in
1965-1968 and vice-president in 1975-1976. He was a member of the
American Bar and a charter life member of the Texas Bar Foundation.
During 1949-50 Shelton was Lubbock's assistant county attorney, and
from 1951-1957 he served as district attorney of the 72nd Judicial
District. In August 1977 he was inducted as a member of the American
College of Trial Lawyers. Shelton was a deacon in the Presbyterian
Church and a member of the Democratic Party. Active on various Lubbock
civic boards and committees, Shelton belonged to the Junior Chamber of
Commerce and is a past president of the Lions Club. In 1976 he was
chosen as Lubbock's "Executive of the Year."