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Humor: “The Judge’s Daughter: I Solemnly Swear . . .,” January 2022, p. 94;
Humor: “The Judge’s Daughter: Food Court,” March 2022, p. 232

I am glad I actually finished thumbing through the January edition of the Bar Journal! What a wonderful surprise to see excerpts from my father’s book. And now March! Thank you so much for publishing those. I pull the book out every so often to read portions; they never get old. It brings back lots of memories. As you can imagine, my father had a quick and enjoyable sense of humor. He had the ability to be friends and socialize with most of the lawyers he worked with, and I don’t think you have much of that these days. I remember—I was in grade school—frequent parties at our house with the likes of Gus Kolius and Judge Bue, etc. Loud and tons of laughter.

Somewhere at my house I have several volumes of riddles he made up, i.e.,
Q. Why did Guinevere dump King Arthur?
A. Because she liked Lance a lot.

Pretty corny but makes me smile. Thank you again.

Craig von Sternberg

Texas Bar Journal, March 2022
I always enjoy your publication, including your March edition celebrating Women’s History Month with stories of women leaders in our legal profession.

Missing, however, is the story of Mary Murphy, who began her legal career as a legal secretary and went on to become an outstanding trial lawyer, district and appellant judge, and leader of our noble profession.

Mary began as a secretary for Jerry L. Buchmeyer, a trial and appellant lawyer at Thompson & Knight who later became a federal district judge in Dallas for many years.

Then it was on to SMU Law School, where she received her J.D. in 1983.

In 1986, after three years as an associate of a law firm in Colorado, she joined Jenkens & Gilchrist, where as section head and senior shareholder, I had the pleasure of working with Mary. She was a tremendous asset to the firm and her clients.

After becoming a partner, she left the firm in 1997 to become a civil district court master. In 2001, she became the judicial district judge of the 14th District Court and later rose to the 5th District Court of Appeals, where she retired as a senior justice in 2013.

Mary has received the Judge of the Year Award from the American Board of Trial Advocates Dallas Chapter, twice received the Distinguished Alumni Award from SMU Dedman School of Law, and the list goes on.

Women’s History Month should not pass without recognizing Mary Murphy’s impact on our legal profession.

John A. Gilliam


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