Oral History Collection

MAIN ENTRY: Quilliam, W. Reed
DATE OF INTERVIEW: July 14, 1998
LOCATION OF INTERVIEW: Lubbock, Texas
INTERVIEWER: Gene B. Preuss
LENGTH OF INTERVIEW: 1:50
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE: Reed Quilliam discusses his life as an attorney and professor at Texas Tech University's School of Law.
TAPE ONE Quilliam, William Reed Jr.
b. January 21, 1929 in Beaumont, Texas
parents: father - Quilliam, William Reed Sr.
mother - Quilliam, Gladys Harned
head of music at Lamar University
Quilliam, William Reed Sr. (again)
geologist
during depression, went back to school to become a lawyer
Hebbronville, Texas
ttended school, grades 1-8
Texas was on an eleven-grade system at the time
Nagy, Joe
Beaumont, Texas (again)
education
Hebbronville, Texas (again)
water supply
Quilliam, William Reed Sr. began the Hebbronville Utilities Inc. along with the Yaeger (?) family
owned it from 1934 - 1963
Parr family of Duval County, Texas
stories
Hebbronville, Texas classmates
Beaumont, Texas (again)
Detroit Tigers farm team, the Beaumont Exploiters (farm-based team)
Career ambitions
become a sports writer
lawyer
University of Texas School of Law
involvement
After school applied for active duty
naval reserves
Myrna, wife
story of their meeting
Korean Conflict
patrolled waters
Lubbock, Texas
wages for lawyers $300 - 350 a month
taught business law at Texas Tech University
$477 a month
$100 a month grading correspondence courses
Teaching at Texas Tech University (again)
in 1955
Children
Corrine (?), b. Feb. 1954
Catherine, b. Oct. 1955
William Reed, III, b. July 1961
Lubbock, Texas (again)
weather
dust storms
Teaching at Texas Tech University (again)
Law practice
with Key, Marion and Carr, Warlock
general practice
Trust officer at American State Bank
Real Estate Practice
House Representative in Texas Legislature
took Carr, Waggoner seat
always interested in politics
1961-1969
Issues - sales tax
Kennedy Assassination
House Representative (again)
1965-Passed the medical school planning bill for

Texas Tech University
ultimately passed in 1969
getting the Texas Tech University School of Law funded

TAPE TWO 1965 legislative session (continued)
Smith, Preston
opinions
Remarks on representing Lubbock, Texas in the House
have to decide whether to vote your district or your conscience
Yarborough, Ralph
opinions
Politics
opinion
Daniel, Price
opinion
Connally, John
opinions
Walters, Jim
Associates who ran law firm while Quilliam was gone for legislative sessions
Walters, Jim (again)
formed partnership
General practice
Amandes, Richard B. "Dick"
Dean of the Texas Tech University School of Law
Quilliam becoming a faculty member
offered Quilliam a position
Going back to school
Harvard
January 1968 - January 1969
Lexington, Massachusetts
work hard during the week and sightsee weekends
Texas Tech University School of Law (again)
Taught 1969-1995
opposition and support of building the school
Lubbock Bar Association
opposition and support of building the school (continued)quantity of lawyers
benefits
cheap labor from students
access of the law library
students
age differences
thoughts on teaching
Minorities in law school
Women
huge increase in law students
African-Americans
Women (again)
Texas Tech University School of Law's effect on the Lubbock community
benefits (again)
cheap labor from students (again)
access to library
speakers
Public perception of lawyers
to much litigation
competition
expenses
Areas of teaching
Advice to potential lawyers
must be willing to work
like the law
Future of the legal profession
greater emphazise on mediation and arbitration
RANGE DATES: 1929 -1998
BULK DATES: 1961 -1995