Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Farewell Jim

Judge Barlow was a good man and a good judge.

I'm proud that I was on the same bench as he was, the 186th District Court in Bexar County.  In fact he swore me in as the 3rd judge on that bench.  He was, of course, the first to occupy the bench in 1969.  The 2nd Judge was Terry McDonald and it is currently occupied by Judge Tessa Herr.

He always had interesting facts and stories to relate to us younger attorneys.

Rest in Peace Jim.

Retired Judge Barlow dies

Express News -

Retired state district court Judge James Barlow, who waged a public battle against breast cancer for several years, died early Tuesday. He was 81.

The former prosecutor graduated from St. Mary's School of Law in 1953 and served in the Texas House of Representatives in 1960 for one term. He was elected Bexar County district attorney and served in that post from 1963 to 1969.

In 1969, he was appointed to the newly created 186th District Court, from which he retired in 1990.

Barlow was a senior district judge for 18 more years, serving by assignment in 13 different counties, said his daughter Melissa Barlow Fischer, general administrative counsel for Bexar County's criminal district courts.

Barlow authored the 2004 book, “Tales of the Southwest Courtroom,” which chronicled his life in the law.

Services are pending.