Texas Supreme Court advisory

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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Hubert W. Green, Justice Paul W. Green’s father, who practiced law in San Antonio for almost 60 years and was appointed Bexar County criminal district attorney when he was 29, died Saturday in San Antonio. He was 84.


Justice Green said his father suffered a stroke Thursday morning.


Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Porter Loring Mortuary at 1101 McCullough Ave. in San Antonio. A memorial service will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at San Antonio’s Trinity Baptist Church, 319 E. Mulberry Ave.


Chief Justice Wallace B. Jefferson said Hubert Green was in great spirits – “full of life and proud of Paul and his entire family” – when Jefferson saw him earlier in the month. “He was an extraordinary lawyer,” Jefferson said, “a kind and decent man.”


Hubert Green graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 1950, having been admitted to law school without graduating from the UT. He attended UT after brief service in the Army Air Corps at the end of World War II.


At UT Law School he was on the Texas Law Review and was elected to the legal honor society Order of the Coif. He joined his father’s law practice after graduation, then became Bexar County criminal district attorney, appointed in 1954 by Gov. Allan Shivers when he was 29.


He served as the county’s head prosecutor until 1958, when he took over his father’s practice after his father died.


Lt. Gov. Ben Barnes picked him in 1971 as general counsel of the Texas Senate General Investigating Committee to lead the Sharpstown bank-fraud investigation. His report led to indictments of several state officials in a scandal that reshaped Texas politics in the early 1970s.


He was inducted into the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers in 1974 and later served as its Texas state chairman and as a governing regent of the national organization.


He was a life fellow of the San Antonio Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas and the American Bar Association.


In 2001 the San Antonio Bar Association honored him with the Judge Joe Frazier Brown Sr. Award of Excellence.


Though he retired recently from his law firm, he continued pro bono practice.


In addition to Justice Green, Hubert Green is survived by his wife, Leah, whom he married in 1950; a second son, David Green of Corpus Christi; and a daughter, Cynthia Graham of Joplin, Mo.