In celebration of its 75th anniversary, the Texas Bar Journal will publish a different article from its vast archives every month. This piece is from the May 1940 issue. Four episodes of “Reid and Randall, Attorneys at Law,” have been broadcast over Texas radio stations since the 15-minute program was inaugurated April 6. Young James Randall, who came to Texas from Illinois to begin his law practice in the office of his father’s old friend, already has learned from his own awkward experiences and the kindly advice of Judge Reid points of procedure and human nature not furnished with his law degree. With a cast made up of members of the Travis County Junior Bar and co-eds from The University of Texas radio workshop, the program originating at KNOW in Austin is carried by sixteen Texas Quality Network stations. The series of nine broadcasts is sponsored by the Junior Bar Conference of America in coöperation with the Texas Junior Bar Association as a part of its nationwide public information program. Through the adventures of “Reid and Randall” the services and problems of the average lawyer in Texas are brought before the public in an effort to create a better understanding. James Randall’s first case ends in embarrassment for him, for in the haste of inexperience he fails to check as thoroughly as the district attorney has done on the three young thieves he is defending. The Phillips divorce action, which comes soon afterwards, teaches him the wisdom of the old Judge’s words, “We’re supposed to have common sense, and hearts, and an understanding of human nature—else we’d have a hard time making any good use of our legal training.” The fourth installment leaves James to choose between an immediate departure for Kentucky to look after the affairs of Luke Cooper, a new client who has waited forty years to find a man he can trust, and remaining in Glen Cove to meet his fiancée, whom he has not seen in three months. The part of James is played by Will Mann Richardson, assistant secretary of state, and Wickliffe W. Fisher is Judge Reid. Miss Gail Hamilton of Port Lavaca is Gail Hamilton, the office assistant, a character which was named for her before she applied for the part. Others who have appeared in the cast are H. W. Morelock, assistant city attorney, as Bill; Walter Greig as Cyrus; Trueman E. O’Quinn, city attorney and president of Texas Junior Bar Association, as Buddy; Gibson Randle as the District Attorney; Miss Carolyn Patterson of Mexia as Mary Phillips; J. Hubert Lee as John Phillips; and Wroe Owens as Luke Cooper. Producer of “Reid and Randall” is Charles Meade, director of KNOW. Mr. Meade was production manager several years ago of “Famous Jury Trials,” a series of legal programs which were broadcast from Station WLW in Cincinnati. Mrs. Elithe Hamilton Beal, graduate student in the University, is the script-writer. Other stations carrying the program are KFDA in Amarillo, KFYO in Lubbock, KRLH in Midland, KBST in Big Spring, KGKL in San Angelo, KRBC in Abilene, KVWC in Vernon, KFJZ in Fort Worth, WRR in Dallas, KRRV of Sherman-Denison, KPLT in Paris, KCMC in Texarkana, WACO in Waco, KTEM in Temple and KABC in San Antonio.
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