RE: “TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH” Associate editor Lindsay Mader wrote a most interesting article about Jerikay Gayle [January 2015, p. 6]. But, an attorney does not have to go to the ends of the earth or to Egypt to make a historical discovery. An attorney can do that in his or her office. I discovered a forgotten hero of the Texas Revolution who peacefully prevented Sam Houston’s tiny Texas army from having a conflict with the Caddo Indians as it marched east toward San Jacinto. Joseph Bonnell, Gen. Sam Houston’s military aide and an officer in both the Texas Army and the United States Army, was liked by the Caddos for having helped the tribe when it sold its land to the United States. Bonnell was so forgotten that he lay in an unmarked grave until given full military honors by the “Old Guard.” An 11-minute educational video on Joseph Bonnell is available at www.west-point.org/joseph_bonnell. SELDON B. GRAHAM JR. Austin RE: “FINDING YOUR WAY” In reading Rebekah Steeley Brooker’s article in the Texas Bar Journal [February 2015, p. 158], there was a story that brought back old memories and a chuckle. In 1969, I was a pilot in the USAF and a flight instructor at a base near Lubbock. After five years in the Air Force, I decided that I wanted to get out and go to law school. It seemed, prior to stepping out onto that path, it might be a good idea to get back into the swing of college level studies so I would be better prepared for the demands of law school. Accordingly, I enrolled at Texas Tech at night taking first semester accounting. I also recall the professor talking about “widgets” and being puzzled at whatever he meant. Reading your account of the same experience so long after mine sure brought a smile to my face. TRAVIS VANDERPOOL Georgetown RE: “KINDLING THE SPIRIT OF LIBERTY” I wanted to send a quick note of thanks for the recent Law-Related Education conference in Austin [February 2015, p. 112]. It was so helpful for teachers to learn more about the personal connections to civil rights. Thank you for your support of LRE and professional learning for teachers! STACY KOCKLER Denton ISD, elementary social studies coordinator Share your thoughts via Twitter with @statebaroftexas or send letters by email to email@example.com or by mail to Managing Editor, Texas Bar Journal, P.O. Box 12487, Austin, TX 78711-2487. Letters addressed to the Texas Bar Journal become the property of the magazine, and it owns all rights to their use. Letters may be edited for clarity and length. ON TWITTER RE: “WHAT DOES LEADERSHIP MEAN TO YOU?” FEBRUARY 2015, P. 118 It's wonderful to see so many friends and colleagues from @TxYoungLawyers featured in the Texas Bar Journal this month. #uncommonleaders Laura A. W. Pratt (@LAWpratt) “You know them when you see them” Proud moment! @isaacfaz #Latino #Leader #Dallas #TX #OakCliff via @statebaroftexas Brenda L. (@BrendaLiLoya) RE: “A QUICK GUIDE TO SLOWING DOWN,” TEXAS BAR BLOG, JAN. 22 So glad to see @statebaroftexas promoting healthy balance of work and rest on their blog! Geneva Sampson (@blumbodytherapy) RE: “A LITTLE ADVICE,” JANUARY 2015, P. 10 @ApffelT Thank you for “A Little Advice.” Great wisdom as we begin 2015! Jake Locklear (@jake_locklear) RE: “DO CLOTHES MAKE THE LAWYER?” NOVEMBER 2014, P. 908 Great Texas Bar Journal article on how to dress for court. Socks are mandatory. Shoes with holes in them ok. Stephen Sather (@StephenSather) RE: “TECH STRESS,” NOVEMBER 2014, P. 886 Fun to read lawyer tips to reduce stress. OnlineLegalSoftware (@OLSoftwareNYC)
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