The award is presented in memory of Murray, who, according to Lowe, served on the 17th District Court in Tarrant County from 1963 to 1988.
“Just to be mentioned in the same sentence with Judge Murray is honor enough to me,” Lowe says.
He adds, “Judge Murray, to me, had an aura of wisdom and decency and experience.”
Lowe says he is a May 1977 graduate of the University of Texas School of Law and has been licensed to practice law since February 1978. He says that since 1992, he has been board certified in civil trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
After he was licensed, he spent a number of years as a solo practitioner, first in Austin and then in Fort Worth, Lowe says. “I did more family law than anything else,” he says.
Lowe says that practicing family law was “fantastic training” for being a judge on a civil court. “I had to deal with everything but admiralty law,” he says.
When he was elected president of the Tarrant County Family Law Bar Association in 1985, the organization was practically defunct, Lowe says. He says that during the two years he was president, he helped build it from nothing into a respected association.
Lowe says he has served on the 236th District Court bench since Jan. 1, 1995, and has tried to be the kind of judge he had always wanted to appear before when he was in private practice.
“I hate ‘judge-itis’,” Lowe says. “I told my friends if they ever saw any symptoms, they should urge me to seek treatment.”
— Mary Alice Robbins
Robbins is an Austin-based freelance writer and a former Texas Lawyer senior reporter.
Editor's note: This blog has been corrected to accurately reflect the year in which Lowe began his service on the bench.