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Document Details


Title: Lopez, Abe
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: University of Texas, Arlington. Central Library. Special Collections Department
Collection: Tejano Voices: University of Texas at Arlington Center for Mexican American Studies Oral History Project
Description: The interview begins with Mr. López's family history and genealogy. He talks about traveling about with his family as migrant workers in the American Southwest when he was young. Mr. López explains that he got involved in legal work following college graduation when he accepted a position as a juvenile probation officer and describes those experiences that built his interest in law and resulted in his subsequent decision to attend law school at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He elaborates upon his exposure to other minorities such as Jews and blacks while at law school and relates how he saw that as a positive experience. He compares and contrasts his legal career experiences as a county prosecuting attorney, Assistant District Attorney, private practice attorney, and judge, and he describes the justice system of court appointments in Amarillo. He concludes the interview with a discussion about Mexican American political organization activities in the Amarillo area, the characteristics of leadership, and his opinion that the most pressing issues for Mexican Americans today are the high school drop out rate among Hispanics and teen pregnancy among Mexican American girls.
Extent: 45 pages
URL: http://libraries.uta.edu/tejanovoices/transcripts/TV_091.html
Original Language: English
Audio: [Audio available]
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1998 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Lopez, Abe, 1943-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 1943
Speaker occupation: Lawyer
Age at speaking: 55
Document location: Amarillo, TX
Document date: 13-Jun-1998
Interviewer: Gutierrez, Jose Angel
Organizations discussed: Georgetown University, Washington, DC; Texas Technological University, Lubbock, TX
Locations discussed: Amarillo, TX; Lamesa, TX; North America; Texas; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Amarillo, TX; Criminal justice, Administration of--United States; Degrees, Academic; Education; Education, Higher; Georgetown University, Washington, DC; High school dropouts; Hispanic American leadership--Texas; Hispanic American politicians; Lamesa, TX; Law; Law--Texas; Lawyers; North America; Oral history; Political science; Practice of law; Probation officers; Teenage pregnancy; Texas; Texas Technological University, Lubbock, TX; United States; Universities and colleges
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0000214-159