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I learned that the law was about much more than the holdings and dicta of legal precedents. I had gone into private practice at about the time the Vietnam War hit high gear. My very first case was a draft resister and conscientious objector facing prosecution and federal prison. I went immediately to Maury’s office. There I learned not only about case law but the historical and philosophical underpinnings of conscientious objection. Using material from Maury, I filed a 100-page Motion to Dismiss in federal court. When I appeared to argue my motion with my knees knocking, Maury was there rooting me on. At precisely the moment the judge was ready to grant the motion, Maury gave me a very subtle sign not to push it further and risk alienating the judge We won. My client was not imprisoned nor did he ever go to war or even serve in the military. \(By the way, he was a thoroughly sincere pacifist and a man of high moral character, who went on to the University of Texas and some other cases. I was fortunate enough to appear at my first appellate argument before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals as cocounsel with Maury. He became my mentor not only in matters of law but in many matters of life, for I found that he had an unerring gut instinct about what was right in political and social issues. This did not stem from any elaborate theoretical analysis; it came from the ALAN POGUE Maury Maverick Jr., right, with Ronnie Dugger mind and heart at once, and from just plain horse-sense and human decency. Never, not one time, have I seen him blanch from a difficult or unpopular position or compromise in the name of expediency. Many who knew or have read about his father, Maury Maverick Sr., can understand this steadfastness and stubbornness in doing the right thing. It was no doubt inherited from the senior Maverick who was a great and colorful mayor of San Antonio and a New Deal congressman. The younger Maverick, true to the name, never fit the mold of the typical lawyer. He obviously did not care a whit for privilege or material rewards. He made a practice of sacrificing financial gain for the satisfaction of defending principle, even when doing so involved working with troublesome clients, like the atheist Madalyn Murray O’Hair. But his cases established constitutional beacons that still shine. A few years ago when he was ready, he quit the law and he now spends his time writing and speaking out against, among other things, U.S. interventionism throughout the world, and he writes a column on everything under the sun for the San Antonio Express= News. It would have been a great loss if Maury had not decided to spend his “retirement” years writing. It would be a terrible shame if the unique wit and subtle advocacy of his thoughts on our world were not recorded for posterity. In 1980, when my life changed in a dramatic way, it was Maury who invited me and my wife Nancy to his place on the Medina River in Castroville. As Hurricane Allen blew itself out that weekend in August, the winds of change altered our lives for the better. It was not a political or legal matter, but in his offhand way \(Maverick is incapable of preachhelped me cross a difficult bridge. Over 27 years of being a lawyer I have drawn support and strength from this modest, no-nonsense man. Almost exactly a generation separates us in age. I lost my own father when I was 18. If I could choose another, it would likely be Maury Maverick. \(Ed. note: Last month, Maverick was named CLASSIFIED 22 NOVEMBER 29, 1991