DA Honored As 50-Year Lawyer

Donald H. Ray, Richard J. Fahy, Joe Shannon Jr., Fred C. Weekley, Allen Howeth (not pictured: Billie Dean McConnell, Tom B. Renfro, Larry Montgomery)

Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney Joe Shannon is now a member of a distinguished club of attorneys who have been practicing law for 50 years.

So how did he get in? Good genes.

“You have to have good genes to be able to live long enough,” quipped Kleber C. Miller, senior partner in the firm of Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff and Miller.

Miller was the keynote speaker at a luncheon on Tuesday at the Fort Worth Club, where Mr. Shannon and seven others were honored for practicing law for 50 years.  The luncheon was hosted by the Tarrant County Bar Association and the Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association.

In addition to Mr. Shannon, the new members of this elite group are Allan Howeth, Billie Dean McConnell, Larry K. Montgomery, Donald H. Ray, Tom B. Renfro and Fred C. Weekley, Jr.

During the event Miller individually recognized each of the recipients, all of whom obtained their law license in 1963. He gave a brief description of their long and notable careers.

Among other things, he told the crowd that Mr. Shannon, 72, graduated from University of Texas Law School; was a former member of the Texas House of Representatives;  has served as president of both the Tarrant County Bar Association and the Tarrant County Family Bar Association; and is an adjunct professor at Texas Wesleyan School of Law. Since 2009, Mr. Shannon has headed the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office.

“Joe has served this community ever since I can remember,” Miller said. “…This DA’s Office is the finest DA’s office in the state of Texas. They have much to be proud of.”


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