One of the first lessons that Joe Evins
prized pupil was to run a legal practice like a business.
Evins, the former district court judge and county commissioner, imparted instructions on taking more cases from paying clients than indigent ones if he wanted to keep the lights on.
told the young attorney just out of the University of Houston's
law class of 1972 to initially forgo areas of practice and be willing to accept any case that came into his
office if he
wanted to keep its doors open.
The wisdom stuck with Ramon Garcia, who began a legal career in Evins' office that led him to the elected seat he'll regain today.
, who will swear the county judge-elect into office today, said Garcia's intelligence, his
legal background and his
knowledge of Hidalgo County will serve him in his
"(The county judge) is the most underpaid and unappreciated job in the county for what they have to do if they want to do it right," Evins
"Therein lies the difference.