Joe Evins

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Judge - 206TH Judicial District Court

State District Court Judge

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Republic Royalty Company, Relator, v. The Honorable Joe B. Evins, Judge, 206TH Judicial District Court, Hidalgo County, Texas, Respondent.

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One of the first lessons that Joe Evins taught his 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. Evins 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. But Evins, 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 old role. "(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 said. "Therein lies the difference.

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Townsend and the conference table makes a decision, you are independent financially, you make independent decisions," conference table Garcia's friend, first boss and retired state district court judge Joe B. Evins.

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