Weatherford Democrat

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December 11, 2009

Legal eagles land in Weatherford

Marsha Brown

WEATHERFORD — It wasn’t always an office, the smallish clapboard building that’s painted a standard shade of white and probably always has been. It was obviously designed as a standard two bedroom, one bath home built in the post World War II era in what was never the silk-glove area of town, the part of town surrounding The Parker County Justice Center (otherwise know as the “jail” and Sheriff’s office). The structure is now a law office that houses two Weatherford practices recently imported from Fort Worth.

“Weatherford is an interesting place to practice law,” said one of the attorneys who recently hung his shingle there. “I’ve been practicing law in Parker County for quite some time. I’ll have two cases here, four cases there. It’s a very comfortable place to practice law and it’s a good opportunity for Harmony, too. She can be more of a presence in Parker County than I can. It’s working out well for both of us.”

The lawyer mentioned above is famed Attorney Jack Strickland, a man used to practicing law in interesting places and using his experience on challenging cases. The “Harmony” he refers to is his young colleague, Harmony Schurman, who made her mark in the Texas legal community while still in law school. She was one of the students at Texas Wesleyan University School of Law who was instrumental in establishing the Innocence Project at the campus in 2006. Schurman obtained her bar card in 2008.

Jack Strickland made his mark in the 1970s when as a hotshot assistant district attorney with Tarrant County, he worked on the case of T. Cullen Davis, a multi-millionaire who stood trial for the August 1976 murder of his step-daughter, 12-year-old Andrea Wilborn.

Davis was also charged with the murder of his estranged wife’s boyfriend, TCU basketball standout Stan Farr. Davis’ wife, Priscilla Davis, had filed for divorce in 1974, but in 1976, the divorce proceedings were still dragging on without coming close to a finale.

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