The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

Obituaries

January 4, 2014

Larry Farish York

Larry Farish York, age 72, died on Dec. 8, 2013 from complications of pancreatic cancer.

Larry was born in Palestine, Texas on Jan. 7, 1941 to Reba and A.T. “Dick” York.

He graduated with honors from The University of Texas School of Law in 1964. Larry was associate editor of the Texas Law Review, a member of Chancellors, president of the Phi Alpha Delta legal fraternity, and was selected as Outstanding Senior. He joined the firm of Baker, Botts, Shepherd & Coates in Houston, where he worked for eight years before being appointed in 1973 as First Assistant Attorney General of Texas under the late John Hill. During his two years of service, Larry represented Texas in many high-profile cases, including Morales v. Turman, which resulted in sweeping reforms to juvenile justice; and Texas v. Lousiana, an original proceeding in the Supreme Court of the United States, which established the lateral boundary between the two states.

He returned to Baker Botts in Houston in 1974, and in 1982 was named partner-in-charge of the firm’s Austin office, serving in that role until 1994. In June 2001, along with Baker Botts colleagues Mary Keller and Scott Field, he formed the firm of York, Keller & Field. Larry became Of Counsel to McGinnis Lochridge & Kilgore from 2008 until his death. In addition to his law practice, Larry was an adjunct professor at UT Law School. He taught Advanced Civil Litigation and was an instructor in the Actual Innocence Clinic, in which he assisted in exonerating two men unjustly accused of murder.

Larry was a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the American Board of Trial Advocates, the Robert W. Calvert American Inn of Court, and received the Distinguished Lawyer Award from the Austin Bar Association in 2005. He served on the Board of the Texas Youth Commission from 1986 to 1991, serving as Chairman of the Board for the last four years of his term. In 1995, the Commission’s halfway house in Corpus Christi was renamed York House to honor his service.

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