AUSTIN, Texas — Dean William Powers and Professor Roy M. Mersky recently facilitated an important donation of legislative history materials from the archives of the firm of Longley & Maxwell, LLP to the Texas Legislative Reference Library. The University of Texas School of Law announced Wednesday that alumni Joe K. Longley and Philip K. Maxwell have donated their personal and firm documents relating to the drafting and adoption of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act and the private remedies amendments to the Texas Insurance Code to the Texas Legislative Reference Library. This collection includes not only drafts of legislation and transcripts of hearings, but also correspondence, news clippings, talking points, vote counts, and many other fascinating papers that document the political maneuvering and battles that took place in the adoption and amending of these laws beginning in 1973 and continuing through the 1990’s. In quantity, this collection is 12 linear feet in size.
Mr. Longley was the principal drafter of H.B. 417 which was the vehicle used by the legislature to enact these measures in 1973. Through the ensuing years, he and Mr. Maxwell have been highly active in crafting and implementing the consumer remedies provided to Texas citizens by both serving as Chief of the Texas Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division and further by both serving as Chair of the State Bar’s Consumer Law Section. For 25 years their law firm has been instrumental in the judicial development of this area of the law.
Because of their pioneering efforts in Texas consumer law, Texas Lawyer honored them in 2000 by naming them both to its exclusive list of 100 Legal Legends. In 2003, Mr. Longley was further singled out by the Texas Lawyer as being its selection as the “Go-To-Lawyer” in the field of Insurance Law.
Mr. Maxwell and Mr. Longley have authored two books and have written numerous CLE and law review articles on consumer and insurance law. Since 2001, they both have taught insurance law as Adjunct Professors at the University of Texas School of Law.