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University of Arizona Law,
class of 1948

State Bar of Arizona
member since 1948

Jack Leroy Ogg was born on September 27, 1920, in Tonkawa, Oklahoma. His family moved to Prescott, Arizona in 1925, where he grew up. After attending the University of Arizona he served five years in the army during WWII and was stationed in the U.S. and in Europe. He was graduated from the University of Arizona School of Law in 1948.

Jack Ogg worked in the Yavapai County Attorney’s Office for ten years and was elected County Attorney in 1955. He was a Yavapai County Superior Court Judge from 1959 until he was elected to the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One, in 1973. He remained there until his retirement in 1985.

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University of Arizona Law,
class of 1929

State Bar of Arizona
member since 1930

Alton C. Netherlin was born in Roswell, New Mexico in 1904. His family moved to Ajo, Arizona in 1923. He studied law at the University of Arizona, graduating in 1929. He set up his practice in Ajo during the 1930's, and also had a law office in Phoenix. For several years, during the 1940's he was active in the cattle business, grazing and butchering.

After World War II, he resumed an active law practice and was appointed Deputy County Attorney for Pima. He married Maria Netherlin in 1966, and adopted six children in the ensuing years.

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University of Arizona Law,
class of 1939

State Bar of Arizona
member since 1940

Featured Case:
State v. Murry
102 Ariz.184 (1967) 427 P.2d 135

(b.1912 - d.1998) R. Porter Murry was born in Clovis, New Mexico in 1912. After attending the Missouri School of Mines, Murry traveled to Arizona to work at a mine in Payson where he was severely injured. It took one and a half years of recovery before he was able to attend the University of Arizona Law School in 1936. Upon graduating with an L.L.B. in 1939, he moved to Clifton, Arizona. 

Porter Murry served as Greenlee County Attorney for six years before being elected to the Greenlee County Superior Court in 1950. In his twenty years on the bench, Judge Murry supervised the proper functioning of the judicial system in his county and was called to help on cases in every other county in the state. Even after his retirement in 1970, Murry continued to serve by sitting in on cases from the Superior, Appellate an Supreme Courts until the late 1980s. 

 

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University of Arizona Law,
class of 1941

State Bar of Arizona
member since 1941

Publications:
The Spanish Legal Heritage in Arizona
Laws, Courts and Lawyers: Through the Years in AZ

James Martin Murphy was born in Tucson, Arizona, May 26,1917. His mother, also born in Tucson, was a member of the Duffy family of teachers, after whom Duffy School was named. Murphy attended St. Joseph's Academy, Safford Junior High and Tucson High School, graduating in 1938. He then attended Notre Dame University from which he received a degree in business in 1938. Returning to Tucson, Murphy entered the University of Arizona Law school, receiving his law degree in June 1941. He then entered private practice with Carlos G. Robles for nine months until he received an appointment to the FBI. He served in the FBI until 1944, when he resigned and joined the navy. In 1946 Murphy was discharged from the navy and returned to Tucson, where he worked in the County Attorney 's Office for J. Mercer Johnson. A year later Murphy joined the law firm of Conner and Jones. He stayed with them until 1960, at which time he formed his own firm. After a year of solo practice, he took John U. Vinson as a partner and through the years other lawyers have joined the firm.

Murphy has been actively interested in Arizona history, especially the history of law and lawyers, and has written two books an the subject:  The Spanish Legal Heritage in Arizona and Laws, Courts and Lawyers Through the Years in Arizona. He has also written several articles for various journals. His interest in history also lead him to be active in the Arizona Historical Society, where he served as president of the society for several years. He has also been active in national and local bar associations and has held several offices, including president of the State Bar of Arizona.

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University of Arizona Law,
class of 1951

State Bar of Arizona
member since 1951

James F. McNulty, Jr., born October 18, 1925, grew up in West Roxbury, Massachusetts. Following graduation from Boston Latin School in 1944, he served in the military for eighteen months at Fort McClellan. In 1946 he moved to Tucson and enrolled at the University of Arizona in the College of Business. In 1950 he married Jackie Boevers and in 1951 he graduated with an LLB degree from the College of Law.

After graduation, McNulty was hired by one of the oldest law firms in the state, Gentry and Gentry in Bisbee. While practicing law, he served six years in the Arizona Senate (1968-1974), where he was selected as the most respected member in 1970, and three years on the Arizona Board of Regents (1980-1980). In 1982, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served on the Interior and Public Works committees.

 

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