June 22, 2015

From Court To the Opera

Among the projects incoming Houston Bar Association President Laura Gibson has slated for her term is an opera fundraiser for the Houston Volunteer Lawyers. The opera, based on the case of a free woman of color named Emeline, will be performed by Houston Grand Opera next year. It is currently being composed. Emeline, with the assistance of a founder of the Houston Bar Association named Peter Gray, defended her freedom against a man named Jesse Bolls, who attempted to claim ownership of her.  Mr. Gray later founded the law firm of what is now Baker, Botts, which is underwriting the composition of the opera based on the court case of Emeline v. Bolls.

Judge Mark Davidson retells the court case here for The Houston Lawyer; more here from the Houston Chronicle.

More about Ms. Gibson's plans for her HBA tenure here from the Texas Lawyer.

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