Joe R. Greenhill
Joe R. Greenhill was the Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court from October 4, 1972 to October 25, 1982. He also served as a justice of the court (Place 8) from October 1, 1957, to October 4, 1972. With 25 years on the Supreme Court, Greenhill was the longest serving judge in the court's history.
Greenhill died February 11, 2011 at age 96. "Joe Robert Greenhill considered his proudest accomplishments to be his success in passing a constitutional amendment to give Texas’ 14 intermediate appellate courts criminal jurisdiction and in changing restrictive laws that discouraged arbitration and mediation to resolve legal disputes in Texas."