While this Symposium is about Jack Sammons's teaching and scholarship, I am going to exercise a speaker's privilege to focus on the personal. However, I am going to do so by borrowing from Jack's scholarly work because I, too, am going to talk about conversation. Not in the way that Jack and others have so provocatively used the word to characterize lawyers' work. But, rather I use it in a more literal way. When I think of memories of Jack, many of them are around significant conversations.
I first met Jack in 1996, when my husband Tim Floyd was invited to be a speaker at the Texas Tech Law Review banquet, where I was on the faculty. As Tim mentioned, he and Jack met each other through a shared interest in Law and Religion topics. Jack wrote an essay for a special Faith and the Law issue of the Texas Tech Law Review, which Tim coedited. Out of that relationship, Tim suggested to our law review students that Jack would be a wonderful speaker for the end of the year banquet, and indeed he was. The presentation included baseball, legal ethics, and a number of the other topics that we have been learning about today.
Daisy Hurst Floyd, Mercer Law Review Symposium Luncheon Remarks: Conversations with Jack Sammons, 66 Mercer L. Rev. 387 (2015).