While Harlow Sprouse was never large in stature, he was a giant in the legal field. Sprouse was known for his ethics, his determination, and above all his love of law. Since his passing on April 5th, the legal community has continued to honor his legacy.
In April, the Texas State Senate prepared a Resolution in honor of Sprouse commemorating his life’s work and accomplishments.
The Resolution states, “This venerable gentleman had a far-reaching influence on the Texas legal system, and his firm, Sprouse Shrader Smith, is today one of the foremost law firms in the Southwest.”
It spoke about Sprouse’s many successes, “This proud Texan was a towering figure in legal ethics and jurisprudence; as a civil trial lawyer, as a leader in the State Bar of Texas and as an author, he made a profound and lasting impact on Texas law.”
“For more than 20 years, Harlow served as a board member for the Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism, and his colleagues in the law profession honored him by asking him to run for president of the State Bar of Texas seven times.”
On Tuesday, April 23rd, the Texas State Senate adjourned in memory of Sprouse.
Another tribute to Sprouse came during the Amarillo Area Bara Association annual Spring Institute dinner on May 4th. He was honored with the Chief Justice Charles Reynolds Lifetime Achievement Award. This honor is only given to area lawyers or judges, who have, over the course of their careers, made substantial contributions to the legal profession, community and the Amarillo Area Bar Association. The award was founded as a statement of achievements and memory.
Mark White of Sprouse Shrader Smith, P.C. presented the achievement award to Sprouse’s wife, Jerre, and daughter, Leslie Carson.
Both of these recognitions for achievement distinguish Sprouse for the valued contributions he made in the legal field.