Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Bill Holston

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For 30 years, Bill Holston practiced law, representing banks and small businesses mostly. But it was the pro bono work he picked up on the side that was his real passion. Next month, he’ll take the Oral Fixation stage in “Icing on the Cake” to talk about how his pro bono clients made him the humanitarian he is today. 

Bill Holston has provided pro bono legal representation to clients from 20 countries. Bill was named Distinguished Alumni for Public Service for SMU School of Law in 2015. He is a Master Naturalist and has been married for 30 years to his best friend Jill, a public school teacher.

Fixated Facts:

What would you name the autobiography of your life? Still Crazy After All These Years.

What’s your favorite part about Oral Fixation? It’s real stories from real people, often coming from defeat, pain and school of hard knocks.

What inspired you to participate in Oral Fixation? I want to share the story about the way refugees have inspired my life — how they improve our country, and why it is worth listening to their stories.

If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would it be and why? Jimmy Carter, to gain some spiritual wisdom from a man who has survived and prospered in defeat.

What do you want to be when you grow up? A park ranger.

What’s your favorite Dallas hangout? Goodfriend Beer Garden. Good beer, great crowd, the owners are completely engaged in the Community, and the staff is family.

Share anything fun, silly, or unique about yourself. I founded the communist party in my Christian High School in Mobile Alabama.

Sneak peak: “I set a simple policy in my law practice, after I finished a pro bono asylum case, I’d ask for another one. And I did that for the next twenty five years.”

Don’t miss Bill on the Oral Fixation stage on Tuesday, May 10.

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