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Joe Ewing Estes, American federal judge. Bar: Texas 1927. Recipient Hatton W. Sumners award Southwest Legal Foundation, 1972, Citizen of Year award Kiwanis Club of Dallas, 1972.


Estes, Joe Ewing was born on October 24, 1903 in Commerce, Texas, United States. Son of Joe Guinn and Della Marshall (Loy) Estes.


Student, East Texas State Teachers College, 1924. Doctor of Laws, East Texas State Teachers College, 1974. Bachelor of Laws, University Texas, 1927.


Partner, Crosby & Estes, Commerce, 1928-1930;partner, Phillips, Trammell, Estes, Edwards & Orn, Fort Worth, 1930-1945;partner, Sanford, King, Estes & Cantwell, Dallas, 1946-1952;partner, Estes & Cantwell, 1952-1955;United States district judge, Dallas, 1955-1960;chief judge, United States District Court Northern District Texas, Dallas, 1959-1972;senior judge, United States District Court Northern District Texas, from 1972;also judge, Temporary Emergency Court Appeals United States, from 1972. Member of advisory commission on rules evidence Supreme Court of the United States Court.


  • He served in the U.S. Naval Reserve during World War II, from 1942 to 1945, achieving the rank of Lieutenant.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor articles to professional journals. Also to: Handbook of Recommended Procedures for the Trial of Protracted Cases. Co-author: Handbook for Newly Appointed United States District Judges.

      Editorial board: Manual for Complex Litigation.


The life with Christ is not only to live in the atmosphere of your local church. God made his children creative, productive, and therefore able to make the whole world a better place.


Pacifists should be honored because they do not allow us to become complacent about war and violence.


The supportive small group inside the Church is the most powerful tool for people to feel that they belong and also to learn and grow.


Trustee, member executive committee Southwest Legal Foundation. Research fellow, member medical-legal committee, chairman Oil and Gas Institute of Southwest Legal Foundation. Chairman executive committee board trustees St. Mark's School of Texas, Dallas, 1951-1955.

Served as lieutenant Commander United States Naval Reserve, 1942-1945. Member Reserve; Fellow American Bar Foundation. Member National Conference Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, American Law Institute, Inter-American, Federal, American Bar Association (chairman section judicial administration 1961-1962, member house delegations), Dallas Bar Association (past vice president), Fort Worth Bar Association (past director), State Bar Texas, American Judicature Society, Judicial Conference United States (chairman committee on trial practice and technique, member executive committee 1969-1971, district judge representative), National Lawyers Club, Institute Judicial Administration, Philosophical Society Texas, Newcomen Society, American Legion, Chancellors, Phi Delta Phi, Kappa Sigma, Order of Coif.

Clubs: Masons (33 degree), Shriners (honorary inspector general, Jester).


Married Carroll Virginia Cox, December 1, 1931. Children: Carl Lewis, Carroll.

Joe Guinn Estes

Della Marshall (Loy) Estes

Carroll Virginia Cox

Carl Lewis Estes

Carroll Estes