James Decker is a lawyer on the downtown square of Stamford, Texas and serves as the Mayor of Stamford. He writes regularly on topics of community and rural revitalization at Westof98.substack.com and is co-host of the Rural Church and State podcast. He lives in Stamford with his wife Lauren and their two daughters, Miriam and Ruth.
Neither Wheeler Catlett nor his real-life inspiration John Marshall Berry practiced in the 21st century, but for those of us in the profession who do, their example remains powerful and timeless. We live within a membership of community.