Photograph of a law license belonging to Thomas Middlebrook Willis. It reads: "Law School of Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tennessee. To All to Whom These Presents Shall Come, Greeting: Know Ye, That we, the Professors of the Law School of Cumberland University, having examined Thos. M. Willis, touching his knowledge of the Law, and being satisfied with his attainments; and further, having before us the proofs required by Statue, that he is a man of good moral character and twenty-one years of age; Now, therefore, we, by the authority in us vested, do grant the said Thos. M. Willis, License to Practise Law in all the Courts of the State of Tennessee. Given under our hands, and the Soul of the University, at Lebanon, this 18th day of January 1883." Thomas Middlebrook Willis returned to Texas and opened his practice of law in Abilene, TX.