24 August 2011 ~ 2 Comments

Honoring Champion of Justice David Dow

Seizing the Momentum: Honoring Houston’s Champions of Justice is just three weeks away!  TCADP hopes you will join us that evening as we honor three extraordinary individuals who don’t just talk the talk when it comes to pursuing justice.  One of our Champions of Justice is law professor, defense attorney, and award-winning writer David Dow.  His latest book, The Autobiography of an Execution, which received first place in the non-fiction category for Barnes & Noble’s 2010 Discover Great New Writers Awards, describes his struggle to balance these roles with two others – husband and father.

Dow is a University Distinguished Professor at the University of Houston Law Center, the founder of the Texas Innocence Network, and the Litigation Director at the Texas Defender Service.  Over the last twenty years, he has represented more than a hundred death row inmates.  On the Huffington Post, he writes that “I started being a death penalty lawyer because I agreed to work on behalf of a single inmate whose lawyer quit when the inmate was two weeks away from execution. I kept being a death penalty lawyer because I can’t stop.”

Please join us at 7pm on Thursday, September 15 at the Station Museum of Contemporary Art (1502 Alabama Street) as we lift up the work of David Dow, Professor Nicole Casarez, and State Representative Jessica Farrar, all of whom inspire us to stay the course in our own efforts to end the death penalty in Texas.

Individual tickets for the event are $50 and can be purchased online or by check, made payable to TCADP and mailed to 2709 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78704 (please note “Champions of Justice” in the memo line).  Proceeds from the event will benefit TCADP’s ongoing advocacy and outreach efforts to expose the flaws and failures of the death penalty.

Please purchase tickets today in honor of David Dow and our other Champions of Justice!

“I am always hopeful. Nothing ever works out, but I always think that it’s going to. How else could you keep doing this work?”
– David Dow, The Autobiography of an Execution

Listen to an extensive interview with Dow on NPR’s “Fresh Air”, recorded on February 8, 2010.

2 Responses to “Honoring Champion of Justice David Dow”

  1. Yvonne and Colin Amery 26 August 2011 at 4:23 am Permalink

    We would love to be able to come to your function and celebrate the life and work of these brave people but we live in Auckland, New Zealand. Colin and I write to people on death row and people in the States who have been given shockingly long sentences for trivial crimes. America has a lot to lose by continuing in its ignoring other liberal western societies’ view of the death penalty and its flawed justice system is a travesty of justice. It takes courage to stand up against injustice and people like David Dow and the others whose work you are celebrating are a treasure in this world.

  2. Vicki McCuistion 26 August 2011 at 3:11 pm Permalink

    Yvonne and Colin,

    It would be great to count you as TCADP members whether you are in Texas or New Zealand. You can help us end the death penalty in Texas.

    Become a member today – http://tcadp.org/join-tcadp/

    And at the very least, subscribe as a supporter –
    http://tcadp.org/get-informed/receive-email-updates/

    Thank you.


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