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.
“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