TCADP Annual Conference
We are grateful to everyone who participated in the TCADP 2015 Annual Conference – Death Penalty Fault Lines: A Seismic Shift in Ground – on February 21, 2015 at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Austin. It was wonderful to see so many new faces as well as as longtime supporters, hear from our compelling speakers, and honor our incredible award recipients. We look forward to continuing our work together to draw attention to death penalty fault lines. Photos from the day are available on our Facebook page.
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More Information about the 2015 Annual Conference
John Mimbela, Mimbela Contractors, Inc. in El Paso, Proclaim Justice and Quest for Justice
Awards Luncheon Sponsors
Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal, LLP and Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP
Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio
Rev. Jeff Hood
Methodist Federation for Social Action – Rio Texas Chapter
Keynote Speaker: Tim Cole
Tim Cole is a former district attorney with more than 20 years of experience in the courtroom. He has tried over 100 felony jury trials in North Texas, including every level of felony charge. Tim was elected to four terms as 97th District Attorney (Archer, Clay & Montague Counties; 1993 to 2006) and served as assistant district attorney in the 271st District (Wise, Jack Counties; 2010-2014). He also served as Counsel to Governor Clements in 1990 and General Counsel for the Texas District and County Attorneys Association from 1988 to 1990.
Tim’s work in high-profile cases has been written about and documented in major publications such as Texas Monthly. He also wrote about his personal experience in a death penalty case, “The Death Penalty Has a Face,” published by Texas Monthly in March 2013.
Tim has achieved certification in both Criminal Law and Criminal Appellate Law, currently the only two specialty certifications available to criminal defense attorneys in Texas. He now works in private practice as a criminal defense attorney in Fort Worth. Tim recently participated in TCADP’s Speakers’ Tour in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex with death row exonoree Juan Melendez.
Panel Discussion: “Shifting the Ground Under the Death Penalty”
Pat Monks, a native Houstonian, has practiced law as a criminal defense attorney for 27 years and is a lifelong member of the Republican Party. He served as Chair of Precinct 718 of Harris County for more than 10 years and was a member of the Judicial Candidate Selection Committee of Harris County. Pat has attended nearly every precinct, senatorial, and State Republican Convention for the last 20 years. He has served on the TCADP Board of Directors since 2010 and is an active member of Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty.
Brian Stull is a senior staff attorney with the ACLU Capital Punishment Project, having joined the project in 2006. He has served as trial and appellate counsel in capital cases in North Carolina, Georgia, and Texas. Among other clients, Brian represented Levon “Bo” Jones an innocent man exonerated from North Carolina’s death row in 2008; Adrian Estrada, a Texas man whose death sentence was reversed when the ACLU discovered he had been sentenced to death based on false testimony; Manuel Velez, an innocent Texas man recently released from prison; and Max Soffar, an innocent man dying of liver cancer on Texas’s death row.
Brian authors ACLU amicus briefs filed in various appellate courts, including the United States Supreme Court, and blogs concerning capital punishment for the ACLU Blog of Rights and other outlets. He has investigated conditions of confinement on Texas’s death row and advocated for needed improvements. A native of the first execution-abolition state, Michigan, and an M.S.W. social worker before his legal career, Brian graduated from New York University School of Law, where he trained under capital defense luminary Tony Amsterdam.
Moderator: Dr. Mike Renquist, TCADP Board of Directors
2015 Award Winners
The TCADP Board of Directors is delighted to announce the recipients of our Annual Awards, which will be presented during the awards luncheon at the 2015 Annual Conference on February 21, 2015.
Appreciation Award: Alexandra Noll, for volunteering for TCADP since 2011 and reaching out to other students to join the movement.
Appreciation Award: Rev. Cheryl Smith, for bringing light to the death penalty issue through regular vigils outside the Walls Unit in Huntsville.
Courage Award: Manuel Velez, for spending nine years in prison, including four years on death row, as an innocent man and making he made the ultimate sacrifice to take a plea offered by the state in order to ensure his freedom and be reunited with his family.
Media Award: Alex Hannaford, for writing countless articles about the death penalty for publications such as The Guardian, Texas Observer, and the Nation and for creating “The Last 40 Miles,” an animated short film that presents a death row inmate’s final journey from death row in Livingston to the death chamber in Huntsville.
For information about other TCADP conferences, please visit the archives page.