The University of Houston Law Center Faculty

Bob  Wicoff


Bob Wicoff has been board certified in criminal law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization for 25 years. In 2012, he was among the first group of attorneys in Texas to become board certified in criminal appellate law. He has personally authored more than 600 appellate briefs, having represented appellants in criminal appeals in every court of appeals in Texas. He has argued in front of both the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and the Texas Supreme Court. He represented Josiah Sutton, who was released from prison in 2003 after new DNA testing proved that Sutton was innocent of the sexual assault for which he had been convicted. He also represented Michael Anthony Green, who was released in July of 2010 after 27 years in prison, when DNA testing proved Green to be innocent. In 2007, he was named the director of the Houston Police Department Crime Lab Review Panel, which investigated mistakes made by the HPD Crime Lab in 200 homicide and sexual assault cases from the 1980s. The investigation resulted in the release of Gary Alvin Richard after 22 years of imprisonment. In 2009, he was selected as one of three attorneys to represent all indigent defendants in Harris County in post-conviction DNA litigation, a post he held until 2011, when he became the Chief of the Appellate Division of the new Harris County Public Defender’s Office. He currently serves on the Rules Advisory Committee of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, and is a member of the Hair Microscopy Panel of the Texas Forensic Science Commission, which is reviewing hundreds of Texas convictions which relied upon hair evidence. He is on the Board of Directors of the Innocence Project of Texas, and has taught at numerous continuing legal education courses over the years about matters germane to Texas criminal appellate practice