Dow named ‘Champion of Justice’

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Sept. 1, 2011 -- University of Houston Law Center Professor David Dow will be honored as a “Champion of Justice” by the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (TCADP) for his tireless efforts on behalf of death row inmates.

Dow, a University Distinguished Professor, is the founder of the Texas Innocence Network and the Litigation Director at the Texas Defender Service. Often working with students, he has represented more than one hundred death row inmates in state and federal appeals. He is also the author of Executed on a Technicality: Lethal Injustice on America's Death Row (2005) and The Autobiography of an Execution (2010).

Dow, Nicole Casarez, an attorney and University of St. Thomas professor of communication, and state Rep. Jessica Farrar, D-Dist. 148, will be recognized Sept. 15 at a reception, "Seizing the Momentum: Honoring Houston's Champions of Justice."

Casarez and her students were instrumental in exonerating Anthony Graves who spent 18 years in prison - including 12 years on death row - for a crime he did not commit. Farrar, a state lawmaker since 1994, has worked extensively on criminal and juvenile justice issues and has been the lead sponsor of legislation calling for the repeal of the death penalty in Texas since 2007.

The reception will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 15, at the Station Museum of Contemporary Art, 1502 Alabama. Proceeds will benefit TCADP's ongoing advocacy efforts and educational outreach. For more information visit

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