Law Center professor and death penalty lawyer David R. Dow will discuss “Dead Man Walking & the Law” prior to the Houston premiere of the opera Dead Man Walking at the Wortham Theatre Center on Feb. 2. Founder of the Texas Innocence Network which uses Law Center students to investigate inmate claims of innocence, Dow is also litigation director of the Texas Defender Service which represents death row inmates and works for criminal justice reform. He will discuss his role in representing more than 100 death row inmates in state and federal appeals and the personal toll it has taken on him. Dow, the school’s Cullen Professor of Law, has written five books and numerous articles and book chapters. His most recent book is The Autobiography of an Execution. The opera is based on the novel of the same name by Sister Helen Prejean which follows a death row inmate through appeals to his eventual execution. Click here for more details and reservation information.