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UH Law Center clinic expands to include criminal appeals representation

Jeffrey R. Newberry and David R. Dow 

Dec. 14, 2022 – Beginning this spring semester, criminal appeals will be added to the University of Houston Law Center clinic program.

The Death Penalty & Criminal Appeals Clinic is spearheaded by Clinical Supervising Attorney Jeffrey R. Newberry as well as David R. Dow, Cullen Professor at UH Law Center and founder of the Texas Innocence Network, an organization that uses UH Law Students to investigate claims of actual innocence brought by Texas prisoners.

Clinic students will explore the substantive law, investigative techniques, and post-conviction appellate remedies applicable in capital and non-capital cases. Through this program, law students work on actual cases, and their coursework will be used as part of a defendant’s court filings.

With the addition of non-capital appeals, the clinic will expand its capacity and will take on cases in the Harris County Criminal Court District.

Students in the previous UHLC-based death penalty clinic assisted in the representation of inmates facing execution. Capital case representation will continue as an integral part of the Death Penalty & Criminal Appeals Clinic.

For more than 20 years, Dow and his team have represented over 100 death row inmates at every stage of their state and federal appeals.

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