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Gov. Perry Appoints Four to Texas Forensic Science Commission

Monday, October 31, 2011  •  Austin, Texas  •  Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed four members to the Texas Forensic Science Commission for terms to expire Sept. 1, 2013. The commission oversees professional conduct in forensic laboratories and facilities in Texas.

Richard Alpert of North Richland Hills is an assistant criminal district attorney for the Tarrant County District Attorney's Office. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, National College of District Attorneys and Texas District and County Attorneys Association, and is a past board member of Metroplex Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Alpert received a bachelor's degree and a law degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

Vincent Di Maio of San Antonio is a board-certified anatomical, clinical and forensic pathologist, and a private forensic pathology consultant. He is also former chief medical examiner for Bexar County. He is a fellow of the National Association of Medical Examiners and American Academy of Forensic Sciences. Di Maio served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. He received a medical degree from the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center, and completed his pathology internship and residency at Duke University Hospital and the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center.

Robert "Bobby" Lerma of Brownsville is an attorney in private practice. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, and a member and past president of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. He is a board member of the South Texas Independent School District, a member and board chair of Sombrero Festival Ltd., and a past member of the American Cancer Society of Brownsville. Lerma received a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University at Kingsville, and a law degree from the South Texas College of Law.

Nizam Peerwani of Fort Worth is chief medical examiner for Tarrant, Denton, Johnson and Parker counties. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, College of American Pathologists and American Society of Clinical Pathologists. He is a member of the National Association of Medical Examiners, Texas Medical Association and Tarrant County Medical Society. He is also a member of the Physicians for Human Rights Advisory Board and Amnesty International, a board member of Al-Hedayah Academy, and a past member of the Journal of Forensic Science and Medicine Editorial Board. Peerwani received a bachelor's degree from the American University of Beirut, a medical degree from the American University of Beirut School of Medicine, and completed his anatomic and clinical pathology residency at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas. He is being reappointed and will continue to serve as chair of the commission for a term to expire at the pleasure of the governor.

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