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Gov. Perry Appoints Seven to Governing Board of Texas Indigent Defense Commission

Thursday, June 21, 2012  •  Austin, Texas  •  Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed seven members to the Governing Board of the Texas Indigent Defense Commission. Pursuant to House Bill 1754 of the 82nd Legislature, the commission will develop policies and standards for providing legal representation and other defense services for indigent defendants at trial, on appeal and in post-conviction proceedings.

Jon Burrows of Temple is Bell County judge. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Bell County Bar Association, National and Texas associations of Counties, and Texas Conference of Urban Counties, and past board member of the Brazos Region G Water Plan Group. He is chair of the Hill Country Transit District, a board member of the Central Texas Council of Governments and Hill Country Community Action Association, and past president of the North and East County Judge and Commissioners Association. He is also past chairman of the Temple Chamber of Commerce and United Way of Central Texas, and a past trustee of Temple College. Burrows served as a colonel in the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Air Force Reserve. He received a bachelor's degree and master's degree from the University of Oklahoma, and a law degree from the University of Texas. He is appointed for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2014.

Knox Fitzpatrick of Dallas is a partner at Fitzpatrick, Hagood, Smith and Uhl. He is a member of the National Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, past board member of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and past president of the Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. He is also vice president of the Heart of Gold Foundation and a member of the Salesmanship Club of Dallas. Fitzpatrick received a bachelor's degree and law degree from the University of Texas. He is appointed for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2013.

Anthony Odiorne of Georgetown is an assistant public defender at West Texas Public Defender. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, and director and member of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association. He served in the U.S. Air Force. Odiorne received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and a law degree from the Southern Methodist University School of Law. He is appointed for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2013.

Sherry Radack of Houston is chief justice of the Texas First Court of Appeals. She is president of the Council of Chief Judges of State Courts of Appeal, a member of the American Bar Association Council of Appellate Chiefs, State Bar of Texas, Houston Bar Association, Texas Council of Appellate Chiefs and Texas Center for the Judiciary, and a board member of the Texas Judicial Council. She is also a past trustee of the University of St. Thomas, Memorial Hospital System Foundation Board, and the Houston Chapter of the American Diabetes Association. Radack received a bachelor's degree from Rice University and a law degree from the University of Houston Law Center. She will serve as an ex-officio member of the board for a term to expire at the pleasure of the governor.

Olen Underwood of Conroe is presiding judge of the Second Administrative Judicial Region of Texas. He is a member of the American Bar Association, American Judges Association, American Judiciary Society, National Conference of Metropolitan Courts and State Bar of Texas Juvenile Section. He is also a past board member of the State Bar of Texas Judicial Section Board of Directors, past president of the Montgomery County Bar Association, Blue Ridge Institute of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and Fellowship of Christian Lawyers, past director of the Christian Legal Society, and past secretary of the State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee. Underwood received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas and a law degree from the University of Houston Law Center. He is appointed for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2014.

Laura Weiser of Victoria is judge of Victoria County Court at Law Number One. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Texas Judicial Council, Texas Association of Court Administrators Advisory Board, and State Bar of Texas Juvenile Law and Criminal Justice sections. She is also a member and past chair of the Texas Center for the Judiciary and State Bar of Texas Judicial Section, and a member of the Victoria Police Academy Advisory Board and First United Methodist Church Board of Trustees. She is also a sustaining member of the Junior League of Victoria, past president of the Women's Crisis Center of Victoria, and a past board member of the Youth Home of Victoria. Weiser received a bachelor's degree from Houston Baptist University and a law degree from the University of Houston Law Center. She will serve as an ex-officio member of the board for a term to expire at the pleasure of the governor.

B. Glen Whitley of Hurst is Tarrant County judge. He is a board member and past president of the National Association of Counties, president of the North Central Texas Council of Governments, and a member and past chair of the Tarrant County Regional Transportation Council. He is a member of the Texas Association of Counties and Government Accounting Standards Advisory Council, and past chair of the Texas Conference of Urban Counties. He is also a board member of Alliance for Children, a volunteer for Tarrant County Habitat for Humanity, and a court liaison for the Mental Health and Mental Retardation Center of Tarrant County. He served in the U.S. Navy. Whitley received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Arlington. He is appointed for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2014.

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