Dallas County DA Craig Watkins to give Faculty Club lecture Feb. 23

Dallas County Criminal District Attorney Craig WatkinsThe Honorable Craig Watkins, criminal district attorney and chief law enforcement officer for Dallas County, will deliver the SMU Faculty Club Distinguished Luncheon Lecture Feb. 23, 2011. The event begins with lunch at noon in the Faculty Club, 3034 Daniel Avenue.

A Dallas native, Watkins became Texas’ first African American district attorney in 2007. He champions a “smart on crime” philosophy that emphasizes innovative prosecutorial strategies and seeks to address the root causes of crime. His commitment to conviction integrity has led to a high-profile partnership with the Innocence Project of Texas to re-examine criminal cases in which factors such as faulty testimony or flawed evidence may have resulted in wrongful convictions.

Watkins was educated in the Dallas public school system and received his B.A. degree in political science from Prairie View A&M University. He earned his J.D. degree from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law. He was named an Eclipse Magazine “Super Lawyer” in January 2007 and has been selected to the Ebony Magazine “Power 150” as part of the next generation of African American leaders. His honors include the Dallas Urban League Torch Award.

The RSVP deadline is Friday, Feb. 18. The price is $12 for Faculty Club members, $15 for nonmembers. The Club now offers the option to respond and pay by credit card online. VIsit the Faculty Club Events page to sign up or contact Andrea Smith, 214-768-4266.