FREE CLE :: OPEN TO ALL LAWYERS
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Donald Ray Davis
(December 11, 1956 – June 21, 2000)
Donald Ray Davis graduated from Grambling High School, Louisiana. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Kansas in 1977 and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Ohio College of Law in 1980.
Donald joined the Harris County District Attorney’s Office where he remained until 1985. He became the Chief Prosecutor in the 178th District Court. He then joined Connie B. Williams and Richard W. Wilkinson, Jr. in private practice where he excelled in criminal defense work. Attorneys Lott J. Brooks Ill and Diana Olvera later joined him in practice.
He carried a heavy caseload including at least 30 capital murder cases where he secured life sentences for 11 defendants. In 1994, Donald was rated one of the Top 12 Criminal Defense Lawyers in Houston, Texas. In the 20 years that Donald practiced law, he built many firm and lasting relationships among his peers. His trial skills and quiet and courteous competency was unrivaled at the criminal courthouse. Eventually the life he spent defending the accused had taken its toll. In 2000, overwhelmed by back to back murder trials, Donald took his own life.
This seminar is aptly named for Donald Davis in the hopes of reaching out to lawyers who give their all to their clients while experiencing difficulties balancing their own lives with the practice of law, and/or who may be struggling with personal issues such as depression, addictions, or health problems.
- We never know everything that lies behind a man’s decision to end his own life. In the case of Donald Davis I think that it’s natural for us, in our adversarial relationship with the judiciary, to blame them. I’m good with that. They worked him like a rented mule, and maybe if they had given a chance to come up for air between trials he would still be with us today.