William Harris

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Bill Harris is a board-certified specialist in criminal law who has handled trials and appeals as a solo practitioner in Fort Worth since 1984. From 1981-84 he practiced with Burleson, Pate & Gibson in Dallas; prior to that he was an Assistant Criminal District Attorney in Tarrant County (1976-1981). A former member of the TCDLA Board, Bill is immediate past president of TCDLA and also formerly served as president of the Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. Bill received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas in 1972 and his law degree from the UT law school in 1976. A frequent lecturer on criminal law, he has been a defense attorney for 29 years.

Stories from William Harris

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

The legislature is rumored to still be in session. Our team of legislative specialists continues to monitor several bills and to support those that are important to the people we represent.

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

A new legislative session is beginning. The composition of the legislature is much changed from the last several sessions. For better or worse, this means our lobbying efforts on behalf of the concept of justice and due process is as important as ever.

Saturday, July 2nd, 2011

It is odd that the final column in this series, due to procrastination, gets written after I am no longer president of TCDLA. In it I would like to address what I see as a change in the character of the system since I first began practicing law. I started in 1976 as a prosecutor in Tim Curry’s office in Fort Worth. For five years I prosecuted traffic appeals, then misdemeanors, and finally felonies. Then I left the District Attorney’s office and became a defense attorney.

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

On May 3, 2011, the State of Texas executed Cary Kerr from Fort Worth. Brad Levenson and his staff at the newly created Office of Capital Writs (OCW) made a valiant attempt to get the Court of Criminal Appeals and the Supreme Court to halt the execution and consider fully mitigation evidence developed by OCW after Mr. Kerr’s state habeas counsel failed to do so in the original state proceeding. Brad and his staff performed to the highest standards of our profession.

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Some of you may be familiar with a small book that was very popular in corporate circles ten years or so ago called Who Moved My Cheese, written by Spencer Johnson. The thesis of the book is that change is inevitable and constant. As soon as we get things the way we are comfortable with them, they change. We must therefore spend our lifetimes making changes to accommodate the changes in our lives and circumstances.

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Statement by Chief Justice Wallace B. Jefferson on Proposed
Disciplinary Rules Amendments’ Defeat