Medlin Law Firm March 2019

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MARCH 2019

a split between male and female law students, her talent and intelligence shone through. I was lucky enough to call her a friend and was even in her wedding! When she announced her run for the DA position, I could think of no better person for the job. It may sound strange for a defense attorney to talk up a DA — after all, proving her prosecutor’s side of the story wrong is part of my job. But at

A LOCAL HERO

This month, our nation celebrates the innumerable accomplishments, contributions, and innovations made by women throughout history. From pioneers like Sandra Day O’Connor to every brave soul that dared to march for the right to vote, women have helped shape this nation and its laws. They did this despite — or often in spite of — discrimination, inequality, and outright hostility. That’s why this Women’s HistoryMonth, I’d like to recognize someone who’s helped move the needle one step closer to gender equality here in our own community: Criminal District Attorney Sharen Wilson. Who I’m Celebrating This Women’s History Month

the end of the day, defenders and prosecutors are both there to ensure the letter of the law is upheld. This perspective means that in many cases, there’s plenty of room for the two to work together to do a lot of good. In a past edition of this newsletter, we mentioned how a long- time client of mine was finally released from prison after a wrongful conviction in 1999. This release simply would not have been possible without DA Wilson’s initiative to investigate wrongful convictions and ensure that innocent people weren’t serving time. In a world of conviction-happy prosecutors, it is refreshing that Wilson takes the full scope of her job into account. Watching my client walk free, I knew our DA was truly committed to the constitution. So, as we recognize the accomplishments and contributions of women this month, let’s remember to not only celebrate well- known historical figures, but also members of our own community. Sharen Wilson has made an incredibly positive impact on this county far beyond the

SO, AS WE RECOGNIZE THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND CONTRIBUTIONS OF WOMEN THIS MONTH, LET’S REMEMBER TO NOT ONLY CELEBRATE WELL-KNOWN HISTORICAL FIGURES, BUT ALSO MEMBERS OF OUR OWN COMMUNITY.

In 2014, Wilson became the first woman to ever be elected DA in Tarrant County. While it’s unfortunate that it took so long for this important milestone to be reached, Wilson has more than proved the naysayers wrong. Having begun her second term in office, it’s clear that she’s more than capable of meeting the demands of the position. Of course, I’m not surprised. Wilson and I met back in law school, and even then I could tell she was destined for great things. At a time when there wasn’t as even

accomplishment of being the first woman to hold the office. Her integrity, intelligence, and dedication should be an inspiration to anyone who aspires to work in the law.

– Gary L. Medlin, Esq.

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