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William A. Lawson Institute for Peace and Prosperity Will Host a Community Welcome Reception for Alex Bunin, Harris County’s First Chief Public Defender

‘A milestone in Harris County was reached when Alex Bunin was named chief public defender on Nov. 9, 2010.’
-Rev. William A. Lawson

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William A. Lawson Institute for Peace and Prosperity (WALIPP) leadership will host a Community Welcome Reception for the newly appointed Harris County Chief Public Defender, Alex Bunin. The long awaited historic appointment was unanimously made by the Harris County Commissioners’ Court on Tuesday, November 9, 2010. Harris County Commissioners’ Court, the Public Defender Board, Criminal Courts Judges, Community leaders, clergy, WALIPP Board and citizens will join together to commemorate this momentous milestone of a new era in Harris County. The Harris County community is excited about the appointment, and anticipates significant improvement in indigent representation.

Bunin explains that he is aware of the magnitude of the Harris County Public Defender’s Office, the diversity of the issues and anticipates the great opportunity to help… by providing qualified and independent legal counsel to offset convicting, imprisoning, and placing innocent individuals on death row.


    Alex Bunin, Harris County’s First Public Defender
    Rev. William A. Lawson, WALIPP
    Texas Senator Rodney Ellis
    Harris County Commissioners’ Court
    Public Defender Board
    Criminal Courts Judges
    WALIPP Board of Directors
    Rev D.Z. Cofield, NAACP/Good Hope Baptist Church
    Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza, Catholic Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
    Rabbi Sam Karff, Congregation Beth Israel
    Howard Jefferson, NAACP
    Rev. Robert Jefferson, Ministers Against Crime
    Minister Robert Muhammad, Mosque #45, Nation of Islam
    Mary Ramos, LULAC
    Ana Yañez-Correa, Texas Criminal Justice Coalition

Community Welcome Reception
Guest of Honor: Alex Bunin, Harris County Chief Public Defender

Monday, December 13, 2010, 5:30-7:30 PM

George R. Brown Convention Center
Ballroom Pre-Function Area-3rd Level, 1001 Avenida De Las Americas, Houston, Texas 77010

WALIPP’s Community Welcome Reception for Alex Bunin, Harris County’s first Chief Public Defender is being sponsored by Convention & Entertainment Facilities Department (CEFD), Congressman Al Green, The Ben Hall Law Firm, Protectors Insurance & Financial Services, and The Principle Partnering Group, LLC.

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