Thank You to Everyone Who Supported our Light of Justice Luncheon!

Dear Supporters,

Thank you to everyone who joined us at our inspiring and energizing 2022 Light of Justice Luncheon on October 13th. Those of us in the room were from many walks of life: business leaders and community organizers, public defenders and seasoned law-firm partners, doctors and law professors, people directly impacted by incarceration and people who seek to ally and support.

But we were united in our passion for fighting for the end of excessive punishment and mass incarceration in Texasand our commitment to upholding the dignity and humanity of people impacted by the criminal-legal system.

We heard beautiful speeches – from Reginald Dwayne Betts on the importance of second chances, and from Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis on how excessive punishment harms our local communities. Most exciting of all for us at Texas Defender Service, we unveiled our expanded mission: to fight for the end of mass incarceration and excessive punishment in Texas.

Whether you provide essential financial support or advocate for humanity and dignity by our side, you are an essential part of our fight for justice in Texas.  We need you. We need your passion, we need your advocacy, and we need your time.

Please take a moment to follow us on social media so that we can be in touch about how you can help fight for justice in Texas. And from the bottom of my heart: thank you.

With gratitude,
Burke Butler
Executive Director, Texas Defender Service


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Thank you to our Light of Justice sponsor HEB for your enduring support of our fight for justice for all Texans:

Deep thanks to all of our incredible sponsors for powering our work to end mass incarceration in Texas:

Champion of Justice
Voices of Justice
Fogler, Brar, O’Neil & Gray, LLP
Amy and Joe Grinstein
Caitlin Halpern and Stephen Dockery
Cisselon Hurd and Daniella Landers
Shelley and Alex Kaplan
Neal Manne and Nancy McGregor
Frances Posel
Louisa Sarofim
Susman Godfrey LLP
Vinson & Elkins LLP / Carmen and Manuel Berrelez
Patrons of Justice
Mayer Brown LLP
Johnny Carter and Shawn Raymond
Jayshree and Sanjay Desai
Rusty Hardin & Associates LLP
Norah Morley
Gretchen Scardino
Harry Susman and Jim Southwick
VIP Guests

Barry Abrams
Seth Ard
Jacob and Angela Buchdahl
Julia Doran and Adam Carlis
Fish & Richardson
Kathryn Kase
Khalil Law PLLC
Seth Kretzer
Layne Kruse
Alison Leland
Elena and Kenny Marks
Trey Peacock
Regina Rogers
Marc Seltzer
Jordan Steiker
Laranda Walker
Mark Wawro and Melanie Gray