Michael Morton, the Williamson County man who was exonerated of his wife’s murder after serving nearly 25 years behind bars, will present the keynote address at the Bar Leaders Recognition Luncheon on June 16 during the State Bar of Texas 2016 Annual Meeting.
Morton is the author of “Getting Life: An Innocent Man’s 25-Year Journey from Prison to Peace: A Memoir.” His case, which also was the subject of the documentary “An Unreal Dream: The Michael Morton Story,” led the Texas Legislature to adopt the 2013 Michael Morton Act. The act changed the way criminal cases are handled in Texas by including new open-file discovery rules.
“Mr. Morton’s wrongful conviction was a tragedy, but his journey beyond it is one that inspires many,” Annual Meeting co-chair Cindy Tisdale said in a news release. “His story and the Michael Morton Act remind us that we are united by a common goal: justice.”
The event will be held June 16-17 at the Fort Worth Omni and Convention Center. Online registration is now open. To register or learn more, go to texasbar.com/annualmeeting.