Amanda Woog Named Executive Director at Texas Fair Defense Project

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Per a recent press release:

The Texas Fair Defense Project’s Board of Directors and staff are excited to announce that Amanda Woog is the organization’s new Executive Director.

Ms. Woog is a nationally recognized leader in the criminal justice reform movement. Her work has been widely recognized in the media, including The Atlantic, Huffington Post, Univision, and New York Daily News. Additionally, she has had opinion pieces published in the Washington Post, The Conversation, the Dallas Morning News, and the Houston Chronicle.

“Amanda is the perfect choice to lead the organization into its next phase of development. Her broad knowledge of criminal justice issues coupled with her strategic vision for TFDP’s future are exactly what we need. We are thrilled to have her,” said Board of Directors Chair Jennifer Brevorka.

Ms. Woog most recently completed a research fellowship at the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Prior to her time at the Quattrone Center, Ms. Woog completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis at the University of Texas at Austin and co-founded the Texas Justice Initiative, an online interactive database of custodial deaths and deaths in police interactions in Texas.

Ms. Woog has worked as a litigation associate at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and a briefing attorney to the Honorable Cheryl Johnson of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. Ms. Woog also served as the Policy Director of the House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence during the 84th legislative session. “I have long admired the Texas Fair Defense Project and its work on behalf of indigent people caught up in the criminal justice system. I look forward to building upon TFDP's successes and working with allies in fighting for a more just Texas,” said Ms. Woog, who begins her new role September 4, 2018.

About the Texas Fair Defense Project The Texas Fair Defense Project is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to fight for a criminal justice system that respects the rights of low-income Texans. We envision a new system of justice that is fair, compassionate, and respectful. Through impact litigation, legislative advocacy, and education, we are working to end counterproductive, costly, and unconstitutional practices like jail time for traffic tickets and our broken money-bail system.

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