A Texas lawyer active in death penalty litigation has taken over as the new president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Cynthia Orr, an associate at Goldstein, Goldstein & Hilley in San Antonio, Texas, became president of the Washington, D.C.-based organization last week. She’s a longtime member of the association’s leadership and a past president of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, a state affiliate.
In representing one death row inmate, Miguel Angel Martinez of Laredo, Texas, Orr won a reduction of his sentence to life in prison in 2002 after evidence arose that a blood analyst falsified lab results. The association says it was the first confession of error by the state of Texas in a death penalty case. Orr is a co-founder of the Texas Innocence Network, which investigates claims of innocence by death row inmate and others in prison.
Orr (University of Texas, St. Mary’s University Law) clerked for Judge Emilio Garza, now of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, when Garza was a district court judge.
The defense lawyers’ association has chosen another Texan, Jim Lavine, as its president-elect. He is a name partner at Zimmerman, Lavine, Zimmerman & Sampson in Houston.