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March 10, 2016
Contact: Amy Starnes
Public Information Director, State Bar of Texas
(800) 204-2222, ext. 1706, or (512) 427-1706

Exonoree, author Michael Morton to be keynote speaker at State Bar of Texas 2016 Annual Meeting in Fort Worth

AUSTIN — Michael Morton, the Williamson County man who served nearly 25 years in prison for his wife’s murder, only to be set free after DNA tests exonerated him, 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.

“We are honored to announce Mr. Morton will be a keynote speaker at the 2016 Annual Meeting,” said Brad Parker, co-chair of State Bar’s Annual Meeting. “Mr. Morton’s story is well known, but his personal message continues to resonate with people everywhere.”

The State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting will be held June 16-17 at the Fort Worth Omni and Convention Center.

“Mr. Morton’s wrongful conviction was a tragedy, but his journey beyond it is one that inspires many,” said Annual Meeting co-chair Cindy Tisdale. “His story and the Michael Morton Act remind us that we are united by a common goal: justice.”

Online registration for the event is now open. To register or learn more, go to

MEDIA NOTE: News media are welcome to attend Annual Meeting sessions, but registration is required. To register as a media attendee, contact the State Bar Public Information Office at (800) 204-2222, ext. 1706, or at Upon arrival, sign in at the State Bar Information Booth at the Fort Worth Convention Center and pick up a media pass for access. The official Annual Meeting hashtag is #sbot16. All media questions concerning the Annual Meeting may be directed to Amy Starnes, State Bar of Texas public information director, at (800) 204-2222, ext. 1706, (512) 427-1706, or

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