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Profressor SpearIt presented to the faculty at South Texas College of Law on April 3, 2020, on his work, Reimagining the Death Penalty: Targeting Christians, Conservatives (forthcoming, Buff. L. Rev. 2020). SpearIt has recently accepted an invitation to serve on TSU’s IRB Committee as a prison/prisoner representative, a position that entails reviewing research protocols and delivering opinions about them. His scholarship was recently cited in New York University Law Review in the article, The Prisoner and the Polity, https://www.nyulawreview.org/wpcontent/
I share my story to show that the only limitations you will ever have are the ones you put on yourself.
I am currently a third-year law student at Thurgood Marshall School of Law (TMSL), Chief Justice of the James M. Douglas Board of Advocates (BOA), and a person living with Sickle Cell Anemia.
I was diagnosed with sickle cell as an infant and have suffered through frequent emergency room visits, numerous hospital stays, debilitating pain, and many other physical limitations caused by the disease. The intermittent bouts of pain, often caused by stress, can render a person with sickle cell immobile for extended periods of time. Persons with the disease are often limited in the way that they function in everyday society, but my parents refused to allow me to be defined by any limitations. I worked harder to achieve my goals and never let sickle cell be an excuse for mediocrity. The pivotal point in my educational career came when I decided to forego deferment to the University of Oklahoma and began my freshman year just one week after receiving a life-saving blood transfusion; I have never looked back.
Manik Wadhawan is a Class of 2008 Thurgood Marshall School of Law graduate. He began his law career as a clerk with the Honorable Judge Vanessa Velasquez of the 183rd Criminal District Court of Harris County. While working as a clerk in the criminal court, he learned the most efficient ways to analyze all criminal cases; whether that be to identify any violations, both procedural and/or a constitutional, or to approach the case with the mindset of protecting his client's record. Thereafter, Attorney Wadhawan interned with The Sacks Law Firm. While at Sacks Law, he was able to utilize his MBA education and honed his skills in business and corporate litigation. He would later clerk at Anderson and Smith P.C., where he was able to sharpen his skills as an Attorney with a concentration in the Entertainment Industry. Tony was mentored by one of the most prominent names in the industry; Attorney Ricky Anderson. Tony has successfully owned and operated THE WADHAWAN LAW FIRM for almost ten and a half years. His practice concentrations are Criminal and Juvenile defense. In 2018, 2019, and 2020, Tony was selected to the “Super Lawyers of Texas” Rising Stars, an award which only 2.5% of Lawyers Practicing in Texas under the age of 40 are awarded.
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