Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot and Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis were the featured speakers at the Texas General Counsel Forum Dallas-Fort Worth chapter 1st Quarter Program held in Dallas on March 6th. The district attorneys shared fresh perspectives on the modern criminal justice system from their years of service. Morae Global Director Jon Gross was in attendance and was joined by in-house and senior managing counsel as well as partners and associates from law firms.
An award-winning attorney and retired judge, Creuzot spoke about his efforts to create meaningful change in the criminal justice system. He has more than 30 years of experience, including more than 21 years as a felony district court judge, and he also served for seven years as Dallas Assistant DA and Chief Felony Prosecutor.
Creuzot is known for establishing the Dallas Initiative for Diversion and Expedited Rehabilitation and Treatment (DIVERT) Court – one of the first drug courts in Texas. It is designed to help drug offenders, in appropriate circumstances, address their wrongdoings without going to prison. Studies have shown the DIVERT Court program to cut the recidivism rate by 68 percent with nine dollars saved in future criminal justice costs for every dollar spent on the court.
Willis spoke about his commitment to the safety of Collin County citizens and targeting “impact offenders” – those violent habitual criminals that seek to prey on the citizens and communities in the county that he serves. A fifth-generation Texan, he has won numerous leadership awards for his fierce dedication to protecting children and fighting domestic violence.
With extensive experience as a prosecutor, defense attorney and judge, Willis also runs the county’s largest legal organization – a staff of more than 120, including 66 prosecutors and 25 investigators – with a stated mission of pursuing justice and protecting the community.
“He shared some interesting stories about his journey to the present day including the shift from private practice to public office,” says Gross.
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