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November 30, 2012

Professor Patricia Cummings Featured in Two-Part Series on the Michael Morton Case

University of Texas School of Law Professor Patricia Cummings was featured in a two-part series on the Michael Morton Case in Texas Monthly. Patricia was a part of a legal team responsible for exonerating Michael Morton after serving 25 years of his life sentence. “I have heard many lawyers say you are lucky if you get to work on at least one exoneration during your career.  For me, having worked on the Morton case has made me feel far more than just lucky.  In fact, being a part of the legal team has been a life-changing event for me,” says Patricia.

Patricia assisted with the Michael Morton Case in 2004-2005. She is a founder of Leonard & Cummings, LLP, and her practice specializes in criminal and juvenile defense. On what she will take away from this experience Patricia said, “Quantifying all that I have learned about the criminal justice system and the people who are a part of the system seems impossible.  Some people might think the case teaches simple lessons about right and wrong, good and evil.  I don’t see it that way.  Everything about the case and the people involved is complicated.  I am sure I will spend the rest of my life trying to understand how and why things happened the way they did.”

Read Part I of the series here. Part II will be published in the December issue of Texas Monthly.