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First black district attorney in Texas speaks to Wake Forest Law students

As the first black District Attorney in Texas, Craig Watkins doesn’t shy away from race; he confronts it. And he said that’s because of his experience growing up black in Dallas.

“Traditionally, people of color have had a negative view of law-enforcement, and it’s warranted,” he said in an appearance Thursday at Wake Forest University School of Law that was sponsored by the Black Law Students Association and the Innocence and Justice Clinic. Mark Rabil, the director of the Innocence and Justice Clinic, moderated the conversation with Watkins, who has been district attorney in Dallas County, Texas, since 2006.

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