Nicole B. Cásarez, J.D.

Nicole B. Cásarez, chairwoman of HFSC’s board, is an attorney and a professor of communications at the University of St. Thomas (UST). She teaches media law, privacy law and journalism. Ms. Cásarez has directed an innocence investigations class at UST since 2001. She and her students have worked on numerous capital and noncapital cases through the Innocence Project of Texas and the Texas Innocence Network. She received national media attention in connection with the case of Texas death row inmate Anthony Graves, whose conviction was reversed in 2006 by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Graves also now serves on the HFSC board.