Danalynn Recer began fighting the death penalty in Texas two decades ago, working initially as an investigator and later as an attorney with the Texas Resource Center. In 1995, she moved to New Orleans to work with Clive Stafford Smith at the Louisiana Crisis Assistance Center, nationally known for its aggressive and creative capital trial representation. While there, she participated in a dozen capital trials, secured life pleas for another 8 clients, and directed the Jefferson Parish Project, a consulting team that worked with the highest volume indigent defenders in Louisiana to reduce the number of death sentences there. In 2002, when Calvin Burdine was returned to Harris County (Houston, Texas) for retrial, Danalynn stepped in on a pro bono basis and founded the Gulf Region Advocacy, or “GRACE” in the process. Today, GRACE provides direct representation, consulting services and mitigation services to indigent capital defendants, as well as training and education to capital defenders around the country. Over the past twenty years, Danalynn has participated in the defense of over one hundred capital clients in all stages of litigation in state and federal courts in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Michigan, Tennessee, North Dakota, Florida, Kansas, California and Nevada. She holds a B.A., M.A. and J.D. from the University of Texas.
Carmen Bakas is an of counsel with GRACE. She was admitted to the Bar of Amsterdam in 1992. Carmen has worked as an international corporate lawyer with big law firms in the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Singapore and India. She was appointed as a judge in the Netherlands while living there. At present she lives in Houston and brings in invaluable experience and expertise.
Angela Salinas is the Executive Administrative Assistant. She graduated from the University of Houston -Main Campus in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in History with a minor in Political Science. She helped to found the Inaugural Pearland International Festival. She handles administrative tasks, scheduling, and timekeeping in the office.
Trang Tran is our invaluable bookkeeper. She keeps GRACE running and the lights on. Trang came to GRACE from a non-profit in Seattle and has been here since 2010.
Andrea DeVinney-Stoner is an Law Associate and Mitigation Specialist. She graduated from Penn State University with Bachelor of Arts in both Political Science and African American Studies. She received her J.D. from Northern Illinois University in 2016.
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