Alum and notable attorney to be guest lecturer for criminal justice class

Posted October 04, 2011

This fall, the Department of Sociology and Family Studies at ACU is hosting a series of prominent guest lecturers for its criminal justice students. Alumnus David Pearson will kick off the series on Oct. 7.

Pearson, a prominent attorney in Fort Worth, is best known for his involvement in State of Texas v. Aaron Hart, a case that made national headlines. Defendant Aaron was a Paris, Texas teenager with an IQ of 47 when he was sentenced to 100 years in prison for sexual assault.  Hart has since endured sexual abuse in prison at the hands of his fellow inmates. Pearson, along with Texas Advocacy, Inc. and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), has been working to gain justice for Hart, who faces severe mental and social challenges.

Pearson will speak on Hart's defense and how he lives out his faith as a member of the legal profession.

"As future criminal justice professionals, our students must recognize that the public entrusts to them great authority, and they should use that authority justly, legally, respectfully, and humanely," says Kelly Knight, practicing attorney and ACU criminal justice instructor. "Meeting crusaders like Pearson will encourage students to 'yearn for justice, not just a new Lexus' ".

The Pearson lecture will take place in the Lynay Room of the Hunter Welcome Center at 1 p.m. on Oct. 7.