Wednesday, February 06, 2008 - 11:45 AM
The Honorable Craig Watkins
Dallas County District Attorney
Bent Tree Country Club
Craig Watkins, a Dallas native, was inaugurated on January 1, 2007, as the Criminal District Attorney (DA) for Dallas County, Texas. He is the first African-American elected to that position in Texas. As DA for Dallas County, his SMART ON CRIME philosophy engages innovative strategies throughout the prosecutorial process and seeks to address the root causes of why offenders commit crime. DA Watkins' interest in conviction integrity led to partnering with the Innocence Project of Texas to aid the wrongfully convicted.
District Attorney Watkins was educated in the local public school system, received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Prairie View A&M University and a Jurist Doctorate degree from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law.
He is a member of Friendship-West Baptist Church, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., Prairie View A & M University Alumni Association and is affiliated with several professional and civic organizations. Mr. Watkins has received numerous honors and awards for his outstanding accomplishments in the community from an array of organizations and groups.
- 2007 NAACP Texas Hero Award
- Dallas Urban League Torch Award
- One of Eclipse Magazine's "Super Lawyers" January 2007
- District Attorney Watkins was featured in the March 5, 2007 issue of JET.
- District Attorney Watkins was featured in the May 2007 issue of Ebony Magazine as one of THE EBONY POWER 150 as the next generation of African-American leaders.
- Featured in the September 2007 issue of Texas Monthly
- District Attorney Watkins' innovative strategies as the new D.A. in Dallas County have garnered him local, national and international attention from CNN, ABC's "Good Morning America," German TV, Dallas Morning News, New York Times, Washington Post, L. A. Times and Chicago Tribune, to name a few.
DA Watkins and wife Tanya have three children - Chad, Cale and Taryn.