Restoring Justice – Houston, Texas
- Emerging Leader: Drew Willey
- Grant Program: Emerging Leader
- Amount of Grant: $10,000
- Dates of Grant Term: April 2018 – April 2020
Drew Willey is a criminal defense attorney trained by Gideon’s Promise, a nonprofit organization that provides ongoing continuing education programs for law school students, new public defenders, senior public defenders, law school clinicians, and chief public defenders with a dedication to transforming the culture of the criminal justice system. Willey graduated from University of Texas, Austin, in 2010 with a master’s degree in professional accounting and in 2014 completed his law degree from the University of Houston. Shortly after graduating, Willey started a solo practice expecting his business to have a ministry-focused bent. However, he later realized a nonprofit would be required to truly effect the change he sought. As the CEO of Restoring Justice, a nonprofit organization offering loving and holistic criminal defense legal services for the oppressed, the forgotten, and the poor, Willey uses his time and networks to represent underserved clients.
Restoring Justice seeks to be the hands and feet of Christ for the over 50,000 Houstonians who are imprisoned and cannot afford effective legal counsel. It provides holistic criminal defense representation to people who otherwise cannot afford a lawyer. Their goal is to speak freedom into the lives of the marginalized and partner with them to be self-sufficient thriving members of the community. Restoring Justice gives clients more than legal representation by connecting each client to social services as well as a caring mentor to walk alongside as they move into self-sustainability.