Don L. Davis


As Interviewed by Audrey Davis, March 17, 2013
"Our contention was simply that it was a medical problem. He was not a criminal, he was an alcoholic. He was addicted, and that was a medical condition that should be handled in the medical arena and not the criminal arena. "
Don L. Davis

Introductory Profile: About Don L. Davis

I interviewed Don L. Davis, my grandfather, about his in Supreme Court case, Powell vs. Texas. Arguing for Mr. Powell, my grandfather said Powell’s repetitive alcohol abuse and public drunkenness should be classified a disease, not a violation of law. This case stands out because it was the first case in Texas that jumped from the County Court directly to the Supreme Court.

Don Davis grew up in Walla Walla, Washington and moved to Texas to attend Abilene Christian University on a football scholarship in 1956. After receiving a degree in Art, he decided to go on to Law School at the University of Texas. Don has been practicing law since 1963. Don is also listed as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” by US News and World Report. Mr. Davis is married to Patricia Davis and has two grown children, Dana and Derek, who both have children of their own. Don is a very kind person. In his free time, he enjoys sculpting and painting.

The mood during my interview was very relaxed and open. Mr. Davis was not shy to talk about his past nor his relationship with Mr. Leroy Powell.