REDICK, JR., William P. (Bill)Died peacefully on February 4, 2012 after a long, valiant fight against cancer. Bill was born on May 19, 1943 in Lebanon, TN to William Paul Redick and Elizabeth Hays Redick. He graduated from Battle Ground Academy; Centre College; and the University of Tennessee College of Law. For over thirty years, Bill was the legal champion of those condemned to death in Tennessee. His vision of justice and determination to improve the quality of representation changed the way capital cases are tried in Tennessee. Bill began his law career in 1970 in Washington, DC with the National Advisory Commission for Criminal Justice Standards and Goals. He was Director of the Treatment Alternative to Street Crime Project that was administered by the Davidson County District Attorney General's Office. Bill was a leader in the Tennessee death penalty defense community. He worked on death penalty cases almost exclusively from the early 1980's and was the founding director of the Capital Case Resource Center of Tennessee (CCRC) from 1988 until 1995. He helped author Tools for the Ultimate Trial, The Tennessee Death Penalty Defense Manual, published by the CCRC and distributed by the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (TACDL), which set the standard for capital defense representation in Tennessee. He served as Chairman of TACDL's Death Penalty Committee from 1984 to 1995. He founded and directed The Tennessee Justice Project from 2004 until 2007 when his illness took a hold of him. In 1992, Bill was the first recipient of TACDL's Death Penalty Award for outstanding work in the death penalty arena; in 2003, he received the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty Legal Service Award; and in 2010, he received TACDL's Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest honor bestowed on a criminal defense lawyer in Tennessee. Though he is gone and will be much missed, Bill's work continues with those he taught and inspired. Survived by his much loved wife and friend, Deborah Berrie Redick; his sister, Becky Redick Waldrop (Owen); nephews, Al Waldrop (Laura), Hays Waldrop (Peggy); niece, Paige Waldrop Mills (Craig); great nephews and nieces, Graham, Jack, Charlie, Hays, Duke Waldrop and Eliza, Ben and Russell Mills; and legions of friends. Special thanks and gratitude to Dr. James Netterville, Assistant Georgette Smiley and staff. A Memorial and celebration of Bill's life will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, February 11, 2012 at Neuhoff Property, 1315 Adams Street, Nashville, TN 37208. Visitation will be held at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Equal Justice Initiative of Alabama (eji.org), 122 Commerce Street, Montgomery, AL 36104; Southern Center for Human Rights (schr.org), 83 Poplar St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30303; and/or the W. Paul Redick Faculty Endowment Fund - Battle Ground Academy, BGA Office of Development, P.O. Box 1889, Franklin, TN 37065. SMITH BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME, 706 Monroe Street, (615) 726-1476; Still Family Owned and Operated. www.smithbrothersfd.com
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Published in The Tennessean on Feb. 8, 2012