A native of Kemp, Texas, Nicholas Vilbas obtained his Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Biology from the University of Texas at Arlington before moving on to several positions in the criminal justice field, including law enforcement and court administration. He approached the IPTX representatives at the Texas Tech University School of Law during his 1L year and hasn’t left the organization’s side since. During law school, Nick clerked for a local defense lawyer while simultaneously working with the IPTX clinic for two years. In 2009, he was honored with the IPTX “Member of the Year” award for his dedication to the organization. Nick joined the IPTX staff shortly after taking the Bar Exam to serve as the Case Director. A year later he became the Executive Director. Nick has been instrumental in IPTX’s efforts to combat junk science, including essential work on the Dog Scent Lineup report and overseeing the Statewide Arson Review. Nick was also elected in 2013 to serve a three-year term on the Board of the Innocence Network, serving on several committees and working groups.