A native of Kemp, Texas, Nicholas Vilbas obtained his Bachelor 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 Innocence Project of Texas (IPTX) representatives at the Texas Tech University School of Law during his first 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 also serves as a Board member for the Innocence Network.