Every Victim Every Time

Crime Victim Conference

Kelly Siegler
“Cold Justice”
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
11:45 a.m.  – 1:00 p.m.

​We are excited to have reality television star, Kelly Siegler, share with us her first-hand observations about her show, Cold Justice and how she uses the show to bring healing to victims and victim’s families across the country by highlighting their cases.

Cold Justice is an unscripted true crime series originally broadcast on TNT and currently on Oxygen. The series, produced by Dick Wolf, follows former prosecutor Kelly Siegler and a team of investigators as they re-open unsolved murder cases with the consent and assistance of local law enforcement. 

Before Cold Justice, Kelly fought for justice for Harris County residents and crime victims for over 21 years until she resigned from the District Attorney's office in May 2008.  Kelly has been licensed as an attorney in the State of Texas since 1987.  A fierce advocate on behalf of crime victims and their families, she also has the respect of members of law enforcement agencies, not just in Harris County but also nationwide. 

Kelly was raised in Blessing, Texas, a small town of 900 people in Matagorda County.  After Kelly graduated as the valedictorian from Tidehaven High School in El Maton, she attended the University of Texas in Austin and received her degree in International Business in 1984. She received her law degree from South Texas College of Law in 1987.

Heather Abbott & Steven Mellin                                                                       
“The Boston Marathon Bombing”
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Legacy Lunch  11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

April 15, 2013, Marathon Monday in Boston – 38 year old Heather Abbott of Newport, RI and Charleston, SC set out on an annual tradition with several of her friends. They would attend the Red Sox home game and then walk over to Boylston Street to watch the marathoners cross the finish line.  Little did Heather know that this day would change her life forever.  Two bombs exploded in the crowd of well-wishers that afternoon. Heather was impacted by the second blast and literally blown into the entrance of a nearby restaurant.   After three surgeries in four days, Heather was faced with an agonizing decision – face a lifetime of agonizing pain from her injuries or allow doctors to amputate her left leg below the knee. With the counsel and comfort of amputees who came to visit her in the hospital, and after much soul-searching, Heather made the difficult decision to live as an amputee.  Through it all, Heather has remained a model of strength and perseverance. Her determination and passion to help other victims is evident in everything she does. As a certified Peer Counselor for the American Amputee Coalition, Heather is able to provide hope and emotional healing. As a nationally-known motivational speaker, she reminds audiences of the power of positive thinking and the real impact compassionate giving can have on the life of someone in need.

In Spring 2015, the criminal trial began for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev who was charged with the bombing attacks.  One of the Assistant United States Attorneys on the trial team was Steven Mellin.  Mellin spent much of his time on the trial team working with the bombing victims and their families.

Together, Abbott and Mellin will address the impact this crime and subsequent trial had on their lives.  They will discuss how they worked together throughout the court process, about their experiences and how this event has affected them.

Every Victim Every Time Conference 2019 Keynote Speakers