Contributors

Leonard Martinez

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Leonard Martinez, a native of San Antonio, moved to Austin in 1978 and attended the University of Texas Law School, graduating in 1981. Board certified in criminal law, Leonard has been licensed since 1981, practicing exclusively criminal law.

Louis E. Lopez Jr.

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Louis Lopez Jr. received his BA in Economics from the University of Texas and his JD from St. Mary’s Law School. A member of the TCDLA Board, he is board certified in Criminal Law and Criminal Appellate Law. Before turning to private practice, Louis served as El Paso County Assistant District Attorney and El Paso County Deputy Public Defender. He also belongs to the New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (Chairperson 2007, Board of Directors 2005–7) and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Louis L. Akin

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Louis L. Akin (www.akininc.com) first got an interest in blood pattern analysis in 1972 in San Francisco across the bay from where Paul Kirk did his pioneering research at Berkeley. Louis applied the principles he learned to crime and accident scenes that he was investigating and has stayed interested in crime scene and blood patterns analysis since. Today, having attended all the required classes in 2002, he is a crime-scene reconstruction and blood pattern expert, autopsy technician, Licensed Private Investigator, and former Medicolegal Investigator, with nearly 40 years’ experience.

Lydia Clay-Jackson

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Lydia Clay-Jackson, the 2012-2013 TCDLA President, has been a member since being licensed in 1985. Her primary office is in Conroe, but you may often see her in most East Texas courts. She was board certified in Criminal Law in 1996 and has tried everything from traffic tickets to capital murder.

Lydia McCoy

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McCoy DNA Consulting was begun by Lydia McCoy to assist the community of law enforcement officials and area attorneys in better understanding forensic DNA. She got her BS in Biochemistry at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas, and her MS in Molecular Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas. She then went on to work for over four years at the Louisiana State Police Crime Laboratory in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It was at the crime lab that she harnessed her years of schooling into a forensic application.

Major Christopher E. Martin

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Major Christopher E. Martin has served as a military lawyer in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps for over 12 years. A graduate of UCLA School of Law and the Army’s LL.M program, Major Martin hails from California but claims Texas as his adopted home. He is a proud member of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. Major Martin is a veteran of both the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, and has served in dozens of other overseas missions as an instructor, trainer, and legal advisor.

Mark Bennett

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Mark Bennett is a board-certified Houston criminal-defense lawyer. He graduated from Rice in 1992 with a BA in Religious Studies and received his JD from the University of Houston Law Center. He blogs about the art and science of criminal defense trial lawyering at www.DefendingPeople.com .

Mark G. Daniel

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Mark G. Daniel practices in Fort Worth. He is past president of TCDLA and has chaired TCDLA’s Legislative Committee for five legislative sessions since 2004. Mark is board certified in criminal law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He was selected as Percy Foreman Lawyer of the Year by TCDLA in 2009. He has been selected by Texas Monthly magazine as one of the top 100 lawyers in Texas (all categories) from 2007 to present.

Mark Griffith

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Mark Griffith graduated from Baylor Law School in 1992. He’s never been a prosecutor, setting up his shingle as a defense attorney as soon as he was licensed. Mark has tried cases from Capital Murder to DWI and won not-guilty verdicts. Over the past 25 years, he has seen more than 300 jury trials conducted to verdict. Mark has spoken previously on such subjects as cross-examining the State’s pediatric expert and the application of Psychodrama for trial and trial attorneys.

Mark Ryan Thiessen

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Mark Thiessen is a criminal trial lawyer and the Chairman/CEO of the Thiessen Law Firm in Houston, Texas. Mark earned the American Chemical Society-Chemistry and the Law (ACS-CHAL) Forensic Lawyer-Scientist designation, which is the highest form of scientific recognition available for lawyers. Mark is a frequent legal seminar lecturer, author of numerous published legal articles, and a LawLine and HBA faculty member.