Chuck Lanehart

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Chuck Lanehart has chaired the Lubbock Area Bar Association’s Courthouse Security Committee since its formation in 2012. He is a shareholder in the Lubbock firm of Chappell, Lanehart & Stangl, PC, where he has practiced law since 1977. A 1977 graduate of Texas Tech University School of Law, Chuck is a former director of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. He is a recipient of the TCDLA President’s Commendation for “Outstanding Service to the Citizen Accused,” and has been honored for his service to the TCDLA Strike Force. He is a charter member and former president of the Lubbock Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. Chuck served as director of the State Bar of Texas, District 16, and as president of the Lubbock Area Bar Association (LABA). He was the founding editor of LABA’s official publication, The Lubbock Law Notes, in 1987. Texas Monthly magazine has named him a “Super Lawyer” in the field of criminal law. In 2008, Chuck was named among the “200 Most Influential People in the History of Lubbock” by the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.

Stories from Chuck Lanehart

Why We Read the Declaration
Tuesday, July 30th, 2019

Ten years have passed, and the annual Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Declaration readings are now a valued tradition throughout the Lone Star State. Perhaps it is time for reflection on how this began, why we do what we do on or before Independence Day each year, what it means and what it does not mean.

Get Involved in TCDLA’s Declaration Readings
Thursday, March 28th, 2019

July 3 marks the date this year TCDLA members will appear at courthouses across the Lone Star State to recite the Declaration of Independence. The traditional presentations have become TCDLA’s biggest public relations effort.

Thursday, July 26th, 2018

If I had ever been here before
I would probably know just what to do
Don’t you?

—David Crosby

History, having a way of repeating itself, blessed TCDLA’s 2018 Declaration Readings.

How Lubbock’s “Prairie Dog Lawyers” Seminar Got Its Name
Thursday, December 14th, 2017

Your Honors, this case was tried before the Honorable James N. Browning, Judge of the 47th Judicial District, but that is not the only reason it should be reversed.

Surviving Hurricane Harvey: Houston Lawyers and Others on the Ordeal
Saturday, September 30th, 2017

When the full scope of the Hurricane Harvey tragedy became evident, I was struck by the enormity of the disaster. I wondered how people like me—people in the law business—could survive such a challenge.

2017 Declaration Reading Recollections and Media Mentions
Tuesday, July 25th, 2017


Lubbock criminal defense attorneys hold annual reading of Declaration of Independence

Members of the Lubbock Criminal Defense Lawyers Association took turns Friday morning on the courthouse lawn reading the grievances against British rule American colonists listed in a document that became the

Declaration Reading Recollections and Media Mentions
Friday, July 22nd, 2016

“We came through the long Sanderson Canyon to the county seat of Terrell County.

Reading Old Words Is Good for the Soul
Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Perhaps my earliest memory as a baby lawyer was watching worried law professors and bar leaders wringing their hands, wondering: “How can we improve our image as lawyers? Pro bono work? Public service? Legal ethics education?” Nothing seemed to work.

We Need Those Stinking Badges: Courthouse Security for Texas Lawyers 101
Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

—Benjamin Franklin

A History of Accomplishment: Lubbock Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Celebrates 35 Years
Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

There are basically two types of people: people who accomplish things, and people who claim to have accomplished things. The first group is less crowded.
–Mark Twain.

May 2011 Feature 2
Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

J. W. Jarrott was a trail-blazing lawyer and a courageous advocate. As a tragic consequence, he became the first person murdered in the recorded history of the South Plains of Texas.1 In the tradition of Stephen F.