Joseph A. Martinez

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Joseph A. Martinez is the current Executive Director of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.

Stories from Joseph A. Martinez

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

Dear TCDLA Membership,

I have decided after 16 unforgettable outstanding years it is time for me to leave TCDLA as your executive director and begin the next phase in my life and enjoy retirement!

I express my sincere gratitude to David Moore, president, for his exceptional leadership over the last few years and more especially in this most recent eight months. Thanks to David, TCDLA is in the unique position of being one of the best, if not the best, state association for criminal defense lawyers in the nation.

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

As the holiday season approaches, we give thanks to our TCDLA members for their support over the past year. We know we are a stronger association because of you. We hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season.

Special thanks to our course directors, Gary Trichter (Bandera), Bobby Barrera (San Antonio), and Michael Gross (San Antonio), for the 13th Annual DWI seminar held at the historic Menger Hotel in San Antonio. Thanks to their efforts we had 109 attendees.

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

The following motions were voted on by the TCDLA Board at the September 9, 2016, Board meeting held in Fort Worth.

MOTION: Minutes, June 23, 2017
Motion to adopt the minutes from the TCDLA Annual Board Meeting in San Antonio on June 23, 2017, made by David Botsford, seconded by Michael Gross—motion carries.

Motion to approve the FY18 TCDLA Budget made by Russell Gunter, seconded by Roberto Balli—motion carries.

Executive Director's Perspective: Quarterly Report
Saturday, September 30th, 2017

TCDLA under David Moore’s leadership has initiated the Hurricane Harvey Lawyers Relief Fund Committee, chaired by Danny Easterling (Houston) with other members on from the affected area. Donations are being accepted and will be used to alleviate some of the burdens that this historic storm has placed on our fellow criminal law practitioners. Please consider making a contribution. Please go to our website for more information or go directly to the donation page (

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

Please join me in thanking Robb Fickman (Houston) and Chuck Lanehart (Lubbock), our TCDLA 2017 Readings statewide project coordinators. Thanks to their outstanding efforts this year, there were Readings of the Declaration of Independence in over 120 counties across Texas. In addition, the 11 members of “F Troop,” the local coordinators, contributed to the overall success of the project. Robb brought the project to TCDLA from its inception in Houston, and we thank him for having the vision and foresight to do so.

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

David Moore (Longview) is now the 46th president of TCDLA. We look forward to a very successfully year under David’s leadership.

The 85th Texas Legislature Session is sine die until July 18, when the Special Session starts. Our legislative team will be providing summary reports to our members throughout the special session.

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

We thank outgoing TCDLA President John Convery (San Antonio) for his service to the TCDLA membership over the last year. Thanks to his steadfast leadership, TCDLA is a better association. We wish him good verdicts and prosperity. David Moore (Longview) takes the helm of TCDLA as president on June 24, 2017, at the 46th Annual TCDLA Annual Meeting. We look forward to successfully managing the challenges under David’s leadership.

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

The Texas Session is ongoing and we are well represented with our lobbying team of Allen Pace, Andrea Keilen, and David Gonzales, all under the supportive oversight of the TCDLA Legislative Committee, with Bill Harris (Fort Worth) as Chair.

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Special thanks to Rick Wardroup, course director for our Capital Defense CLE held in Dallas in February. Thanks to his help and our speakers we had 39 attendees.

Special thanks to the Thurgood Marshall School of Law (Houston) and the Earl Carl Institute (Houston) for allowing us to co-sponsor the 6th Annual Hon. Craig Washington and Senator Rodney Ellis Excellence in Indigent Defense Series CLE held at the Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston in February. Thanks to everyone’s help and assistance we had 113 attendees.

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

Special thanks to our course directors, Clay Steadman (Kerrville) and Paul Tu (Houston), for the Beating the Drum for Justice Seminar held in Sugarland in January. Thanks to them and our speakers, we had 40 attendees.

Special thanks to our course directors, Scott Edgett (Plano) and John Hunter Smith (Sherman), for the Beating the Drum for Justice Seminar held in McKinney in January. Thanks to them and our speakers we had 42 attendees.

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

The 85th Texas Legislature has started. Our legislative team is monitoring, testifying, and advocating for TCDLA members at the Capital. If you are a member, you are automatically enrolled in our Legislative Listserve. The legislative team: Andrea Keilen, Allen Place, David Gonzalez, Shea Place, Bill Harris, Mark Daniel, Susan Kelly, and Bobby Mims will be posting periodically to keep you informed of TCDLA’s position and activities. The listserve is for informational purposes only and cannot receive responses.

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

As of November 1, 2016, I have had the privilege and honor to serve the membership of TCDLA for 15 years. In that time I have spoken and written of the TCDLA family. I have come to a profound understanding of what that meant in the last four months.

Saturday, November 5th, 2016

Special thanks to our course directors, Jason Cassel and Audrey Moorehead, for the TCDLA Cross-Examination seminar and to course directors Kerri Anderson-Donica, Heather Barbieri, and Mark Bennett for the Voir Dire CLE held in Dallas in September. Thanks to their help we had 50 attendees for Cross-Examination and 63 attendees for Voir Dire.

Friday, October 7th, 2016

The TCDLA membership met on June 18, 2016, in San Antonio for the 45th Annual Membership Meeting. The following motions were made.

MOTION: Approve Minutes—February 13, 2016
Motion to adopt the minutes from the Board Meeting on February 13, 2016, in New Orleans, Louisiana, made by Nicole DeBorde, seconded by David Ryan—motion carries.

MOTION: Board Electronic Votes—Motion to approve electronic votes for recipients of:

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

We thank outgoing TCDLA President Sam Basset (Austin) for his service to the TCDLA membership over the last year. We wish him well and good verdicts.

John Convery (San Antonio) took the helm of TCDLA as president in June at the 45th Annual TCDLA Annual Meeting. We look forward to a most productive year under John’s leadership.

Saturday, June 11th, 2016

Special thank to Deandra Grant (Dallas), Larry Boyd (Dallas), and Abe Factor (Fort Worth), our course directors for our 9th Annual DWI Defense Project held in Arlington in May. Thanks to them and our speakers, we had an outstanding line of presentations on DWI defense. We encourage our members to attend our DWI CLE.

We have a great line up of DWI CLE in the coming months. Please join us for these quality DWI seminars:

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

The TCDLA Board of Directors met on Saturday, February 13, 2016, in New Orleans. The following motions were made and passed:

Saturday, April 9th, 2016

Please join me in welcoming Andrea Keilen, our new General Counsel for TCDLA. Andrea will also be our Lobbyist, working with our lobby team in the upcoming Texas Legislative session. Andrea brings a wealth of experience to TCDLA. We are very fortunate to have her on board. She can be reached at the home office, 512-478-2514.

Special thanks to course director Rick Wardroup for our Capital/Mental Health seminar held in Houston in February. Thanks to him and our speakers we had 108 attendees.

Saturday, March 12th, 2016

Special thanks to Dan Hurley (Lubbock), Stan Schneider (Houston), and John Convery (San Antonio), course directors for our TCDLA Federal Law CLE held in New Orleans in February. During the event, Past President Scrappy Holmes (Longview) was crowned TCDLA Dean Emeritus, accompanied by a New Orleans Jazz Band. Thanks to everyone’s help we had 68 attendees and a fun time in New Orleans.

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

The TCDLA Board met on December 5, 2015, in Austin. The following motions were made and action taken:

MOTION: September 12, 2015, Minutes
Motion to adopt the minutes from the TCDLA Board Meeting in Dallas on September 12, 2015, made by Mark Snodgrass, seconded by Susan Anderson—motion carries.