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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
The TCDLA Board of Directors met on Saturday, February 13, 2016, in New Orleans. The following motions were made and passed:
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.
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.
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.
We hope all of our members and Voice recipients had a wonderful Holiday Season. We look forward to a very prosperous New Year.
Thanks to our course director, Rick Wardroup (Lubbock), for the CDLP Capital Litigation/Mental Health CLE in South Padre Island in November. Thanks to everyone’s help we had 77 attendees.
Thanks to our course directors, Tim James (Nacogdoches) and Jani Maselli (Houston), for the Upholding Justice One Client at a Time held in Nacogdoches in November. Thanks to everyone’s help we had 30 attendees.
In less than 50 days TCDLA and CDLP have put on and/or co-sponsored nine quality CLE seminars. This would not be possible without the support of the course directors and speakers who donate their time to training lawyers across the state.
TCDLA was created by our founding mothers and fathers to do three specific activities: 1) lobby before the Texas Legislature, 2) write legal publications, and 3) put on quality continuing legal education. TCDLA is now in its 44th year. Thanks to our members whose generous support makes all of this possible.
The TCDLA board of directors met in Dallas on September 12, 2015. Sam Bassett, president, announced the following informational items:
President Announcements: Sam welcomed everyone to the board meeting and stated how excited he is to be here.
Recognitions, Sam Bassett: Sam gave recognition to Robb Fickman (Houston) for all his organization and work for the Declaration of Independence Readings.
Special thanks to our course directors Gary Udashen (Dallas) and Mike Ware (Fort Worth) for the TCDLA Innocence 101: Clinical Practice CLE held in Austin in August. Thanks to their efforts we had 139 attendees.
With a heavy heart, I want to let our members know that Mr. Charles Butts (San Antonio), our 17th president (1987–1988), passed away in San Antonio on July 23, 2015. Mr. Butts contributed so much to the success of TCDLA. We are a strong committed association today because of his love and dedication to TCDLA and its mission. We ask you to keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers.
The TCDLA Annual Meeting was held on June 20, 2015, in San Antonio. The following motions were voted on by the TCDLA membership:
We want to thank Emmett Harris (Uvalde), the 44th TCDLA president. We thank him for his sheer determination to move our organization to being a better resource for our members. He had a tremendous impact in raising the performance of TCDLA. Thanks to his vision and leadership, we had a most productive legislative session. We increased the number of CLE statewide. We strengthened our relationships with local criminal bars. Our hats are off to a true and honest leader. We welcome our 45th TCDLA president, Sam Bassett from Austin.
Special thanks to Jani Maselli Wood (Houston) and Stan Schwieger (Waco), our course directors for our CDLP Training Your Defense Team to Win CLE, held in Waco in April. Thanks to the McLennan County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and their fabulous support of the seminar and TCDLA. Thanks to everyone’s help we had 111 attendees.
Special thanks to Jani Maselli Wood (Houston) and David Moore (Longview), our course directors for our CDLP Training Your Defense Team to Win held in Longview in April. Thanks to their help we had 48 attendees.
The TCDLA board of directors met in Houston on March 7, 2015. The following motions were made:*
MOTION: to adopt the minutes from the TCDLA Board Meeting on December 6, 2014, in Dallas made by Stan Schneider, seconded by Jim Darnell—motion carries.