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

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

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.

Saturday, November 21st, 2015

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.

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Saturday, October 10th, 2015

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.

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

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.

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

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:

Friday, July 10th, 2015

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.

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

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.

Sunday, April 12th, 2015

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.

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Special thanks to Jaime Gandara, El Paso Public Defender (El Paso), our course director for the Michael Morton Act Public Defenders seminar held in El Paso in January. Thanks to Jaime’s efforts we had 43 attendees.

Special thanks to Bill Habern (Huntsville) and David O’Neil (Huntsville), our course directors for the Post-Conviction seminar held in Dallas in January. Thanks to their efforts we had 54 attendees.

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

The Board of Directors held their quarterly meeting in Fort Worth on Saturday, December 5, 2014. Following are the motions made and their respective votes. There were 70 board members present, as well as 14 guests. The following motions were made:

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

TCDLA has the following outstanding DWI CLE in the months to come. We hope our members who defend those accused of a DWI offence will attend these CLE and support TCDLA.

Saturday, December 6th, 2014

TCDLA members should be proud of what TCDLA accomplished regarding CLE for FY 2014 (September 1, 2013, through August 31, 2014). TCDLA/CDLP was the third-largest provider of CLE in the State of Texas. First was the State Bar of Texas with 268,631 hours. Second was University of Texas Law School with 70,688 hours. Third, was TCDLA/CDLP with 36,777 hours, provided through a combination of TCDLA and CDLP.

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Please help us get out the word for the upcoming 10th Annual Stuart Kinard Memorial Advanced DWI Seminar to be held in San Antonio November 6–7 at the historic Menger Hotel. Our course directors will be Mark Stevens (San Antonio), Adam Kobs (San Antonio), and Michael Gross (San Antonio).

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Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

TCDLA received notice from the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals of the following grant awards for fiscal year 2015 (September 1, 2014, through August 31, 2015).

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Special thanks to Deandra Grant (Dallas) and Mark Thiessen (Houston), our course directors for the first annual Lonestar DWI: Blood 101 seminar held in Austin. Thanks to their efforts we had 253 attendees.

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

TCDLA has been very fortunate to have Bobby Mims (Tyler) as president in the last year. Thanks to his guidance and wise counsel, TCDLA advanced in all aspects of the association. Special thanks to Bobby for his sacrifices and his outstanding contributions in the past year. Welcome to Emmett Harris (Uvalde), our new President. We look forward to a successful and prosperous year under his leadership.

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

The Board of Directors for the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association met on Saturday, March 8, 2014, in Houston. The following motions were addressed:

MOTION: Motion to approve minutes from January 11, 2014, TCDLA Board Meeting in Lubbock. Motion made by Michael Gross, seconded by Sarah Roland—motion carries.

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Special thanks to Rey Merino (McAllen), President of the Hidalgo County Bar Association (HCBA) and TCDLA Board Member, for allowing TCDLA/CDLP to co-sponsor the Bill of Rights seminar held in McAllen on January 31, 2014. We also thank Carlos Sanchez, Executive Director HCBA, for all of his help on the event.

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

TCDLA Members held a memorial to Mr. George Gilkerson, our fourth President, who passed away on November 5. Bill Wischkaemper presided over the memorial held in Mr. Gilkerson’s hometown of Lubbock. Members saw a video of our first President, Honorable Judge Frank Maloney, speaking about Mr. Gilkerson’s love for TCDLA. TCDLA members should be thankful for Mr. Gilkerson’s leadership and guidance. TCDLA stands today on the shoulders of Mr. Gilkerson and his contributions to justice.

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Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

TCDLA will be posting on its website a one-hour CLE on the new Discovery law (SB 1611) that goes into effect on January 1, 2014. We ask all of our members to become knowledgeable of the rules they must follow.

The TCDLA Board of Directors met on Saturday, September 28, in Arlington. The following motions were passed:*

MOTION: Minutes, June 15, 2013