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, May 7th, 2013

Special thanks to our Dean of Students and Faculty, respectively, Lydia Clay-Jackson (Conroe) and Tim Evans (Fort Worth), for the 37th Annual Texas Criminal Trial College held in Huntsville. Very special thanks to our 46 faculty members who participated in the College. We had 77 students from all parts of Texas attend the college. A list of the graduates of this year’s College is on page 22 of this issue of the Voice and on our website. We would ask our members to review the list and make it a point to congratulate these lawyers.

Executive Director's Perspective: TCDLA in Motion - March 2013
Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

The TCDLA Board of Directors met in Dallas on Saturday, March 8. The following motions were passed at the TCDLA Board Meeting.

MOTION: To approve minutes from the December 8, 2012, TCDLA Board Meeting in Houston. Motion made by Michael McDougal, seconded by Sarah Roland—motion carries.

MOTION: Not allow counter cash withdrawals with Wells Fargo checking account. Motion made by John Convery, seconded by Bobby Mims—motion carries.

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Special thanks to Nathan Miller (Denton) and Tony Ross (Denton), our course directors for the 5th Annual Hal Jackson Memorial Jolly Roger Criminal Law Seminar held in Denton in December. Thanks to their efforts and our speakers we had 89 attendees.

Friday, December 28th, 2012

TCDLA thanks their 3,200+ members for their support throughout the past year. TCDLA is a stronger, more relevant organization because of its members. We wish all of you and your families a safe and enjoyable holiday season.

Oct 2012 Executive Director's Perspective Table
Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Special thanks to Janet Burnett (El Paso), Greg Velazquez (El Paso), and Rick Wardroup (Lubbock), our course directors for the Indigent Defense Training: Fighting for Those Who Have Served Us CLE held in El Paso in September. Thanks to their efforts we had 80 attendees.

Special thanks to Troy McKinney (Houston), our course director for the DWI CLE held in Onalaska in September. Thanks to everyone’s efforts we had 8 attendees.

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Special thanks to our course directors, Brian Wice (Houston) for Appellate Seminar, Kam­eron Johnson, Public Defender (Austin), for Juvenile Seminar, and Robert “Bobby” Lerma for the Drugs Seminar. The seminars were held in Galveston in September, and thanks to their efforts had 59, 51, and 66 participants, respectively. Special thanks to Judge Alcala, who presented “A View from the Appellate Bench: What Works, What Doesn’t, and What Drives Us Crazy” at Appellate.

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

 A very special thanks to Jeanette Kinard (Austin), who served as Chair and Vice Chair of the Criminal Defense Lawyers Project Committee (CDLP) in 2010–2012, respectively. Jeannette handled with great success all of the oversight of the grants coming from the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and coordination of the annual 45+ continuing legal education programs. Jeanette’s very able successor is Sarah Roland (Denton).

President's Award 2012
Friday, June 29th, 2012

I want to thank Gary Trichter, our 41st President, for his steadfast leadership over the past year. Gary spent the last year in service to the TCDLA membership. His contributions will continue to impact TCLDA into the future. He leaves TCDLA a better association. He was fond of saying that at the end of his term he would, like the old cowboy, just ride into the sunset. Well, he may just do that, but he will continue to contribute as the cowboy past president.

Please join me in giving Gary a big TCDLA thank you.

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

Special thanks to course directors Jeanette Kinard (Austin) and Stan Schwieger (Waco) for the CDLP Winning Trial Tactics seminar held in Waco in April. Thanks to their efforts and the speakers we had 103 participants.

Special thanks to course directors Mark Snodgrass (Lubbock), Kelly Pace (Tyler), and Jason Cassel (Longview) for the CDLP Winning Trial Tactics held in Tyler in April. Thanks to their efforts and the speakers we had 61 participants.

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Special thanks to John Convery (San Antonio) and Henry Bemporad (San Antonio), our course directors for the Federal Law seminar held in New Orleans in March. Thanks to their efforts we had an outstanding lineup of speakers.

The TCDLA Board met in New Orleans on March 10. The following motions passed at the board meeting:

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

Special thanks to Gary Trichter (Houston), Troy McKinney (Houston), Doug Murphy (Houston), and Bennie Ray (Austin), our speakers for the Public Defender DWI seminar held in El Paso in January. This seminar was part of a joint initiative with the National College for DUI Defense and the Criminal Defense Lawyers Project (CDLP). Thanks to our speakers’ efforts we had 60 participants.

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

The Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Board of Directors met on December 3, 2011, in Houston. The following motions were approved by the board:

MOTION: Minutes

  • Approve minutes from September 24, 2011 TCDLA Board Meeting in Austin. Motion made by Bill Harris, seconded by Greg Westfall. Motion carries.

MOTION: Canceling Bank Account and Transferring Funds

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Thanks to our course directors Troy McKinney (Houston) and in particular Jimmy Gonzales (Edinburg), Public Defender Hidalgo County, we had 68 attendees at our Public Defender DWI seminar held in Edinburg. Special thanks to our speakers, Gary Trichter (Bandera), Bennie Ray (Austin), and Doug Murphy (Houston). Special thanks also to the National College for DUI Defense, co-sponsor for the seminar. This one of three co-sponsored seminars focused on providing public defenders in Texas with DWI training.

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Very special thanks to our course directors, Troy McKinney (Houston) and Doug Murphy (Houston), and associate course directors John Fox (San Antonio) and George Scharmen (San Antonio) for the 8th Annual Stuart Kinard Memorial Advanced DWI Seminar held in San Antonio. Thanks to their efforts we had 127 attendees.

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Special thanks to our course directors, E. G. “Gerry” Morris (Austin), Sam Bassett (Austin) and Marjorie Bachman (Austin), for TCDLA “Defending Those Accused of Sexual Assault” seminar held in Austin. Thanks to their fine efforts, we had 173 attendees. This seminar will be held again in Houston on December 6–7, 2012. Please plan on joining us.

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

TCDLA is looking for members who are interested in serving on the TCDLA board. Lydia Clay-Jackson, President-Elect and chair of the TCDLA Nominating Committee, is encouraging TCDLA members to submit their applications. The application can be found in this issue of the Voice or can be downloaded from the TCDLA website. Members can also contact the nominating committee member from their district for an application.

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Very special thanks to TCLDA outgoing president, Bill Harris (Fort Worth). Because of Bill, TCLDA is a stronger, more active, and robust organization. Thanks to his leadership, TCDLA ‘s current membership is 3,100 and growing, he has successfully provided high quality CLE to over 5,000 lawyers in the past 12 months, and lobbied for a successful Texas Legislative Session. TCDLA wished Bill the best as he now moves into his new role as a past president.

Saturday, July 2nd, 2011

A very special thanks to our course directors, Bob Hinton (Dallas), Lance Evans (Fort Worth), and Grant Scheiner (Houston) for this year’s 24th Annual Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Law Course held in San Antonio June 9–11. These three lawyers have spent many hours over the last year preparing for this year’s major production. Thanks to their dedication and effort, we had 805 attendees. Thanks to our 32 speakers who spoke at this year’s event.

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Special thanks to our course directors, John Donahue, David Moore, and Stanley Schwieger, who had 148 attendees in Waco on April 8, and course directors David Moore and Kelly Pace, who had 52 attendees in Tyler on April 15 for our CDLP seminar “Trial Tactics: The Art of War.”

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Special thanks to the San Antonio Bar—Justice Phylis Speedlin, president, and Jimmy Ellison, executive director—for allowing TCDLA/CDLP to co-sponsor the 48th Annual Criminal Law Institute held in San Antonio March 25–26. They had 293 attendees. This is the oldest CLE event in Texas.