Lydia Clay-Jackson

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Lydia Clay-Jackson, the 2012-2013 TCDLA President, has been a member since being licensed in 1985. Her primary office is in Conroe, but you may often see her in most East Texas courts. She was board certified in Criminal Law in 1996 and has tried everything from traffic tickets to capital murder. Lydia is past president of the Montgomery County Criminal Defense Bar Association, as well as past chair of Lone Star Legal Aid, presently serving on its Executive Committee. She is a member of the SBOT Criminal Justice Section and a former member of the SBOT Committee for the Poor in Criminal Matters. She has presented at seminars for SBOT, various local bar associations, and TCDLA and CDLP. She is a SBOT FELLOW as well as a TCDLEI Fellow and Super Fellow and a Life Time Member of NACDL. She serves actively as one of the Deans of the Texas Criminal Trial College.

Stories from Lydia Clay-Jackson

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

It has been a pleasure.

Being President of our great Association has been a grand life experience and one of my greatest personal pleasures. I may not bleed TCDLA, as does Randy Wilson, but my heart is truly with our Association and each one of its members.

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

When next you see Allen Place, David Gonzalez, Kristin Etter, Mark Daniel, Sharon Johnson, and Bobby Mims, give them a big THANK YOU. These criminal defense lawyers were extremely effective in maintaining the balance in our courtrooms. Their work with the legislators and their aides proved to be most fruitful. Every one of these individuals worked tirelessly on our association’s behalf, and thus, finally, for the residents of Texas. Primarily because of their effort we’ll not have reciprocal discovery come from this session of the Texas Legislature.

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Say It Loud: “I am a Criminal Defense Lawyer and I am proud.” This month we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the United States Supreme Court decision in Gideon v. Wainwright, 372 U.S. 335 (1963). The Court found that what we do is a fundamental right of the Accused, a right that is essential to a fair trial. The Justices found, “Lawyers in criminal courts are necessities, not luxuries” (id. at 344).

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

I would like to thank publicly our SBOT President, Buck Files, for making a demonstrative effort to include ALL lawyers in policymaking decisions for the Bar.

As TCDLA President, I join with all TCDLA members in taking pride seeing the names of its members listed prominently on the rosters of SBOT committees. The filling of these positions by our SBOT President has finally given criminal defense lawyers a seat at the big “table.” I am thankful for this demonstration of respect for criminal defense lawyers. Thank you, President Files.

Friday, December 28th, 2012

Wow, if you have not attended one of the seminars that our organization has presented, you have missed something special. TCDLA and CDLP seminar course directors are fantastic, and we should all give them a rousing round of applause for the work they have performed in providing quality education to criminal defense lawyers throughout the state. You owe it to yourself, to your client, and to our profession to attend at least two of our seminars.

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Edmund Burke (1729–1797) wrote, “Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.” Burke was a British statesman and philosopher, and generally known as the philosophical founder of modern political conservatism. There are many spin-offs of his famous quote, but the premise behind them all is sound.

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Our voices carry a heavy responsibility, as well as a solemn duty. We are the “VOICE” for the defense. The words we speak have lasting effect—not only on our present clients but also for those who will come after. As wordsmiths, we are successful by the manner in which we use our words.

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

Thank you so much for this awesome honor. The 41 intelligent lawyers who have come before me have all left our organization better than when they took the oath, and I intend to follow their example. Our association is not “broken,” so I will not be “fixin’” anything! I will only make it more responsive to the needs of those who promote justice and the common good.

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Your electing me TCDLA’s President is truly a humbling experience. Thank you so much for the honor you have bestowed upon me. My TCDLA certificate, a document I am very proud of, bears the names of Louis Dugas Jr. as President, and J. A. Bobo as Secretary. When I received my membership certificate, I never thought that one day I would affix my name, to these certificates, as President of this august body of steadfast Defenders of the Rights of those accused or convicted of criminal actions.

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Dear TCDLA Member,

I am honored to serve this year as Chair of the TCDLA Nominating Committee. I sincerely thank the members of this year’s nominating committee who agreed to serve the membership by representing their individual districts. The committee members traveled to and from the nominating committee meeting, held in Houston, on December 3, 2011, at their own expense.

      The following are your 2011 TCDLA Nominating Committee Members: