Mark Snodgrass

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Mark Snodgrass is a graduate of Texas Tech University and St. Mary's School of Law. Mark is a solo practitioner devoted exclusively to defending the rights of the citizen accused. Mark has lectured all across the state of Texas on various subjects relating to the criminal law. Mark is a past president of the Lubbock Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. Mark served on the board of directors of TCDLA from 2003 to 2010.  He has served on the executive committee as well as several other TCDLA committees and  is a past chair of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Project.

Stories from Mark Snodgrass

Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

It is hard to believe that the time has come to write my last TCDLA President’s message. I would say it is also a little bit sad to be writing this last message, but I am guessing that would only apply to me and not to the good folks who have had to read these columns for the last year. Those of you who know me and have read these columns know that I try not to take myself too seriously. I try to live by the philosophy I stole from Willie Nelson—if the sun don’t come up tomorrow, roll over and turn on the light.

Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

An impromptu Spring Break trip gave me a great opportunity to think about what to write in this column. The bomb cyclone that hit the central part of the country, coupled with the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max 8 airplanes, made flying my kids home in time to go back to school from a trip to Rockport to see my sister impossible. So off I went from Lubbock to Rockport with a quick overnight stop in Laredo to tend to a few things on the deer lease.

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Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

We don’t take a trip; a trip takes us.
                                            —John Steinbeck

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so this month I intend to share a few thousand words with you about our recent TCDLA President’s Trip to Nashville.

Wednesday, January 30th, 2019

Sitting down to write this February column, I am somewhat at a dead end on things to write about. The holidays are over and it is time to get to get back in the saddle and get on with the practice of law. All the news outside the office seems to be tied in to politics. The federal government is partially shut down due to a standoff over a border wall. The Texas Legislature is back in session, and many villages feel like they are missing an idiot. Every day it seems a new Democrat is announcing that he or she will run for president.

Saturday, December 15th, 2018

It is hard to believe that 2018 is coming to an end. We are just a little over a year from turning the page to 2020. It seems like only yesterday we were ringing in the new millennium. Doomsday prophets were foreshadowing all sorts of gloom and doom. I was spending that particular New Year’s Eve in Laredo and attending various festivities across the border with old childhood friends. Unlike previous New Year’s Eves, the streets of Nuevo Laredo were almost eerily quiet.

Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

As I write this column, it is a cold and rainy day outside my window. Apparently, Mother Nature decided that the good people of Texas did not need a fall and jumped straight into winter. The first freeze in Lubbock was three weeks earlier than normal, and it is too wet for the cotton farmers to get into the fields to harvest their crops. Our friends in the Hill Country are seeing record-level rains and floods. The weatherman tells me that Travis County has had rain the last seven weekends.

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

After I graduated from high school, I was blessed with the opportunity to play football at Texas Tech. My first year was also Spike Dykes’ first year as head coach at Texas Tech. If you did not know Coach Dykes or at least know of him, you missed out on a one-of-a-kind personality. As you can imagine from a man called Spike, he was quick to give nicknames to people. With the last name Snodgrass, he always called me Boogerweed. He was a man of many words and was never hesitant to say what he thought. When expressing his thoughts, he never held back what he was really thinking.

Friday, August 24th, 2018

While I have never claimed to be a student of history, I do often enjoy looking back on things that happened 10, 25, or 100 years ago. The type of stories you hear on the radio or see on your newsfeed on social media informing you that 100 years ago today the first automatic potato peeler or something like it was developed.

Thursday, July 26th, 2018

Back on May 17th, I along with TCDLA Executive Director Melissa Schank and CDLP Chair Clay Steadman had the opportunity to sit down with Court of Criminal Appeals Justice Barbara Hervey and discuss TCDLA’s plans for the handling of our grant seminars during the upcoming year. One area of discussion that was deemed important to Justice Hervey and all involved was mental health issues affecting our clients. We assured the Justice that the issue would be addressed.

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

As I sit at my desk writing this first President’s Message column for TCDLA, I cannot help but think of a cold winter day when my son Luke was about five years old. The two of us were driving down a dirt road, and we passed by a flat rock perched on top of a fence post. Luke glanced at me in with a look of wonder in his eye and asked, “Dad, how did that rock get there?” Over the next mile or two, he came up with several theories on his own, each a little more grandiose than the previous, before finally asking the question again.