Melissa J. Schank

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Melissa J. Schank is the new Executive Director of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.

Stories from Melissa J. Schank

Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

Technology is a useful servant but a dangerous master.

—Christian Lous Lange

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

“Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.”

—Zig Ziglar

Executive Director's Perspective - Sept18-1
Friday, August 24th, 2018

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”

—Mahatma Gandhi

Thursday, July 26th, 2018

The months of June and July are special times for TCDLA, though extremely busy. Most people are preparing for their summer vacations, but in the home office, June is particularly demanding, preparing for and orchestrating the annual Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Law Course, our annual board meetings, and all events that includes. But it’s all worth it for the opportunity to work with and see so many of our wonderful members. This year we had more than 800 attendees.

Executive Director's Perspective: Where Heroes Come From - By Melissa J. Schank
Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

That’s where I’ll get the love in my heart: from, the fact that little young guys can look at the obstacles that I had to go through to become a Hall of Famer and know it’s not so bad when it comes to them trying to accomplish the same goal.

—Allen Iverson

Saturday, April 28th, 2018

“I’ve learned that making a ‘living’ is not the same thing as ‘making a life.’”

—Maya Angelou

Saturday, March 31st, 2018

Better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer
—Sir William Blackstone

Friday, March 9th, 2018

The best part of your story is when it changes.
—Bella Bloom

As I reflect on the last 13 years, I want to thank Joseph Martinez for sharing his wealth of knowledge and allowing me to gain all the experience that has prepared me for this moment. I have some very large shoes to fill, but thanks to Joseph’s guidance—as well as our leadership, members, and staff—the transition will be smooth.