Executive Director's Perspective: Fall Seminars - By Joseph A. Martinez

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Saturday, November 5th, 2016

Special thanks to our course directors, Jason Cassel and Audrey Moorehead, for the TCDLA Cross-Examination seminar and to course directors Kerri Anderson-Donica, Heather Barbieri, and Mark Bennett for the Voir Dire CLE held in Dallas in September. Thanks to their help we had 50 attendees for Cross-Examination and 63 attendees for Voir Dire.

Special thanks to our course directors, Danny Easterling (Houston) and Grant Scheiner (Houston), for the Top Gun DWI CLE held in Houston. This is the 14th year Danny and Grant have put together an outstanding lineup speakers on relevant DWI topics. Thanks to their effort we had 150 attendees.

Special thanks to Heather Barbieri and Clay Steadman, course directors for the Beating the Drum for Justice CLE held in Fredericksburg in September. Thanks to their efforts we had 39 attendees.

Special thanks to John Hunter Smith, Lisa Greenberg, and Philip Goff, course directors for the Beating the Drum for Justice CLE held in Corpus Christi in September. Thanks to their efforts we had 42 attendees.

Thanks to course directors Tony Vitz (McKinney), John Ackerman (Sunset Beach), and Greg Westfall (Fort Worth) for a four-day Round Top VI Advanced Trial Skills Training—Discover the Story, held in Round Top. Thanks to them and our faculty we had 64 attendees.

Thanks to our course directors, Michael Ware (Fort Worth) and Allison Clayton (Lubbock), for our Innocence Clinic for Students, held in Houston in October. Thanks to their efforts we had 43 attendees.

Thanks to course directors Rick Wardroup (Lubbock), Philip Wischkaemper (Lubbock), E. X. Martin (Dallas), Larry Renner (Santa Fe, NM), and Nicolas Hughes (Houston) for our 14th Annual Forensics seminar held in Houston in October. Thanks to their efforts we had 111 attendees. We want to give credit to Mike Charleton and Philip Wischkaemper, who came up with the idea for a forensics seminar 14 years ago.

Weren’t able to attend this year’s 29th Annual Rusty Duncan event? You can order the DVD and get CLE credit. Please go to our website for more information and to order. Do you need CLE credit and can’t attend our seminar training? Please call the home office (512-478-2514) for a list of the DVDs and accompanying CLE credit.

Don’t have a local criminal defense bar in your area? Would you like to re-energize or jump-start your organization? Are you interested in forming a local criminal defense bar? Need help getting organized? Please contact Susan Anderson (Dallas), seapd@aol.com, Laurie Key (Lubbock), lauriekeylaw@gmail.com, or Carmen Roe (Houston), carmen@carmenroe.com, co-chairs of the TCDLA Affiliate Committee.

Good verdicts to all.