Executive Director's Perspective: Many Thanks - By Joseph A. Martinez

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Saturday, November 21st, 2015

In less than 50 days TCDLA and CDLP have put on and/or co-sponsored nine quality CLE seminars. This would not be possible without the support of the course directors and speakers who donate their time to training lawyers across the state.

TCDLA was created by our founding mothers and fathers to do three specific activities: 1) lobby before the Texas Legislature, 2) write legal publications, and 3) put on quality continuing legal education. TCDLA is now in its 44th year. Thanks to our members whose generous support makes all of this possible.

Thanks to course directors Tip Hargrove (San Angelo) and John Hunter Smith (Sherman) for our CDLP Upholding Justice One Client at a Time seminar held in San Angelo in October. Thanks to their efforts we had 37 attendees.

Thanks to course directors Diana McCoy (Amarillo) and John Hunter Smith (Sherman) for our CDLP Upholding Justice One Client at a Time seminar held in Amarillo in October. Thanks to their efforts we had 24 attendees.

Thanks to course directors Tony Vitz (McKinney), John Ackerman (Sunset Beach), and Greg Westfall (Fort Worth) for the four-day Round Top V—Advanced Skills Training—Discovery the Story, held in Round Top. Thanks to them and our faculty we had 62 attendees.

Thanks to course directors Gary Udashen (Dallas) and Michael Ware (Dallas) for our Innocence Clinic for Students held in Dallas in October. Thanks to their efforts we had 68 attendees.

Thanks to course directors Rick Wardroup (Lubbock), Philip Wischkaemper (Lubbock), E. X. Martin (Dallas), and Larry Renner (Santa Fe) for our 13th Annual Forensics seminar. Thanks to their efforts we had 172 attendees. We want to give credit to Mike Charlton and Philip Wischkaemper, who came up with the idea for a forensics seminar 13 years ago.

Thanks to course directors Roberto and Claudia Balli (Laredo) and John Hunter Smith (Sherman) for our Upholding Justice One Client at a Time held in Laredo. Thanks to their efforts we had 42 attendees.

Special thanks to JoAnne Musick, President of the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association (HCCLA), for allowing CDLP to co-sponor their first-ever Winning Warriors seminar held in Houston in October. The course directors were David Ryan (Houston) and Jani Maselli (Public Defender, Harris County). Thanks to everyone’s efforts we had 103 attendees.

Special thanks to Warren Wolf, President of the San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (SACDLA), for allowing CDLP to co-sponsor their Jim Greenfield Memorial Nuts ’n’ Bolts seminar held in San Antonio in November. Thanks to everyone’s efforts we had 56 attendees.

Thanks to course directors Bobby Barrera (San Antonio), Michael Gross (San Antonio), and Adam Kobs (San Antonio) for our 11th Annual Stuart Kinard Advanced DWI held in San Antonio in November. Thanks to everyone’s efforts we had 109 attendees.

Thanks to our members, our TCDLA publications have been updated or are in the process for the new laws passed by the 2015 Texas Legislature. Please go to our website to order your updated publications.

On November 1, 2015, I celebrated 14 years as the Executive Director for TCDLA. I want to thank the Board of Directors for their faith and trust in me. I want to thank our membership for your frank and honest directions on what I should be doing to better serve members. I am honored to serve as your executive director, and I look forward to continuing to serve members in the years to come.

Weren’t able to attend this year’s 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 our area? Would like to re-energize and 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.