Executive Director's Perspective: Motions from the Quarterly Meeting - By Joseph A. Martinez

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Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

The Texas Session is ongoing and we are well represented with our lobbying team of Allen Pace, Andrea Keilen, and David Gonzales, all under the supportive oversight of the TCDLA Legislative Committee, with Bill Harris (Fort Worth) as Chair.

Special thanks to Maureen Franco and Mary Stillinger, our course directors for our Wild Wild West Federal and State Criminal Law seminar held El Paso in April. Thanks to all we had 73 attendees. Special thanks to Jim Darnell and Joe Spencer, our course directors for the Family Violence seminar also held in El Paso in April. Thanks to everyone’s help we had 59 attendees. The TCDLA board had their quarterly board meeting in El Paso, we believe the first TCDLA board meeting held in El Paso. The board hopes to return very soon. The following motions were passed at the board meeting:

MOTION: Minutes—December 3, 2016
Motion to adopt the minutes from the TCDLA Board Meeting on December 3, 2016, in Dallas, made by Michael Gross, seconded by Laurie Key—motion carries.

MOTION: Approve 12/28/16 Board Electronic Vote for Amicus Brief—Case of Matthew Clendennen: 8–0 made by David Ryan, seconded by Sarah Roland—motion carries.

MOTION: Approve 1/3/17 Board Electronic Vote for Amicus Briefs ($400)—1) Waldrip/Tharp, 2) Ramirez/Tamayo made by David Ryan, seconded by Jim Darnell—motion carries.

MOTION: TCDLA opposes the expansion of Pretrial Detention expansion in Texas, made by David Moore, seconded by Adam Kobs—motion carries.

MOTION to approve Personnel Manual changes:
Comp Time add: Once submission of resignation is submitted, from that day forward the use of comp time is not available.
Holiday Time add: Employees are not paid for unused holiday time if you leave or upon termination of employment.
Sick Leave add: Employees are not paid for unused sick time if you leave or upon termination of employment. Once submission of resignation is submitted from that day forward the use of sick time will require a doctor’s note. Motion made by Mark Snodgrass, seconded by David Moore—motion carries.

MOTION: Money transfer
Motion to transfer $65,000 from reserves into TCDLA Operating account as Executive and Budget Committee have approved. Motion made by John Hunter Smith, seconded by Rusty Gunter—motion carries.

John Convery appointed Lydia Clay-Jackson (Conroe) and Tim Evans (Fort Worth) as Deans Emeritus of the Tim Evans 41st Annual Texas Criminal Trial College held in Huntsville in March. John also appointed the new Deans, Kerri Anderson Donica (Corsicana), Dean of Students, and Lance Evans (Fort Worth), Dean of the Faculty. We had 45 faculty from all around Texas. This year we had 77 lawyers being trained in trial skills. It was a very successful college. We also thank Philip Lyons, Dean of Sam Houston State University, for his support of the college and Ms. Sabrina Rowley, administrative assistant who provides support throughout the college.

A very special thanks to James Nesci, Dean of the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD), for supporting TCDLA in a joint co-sponsorship of their 24th Annual Mastering Scientific Evidence (MSE) seminar held in New Orleans in March. Special thanks to Mimi Coffey (Fort Worth), Doug Murphy (Houston), Troy McKinney (Houston), and Gary Trichter (Bandera), course directors for the seminar. This is the 10th year of TCDLA co-sponsoring this seminar with NCDD.

If it is April, it is time to register for the 30th Annual Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Law Course to be held June 22–24, 2017, in San Antonio at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Hotel on the San Antonio Riverwalk. Please join us for four days of outstanding training, camaraderie, and beautiful San Antonio. Please go to our website for more information.

TCDLA Board of Directors invites you to attend the 46th Annual TCDLA Members Meeting on Saturday, June 24, 2017, 15 minutes after adjournment of the 30th Annual Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Law Course. This should be approximately at 11:30 am in the ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

Do you need CLE credit and can’t attend our seminar training? Please call the Home Office 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.