Executive Director's Perspective: Spring Cleaning - By Joseph A. Martinez

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Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Special thanks to the San Antonio Bar—Justice Phylis Speedlin, president, and Jimmy Ellison, executive director—for allowing TCDLA/CDLP to co-sponsor the 48th Annual Criminal Law Institute held in San Antonio March 25–26. They had 293 attendees. This is the oldest CLE event in Texas.

Please start making plans to join us in beautiful San Antonio June 9–11, 2011, for the 24th Annual Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Law Course. Breakout sessions include Appellate, Computer/Technology, and Boot Camp.This year’s event will also celebrate TCDLA’s 40th anniversary. The Hyatt Regency on the Riverwalk will be the host hotel. Please note that the TCDLA golf tournament has been moved to back to Thursday, June 9.

We invite all of our TCDLA members to attend the Annual Membership Meeting on Saturday, June 11, immediately following the adjournment of the 24th Annual Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Law Course—which should be approximately 11:00 am—at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in downtown San Antonio.

TCDLA’s legislative effort is being coordinated by the TCDLA Legislative Committee, chaired by Mark Daniel and Rick Hagen. Allen Place is our senior lobbyist, and Kristin Etter and David Gonzalez also serve as our lobbyists. They will keep membership up to date on bills during the session. Please go to our website and get on the TCDLA Legislative listserve.

We have a Legislative Update phone conference call scheduled for Thursday, April 20, at 4:00 pm (CT). Please go to our website for more information.

President-Elect Gary Trichter invites all our members to join him for the Members Retreat July 27–30, 2011, at the unique T-Cross Ranch in the Shoshone National Forrest outside of Dubois, Wyoming. The ranch lies at an elevation of 7,800 feet in an untouched country of pine forests and open meadows, trout-rich streams, and small lakes, with endless vistas rising well over 11,000 feet—scenically magnificent. Space is limited. Please go to our website for more information.

Please join us for the following fun summer CLE events:

July 14–15 South Padre Island, Trial Tactics: The Art of War

August 3–4 Austin, Innocence Training for Lawyers

August 5 Austin, topic TBA

August 10 Houston, Field Sobriety Training

August 11–12 Houston, 9th Annual Top Gun DWI

August 19 Richmond, Trial Tactics: The Art of War

August 19 San Antonio, topic TBA

Good verdicts to all.