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

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Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Special thanks to our course directors, John Donahue, David Moore, and Stanley Schwieger, who had 148 attendees in Waco on April 8, and course directors David Moore and Kelly Pace, who had 52 attendees in Tyler on April 15 for our CDLP seminar “Trial Tactics: The Art of War.”

Special thanks also to George Bianchi, President of the National College of DUI Defense (NCDD), and the NCDD Board of Regents for allowing TCDLA to co-sponsor the Mastering Scientific Evidence seminar held in New Orleans April 14–16. Thanks to Troy McKinney, J. Gary Trichter, and Mimi Coffey, our course directors, we had 289 attendees.

Thanks go out as well to course directors Lynn Richardson and Jeanette Kinard, who had 92 attendees in Dallas on May 2 for our CDLP Indigent Defense seminar.

Special thanks to course directors Lawrence Boyd and David Burrows, who presided over our DWI Defense Project seminar on May 6, attracting some 230 attendees to Arlington.

Special thanks to senior lobbyist Allen Place, who conducted a Legislative Update conference call on April 20. We plan on having another conference call in mid-summer to update criminal defense lawyers on changes to Texas laws.

We invite all of our TCDLA members to attend the 40th annual membership meeting on Saturday, June 11, at approximately 11:00 am—immediately following the 24th Annual Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Law Course.

President-elect Gary Trichter invites all of our members to join him for the TCDLA Members Retreat, July 27–30, 2011, at the unique T-Cross Ranch in Shoshone National Forrest outside of Dubois, Wyoming. The ranch lies at an elevation of 7,800 feet in an untouched country of pine forrest 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 make plans for the summer to join us for fun and CLE. The following CLE will be held in cities across Texas:

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

August 3–4 Austin, “Innocence Work in the Real World for Real Lawyers: A Practical Seminar on Representing the Innocent After Conviction”

August 10 Houston, NHTSA SFST Update

August 11–12 Houston, 9th Annual Top Gun, co-sponsored with Harris County Criminal Law Association

August 19 Richmond, “Trial Tactics: The Art of War”

August 25 Austin, “Innocence Lost: How & Why Investigations Go Wrong”

Good verdicts to all.